For Halloween Horror Nights 30, in 2021, Universal Orlando unveiled a new show entitled “Halloween Nightmare Fuel.” This show happened within the show area formerly known as Fear Factor Live in Universal Studios Florida. This show drew large crowds every evening of Halloween Horror Nights. The combination of magic, loud music, acrobatics, fire juggling, and sensational outfits of athletic people explained the demand.
Almost as soon as Halloween Horror Nights ended in 2021, speculation started that this show would probably not return. The reasons for it not returning had very little to do with the quality of the show. Common expectation involved the former Fear Factor Live stage to be re-purposed for a new attraction. Since the most reliable rumors indicated that this area would become an additional Wizarding World attraction, this location would be unavailable for the Nightmare Fuel show. Unless some excessive amount of effort and creativity happened, no other locations within Universal Studios Florida would suffice for this show.
The underutilized Toon Lagoon Amphitheatre in Islands of Adventure could possibly serve as a reasonable setting for this show. However, that would mean using a portion of Islands of Adventure for Halloween Horror Nights. I doubt Universal Orlando would do that even if they could convince intellectual property rights holders to let them do it again. The years in which Halloween Horror Nights happened in both land-based parks do not shine as best years of this spooky event.
Fortunately, for various reasons, the rumored Wizarding World attraction failed to launch construction in former Fear Factor Live area. This apparent change of plans permitted Universal Orlando to extend the invitation to the Nightmare Fuel crew for another year.
Based on several speculation sources for Halloween Horror Nights, Halloween Nightmare Fuel show was anticipated to return for Halloween Horror Nights 2022 in some form. All reliable sources indicated the show will return to the former Fear Factor Live stage. Yet, I suspect a different traffic pattern will be created for 2022. In 2021, queues for this show stretched very far. The queue would block pathways between the London Waterfront area and Halloween Horror Nights houses.
Universal Orlando revealed on August 16th that we get two shows this year for HHN 2022.
They said “When guests need a break from the scares, they can enjoy two brand-new, outrageously entertaining shows:
- Halloween Nightmare Fuel Wildfire – the sequel to last year’s fan-favorite “Halloween Nightmare Fuel” show featuring the world-famous performance group, The Fuel Girls – highlighting a new Dreamer in the depths of a new nightmare set to a heart-pounding metal, rock and electronica score.
- Ghoulish! A Halloween Tale, an all-new show taking place in the Universal Studios lagoon that follows the Grim Reaper on the undertaking of what happens beyond the grave – all set to eerily-remixed music by some of today’s most iconic artists. “
For a review of the 2021 show, click here. Until Halloween Horror Nights 2022 begins, we will wait for more details about this show and many other aspects of Halloween Horror Nights 2022. I wish you a good spooky season.
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