Now for some good news! Halloween Horror Nights is currently still on at Universal Orlando.
When asked about changes, Universal Orlando has stated that they are still planning Halloween Horror Nights at this time.
Hello! At this time there are no changes to the announced schedule for this year’s event!
— Universal Orlando Resort (@UniversalORL) April 6, 2020
Granted this was back on April 5th. But for now they are still planning on the event.
This year was going to mark the 30th Anniversary of the event and there were some epic rumors about what was coming.
Normally HHN boasts 10 mazes (houses,) five scare zones and stage show. This year it was rumored that one of the houses would be Beetlejuice themed and one would be based on Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House.
Another popular rumor was that they were going to get, pop star, Billie Eilish to collaborate on music for the classic Universal Monsters Bride of Frankenstein and Bride of Dracula maze. It seems they were going to try to bring in someone to appeal to the younger demographic and it would likely work. My daughter (12) is a huge fan of both Billie Eilish and Beetlejuice. I know the movie is older, but Hot Topic has been pushing it for awhile now, and they just had a Broadway musical based on the show.
Stranger Things has been brought in for a couple of years now and that was another one that appealed to a younger audience as well. It seemed to be very successful, so it makes sense they want to continue that trend.
Another rumored attraction would be the return of The Academy of Villains dance company to the Fear Factor Live Theater.
Now the not so good news.
Hopefully the event moves forward, but expect it to be different due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Like with Disney parks we can likely see lower capacity allowances, virtual queuing, and reduced ‘high contact style scare effects.”
The Orlando Weekly cited Kenny Marcellus from the Grim Grinning Ghosts podcast when they mentioned the changes to this years event:
“Even if Halloween Horror Nights happens as planned this fall, the very real possibility of heavy modifications seems unavoidable. Social distancing is a priority for everyone these days. For an event that traditionally gathers extremely large crowds and thrives on close calls with actors and claustrophobic settings to create the high-intensity environments may have to be reconsidered and perhaps even planned differently this time around.”
“Mazes often include ropes, strings, sheets and other items that guests must walk through or touch while they navigate through the darkened scenes. Some houses have also included hallways with inflatable walls that sandwich guests between them, causing a claustrophobic sensation. It’s assumed all of these high contact style scares won’t be used at this year’s event.”
The lowered capacity, virtual queuing, screenings, etc. line up with the survey Universal sent out to guest recently.
So the good news is that Halloween Horror Nights is currently still on. The bad news is that if it does happen we can expect some big changes based on social distancing and Coronavirus fall-out.
Hopefully it won’t be cancelled, but that is still a very strong possibility at this time.
What do you think? Comment and let us know.
Source: Orlando Weekly
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