Category: Rumors

  • 6 years ago

HHN 22 Permit Update: Parade Building

A new HHN permit was filed last week, finally filling the void left by the withdrawn permit for the BLDG44 house. Ironically enough, however, for its first few days in the system, the permit still had its location (incorrectly) listed as “BLD44 HERC&XENA”. But now that the permit has started its review process, the location has been updated to B79, the parade building.

As the permit review process continues, we’ll hopefully find out a few scene names, much like we did with some of the previous permits. We’ll also hopefully find out if this is an entirely new house, or just the same house that was intended for BLD44 reconfigured to fit in the parade building.

This also brings our house total back up to seven, with houses located in the following places:

  • Sound stage 20A
  • Sound stage 20B
  • Sound stage 22
  • Disaster Queue
  • Parade Building
  • Sprung 1
  • Sprung 2
  • 7 years ago

The Walking Dead Confirmed for HHN 2012

ORLANDO, Fla., UNIVERSAL CITY, Ca. (July 18, 2012) — Caught in the middle of a high-intensity struggle for survival, you fight off hordes of flesh-hungry, growling “walkers,” or zombies. No place is safe as you make your way through a post-apocalyptic wasteland with horror at every turn. Will you survive?

This fall, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood are joining forces with AMC’s “The Walking Dead” for their Halloween Horror Nights events. Visitors to both theme parks will be able to experience the horror of AMC’s blockbuster original series, “The Walking Dead,” in elaborately themed, haunted mazes. It marks the first-time Universal Studios has featured a television series at Halloween Horror Nights on both coasts.

The Golden Globe-nominated, Emmy Award-winning, series “The Walking Dead” is based on the comic book written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics. The series tells the story of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse. It follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home. “The Walking Dead” is the number-one drama series in basic cable history for adults 18-49 and adults 25-54.

Universal Studios’ Halloween creative teams are working with AMC and “The Walking Dead,” to create an authentic experience that is true to the Emmy Award-winning hit series. The haunted mazes on both coasts feature eerily authentic, elaborately designed, movie-quality sets that include some of the most iconic locations and scenes from the show. Mobs of undead walkers bring to “life” the vicious, hungry, zombies from the show.

“We want people to experience the same terror of the walker-filled reality our characters faced in seasons one and two – and will continue to face in our third season,” said Greg Nicotero, Co-Executive Producer and Special Effects Make-up Artist for the series. “Our collaboration with Universal Studios’ creative teams is exciting as we work to truly capture the essence of the show.”

“The collaboration with Universal Studios’ creative teams is a fantastic cross-promotional opportunity and a great way to capture the spirit of the series, which makes its season three debut on AMC this October,” said Linda Schupack, AMC’s Executive Vice President of Marketing.

“‘The Walking Dead’ puts real people in incredibly horrific situations where they experience true, raw fear, and guests at Halloween Horror Nights experience the same thing,” said Jim Timon, Senior Vice President of Entertainment at Universal Orlando Resort. “We can’t wait to merge the two powerful concepts together.”

“With ‘The Walking Dead,’ we want to make fans of the series feel like they are literally walking in the footsteps of the show’s characters, experiencing all of the horrific events from the series just as they experienced them,” said John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood. “The goal is to make guests of Halloween Horror Nights feel like they are trapped in the world of ‘The Walking Dead,’ using all of the attention to detail and movie-quality production values that Halloween Horror Nights has become famous for. You’re no longer sitting on a couch, watching a show…you’re living it!”

Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights® events have a more than 20-year history of creating incredibly entertaining, horrifying Halloween experiences that are consistently rated the nation’s best.  The events on each coast feature highly-themed, disturbingly real, haunted mazes based on everything from film to nightmares — and streets filled with hundreds of specially trained “scareactors.”

For more information about Halloween Horror Nights at both Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood, visit Watch The Walking Dead announcement video on both Universal Orlando Resort’s YouTube Channel and on Universal Studios Hollywood’s YouTube Channel.

Universal Orlando Resort: There are many ways to enjoy your Orlando vacation, but there is only one place where vacation becomes adventure:  Universal Orlando Resort. It is a unique destination featuring two theme parks, three magnificently themed on-site hotels and a nighttime entertainment complex. It’s the only Orlando destination where you are not just entertained – you become part of the most exhilarating entertainment ever created. You can soar above Hogwarts with Harry Potter, swing above the streets with Spider-Man, be transformed into a banana-loving minion in the hilarious and heartwarming Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride and help Shrek save Princess Fiona in Shrek 4-D.

Universal Orlando Resort is an NBCUniversal company.

Universal Studios Hollywood SM, The Entertainment Capital of L.A.SM, includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal CityWalk Cinemas, the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue, and the Gibson Amphitheatre concert and special event arena.  World-class rides and attractions include the intense, award-winning ride, “King Kong 360 3-D” on the famed behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, “The Simpsons RideTM,” “Revenge of the MummySM —The Ride” indoor roller coaster and “Jurassic Park® —The Ride,” as well as the critically acclaimed mega-attraction, “Transformers™:  The Ride—3D.”

About AMC
AMC reigns as the only cable network in history to ever win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row, as well as the Golden Globe® Award for Best Television Series – Drama for three consecutive years.  Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade or creating acclaimed original programming, the AMC experience is an uncompromising celebration of great stories.  AMC’s original stories include “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead,” “The Killing” and “Hell on Wheels.”  AMC further demonstrates its commitment to the art of storytelling with its slate of unscripted original series, as well as curated movie franchises like AMC’s Can’t Get Enough and AMC’s Crazy About. AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv.  AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile.  AMC: Story Matters HereSM.

  • 7 years ago

Silent Hill Confirmed for HHN 22

Universal Studios announced at Comic-Con over the weekend that a haunted house based on the Silent Hill video game franchise would be featured at both the Orlando and Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights events. They also updated the official Halloween Horror Nights website today with a video of the announcement, some new artwork, and a description of the house:

“In the eerie and desolate town of Silent Hill, ash falls from the sky and the physical laws of nature no longer apply. If you dare to venture into this alternate dimension, there is only one law of nature with which you must concern yourself: survival.”

This is the first time Halloween Horror Nights has used a video game as the source material for the theme of one of its haunted houses, and they are excited to bring the many characters and environments from Silent Hill to life. Included below is the announcement video:

Also with today’s update, we got a look at what is probably the official logo for this year’s event:

And finally, Universal updated the event description text on the home page, which now reads:

“Your end draws near as the night grows darker. On select nights September 21 – October 31, face horror’s most terrifying creatures in the flesh at Universal Orlando® Resort. Explore the depths of all-new haunted houses, spine-tingling scare zones, live shows and more. Halloween Horror Nights 22, featuring Silent Hill.”

  • 7 years ago

HHN 22 Permit Update

The news of building 44’s demolition has left many confused and concerned about the fate of Halloween Horror Nights 22. Permit revisions filed with the City of Orlando have confirmed the obvious; the house that was to be located within building 44 will no longer be built:

Now the event is down to only six haunted houses, the fewest its had since 2003. There have been numerous rumors and speculations about if/where the 7th house would be moved, ranging from the Parade Building (B79) to Sound Stage 23, and even Sound Stage 33, a venue never before used for a haunted house. We had expected to see a new permit filed for the 7th house along with the revisions, but the revisions were filed on June 22nd, and we’re yet to see any sign of a new permit, which makes us wonder if there won’t be a 7th house after all. More permit revisions still need to be submitted though, so there’s still the possibility of getting the 7th house back… but it’s almost July now, so they’re cutting it rather close. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as soon as any new HHN related permits are filed.

And finally, we leave you with one last question: Assuming we do get the 7th house back, do you think it’ll be the same house that was intended for Building 44, with scenes like “Creature Pit” and “Spike Room”, or do you think they designed an entirely different house to fit whichever new venue they decide to use? Let us know in the comments below, on our Forums, or our Facebook!

  • 7 years ago

HHN 22 House Speculation

The permit review process has begun for the HHN 2012 house permits filed last week, and just like in previous years, it has given us our first clues of the themes of a couple of this year’s haunted houses, in the form of scene names.

Our first bit of information comes from two scene names from the house in SS20 A:

Please clarify dimensions for passage between rooms 4. Bat Belfry and room 5. Mirror Chamber.

Considering that belfry is an old German term for bell tower, typically found on churches and castles, and often infested with bats, the house in SS20 A might be themed to either an old church or an old castle.

The next bit of information comes from two more scene names from the house in the Disaster Overflow Queue, B67:

Change in level on room 1. Hospital Hallway and room 4. Roof Top.

Given that scene 1 of this haunted house is called “Hospital Hallway”, it’s likely that imagine the facade of this house will be a hospital of some sort. Then, we somehow manage to get to scene 4, “Roof Top”. Why we end up on the roof of this hospital is anyone’s guess. Perhaps we’re trying to escape? Or maybe something is chasing us?

The last bit of information comes from two scene names from the house in Herc/Xena, BLD44:

Turning space shall comply with Florida Accessibility Code for Building Construction. Ref.:Exiting from room 7. Creature Pit.

Provide sprinkler coverage for “Spike room“.

With only two generic scene names to go off of for this house, it’s pretty hard to take a guess at its theme, so we’ll leave this one open to speculation.

New information has surfaced from two scene names from the house in SS20 B:

Provide sprinkler coverage for the “Vortex” room and the “Wrong side of the bed” room.

With a room name like “Vortex” it’s almost a guarantee that this is where we’ll find the spinning tunnel this year. And the name “Wrong side of the bed” sounds kind of like a fun/wacky room, so perhaps the house in SS20 B is our ‘fun’/3d house this year? They typically don’t put these in the sound stages, so that would be an interesting departure from the norm.

Finally, to summarize, we’ve got scene names from four houses so far, and possible ideas of the themes of three of them:

SS20 A – Old Church or Castle?

  • Scene 4: Bat Belfry
  • Scene 5: Mirror Chamber

SS20 B – ‘Fun’/3d House?

  • Vortex
  • Wrong Side of the Bed

B67 Disaster Overflow – Hospital?

  • Scene 1: Hospital Hallway
  • Scene 4: Roof Top

BLD44 Herc/Xena – ???

  • Spike Room
  • Scene 7 – Creature Pit

Be sure to leave your thoughts or speculation in the comment section below, or on the ParkRumors Forums!

  • 7 years ago

HHN 22 in USF Only

Today has been quite the day for Halloween Horror Nights news. First we get confirmation that construction has begun, and now, we’ve got confirmation of where the event will take place, and this year’s house locations (as of this article’s writing, only 7 permits have been filed, when/if the 8th gets filed, we will update this post). This year, just like the past six years, the event will be taking place solely within in Universal Studios Florida. This year’s house locations are:

HHN 2012 Haunted House Locations:
B44 – Herc/Xena
B67 – Disaster
Sprung 1
Sprung 2
(Again, as of this article’s writing, only 7 permits have been filed, when/if the 8th permit gets filed, we will update this post.)

What’s interesting to note is that Universal has opted to use SS20 this year instead of the usual SS23. The last time we saw SS20 used was in 2008 when it housed Body Collectors and Interstellar Terror. SS23 was being used that summer for the production of “My Family’s Got GUTS!” so houses couldn’t be constructed during their normal June-September time frame, so SS20 was used to construct the houses and SS23 was used as queuing during the event.

With the lack of an 8th house permit, it still remains to be seen if we will see an 8th (and potentially 9th) house in SS23, or if it’ll be used as queuing again. The only other possible location within USF for an 8th house would be the Parade Building (B79) which they have used every year since it was built in 2007.

Another possibility is a double run house within SS22, something that hasn’t been done since 1998 with Museum of Horrors (SS22) and S.S. Frightanic (EQ Queue). A double run house is one house superstructure that contains two separately themed maze paths, with the guest choosing which path to take at the facade. Since the both mazes are all one structure, only one permit has to be filed. The image below, from the HHN Archives website, shows the blueprints for the S.S. Frightanic house from 1998, giving you an idea how a double run house is designed:

If the rumors of a two icon event prove to be true, this could be an excellent way to execute an icon house this year, with each icon having their own path. And just like in 1998, each path would be billed as a separate haunted house, bringing the house count up to 8.

Of course, there’s also always the (unlikely) possibility that we’ll only have 7 houses this year, but we’ll worry about that if we don’t see an 8th permit go up within the next couple of days.

In the meantime, we’ve included the 7 HHN 2012 permits currently filed below. Be sure to leave any comments in the comment section below, or on the ParkRumors Forums.

  • 7 years ago

Halloween Horror Nights 2012 Construction Begins

*UPDATE* – HHN 2012 building permits filed. Confirm HHN 22 to be held in Universal Studios Florida only. Full story here.

Today, several Notice of Commencements for Halloween Horror Nights 2012 appeared online at the Orange Country Comptroller’s website. The documents, filed with Orange County on May 8th 2012, are the first step of the construction process for Halloween Horror Nights, signifying the start of construction.

Like every year, Universal has filed the typical Notice of Commencements for the “Construction of the Halloween Horror Nights 2012 Haunted Houses” as well as “Scenic Elements for the Halloween Horror Nights 2012 Haunted Houses”, both being executed by Fake Productions, Universal’s go-to contractor for HHN construction. But there were a few more Notice of Commencements filed this year, one of which confirms a new house location:

For the first time since 2004, and only the second time in Halloween Horror Nights history, we will see a house located in the old Hercules & Xena building, also known as Sound Stage 44. This location has been rumored to hold a house since the loss of the Jaws Queue, so we finally have confirmation that it will indeed be used for HHN.

However, even with these new Notice of Commencements, we still don’t have any solid evidence confirming a two park HHN or a USF only HHN, so the waiting game continues. It won’t be long now until we see building permits filed for each individual haunted house with the City of Orlando, and we will finally have confirmation of where the event will be taking place, and all the venues that will be used for houses.

*UPDATE* – HHN 2012 building permits filed. Confirm HHN 22 to be held in Universal Studios Florida only. Full story here.

Since these documents were filed with Orange County on May 8th, it’s safe to assume construction of this year’s Halloween Horror Nights houses is already well underway. I’ve included screen captures of all the Notice of Commencements filed below. Leave your thoughts in the comments below, or discuss this on the ParkRumors Forums!

  • 7 years ago

HHN 2012 Event Dates + Speculation

Universal’s UK website has begun selling tickets for Halloween Horror Nights 2012, revealing this year’s event dates. The event will once again run for 25 nights during September and October, starting on September 21st and ending on October 31st, Halloween night.

Halloween Horror Nights 2012 Event Dates:
21st, 22nd
27th, 28th, 29th, 30th
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
11th, 12th, 13th, 14th
17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st
24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th

To help visualize these dates, we’ve made a handy little calendar:

Now for some speculation! We’re quickly approaching the end of April, and with no sign of any activity around the Sprung tents, and house construction just around the corner,  it’s pretty safe to assume we won’t be seeing Universal relocate them to other areas around IOA. So does this mean the idea we proposed for a two park event back in February is dead? Absolutely not. It just means they’ll likely utilize other locations in Islands of Adventure if the event were to be two parks.

And speaking of other locations in Islands of Adventure, one of our readers spotted what they described to us as “several gentlemen in HHN polos walking around the JP Discovery Center with a long rolled up paper and making gestures with their arms, as if they were planning where walls would go.” This could potentially mean we’ll be seeing a house in the Discovery Center once again, a location they used several times while the event was in Islands of Adventure, or it could have simply been for something else entirely.

Another potential location we left out during our previous speculation was Soundstage 44 in Universal Studios. They’ve utilized this location once before, in 2004, when the event was two parks, so using it again this year would make sense. And even if the event is only at the Studios, the park is still down one house location, so 44 is prime real estate either way you look at it.

We’ve listed below what we believe would be the best layouts for this year’s event; two parks or just at Studios. The two park layout gives them the opportunity to bring us a ninth house, something that’s rumored every year, and the Studios only layout gives us the standard eight houses we’ve become accustomed to since 2007.

Two Park Layout (9 potential locations):
Carnage Warehouse
Discovery Center
Sound stage 20a
Sound stage 20b
Sound stage 22
Sound stage 23a
Sound stage 23b
Sound stage 44
Disaster Queue

USF Only Layout (8 potential locations):
Sound stage 22
Sound stage 23a
Sound stage 23b
Sound stage 44
Disaster Queue
Sprung 1
Sprung 2
Parade Building

What do you think? Do you agree with our choices for house locations, or would you rather see a different layout entirely? Let us know in the comments below or on our message boards!

  • 7 years ago

Halloween Horror Nights 2012: Already?

I know what you’re thinking. “It’s February. What the heck are you doing posting a Halloween Horror Nights article?” And you’re absolutely right. It is February, and it is way too early for there to be any substantial rumors about Halloween Horror Nights 2012.…