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!

Sources :

UniversalOrlando.co.uk: http://www.universalorlando.co.uk/
Universal-Bookings.co.uk: http://www.universal-bookings.co.uk/
Attraction-Tickets-Direct.co.uk: http://www.attraction-tickets-direct.co.uk/universal-orlando-resort/hhn.html

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