The onslaught of Halloween Horror Nights media and information continues with a new promo video for this year’s event at Universal Studios:
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The key to our mysterious locked jewelry box arrived today in a black envelope, sealed with a wax red stamp with HHN on it.
As you can see above, inside the dirty box was a dead rose, bloody pearls a bloody, dirty lip liner brush, a long hair, four photos and a broken mirror that says “Welcome to my world”.
What you can’t see is the smell of perfume and the creepy song that plays while a woman whispers Bloody Mary three times. Creepy!
For full details on this year’s Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios, visit www.halloweenhorrornights.com/orlando.
We haven’t yet received the key to the mysterious locked box we received yesterday, but all of the details on this years Halloween Horror Nights are now on the official Web site.
This year’s theme is Bloody Mary. They’re also promising eight new haunted houses, six scare zones and three live shows.
The two of the three lives shows will be new productions of Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure and Rocky Horror Picture Show – A Tribute. The third live show is that of “shocking magician” Brian Brushwood.
The names of the haunted houses are: [Read more…]
This mysterious locked box was delivered to us today from Universal Studios.
The note reads “You’re about to face someone you’ve never met, but long feared … A key will arrive tomorrow. You’ll meet then.”
Check back here tomorrow night to see what’s inside.
Universal Orlando’s in-your-face Halloween Horror Nights billboards stay with you long after you drive past them. And they make for great, “I can’t believe they did that this year!” conversation.
This Thursday, Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights billboards will use a combination of creativity and sheer scare-factor to introduce a new face behind the horror; a new presence at the event. That presence will take Halloween Horror Nights – and its billboards – to entirely new levels.
The new billboards will be creative. They will be provocative. They will be larger-than-life. They will push the art form – and reaction to that art – to places other theme park billboards will not go.
So motorists be prepared: you’ll have some company on your morning commute.
There will be more than 80 billboards in the Orlando area, with some especially striking versions along the I-4 corridor. And as the below list of high-profile locations shows, the boards will be like a good scare during Halloween Horror Nights: they will seem to be everywhere.
Highly-Visible Orlando Billboard Locations:
• I-4 Westbound at Fairbanks Ave
• I-4 Eastbound at Michigan Ave
• SR 528 Westbound before 441 Toll Plaza
• I-4 Eastbound at SR 528
• I-4 Westbound at Universal Orlando Resort Exit (74B)
• SR 528 near Daetwyler
• SR 436 Eastbound near SR 434
• SR 436 near US 17-92
• I-4 110 feet east of Fairbanks Ave.
• I-4 .27 miles east of Fairbanks Ave.
From the desk of a designer at Universal Orlando Resort, horror is coming to life. The blueprints and sketches by art and design teams have begun to take real shape as some of the more disturbing elements for the haunted houses at Halloween Horror Nights 18 are under construction.
Halloween Horror Nights will return to Universal Orlando Resort for 23 select nights running from Sept. 26-27 through Oct. 2-5, 9-12, 16-19, 22-26, and Oct. 29-Nov. 1.
Visit www.halloweenhorrornights.com for more information.
Brian Brushwood will appear at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios with his world-renowned “bizarre” magic show.
Stuffed full of the most intense, riveting, and disturbing feats you’ve ever seen performed live, Brian’s show has been called “Amazing!” by Jay Leno and “funny, dangerous and brilliantly original” by Teller of Penn & Teller.
You can find out more about Brian at http://www.shwood.com.
Tickets for Halloween Horror Nights 18 at Universal Studios Orlando have gone on sale. Details on this year’s theme are vague at this point, though the 2008 version of this popular annual Halloween-time gathering is said to be the most chilling and psychologically intense Halloween Horror Nights in history.
This year, there will be all-new haunted houses, scarezones and shows. The star of Halloween Horror Nights 18 promises to be someone new, whom you’ve never met before but long-feared and someone who inflicts fear beyond comprehension.
Video Preview of Halloween Horror Nights 18:
Florida residents can take advantage of huge savings to experience the chills of Halloween Horror Nights 18. Save up to $33 dollars off of the price of admission with a UPC code from any Coca-Cola Classic, Diet Coke or Coke Zero product. The Gory Getaway Vacation Package starts at $95 per adult and includes one-night accommodations at a Universal Partner Hotel, one-night admission to Halloween Horror Nights 18, access to live entertainment at Universal CityWalk, one complimentary 5×7 photograph and scheduled transportation between the hotel and Universal Orlando Resort. Book a Gory Getaway Vacation Package at http://www.univacations.com/hhn08/ or by calling 888-467-7677 (HORROR-7).
Regular admission to Halloween Horror Nights is $69.99 plus tax. The Frequent Fear Pass grants access to Halloween Horror Nights for 13 nights during the event. The pass is $69.99 and is valid on September 26 and 27, October 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 22, 23, 26, 29 and 30.Get Halloween Horror Nights 18 tickets at www.halloweenhorrornights.com, at the Universal Studios Florida front gate or by calling 888-HORROR-7. Due to the event’s popularity, tickets for weekend nights are expected to sell out and should be purchased far in advance. For more information, visit the Halloween Horror Nights website.
The Feb. / March 2008 issue of Orlando Attractions Magazine features The Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios. While we are greatly looking forward to this new attraction, we never like to forget old attractions either. In this case, we’re talking about Back to the Future The Ride, which was formerly housed where The Simpsons is currently being installed.
We talked to Stephen Clark of BTTF.com, the leading online source for everything Back to the Future.
Attractions: How did your interested in the film franchise begin?
Clark: I had always been a fan of good time travel stories and felt that this one ranked among the best I had ever seen at the time, but that’s as far as my thrill for the film went. That is, until the film came out on home video for the first time a year later. Upon my discovery of the brilliantly written article “The Other Marty McFly?” in the July 1986 issue of STARLOG magazine (written by Disney Imagineer Bruce Gordon who recently passed away), I was instantly hooked. As I read Bruce’s descriptions of all these intricate little details in the film that I had inadvertently missed in theaters, I simply had to rent the film and watch it again. And again. And again. My fiancé simply couldn’t understand why I kept rewinding and watching the film over and over looking for details such as a mysterious figure in the mall parking lot scene, the changing of the name of the mall at the end of the film, the painstaking continuity of broken concrete ledges on the clocktower, the location of the torn pieces of Doc’s letter, and so forth. So by the time the first sequel came out in 1989, my “geek switch” was permanently switched on I’m afraid.
Attractions: How many times have you ridden the Back to the Future ride?
Clark: Collectively, somewhere around 25 times I’d guess. I’ve never ridden the one in Japan, but I can happily say that I got to ride both the Florida and Hollywood versions multiple times over the years.
Attractions: Universal has told us that the Marty and Doc Brown characters will still be appearing in the park. What are your thoughts?
Clark: I’m not surprised. After all, Universal kept the Ghostbusters running around the park with Ecto-1 for years after they closed that attraction.
Attractions: Back to the Future was recently included in the Universal 360 show as well as in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure show during Halloween Horror Nights. How would you like to see the movies featured at Universal in the future?
Clark: I can tell you that simply featuring Back to the Future in these shows isn’t enough to draw Back to the Future fans to the park. Universal needs to go back to the drawing board and look at their original plans for the park and its attractions which opened in 1990 – 1991. Back to the Future – The Ride was originally designed to be modified so after the original story was “tired”, some simple modifications and a brand new ride film could instantly provide a brand new attraction in the same building using the same cars, just with different programming. But the regime who started those ideas were replaced with other management who didn’t share the same vision nor held any passion for Universal’s own film properties. While the ride is now history, I’d like to see Universal actually focus their parks on film properties that they own (which are now the minority in the park).
Attractions: Can you share any funny or interesting stories related to the Back to the Future ride?
Clark: Well, I’ve always thought that the fact that you could see a styrofoam coffee cup in the alleyway next to the clocktower left accidentally by someone on the miniature set during filming was funny.
For more of our interview with Stephen Clark, including his thoughts on The Simpsons as a replacement to Back to the Future The Ride, check out Feb. / March 2008 issue of Orlando Attractions Magazine.
I didn’t expect it to open so soon, but the new Kwik-E-Mart is open for business (no loitering).
Located in the former Back To The Future building, the store carries all sorts of Simpsons merchandise such as T-shirts, DVDs, mugs, glasses, action figures, and lots more. Even though there’s a sign, you can’t buy Squishies, or Krusty Burgers or Duff Beer. But I wouldn’t be surprised to see these for sale some time in the future at the park.
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