Zombie Captain America isn’t Marvel’s first theme park horror mash-up – A look at Halloween Horror Nights on Super Hero Island

Recently, Disneyland Resort made a big splash by introducing Zombie Captain America (as featured in the recent What If…? Disney+ series) to Disney California Adventure’s Oogie Boogie Bash parties.

But believe it or not, this isn’t the first time a theme park has incorporated the Avengers into a Halloween event. Let’s take a look back at the little-remembered takeover of Marvel Super Hero Island for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

During 2002, Halloween Horror Nights XII: Islands of Fear took place across all of Islands of Adventure, including Marvel Super Hero Island, which featured both a scare zone and a haunted maze.

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when Halloween Horror Nights spread across both parks in 2004 and 2005, haunted houses were located in Super Hero Island, but they didn’t have Marvel themes.

The event returned to Islands of Adventure the following year for Halloween Horror Nights 13, but only a Marvel scarezone appeared.

For 2002’s Island Under Siege scare zone and 2003’s Toxic City, Marvel Super Hero Island was given a menacing make-over that implied the super villains had finally triumphed and turned the pristine four-color city into a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

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Universal’s first and only Marvel-themed haunted house was called Maximum Carnage, and the building that was built behind Storm Force Accelatron to hold the maze, is still referred to by team members as the “carnage warehouse” to this day.

We unofficially heard that, unfortunately, the executives at Marvel Comics at the time (before they were bought by Disney), weren’t too happy about a theme park attraction depicting their heroes having been murdered.

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