Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort is fully revealed, with details of all eight haunted houses, plus the multiple Walking Dead-based scare zones and the two shows all made public.
This year’s event relies heavily on intellectual properties, which will thrill fans of such franchises as Evil Dead and Resident Evil. There are still some original houses for those who prefer their scares to have an unexpected twist rather than being tied into something familiar.
As always, Halloween Horror Nights is a separately ticketed event that runs on select nights after Universal Studios Florida closes for the day. It kicks off on September 20 and runs all the way to November 2 this year, meaning you can drag your fright out past Halloween.
You’ll find more information on this year’s streets, mazes, and shows in the list accompanying this article. Still, even though it’s all laid out now, you should always be prepared for some sinister surprises. If you’re local or staying in Orlando for a while, I recommend going more than once because the event does evolve over the days and weeks of the season.
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Familiar Haunted Houses
Five of the eight haunted houses at Halloween Horror Nights this year feature familiar themes. Walking Dead was actually a house last year, and it returns for 2013, along with Resident Evil, Cabin in the woods, Evil Dead, and An American Werewolf in London. These houses will bring a piece of those fictional worlds to life.
Original Haunted Houses
Three of the eight haunted houses are original ideas, although one carries on a popular theme from a few years back. That house, Havoc, is based on the highly popular and energetic Havoc: Dogs of War. This year, instead of a military installation, you brave a train transport convoy. The prison-themed After Life and the urban legend-based La Llorona round out 2013’s original entries.
Bill and Ted
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure came out in 1989, but the most excellent duo lives on at Halloween Horror Nights every year. Once again, their show will offer a twisted take on pop culture over the past year.
Rocky Horror Picture Show Tribute
This tribute to the Rocky Horror Picture Show makes a triumphant return to Halloween Horror Nights. It features highlights of the cult classic, and better yet, you can participate in all your favorite call-backs. Put your park map on your head and enjoy the show.
This year’s five scare zones are all based on The Walking Dead, in a move that’s sure to thrill the AMC show’s fans. Experience the Fall of Atlanta, the Woodlands, the Survivors Camp, the Farm, and Clear as you move through familiar seasons and scenes.