Universal's Halloween Horror Nights 16 draws upon frights of the past
Just got off the phone for a conference call with Universal Orlando's director of entertainment, TJ Mannarino, who shared some dish about Universal's upcoming Halloween Horror Nights 16
Expect to find many familiar sights at this year's event. Halloween Horror Nights returns to its roots this year, literally and figuratively, as the event switches from Islands of Adventure back to its original Universal Studios Florida home. Plus, designers have drawn upon past events for inspiration for this year's mazes and shows.
"Being kinda able to back into the past was actually a lot of fun for the designers because it was, like, 'Okay, how can we take the things that people are familiar with and make them bigger and grander and different?'" Mannarino said.
Mannarino also said that Universal has and will continue to monitor guest surveys and websits feedback (including TPI) for ideas on what to do, or not to do, for future Halloween Horror Nights.
"This event has really grown on its fan and guest support," Mannarino said.
So... let's hear it. You can leave comments about HHN on our Halloween Horror Nights wiki page, or below.
I'm going for the first time with three friends on Friday, October 20'th, and have tickets and express passes for all locked in. I'm really looking forward to it, and I figure with the express passes, I won't really need to be there when HHN opens. However, after reading one of the comments about it being PACKED at 10 PM on Friday, October 21st 2005, I'm wondering if I need to reconsider and ensure I am there at HHN within the first hour.
I'm really excited about it, and make sure to tune in to IOACentral Radio next week for our first HHN spectacular. Lots of surprises, its half way recorded, and not done yet.....make sure to tune in.
Daniel - While I understand that some of the atmosphere is lost while it's still light, I always leave HHN feeling like I just didn't quite get enough.
Hmm... I was going in with the expectation that if armed with express passes, my group would easily be able to do every house and scarezone by the end of the evening... Is this an unrealistic expectation ?
No, it's not unreasonable at all. But you don't want to be rushing around hitting each one. Take a little extra time and enjoy yourself checking out the details of stuff is all I'm saying.
Ah, cuss it. And when I say it, I mean my lack of $$$. No money, no trip. No trip to Universal, means no amusement. This sucks. Anyone wanna spot me a few...hundred...? Heh. Heh. ;_;
We're going this Friday night and it's our first time. I thought it was the second weekend, but I guess I was wrong and Sept. 29 is the opening weekend(?)
Never been opening weekend, but I've also heard that they're the least crowded.
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