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'Van Helsing' attraction to close at Universal Hollywood

2006-11-03

By Robert Niles: A Universal insider e-mails to let TPI readers know that Universal Studios Hollywood will be closing the Van Helsing: Fortress Dracula haunted house this weekend. The source reports that Universal will unveil a new walk-through in the same space next April.

Universal's used the upper lot building which houses Van Helsing for a wide variety of exhibits and attractions over the years. Some fans have expressed hope that Universal would convert the rather sizeable space to a permanent dark ride attaction, but the reported plans for a new walk-through should put to rest that speculation, at least for another couple years.

Readers' Opinions

From Greg Shilton on November 3, 2006 at 9:32 PM
Another Walk-Thru?

Meh. Another ride would be fantastic. Is the space limited?

From Lori Matisoff on November 4, 2006 at 12:35 AM
I heard this from my son last week. He always makes me go in those walkthrough attractions, and they scare the heck out of me. I told him after going through Van Helsing, I wouldn't be going in again unless Hugh Jackman was in there. He said they're doing a walkthrough this time with, The Grudge, as its theme. Have you heard anything about that?
From Erik Yates on November 4, 2006 at 5:16 AM
The first Grudge movie was a big success for Universal. I can see why they would use it, though the second like so many other Universal films, was terrible. A permanent dark ride would be better, if you dont...its too much like Halloween Horror Nights.
From Phil F on November 4, 2006 at 10:03 AM
Well there was an official The Grudge maze at Knott's Halloween Haunt this year, and it was the best maze in the park. If that were made even better at Universal, I wouldn't mind.
From Greg Shilton on November 4, 2006 at 10:39 PM
The Grudge maze you say? Hmm, this may be interesting. I'm a huge fan of the Japanese Ju-On's(The Grudge's)

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