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Halloween Horror Nights XX at Universal Studios Florida in Orlando revealed

August 26, 2010, 12:49 PM · This morning, Universal Orlando revealed more details for Halloween Horror Nights XX at Universal Studios Florida. The official Halloween Horror Nights website now features a very freaky intro which foreshadows this year's event, which is about Fear himself. He is the Master of everything Halloween Horror Nights has ever been and will become. His weapons: Chaos, Death, Sacrifice, Mythos, Vengeance. His pawns: a clown, a storyteller, a caretaker, a director, an usher...and you.

"Everything we have done for the past 19 years, everything we have learned, leads to this moment," said Jim Timon, senior vice president of entertainment for Universal Orlando Resort. "This year's Halloween Horror Nights is not about the past. It is about the future." As much as the number 20 signifies an anniversary year, this years Halloween Horror Nights is not an anniversary event.

Mike Aiello, Show Director of Universal Orlando Resort gives us a glimpse at this year's event and the future of it:

This year's event will feature eight new haunted houses and six new scarezones, plus two live shows.

The eight all-new haunted houses are:

The six new scare zones are:

And the two live shows are:

Halloween Horror Nights runs September 24-25, September 30-October 1-3, 7-10, 14-17, 20-24 and 27-31. Tickets are now on sale for $74.99 plus tax. Florida residents can save up to $35 with advance online purchase. For tickets and event information, visit

Also if you missed it, last week we revealed details about Busch Gardens Tampa's Howl-O-Scream 2010 event. Don't forget to keep up to date on the latest developments regarding the Central Florida Halloween events by following my special Twitter @CFL_Halloween and of course checking back here on Theme Park Insider.

Replies (7)

August 26, 2010 at 3:17 PM · Yay! This will be my third year at hhn - I'm going the 24th and cannot wait!
I'm super excited because I may actually have a hook up for Mickey's Halloween trick or treating the next night as well :)
August 26, 2010 at 7:54 PM · Thanks for posting this, Domenik, though I don't feel the themes are very inspired this year.
August 26, 2010 at 8:31 PM · Love it!

Very creative!

Is Micheal Roddy still around? I love his videos going behind the scenes.

August 27, 2010 at 1:14 AM · domenik is murdering this HHN coverage. HHN is my favorite event, and TPI has never really covered it as much as i would like, but this year has been really outstanding. great work children!!!! if anyone is going on oct 14, i will see you their!if your looking for me, im the sexy dude drinking some sort of beer.


August 27, 2010 at 9:02 AM · @Anthony

No sadly Michael isn't with Universal anymore. He was let go by Universal earlier this year.

I did yesterday evening get a chance to join a conference call with some of the creators of Halloween Horror Nights.

Here's what I thought to be most interesting and important information being talked about yesteday:


- All new technologies to be used at this years event including an open flame inside of a house which had never been possible before, and the return of queue line interactive text messages.

- Legendary Truth house concept was developed 2 years ago but was shelved due to not having enough time to develop the gags. The creative team wanted to develop more realistic gags like producing a ghost and other paranormal occurrences. Be on the lookout for those gags as you walk through this house. TJ Mannarino also shared that this house has an "opportunity to be not only a part of the event, but to become the event" and also revealed that possible in-park scenarios might be coming. If you want to know more about the backstory about Halloween Horror Nights be sure to follow

August 27, 2010 at 9:02 AM · - RIP & Unmasking The Horror Tours are returning.
^ Non-Private RIP Tour on a Non-Peak Nights will cost $150 per person.
^ Non-Private RIP Tour on Peak Nights will cost $175 per person.
^ Private RIP Tours on Non-Peak Nights will cost $1,500 per group.
^ Private RIP Tours on Peak Nights will cost $1,800 per group.
^ Unmasking The Horror Tour $75 per person.

- Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure returns for it's 19th year and Mike Aiello, who has written B&T for the last 9 years and directed it for the past 5 years, released a little bit of information about the story of what will be his last time working with the show. He revealed that the two main characters are facing the story.

- What characters will return for this years event? "No creature is off limits," according to Mike Aiello. He also emphasized that although we will see icons and characters from the past, they won't be where we think they should be at. Characters that were previously in houses will roam the streets and the other way around. And what about this year's iconic character, Fear? The team said there are more details that will be released in the coming weeks but they did say that he (Fear) is an “all-encompassing” character and is bigger than past icons he controls but can also stand among them. TJ Mannarino added that, "the one thing that has been consistent (over the years) and that has been Fear. Fear has always been here, Fear is what we create every year, and Fear has been an element in whatever character/environment we create."

- "Zombies are very chic now. Zombies are last years Vampires." said Mike Aiello when asked about where the inspiration came from for the Zombiegeddon House.

- When asked about Rocky Horror not being a part of this years event, TJ Mannarino said that it "might come back in a few years or it might not. It all depends on what we (the team) feel is best for our audience and for our mix of content."

August 28, 2010 at 6:03 AM · Sniff sniff...gonna miss Rocky Horror...always thought it was well-produced and acted. Maybe one day...till then...Don't dream it...Be it.

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