Halloween update: A look at Universal Studios Hollywood and Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Published: September 9, 2010 at 9:39 PM
First stop: Universal Studios Hollywood is preparing to bring the legend of movie horror to live at this year's Halloween Horror Nights. For 17 nights this year with five new maze experiences, new "Scare Zones," a new "Terror Tram" backlot experience and the new King Kong 360 3D, Universal sure has one blockbuster lineup.
The all new mazes this year include:
- A Nightmare On Elm Street: Never Sleep Again
- Friday the 13th: Kill, Jason, Kill!
- Rob Zombie's House of 1000 Corpses in 3D Zombievison
- Vampyre: Castle of the Undead
- Saw: Game On
The six all new scare zones include:
- La Llorona - Cross paths with La Llorona ("The Crying Woman") who, after drowning her children and herself, returns to haunt the living, wailing for her lost children ("Aaaay, mis hijos") and searching for new souls to replace them.
- Nightmarez - Where Freddy Krueger is watching your every move.
- Klownz - An ultra-violent gang of killer clowns take over The Big Apple.
- Lunaticz - Freed from the cruel confines of the Asylum, these blood-crazed loonies have begun a murderous rampage through the foggy streets of London.
- Freakz - A renegade band of out-of-work sideshow performers have set up camp on the smoke-choked streets of Paris... and developed a taste for human flesh.
- Pigz - If you’re headed to Saw: Game On, you’ll have to pass through a gauntlet of chainsaw-wielding Pigz.
Halloween Horror Nights will run September 24, 25 and October 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16,17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31. The event will begin nightly at 7 p.m.; closing hours vary by night throughout the event.
Universal has a special deal going on for all Rob Zombie music fans. If you purchase a full price Halloween Horror Nights Ticket at $59 you get a free ticket to Rob Zombie & Alice Cooper’s concert at the Gibson on September 30. The Halloween Horror Nights ticket is valid for any one of the following nights: 10/1, 10/2, 10/8, 10/17, 10/21/ 10/24. There are very limited supplies for this deal and this combo ticket (including both Halloween Horror Nights and the concert) must be purchased from Live Nation. For other tickets, visit the official website at www.halloweenhorrornights.com/hollywood.
Second Stop: Howl-O-Scream 2010 at Busch Gardens Williamsburg begins September 24 and continues every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through October 31.
This year guests entering the park will notice that each country has been completely transformed: Victorian-era England at its darkest hour, hundreds of tombstones in Scotland, a rat-plagued village in France. The haunted houses for 2010 include "Bitten," "Catacombs," "Cursed," "Havest Hollow," "Hunted," and "Revenge of Pompeii."
This year will also feature six spooky shows including "Frakenrock," "Jack is Back," "The Count's Halloween Spooktacular," "Monster Stomp Revamped," and "Movies of the Macabre."
Howl-O-Scream is not just for adults but also offers attractions for the little ones. The park’s youngest guests can Howl-O-Scream at Sesame Street Forest of Fun and the whole family can experience the spooky setting of an abandoned expedition camp in the ruins of Pompeii. This guided tour will take guests through the haunted house to explore a creepy atmosphere, but with no startled scares. The family-friendly version of Revenge of Pompeii runs from noon until 5:30 p.m.
Unlike the hard-ticket Halloween Horror Nights, Howl-O-Scream attractions are included with park admission or an annual pass. For more information, guests may call (800) 343-7946 or visit www.howloscream.com/williamsburg.
Keep checking back here on Theme Park Insider as we continue making more stops at parks accross the nation and highlight their haunting events.