Published: September 15, 2010 at 12:52 PMI could only imagine eating pumpkin pie and frozen butterbeer together...mmmm...
Published: September 15, 2010 at 1:00 PMOf course, some special shows would be a good idea.
Published: September 15, 2010 at 1:40 PMHey, as long as it's more innovative than hybrid pig-humans running around with chainsaws, I'm down for whatever.
And, obviously, Dementors would be involved.
I'm thinking something along the lines of the Shrieking Shack or the Chamber of Secrets, a scare house that differs from the norm in that it offers eeriness and mystery rather than gore and cheap scares. Additionally, it would be completely interactive, involving various puzzles, similar to the ones encountered in the books.
Say, for example, a room with several doors. However, all but one are fake projections. As you approach each projection, it fades into nothingness, leaving only one door left: the one you came in through. However, the hallways adjacent to the room shifted position while you were in the room and the door you came through now leads somewhere else.
There could be a painting/door that only opens when you answer its riddle, just like the Fat Lady. There could be a hallway with a door at the end that appears normal upon first glance, but gradually gets smaller as you approach, like an Ames Room:
They could get wicked creative. I'm tired and can't think of much at the moment, but give their creative team a pot of coffee and a lot of scrap paper and they'll come up with something.
Published: September 15, 2010 at 6:01 PMI personally hope that Universal does incorporate Islands of Adventure into next year's Halloween Horror Nights event. As far as the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is concerned. I think Lord Voldemort and the other main Death Eaters(Bellatrix Lestrange and Lucious Malfoy) would make great HHN host icons for next year's event. They could make a Haunted House themed to either the Chamber of Secrets or the Forbidden Forest. Meanwhile, over at Universal Studios, they could have a more family friendly Halloween event at the same time by simply keeping that park open later(maybe till about 10pm) and have friendly halloween decorations around the park and have different locations for kids to trick-or-treat and allow the kids to come in halloween costumes similar to disney's Not-So-Scary Halloween party at the Magic Kingdom. Its been quite a few years since Halloween Horror Nights was hosted at Islands of Adventure, so if nothing else happens, I at least hope the even changes from USF to IOA.
Published: September 17, 2010 at 7:12 AMThe Wizarding World of Harry Potter shouldnt limit itself to special themeing for Halloween, but for the entire year...Halloween and Christmas would just be the most prominent. I like the ideas given for Halloween, but for Christmas have the giant christmas trees in the Great Hall like in the books and the decorations throughout the school. They should also premiere the last two movies somewhere in the wizarding world. That would be a BIG event.