It's the 'Farewell Tour' for Wyld Stallyns at Universal Orlando
Universal Orlando Resort has announced that this year's Halloween Horror Nights will be the last for its popular Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure Show.
The live variety show plays in the Fear Factor theater and satirizes the year in news and pop culture, which should provide a rich field of opportunities for the show's "Farewell Tour." The show's not always in what diplomatically might be called "good taste," and the Hollywood version of it died a few years back when it crossed a line that USH park management couldn't accept.
But the Orlando version has endured... at least until now.
So why end the show after this year? Universal's announcement should only fuel long-simmering rumors that the played-out Fear Factor show will go away soon, too, clearing space for an expansion of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter next door. But who knows? For now, fans can enjoy one more season of the irreverent duo from San Dimas.
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People are going to sorely miss this show. I won't. I appreciate how it entertained people, but I think the joke had worn thin. My first Bill and Ted experience was in 1998. It was my first year as a UO Team Member and my coworkers were besides themselves in anticipation of seeing the show, so I got excited too. I will admit, I thought that first show was amazing! I'd go every year and think, "Geeze, this just isn't as funny as the first time." It dawned on me that what made the show great was the shock value. Theme park shows shouldn't be this raunchy, but it was and I loved it. Problem is shock value wears off. The realization came that the jokes were not really all that funny, they were just mean. I have grown weary of mean.
I appreciate the point Rob, but most visitors don't experience HHN every year. I first saw it in 2014 and again last year. Not coming in with any expectations, it really blew me away. I agree that they'll need AT LEAST one big replacement show. I hope the Academy of Villains show continues for a while because that was great last year, but if anything HHN needs to be adding shows to occupy thousands at a time, not subtracting them.
I do agree that HHN needs a high capacity show, and my first reaction was similar to Robert regarding the constant rumors about the WWoHP displacing the theater. The timing is definitely peculiar, especially given that Universal already announced a new Harry Potter attraction coming to IOA to replace Dragon Challenge in 2019, and the expectation would be that Nintendo Land would come the year after that.
Another thing to keep in mind is that the other big theater in USF - the Animal Actors stage - also is on the chop block, as it will be going away to clear space for Super Nintendo World. Since Universal typically uses the Music Plaza stage area for mazes, that leaves the park without a space to stage a big show like this.
It will be interesting to see if the Animal Actors Stage is actually part of the Nintendo project. There's a lot of land back there in KidZone, including the Barney Theater. If E.T. is part of the project, then they've got a HUGE chunk of land to utilize without having to take out the Animal Actors Stage.
I'll probably be in the minority but I didn't find anything excellent about it! Watched half of one in 2011 then by-passed it with intent in 2014, 2015 and 2016. I am not a killjoy but found absolutely nothing redeeming in the show. May be some American humour is lost on us Brits? I am not there for throw-away comedy so it doesn't complement the evening for me. On the down side, HHN does need 2 high capacity shows to absorb elements of the crowds, especially as no night appears to be a slow night, so will USF be building a new arena to accommodate if WWoHP expands and Animal Actors is demolished for Nintendo Land?
Aren't there numerous soundtages and side buildings that could be easily adapted for a live show? I know some or most of these are already used for the houses. Also keep in mind that with Cirque du Soleil's acquisition of Blue Man Group who knows what that theatre will be getting used for 13 months from now.
They need an Elvira-type, whose show never seems to stop at Knott's Scary Farm. Build a show around Morticia from Adams Family. An Orlando only show should prevent Knott's from suing. Elvira was sued by another look-alike, but Elvira won. The odds of a lawsuit is low.
What is the stage used for between Minions and Fallon During Halloween?
I guess the Wild Wild Wild West Stunt Show is never coming back now.... :-(
I liked Bill and Teds a lot, similar to the Hanging at Knott's and crushed the pop culture from the year.
Let's not forget the equally unforgettable and dated 'Eighth Voyage of Sinbad' ...
"What is the stage used for between Minions and Fallon During Halloween?"
So what will the drunk locals at HHN do now? I’m going to throw my hipster card out here, but I think the show was much better during the years it was in IOA and it has been lulling for many years now.
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