We’re back at Halloween Horror Nights in Universal, Orlando!
We’ve seen which Haunted Houses are coming back, taken a peek at some of the frightening food we’ll get to try, and even toured the inside of the Halloween Horror Nights tribute store. Finally, we’re ready to be scared out of our wits since the Horror is officially underway. Here’s what it looks like inside in terms of safety measures, special events, crowds, and entertainment.
Let’s start by checking out the safety measures in place around Universal for this event.
Earlier this month, Universal announced that vinyl dividers will be in place between scare actors and guests in an effort to limit contact.
In addition, scare actors are required to wear face coverings while indoors at all times. Guests are encouraged to wear their masks while indoors as well, but they are not required to do so.
Last year, physical distancing was enforced as well, and guests were required to stay six feet away from the parties in front of and behind them. This year, guests are encouraged (though not required) to do the same!
Another 2020 change was the virtual queues, which were used at the Haunted Houses instead of physical lines. So far, we haven’t seen those incorporated this year, but we’ll be on the lookout for any changes!
Hand-sanitizing stations were also out and available to guests to use throughout the event.
Universal has also noted that the houses do use effects like fog, strobes, fire, visuals, and small spaces as part of the event. So, be sure to keep that in mind before you go!
We know that several Haunted Houses are making a return this year, as well as a new one themed after Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House and one that celebrates 30 years of terrifying icons. One of the biggest special events, though, happens to be the R.I.P Tours!
During Universal’s private VIP Tours called R.I.P. Tours, guests are asked to distance themselves from Team Members. While it’s important to stay together as a group, there will also be times that the guide will ask R.I.P. guests to meet back with them at a certain time and place during the night.
As one of Universal’s biggest events of the year, we were expecting some big crowds at Halloween Horror Nights. Even though the first night of the event had an unexpected downpour, it was pretty obvious that the first night was sold out from the amount of people there!
The evening went on with plenty of guests milling about, rain or shine, to the different scare zones and houses…
…as well as the themed food and drink booths available during Halloween Horror Nights.
Universal confirmed earlier that Halloween Nightmare Fuel and Marathon of Mayhem: Carnage Factory would both be returning to the Horror Nights this year.
We didn’t know much about Halloween Nightmare Fuel going into the show, besides Universal’s announcement that “nocturnal creatures, aerialists of the night and frightful fire performers” would appear.
The Marathon of Mayhem show is meant to highlight some of the most horrifying stories as well as the history of Halloween Horror Nights.
We’re bringing you all the horrifying news from Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights this year, so keep following AllEars! And, we’ll be sure to update you on the other Universal and entertainment news coming soon!
Are you going to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando this year? Let us know in the comments!