Earlier today, Michael Aiello (Director of Creative Development for Entertainment at UOR) revealed the latest house for Halloween Horror Nights 26!
FX’s American Horror Story!
This all-new house will feature Season 1: Murder House, Season 4: Freak Show and Season 5: Hotel.
Here’s what Michael had to say;
Since this fantastic series began we’ve been watching and calculating how – if ever given the chance – we would translate it into a haunted experience. The most engaging aspect of American Horror Story is the fact that every season is a completely new storyline, with brand new environments and characters, not unlike Halloween Horror Nights.
First, we needed to decide how to capture all that content into a single house. The uber-maze or larger template we’ve adopted, most recently with our popular 25th Anniversary maze last year, was the most ideal format.
You’ll be confronted by the horrors that reside within the walls of the newly bought Harmon residence and evade the abominations that call it’s basement home.
You’ll witness the atrocities that befell many of the unfortunate souls of a roadside Freak Show and encounter Twisty, a maniacal and deformed clown performer.
Lastly, you will check into the Hotel Cortez and unlock the domain of The Countess, as she ensures your stay is anything but pleasant.
We’ve worked extremely close with the series creator, Ryan Murphy and 20th Century Fox, to insure it captures the series in every way possible.
As usual the amazing attention to detail will make this a must see at HHN 26! if you are feeling brave you still have time to bag yourself some tickets to this ‘must visit’ event. Check the link below for details on Universal 2-Park Bonus tickets with HHN or the Frequent Fear pass!
For those of you that like to keep up on the latest developments in the theme park world there was a very interesting development yesterday that could have an impact on content within the Universal Orlando Resort theme parks.
NBCUniversal announced an exclusive deal with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution for broadcast and cable network television rights in the United States to all of the films in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World franchise. Beginning July 1, 2018, all eight HARRY POTTER films can be seen on NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s USA Network and Syfy in a deal that also gives rights to air the films across all NBCUniversal television networks. The agreement includes exclusive basic cable rights to the new FANTASTIC BEASTS films – the first of which releases early November 2016. In addition, the partnership incorporates exclusive content and events for the Universal theme parks.
I’m sure you’re fascinated by this but what exactly does this have to do with Theme Parks I hear you cry?…
Well, In addition to the digital and broadcast tie up this deal will allow Universal Orlando to explore a range of new opportunities including fan events, movie screenings and promotional activities tied to the “Harry Potter” franchise and the upcoming “Fantastic Beasts” film series.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort, along with The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade at Universal Orlando Resort, have become global entertainment phenomena. They offer guests immersive, expansive environments complete with innovative attractions, shops and restaurants. The lands bring the films to life in an entirely new way and immerse guests in the adventures of Harry Potter. Universal worked closely with J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. to create the areas to ensure they are as authentic as possible.
We will keep an eye on this as it develops – we’d love to see some Fantastic Beasts content…hint, hint
Not one to blow our own trumpet but…… we’ve reached the finals of the Travolution Awards for best for experiences website. Yey!!!!!!
The Travolution Awards are unique in recognising companies, brands and individuals who excel in the fields of online travel distribution, digital marketing and technology.
Judged by a panel of proven business leaders, experts and entrepreneurs, the awards are the UK travel industry’s highest accolade for innovation and excellence online. Companies and brands compete in a select number of categories, whilst entrepreneurs and rising stars were honoured in the individual awards.
This represents our 4th year in a row of making the final, hopefully this time we can bring the award home.
The winner is announced on the 29th November, so we’re crossing everything until then.
Halloween Horror Nights 26 is shaping up to be a cracker we’ve got Michael Myers, Chance the Clown, The Exorcist, Leatherface and the Walking Dead plus Universal’s latest announcement.
Collaborating closely with filmmaker Michael Dougherty, Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures the HHN26 crew aim to bring authenticity to each terrifying encounter.
Here’s what they said;
The Engel home is decked out for the holidays and all of you are invited to join them. From the myriad of dark elves, gingerbread men wielding nail guns, and the engorged Jack-in-the-Box, to my favorite… the Teddy Bear, each room is full of its own horrifying moments pulled from the film.
You’ll not only try and dodge the invading dark elves around every corner, but will also have to keep your holiday spirits up, while sneaking past the looming presence of Krampus himself. Each encounter with Krampus holds its own unique perspective, as he gathers more souls for his sinister workshop.
The excitement for this property, and what it adds to this year’s event, is the same excitement as waiting to see what Santa has left under the tree. Mixing two cups of horror with humor, a tablespoon of trick, with a dash of treat, and you’ll receive the most gruesome holiday gift ever.
Remember, it’s better to give than receive… unless you’re Krampus. He only takes.
Halloween Horror Nights 26 is really taking shape now and there’s still time to grab yourself some tickets. We’ll continue to keep you updated as we find out more.
Its the moment we’ve all been waiting for… The Incredible Hulk Coaster is back and better than ever…
We reported earlier this week that Universal had begun the soft launch phase but now we can confirm one of Orlando’s best rides is back with a new smoother track, an improved queuing experience, new ride cars featuring on-board music and new effects.
Check out the grand reopening here;
The reopening of the Incredible Hulk Coaster continues Universal’s great 2016 which has seen them open Skull Island: Reign of Kong and confirm that their new water park Volcano Bay will open in June 2017.
Forget theme parks for innovation, at the moment we’re seeing water parks step up and raise the bar… Universal Orlando has set the bar with the news they’ll be opening a brand new water park, Volcano Bay in June 2017 but Disney have also got news of their own.
Back in June we reported that Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon had filed an application with the water authorities to turn an existing back stage area into a new attraction. At that time we weren’t sure exactly what we could expect however last night a bit more information was revealed.
The ride will be called Miss Fortune Falls and will open in the Spring of next year, the park is due to shut from the 25/12/16 until the 11/03/17 for refurbishment.
Miss Fortune Falls will be a family-style raft attraction that takes guests on a splashing journey through the fabled Captain Mary Oceaneer’s past. Legend has it that Captain Oceanear, a treasure-hunting heroine, traveled across the sea collecting unique artifacts before she became stranded at Typhoon Lagoon many years ago by a rogue storm.
Aboard treasure rafts, guests will ascend to the top of the attraction before plunging into a white-water adventure where they will be able to spot some of the treasures Captain Oceanear gathered from around the world.
With a ride time of two minutes, Miss Fortune Falls will be among the longest duration of any attractions at both Disney Water Parks.
Obviously I couldn’t write a piece about Typhoon Lagoon without sharing my favourite video of all time….
We’ll of course give you more information when we know it.
It’s close… its soooooo close. The return of the lean, green, adrenaline machine is just around the corner. We mentioned last week that the walls had been taken down from around the queue area which was always a good sign of things to come.
Well yesterday we got reports from across the pond that people were actually riding the beast in what is called a soft launch period. A soft launch is basically a trial period, there aren’t definitive opening dates and the ride can be stopped at anytime for further testing etc. but its great news and really means that a full opening is just around the corner. Here’s what people were saying about the new and improved Hulk;
It’s time to play the music
It’s time to light the lights
It’s time to meet the Muppets at Disney World this Autumn…
Granted its not as catchy as the original but it has an air of truth to it.
Coming to Disney’s Magic Kingdom this Autumn, the Muppets will be taking part in an all-new live show called “The Muppets Present… Great Moments in American History.”
Here’s what Disney said;
Sam Eagle, the fiercely patriotic American eagle who is forever trying to set a high moral standard for the Muppets, will join Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, The Great Gonzo and James Jefferson, town crier of Liberty Square, as they gather outside The Hall of Presidents to present historical tales in hysterical fashion as only they can. From the midnight ride of Paul Revere to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the Muppets appear throughout the day to share with Guests, their own unique take on the founding fathers and the birth of the United States of America.
Featuring an original song and plenty of wacky Muppets humor, “The Muppets Present… Great Moments in American History” will make its debut in October 2016
Yes! The Muppets are officially awesome I can’t wait to see Kermit and his crew rip it up at Magic Kingdom…
One of Orlando’s most popular coasters has been offline since September last year, regularly consider one of the premier coasters in Florida fans of the lean, green, speed machine have been patiently waiting for its return… and it looks like it might be soon!
Yesterday at Universal’s Islands of Adventure eagle eyed theme park goers spotted the Hulk being tested with humans in it. Made up of staff members and human dummies the Hulk coaster made several runs of the track which is obviously good news when it comes to a launch date.
The testing of the ride with actual people in is usual the final step before either a soft launch or a media day. I CANNOT WAIT!!!
Disney seem to be having great success at the moment with their “themed” bars, the Indian Jones themed establishment, Jock Lindsey’s Hanger Bar opened September last year and has steadily been receiving great reviews, it’s currently rated 4/5 on trip advisor.
Yesterday Disney confirmed some more details about their latest themed bar “AbracadaBar” as you can probably guess the theming is full on magic…
Here’s what Disney has to say;
When it comes to describing this new location, “magic” is key. As the story goes, this little lounge was a former stomping ground for the famous magicians, boardwalk illusionists, and lovely magician’s assistants of the Golden Age. After a show, prestidigitators would gather to “conjure” up new cocktails, swap magic tips and tricks, and stay up all night attempting to “out-charm” each other with their extraordinary illusions. According to BoardWalk lore, it was on just such an evening that every single magician in the lounge vanished into thin air, and was never seen again …
Now, after sitting vacant for nearly seventy years, the secret magician’s lounge is now back in the spotlight and making its world debut as “AbracadaBar.”
Once inside, guests will get a special peek at the sophisticated social club of some of the most famous illusionists of the 20th century. While it’s rumored that the magicians who frequented the lounge vanished without a trace decades ago, their magic still remains strongly intact, and can be seen, heard, and savored in the bar’s signature cocktails. From its enchanted magic show posters and mystifying mirrors, to vintage props and tricks left behind years ago, AbracadaBar promises to be just as surprising and magical as its name suggests.
We love the look and feel of this new Disney bar and can’t wait until it opens. At the moment there is no confirmed opening date but we’ll keep you updated when we learn more…