Last weekend, Universal Orlando guests got to experience two haunted houses that were built for the cancelled 2020 edition of Halloween Horror Nights in what Universal dubbed “Halloween Seasonal Experience Testing.”
The testing was a success, as Universal will be opening the two houses again on Sept. 26-27 and then every day from Oct. 3 through Nov. 1.
“Developed by the twisted minds of Universal Orlando, guests can scream their way through two all-new haunted houses where terrifying creatures await to haunt their every move,” Universal said in a press release. “In ‘Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives,’ one of Universal Pictures’ most notorious monsters will step out of the shadows as she stops at nothing to revive Frankenstein’s Monster at any cost. In ‘Revenge of the Tooth Fairy,’ guests will be immersed in an original story that uncovers a dark ritual behind the innocent childhood tradition.”
The HHN houses feature the same safeguards used elsewhere in Universal parks to limit the spread of COVID-19. Face masks are required for employees and guests, physical distancing is enforced and use of guests will have to use hand sanitizer as they enter.
Virtual Line reservations are also available for both houses to help manage the limited capacity, though during its first weekend, reservations were gone within minutes of becoming available.
Universal’s other Halloween offerings are also being extended, including trick-or-treating at shops at Islands of Adventure. Guests can also come to the park in costume, though a word of warning: a costume mask won’t meet Universal’s face mask requirements.
This year’s HHN was supposed to be the 30th edition of the event, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced its cancellation in July. Other seasonal events, like Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s Howl-O-Scream, went ahead with heavy modifications, while Disney World opted to move some Halloween offerings to daytime hours.
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