It’s Halloween and we have to feature one of our favorite locations for the pop culture/horror junkie to visit! Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 23 has grown tremendously this year, and even though we didn’t get a chance to visit it – we absolutely loved the press kit (inside) they sent over!
This year, Universal Studios launched a brand new haunted house based on The Walking Dead at both the Orlando and Hollywood parks. Fans have a chance to walk through the West Georgia Correctional Facility, which is now overrun by hordes of flesh-eating walkers! The mazes inside the two parks will send guests cowering through the walker-infested wilderness that surrounds the prison and into the seemingly utopian town of Woodbury where gruesome secrets are concealed.
Universal Orlando is also dedicating its entire “Halloween Horror Nights” street experience to “The Walking Dead” – making this the first time ever that all of the scare zones throughout the park will be themed after a hit television series. Guests brave enough to walk the streets of Universal Studios Florida will encounter iconic scenes from all three seasons of the hit show – including the perilous city of Atlanta and Hershel’s dismal barn – and fleets of blood-thirsty walkers who are hungry for their next victim…
“What’s great about working with a property like ‘The Walking Dead’ is that each season presents new environments and characters for us to draw inspiration,” said John Murdy, Creative Director for Universal Studios Hollywood. “With the prison as the main setting of Season 3, we seized this opportunity to recreate that very environment, down to the last detail, to be as genuine and authentic to the show as possible. Using movie-quality production value, our goal is to make guests feel as if they are mired in the world of blood-thirsty zombies, which is something you can only do at ‘Halloween Horror Nights.'”
“The goal is always to surround guests with authentic and terrifying experiences,” said Michael Aiello, Creative Development Director for Universal Orlando’s Entertainment team. “The combination of ‘The Walking Dead’ themed street experiences and the haunted maze will make it difficult for our guests to escape the hordes of ravenous walkers they’ve seen on their television. The moment you pass through our gate, you become a survivor fighting for your life.”
With more than 20 years of creating incredibly entertaining, disturbing and horrifying Halloween experiences, Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights is constantly rated among the best in the country – and when it mixes in television shows like the The Walking Dead and movies like Evil Dead and The Cabin in the Woods – you can’t go wrong!
For more information about Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 23, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Orlando. If you’ve been let us know your thoughts and sound off below with your favorite haunted attractions of 2013!