The Halloween Horror Nights 2013 edition officially opens for those who love scary movies and television shows on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. Among the latest Orlando and Hollywood themes for the Universal Studios theme park attraction will be movies including "Cabin in the Woods" and "Evil Dead," as well as the hit TV show "The Walking Dead" from AMC.
An Orlando Sentinel article from Sept. 20 reports that season three of "The Walking Dead" is among the featured haunted house themes for this year's HHN. This will mark the second year that "Walking Dead" can be experienced by park goers, although this year it required more space. Reportedly it was moved to a "large, backstage building" which normally contains parade floats. The theme will involve various aspects of the show that fans are familiar with, according to Halloween Horror Nights creative director Michael Aiello. Aiello told the Sentinel:
"We knew we wanted to do the chain-link maze that has the tower as its focus point. That could not have been done anywhere but in a soundstage or B79 [float building].
We didn't have any specific characters last year, but this year we're able to use Milton and Merle and Penny."
Among the "Walking Dead" attractions will be the town of Woodbury, including a "pivotal prison" that fans saw on the show, as well as exclusive content involving Penny's home, which Aiello said will show "a little bit more than the show shows." In fact, Penny's residence was never actually seen on AMC's hit show which returns for the new season premier this Sunday evening.
Also among the eight haunted houses or mazes featured in the parks will be those based on "The Evil Dead" remake (see photos here) and the genre-bending horror film, "Cabin in the Woods," which included a plethora of different monsters, but most notably the "redneck cannibal zombie" clan, The Buckner family. Other mazes or haunted areas include "Afterlife: Death's Vengeance," "An American Werewolf in London," "Resident Evil: Escape from Raccoon City" and "Havoc2: Derailed."
Also represented at Halloween Horror Nights will be a variety of different "behind-the-scenes" and VIP tours that individuals can take for different costs, including a daytime tour to see the intricate details that went into the various haunted houses and scenes built on site. The HHN event begins each night at 6:30 p.m. EST in the Orlando, Fla. Universal Studios with a cost of $91.99 a ticket. Florida residents are able to purchase a ticket online between $42.99 and $69.99 based on the night they're choosing to go. The Hollywood edition of HHN begins at 7 p.m. local time each evening and has costs ranging from $49 for an online general admission pass, to a $119 Front of Line Pass, or $209 VIP Experience ticket. Prices vary based on the specific date one attends the event.
The Halloween Horror Nights events first started operating at Universal Studios Florida in 1991 and at Universal Studios Hollywood in 1997. The latest installment, Halloween Horror Nights 2013, will open on Friday, Sept. 20, and runs through Nov. 2 at the Orlando and Hollywood Universal Studios theme parks. See more details at the HHN Florida or HHN Hollywood websites.