With Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights reaching its milestone 20th year in 2010, its creative team is both looking back on “20 years of fear” as well as promising “a new era of darkness” moving forward. One of the designers leading the way into that new era is show director Mike Aiello.
Prior to 2010, Aiello primarily worked on writing and producing the popular annual Horror Nights show, “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure.” But this year Aiello not only retained that role, but also that of show director for the entire event, including all eight haunted houses and six scare zones. So it comes as no surprise that when I asked him on the event’s opening night, Sept. 24, what he was feeling, his immediate reply was, “Relief.”
Watch the rest of the interview with show director Mike Aiello below, beginning with that question:
(This interview is also available in audio format in Show 286 of the Inside the Magic podcast.)
This was Aiello’s last year working on the “Bill & Ted” show, opting to focus his attention on the rest of the event for Halloween Horror Nights 2011. Universal Orlando’s design team consistently sets the bar higher each year with more original and innovative ideas and with the event under Aiello’s direction, it seems we can expect twenty more years of fear… and beyond.
Our Halloween Horror Nights XX interview series began yesterday with a chat with show director Patrick Braillard and will conclude tomorrow with Universal Orlando director of art and design TJ Mannarino.