Halloween Horror Nights 2011 full details revealed for 8 haunted houses, 6 scare zones and a new show at Universal Studios Orlando

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After weeks of teasing, Universal Orlando tonight has revealed to us details of what victims – er, guests – will experience during Halloween Horror Nights 2011. In honor of the 21st year of the annual Halloween event, this year’s theme surrounds the notion of luck, chance, and fate, though Universal has made it clear that “the house always wins” and all who attend will come face-to-face with Luck herself – that is, Lady Luck. But the pretty face we’ve seen before is only the more gentle side of this Horror Nights icon. The other half – well, just look below.

Direct from Patrick Braillard, one of the creative minds behind Halloween Horror Nights, we can now bring you all the details surrounding this year’s event, including a list of the haunted houses, scare zones, and lives shows that will be featured.

Watch as he is compelled to share the details:

And here’s the full official TV commercial for Halloween Horror Nights 21, offering another good look at Lady Luck as well as another victim:

Braillard has confessed that there will be 8 all-new haunted mazes and 6 new scare zones as part of this year’s event. Details…

Halloween Horror Nights 2011 haunted houses at Universal Orlando

Nevermore: The Madness of Poe – The madness of Edgar Allan Poe’s greatest works has come to life. Step into the mind of the iconic writer where every turn of the page takes you closer to the brink of insanity.

The Forsaken – Four ships began Columbus’ fateful voyage, only three became legend. Condemned to a watery grave, the mutinous and cursed crew of that 4th ship has returned with a vengeance. For within the walls of a Spanish fort, a maelstrom has brought from the depths… death itself.

H.R. Bloodengutz presents Holidays of Horror – Join creature feature host H.R. Bloodengutz in his final televised broadcast as he presents a scareathon of holiday-based horror that is guaranteed to cleave you screaming for more.

The Thing – Experience the terror of the upcoming film before it hits theaters. Paranoia spreads like an epidemic among a group of researchers in an isolated anactic outpost as they are infected, one by one, by a horrifying creature from another planet. In a place where there is nothing, they found something.

Saws n Steam: Into the Machine – First time taking a scare zone into a house. Spinning blades and massive, crushing pistons await you around every corner as you are forced deeper into the bowels of a mechanical nightmare. Give yourself to “the machine.”

The In-between A 3-D haunted house. An ominous portal reveals a 3rd dimension where all is not what it seems: A realm where our world and another collide. Surrounded by fiendish creatures, your eyes will deceive you with every step through this phantasm of terror.

Winter’s Night: The Haunting of Hawthorne Cemetery – As snow falls on this normally serene gothic cemetery, the deceased souls that occupy its confines have their sights set upon you. Insuring that the chill you feel up your spine is more than just the cold of night.

Nightingale’s Blood Prey – Within every war, the nightingales have appeared able to transform themselves to fit any setting. These savage banshees feed on the weak and the helpless. Patrolling WWI era trenches, you discover that you are more than at war… you’re being hunted.

Halloween Horror Nights 2011 scare zones at Universal Orlando

There will be 6 all-new scare zones as part of the event this year:

(Note: Please pardon the excessive exclamation points. They are part of Universal Orlando’s official scare zone descriptions.)

Your Luck Has Run Out – Enter if you dare into the lair of the lucky! Your choices will determine if you make it out alive! Witness lucks deadly wrath. Will she choose you to be her next victim?! (Icon scare zone!)

Acid Assault – For decades now the city has been degrading from the effects of acid rain that still falls today. Those that have lived and survived the blistering decay are all alone in the city. Survivors have stripped the city of all life to sustain their own…dare to enter the Acid Assault!

Canyon of Dark Souls – Upon entering into the Canyon of Dark Souls, you will feel like a small spec of humanity as the overwhelming sense of death surrounds you. Creatures that dwell within the canyon are not welcoming so walk slowly as to not disturb them!

Grown Evil – Enter, if you dare, into our garden where evil grows. Nature has taken this once well manicured sanctuary back from humans who once kept it. Now the creatures that inhabit the garden are making any human that enters their prey!!!

7 – As daylight shines upon our temptresses, their appearance, though evil, allows you the spectacle of beauty. As night falls, these 7 temptresses will show their true colors and take on their true fatal evil forms!! Beware of your own temptations!

Nightmaze – Journey through the ever changing maze of darkness! This all black maze will morph and change as you walk through it!!! You will not be scared the same way twice!

Halloween Horror Nights 2011 live shows at Universal Orlando

Two live shows will be featured at this year’s event, one returning and the other new:

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure – Party on as those two most excellent dudes return to skewer the biggest names in entertainment and pop culture.

Death Drums – A seductive, hard-hitting and raw extreme drumming experience is revealed at Halloween Horror Nights 21! Don’t just see 1 show as there are 3 different shows nightly. Make the choice and experience death drums.

Rides open during Halloween Horror Nights 2011

This year, in addition to 8 haunted houses, 6 scare zones, and 2 shows, 5 rides will be open during the Halloween event:

  • Revenge of the Mummy
  • The Simpsons Ride
  • Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
  • Jaws
  • Men in Black: Alien Attack
  • After two years of being closed during Halloween Horror Nights, fans will finally be able to enjoy nighttime trips around the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster.

    And in the end, it is Lady Luck who is running this year’s show, and there’s much more to her than a pretty face:

    Halloween Horror Nights 21 at Universal Studios Orlando begins on Sept. 23. A variety of ticket options are available for purchase now at HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Orlando.

    My early thoughts on Halloween Horror Nights 21

    (Warning: Editorial content! Opinions flow freely below. Beware.)

    I always have strong opinions about Halloween events because they are my favorite of the year. When they’re good, they’re great, but when they’re bad, they’re awful. I try to keep an open mind going into any new haunted attraction, as the incredible talents behind their creation often surprise me. But it’s hard not to form some premature opinions about what’s to come based solely on the descriptions given. It’s all I have for now, until September 23 rolls around.

    Reading through the list above, my attention is immediately drawn to the Nightmaze scare zone, which sounds like Universal’s attempt at something “new” this year. Last year, my favorite haunted house was Legendary Truth because of its many unique elements I’d never seen in a maze before. This year, it sounds like Nightmaze will offer that same feeling and I look forward to walking through it many times as it changes around me.

    Of the haunted houses, H.R. Bloodengutz presents Holidays of Horror is exactly what I want out of Halloween Horror Nights. Each year, the “comedy” house is always one of the mazes I enjoy the most. And a few years ago, Psychoscareapy: Home for the Holidays became my all-time favorite Horror Nights house. Many fans agree there was something special about that one. So the notion of bringing back the combination of holidays and horror excites me. I only hope it can live up to my high level of anticipation.

    Another intriguing note is the similarity between Halloween Horror Nights 2011 at Universal Orlando and Howl-O-Scream 2011 at competing theme park Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. These two events often have some minor similarities. A couple years ago, both featured haunted houses based on toys, for example. But this year, the comparisons are far too obvious to be a coincidence. Both events feature an Edgar Allan Poe-themed haunted house called “Nevermore”. Howl-O-Scream’s overall theme involves a creepy garden, as does one of the scare zones of Horror Nights. And Lady Luck’s wheel-o-doom at Horror Nights sure seems like it would fit in well with Howl-O-Scream’s Vampires-in-Las-Vegas haunted house. We know the creators of both events are friends, but at what point does sharing information about each others’ work go too far? Though I’ll admit I’m excited to compare and contrast two Poe-based houses this year.

    I’m happy to see Lady Luck is more than just a sinister woman. Her backstory isn’t clear (yet), but her demonic side is a heck of a lot scarier than her regular look. The description of her scare zone suggests visitors making “choices” to get through, which sounds like another opportunity for a variety of experiences – something always welcome for repeat visitors like myself.

    And after two years of disappointment, I do hope that Universal not only makes good on its word to have Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit up and running during the event but also loads it up with Halloween-themed music. I’d like nothing more than to Rockit above the event while blasting some White Zombie.

    I look forward to experiencing Halloween Horror Nights year-round and will surely post a complete event review once I have witnessed all that is listed above on the evening of September 23, so come back for more thoughts!


    1. Andre


      We’re making our first ever trip to HHN after years of anticipation during the first week of October. I’m a huge fan of this sort of thing and run an event like it myself at a local zoo here in Canada.

      My question is this- I’m going with a bunch of wieners who are terrified of the event (which is not to say I won’t get some good jolts- that’s the point). Is it so scary that you can’t generally walk through the park without a moment’s reprieve? I guess what I mean to say is, is it doable for the average fraidy-cat? No one’s insanely irrational and we all like horror movies but some people seem nervous.

      Second, during the day, is USO/Islands wide open for business as usual? Are all of the rides operating? If we go to the park during the day is that going to spoil HHN at night for us?

      Thanks for any help you can provide..as for me, I’m counting down the days..32 left!

      1. Sjo

        The scarezones are intimidating for ‘fraidy cats. Normally, they are doused in artificial fog [so you can’t see the scares coming]. In order to navigate the park to get to certain rides/houses, you will need to pass though [at least] one scare zone.

      2. Ricky Brigante

        There are definitely plenty of places to steer clear of all the scares. Sidewalks are (more or less) off-limits for scares throughout the parks, as are restaurants and restrooms. So scare zones can be avoided by simply walking around them, most of the time. And haunted houses can obviously be skipped completely – though what’s the point of that? 😉 If your friends are too scared to enter, they will still enjoy the Bill & Ted show, which is completely free of scares and full of comedy.

        During the day, everything operates as normal, with the exception of there being extra HHN-related items in the way here and there. You might catch a glimpse at the scare zone setups during the day, which could ruin a little bit if the surprise at night, but the whole event won’t be spoiled by any means. Daytime is a good way to introduce the scared members of your party to the environment.

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    2. Greg


      I’ll try and answer your second question first if that’s OK. I’m by no means an expert, but I do fly over to Orlando every year from the UK just for this event! The parks are open through the day as normal. IOA should remain open a little later, but Universal Studios will probably close earlier to prepare the streets and houses. If you are there through the day, you can take advantage of the Stay & Scream ticket which is cheaper.

      As for the event itself, in my experience, you and your party will have a blast! There are certain parts of the park that contain the Scare Zones that you will walk through. These are not terrifying, but the ScareActors will try and give you a fright. I think they have a tendency to go for any scared females who choose to pass their way! Have a look at Ricky’s video from 2010’s Boo Camp – it will give you an idea of what to expect from the Scare Zones http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EF_X0XVdtw

      The Haunted Houses are where the gore is ramped up, and you have no idea where the scare is going to come from. If possible, try and go through the houses a couple of times, as each time can be different. I’m sure you will have a great time!

    3. Tryg

      Hey Ricky,

      I don’t know if I missed it, but what is your overall opinion on what has been announced so far? I really only see a few weak spots in the line-up, namely Acid Assault and 7. I’d love to hear your early predictions on where you think the houses will stack up.

      1. Ricky Brigante

        I added some opinions to the end of the article above, but didn’t specifically rank the houses and scare zones based solely on the descriptions. That’s always tough. Last year, based on the description, I thought Catacombs sounded unoriginal and rather dull, but it ended up being one of my favorite houses because of its wonderful execution.

        This year, I’m most looking forward to the Nightmaze scare zone as well as the Nevermore, HR Bloodengutz, and Saws n Steam houses. Out of the houses, The Thing will likely be the least interesting. The UOR creative team always seems to do their best work with original ideas, rather than houses based on outside properties. That’s not always the case, but it is more often than not.

        Depending on the look of the “temptresses”, the 7 scare zone could be quite entertaining. For the Canyon of Dark Souls, I’m envisioning a bunch of cloaked guys on stilts, which gets old quickly. But I’m sure it’ll be more than that.

        Death Drums sounds entirely uninspired and, quite frankly, lame. But I hope to be proven wrong.

        I will definitely offer my annual ranking of houses and scare zones in a few weeks once the event opens, but perhaps it will be fun to compare expectations against actual results. So here is my preliminary ranking, from best to worst, based solely on the descriptions and images above…

        Haunted Houses
        1. HR Bloodengutz
        2. Nevermore
        3. Saws n Steam
        4. The Forsaken
        5. The In Between
        6. Winter’s Night
        7. Nightingales
        8. The Thing

        Scare Zones
        1. Nightmaze
        2. Your Luck Has Run Out
        3. 7
        4. Canyon of Dark Souls
        5. Acid Assault
        6. Grown Evil

        Now let’s wait and see how that holds up against reality.

    4. Meggie

      How far in advance should you buy tickets if you want to go on a Saturday night?

      1. Ricky Brigante

        Saturdays are definitely the busiest, though surprisingly the last weekend is often less busy than those in the middle of October. If you buy your tickets a couple weeks in advance, you should be safe.

    5. I really want to go to Halloween Nights at Universal. It would be my first time. As a Travel Agent, I keep telling people to go to this, so I should bite the bullet and just go. I’ll go if everyone promises not to scare me, okay?

      1. Ricky Brigante

        I don’t think that’s going to happen. 🙂 But you should go, just to get a feel for it, at least to pick up some tips to recommend to your clients.

    6. Cherryumi

      Winter’s Night, Canyon of Dark Souls, Grown Evil and 7 seem to be the ones that are most likely to get poor reviews, but you may be right Rickey; they could turn out like Catacombs from last year and become great houses/scare zones. I just hope the creative team will do “The Thing” house justice and not disappoint tourists.

      P.S: I remember UO did a house in 2009 called “The Thing: Assimilation”; did that get good reviews from you guys?

      1. Ricky Brigante

        “The Thing: Assimilation” was actually back in 2007 and I don’t believe I wrote a review anywhere online that year. However, thinking back, there were a lot of great houses that year (one of my favorite years at HHN in a long time) and that particular house didn’t stand out as anything all that special. It had a good ending featuring a close encounter with a large creature, but I don’t remember much else. It was overshadowed by Jack’s Carnival of Carnage and the inclusion of the New Line Cinema characters, Freddy, Jason, and Leatherface.

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