Universal Studios Florida is famous for its fiendishly fun fall fear festival, Halloween Horror Nights. Monsters, mazes and macabre mayhem might be the norm, but there’s a deeper darkness to be discovered: delightfully devilish detail found in the event’s guided tours.
All ten trails of terror find themselves expertly dressed with sinister cinema quality props and even a few eerie Easter eggs. However, dig a bit deeper into the darkness and a wickedly wonderful world of detailed dark décor awaits.
In this final chapter of Halloween Horror Nights dark details coverage, discover a duo of guided ghoulish group tours. R.I.P Tours offer an opportunity to skip the lines completely and experience practically all that HHN has to offer. On the other hand, Behind the Screams: Unmasking the Horror exposes every exquisite, eerie enhancement of up to six of the event’s haunts in a lights-on, daytime setting.
Readers of ITM and fans of dark décor master Pumpkinrot should recognize the wicked wall art hauntingly hanging within Café La Bamba at Universal Studios Florida. Additional ambiance is added with ghoulish gourds and sinister scarecrows. Guarding the buffet, Gill-man himself, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, stands tall with webbed hand outstretched, as if greeting newly arriving victims (or, maybe, seeking a small snack?).
R.I.P. Tours accommodate up to a dozen guests for expertly guided, quick-paced exploration of HHN eerie experiences. Fear fans gather to meet their guides and enjoy pre-tour snacks at the delightfully decorated Café La Bamba.
“Get the blood-red carpet treatment with a guided V.I.P. walking tour of Halloween Horror Nights, along with other fans.
- Front-of-the-line entry to haunted houses (once per house, subject to itinerary and event operating hours)
- V.I.P. entrance to Universal Studios Florida for the event
- Commemorative R.I.P. Tour credential with lanyard
- Complimentary standard valet parking (1 vehicle, based on availability)
- Pre-tour reception in Cafe La Bamba
- Access to exclusive cash bar locations (must be 21+ with valid photo ID to consume alcoholic beverages)
- Reserved seating at select show(s)
- Universal Express Unlimited ride access to skip the regular lines following the tour (event hours permitting, excludes houses)” –Universal
R.I.P. Tours cost $159.99 per guest and are the best way to get the full event experience accomplished within on visit. Private tours enjoy the same benefits and add a customizable itinerary and a 3-Day “My Universal Photos” package.
Visit the HHN site for specific rules, information and to reserve a tour.
Extreme Devilish Detail
Haunt enthusiasts and anyone appreciating the attention to detail in these delightfully dark mazes should consider booking one, or both of the Behind-the-Screams: Unmasking the Horror Tour. Each guided tour takes travelers into three select haunts for an up close and personal glimpse at the passionate craftsmanship poured into these amazing mazes. Discover all the details, find hidden Easter eggs, and learn the secrets usually hidden by darkness in this lights-on adventure. Limited photography opportunities provide picture-perfect settings for capturing unique images.
NOTE: In order to preserve the element of surprise for 2018, tour images are from prior year’s events.
Tours cost $79.99 per person for a 3 house tour and $139.99 per person for all six (does not require or include theme park admission). Visit the HHN site for specific rules, information and to reserve a tour.
Dark depths of detail at Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida add amazing ambiance and subtle spooks that are often overlooked. Keep a wary eye open for these enhanced eerie experiences, which serve as excellent examples of the passion and attention to detail brought to un-life by the terror-ific talents of Universal Studios creative team.
Source and images: Halloween Horror Nights, Michael Gavin and additional anonymous contributions
R.I.P. Tour Reception Area:
Behind the Screams: Unmasking the Horror Tour examples ((NOTE: In order to preserve the element of surprise for 2018, tour images are from prior year’s events):