In the wake of the recent pandemic, we’ve seen closures at all the Disney Parks around the world, in addition to the closures of the Universal parks as well. At a time of so much uncertainty, one could imagine a lot of speculation for these large company’s futures. And recently, Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights event fell victim to such rumors when users on Twitter questioned whether or not the event would return for its 30th anniversary year. To clear up any confusion, Universal Orlando made an official response to such claims.
@TRh88 is one of several users who tweeted Universal Orlando after seeing a series of tweets questioning the horrifying event’s return to the Central Florida theme park–which, at this time, has seen major operations changes due to the pandemic.
“Can someone please give me an update on #HHN30 if it still goes on or canceled ? & Who’s gonna be there. Please Update @HorrorNightsORL @HHNNightmares @MrsOrlando”
— Trh88 (@trh88) March 26, 2020
In response to this tweet and several others asking the daunting question, Universal Orlando replied:
“Hi there! We have not announced any changes to #HHN30. We recommend staying tuned to our social channels for any future announcements.”
Hi there! We have not announced any changes to #HHN30. We recommend staying tuned to our social channels for any future announcements.
— Universal Orlando Resort (@UniversalORL) March 27, 2020
If you’re like us, you’re probably experiencing a sigh of relief. However, it is worth noting that in year’s past, by this time in the year, Universal has already begun making announcements of something relating to the event, whether it be scare zones or haunted houses. At this time, absolutely no information has been released on this year’s event.
On March 30, the official Halloween Horror Nights Twitter account joined in on the conversation of the event’s status in an eerie and relevant tweet, reading:
“i’m sure you all expect me to write something about how i’m always social distancing, but i refuse to give you that satisfaction.”
i'm sure you all expect me to write something about how i'm always social distancing, but i refuse to give you that satisfaction.
— Halloween Horror Nights (@HorrorNightsORL) March 31, 2020
Announced ahead of Disney, Universal has agreed to pay its employees while their theme parks remain closed. In their announcement last week, the company revealed they would continue paying employees until April 19, the same date they are hoping to reopen by. Although, given the recent extension by the president on federal social-distancing regulations until April 30, the likelihood of the Universal parks reopening so soon seems a little less likely.
According to the Halloween Horror Nights’ official website, this year’s event is set to run from September 10 – November 1.