Halloween Horror Nights Orlando attraction
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Attraction type Scarezone
Event Halloween Horror Nights: Islands of Fear

Halloween Horror Nights 13

Park Islands of Adventure
Area Seuss Landing
Year 2002


Housed in Seuss Landing
Based on Dr Seuss books, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1957)

Boo-Ville was one of the six scarezones that were featured during Halloween Horror Nights: Islands of Fear. The scarezone returned the following year for Halloween Horror Nights 13. It was located in Seuss Landing for both years.

History and Location[edit | edit source]

In 2002, Audrey Giesel (the widow of Dr. Seuss) said that Universal was not allowed to put anything remotely scary in the Seuss Landing area of the park for Halloween Horror Nights. So, in 2002 when Cindy was originally planned to be the icon, Universal decided to have a scarezone titled Grinch Night. The story is that the Whos were scared of the Grinch and stayed in their homes, making the town look abandoned. Nothing scary would be placed in this scarezone, just fog and weird music.

The scarezone would be located in the Seuss Landing area of the park. The area is themed to the various stories of Dr. Seuss, and is located between the Lost Continent and the Port of Entry. Due to the linear nature of Islands of Adventure, this was designed to be the sixth and final scarezone guests would enter.

After Cindy was scrapped as the icon, the scarezone would be renamed Boo-Ville. The scarezone would still have the same story, and there would still be no scareactors, only fog and weird music.

Boo-Ville would return the following year in 2003 mostly unchanged. The Grinch, however was said to have appeared in that incarnation of the scarezone. The 2003 version was also designed to be the sixth and final scarezone guests would enter.

Description[edit | edit source]

All the Whos are behind locked doors. As darkness falls, the mischievous spirit of Halloween descends upon the deserted streets. Does it bring treats...or tricks?

Experience[edit | edit source]

This was the only scarezone in the events history with no scareactors. Instead, the area was filled with fog, and guests could see the silhouettes of Whoville characters in the windows.

Both versions reportedly featured The Grinch lurking in the fog.

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Although Seuss Landing was modified at Universal's Islands of Adventure's Halloween Horror Nights during 2002, Boo-Ville was the only island that wasn't really scary, as Dr. Seuss's widow, Audrey Geisel, forbid Universal to turn her husband's family-friendly world into a world of fear. If Universal ignored her, Audrey would threaten to end Universal's partnership with Dr. Seuss bibliography if they did anything frightening with the area.
  • This was the first scarezone located in Seuss Landing.
  • The original concept of this scarezone was titled Grinch Nights, and would feature closed shops and lightning strikes.
Halloween Horror Nights: Islands of Fear
Characters: The Caretaker (Event Icon) • Cindy Caine (Scrapped Icon) • Carnage  • Treaks and Foons  • Dr. Burton  • Dino-Men  • Nightmare
Haunted Houses: Fear Factor  • Maximum Carnage  • Project Evilution  • Scary Tales II  • Screamhouse
Scarezones: Boo-Ville  • Island of Evil Souls  • Island Under Siege  • JP Extinction  • Treaks and Foons • Port of Evil
Shows: Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure  • Fountain of Evil  • Studio 666  • Town Square of Tortured Souls
Halloween Horror Nights 13
Characters: The Director (Event Icon)  • Incubus  • Succubus  • The Sentinel  • The Fire King  • The Ice Queen  • The Caretaker  • The Inmates of Shadybrook Asylum
Haunted Houses: All Nite Die-In  • Funhouse of Fear  • Jungle of Doom  • Psycho Scareapy  • Screamhouse: Revisited  • Ship of Screams
Scarezones: Boo-Ville  • Hide & Shrieeek!  • Immortal Island  • Night Prey  • Port of Evil  • Toxic City
Shows: Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure  • Infestation
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