Halloween Horror Nights Orlando attraction
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Midway of the Bizarre
Attraction type Scarezone
Events Halloween Horror Nights V
Halloween Horror Nights VI
Halloween Horror Nights VII
Halloween Horror Nights VIII
Halloween Horror Nights IX
Halloween Horror Nights XI
Park Universal Studios Florida
Area Amity
Years 1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2001
Housed in Amity
Based on Original
Preceded By Midway of the Bizarre (1993)
Followed by Midway of the Bizarre (2004)

Midway of the Bizarre was a scarezone that was featured during many different years of Halloween Horror Nights Orlando. It first appeared in 1995 in Amity and appeared there from 1996 to 1999. In 2000 it was replaced by Midway of Dr. Morose, but returned the following year in 2001. It was succeeded by two versions that had the same name, but very different presentation.

History and Location[edit | edit source]

Due to the success of the concept of a scarezone from Halloween Horror Nights IV, Universal decided to add an extra scarezone the following year. This scarezone would be located in the Amity area of the park, which was an area modeled after the fictional island in which the first two JAWS films were set. The scarezone would feature many different clowns and carnival freaks. The scarezone proved to be a huge hit with guests, and would return for many years afterward.

After The Festival of the Dead Parade was added in 1996, this scarezone became the only scarezone at the event for four years, as it was away from the parade route.

After going through a few minor changes from 1996-1999, the scarezone was renamed toMidway of Dr. Morose in 2000. This scarezone would largely be the same as the Midway of the Bizarre.

In 2001, the scarezone would return, but due to the 9/11 terror attacks, the scarezone was reduced in scale. This scarezone would also be the last official scarezone to be located in Amity.

The name Midway of the Bizarre would return in 2004, this time located in The Boneyard. This scarezone was relatively different than the original ones, as it featured parade floats and a story influenced by the movie "Something Wicked This Way Comes".

Description (1995)[edit | edit source]

Evil is everywhere! You're at the mercy of this fiendish carnival of "scareactors"!

Description (1996)[edit | edit source]

Take a walk no the wild side of a sinister traveling carnival filled with killer clowns and crazed sideshow freaks gone wild.

Description (1997)[edit | edit source]

Beware the knife-wielding clowns and horrifying sideshow acts. Try your luck and win a prize, or lose your life.

Description (1998)[edit | edit source]

Hurry, hurry, hurry! Step right up and try your luck! Win a prize or lose your life! Enter the world's most stupendous collection of horrifying games of skill. Come one, come all. Win a prize and take it home to Mummy!

Description (1999)[edit | edit source]

Enter the world's most stupendous collection of horrifying sideshow acts and game of skill.

Step right up and try your luck on the most sinister sideshow games of skill ever created. Win a prize or lose your life! Hurry, Hurry, Hurry!

Experience[edit | edit source]

This scarezone was modeled after a carnival, with scareactors portraying carnival misfits. According to some sources, guests could actually win prizes here. Many bright colors appeared in this scarezone for a disorienting effect.

In 1995, Baron Samedi and a variety of skeletons appeared in this scarezone. There was also a ringmaster and various "pitch and kill" games.

The 1996 edition was reportedly very similar to the 1995 one.

The 1997 version added carnival games.

The 1998 version was said to have been bigger than the previous incarnations. Also, the entrance sign changed from just the words "The Midway of the Bizarre" to a banner depicting the top of the event mascot's (the face pushing its way through a yellow curtain) face in which guests enter below its upper jaw.

In 1999, one of the performers was a tall contortionist fitting himself into a 3x3x3 cube and remaining in there for some time. There was also a carnival game where the goal was to thrown an alien embryo to knock over milk bottles.

In 2001, the scarezone would become much smaller in scale due to the 9/11 terror attacks. A giant banner indicating the entrance to the scarezone was created and hung in Amity. Most of the clowns would hold cans that they would shake in order to make a rattling noise.

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This scarezone is the first and last scarezone that was located in Amity.
  • The theme from the Italian horror movie Suspiria would play in this scarezone.
Halloween Horror Nights V
Characters: The Cryptkeeper
Haunted Houses: Cryptkeeper's Dungeon of Terror • Terror Underground: Transit to Torment • Universal's House of Horror
Scarezones: Horrorwood Blvd • Midway of the Bizarre
Shows: Bill and Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure IV  • Rock of Ages  • The Price is Fright  • Crypt Keeper's Revenge: The Knights of Hell
Halloween Horror Nights VI
Characters: The Cryptkeeper
Haunted Houses: The Crypt Keeper's Studio Tour of Terror • Toy Hell: Nightmare in the Scream Factory • Universal's New House of Horrors
Scarezone: Midway of the Bizarre
Shows: Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure  • The Crypt Keeper's Festival of the Dead Parade  • Tricks, Treats, & Trances • Welcome to My Nightmare
Halloween Horror Nights VII
Characters: Eyegore
Haunted Houses: Hotel Hell • Tombs of Terror • Universal's Museum of Horror
Scarezone: Midway of the Bizarre
Shows: Abra-Cadaver  • Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure VI: The Final Frontier  • Festival of the Dead Parade  • Frightmares
Halloween Horror Nights VIII
Haunted Houses: Hell's High • Universal's Museum of Horror: Chamber of Horrors • Universal's Museum of Horror: Unnatural History • S.S. Frightanic: Carnage Crew • S.S. Frightanic: Fear in First Class
Scarezone: Midway of the Bizarre
Shows: Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure VII: Dial "E" for Excellent! • Festival of the Dead Parade  • Horrorpalooza • Inferno
Halloween Horror Nights IX
Characters: The Mummy (Event Icon) • Norman Bates
Haunted Houses: Doomsday • Insanity • The Mummy • Psycho: Through the Mind of Norman Bates • Universal's Creature Features in 3-D
Scarezones: Midway of the Bizarre
Shows: Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure VIII • Festival of the Dead Parade  • Deadly D'Illusions  • Tricks or Treats: Dead Man's Party
Halloween Horror Nights XI
Characters: Jack the Clown (Event Icon)  • Eddie Schmidt (Scrapped Icon)
Haunted Houses: The Mummy Returns: The Curse Continues  • Pitch Black  • Run  • Scary Tales  • Superstitions
Scarezones: Midway of the Bizarre  • Nightmare Alley  • The Unknown
Shows: Boogeymen  • Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure  • Dangerous D'Illusions  • Nightmares on Parade
Other Entertainment: The Ooze Zone
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