Halloween Horror Nights Orlando attraction
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The Boneyard
Attraction type

Haunted House

Event Halloween Horror Nights IV
Park Universal Studios Florida
Area Production Central
Year 1994
Housed in The Boneyard
Based on Original
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The Boneyard was one of the four haunted houses that was featured during Halloween Horror Nights IV. It was located in The Boneyard.

Description[edit | edit source]

The catacombs of a recently evacuated insane asylum. The Boneyard is not easy to escape.

History and Location[edit | edit source]

The Boneyard was an outdoor area of Universal Studios Orlando that was located where the Universal Music Plaza is today. The area used to hold props from various movies, such as JAWS and Back to the Future.

In 1994, Universal decided to build a structure around The Boneyard area to hold a haunted house for their Halloween Horror Nights event that year. The props from The Boneyard were temporarily moved to another area to make space for the house. The house actually had two entrances, leading into two technically different haunted houses. Each side would have unique rooms, making guests have to go through both entrances to experience the haunted house in its entirety. This would be the only time The Boneyard was ever used for a haunted house, as it was never used again for that purpose.

Although this would be the last haunted house located in The Boneyard, there would be a couple of scarezones located in that area. Also, the insane asylum setting would be reused in the Insanity haunted house in 1999.

Story[edit | edit source]

As mentioned in the description, the Boneyard was a recently evacuated 19th century insane asylum. The worst of the inmates were left behind, and others made their way back. The asylum was presided over by a maniacal doctor, who had a freezer filled with severed limbs. Many of the patients left behind try to escape, but fail to do so.

Experience[edit | edit source]

Queue and Facade[edit | edit source]

Judging by the map, guests actually entered the house from the back of the Boneyard (near the soundstages), though this cannot be confirmed. The facade of this house consisted of a gate with a sign that said "Condemned. The Boneyard" and "Zimmerman Memorial Medical Center".

Haunted House[edit | edit source]

The house had two separate paths guests could take. Each one offered a different experience. It is unknown what the exact differences between these two paths were. One account says that the Insane Asylum theme was used only in one of the two haunted houses. The second theme was said to be more sci-fi, with mad scientists and clowns experimenting on various "patients".

Scareactors portraying the convicts, wearing tattered clothing or straitjackets, would frequently jump out to scare the guests. The guests would walk into one room with inmates tied down on the beds and a malfunctioning light, creating a strobe effect. One inmate would jump of of the bed and give guests a scare. In the house was a machine called The Grinder that ground meat, and concept art reveals that there was a mad scientist doing something to what seems to be a dead body. There was also a scene with live snakes and a scene with an evil Denist.

According to this, there was a room with bodies hanging upside-down in cocoons made of "wraps". Guests would have to push their way through them, and they were apparently both sticky and gooey.

Scareactors[edit | edit source]

Website Pictures[edit | edit source]

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This house was the first and only house located in The Boneyard.
  • On the 1994 map it incorrectly says that The Boneyard was located in Amity even though it was located in Production Central.
  • The sign on the facade of the house that says "Zimmerman Memorial Medical Center" is most likely a reference to one of the creators of Halloween Horror Nights, Julie Zimmerman.
Halloween Horror Nights IV
Haunted Houses: The Boneyard (House) • Dungeon of Terror • Hell's Kitchen •The Psycho Path Maze
Scarezone: Horrorwood
Shows: Bill and Ted Meet Timecop  • The Devil and His Showgirls  • The Price is Fright  • Robosaurus  • Rock 'N' Roll Inferno
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