Halloween Horror Nights Orlando attraction

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Universal's House of Horrors
Attraction type Haunted House
Event Halloween Horror Nights 22
Park Universal Studios Florida
Area Woody Woodpecker's Kidzone
Year 2012
Housed in Parade Warehouse

Based on

Universal Classic Monsters

The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Dracula (1931)

Frankenstein (1931)

The Wolf Man (1941)

The Mummy (1932)

Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

Preceded By

Horror in Wax (2004)
Followed By Universal Monsters (2019)

Universal's House of Horrors was one of the seven haunted houses that was featured during Halloween Horror Nights 22. It was based on Universal's 100 year legacy of Horror, and was the Orlando variant of the year-long Universal's House of Horrors maze at Universal Studios Hollywood.

History and Location[edit | edit source]

On August 26th, 2012, Universal announced that a haunted house based on the Universal Classic Monsters would be coming to that years Halloween Horror Nights event. The house would be hastily put together after the venue for another house (Soundstage 44) was demolished to make room for the Transformers Ride. The original house would have been based on the urban legend of the Chupacabra. The house would use the same strobe effects as Dead Exposure from 2008. According to some accounts, the pain was still wet on opening night.

The house would be located in a building called The Parade Warehouse. The Parade Warehouse was a very large warehouse built to hold the various parade floats used at Universal. After the Superstar Parade was added, Universal had to build a structure to put the excess floats under, as both a haunted house and all of the extra floats from the new parade could not fit in the warehouse.

In 2019, another haunted house based on the Universal Classic Monsters would be featured. It would be called Universal Monsters.

Description[edit | edit source]

This is no remake. No sequel. No re-imagining. These are Universal’s classic monsters of fear, who have terrified audiences from the Silver Screen. They have been waiting within silver celluloid to be resurrected. The flash of a lightning strike cuts the darkness that surrounds, and terror’s true faces take back what is theirs…

These are the original icons of fear in blinding black and white. In here, lightning slashes through the darkness to reveal terror’s true faces. They’ve been waiting to take back what is theirs…and their time is now!

Face the original masters of terror in blinding black and white as lightning slices through the surrounding darkness.

Settings[edit | edit source]

  • Castle Dracula
  • Frankensteins Castle
  • Egypt
  • The Creature's Lagoon
  • The Phantom's Organ room
  • Film Reel Room

Experience[edit | edit source]

Queue and Facade[edit | edit source]

Guests would enter the queue to this house next to the E.T. ride. The queue would go through the queue of the E.T. ride. The line would then go through the Curious George area of the Kidzone, until going down a backstage road towards the Parade Warehouse. Guests would enter the house through a door on the side of the building. Once inside guests would be greeted with a room holding a sign that said "Universal's House of Horrors".

Haunted House[edit | edit source]

As guests walked in, they found themselves in the middle of a theater lobby Some of the dialogues from a few of the Universal Monsters films could be heard as they walked down the lobby. On both sides, portraits of each Universal Monster represented in the house lined the walls. Guests then entered a film vault where dusty filming cameras and reels were scattered. The howl of The Wolfman could be heard as they entered into the next room. The next scene featured a forest, where guests would encounter the Wolfman. As they made their way out of the room, they saw a circled five pointed star on the wall, the mark of the beast.

After that, guests would go into Count Dracula's castle, where his Brides lunged and screamed at them at every turn. As they tried to find their way into the next room, lightning crashed to reveal a silhouette on the wall of Nosferatu. They then began to walk through hallway of curtains blowing in their direction, while the Brides continued to attack. All of a sudden, Dracula lunged at guests from around a corner.

The next portion of the house had guests ducking down on the ground. Guests found themselves in the lair of The Mummy, who attacked guests on the left. Gill-Man could also be seen above guests. As guests climbed out, they entered into a lagoon-like area where they encountered Gill-Man, who attacked guests. Exiting the lagoon, guests would enter a room and would be startled by a puff of air and the loud sound of an organ playing as The Phantom of the Opera attacked them from the left.

Guests then found themselves walking down a hallway with the sound of electricity growing increasingly louder. Upon entering the next room, guests would be attacked by Frankenstein's Monster, as well as Dr. Frankenstein behind bars on the left. As guests continued down the dark hallway lightning began to crash, and the sound of electricity could still be heard. They would then be immediately attacked by The Bride of Frankenstein on the right, who would also scream at guests. The final of the house featured a room full of film reels hanging down from the ceiling showing scenes from each of the Universal Monsters films. In this room, guests were attacked Dracula on the right, soon followed by Gill-Man and The Phantom of the Opera. Guests would then exit the house.

Scareactors[edit | edit source]

Quotes[edit | edit source]

  • "Whoever is bitten by a werewolf and lives become a werewolf himself." - Maleva the Gypsy Woman (Audio excerpt from The Wolfman, 1941)
  • "Fritz. Think of it. The brain of a dead man waiting to live again in a body I made with my own hands! - Dr. Victor Henry Frankenstein (Audio excerpt from Frankenstein, 1931)
  • "Listen to them, Children of the night! What music they make." - Count Dracula (Audio excerpt from Dracula, 1931)
  • "You may not remember what I show you now, and yet I shall awaken memories of love... and crime... and death..." - Ardeth Bey (Audio excerpt from The Mummy, 1932)

Pictures[edit | edit source]

Soundtrack[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The house was constructed using the structure of one of the previous year's houses, The Forsaken, but it used none of the same sets or props.
  • Jim Timon had said of this house that the designers had developed a "lightning flash" effect to bring the characters to life.
  • A portrait of Vlad the Impaler can be seen on a wall in one of Castle Dracula's hallway scenes.
Halloween Horror Nights 22
Characters: The Legions of Horror  • Alice Cooper
Haunted Houses: Dead End  • Gothic  • Universal's House of Horrors  • The Walking Dead: Dead Inside  • Welcome to Silent Hill  • Alice Cooper: Welcome to My Nightmare  • Penn & Teller: New(kd) Vegas
Scarezones: The Legions of Horror
Shows: Bill and Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure  • 20 Penny Circus: Fully Exposed
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