Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights 2013
Another year in the can! Is that the saying? Oh well.
This past weekend we had a ladies night at Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights! We ran, we jumped, we shrieked and we did A LOT of laughing. I may have done more of the running, jumping and screaming... i mean, shrieking. ;)
This year the main event is Walking Dead themed. With the Terror Tram being overrun by zombies, you wind past riot gear clad zombies and walkers swarming the sets of Psycho and War of the Worlds. The trail now bypasses the Psycho house but there is now a photo op that drops off the trail. We took a moment to enjoy the spooky lighting and closeness of this amazing set.
We resumed our walk through a barricaded sheet maze full of Woodbury Residents that wanted us to "git on out!" and landed in the destroyed neighborhood of War of the Worlds. While this is all awesome and amazing, I have to admit I'm looking forward to a new theme next year.
Back on the lower lower lot, past ScareCrowz we boarded a much shorter tram trip to New York Street where we were greeted by dense fog and walkers! Again, Walking Dead themed but AMAZING!! The walkers really had the stager down and one was creepily crab walking. We walked passed tanks and abandoned cars as well as huge crates and into a tiny town being over run with walkers. In the windows, you could catch glimpse of walkers in the buildings.
Here we had two mazes to chose from: Walking Dead and Black Sabbeth 3D.
Walking Dead is highly detailed taking you though the prison, passed a crashed helicopter and into Woodbury where you visit The Governors man-cave and dodge walkers. Lots of smells and GREAT scenes to walk through.
After this we walked over though Black Sabbath 3D, inspired by the bands music. This maze is very much repurposed scenes from La Llorna and Alice Cooper from years past. However all very colorful and appropriate to the music. While I hate wearing 3D glasses over my glasses, it only enhances the maze and makes it that much more enjoyable. The music also gets stuck in your head and you find yourself humming Black Sabbath songs while braising cabbage at school at 7am on a Monday morning. Just me? No? Good.
We were a bit bummed to leave New York Street, but took the tram back to the lower x2 lot to ride some rides and visit Insidious and Evil Dead.
The Insidious: Into The Further maze was by far my favorite of the night. It tapped into my fear of normal everyday houses holding something much more sinister and foreboding. I also have a thing about parallel dimensions existing and this really feeds into it. While the first movie is predictable and alright, it has some great imagery and I'm so glad it was really captured for this maze. Lots of smells, dark endless hallways and that friggin song!
The Evil Dead maze made great use of indoor outdoor sets, basements and me just yelling "STOP READING THE BOOK!".
Heading back up to the main park we watched the Bill and Ted show, which holds true to the most out of place and weird variety show of the year. Lots of half naked dancing and pop-culture referencing. I will say that the costumes are AMAZING.
With two mazes left and a few scare zones to walk trough we headed to El Cucuy, narrated by Danny Trejio. While the overall theme was a bit lost on me, I loved the theater scene and underground scenes. Having Danny narrate was an added bonus but a bit hard to hear over all.
Last maze of the evening was Monsters: Remixed. I love walking through the year round maze that Universal has however, I'm not a fan of this remixing business. It's just loud and everyone is just dancing in line. Which is fun but it's just really really loud. I am old. Oh and I don't like my Bride with a bunch of syringes in her beautiful head. I said it. There.
The scare zones this year were The Purge, Clownz, ScareCrowz and Chucky themed. All fun and full of LOTS to see. Chucky was back with his heckling where he certainly pushed buttons and didn't hold back. The crowd over all loved it with plenty of "OH MY GOD"s being said throughout the crowd.
After eating cheesy fries and shakes we headed home and deemed the night a success.
I do have a few suggestions for those visiting. Two really. Buy the Front of the Line Pass EARLY and on the day of get there early in the evening. Be prepared for crowds and to shell out a pretty penny for your pass. Also, have fun and be courteous! In the end it's all worth it.
I'm so happy to be able to keep up the tradition of going to HHN and having a wonderfully scary time.
Past Horror Nights!