The Walking Dead are coming to Halloween Horror Nights 24, but Harry Potter is not (photo via Universal Orlando/AMC)
Hot on the heels of this morning's reveal of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter -- Diagon Alley's London Waterfront, we have have two pieces of breaking news about Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 24, involving The Walking Dead and Harry Potter, that may not cheer up fans.
First, Universal used social media to tease their hardcore HHN fans into staying up all night on Sunday, then revealed at sunrise that AMC's The Walking Dead would return to the park for a third consecutive year. Sleep-deprived devotees reacted crankily on the internet; while the show is a huge crossover hit, frequent HHN visitors (like myself) got exhausted by the IP's ubiquity last year. This time, a haunted house (reported the largest they've ever created) will be devoted to season 4 of the series in Orlando, while Hollywood will have Walking Dead scare zones and a "Terror Tram."
Second, a recent update to the official Halloween Horror Nights website confirms that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter -- Diagon Alley will not be available to HHN guests during event nights. Looks like you'll have to come during the day with a regular park ticket if you want to escape from Gringotts or buy a beer at the Leaky Cauldorn.
Here's the full Halloween Horror Nights press release, with quotes from some Walking Dead creatives:
THOSE WHO ARRIVE, SURVIVE…
AMC’S ‘THE WALKING DEAD’ MAKES UNPRECEDENTED RETURN TO UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT’S AWARD-WINNING ‘HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS’ EVENT
Back by popular demand: The Walking Dead returns as the largest maze in Halloween Horror Nights history, with more characters in a single haunted house than ever before
ORLANDO, Fla. (June 9, 2014) — After rave reviews from fans, Universal Orlando Resort is bringing back AMC’s “The Walking Dead” to Halloween Horror Nights for an unprecedented third consecutive year. Horror-hungry fans will experience an all-new terrifying maze inspired by Season 4 of the critically-acclaimed, Emmy Award®-winning television series.
This year’s bone-chilling maze will place guests at the heart of a harrowing journey to seek sanctuary at Terminus, an elusive destination that promises community for all. Mirroring the terror that befell the residents of the West Georgia Correctional Facility, now overrun by savage walkers, the experience will send guests fleeing from the fallen prison into unknown territory as they once again stage a desperate battle for survival against flesh-eating walkers and ruthless humans.
“The Walking Dead” is based on the graphic novel written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics. The series tells the story of the months and years after a zombie apocalypse. It follows a group of survivors, led by sheriff Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home. “The Walking Dead” is the number-one show on television for adults 18-49. AMC’s “The Walking Dead” returns for Season 5 this October.
“This has been an incredible collaboration and I am thrilled to be working once again with the creative teams at Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood to bring the world of ‘The Walking Dead’ to our dedicated fans,” said Greg Nicotero, Executive Producer and Special Effect Makeup Supervisor for the series. “I can’t wait for visitors to experience first-hand some of the iconic moments from Season 4 in what will be the biggest, most exciting and frightening ‘Walking Dead’ maze to date.”
Universal Orlando's maze will be the largest maze ever created at Halloween Horror Nights. It is literally double the experience and will feature more scareactors in one single haunted house than ever before. Guests will encounter iconic scenes from Season 4 of the hit show – beginning at the prison, fans will enter the cell block where the infection began, escape into the massive Big Spot location with a crashed helicopter ripping through its ceiling and journey to the dilapidated country club overrun with walkers. These and other incredibly immersive environments culminate to the maze’s finale taking you to the End of the Line – Terminus. This year’s maze will be an entirely new experience, featuring never-before–seen walkers and brand new scares.
“Bringing a horror property back for a third year in a row is always a decision that is carefully considered. Fortunately, The Walking Dead is unlike any horror brand around. Its appeal spreads across so many types of viewers. Hardcore and casual horror fans alike are watching week after week, and season 4 offered many new and unique environments and walkers,” said Michael Aiello, Creative Development Director for Universal Orlando’s Entertainment team. “This year, we are taking this partnership to the next level, with a monstrous soundstage maze and a scope that is bigger and badder than anything we’ve ever done in the history of our event."
Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” events have a more than 20-year history of creating incredibly entertaining, horrifying Halloween experiences that are consistently rated the nation’s best. The event features highly-themed, disturbingly real, haunted mazes based on everything from films to nightmares – and streets filled with hundreds of specially trained “scareactors.”
SPECIAL FLORIDA RESIDENT HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS OFFERS
Halloween Horror Nights Florida Resident Tickets and Vacation Packages
Florida Resident Single Night
~ Starts at $45.99 plus tax
· Includes admission to one night of Halloween Horror Nights
· Advance purchase required with a UPC code from Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Zero or Sprite products
· Prices vary depending on date of visit
Frequent Fear Pass
~ Starts at $86.99 plus tax
· Experience 16 nights of the event for less than the price of one
· Includes admission to Halloween Horror Nights on Sept. 19, 20, 25, 28 & Oct. 2, 5, 9, 12, 15, 16, 19, 22, 23, 26, 29 and 30
· Other Frequent Fear Pass options available
FL 2-Night Halloween Horror Nights
Hotel + Ticket Package
~ Starts at $149 per adult, per night,
tax inclusive if booked by Aug. 31
(Purchase early and save: discounted rate
available for a limited time only)
· 2-night on-site hotel accommodations at Universal’s Cabana Bay
· Florida Resident 2-day park-to-park ticket
· Early Park Admission during daytime admission
· 1-night admission to Halloween Horror Nights
· Priority access to a special Halloween Horror Nights entry gate
each event night until 8 p.m.
· Access to live entertainment at Universal CityWalk
· 1-Night packages are also available
· Additional options at Universal Orlando’s three AAA Four
Diamond Award deluxe on-site hotels and Universal Partner
Hotels are also available