Universal Orlando has updated its Halloween Horror Nights website once again!
The site was updated a couple weeks ago coinciding with the commencement of ticket sales. However, the site didn’t really give us an idea of what this year’s Halloween Horror Nights XX (HHN) will bring, since it only showed a generic HHN slideshow page (seen in source code of the site). Today, the website has been changed once again to give us a bit more information and a few clues as to what we can expect at this year’s HHN XX.
Upon entering the Orlando section of the Halloween Horror Nights website, we’re greeted with a message and a flickering lantern. The message states “Get ready for the Ultimate in terror built upon nineteen years worth of goulish creatures and nightmarish frights, as a new era of darkness begins…” This gives us a clue that we can expect the return of old icons along with a whole new theme that will mark the beginning of the “new era” of HHN.
The updated site also provides a link to “look inside Halloween Horror Nights past.” From here, we’re invited to look back at HHN’s beginning in 1991:
- A look at the Legacy – Early Years tab gives us clues by means of an image list – a reference to classic horror monsters, a new haunted maze, queue introductions, first 3D house, as well as jack the clown and his fearhouse. These references could simply be nostalgic reminders of events from previous years or they could be easter eggs that provide us with a sneak peak of what we can expect to see this year.
- Under Legacy – Expansions we’re told of the event’s 2002 transition to Island’s of Adventure as well as its span through both parks in 2004. A further look at the pictures in this sections gives us a look at a new haunted house experience, the festival of dead parade, houses expanded, a map of a new world, as well as the introduction of the infamous body collectors.
- The Legacy – Iconic Era tab gives a look at the beginning of the Iconic Era that started in 2006 and is continuing to the present day. Reflections of icons of the past are shown, starting with the Sweet Sixteen party of four. References to Carnival of Carnage, custom made music for the event, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and more scareacters are seen in the reel.
- Currently the Characters, Environments, and Behind the Screams tab shows a coming soon message, so we can be sure that more clues will begin to surface within the coming weeks.
This refresher course of Halloween Horror Nights tells us that we can expect to see some of the past icons, including a new icon, a re-use of old concepts such as 3D (but obviously in a much more improved fashon), more shows, more scare zones, and an expansion to both parks. That’s right – all this goulish fun can’t fit into one measly park!
In my opinion, the reason we can expect to see these things has to do with the way the site gives us specific information about past HHN events. Think of a director’s job when making a movie: only give the audience a look at the important information and let them come to their own conclusions! I think that we’ve just been presented with clues that pertain to what we can expect to see at this year’s twentieth anniversary Halloween Horror Nights.
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Here’s a look at the e-mail Universal Orlando Resort sent out for the teaser site: