What a difference two weeks makes? I mean within the span of a fortnight we have seen The Shining get its hedges, the Mystery Maze in the Jurassic Park Queue get more detailed, and suddenly three new tents have sprung up for mazes in both the upper lot and backlot. That is not to mention all of the other fun things happening at Universal Studios Hollywood like the Starway expansion, the construction of new theme park space on the lower lot, and the invasion of the upper lot by jailbird Minions and the Dreamworks characters. Let’s get to work on Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights part 5.
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Halloween Horror Nights Twitter
Yeah don’t forget: This week Universal is holding auditions for HHN. If you have ever wanted to try your hand at scaring the USH out of people this is the perfect place to try.
HHN auditions for USH will be held at the Universal Hilton on July 6, 7 and 15. To sign up go to https://t.co/hd7LWZGijv
— Horror Nights (@HorrorNights) June 24, 2017
It was another quiet couple of weeks for Creative Director of Universal Studios Hollywood and Halloween Horror Nights, John Murdy. Two tweets total. One teased an announcement, the other confirmed there was nothing on the horizon.
“By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes” Stay tuned my patient Boils & Ghouls…something’s coming soon!
— Horror Nights (@HorrorNights) July 10, 2017
I cursed myself by quoting from “The Scottish Play” (theatre people will get the reference). Waiting for info. Hang in there Boils & Ghouls
— Horror Nights (@HorrorNights) July 12, 2017
There is a ton of action happening on the upper lot here. New characters to play with and maze construction!
MINIONS MUY MALO
Those adorable minions from Illumination Pictures release of Despicable Me 3, there is a new, rather seedy photo op nestled between the Brooklyn facades and Shrek 4D. Careful. They may try to recruit you.
YES! More maze madness! The last time we had a maze in this area of the park was for the brilliant Halloween maze from two years ago. The mere thought of something coming back to this spot makes me crazy excited for what might be coming.
But before we get too spooky, we neglected to let you all know about the collection of Dreamworks characters that have taken up residence in Universal Plaza in anticipation of the new Dreamworks theater.
MAZE 4 Waterworld Queue
It was confirmed by Murdy, through the @HorrorNights twitter account, that a maze will be taking up residence in the Waterworld queue again. But this week we were stupid and forgot to go look because the siren call of frozen butterbeer was too much to resist. Slap us like a red-headed step child. Sorry.
More action in the lower lot here as construction projects and mazes continue.
The expansion of the Starway continues and looks to be speeding up. The framework for the canopies have all been painted, the glass panels installed, and the fourth escalators are getting geared up.
The Shining • Maze #2
This is the coolest part of maze construction and the most boring part, especially with a maze at this particular location. We know what it is, we know that it is almost finished, we can even see the beginning and ending of the maze. Now what? I know, right???
Jurassic Park Queue Maze
Okay so what the heck is this maze??? It is nearly done and, at this point, anything in this spot has been announced due to it being entirely recognizable. Well, part of the fun is speculation. So, what the heck do you think it is?
Venturing out into the backlot we see not one, but three mazes under construction.
Maze 3: American Horror Story: Your Roanoke Nightmare – Backlot
As we had reported, the mounds of dirt have been moved and the American Horror Story maze is now under construction in this spot. Spoiler alert. There are trees. Lots of them. Also there will be stunning and detailed sets.
Maze 1 and Maze 2
With no word from Murdy yet, we can see that suddenly two maze tents have popped up in the former spaces of Krampus and Freddy Vs. Jason. Both of those were huge crowd favorites. Will the luck of these spots carry over?
Told you there was a ton of stuff to see! Okay, can you believe how much has been done? What else will be coming our way? This is the most exciting time, when mystery abounds and the promise of big announcements hangs in the air. We will return to Universal in two weeks to update you further.
Wait. There is something else happening in two weeks. What could it be?
OH YEAH! Please come see us at Booth 131 during Midsummer Scream, July 29th and 30th! We have plenty of fun things for you to enjoy including how to start planning your Halloween Season. We can’t say much more. But get ready. Things are gonna get scary.
You will be able to get all of your questions answered at booth 131 on the Midsummer Scream Show Floor.
Join us on the Facebook page and continue the speculation on line with us on the HorrorBuzz page. Until next time, unpleasant dreams.