Universal Orlando has announced that they will be testing the opening up of two haunted houses that were originally created for this year’s cancelled Halloween Horror Nights event this coming weekend.
On Saturday, September 19th and Sunday the 20th, regular guests of Universal Studios Florida will be able to experience “Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives” and “Revenge of the Tooth Fairy.” There is not an additional charge for this experience as it is included in your park admission, but capacity is limited.
To keep the Halloween fun going, Trick-or-Treating will be available at Universal’s Islands of Adventure for kids 12 years old and younger. See more information about this limited event below—as well as speculation on what it could mean for the rest of the spooky season.
About the Haunted Houses
Here are official details for the two houses:
Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives
“We belong dead.” The last words of Frankenstein’s monster on that fateful night when his Bride rejected him. But his end was her beginning. Now the Bride is stepping out of the shadows to bring him back. And there’s nothing she won’t do as she sharpens her brilliance by experimenting on unsuspecting victims. The mate will have her monster. And the monster his mate.
Revenge of the Tooth Fairy
The innocent traditions of the tooth fairy hide a darker ritual. All children must give up their baby teeth to the goblinesque tooth fairies or pay a gruesome price. Step into an old manor that has been overrun by yellow-clawed fiends who extract teeth by force. It’s an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.
Safety and Operations for the Houses
Both of the haunted houses will be utilizing Virtual Line, so be sure to download the official Universal Orlando app before arriving. Once on property you can make your reservation for a return time to experience the houses. Universal warns that these experiences may be too intense for children under 13, so it does not seem they will be toning down the houses.
What will change for these houses, are the implemented safety measures. The following information was provided to Team Members about how the house safety procedures will work.
- Wearing face coverings.
- Following social distancing guidelines in the queue and haunted houses. Plexi-glass will also be installed in various areas to help keep separation from scareactors.
- Requiring the use of hand sanitizer before entering each haunted house (also available upon exit).
- Managing of flow in the haunted houses. Capacity will be limited.
Team members and Premiere Passholders will have a chance to experience these houses on Friday, September 18th, before everyone else. Registration is closed for Team Members, but will become available for Passholders starting this Wednesday at noon. See the official website for registration link and more details.
Rumors for More After This Weekend?
Universal Orlando is calling this weekend a “test,” and there are rumors that if the test is successful, they may open these houses for an extended amount of time. They may only be open for weekends at first, and then add more days in October, as we get closer to Halloween. However, the success of this small event will not be judged solely on turnout, but also on how safely the houses are able to be enjoyed by guests.
Some rumors say that if all goes well, we may even see two additional daytime houses open up, perhaps alternating with the existing two depending on the day. So far, the houses we’ll get to experience during this weekend are still expected to be utilized for next years Halloween Horror Nights, but things could always change as we get closer to that event.
Again, these are just some rumors floating around, and only the details in the sections above this one have been confirmed for the houses at this time.
Additional Fun to be Had!
Universal Orlando is actually encouraging guests to come to the parks in a Halloween costume as well! Both Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure will allow guests to wear costumes, (although masks will not be allowed to be worn inside of the haunted houses themselves).
You can see the full list of rules and guidelines for costumes on the official website.
Children can get into the Halloween spirit with Trick-or-Treating all weekend at Islands of Adventure. This is available to all kids 12 and younger. Kids will be able to pick up a bag and go from store to store around the park to collect treats! See more details at the official website.
And, if you want to keep the Halloween Horror Nights vibes going, the Tribute Store is also open. With four themed rooms, merchandise celebrating 30 years of the event, and even some spooky snacks, it’s a must-do for all HHN fans.
As we said before, this weekend is a trial run so who knows what may be in store moving forward if it is deemed a “success.” Stay tuned to the website for continuing coverage of this limited event, and in case any more details are released. Subscribe to the news feed to never miss an update, or enter your email address below. Photos: Universal Orlando