Location: Universal Studios, Hollywood 100 Universal City Plaza Univeral City, CA 91608
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Description: Universal Studios Hollywood – the home of horror movies since the early days of cinema – resurrects their annual Halloween Horror Nights, offering a longer season of fear than ever before, with mazes based on INSIDIOUS, THE WALKING DEAD, and more.
Opening night is Friday, September 20, playing weekends through the first week of November, with additional Thursday night dates the last three weeks of October: September 20-22, 27-29, October 4-6, 11-13, 17-20, 24-27, 31-November 1-2.
This year’s mazes include THE WALKING DEAD: NO SAFE HAVEN; EVIL DEAD; INSIDIOUS: INTO THE FURTHER; BLACK SABBATH 13 in 3D (inspired by the rock band); EL CUCUY: THE BOOGEYMAN; and UNIVERSAL MONSTERS RMIX: RESURRECTION, featuring the music of Figure (the latter located inside the year-round House of Horrors walk-through).
This year’s ride through the back lot is titled TERROR TRAM: INVADED BY THE WALKING DEAD. Universal is also advertising that, for the first time, the urban settings of the back lot will be transformed into their own mazes and scare zones.
Of course there will be a new version of BILL & TED’S EXCELLENT HALLOWEEN ADVENTURE, and the Universal Studios theme park rides will be open: TRANSFORMERS- 3D; REVENGE OF THE MUMMY; JURASSIC PARK IN THE DARK; and THE SIMPSONS (yay!).
Prices vary according to date, with discounts early in the season and on slow nights (Sundays, Thursdays, the November weekend). General Admission runs from $69 to $74 at the gate, with online sales saving you up to $25. Front of the line passes range from $119 to $139 (no advance discounts). There is also a VIP experience (including front-of-the-line, a VIP horror lounge, valet parking, and a guided tour of the back lot) that ranges from $209 to $239.
Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood is always one of the top seasonal attractions in the Los Angeles area, rivaling and in some ways surpassing the Knotts Scary Farm Halloween Haunt. Though THE WALKING DEAD is over-represented (a maze, a scare zone, and the tram tour), and though this year’s themes are not the most exciting (Chucky? Again?), Hollywood Gothique is interested to see how the back lot will be transformed for Halloween 2013 – there is a huge untapped potential that could take this Halloween extravaganza to a whole new level.
More in this series:
- Halloween Horror Nights 2013
- Halloween Horror Nights 2013: First Impression
- El Cucuy (The Boogeyman) at Halloween Horror Nights 2013: Review & Video
- Walking Dead & Black Sabbath: Halloween Horror Nights 2013 Review & Video
- Evil Dead & Insidious: Halloween Horror Nights 2013 Review & Video
- HHN 2013: House of Horrors & Terror Tram - Video & Review
- Halloween Horror Nights 2013: Final Assessment
- Walking Dead Cast at Halloween Horror Nights 2013