We were invited to the Opening Night of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood last night. This year the event opened a day early. They called it the Fan Preview night, offering guests an exclusive first look of all the mazes. There are more mazes than ever before. A total of 10 mazes! Since they removed the Terror Tram they added two mazes this year.
There are 9 New Mazes this year: Us, Ghostbusters, Stranger Things, Killer Klowns from Outer Space, Creepshow, Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man, Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpse and Holidayz in Hell
Red carpet arrival
This year’s Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights Map. More mazes than ever.
The event is now officially underway.
Two new mazes in the Studio Tour loading area. Us & The Curse of Pandora’s Box
Our 1st maze of the night! Us was really good! Love the music.
The journey begins circa 1986 as guests follow in the footsteps of the young girl they first meet as Adelaide Wilson as she innocently ventures through a mirror funhouse at the Santa Cruz boardwalk and has a fateful and traumatic encounter with her tethered doppelgänger, an event that will forever alter both of their lives. The harrowing experience will then transition to present day, thrusting guests into the chaos of “The Tethered” uprising as they emerge from their tunnels to murder their privileged doubles in a nationwide coordinated act of rebellion.
The Curse of Pandora’s Box a New original maze at Universal Studios Hollywood was not good. It’s pretty much neon lights with monsters jumping out. We did like the pre-show.
The Curse of Pandora’s Box – Some things are never meant to be opened…sadly for you, someone already has, unleashing unimaginable evil. Welcome to “The Curse of Pandora’s Box” – the living nightmare netherworld of Hades, populated by the most fearsome monsters in Greek Mythology. Prepare for a trip through Hell where the demonic temptress Pandora serves as your guide. Once the box is opened and evil has been released…it can never be closed again!
Killer Klowns from Outer Space was Fantastic!
Based on the cult 1980s film favorite, the “Killer Klowns from Outer Space” mazes will transport guests to the sleepy small town of Crescent Cove, taken over by a pack of murderous clown-like creatures. Guests will be lured by the sweet smell of cotton candy and ice-cream and find themselves in an otherworldly circus tent where they’ll come face-to-face with the crazed klowns and their sinister, side-splitting antics. As they make their way through the Big Top Space Ship, guests will witness diabolical klowns making cotton candy cocoons from unsuspecting victims and will realize the joke’s on them as they are next to become the gooey snack. From one shrieking klown to the next, the mazes will lead guests through the doomed community of Crescent Cove to an eerie amusement park closed for the season. Trapped in a terrifying funhouse full of killer klowns, guests will be left screaming as there’s no stopping this twisted three-ring circus.
Strangers Things maze was not good. Too many black walls. We love last year’s maze.
Back in Hawkins, Indiana, a shadowy new evil threatens to envelop the entire town. Experience the most terrifying moments of Seasons 2 & 3 as you come face to face with the shadowy Mind Flayer and its army of creatures that wreak havoc in Hawkins. Brace yourself again for the goose bump-inducing world that awaits.
Scoops Ahoy from Stranger Things
Stranger Things souvenirs
Pretty cool quick service.
Wow! Ghostbusters was Outstanding!
Ain’t afraid of ghosts, you say?
Guests will follow in the footsteps of the Ghostbusters – Peter, Ray, Egon and Winston – as they venture through artfully recreated scenes from the film, including the firehouse, New York Public Library and the Temple of Gozer, as an army of ghoulish spirits, hideous specters and ectoplasm-dripping phantasms attack from every corner. As they delve deeper into the maze, guests will come face-to-face with an array of paranormal creatures, from the voracious Slimer to the all-powerful Gozer the Gozerian and in its ultimate destructor form – the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, to brave the demonic spirits and survive the night.
Creep Show was a fun maze.
Experience a horror comic book come to life! Your host for this horrifying journey is The Creep, the skeletal namesake of the Creepshow comic book, who will lead you through five jolting tales of terror inspired by the classic 1982 horror anthology and the upcoming Shudder series from horror legend Greg Nicotero. It’s the most fun you’ll ever have being scared!
Universal Monsters Frankenstein Meet the Wolf Man was Excellent! We still prefer last year’s Universal Monsters maze.
On the heels of last year’s successful “Universal Monsters” experience, Universal Studios Hollywood will introduce an all-new horrifying maze, “Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man,” that delves deeper into the Universal Monsters’ lore. Loosely based on Universal’s 1943 horror movie of the same name, this reimagined tale for the 21st century takes guests on a terrifying journey that bears witness to a deadly confrontation between these two horror icons and the epic battle that rages between them. Guests will follow in the footsteps of the Frankenstein Monster, lured by exotic music towards a nearby gypsy camp while desperately seeking sanctuary from a mob of angry villagers determined to destroy him. It is within the gypsy encampment that the Frankenstein Monster meets The Wolf Man and where the madness begins as guests are led along a path of destruction through the murky Moors, to a creepy cemetery and into the smoldering ruins of Castle Frankenstein and its icy cellars beneath.
From the Ruggsville, Texas roadside oddity “Captain Spaulding’s Museum of Monsters & Madmen” to the home of the psychotic Firefly family, Rob Zombie’s epic horror masterpiece comes to life. Scream all you want, but you won’t find any mercy from the Fireflys as each family member is more sadistic than the next. It’s a never-ending nightmare of blood and gore as they lunge at you from every filthy corner of their decrepit house with rusty implements of horror. Nobody’s coming to save you. After all, what’s one more corpse when there are a thousand others inside?
Holidayz in Hell
Inspired by the popular scare zone of the same name, the “Holidayz in Hell” maze will feature an original score by Electronic Music Artist and Producer Figure and offer guests new reasons to dread the holidays. A tortured Tunnel of Love, inhabited by a crazed Cupid on a quest for hearts to break or take will make this Valentine’s Day anything but romantic; an unhinged Uncle Sam will create a sinister July 4thkillerbration; treacherous turkeys will gobble, gobble an unsuspecting family; and a sick Santa will adorn Christmas Trees with human body parts, with many other milestone killer holidays.
Beautiful Monsters Mural
Walking Dead Walkers located near the entrance to Universal Plaza
Jabbawockeez was a Fantastic show! Just wish one day they will bring back Bill & Ted’s Show.
Here’s our Universal Studios Hollywood Maze ranking:
1. Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
4. Killer Klownz
5. Holidayz in Hell
6. Creeps Show
7. House of 1,000 Corpses
8. Pandora’s Box
9. Stranger Things
That’s a Wrap!
Thanks for having us, Universal. We had a scary good time!
***Make sure to Check out Universal Studios Horror Nights this Halloween Season. You can buy your ticket/pass HERE