Some doors are never meant to be opened…
Universal Studios Hollywood Swings Open “The Curse of Pandora’s Box,” an All-Original “Halloween Horror Nights” Maze Inspired by the Infamous Greek Mythology Tale
Click Here for a Glimpse Inside Pandora’s Box and Here to Purchase Tickets
Universal City, CA, August 21, 2019 – Temptation is unleashed in “The Curse of Pandora’s Box,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s all-original “Halloween Horror Nights” maze that spills the evils of humanity across this twisted ancient Greek mythology-inspired experience, beginning Friday, September 13.
Greed is the underlying theme of this all-new maze, resurrected from Universal Studios Hollywood’s vault of masterful storytelling that transports guests from the land of the living into the nightmarish netherworld of Hades. The scene begins with “Pandora’s Cabinet of Curiosities,” a dilapidated storefront set in modern times that is, nonetheless, eerily reminiscent of a structure that belongs in the dark and dangerous back alleys of Victorian London.
Amid every occultist artefacts and forbidden relics known to man, the bizarre shop houses an all-consuming collection of evil trapped behind glass-encased cabinets, including a giant, ornate box inlaid with human bones and adorned with the silhouette of a mysterious woman clasping her body with skeletal arms.
As guests pass through the shop they will hear a faint, yet seductive voice echoing the words, “anything can be acquired, anything our hearts desire,” beckoning maze-goers to tempt fate, just as a cataclysmic earthquake erupts, shaking the shop and swinging open the ornate box to awaken a demonic voice whispering in a foreign tongue to “come inside.”
Once Pandora’s Box has been opened and evil unleashed, it can never be closed again.
Tickets for “Halloween Horror Nights” are on sale now, including the first-ever Fan Preview Night which offers an exclusive sneak peek of the event on Thursday, September 12, before it officially opens to the public on Friday, September 13.
“Halloween Horror Nights” brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror and features a slate of unrivaled film and television production quality mazes, frightful scare zones and live performances, inspired by today’s most definitive horror properties.
This year’s 10 mazes include “Us,” based on Jordan Peele’s critically-acclaimed blockbuster film; the iconic pop culture classic “Ghostbusters;” the Netflix original series “Stranger Things;” the 1980s film thriller, “Killer Klowns from Outer Space;” “Creepshow,” inspired by the 1980s cult classic film and the new anthology series airing on Shudder; Rob Zombie’s “House of 1000 Corpses;” “Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man,” inspired by Universal’s original cinematic monsters and the movie studio that invented the horror films; the all-original “Holidayz in Hell” maze and “The Walking Dead.”
Updates on “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood are available online at Hollywood.HalloweenHorrorNights.com and on Facebook at: “Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood,” Instagram at @HorrorNights and Twitter at @HorrorNights as Creative Director John Murdy reveals a running chronicle of exclusive information. Watch videos on Halloween Horror Nights YouTube and join the conversation using #UniversalHHN.
About Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Attractions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™”, and the all-new mega attraction “Jurassic World—The Ride.” Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons Ride™” and DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest.” The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television production studio where they can also experience such thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” and “King Kong 360 3D.” The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage
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ORLANDO, Fla. (August 19, 2019) – Starting today, U.S. and Canada residents can take advantage of an incredible new offer that will give them huge savings on multi-day tickets to access all three of Universal Orlando’s award-winning theme parks – Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay. And – the more days they spend at the theme parks, the more they’ll save with tickets ranging from $53 per day, plus tax for a five-day ticket to $82 per day, plus tax for a three-day ticket (access to one theme park per day).
With more than 60 incredible experiences across three amazing theme parks, including some of the world’s most innovative theme park attractions and environments ever created, multi-day tickets are the best way to enjoy all that Universal Orlando Resort has to offer. With this special offer, guests will be able to:
These ticket offers are valid for purchase now through Dec. 2 for travel through May 22, 2020 (blockout dates apply). Guests can also upgrade these ticket options to include park-to-park access, giving them the opportunity to visit all three Universal Orlando theme parks on each day of their visit. For more information or to take advantage of these offers, visit www.universalorlando.com.
Popcornopolis Launches Halloween Popcorn Mini Cones at Sam’s Club
[Los Angeles, CA] – August 19, 2019 – Autumn is coming, and this gourmet popcorn company will have you fall-ing in love with their Halloween themed treats. Known for the Cone™, Popcornopolis, is pleased to announce the launch of a Halloween themed Mini Cone Snack Pack now available at Sam’s Club locations nationwide. The Halloween Snack Pack of 12 mini cones includes four of Popcornopolis’ best-selling classic popcorn flavors: Zebra®, Caramel Corn, Cheddar Cheese, and Kettle Corn. This spooktacular Snack Pack will be sold at Sam’s Clubs across the US for a retail value of $9.98 and will be available on www.samsclub.com starting September 1.
Mini Cones are the ultimate treat for trick-or-treaters, snack-lovers, and popcorn fanatics. Dressed in hauntingly fun costumes each mini cone highlights its own spook-tacular cartoon-design and features either a monster, a vampire, a witch, or a mummy. Popcornopolis mini cones are a convenient snack size package— perfect for school lunches, afternoon snacks, Halloween parties, your pantry, or the office breakroom. A snack a day keeps the monsters away, so ‘pop’ any of these mini cones into your trick-or-treat bag and prepare for a fang-tastic season courtesy of Popcornopolis!
“Made the way it oughta be”, Popcornopolis offers over 20 mouthwatering recipes and is made from American-grown, non-GMO corn. Crafted with big flavor, the company’s gourmet popcorns are also certified gluten-free with no high fructose corn syrup, or added preservatives, and only the finest ingredients and cooking practices. For more information and a full list of Popcornopolis gourmet varieties visit www.popcornopolis.com.
Popcornopolis was founded by Wally and Kathy Arnold in 2002 when the Arnolds opened their first Popcornopolis retail store at Universal City Walk in Los Angeles, California. Today, the company’s iconic cone-shaped and bagged popcorn packages can be found in grocery and club stores, sports arenas, movie theatres and at www.popcornopolis.com.
To say that this week had a few new announcements would be an EXTREME understatement. On Thursday alone we had announcements for most of the Cedar Fair parks, a new nighttime show at Halloween Horror Nights Orlando AND an announcement from Legoland, California that seemingly came out of nowhere.
We also had a few updates of our own. Grab a refill of that morning coffee because there is a lot to catch up on this week if you happened to miss anything. - Gregg
Walt Disney World Halloween Merchandising
The first of two Florida updates this week, Renée takes a quick look at the Halloween Merchandise now available at Walt Disney World.
Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Preview at Disney's Hollywood Studios
It's getting to be that time again!! Galaxy's Edge is getting ready to open in Florida and we were able to attend one of the previews. We are excited to be covering this amazing addition to the Disney Parks on both coasts.
Silver Dollar City announces $30 Million investment for 2020
Silver Dollar City announced their new raft ride, Mystic River Falls, this week. But that wasn't all. Lots of other great stuff was announced to go along with it.
Six Flags Magic Mountain West Coast Racers and Fright Fest Update
Our last update from Magic Mountain until most likely Fright Fest, we take a look at West Coast Racers progress and prep for Fright Fest. Available in photo and video mode. =)
Legoland California announces largest expansion in park history
Lego Movie Land is coming to Legoland California, and it looks awesome. Complete with "Soarin' over Lego Movie World" on a triple decker couch. Can't wait to see this one!!
Universal Orlando announces Halloween Horror Nights Scare Zones
Is it wrong that I INSTANTLY starting pricing out a (kind of) last minute trip to Halloween Horror Nights after seeing what scare zones are coming?
Jurassic Run at Universal Studios Hollywood
All of the details for this November's Jurassic Run at Universal Studios Hollywood. Run a 5k or 10k this time!!
20 Years of Fear at Howl-O-Scream
Busch Gardens Tampa is celebrating 20 years of their amazing Halloween event. Definitely take the time to check it out this year!!
Rob Zombie's House of 1000 Corpses is coming to Halloween Horror Nights
The last maze announcement for Orlando (Hollywood still has one more) was House of 1000 Corpses. Anybody still think HHN is going family friendly?
Pass Member Appreciation Days at Universal Studios Hollywood
Are you a Pass Member at Universal Studios Hollywood? Well you're in luck. It's time to get some discounts!!
Get ready for a Knott's Family Picnic in 2020
It's the 100th anniversary for Knott's Berry Farm, and it looks like they are going to be celebrating their history in a big way. Just wish this was all year and not just the summer. Maybe they'll celebrate Knott's Scary Farm separately?
New Spooky Nighttime Lagoon Show coming to Halloween Horror Nights Orlando
This sounds totally awesome, a nighttime show featuring Halloween Horror Nights. The Creature from the Black Lagoon has to be part of this one, right?
Behind The Scenes of Jurassic World The Ride with the Cast and Crew
A fun release and fun video featuring some familiar faces behind the scenes of the awesome Jurassic World: The Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood
All new water park, Soaky Mountain to open in Tennessee in 2020
This one came out of left field during all of the announcements on Thursday, a welcome one to be sure.
King's Island announces Orion for 2020 Season
In probably the biggest, and least surprising news, King's Island announced their new for 2020 coaster, Orion. Definitely more comparable to Leviathan than Fury. Which is just fine with us.
Interactive Treat Trails coming to Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney California Adventure
Some fun news about the Halloween event at Disneyland Resort came out on Friday. How long until they start having Family Friendly Halloween Mazes?
Not So Scary Halloween pass now available at Walt Disney World
If you're local or even doing a long vacation and want to check out Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party on multiple nights, Walt Disney World has something you may want to check out!
Mako Construction begins at SeaWorld San Diego
Construction on the first B&M Dive Coaster on the west coast began last week and SeaWorld San Diego sent us some video to share.
SEAWORLD BEGINS CONSTRUCTION ON NEW DIVE COASTER
Start of construction highlighted by National Roller Coaster Day
Construction on SeaWorld San Diego’s new attraction for 2020 — the tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster in California — kicked off in conjunction with National Roller Coaster Day (Aug. 16). The initial phase of construction consists of preparing the site for the installation of the ride’s foundation and utilities. The dive coaster, to be located adjacent to Journey to Atlantis in the southeast corner of the park, is scheduled to open for summer 2020.
Along with being the tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster in California, this new attraction will be the only floorless dive coaster in the state. The ride, being built by Switzerland-based Bollinger & Mabillard, will climb to 153 feet. Riders, with their feet dangling in the air, will be suspended on a 45-degree angle at the crown of the ride before plunging down a 143-foot facedown vertical drop accelerating to more than 60 miles per hour. During the two-minute ride, visitors will also experience heart-pounding inversions, a barrel roll and Immelmann loop, a hammerhead turn and a flat spin as they race along the nearly 2,500 feet of track. Each of the floorless ride cars will hold 18 riders in three, six-person rows.