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Having been on Kong twice now, I really think it is a good ride, but it could have been better. With all of the hype for the attraction, and all of the hype the queue built up, I guess I expected a bit more from the ride. The ending with Kong was really neat, but it almost felt random. Like, "as you look to your right, you will see a King Kong animatronic." I thought this part was going to be more interactive with Kong and actually look like he is angry and then you see his soft side and lets everyone go kind of thing. But I still think it is amazing technology and a must-ride attraction if you have never visited the park before.

 

Have you been on it recently? It seems that they fixed a few things that were a bit "off" during the previews w/ timing, projection issues and even the ability to see your "driver" through the frosted glass. This was my second time riding and I enjoyed it a LOT more than my first. We were also told that there are 5 different "driver" characters and I think the one we got the first time just made the story more confusing than it probably needed to be. It isn't a mind-blowing ride, but I think it is a good addition to the park!

 

Seeing the photos of the queue has made this ride a bit more intriguing to me.

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I think the roar itself is really weak (kinda the sound I would make if I were playing monsters with a kid) and the sound is too clear and close.

 

It'd be more effective if they could make it sound like Hulk was deeply roaring from within the launch chamber with a bit of reverberation.

 

I agree with you and the other poster who said the Hulk sound sounded cheesy. Yes, I do hope they give a little attention to that detail and it ruins whatever effect they hoped to get from it. Even the Hulk sounds from the old TV show sound way better.

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Having been on Kong twice now, I really think it is a good ride, but it could have been better. With all of the hype for the attraction, and all of the hype the queue built up, I guess I expected a bit more from the ride. The ending with Kong was really neat, but it almost felt random. Like, "as you look to your right, you will see a King Kong animatronic." I thought this part was going to be more interactive with Kong and actually look like he is angry and then you see his soft side and lets everyone go kind of thing. But I still think it is amazing technology and a must-ride attraction if you have never visited the park before.

 

Have you been on it recently? It seems that they fixed a few things that were a bit "off" during the previews w/ timing, projection issues and even the ability to see your "driver" through the frosted glass. This was my second time riding and I enjoyed it a LOT more than my first. We were also told that there are 5 different "driver" characters and I think the one we got the first time just made the story more confusing than it probably needed to be. It isn't a mind-blowing ride, but I think it is a good addition to the park!

How long are the wait times and does the queue line move quickly? It looks cool, but they really spent many years working on this for it to not have a more enthusiastic reaction the first ride. Maybe they will up the thrill? I was hoping for a part dark ride and open jungle ride experience with thrills. I have a friend who has a bad back, is it jerky at all? Thanks.

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Don't know if this is allowed on TPR, my mistake if not, but a sort of guess/map has been leaked on FB. Nine houses! Cobweb assumed being Tomb of the Ancients...

 

Also I noticed all pass prices jumped 9-11 dollars this year, except express versions which EXPLODED and jumped up 100+ dollars each. Could effect waiting and queues at HHN this year, as MOST people who go through the house lines in past years entered through express or RIP. And for the first time since I've been here there's an "Every night" pass. Regardless, every night will still be busy.

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Don't know if this is allowed on TPR, my mistake if not, but a sort of guess/map has been leaked on FB. Nine houses! Cobweb assumed being Tomb of the Ancients...

 

Also I noticed all pass prices jumped 9-11 dollars this year, except express versions which EXPLODED and jumped up 100+ dollars each. Could effect waiting and queues at HHN this year, as MOST people who go through the house lines in past years entered through express or RIP. And for the first time since I've been here there's an "Every night" pass. Regardless, every night will still be busy.

If accurate, odd that there is only 3 original houses with only American Horror Story the only house there yet to be confirmed.

 

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Also I noticed all pass prices jumped 9-11 dollars this year, except express versions which EXPLODED and jumped up 100+ dollars each. Could effect waiting and queues at HHN this year, as MOST people who go through the house lines in past years entered through express or RIP. And for the first time since I've been here there's an "Every night" pass. Regardless, every night will still be busy.

 

I like the lineup of houses this year, but the price jump for express passes is no bueno. There's still no way I'm standing in those lines though.

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Hey guys, I've been working pretty hard on this video since my recent trip to SeaWorld and Universal in July. It features both parks as I had neither the time in the parks to shoot sufficient quantities of footage nor sufficient time to edit 2 separate videos. I hope you enjoy my video, I've been attempting to push high quality content, so if you like the video (or not), leaving some feedback would be super helpful!

SeaWorld & Universal: Cinematic Slow Motion!

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(If you see this in the SWO thread please don't mark it as spam, I may post it there because it's relevant to both parks)

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^ Very nice.

 

I realize the editing goes with the soundtrack. I wish (just here and there) that you let

two 'hits' go by, and allow a bit more time on the coaster featured.

 

Other than that, wow! Am curious what the soundtrack is, and who by? Really beautiful

and EPIC, for most of it.

 

I enjoyed it very much. And you did pack so much in there, that is to commend, too.

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Confirmation of the 3 original houses for HHN, looks like Chance's maze is the 3D house this year. Also all 5 scare zones and 2 shows revealed.

 

http://www.halloweenhorrornights.com/orlando/hhn-news.html?__source=A000074273.000001497&IndivKey=264929

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Being a hardcore fan of Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights, I jumped at the chance to reveal all the sinister original content arising from the twisted minds of Universal’s Entertainment team. Here are all the details on the three terrifying houses, five killer scare zones and two outrageous live shows.

 

ORIGINAL HOUSES

 

Lunatics Playground 3D – You Won’t Stand A Chance

 

Enter Chance's imagination in Lunatics Playground 3D You Won't Stand A Chance

 

While Jack’s away, Chance has unleashed the horrors of her imagination. Her twisted delusions and reality are continuously blurred in a 3D playground of carnage. When the music box plays, the world shifts to her sinister theatre of the mind. But when the alarm starts ringing, Chance is thrown back into the brutal reality of her incarceration.

 

Ghost Town – The Curse of Lightning Gulch

 

When lightning strikes, the curse of Lightning Gulch comes to life and this ghostly town appears. These doomed souls—who once went searching for gold—found death and destruction. And now they seek others to join them. As thunder cracks, flashes of lightning will lead your way through this treacherous wild west nightmare. Good luck!

 

Tomb of the Ancients

 

An ancient evil has surfaced and immortal beings from the past have returned to rule mankind. It was only a matter of time until “The Ancient Ones” were unearthed. Now these makers of chaos are loose from the pits of hell—and the whole world will pay.

 

SCARE ZONES

 

  • Survive or Die – A global catastrophe has ruined Earth’s atmosphere. One group of survivors secured a machine that provides clean air. The two other surviving groups are on the hunt to gain control of the machine and are recruiting new members to help them. You can either join them or feed their starving ranks. Which will you choose?
  • Banshee’s Lair – Travel deep into the forest where evil spirits and horrific creatures of the ancient world roam free. Mother Nature’s magical barrier of vines has been torn away and the modern world has found the entrance to this corrupted grave.
  • Dead Man’s Wharf – When a fishing vessel named Annabel Lee never returned to the harbor and was lost forever, the wharf was left uninhabited as a memorial to her. Now, a strange fog has rolled into the village. And the long-lost fishermen’s spirits seek to punish the town that left them.
  • Vamp 1955 – Welcome to Hollywood High School’s 1955 Homecoming Parade. Everything is in place, until the greasers roll into town with fangs instead of switchblades. It’s a procession of chaos with vampires ready to take a bite out of anyone in sight.
  • A Chance In Hell – Get ready for the audition of a lifetime. Chance may be locked away, but that hasn’t stopped her. As the alarms ring and the bloody remains of those who tried to stop her lie around, she’s busy recruiting cellmates to join her biggest act yet. (I hope I get chosen!)

 

And we can’t forget about the two spine-chilling shows this year:

 

  • Academy of Villains: House of Fear – Join this high energy performance troupe of inmates in an explosion of insanity that will thrust you into a realm of mayhem and maniacal terror featuring dance and specialty acts. The Show Must Go On!
  • Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure – No Halloween Horror Nights would be complete without these “excellent” dudes! The Wyld Stallyns return with an all-new Halloween adventure.

 

I was able to lurk around the dark alleys of Universal Studios Florida to get a peek at a few of this year’s houses with Show Director, Charles Gray and streets with Blake Braswell to pick their brains about this year’s original content.

 

What are some of your favorite parts of this year’s original houses?

 

I really like them all. For Tomb of the Ancients, we’ve taken it to the next level, adding a claustrophobic feel with tight corridors and some really cool scenic and decor. For Ghost Town – The Curse of Lightning Gulch, it’s the kind of place I would wanna play in if I was a little kid. It’s authentic! From the store fronts to the piano in the bar everything has a really unique look. Lunatics Playground 3D – You Won’t Stand A Chance is my favorite story, where you go from the real world to the 3D theatre of her mind. We are setting up the stage for her story through the facade starting from where last year’s “Carnage Returns” ended to where her story picks up.

 

And what about some highlights from the scare zones as well?

 

Banshee’s Lair really has that traditional Halloween feel with a Celtic influence. There is a nice nod to Edgar Allan Poe’s “Annabel Lee” in Dead Man’s Wharf and some really cool 1950’s music in Vamp 1955. The costumes are really unique in A Chance in Hell, where Chance’s inmates that worship her take whatever they can find and use those things to look like her.

 

How has Chance’s split personality led to her first stand-alone house, Lunactics Playground 3D – You Won’t Stand A Chance?

 

With this house, we’re taking the opportunity to tell the story of Chance. Everything that is happening in her mind is happening in the real world, we’re just seeing it all through her eyes. For example, Chance and her band of misfits have killed victims by chopping them up and tying them back together to look like marionettes. We’ll see that reality, but we’ll also see what it looks like in her head. The duel realities of Chance are really highlighted in this house.

 

The house that really tickled my fancy this year was the Tomb of the Ancients. Can you tell me about the mythology inspiration and what ancient evils have arose?

 

We’re all very much history buffs here. From South American, Asian and Egyptian cultures, we’ve created a world that mixes of a lot of different cultural mythologies. My favorite creature that guests will encounter is the Amut, which has the face of a crocodile with the mane and front paws of a lion.

 

For fans of Chance, where will guests be able to see her at this year’s event?

 

Chance’s story will pick up right where last year left off. In the Lunatics Playground 3D – You Won’t Stand A Chance house, she breaks out and then the madness will carry over to A Chance In Hell!

 

When did you guys start developing the original content for this year’s event?

 

Actually, we started during the event last year. We tossed a lot of ideas around and then formed a lot of the houses directly afterwards.

 

A big thanks to Charles and Blake for sharing many great details from this year’s event.

 

This year’s killer line up is not complete. There is one more house yet to be unveiled and it’s just HORRIFIC! Till then, grab your tickets and start the countdown for opening night. Hope to see each and every one of you out there.

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This will be my first year not attending in 8 Years . Overall I think the event sounds pretty strong so far, but the execution could ruin a few of these. Honestly I think Ghost Town has great potential. I do miss the days when it was 5-7 original houses with one IP house. That being said, Krampus is a great fit, as it did very well at Scarehouse last year from what I understand. I really hope they can pull off exorcist, that house is the biggest reason I'm sad I can't go this year! I look forward to all of your reviews.

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I was kinda hoping that Universal would do a Deadpool themed house.

 

They can sell chimichongas at a nearby food stand then.

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https://blog.universalorlando.com/whats-new/hhn26-virtual-reality-experience/

 

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I am ecstatic to announce a cutting-edge, terrifying virtual reality experience is coming to Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights. “The Repository” seamlessly blends custom virtual reality technology with immersive real-life storytelling bringing guests into the next dimension of horror experiences.

 

This is one of the most electrifying Halloween Horror Nights’ project I’ve ever worked on - primarily because it is the culmination of 8 years of experimental story-telling, drawing on feedback from our vast HHN audience to learn what thrills and chills them the most.

 

Throughout this heart-pounding, psychological journey, guests’ most personal and intimate fears will be tested as they encounter real-life characters in highly themed physical environments, while working together in teams of four to uncover a paranormal mystery told through the use of the cutting-edge technology.

 

All of this is set in a centuries old warehouse where paranormal and supernatural artifacts have been collected and stored for hundreds of years. Recently though, the secretive organization behind this practice has installed state-of-the-art technology that allows spectral transportation into paranormal realms.

 

Until now, the supernatural has infiltrated our world on occasions labeled “hauntings.” Now, and for the first time ever, we will send you across the SDP (spectral dark portal) directly into those terrifying environments. I wish you a safe journey because what happens to you on the other side is irreversible.

 

“The Repository” can be purchased as an upgrade from your Halloween Horror Nights admission for $49.99 plus tax. It will be available to guests during all Halloween Horror Nights events, beginning Sept. 29 and running through Oct. 31.

 

Universal Orlando Annual Passholders can purchase tickets beginning August 16. Check the Universal Orlando Annual Passholder Facebook page for details. Tickets for the general public will be on sale beginning August 23. Halloween Horror Nights admission is required.

 

Get ready for The Repository, because the door will soon be open to a mind-blowing paranormal experience like no other.

 

More details and booking information coming soon, check back on August 23!

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Not sure how I feel about a $50 uncharge for VR...

 

I'm not sure I'd want to pay an extra 50 bucks to look like an alien from Lost in Space.

 

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I was kinda hoping that Universal would do a Deadpool themed house.

 

You may want to try the Universal Studios Hollywood thread instead.

 

 

Except they don't own the rights to Marvel west of the Mississippi. I figured Deadpool could be their horror/comedy house and it was the highest-earning R-Rated movie.

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The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that Universal has been hit with a lawsuit over CityWalk's brand new Toothsome Chocolate Emporium restaurant, which replaced NBA City.

 

Universal is approaching a soft opening for the new landmark eatery in its CityWalk area, called The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen.

 

But Ohio resident Adam Limle alleges that the concept for the restaurant was actually his, and that he met with Universal executives for months to explain his concept.

 

Limle registered a trademark for The Chocolate Factory in 2014, and started a company that sells chocolates online called The Chocolate Factory LLC.

 

According to the lawsuit, “Universal….and TCF were entering into a confidential business relationship together… Universal secretly hatched a plan to develop and exploit” The Chocolate Factory concept.

 

Limle said he got the idea for The Chocolate Factory in 2003, when his nine-year-old daughter drew a picture of one, for a Christmas artwork depicting the North Pole. He claims in the lawsuit that he first pitched the idea to Universal in 2008.

 

A spokesman for Universal said only that the company does not comment on litigation.

 

An attorney for Limle, David Oliver, noted when Universal changed the name of its project, in May this year, to use the word Emporium instead of Factory. According to him, “Their trademark lawyers made them change the name in anticipation of this lawsuit.”

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