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Re: Universal Studios Hollywood (USH) Discussion Thread

Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:37 am

Here's a "first look" at the new Stranger Things Maze coming to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood, Orlando, and Singapore...

Universal City, CA, September 5, 2018 – Universal Studios reveals first look images from the “Stranger Things” haunted mazes coming to “Halloween Horror Nights” 2018.

For the first time ever, Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Singapore are partnering with Netflix to bring “Stranger Things” to life at their “Halloween Horror Nights" events. Each park will feature its very own maze that will give guests the chance to brave the Upside Down and encounter iconic scenes, characters and environments from season one of the critically-acclaimed series.

The images showcase some of the eerily-authentic environments guests will encounter at “Halloween Horror Nights” 2018 – including the Byers’ living room adorned with an erratic display of flashing Christmas lights, Hawkins National Laboratory in the Upside Down, Will’s makeshift fort called Castle Byers and more.

“Halloween Horror Nights” begins Friday, September 14 in Hollywood and Orlando, and on Thursday, September 27 in Singapore. Tickets and vacation packages are on sale now. For more information about “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Orlando Resort or Universal Studios Singapore, visit http://www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com

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Re: Universal Studios Hollywood (USH) Discussion Thread

Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:37 pm

Wow, those scenes look great! I just watched the show so I am excited for this. I probably wasn't going to go before but this is enough to make me want to visit this year. =)

Re: Universal Studios Hollywood (USH) Discussion Thread

Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:54 pm

My girlfriend is obsessed with stranger things and after showing her these pictures were slated to go to horror nights this year!! Will be my first time so definitely looking forward to it.

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Wed Sep 05, 2018 11:25 pm

Just pulled the trigger and bought our express tickets for next month. It will be our first time!

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Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:19 am

That Stranger Things set design sold me on it this year. Going Oct. 4. Looking forward to that and Poltergeist mostly.

Re: Universal Studios Hollywood (USH) Discussion Thread

Sun Sep 09, 2018 4:58 am

Theme Park Review was invited to a special sneak preview to Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights new maze, Stranger Things. John Murdy, Creative Director and Producer of HHN, walked us through the entire Stranger Things maze and explained the thought that went into all of the design.

Stranger Things follows Season 1. The maze starts with Will being abducted by the Demogorgon. Then follows season 1 through a number of rooms. Will’s Room, Will’s Backyard, Castle Byers, The Upside Down, Hawkins National Laboratory, The Void, Hawkins Middle School, HMS Science Room. The Demogorgon will be throughout the maze for obvious reasons.

All the audio clips are taken directly from Stranger Things. John Murdy spent hours watching and listening to each episode taking notes, then requested all the audio clips from Netflix.

The detail in every room, even in an unfinished state, is amazing. The maze, is also in Stage 29 on the backlot, which is a working sound stage. Most recently used for Family Feud. Being in a sound stage gives them a little more freedom. Including a much higher ceiling if needed. I believe some areas of the maze are as high as 30 feet. So not having to distort an area that might have had to in another area. Also, being Universal, there will be some pretty cool effects used throughout.

I think fans of Stranger Things will undoubtedly be impressed with the rooms within the maze, if you’re able to focus at all on anything before being frightened throughout. A big thank you to John Murdy, and Heather from NBCUniversal for allowing us behind the scenes!

Here are a few photos of a couple of the areas that were mostly finished.
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Re: Universal Studios Hollywood (USH) Discussion Thread

Sun Sep 09, 2018 6:45 am

Hum, so judging from the pictures, each universal doesn't have a carbon copy of Stranger Things maze.

Re: Universal Studios Hollywood (USH) Discussion Thread

Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:05 pm

jarmor wrote:Hum, so judging from the pictures, each universal doesn't have a carbon copy of Stranger Things maze.


I've found that to always be the case when they share properties. Each creative team has their own takes on the same scenes.

Re: Universal Studios Hollywood (USH) Discussion Thread

Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:49 am

^ Orlando's always seem to be bigger, too. At least the soundstage haunts. Since Orlando's soundstages aren't in such heavy use they have more freedom. Hollywood generally has only one or two soundstage haunts that share one soundstage. The rest are in existing structure or tents.

Re: Universal Studios Hollywood (USH) Discussion Thread

Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:04 pm

If i want to do all the maze, is an express pass necessary on a Thursday night? Specifically october 11th
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