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Fri Aug 12, 2016 5:03 pm

Universal are getting in on the Virtual Reality craze, with the announcement of a VR experience called 'The Repositry' coming to HHN 26. Although not confirmed, I believe this may be related to the secretive 'Legendary Truth' attractions that have been a feature of HHN over the past few years with the blog post suggesting this has been 8 years in the making.

IMMERSIVE PARANORMAL VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCE COMING TO HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS

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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.

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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, per person. 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. Check back on August 23 for details on how to book your experience!

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


There is also a press release giving some additional information, including the suggestion that this "will pave the way for even more brand new, best-in-class experiences across Universal Orlando Resort" which I can't help feel means we could see Universal attempt attractions in the same vein as Derren Brown's Ghost Train but most probably more impressively and successfully.

Universal Orlando Resort Debuts Cutting-Edge Entertainment Experience, Combining Immersive Theater And Virtual Reality

Limited-Time, Halloween Horror Nights Attraction Will Blend Physical Environments, Real-Life Characters and Cutting-Edge Virtual Reality into an Interactive Paranormal Experience

Tickets For “The Repository” Go On Sale To Annual Passholders August 16 And To The General Public August 23

ORLANDO, Fla. (August 12, 2016) – Universal Orlando Resort is unveiling a cutting-edge – and terrifying – interactive experience that will blend custom virtual reality technology with real-life characters and environments to create a whole new generation of psychological horror.

The twisted minds behind Universal Orlando’s award-winning Halloween Horror Nights have combined forces with Universal Creative, the creators of award-winning theme park attractions, to produce a next-level, immersive theater experience that seamlessly bridges live action and virtual reality (VR).

“The Repository” is an exclusive, limited-time attraction with an entirely unique storyline that will pave the way for even more brand new, best-in-class experiences across Universal Orlando Resort. Throughout this extended, heart-pounding adventure, guests will explore highly thematic physical environments and interact with real-life characters – all while working in small teams to solve a dark mystery unfolding before them. Universal Orlando is working with VRstudios (VRcade), a Bellevue, Washington company specializing in unique VR experiences. The company designed a first-of-its-kind VR platform to be used inside the experience.

“The Repository” will be available to guests during select Halloween Horror Nights events, beginning Sept. 29 and running through Oct. 31. Guests can upgrade their Halloween Horror Nights event ticket to become a part of the ultimate paranormal experience.

This limited-time experience can be purchased for $49.99 plus tax and will be available for purchase by calling 407-224-7840. Halloween Horror Nights admission is also required. Universal Orlando Annual Passholders can purchase tickets beginning August 16. Tickets will be available to the general public beginning August 23.

WARNING: This is an intense experience not recommended for thrill seekers younger than 13 years old.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort

Tue Aug 16, 2016 5:38 pm

The American Horror Story house for Halloween Horror Nights has now been officially announced - below is the press release followed by Michael Aiello's blog post.

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The Twisted Tales Of Fx’s Critically Acclaimed “American Horror Story” Franchise Comes To Life At Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights Beginning September 16

ORLANDO, Fla., UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (August 16, 2016) – One of the most horrifying and wickedly gruesome shows in television history is bleeding off the screen and into your nightmares.

“American Horror Story,” FX’s critically-acclaimed, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning television series that has terrorized viewers for five suspenseful installments, will come to life at “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood, beginning Friday, September 16.

Three chapters of “American Horror Story” will haunt the nation’s best, most intense Halloween event in all-new frightening mazes. Guests will embark on a terrifying journey to become the next doomed residents of Murder House from Installment 1, tortured performers in the disturbing and twisted Freak Show from Installment 4, and victims of the otherworldly, death-dealing Hotel from Installment 5.

For the first time ever, guests will venture through Ryan Murphy’s groundbreaking horror anthology, encountering a plethora of iconic scenes and memorable characters designed to jolt them to their very core. Twisted scenes from Murder House will unleash the evil spirits that possess the Harmon estate, spiraling guests through decades of the tortured dead who previously resided there. In Freak Show, guests will join a troupe of biological misfits in a sinister sideshow where they’ll be stalked by the murderous and deformed Twisty the Clown. Finally, guests will succumb to the warped desires of The Countess after checking in to the haunted Hotel Cortez, conceived from the beginning as a torture chamber for its customers.

“‘American Horror Story’ is one of the most disturbing television shows ever produced, and with such perverse storylines unfolding with each installment, ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ is undoubtedly the only place that could create a living version of the nightmares that Ryan Murphy dreams up,” said John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of “Halloween Horror Nights.” “Plus, as a fan favorite, ‘American Horror Story’ has been the number one requested maze from our guests and we’re excited to let them know that we listened to them and are bringing ‘American Horror Story’ to life.”

“‘American Horror Story’ is engaging for so many reasons, one of them being the fantastic way each installment of the series reveals completely new characters and stories for its viewers,” said Michael Aiello, Director of Entertainment Creative Development for Universal Orlando Resort. “It's that constant evolution that makes this popular series a perfect fit for Halloween Horror Nights – and we can’t wait for our guests to experience some of the horror they’ve seen on the show."

“20th Century Fox Consumer Products is thrilled to team once again with Universal Studios to premiere visionary Ryan Murphy’s groundbreaking series, ‘American Horror Story’ through an all-new Halloween Horror Night maze,” said Greg Lombardo, SVP of Global Live and Location Based Entertainment, 20th Century Fox Consumer Products. “The attraction – which showcases multiple chapters from the acclaimed FX anthology – offers a chilling live-action thrill and simultaneously complements the series highly anticipated premiere on September 14th.”

Captivating – and shocking – viewers since its debut in 2011, “American Horror Story” has won 13 Emmys, two Golden Globes, four Critics’ Choice Awards and one People’s Choice Award. “American Horror Story” 6 begins September 14 on FX.

Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 25 years, guests from around the world have visited “Halloween Horror Nights” in Orlando and Hollywood to become victims inside their own horror film. The streets of each coast’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing “scare-actors” lunge from every darkened corner. Multiple movie-quality haunted houses are erected throughout the event, based on anything from iconic slasher films to hit horror television series to haunting original stories.

Additional details about Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” will be revealed soon. For more information about Halloween Horror Nights at either Universal Orlando Resort or Universal Studios Hollywood, visit http://www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.


THE TWISTED TALES OF AN AMERICAN HORROR STORY WILL BECOME YOUR NIGHTMARE AT HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS 26

I’m still in relative shock on what we’ve been able to assemble for this year’s slate of content. The lineup for Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 26 is something special.

So this brings us to our last reveal and one our team has been excited about bringing to HHN for quite some time – FX’s American Horror Story. This all-new house will feature Season 1: Murder House, Season 4: Freak Show and Season 5: Hotel.

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Since this fantastic series began we’ve been watching and calculating how – if ever given the chance – we would translate it into a haunted experience. The most engaging aspect of American Horror Story is the fact that every season is a completely new storyline, with brand new environments and characters, not unlike Halloween Horror Nights.

First, we needed to decide how to capture all that content into a single house. The uber-maze or larger template we’ve adopted, most recently with our popular 25th Anniversary maze last year, was the most ideal format.

You’ll be confronted by the horrors that reside within the walls of the newly bought Harmon residence and evade the abominations that call it’s basement home.

You’ll witness the atrocities that befell many of the unfortunate souls of a roadside Freak Show and encounter Twisty, a maniacal and deformed clown performer.

Lastly, you will check into the Hotel Cortez and unlock the domain of The Countess, as she ensures your stay is anything but pleasant.

These three seasons will be vividly recreated in every detail – environments characters and moments. We’ve worked extremely close with the series creator, Ryan Murphy and 20th Century Fox, to insure it captures the series in every way possible.

This reveal rounds out the most eclectic slate of brands we’ve ever had. Combined with our original content houses and our scare zone and show slate, Halloween Horror Nights 26 is shaping up to be one for the books.
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Wed Aug 17, 2016 1:10 am

This has potential to be amazing. AHS is one of the better anthology horror series out there, can't wait to see what they do with this.
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Sat Aug 27, 2016 11:39 pm

Florida parks including Disney, Universal, SeaWorld & Busch Gardens have begun to provide free mosquito repellent to guests "out of an abundance of caution" as the Zika virus spreads.
SeaWorld has rescued over 35,000 animals in need![/i]
 
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Mon Sep 05, 2016 1:47 pm

Volcano Bay is slowly becoming my favourite waterpark, and the below shows why.

Awesome video the below images are from!

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The volcano has now surpassed the trapdoor slide platform. Source.

Behind the volcano a tonne of work has been happening!

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The white slide portions are going to be hidden inside the volcano!

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To show the scale of the volcano, can you see the people?

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Now?

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A look at Punga Racers, the racing mat slides and the start of the water coaster!

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Finally, the rock work has begun to be added!

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Thu Sep 29, 2016 5:31 pm

Just a question that i had after what the TPW vlog, how long (in minutes) can the Hogwarts Express (from Kings Cross) hold?
 
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Thu Sep 29, 2016 6:16 pm

Do you mean the queue line? Or the journey length?
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Thu Sep 29, 2016 6:20 pm

Owen wrote:
Do you mean the queue line? Or the journey length?


Queue line, sorry forgot to put that! :lol
 
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Thu Sep 29, 2016 7:26 pm

It can hold a fair amount, not sure an exact amounts but I know it can handle at least an hour, if I were to guess I'd say at least 2...
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Thu Sep 29, 2016 8:45 pm

Yeah I'd estimate it at just over 2 hours with a full queue.
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Thu Nov 03, 2016 4:46 pm

More Volcano Bay information has been released including even name of the parks headline attraction.

Krakatau Aqua Coaster is a first for Florida being a LIM powered water coaster! You will travel through the volcano being showered by waterfalls while you ride in a one of a kind raft!

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Everyone in the park will also wear a "TapuTapu" device. This will include a virtual queue time system to avoid long lines and allow for guests to trigger various effects around the mysterious volcano, including lighting a water effects. Making Volcano Bay a fully interactive park.

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It's also been confirmed that the lazy river will take you through beautifully themed caverns within them 200 foot centrepiece.

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Slides will also feature water effects for added thrill!

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We also have our first look at Karaktau in its night mode erupting!

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Finally we have been treated to this brand new video showcasing these new announcements!

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Fri Nov 04, 2016 9:45 am

wow. its going to be a great waterpark
 
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Fri Nov 11, 2016 7:31 pm

I don't think I've ever been this excited for a waterpark in my life. That lazy river :clap:
 
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Tue Nov 29, 2016 11:33 pm

Nintendo has officially been announced to be coming to three Universal parks including Universal Orlando. Although nothing much has been said about the attractions we do know they've been design with the entire family in mind and that (inevitably) Mario will be making an appearance!

More news to come over the next few months :)
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Wed Nov 30, 2016 8:31 pm

Universal have rolled out some promo art that now features all the offerings at the resort

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Someone has also flown a drone over Volcano Bay and has captured a stunning video!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYg5HBvWug8
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Thu Dec 01, 2016 4:57 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9j-MHzwEQ8 A video about Universal and Nintendo working together, and this is an official video!
 
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Thu Dec 08, 2016 4:22 am

Arrived at IOA today to find the harry potter ride closed. No big deal, I'm here for a couple of weeks... Turns out it's getting a refurbishment and will be closed my whole holiday. Not impressed as this was one of the.main rides I was looking forward to.

Wondered if I'd missed the downtime when booking. Turns out they announced this downtime in November. Way too little notice for most people to adjust their vacation plans and universal know it. There's no way they could order the parts and ride elements they'd need and get them in under 3 weeks. Pretty low from universal.

Kong also broke down when I was on it. 10 minutes in the dark with no announcements of any kind then we finally got told that the ride was indeed broken and had to wait a while after that for them to wheel out some stairs so we could get out. Didn't seem to have the best organisation, wouldn't want to be on that ride if a genuine emergency happened rather than a harmless malfunction.
 
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Thu Dec 08, 2016 7:42 am

That must have been annoying but at least you now have all the Christmas stuff like Macy's parade and Grinchmas. Not related to use, but if you go to Disney Hollywood Studios in a couple of weeks (nearer the end of your holiday), you should have all the new stuff there open such as new rouge one things and jingle bell bam. You might also have Star Wars Galactical Spectacular on, depending on dates.
 
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Thu Dec 08, 2016 1:21 pm

Whilst they should have said about this closure earlier (and I am gutted for you), it was noted a few weeks before your trip and so you can't blame them for not knowing until at the resort - due to the park being year round they have to close major rides in season and off peak (like through the current time period) you can also explain the situation to guest services and they can offer a "secret" experience as compensation. In terms of Kong, it's been well documented that it's a new ride with teething problems and so expecting it to run perfectly is a bit naive, since its known to be temperamental (much like the other two major dark rides of 2016, Frozen Ever After and Ghost Train).

Also ThemeParkCrafter - it should be noted that Hollywood Studios is currently a very unimpressive park (ironically due to the 'improvements'), and the 'new' additions you are referring to are simply some set pieces added to the parks small exhibit. If you have visited previously and haven't purchased a ticket to Hollywood Studios it seems a bit of a waste to pay the extortionate prices for the 6 (I believe) attractions they have on offer when you have 3 other Disney parks and 2 Universal parks at your disposal :)
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Sat Dec 10, 2016 4:17 am

I accept that a year round park requires rides to be closed for periods for maintenance the problem is scheduled maintenance that they keep secret until it's too late for anyone to change their vacation plans. Disney are very good at releasing maintenance schedules well in advance. This maintenance period will have been set in stone behind the scenes for many months before they told the public. These parks aren't cheap and they know how much the highest profile ride being closed would affect vacation plans.

It's just something I was looking forward to massively and I may now never get to experience. It's frustrating to know that I could have planned around it were it not for some corporate greed.

For the kong ride, it breaking down wasn't an issue (it happens) but 10 minutes of silence in the dark with no announcements wasn't good as people started getting restless and moving around ( somewhat interestingly there seem to be sensors in the car that detect people standing up as the 'driver' nags you to sit down)

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