For more than thirty years, Universal have hosted extremely popular Halloween Horror Nights events at their theme parks around the world. These events come every year and last throughout the Halloween season… and they’ve been so successful that Universal is now planning to create a permanent horror-themed entertainment experience. But instead of hosting this permanent experience at their parks in Orlando, Hollywood, Japan or Singapore, they will be setting it up in Las Vegas.
A spokesman for Universal Parks & Resorts said Deadline that this year-long, Halloween Horror Nights-inspired experience aims to bring Universal’s vast library of classic horror films to life with a series of unique, immersive horror-centric experiences, bars and restaurants, seasonal events and merchandise. The space will also offer a continuously updated experience with seasonal events.
The spokesperson added that the horror experience will be the “anchor tenant” of a 20-acre expansion of Las Vegas’ AREA15, which is described as being “an experiential next-generation mall.” The location is a few blocks from the Strip on Rancho Drive, and the horror experience will occupy 110,000 square feet.
Universal Parks & Resorts’ site Thompson provided the following statement: “We are excited to give our global fan base another way to get scared and have fun with fear in the heart of Las Vegas, the perfect location for this type of unique concept.“
The company’s Mark Woodbury added, “At Universal, we bring our distinct brand of storytelling to life by creating the most innovative, immersive and exciting destinations and experiences for our fans around the world. Expanding our reach to deliver unique concepts to new audiences in new markets is incredibly exciting.“
I have never experienced one Halloween Horror Nights for myself – JoBlo videos like the one embedded at the top of this article are really the closest I’ve ever come to them – but I think it’s great that Universal wants a horror-themed experience that will be open all year round. Even if it’s not in one of their theme parks.
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Deadline was provided with the following images that give a hint of what the horror experience will look like: