Halloween may be four months away, but both Universal Orlando and Disney World are already getting the scare tactics ready. The two theme parks recently announced their plans for spooky festivities and attractions which agents can pitch to clients looking to go the extra mile to scare themselves this year.
Universal Orlando's plans for its annual Halloween Horror Nights this year include “Ripped From the Silver Screen,” a series of live shows and haunted houses devoted to new and classic horror films. The series of horror nights at the park will promote the launch of two highly anticipated horror movies: SAW VI and The Wolfman (which stars Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins). For the first time in Universal’s 19 years of holding the events, guests will be able to “re-live” two films that have yet to be released in theaters.
"Halloween Horror Nights is the perfect launch for The Wolfman," said producer Scott Stuber. "The horror audience is one of the most enthusiastic and loyal, so we are pleased they are experiencing it first at Halloween Horror Nights”.
In addition to these two anticipated films, guests will be able to “re-live” scenes from the “Chucky” films, Dracula, and Frankenstein.
“We have an exciting opportunity to bring our guests into the world of some of the most popular horror films,” said Jim Timon, senior vice president of entertainment for Universal Orlando Resort. “If you thought you were scared watching these movies, wait until you experience this year’s Halloween Horror Nights.”
Going on simultaneously in Orlando is Disney World’s family-friendly Halloween festivities. Disney’s “Not So Scary Halloween” offers the “Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade” and the “Happy HalloWishes” fireworks show.
Additionally, Disney World’s Epcot Center will be featuring its 14th Annual International Food and Wine Festival, which contains tastings and samplings from 25 different countries. Live entertainment associated with these various countries will perform in addition to performances from Kool and the Gang, Better than Ezra, and many others.
The dates for Halloween Horror Nights are September 25-26, October 1-4, 8-11, 15-18, 21-25 and 28-31. For more information on “Ripped From the Silver Screen” visit www.halloweenhorrornights.com/orlando/eventinfo.html. For information on tickets visit www.UniversalTravelAgents.com.
Disney World’s Halloween festivities will run on Sept. 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29, Oct. 1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31 and Nov. 1. Information on tickets can be found at www.disneyworld.com/halloween.
The 14th Annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival will run from September 25 through November 8. More information can be found at www.disneyworld.com/foodandwine.