Universal banks on ‘The Thing’ for HHN

“The Thing” is the theme of one of the haunted houses at Universal Orlando Resort’s Halloween Horror Nights, which opens Sept. 23.  A website preview had been showing a severed hand fingering an Ace and a Queen of spades with the caveat that the experience may be too intense for young children and is not recommended for children under 13. It gave the impression that a blackjack theme was being planned.

This year’s Halloween Horror Nights is tying into Universal’s remake of the 1982 film, which is scheduled to be released Oct. 14. The Thing-themed maze will take place in Hollywood as well as Orlando. Park designers and film producers worked together to re-create the sets, score and characters from the film for the annual attraction. Final details will be revealed later this summer.

According to Eric Newman of Strike Entertainment:

We want people to live the film and experience the same terror that affects the film’s characters. We’re excited for Halloween Horror Nights guest to experience “The Thing” in this frighteningly real way.

Jim Timon, senior vice president of entertainment at Universal Orlando, said:

Having recreated well-known horror films in the past, the same level of attention to detail has gone into creating a house experience that will completely immerse guests into the storyline and environment of “The Thing.”

The experience will come at a price. Universal just announced Express Pass prices, reports the Orlando Sentinel. The Express Pass, an option added on top of the cost of regular admission to the after-hours event, allows buyers to bypass the regular line one time for each haunted house and select rides and attractions.  Regular admission to HHN is $81.99 although Universal offers discounts to Florida residents, annual passholders, and those with multiple-night options.

Express Passes will cost $39.99 on Sept. 23, 29, Oct. 2, 6, 19, 26 and 30; $59.99 on Sept. 24, 30, Oct. 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27 and 31; $69.99 on Oct. 1, 7 and 28; $79.99 on Oct. 8, 14, 21 and 29; and $89.99 on Oct. 15 and 22.

Bottom line? Choose your dates carefully and investigate any possible discounts. You could pay close to $200 for a night of fright.

Visit the HHN website for further details.

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