By now, I’m sure you’ve heard the news. Universal Orlando has announced that Shrek 4D is officially closing on January 10, 2022. Plus Fear Factor Live is never coming back (not a huge shock) at all. While we have covered what we believe to be happening as a replacement for those spaces in previous articles, today we are just going to affect Halloween Horror Nights in 2022 and possibly beyond.
Keep in mind, while we believe this information presented today is correct, anything can happen. Nothing is official until Universal says otherwise. Call today’s post a premonition, divine intervention or just an educated guess. However, we think we are on the right track here.
First, let’s establish what spaces we are losing at the end of the current Halloween Horror Nights season. First, we are losing the Fear Factor Live stadium. It’s been home to several shows from Bill & Ted to Academy of Villains and the current show: Nightmare Fuel. When the wrecking ball hits that venue in the spring of 2022, you can no longer use that space for Horror Nights shows, which is when it sees the most action during the year anyway.
Located just behind the theater is a tent that has been used for Horror Nights for quite some time. During the 2021 season, it’s home to the Scarey: Horror In The Heartland house. With the demolition of the Fear Factor Live theater, there will need to be some additional space for site prep and construction and demolition. Ultimately, that tent is going away, for now anyway.
Finally, you have the space in the Shrek 4D building which is currently home to Case Files Unearthed: Legendary Truth. This is basically extra space that was once used to house a second theater for Shrek 4D back when the popularity of the show required double the capacity. Now with the replacement starting construction in 2022, there will be no extra unused space for a Horror Nights house after this season.
Moving forward, where do you put two houses and a large-scale show? One might think the extra unused soundstages are the answer. The problem is there isn’t a lot of space to put extra queue beyond what is being used right now. Not to mention, that area of the park is already pretty packed as it is. Adding another house over there just pulls more people to what is arguably the most crowded area of Halloween Horror Nights as it is.
Where else do you turn? Well, there is a space that is pretty similar to the Fear Factor Live stadium: Animal Actors. This theater isn’t used for Halloween Horror Nights and frankly, this area of the park could stand to have some people drawn into it. You’d have to, of course, do an overlay on top of the current show. However, something tells me this show may not last forever and next year may be the perfect time to close it. Regardless, I would expect to see next year’s “big show” in this space.
Now, this may sound crazy, but hear me out. What is the lowest-rated attraction in all of Universal Orlando? That’s right, Fast & Furious Supercharged. At the end of the day, the ride is too new and Universal needs the capacity and can’t justify to just shut it down. However, what if you utilized it for something else for four months? Think about it, it has a ton of built-in outdoor queue. Which, by the way, can be expanded all the way out into the streets of San Francisco if needed.
Next, you have one space that is an open warehouse. You pull out those fancy cars and put in some walls and blammo, that queue space becomes a haunted house. If you utilize it properly, this space alone can be a massive haunt.
However, that’s only half the building. Imagine if you could utilize the path of the ride itself as a haunt. You have certain tools already at your disposal, musion screens, air blasts, water and an entire immersive tunnel for projections. You build some sets around what is already there and change the lighting and you could end up with one of the more impressive haunts Universal Orlando has seen in years if utilized properly.
So what are your thoughts? Do you think these haunts can use other spaces? Or will the event just be cut short in 2022? Let’s see if any of these premonitions come to fruition!
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