Now that spooky season is over, we can take a step back and look at what Universal Orlando has done for 2020. This gives us a peek into what we can expect for 2021. Will they keep the same houses as this year? Will they change them up? What about the haunts that weren’t announced? Are they still sticking around for Halloween Horror Nights in 2021? Let’s dive in!
First of all, it’s fair to say that opening two Halloween Horror Nights houses for day guests in the Fall of 2020 was a moderate success at best. It certainly kept die-hard fans happy and sold a decent amount of merchandise. Yet, aside from opening weekend, both houses had relatively low to no waits. Meaning the odds of them using real estate in the future for a dedicated haunted house (like Universal Studios Hollywood has had over the years) are probably slim.
Second, even though all the houses were built and 95% ready for Halloween Horror Nights in 2020, it doesn’t mean that they’ll just scrap them for 2021. In fact, because of the houses that opened for day guests in 2020, everyone knows at least three that will open in 2021.
Typically, HHN never recycles houses from year to year. However, 2020 (in all aspects) is different. Despite the houses that opened (including the two-day Beetlejuice house), the mindset of Universal Orlando is – most guests who had the opportunity to see those houses in 2020 didn’t. Whether it be travel restrictions, safety concerns or those who just couldn’t justify making the trip to Orlando without a full event, only a fraction of fans got to experience them.
In addition, we also have a fourth house that we got a teaser of that never opened in 2020. Puppet Theater: Captive Audience. This originally debuted on Peacock streaming service. Then it was quickly pulled and reuploaded and to additional streaming platforms as well. Why would they advertise a house more than a year in advance? We have no idea.
This brings us to the houses that have not been officially announced. Keep in mind, nothing is official until Universal says so. However, the information that my website and others have reported still remains correct. Aside from one.
While this is not our image, the map is what was going to open at Halloween Horror Nights in 2020. The Haunting of Hill House, Beetlejuice, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre are all named after their respective intellectual properties (as shown). However, the other names that were not revealed are: HHN Icons – Captured, Welcome to SCarey: Horror Heartland, and The Wicked Growth: Realm of the Pumpkin.
This leaves one house that won’t be returning in 2021: Billie Eilish. The story behind this deserves it’s own spotlight. A long shot, a strange relationship and sour grapes. Come back to Theme Park University and we will tell you what we know about Billie Eilish. It’s the one Halloween Horror Nights that was completely built and the world will never see. Intriguing, isn’t it?
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