Halloween Horror Nights 29 (2019) Orlando Updates

Believe it or not, it’s only a little more than 3 months before Halloween Horror Nights opens its doors to the public at Universal Orlando. As of this writing, there have been three houses announced and, as it’s been about a month since the last house was announced, it seems like we should be due for another announcement any moment now. Here’s what we know so far and what the rumor mill has been churning out as we wait for more details.

Stranger Things Is Back

Most people assumed this would be the case with the HHN 28 house being so popular that it was opened for a last hurrah daylight hours tour to the general public. Personally, I loved last year’s house, getting a good run by doing Stay and Scream and hitting the house as it first opened. The Demogorgons were on point, jumping out and opening their maw right in my face as I passed through the house. The set design was also top notch, making you feel as if you had genuinely stepped into Hawkins, Indiana in 1984. 

The artwork and marketing copy for HHN 29’s house promises this house will follow the storyline of season two, so look for Demodogs, the Mind Flayer and more scenes in Hawkins Laboratory this time around. Prediction: We’ll get a scene that has us walk through the old school bus on the bone yard with a puppeteered Demodog trying to grab us through the roof of the bus. 

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Nashville Haunted Hayride & Woods – Haunt Spotlight

Nashville Haunted Hayride

I love the idea of Haunted Hayrides. You take the serene, autumn-tinged quaintness of a nice hayride and turn it sinister. Perfect.

I’ve been on a number of haunted hayrides and, with the exception of Walt Disney World’s now-long-defunct Headless Horseman Hayride that was once at Fort Wilderness, most of them have been fairly disappointing. Not really scary and not even all that atmospheric. Still, it’s the idea that keeps me loving haunted hayrides and wanting more out of them.

I was unable to attend 2018’s Nashville Haunted Hayride & Woods due to the fact I spent most of my Halloween dollars and time in Orlando. But this year, I’m going to make absolutely sure that I pay this haunt a visit. While dates aren’t set for 2019, the haunt, produced by Thirteenth Floor, the same group that produces the popular Los Angeles Hayride, is listed on their main attraction page, so they should be returning for 2019.

The haunt is comprised of two attractions, the hayride and the haunted woods. Both sound pretty straightforward:

“You’ve been warned…what was once a nice fall hayride, has turned sinister. Come face-to-face with some of the most demented monsters on earth, who find joy in unleashing their terror on unwanted visitors. Attempt to find your way out of the hayride or face your tragic demise…”

Description on the Nashville Haunted Hayride’s Attraction Page

The Haunted Woods promise a similar straight forward experience:

“Slide into fear through the deep, dark woods where terror resides in the shadows. Locals believe that the woods are home to creatures that one would not even dare to imagine. Legend has it, those who dare to embark on these trails are doomed to never again see the light of day. Enter into the woods and test your luck, but don’t say you weren’t warned…”

Description on the Nashville Haunted Woods’ Attraction Page

I’m actually pretty stoked about visiting this one in 2019. I didn’t realize they had opened an attraction in Nashville until it was too late for me to make arrangements to go (I don’t live in Nashville, so it’s a trip). This will definitely be added to my Halloween 2019 bucket list. And yes, there will definitely be a review.

What’s on your 2019 bucket list? Have you visited any of Thirteenth Floor’s attractions elsewhere?

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