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Welcome to our collection of media covering Halloween Horror Nights 2013! We’ve got a lot of stuff to show you, so let’s not slow down your browsing with a big introduction…
HHN 2013 scare zones in action
Before we get to our analysis and photos, keep in mind that the major scare zones at Halloween Horror Nights 2013 are based principally on Seasons 1 & 2 of The Walking Dead. If you need a refresher on the particulars, here’s a look:
The Fall of Atlanta – The smell of death is in the air as you make your way past an iconic tank, sandbag barriers, and decayed rotting corpses on your journey through this decimated city. But be warned — the city’s not empty.
Woodlands – Tread carefully through these woods, as you never know who you might encounter. Lurking deep in the hidden depths are unforgettable scenes and characters from Seasons 1, 2 and 3.
Survivors Camp – There’s no one telling ghost stories at this derelict campsite, but there are plenty of undead. Will you dare to go closer to the eerily abandoned RV? Keep your wits about you or you might become a ghost story yourself.
The Farm – Something’s burning and it’s not a Sunday roast. Gasoline fumes ignite your senses as you encounter the smoldering remains of a singed country farm. See and smell the putrid barn, the red tractor, and more as you learn what’s causing that horrifying stench.
Clear – Turn around and live, proceed and face your fate. Stick together as you head down this street, because the spiked barriers are there for a reason. If you refuse to heed the spray-painted warnings, you’re in for a terrifying walk that will feel like an eternity.
And one more…
Chainsaw Gang – This classic HHN troupe returns for 2013, and this time they’ve got a ringleader.
View these scare zones on our interactive map.
Our analysis of this year’s Walking Dead street experience and scare zones…
OI contributor Kat: If you’re a big fan of the show, you’ll probably enjoy seeing the familiar props and scenes, but if you don’t watch the show, the significance/meaning of the zones come across as pretty random sets for a Halloween event. Of course there are plenty of walkers (zombies) about as well, but the novelty of them wears off after about two hours. I think they did a good job in recreating actual outdoor sets for this year’s street experience — unlike last year — but personally, I hope Universal returns a little more variety to the scare zones next year.
Dan’s thoughts: I wholeheartedly agree. When I first arrived at HHN and saw all the walkers, and all the props & effects, I thought it was very cool. As the night continued, so did I continue to be impressed with the Walking Dead takeover, particularly the set pieces like the tank in Atlanta, the gruesome photo ops, and Herchel’s Farm.
But about halfway through the evening I started to feel myself wanting more. Once you take two or three trips around the park, the Walking Dead scare zones all start to feel the same, particularly when it gets dark and you lose sight of many of the visual queues.
While this year is a vast improvement over last year, by the end of the night I was dearly missing the individualized scare zones of year’s past, and more importantly, the FULL HOST of HHN characters that used to populate the ghastly streets of Universal Studios Florida.
A closer look at this year’s scare zones:
Here is the complete photo gallery we’ve put together for each scare zone. Click any image to view it full-screen. When the full-screen image is open, click to the right or use the right arrow on your keyboard to advance through the gallery. To get the video rolling, just click the play button.
The Fall of Atlanta
Walker Bomb Truck
One feature of HHN 2013 that is getting a lot of buzz is the Walker Bomb Truck. Based on an event in Season 3 of The Walking Dead, the truck pulls up to various spots around the park and the clan from Woodbury releases their walkers to infect the area. Unfortunately there is no published schedule for when and where the truck will be, so you’ll just have to watch for it during your visit. Here’s a video of the truck arriving in front of Transformers:
HNN 2013 haunted houses
Because we have individual pages set up for each of the haunted houses featured at Halloween Horror Nights 2013, we haven’t included any media covering them here. Once you’re done with this page, you can click over to our haunted house pages by using the navigation links at the top or bottom. (Or if you just want to go there right now, click here.)
HHN 2013 sets & props
While there are no Halloween Horror Nights activities happening during the day at Universal Studios Florida, guests visiting the park in the daylight will still see plenty of evidence that the event is happening. Don’t worry, there are no scareactors practicing, and the decorations do look rather benign in the sunlight.
Remember, you can click any image to view it full-screen.
Here is the complete photo gallery in three photosets. Click any image to view it full-screen. When the full-screen image is open, click to the right or use the right arrow on your keyboard to advance through the gallery.
HHN 2013 merchandise
There’s plenty of good stuff to purchase at Halloween Horror Nights 2013, and it’ll cost you a pretty penny! You can see what’s available below, and here’s a summary of prices: Unisex hooded sweatshirt $44.95, HHN t-shirt $21.95, HHN lanyards with glow skull $12.00, HHN souvenir mug $14.95, and souvenir shot glass $8.95.
Here is the complete photo gallery. Click any image to view it full-screen. When the full-screen image is open, click to the right or use the right arrow on your keyboard to advance through the gallery.
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