Resident Evil: Escape from Raccoon City


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Resident Evil: Escape from Raccoon City - Halloween Horror Nights 2013.

Resident Evil: Escape from Raccoon City – Halloween Horror Nights 2013.

Be prepared: Universal will transform reality into a surreal fight for survival as the critically-acclaimed survival horror video game series Resident Evil becomes a haunted house at Halloween Horror Nights!

YOU will enter Raccoon City and attempt to escape the horrors contained within… if you can.


Spoiler-free review

OI contributor Kat: This house is based off the Resident Evil video game series, and the sets inside the house are, for the most part, grand and detailed. Fans of the video games will also enjoy the “easter eggs” in the form of nods to in game power-ups. However, at this juncture, this house doesn’t seem to have a lot to offer the general public. The human characters seemed to be posing more than they were trying fight the monsters, and there weren’t a lot of scares going on, perhaps because there didn’t even seem to be a lot of scareactors. I wanted to like this house because I thought the sets were great, but I just didn’t really find a lot to love in it.

(If you’re not a fan of Resident Evil, but you are a fan of Halloween Horror Nights, there’s an “easter egg” for you too. There’s a photo of Mr. Sam Meetz from 2009’s “Leave it to Cleaver” on one of the walls of the restaurant.)

Dan’s thoughts: Resident Evil was my least favorite house this year. As I mentioned above, while you’d think the series would translate perfectly into an HHN haunted house, the material fell flat. In the end, the RE experience came off like a cartoon, not like survival horror, and I walked out feeling sad that so much great set and prop work went to waste.


Estimated wait times

Non-peak nights:
9:00pm – 45 minutes
10:00pm – 60 minutes
11:00pm – 50 minutes

Peak nights:
7:00pm – 60 minutes
9:30pm – 90 minutes
11:00pm – 95 minutes
12:30pm – 60 minutes


More information

Universal’s Entertainment team collaborated with the Resident Evil video game creators at Capcom to create a horrifyingly authentic haunted house based on some of the popular video games from the Resident Evil series. Guests will become desperate survivors inside the viral catastrophe, Raccoon City. As they journey through the city, they’ll encounter vicious characters from the games such as Lickers, bloodthirsty zombies, packs of Cerberuses and even Nemesis himself. Fans will be completely transported inside the video game realm – to the extent that one room in the haunted house will appear as if an action-packed fight scene is paused, as if the gamer has taken a quick break before returning to the horror of Raccoon City.

Resident Evil: Escape from Raccoon City - Halloween Horror Nights 2013.

Resident Evil: Escape from Raccoon City – Halloween Horror Nights 2013.

The Resident Evil franchise is now firmly established as a mainstay of contemporary culture with blockbuster live action movies, CG anime, manga, novels and numerous merchandising lines being produced alongside the videogame series. To date, the Resident Evil series of videogames has achieved global sales of more than 57 million units.

“It’s such a great delight to work with Universal on a haunted house based on the Resident Evil games,” said Yoshiaki Hirabayashi, Producer of Resident Evil 6. “The games have become synonymous with survival horror and we look forward to delivering a new way for consumers to experience the Resident Evil world we have created in the haunted house at Halloween Horror Nights.”

“Resident Evil is a perfect final addition to Halloween Horror Nights 23,” said Michael Aiello, Creative Director for Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights. “We were able to create incredibly elaborate sets that plant you right in the midst of Raccoon City’s apocalyptic nightmare, along with terrifying adversaries that will send them running.”

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