July 24, 2014 – First on Inside Universal – Universal’s House of Horrors will be closing in early September (as early as September 1) in preparation for Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood, Inside Universal has learned.
While an early Fall closure is normal for House of Horrors as it undergoes its routine redress for the park’s more mature Halloween event, Inside Universal has also heard unverified claims that House of Horrors – in its current incarnation – may not return once Halloween Horror Nights concludes. If these claims do pan out, it is unclear as to what House of Horror’s potential replacement may be, though the building (including Hollywood Photoland) once held retail and dining modeled after Marvel characters.
Introduced in 2007 as a replacement to Van Helsing: Fortress Dracula, Universal’s House of Horrors is a year-round maze modeled after Universal’s classic movie monsters, including Frankenstein, Dracula and the Wolfman. With the reintroduction of Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood, House of Horrors has also been redressed in a scarier, raunchier fashion. Most recently, the maze has been operated as Universal Monsters Remix: Resurrection with plans to dress the maze after SyFy’s Face Off during this year’s event.
In an effort to promote transparency, it must be noted that news surrounding an attraction’s pending closure is notoriously unclear. While we are confident in House of Horror’s pending closure on September 1 for Halloween Horror Nights, we are less clear concerning the attraction’s definitive status after the seasonal haunt event. However, given the importance of attractions at any given park, we have made a decision to publish this article with the given information.
Update – August 18, 2014 – Universal Studios Hollywood has confirmed the closure of Universal’s House of Horrors on their official website earlier today.
Update – July 26, 2014 – Inside Universal has confirmed that Universal’s House of Horrors will close permanently on September 1, 2014. The attraction will be replaced by a venue with dining, shopping and entertainment options.
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