Experience some of the scariest monsters in the world in this immensely themed year-round maze! Based off Universal’s long and storied participation in the horror genre, Universal’s House of Horrors allows you to get a glimpse of Universal’s historical background in creating “horror creatures” with a unique chance to encounter them later on.
As the attraction’s title would suggest, this is a house filled with Universal’s classic and modern movie monsters. You’ll experience the likes of Frankenstein and Chucky in highly themed zones scattered throughout the maze.
Of course, remember that this is a scare maze, so do expect to get scared! This translates to scare actors, fake chain saws and the likes, so be prepared!
Universal’s House of Horrors Checklist
Duration: 5-10 minutes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes, ask for assistance.
Flash Photography and Video Taping Policy: For the most part, no. You might get away with it if you don’t use flash or bright lighting equipment.
Height Restriction: No.
Child Switch: Yes. Child Switch is a program that allows you to stay with your child in another room while the rest of your party goes through the maze. When your party is finished, the roles simply reverse – in that you go through the maze, while your party waits with the child.
Child Friendliness: Not recommended for children. See the intensity meter below for an explanation.
Loud noises, dark alleyways, gruesome effects and images, and best of all: scare actors. Unless your child has gone through a few scare mazes before, we’d strongly recommend skipping this and finding something else to do. Universal’s House of Horrors just wasn’t designed with children in mind.
House of Horrors Tips & Tricks
Scheduling: This runs throughout the day, so time sensitive attractions (such as shows) should be a priority if you’re running low on time.
Disclaimer: Just so we make ourselves clear, this is a maze. You need to be absolutely comfortable navigating through dark and narrow passageways, because this attraction is littered with them.
Exits and Staff: There are exits and employees throughout the maze, should you need assistance.
Attraction Note: Keep on the lookout for monsters…and good luck!
Our Take: From the Editors
As far as year-round scare mazes go, this is probably as good as you’ll get. Given Universal’s vast expertise in the horror genre, Universal’s House of Horrors definitely has a few tricks up its sleeve that will try to scare the crap out of you – and for what it’s worth, it’s very done.
Jonathan Fu – Inside Universal Editor
I’ll start out by stating I’m not a huge fan of scare-mazes – let alone year-round scare-mazes. It always seemed peculiar as to why Universal would put a scare maze in between the Blues Brothers and a photo shop, but I digress. It’s there and it’s here to stay. So, what do I think?
Well, again, for a year-round maze – it’s relatively good, if not great. The theming is superb and Universal has a good habit of changing out the ‘zones’ throughout the year with something different to keep things interesting. The only damper to this otherwise great attraction would be the lack of scare actors during off-seasons. Perhaps it’s because I’ve gone through this maze so many times, but I usually get one or two (on the rare occasion three) scare actors. Other than that, you’re simply walking through rooms.
Would I recommend it? Sure, if it has a ten minute wait. Anything over and I’d most likely skip it. Maybe I’m being overtly harsh, but Universal’s House of Horrors isn’t anything to write home about. I mean, it is a scare maze after all. But then again, I doubt you’d find a year-round maze that can top this one.
“For what is is, it’s a pretty good maze. This is Universal after all – the very studio that invented the horror genre.”
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