Universal Studios Florida has six sound stages and two event stages. Most are equipped with an innovative trolley beam system for total flexibility to shoot any type of production including live audience based shows featuring Universal Orlando Resort guests. The stages are also designed to accommodate any lighting power requirements and are equipped with silent air conditioning and computerized digital AC controls for efficiency, continuous shooting and a quick exhaust system for special effects. The areas adjacent to the sound stages are covered by a canopy to protect against inclement weather.
To date, five of the sound stages have been used for Halloween Horror Nights.
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Sound Stage 18
Formerly Nickelodeon Studios, the sound stage is now home of the “Sharp Aquos Theater” and the Blue Man Group. Due to this change, it is unlikely we will see a return of a haunted venue at this location.
Where Evil Hides (2005)
Sound Stage 19
One of the larger sound stage facilities at Universal. First time used for Halloween Horror Nights was in 2016.
American Horror Story (2016)
Sound Stage 20
One of the larger sound stage facilities at Universal. Typically when used for the event, this sound stage holds two haunted houses rather than one – due to its sheer size.
Scream House (2002)
Scream House: Revisited (2003)
All Nite Die-In (2003)
Hellgate Prison (2004)
Horror in Wax (2004)
Cold Blind Terror (2005)
Body Collectors: Collections of the Past (2008)
Interstellar Terror (2008)
Dead End (2012)
Sound Stage 21
Previously the home of TNA Wrestling and other television productions, 2013 was the first year this stage was used for Halloween Horror Nights.
Cabin in the Woods (2013)
Resident Evil: Escape from Raccoon City (2013)
Jack Presents: 25 Years of Monsters and Mayhem (2015)
Sound Stage 22
First used in 1997, Sound Stage 22 often featured two haunted houses each year. Currently the sound stage is still in use for Halloween Horror Nights, as well as other special events such as Macy’s Holiday Parade.
Universal’s Museum of Horror (1997)
Museum of Horror: Chamber of Horrors (1998)
Museum of Horror: Unnatural History (1998)
Pyscho…Through the Mind of Norman Bates (1999)
Anxiety in 3D (2000)
Total Chaos (2000)
Scary Tales (2001)
Pitch Black (2001)
Ghost Town (2004)
Blood Ruins (2005)
PsychoScareapy: Maximum Madness (2006)
Dead Silence: The Curse of Mary Shaw (2007)
The Wolfman (2009)
Legendary Truth: The Wyandot Estate (2010)
Winter’s Night: Haunting of Hawthorn Cemetery (2011)
Silent Hill (2012)
An American Warewolf in London (2013)
From Dusk Till Dawn (2014)
An American Warewolf in London (2015)
The Exorcist (2016)
Sound Stage 23
Used in the earlier years of Halloween Horror Nights, the sound stage was brought back in 2004 for the event and has comfortably featured two houses due to its large size.
The People Under the Stairs (1992)
The People Under the Stairs (1993)
Universal’s House of Horror (1995)
Universal’s New House of Horrors (1996)
Castle Vampyr (2004)
Scream House: Resurrection (2006)
All Nite Die-In: Take 2 (2006)
A Nightmare on Elm Street: Dreamwalkers (2007)
PsychoScarepy: Home for the Holidays (2007)
Frankenstein: Creation of the Damned (2009)
Dracula: Legacy in Blood (2009)
Hades: Gates of Ruin (2010)
PsychoScareapy: Echoes of Shadybrook (2010)
Nightingales: Blood Prey (2011)
The Thing (2011)
Sound Stage 24
First used for Halloween Horror Nights in 2013.
Evil Dead (2013)
AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2014)
Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood (2014)
Body Collectors – Recollections (2015)
Freddy vs. Jason (2015)
Ghost Town: The Curse of Lighting Gulch (2016)
The Walking Dead (2016)
Sound Stage 25
First used for Halloween Horror Nights in 2014.
The Walking Dead: End of the Line (2014)
Sound Stage 40D (Shrek 4-D)
Sound Stage 40D holds Universal’s Shrek 4-D attraction. The Sound Stage contained two theaters for the show when first opening. Over the years the 2nd (rear) theater was less used and in 2015 was removed to hold a House for Halloween Horror Nights 25.
Asylum in Wonderland 3D (2015)
Sound Stage 44
Nicknamed the “Herc & Xena” building by Universal fans, given due to the fact that it housed a “Hercules and Xena” attraction in the late 90s. Originally, the sound stage held the “Murder, She Wrote” attraction. To date, the building has featured one haunted house. Sources tell us that the building has been declared uninhabitable due to its current abandoned state. In 2012 the sound stage was demolished to make way for Transformers: The Ride which opened in Spring 2013.
Horror Nights Nightmares (2004)
Fitted under a large canopy, the extended queue for the Disaster (Earthquake) attraction features large props. For Halloween Horror Nights, the houses have worked around these props, or in a couple cases have included them as part of a house. The Disaster ride and queue closed in late 2015 to make way for The Fast & Furious: Supercharged.
Dungeon of Terror (1994)
Crypt Keeper’s Dungeon of Terror (1995)
Crypt Keeper’s Studio Tour of Terror (1996)
Tombs of Terror (1997)
S.S. Frightanic: Carnage Crew (1998)
S.S. Frightanic: Fear in First Class (1998)
The Mummy (1999)
Universal Classic Monster Mania (2000)
Dark Torment (2000)
The Mummy Returns: The Curse Continues (2001)
Run: Hostile Territory (2006)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Flesh Wounds (2007)
Leave it to Cleaver (2009)
H.R. Bloodengutz: Holidays of Horror (2011)
The Walking Dead: Dead Inside (2012)
Havoc 2: Derailed (2013)
Giggles & Gore Inc. (2014)
RUN: Blood, Sweat and Fears (2015)
When JAWS opened in 1990, nothing worked. So much, to the point that Universal shut down the attraction and filed suit against the ride developers. The attraction re-opened in 1993, however, during the two year downtime its queue was completely empty and provided a great place to build a haunted house. In 2006 it was used again as parts of the queue were shut down to construct “Dungeon of Terror” in its original home. 2011’s Saws N’ Steam was the last house hosted here, as the JAWS ride closed on January 2, 2012 and was demolished to construct The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley.
Dungeon of Terror (1991)
Dungeon of Terror (1992)
Dungeon of Terror (2006)
Friday the 13th: Camp Blood (2007)
Reflections of Fear (2008)
Orfanage: Ashes to Ashes (2010)
Saws N’ Steam: Into the Machine (2011)
In 2006, two large hurricane-proof warehouses were installed behind the Men in Black and Back to the Future attractions to serve as space for Halloween Horror Nights houses. To access the warehouses, a large lighted cement pathway was installed in World Expo on the side of the MIB store (entrance) and Simpson’s (exit). The two structures are climate controlled thanks to two rather large air conditioning units, and were constructed by the “Sprung” company.
Psycho Path: The Return of Norman Bates (Sprung 1, 2006)
The People Under the Stairs: Under Construction (Sprung 2, 2006)
The Thing: Assimilation (Sprung 1, 2007)
Jack’s Funhouse in Clown-O-Vision (Sprung 2, 2007)
Dead Exposure (Sprung 2, 2008)
The Hallow (Sprung 1, 2008)
The Spawning (Sprung 2, 2009)
Chucky: Friends till the End (Sprung 1, 2009)
Havoc: Dogs of War (Sprung 2, 2010)
Catacombs: Black Death Rising (Sprung 1, 2010)
Nevermore: The Madness of Poe (Sprung 2, 2011)
The In-Between (Sprung 1, 2011)
Alice Cooper: Welcome to my Nightmare (Sprung 1, 2012)
Penn & Teller New(kd) Las Vegas (Sprung 2, 2012)
Afterlife: Death’s Vengeance (Sprung 2, 2013)
Urban Legends: La Llorona (Sprung 1, 2013)
Dollhouse of the Damned (Sprung 1, 2014)
Halloween (Sprung 2, 2014)
Insidious (Sprung 2, 2015)
The Purge (Sprung 1, 2015)
Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Sprung 2, 2016)
Tomb of the Ancients (Sprung 1, 2016)
Officially titled as building B-79 also known as the “Parade Building” is a warehouse located behind Kid Zone which is home to Universal’s parade floats.
Scary Tales: Once Upon a Nightmare (2008)
Silver Screams (2009)
Horror Nights: The Hallow’d Past (2010)
The Forsaken (2011)
Universal’s House of Horrors (2012)
The Walking Dead: No Safe Haven (2013)
Roanoke: Cannibal Colony (2014)
The Walking Dead: The Living and the Dead (2015)
Halloween: Hell Comes To Haddonfield (2016)
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MIB Tent (#3)
The 3rd tent used for Halloween Horror Nights built behind the Men In Black extended queue, first used for Halloween Horror Nights in 2016.
Lunatic’s Playground 3D (2016)
Nazarman’s is located within the New York street set of Universal Studios Florida. The houses built within Nazarman’s are constructed inside the facades of the New York City buildings. The area used in 2007 has now become Ben & Jerry’s and Starbucks.
The Slaughterhouse (1993)
Hell’s Kitchen (1994)
Terror Underground: Transit to Torment (1995)
Toy Hell: Nightmare at the Scream Factory (1996)
Hotel Hell (1997)
Hell’s High (1998)
Universal’s Creature Features in 3D! (1999)
The Fearhouse (2000)
Vampyr: Blood Bath (2007)
The Bates Motel was the icon of the Alfred Hitchcock film “Psycho”. When Universal Studios Florida opened, they had a full sized Bates Motel, as well as the infamous house in the background located adjacent to the ET attraction. This area was destroyed in the mid-90s to create the “Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone” play area.
The Psycho Path Maze (1993)
The Psycho Path Maze (1994)
The Psycho Path Maze (1995)
The “Bone Yard” use to be a gigantic open area which featured a plethora of movie props from several Universal films. It is now the home of the Hollywood Stage used for special concert events such as “Rock the Universe” and “Mardi Gras.” For HHN: Tales of Terror in 2005, a chain linked fence maze titled “Rat Run” was installed to provide a smaller attraction for guests to experience.
The Bone Yard (1994)
Officially titled as building B285A, this warehouse is referred to as the “Carnage Warehouse” due to the fact that it was created for the “Maximum Carnage” haunted house in 2002. The warehouse is located directly behind Doctor Doom’s FearFall and has been used three times since its construction in 2002. The warehouse is currently used for storage.
Maximum Carnage (2002)
Demon Cantina (2005)
Thunder Falls Terrace
Thunder Falls Terrace is a seasonal restaurant in the Jurassic Park section of the Islands of Adventure theme park. When used for a haunted house, the restaurant is cleared out so that it serves as one giant open floor. This has worked to Universal’s advantage as they are able to have slightly more freedom with the designs they create when using this structure.
Fear Factor (2002)
Funhouse of Fear (2003)
The Skool (2005)
The Jurassic Park Discovery Center is home to several interactive exhibits at the Islands of Adventure theme park. In 2003 and 2005, this location was shut down for three months to create haunted attractions for Halloween Horror Nights. Because of the unique shape of the building, both houses had nearly an identical layout as they were constructed around the buildings large staircase and elevator.
Body Collectors (2005)
Triceratops Discovery Trail (at one point titled “Triceratops Encounter”) was an Islands of Adventure attraction that allowed visitors to come face to face with a living breathing triceratops. The attraction permanently closed several years ago and now sits abandoned. Rumors of a return have come out recently.
Jungle of Doom (2003)
Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges is a water raft attraction at Islands of Adventure. In 2002 and 2003, portions of the queue area were shut down to create haunted houses. Poles and ropes were removed to create a larger area to work with. The houses that were built into this area often had narrow hallways.
Scary Tales II (2002)
Ship of Screams (2003)
Located in the Lost Continent of Islands of Adventure, “Poseidon’s Fury” acts as a stunt and special effects show. This attraction has only been used once in the past for a haunted attraction, and is questionable whether or not we will ever see a return.
Terror Mines (2005)