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Halloween at the Parks

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Dates Announced for 2017

New Dates Announced for Magic Kingdom Special Events

The dates for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are now available.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are separately-ticketed events where the Magic Kingdom comes bursting to life with decorations, exciting entertainment and much more!

Tickets for both events will go on sale in May.

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13 Things We Love About Fall at the Florida Theme Parks

Pumpkin spice, horrors at Universal, wild nights at Busch Gardens, and trick or treating with Mickey are some things we love about fall in central Florida.

A couple of days ago I was riding in the car and for once I was able to have my windows down. There was a briskness in the Florida air that’s always welcomed and desired in this state. This time of year happens to be one of our (ThemeParkHipsters) favorites with the opportunity to enjoy the parks in the fall with fewer amounts of people. We come out of our summer hibernation in Florida and bask in the fall décor both autumn and spooky in nature as it kicks off the holiday season.

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Halloween Horror Nights 2016 Passholder Offers and How They Work

Halloween Horror Nights 26 premieres Sept 16, 2016 to theme park guests wanting a terrifying way to begin the fall season. For Passholders, Universal Studios offers many cool discount options that can help with most budgets.

So let’s break down how Halloween Horror Nights discounts will work this year.

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Halloween Horror Nights VI

 

Halloween Horror Nights VI Journey Into Fear marketing featured a demented creature lurking in the dark, chanting the tagline in advertisements. The event featured three mazes, one scarezone, three shows, and an all new parade. The event was held for fifteen nights from October 11th to November 2, 1996.

Halloween Horror Nights 1996 was the first year to see the Festival of the Dead Parade, a Mardi Gras-style parade. The Crypt Keeper was not the icon that year; however, he was still featured in the event with his own house and as the leader of the parade.

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Halloween Horror Nights V

In 1995 Universal had to find a way to recreate Halloween Horror Nights due to its popularity. The pressure to top previous years was present with the event creators. This problem led to the creation of a main character to distinguish each year.

Halloween Horror Nights V was the first year an “icon” or single figure was presented, The Crypt Keeper. This icon was from the HBO series Tales From the Crypt where he told creepy stories and life lessons in a not so traditional way. 

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Halloween Horror Nights 1994

 

Halloween Horror Nights 1994 was the first Horror Nights that added Scarezones to the event. Horrorwood was the first scarezone that featured the Chainsaw Drill Team, the Lizzie Borden Band and more. This new concept provided a safer way of organizing the crowds on theme park streets. Halloween Horror Nights IV was also the last time Robosaurus would appear at the event. The monstrous robot would not make an appearance for another twelve years.

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Halloween Horror Nights 1993

 

Halloween Horror Nights III was marketed as the 3rd  Annual Universal Studios Florida Halloween Horror Nights and was held for five nights. Creators for HHN 1993 brought in consultants, the Elm Street Hauntreprenuers of Irving, Texas, who recommended Universal concentrate more on startling people than grossing them out. Halloween Horror Nights III was also the first year of three different mazes, two with brand new concepts.

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Halloween Horror Nights 1992

In 1992, the event was renamed Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights adding a new maze, The People Under the Stairs, in one of Universal’s soundstages. Many of the attractions this year became “Horror-fied” and added a scary element to them.

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Halloween Horror Nights I AKA Fright Nights

Hey Hipsters! It’s time to relive the ghastly history of Universal’s most anticipated yearly event, Halloween Horror Nights.

Halloween Horrors Nights, created by Julie Zimmerman and John Paul Geurts, began as Fright Nights over in Hollywood, California and was brought to Florida in 1991 for three nights. The original concept of this event was to have a huge Halloween party throughout the Universal Studios Florida theme park. Little did the creators know that this spine-tingling affair would turn into a global phenomenon for over a quarter of a century.

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MagicBands for Haunted Mansion and Disney Villains

Two new spooky MagicBands are available to mark the Halloween season at Disney. According to Disney Parks Blog, the Disney Villains MagicBand is open edition while the Haunted Mansion-themed MagicBand is limited release. Both MagicBands are printed on a purple-colored MagicBand.

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