It might be hot as hell outside, but Universal Orlando has the fall season on it’s mind as they’re gearing up for their annual Halloween Horror Nights event. To kick things off they’ve gone ahead and announced the first haunted attraction to be featured at the park: “The Cabin in the Woods.”
The hugely popular horror film from 2012 is getting it’s very own haunted attraction exclusively (so far) at Universal Orlando. Will it come to Hollywood, California? It’s hard to say, but usually big movie licenses like this are shared between both parks, so it stands a good chance of happening. In any event, we’ll find out about Universal Studios Hollywood’s selection in just a few months.
While the movie follows a group of teens dealing with monsters and mysteries at a remote cabin, the haunted attraction will take a different approach to the story. Warning, there be spoilers ahead. Instead of following in the footsteps of the unwitting college kids who get terrorized in the cabin, you’ll be entering the attraction as a “new hire” for the secret organization running the cabin. As part of your introduction to the facility you’ll get a quick tour of the cabin, however, things go horribly wrong when someone hits the purge button and lets all the monsters loose.
Fans of the movie will instantly recognize set pieces like the cabin, the facility, elevator hallway and the monster cells which normally contain the now freed nightmares.
Drew Goddard, the man behind “The Cabin in the Woods” and “Cloverfield”, will be heavily involved with the development of the attraction. Even going so far as to make a few guest appearances. Gorddard told Ricky Brigante of Inside the Magic that “They said they’d let me dress up like a merman and scare people, so I’ll see you guys there.”
What other kinds of monsters can guests expect to run into? Universal Orlando’s Creative Director Mike Aiello told InsidetheMagic.net that guests will get to see the Hell Lord, the Dollfaces, the vicious Sugarplum Fairy, the Doctors and…the unicorn.
If this doesn’t make it’s way out to Hollywood, it might be one of the few times I regret not living in Florida. Fan of the movie or not, “The Cabin in the Woods” is an incredible choice for a haunted house attraction. It’s also a daunting challenge, so it’ll be interesting to see how they live up to the high expectations fans are sure to have. Construction on the maze should begin next week and Halloween Horror Nights 23 kicks off on September 20th. To start planning your adventure, be sure to visit their official website.