With just over five months until Universal Studios kicks off its annual Halloween Horror Nights festivities, the studio has announced the first attraction for 2018, bringing the hit Netflix series Stranger Things to Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Studios Orlando and Universal Studios Singapore. Fans will be able to experience the iconic Upside Down first hand during Halloween Horror Nights, while the Demogorgon will haunt visitors in new experiences based on Season 1 of Stranger Things. The studio released a brief trailer and poster teasing the arrival of Stranger Things to HHN this year, with Halloween Horror Nights creative director John Murdy also offering a statement through several tweets on the HHN Twitter page, which you can see in its entirety below.
"Good morning Boils and Ghouls and welcome to maze announcement season...Which apparently starts in April this year! How did you like this morning's announcement? I am a HUGE fan of Stranger Things and it's truly an honor to get to bring this property to HHN! It's the best thing I've seen on Television in a long, long while! From the 1st episode I started picturing it as a maze experience. As someone who went to high school and junior high in the 80's, I can say the show perfectly captures the feeling on that time...so much so that I felt I was watching moments from my childhood. It's incredibly well written, acted, produced! As far the details, I'd prefer to keep that secret for now. That's how it would have been in the 80's! I mean we had to wait a whole summer just to find out "Who shot JR" on Dallas! Somethings should be a surprise...to be continued."
Universal Studios will be teaming up with Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer, along with director/executive producer Shawn Levy to create these mazes that will be designed to, "be authentic representations of Stranger Things, designed to transport guests into artfully recreated scenes and storylines." The maze will include, according to the announcement, the Hawkins National Laboratory, the living room of the Byers family home, complete with the erratic Christmas light display, and even the Upside Down woods.
Stranger Things has become a pop culture sensation ever since debuting on Netflix in July 2016, so it isn't terribly surprising that Stranger Things is the first maze to be announced for the 28th installment of Halloween Horror Nights. This year's Halloween Horror Nights will kick off on September 14 in the Hollywood and Orlando resorts, and on September 28 in Singapore. Select tickets and vacation packages are currently on sale at Universal Studios Orlando.
Stranger Things kicks off the spate of new maze announcements, which should be coming more regularly throughout the summer months. This maze will also help keep fans busy as they wait for Season 3, which has already been confirmed to debut at some point in 2019, so this Horror Nights attraction will help fans pass the time as the long wait for Season 3 continues. Take a look at the new announcement trailer, courtesy of Halloween Horror Nights YouTube, along with with the poster and tweets from Halloween Horror Nights creative director John Murdy.