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What to expect: Universal's Halloween Horror Nights unleashes high-tech horror in The Repository

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Once you step inside The Repository, you'll have to utilize all the memory and problem-solving skills you honed in elementary school.

Think color patterns, riddles and "one of theses things is not like the others."

The Repository is Universal Orlando's newest, most interactive attraction at this year's Halloween Horror Nights. It combines group puzzle-solving and virtual reality technology with a highly-interactive haunted maze.

We know what you're thinking - It's just a puzzle dropped inside of a haunted house. How hard could it be?

It's harder than it sounds, especially when scare actors loom over you, yell instructions at you and drag you around and into rooms.

Guests aren't just trudging through a haunted house experiencing the scares, they become part of them.

Those who reserve a spot at The Repository are led into a centuries-old warehouse that holds some of the most powerful paranormal objects in the world.

In groups of four, they're tasked with solving riddles, encountering live scare actors who both help and heed and escaping to another realm via VR technology in order to find the last clues to revive the horrors within The Repository.

Visitors are given little clues as to what they will encounter once they're inside, other than a confirmation of their appointment and a short introduction to the story.

Once you're checked in at the Blue Man Group VIP area of the park, you're briefed on some of the things you might experience scare actors grabbing you, special effects, loud noises and disturbing imagery, VR technology that might provoke motion sickness.

The VR part of the experience didn't have any adverse affects on us. Even on its first night it was pretty impressive. You really feel like you're in another world once the hazmat suit-wearing lab assistants strap you in and plop on the headphones. Don't worry, they make sure you don't run into the wall. The most important rule: don't touch the headset.

The Repository isn't as scary as other walk-through houses at the park, but it's certainly an immersive and haunting experience.
The interactive house's story mixes old world mythology, paranormal science and dystopian terror that'll make you forget you're inside a theme park.

If you go.

The Repository experience is available select nights through Oct. 31. Tickets are $49.99; Halloween Horror Nights tickets must also be purchased. For more information and to purchase tickets visit halloweenhorrornights.com.

Contact Chelsea Tatham at ctatham@tampabay.com. Follow @chelseatatham.

 

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 5, 2016 11:08pm]

    

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