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Halloween Horror Nights opens Sept. 20 at Universal

Visitors to Universal Orlando react to Halloween Horror Nights 22 last year.

Universal Orlando (2012)

Visitors to Universal Orlando react to Halloween Horror Nights 22 last year.

Universal's Halloween Horror Nights 23 opens on Friday, and visitors will jam the Orlando theme park on select nights to get the snot scared out of them. The Walking Dead brought huge crowds last year and Universal has returned to the franchise in an even bigger way, with new technologies and a park-wide Walking Dead theme filling their streets with familiar scenes from the show. There's also an all-new haunted house based on Season 3, set inside the prison and the fortified city of Woodbury. In between, guests are forced to wander between walker-infested zones that ensure no visitor will leave without at least a few close encounters with the undead. The idea is to make visitors feel trapped and that there is no escape from the walkers. Fun, huh?

Mazes (or "houses" as they are called in the park ) this year include those based on American Werewolf in London, the video game Resident Evil 2 from 1998, the movie Evil Dead — including the iconic "vomit room" scene from the movie — and the 2012 film Cabin in the Woods, written by Joss Whedon, that parodies the horror genre. There's also an After Life Death's Vengeance maze using 3D paint to disorient guests. Two shows are Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, which will lampoon pop culture from the past, and a Rocky Horror Picture Show Tribute.

It runs through Nov. 2 on select nights. Tickets are $42.99 for Florida residents, $91.99 general at halloweenhorrornights.com.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

>>More halloween

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Dress up your little boos to collect candy around the Magic Kingdom. There's also the Boo-to-You parade with an appearance by the Headless Horseman and the Happy HalloWishes fireworks show. This year adds the Monstrous Screem-O-Ween Dance Party lead by Mike and Sulley of Monsters Inc. and special appearances by Jack Skellington and Sally of The Nightmare Before Christmas. $54-$73. Walt Disney World, 1515 N Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista. (407) 934-7639.

7 p.m. Friday and Tuesday.

Halloween Horror Nights opens Sept. 20 at Universal 09/16/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 1:51pm]
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