After a year off, Universal and Horror fans have been waiting for Universal Orlando (and Universal Studios Hollywood...) to reveal the details for the long-awaited 30th year of Halloween Horror Nights. The upcoming 2021 rendition of the world-class horror event is expected to be a mix of houses built for the cancelled 2020 season along with brand new houses and scare zones. Previously, Universal announced a haunted house based on the classic film, 'Beetlejuice', but that is pretty much all that we knew about the event... at least until today.
Being that this is the event's 30th year, many fans have long speculated that the event will feature a 'HHN Icons' house and bring back some popular icons from previous years such as Jack the Clown and Chance, who were both last seen at Halloween Horror Nights 25 in 2015. It seems as though these rumors are true, as today Universal Orlando Resort has officially announced the return of Jack the Clown!
So in what form is Jack back? According to the official press release, "Jack's ominous and unrelenting presence will infiltrate every aspect of the event – from the streets, to the haunted houses to the places guests would least expect." The rumored, but unannounced, HHN Icons house seems likely now and it also seems that Jack will once again be this year's main icon so we will see a lot of him this year.
Attached above is the latest speculation map for Halloween Horror Nights 30, notably showing an absence of a "blockbuster" house, like the previous 'Stranger Things' houses, and it seems to be on purpose! Universal Orlando's creative director, Michael Aiello describes this year's event as "sort of a comic book annual...a collection of everything you love about Halloween Horror Nights... celebrating all these original characters and stories." It seems that Halloween Horror Nights really wants the attention to be on the original characters, such as Jack the Clown, so it is likely that we will see him in most of the marketing rather than a big name IP. Sure, Beetlejuice is a popular property, but nowhere near the level of 'Stranger Things' or 'Ghostbusters' from 2019.
Additionally, over at Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort, throughout the run of the 2021 event, there will be a 'Horror Icons Bar' serving up beverages and snacks inspired by previous years' icons, costumes, and props. The Horror Icons Bar will be open to anyone. Just like in previous years, Cabana Bay will also be home to a special photo opportunity (the most recent was a 'Stranger Things' photo-op) where Universal resort hotel guests can step inside of Jack's Human blender (previously seen in a scare zone from 2015.)
We are only a few short months away from the highly-anticipated opening weekend of Halloween Horror Nights 30 at Universal Studios Florida! What are you most looking forward to seeing and what do you think will be announced in the coming weeks? Let us know in the comment section! Stay tuned to Relive the Magic for the latest news and coverage regarding Halloween Horror Nights and Universal Orlando Resort!