Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Dates for Halloween Horror Nights 23 at Universal Studios Orlando




(Photo from Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Official Facebook Page)


Today the Official Universal Studios Orlando Twitter account announced the dates for their annual event, Halloween Horror Nights! It's been 22 years of Halloween Horror Nights bringing terror and nightmares into the Halloween season. This year marks their 23rd year which will feature new haunted houses, spine-chilling scare experiences, and outrageous live shows. What fear will these haunted houses bring, what will these scare experiences entail, what new outrageous live shows will they feature? Only time will tell...  


Confirmed event dates for Halloween Horror Nights 2013:

 Sept. 20-21, 26-29, Oct. 3-6, 10-13, 16-20, 32-27 and Oct. 31-Nov. 2.

I love the fact that Halloween Horror Nights extended their event past November. I wish more haunt attractions would do the same. It allows Halloween fans such as myself enjoy the event longer and fully grasp the whole experience. 



Want a glimpse into last years event? Here's a terrifying look at Halloween Horror Nights 22: 




Want to learn more and keep updated with Halloween Horror Nights 23?

Check out their website, Facebook and Twitter account!

Website: http://www.halloweenhorrornights.com/orlando/index.html

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/halloweenhorrornightsorlando?fref=ts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/UORHHN



-Brittany

Monday, April 22, 2013

Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland




Soon Mystic Manor, a new dark ride attraction located in Mystic Point at Hong Kong Disneyland will have it's grand opening on May 17. For those of you who haven't heard of the Mystic Manor before, it's part of the Hong Kong Disneyland expansion that has taken four years to complete. Mystic Manor is not like the classic attraction, Haunted Mansion. It's a new original take on the classic disney dark ride with amazing state of the art technology and highly advanced audio-animatronics. Although the attraction isn't open just yet, a couple of videos showing the complete ride have already surfaced on YouTube. 

Mystic Manor is the prime focus of the new land, Mystic Point. This mysterious land also features the Garden of Wonders, "where ancient sculptures and paintings create unbelievable 3D illusions." The area also includes a restaurant called Explorer's Club restaurant, a Archive shop offering souvenirs and collectables, photo opportunities with a variety of antiquities and a chance to meet Lord Henry's grand nephews at Mystic Point Freight Depot.


The Story of Mystic Manor:

"Explore the manor and get a front-row experience with Lord Henry's collection by riding in his invention-the "Mystic Magneto-Electric Carriage". Begin a journey when Albert, Lord Henry's monkey companion, mischievously opens his music box and unleashes the Music Dust, taking you on an adventure of surprises, special effects and theatrical wonders!"


Warning: SPOILERS AHEAD!!!

Check out the videos below for a an awesome look inside this all new attraction:

Enjoy!


Complete ride through without the pre-show:



Complete ride through with pre-show:





Queue Walkthrough of Mystic Manor:


http://youtu.be/gISkGrQ10_E


A look at the exterior and interior of Mystic Manor:


http://youtu.be/y3foXTpHCKw


Amazing huh?


Bravo Hong Kong Disneyland. Bravo. I am really in love with this ride concept. I love the idea of different artifacts coming to life. Especially the singing knight heads, it's very reminiscent of the singing busts in the graveyard scene of the Haunted Mansion. Well...time to plan a future trip to Hong Kong Disneyland in the near future! I can't wait to see the merchandise they release for this attraction. I hope they plan on making a plush of Albert. I totally want one!  

I remember seeing renderings and models for the attraction at the D23 Convention back in 2009. It's amazing seeing the Mystic Manor finally coming to life. Here's a flashback look at a Disney Imagineer revealing the story and concept for Mystic Manor at the first D23 Convention:





Mystic Manor opens on May 17 2013! To learn more about Mystic Manor check out the Hong Kong Disneyland site here: http://park.hongkongdisneyland.com/hkdl/html/MysticPoint/en_US/index.html


What are your thoughts of this new attraction? Would you like to see Mystic Manor come to the Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World? Post your comments down below!


-Brittany