Orlando’s own House of Horrors
The demolition of Soundstage 44 is moving lightning fast, with crews working during the short gaps of rain to take down the building that formerly housed the Hercules and Xena: Wizards of the Screen attraction. The buzz going around is that there will be what amounts to a year-round version of Universal’s mega popular Halloween Horror Nights in this spot, focusing on the classic monsters in Universal’s stable (Wolfman, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, etc) in a walk-through haunted house-like attraction. It would be similar to Universal’s House of Horrors in the Hollywood park.
If done right, this could be a huge boon to Universal as most park guests would love a taste of the excellent Halloween Horror Nights flavor during the ten plus months that event is not running, and it allows an opportunity for the “classic” characters to get a chance to shine. Positioned directly next to the Monster Café, this would a natural tie-in and give Universal a chance to put a focus on some of their neglected in-house characters rather than license a new property.
See our photo gallery of the Soundstage 44 demolition at the bottom of the post.
The Walking Dead
Rumors have been heating up that AMC’s popular The Walking Dead series (based on the Image comic book) will be showing up during Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights this year. The new season of The Walking Dead would coincide with Halloween Horror Nights, making this almost a no-brainer. While it could just be a turn of the phrase, or even a commercial used in the past, the current TV hype for Universal properties running non-stop in the Lowes Universal Hotels pitch Halloween Horror Nights including the phrase “see the walking dead.” Now did they mean “the walking dead,” or “the Walking Dead?” Time will tell, but a Walking Dead maze theme based around a prison (which will be the focus for Season Three of the TV series) seems to be a safe bet.
Former WWE stars
Some former WWE stars may be showing up at TNA IMPACT tapings at Universal Studios. Recently TNA wrestler Sting was attacked by three masked men at a TNA show. While the three mystery men have not been revealed, one of the theories floating around is that it could be three men who formerly spent time in TNA’s competition, the WWE. John Morrison, MVP, and Chris Masters (or Golddust) would be the strongest bets. TNA has recently changed it’s creative vision, as longtime employee Vince Russo quit and longtime WWE employee Bruce Pritchard has taken a key role in the company. The reveal of three ex-WWE employees could even be a return of the old “Monday Night Wars” era of wrestling, when stars of then WCW and WWE would show up on the other shows.
What do you think of these rumors? Have any new ones we missed? Leave a comment at the bottom of the page.
Soundstage 44 demolition – photo gallery
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