Prepare to head back to Hawkins, Indiana for another year of frights with Stranger Things and Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort. The theme parks are debuting brand new mazes inspired by the second and upcoming third season of the hit Netflix series. They'll once again be partnering up with the streaming service to help bring guests a truly authentic and terrifying experience.
Last year, the Stranger Things-themed mazes drew massive crowds to the parks and received high praise for their immersive and high-quality experience. This year, the 10 Demogorgons from last year's maze will be the least of your worries. The Halloween haunt will give park-goers the chance to further explore the Upside Down and experience more of the monsters and mysteries that reside there. The mazes will carry on from season 1's storyline and into the series' second and third seasons.
According to Universal, "this year’s chilling mazes pick up where last year’s mazes left off, continuing the suspenseful storyline where a predatory entity terrorizes the small town of Hawkins, Indiana, and delving even further into the parallel universe, referred to as the Upside Down." Universal Studios released an announcement video as well for the returning maze, which features a scene from the show with David Harbour's Jim Hopper in the Upside Down as the camera flips around to unveil Universal's signature logo. Halloween Horror Nights will also feature high-quality attractions based on some of the most beloved horror television shows and films, so there will be plenty to keep attendees up at night.
Guests will also have the exciting opportunity to participate in mysteries revolving around the highly anticipated Stranger Things season 3, which premieres on Netflix this summer. Per Universal, "mazes on both coasts will also parallel the hit show as it leaps forward to 1985." This is a perfect way for Netflix to keep series-watchers on their toes and invested in the spooky happenings surrounding Hawkins, Indiana as fans wait patiently for the fourth season - though Stranger Things season 4 hasn't been confirmed just yet.
Stranger Things is on track to have a banner year, both with the release of its third season and with the return of Universal's Halloween attraction. Halloween Horror Nights will begin on Friday, Sept. 6 in Orlando and on Friday, Sept. 13 in Hollywood. Additional details have yet to be released, but limited time ticket offers and vacation packages are on sale now. Those hoping to attend can find out more about the haunted attraction by visiting the official Halloween Horror Nights website.
Stranger Things season 3 premieres July 4 on Netflix.