Even though Walt Disney Word has recently announced a slew of new discounts and deals to help get guests back into its parks this fall, it looks like Universal is actually trying a different tactic this fall to try and get guests to visit the resort in the coming weeks. Instead of discounts, Universal has announced some interesting new add-ons that should give guests looking for something a little extra to add to their upcoming trip some very interesting options that will appeal to both horror fans as well as those who enjoy sweet treats!
1. The Repository upcharge experience announced for Halloween Horror Nights 26
Halloween Horror Nights has always had its share of upcharge experiences (RIP Tours, Behind the Screams, Dinner with a Scareactor, etc.) this year Universal Orlando Resort is adding an additional option that will build on previous Halloween Horror Nights to create a brand new experience that should impress both new guests as well as longtime fans of Universal's annual Halloween event.
Known as “The Repository” this additional experience is being described as an immersive virtual reality attraction that will blend custom-built VR technology with scareactors in themed environments and challenge guests (working in teams of four) to solve a paranormal mystery.
The setting for this experience is a centuries old warehouse where paranormal and supernatural artifacts have been collected and stored. A secretive organization has installed state-of-the-art technology in this location that allows spectral transportation into paranormal realms. Using spectral dark portal devices (SDPs), guests will be able to travel directly into terrifying environments where anything is possible.
This experience builds on previous augmented reality experiences from years past (including Legendary Truth, which you can read more about here) but the difference for 2016 is that this experience must be purchased as an upgrade in addition to regular Halloween Horror Nights admission (which runs between $50-$80 for Florida residents depending on date), and will cost $49.99 plus tax, per person. It is not currently known how long this experience will last, but considering the price we would assume that it will be more involved than just a simple walkthrough.
Of course, Universal isn’t the only theme park to offer an experience like this. In the past, Busch Gardens Tampa has also offered an “upcharge house” which has been only available for a select number of guests and has offered a premium experience. However, this additional experience was discontinued after 2014 and it is unknown if it will return in the future.
Regardless, it looks like Universal’s version of an upcharge house will be a lot different than what has been tried before, and will focus on augmented/virtual reality technology. Only time will tell if this new event will be a success or not, but with a price that almost doubles that of regular admission to Halloween Horror Nights, fans are (rightfully) expecting something big, and we're excited to see what the first impressions are of this new upcharge, add-on event.
However, if you're tastes are more sinful than scary, Universal Orlando Resort has something else cooking up that you might enjoy...