REVIEW: Escape From New and Familiar Creatures in Shipyard 32: Horrors Unhinged Scare Zone at Halloween Horror Nights 32

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REVIEW: Escape From New and Familiar Creatures in Shipyard 32: Horrors Unhinged Scare Zone at Halloween Horror Nights 32

Visit the San Francisco section Universal Studios Florida during Halloween Horror Nights 32 to enter Shipyard 32: Horrors Unhinged, one of the event’s five scare zones.

Shipyard 32: Horrors Unhinged

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Enter a 1940s San Francisco shipping yard full of mysterious crates and cages bearing Dr. Oddfellow’s symbol. Beware, his nightmarish oddities have now escaped, spreading fear and chaos in their wake.

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Guests may spot some familiar creatures here, like the Nosferatu above or the Tooth Fairy below.

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Review

Like Central Park, Universal knows how to take the existing environment and make it work for a scare zone. Unfortunately, unlike Jungle of Doom: Expedition Horror, they don’t let the Scareactors shine here.

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To be clear, they are great. In particular, some of the dock workers do an excellent job of portraying a victim. They lurk and creep around, terrified and uncertain, until they encounter another monster.

However, this zone has an overreliance on audio and lighting cues that make it rote and predictable if you spend any time here.

Again, this seems not to be the fault of the actors.

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Oddfellow’s story here is coherent enough. The truck and the presence of his symbol on some of the crates make his involvement clear, and it’s cohesive enough without a show.

In the past, bottlenecking has been a real problem here when guests want to stop and take photos with the Scareactors. Universal thwarted this by placing the most interesting/Instagrammable Scareactors, the two stiltwalkers, on the far edge of the zone where the path widens.

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The bat stiltwalker especially tends to draw a crowd (for good reason; she’s very creepy, and when she flaps her wings, it creates quite a spectacle). 

Ultimately, this is a good zone, but it had the potential to be great.

Walkthrough Video

Location

Shipyard 32: Horrors Unhinged is located at M on the map below.

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Halloween Horror Nights 32 runs on select nights from September 1 – November 4 at Universal Studios Florida.

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