Universal Orlando hits limited capacity as haunted houses open

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Universal Orlando Resort’s three theme parks hit limited capacity over the weekend as Universal Studios opened two new haunted houses, despite the cancellation of Halloween Horror Nights 2020.

According to Universal Orlando’s social media accounts, Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure and Volcano Bay all hit limited capacity on Saturday (September 19).

This came as Universal Orlando tested two new haunted house experiences, Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives and Revenge of the Tooth Fairy.

The experiences were tested on September 19 and 20 at Universal Studios Florida, and were available for just two days for a limited number of visitors.

Universal Monsters and the Tooth Fairy in Orlando

The Halloween-themed houses were included with daytime admission to Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood announced in late July that they would not be holding annual Halloween Horror Nights events in 2020.

In a statement, the attractions in Florida and California said they had “made the difficult decision to not hold Halloween Horror Nights events this year”.

Halloween events at theme parks tend to pack visitors into dark, close spaces and would be difficult to achieve with social distancing amid the coronavirus crisis.

Halloween Horror Nights 2020 cancelled at Universal

Universal Studios Hollywood remains closed in California, but Governor Gavin Newsom says an announcement is coming “very, very shortly” on issuing COVID-19 guidelines for reopening theme parks.

Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort both reached their reduced capacity limits for the first time since reopening over Labor Day weekend in the US.

Disney’s online reservation system and Universal Orlando’s online ticket system revealed that all parks at both resorts hit limited capacity on Saturday (September 5) and Sunday (September 6).