Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood have officially made the decision to cancel Halloween Horror Nights in 2020 due to the ongoing pandemic. While this news isn’t unexpected, it’s still disappointing, especially for Orlando considering it would be the 30th anniversary of the event.
Team members were notified first via a message from Bill Davis, President & COO of Universal Orlando Resort, saying:
This year has played out in ways that none of us have expected, and we have had to make some difficult decisions under these unprecedented circumstances. I wanted to let you know about another difficult decision we are announcing today. Universal Orlando Resort will not hold our Halloween Horror Nights event this year and will be focusing exclusively on operating our theme parks for daytime guests, using the enhanced health and safety procedures already in place. I know this news is disappointing especially since this year we would be celebrating HHN’s 30th anniversary. I am disappointed too, but this is the right decision for our Guests and our Team Members.
Davis continues on saying that planning and development for Halloween Horror Nights is always an ongoing process, so the team behind the event is adapting and “directing their energies towards making Halloween Horror Nights 2021 the ultimate homecoming of horror.”
Universal Studios Hollywood is in a different position entirely, because their theme park hasn’t even opened up to guests yet, so cancelling the event is a result of facing “ongoing business restrictions and uncertainty around their opening timeframe.”