Universal Studios Fright Nights

1991 • Halloween Horror Nights™

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Welcome to Fright Nights

Transforming a theme park into a realm of horror was a concept that would go a lot farther than Universal had anticipated. In 1991, Fright Nights became the first chapter in the book of Halloween Horror Nights™ Orlando, growing from a three-night "Halloween Party" to the monster of events it is today.

Fright Nights featured only one Haunted House, The Dungeon of Terror - constructed in the queue of the JAWS Attraction, which at the time was shut down for a three-year renovation project. Despite lacking multiple houses - or Scare Zones for that matter ­(the first proper “Scare Zone” Universal had to offer did not come until Horrorwood in 1994) – the event boasted more shows than any Horror Nights event to date. Featuring twenty special event-exclusive shows, there was plenty to entertain visitors in every corner of Universal Studios Florida.

Universal Orlando Resort™
October 25-26; 31, 1991
Event Name:
Universal Studios Fright Nights
Event Phrase:
Dying For A Good Halloween Party?
6:30 PM-12:00 AM (Non-Peak)
$12.95 +tax - $15.95 +tax
1 Haunted House(s)
Scare Zones
20 Shows

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The Dungeon of Terror
JAWS® Queue | X/5
Watch as a full cast of madmen and monsters wreak havoc and mayhem within the walls of the dungeons dark dark depths.

Event Facts

  • Fright Nights (1991) was the first year of the annual Halloween Horror Nights event at Universal Studios Florida.
  • It is rumored that Universal stepped away from using the event name “Fright Nights” due to the film of the same name, Fright Night (1985, 2011).
  • There was only one Haunted House featured in the first year, The Dungeon of Terror (1991), built inside the JAWS Queue.
  • 1991 saw the debut of Halloween Horror Nights' iconic Rat Lady.
  • Although there was no official “Scare Zones” debuted yet, Universal had roaming actors that prowled the streets.
  • Thunderdome Hollywood Massacre (1991) was  inspired by designs from the film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.

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