Halloween Horror Nights 24: The Scares Are There, but Go For the Novelty (Video)

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The sun had set and the sky was indigo. As you walked passed the revolving globe and up to the arches, the eerie music coming from the loudspeakers and musky, earthy smell of the lingering rainfall set the scene perfectly.

Though Universal Studios Orlando can't control the weather (and they likely wouldn't want it raining on their parade as often as it does), the trickling mist after the afternoon downpour made the opening night of Halloween Horror Nights 24 (HHN) feel as if you were transported into a classic horror movie.

And after walking through the gates and encountering any scare-actors roaming the streets with chainsaws, yeah, you totally felt like Laura Strode.

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Dracula Untold Comes to Universal's Halloween Horror Nights Next Month

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Inspired by Universal Pictures' forthcoming vampire origin tale, Dracula Untold, Universal Orlando adds a little bite to its roster for this year's Halloween Horror Nights (HHN). Starting in September, prepare to get lost in the history of Dracula -- actually physically lost -- with the Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood maze.

The film explores the history of the 15th century Romanian prince Vlad Tepes, whose legacy is attributed to inspiring Bram Stoker's famous Dracula character. The maze it inspired plans to transport you to Tepes' dark castle grounds and "spiral guests through Dracula's eternal damnation, where the thirst for blood is never-ending."

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The Purge Gets Its Own Scare Zone at Halloween Horror Nights This Fall

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If you weren't able to try first-hand The Purge Breakout Experience when it rolled into Wynwood last month, the horror gods (no, not Joss Whedon) have taken pity on you.

Universal Studios Orlando will be implementing its very own version of a Purge experience during this year's Halloween Horror Nights (HHN).

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Inside Universal Orlando's Diagon Alley at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Video)

There's so much to see and explore at Diagon Alley, Universal Studios' latest Harry Potter-themed expansion, that words and pictures can't possibly do it any justice. But moving pictures? Now we're talking.

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Inside Diagon Alley: The Five Best Things to Expect at Universal Orlando

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Somewhere deep within Universal Studios in Orlando Florida, magic is brewing.

As the latest expansion to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter gears up for its grand opening on July 8, members of the media (and film talent) were invited for a spectacular peek of Diagon Alley.

The entrance sits hidden to non-magic folk behind a fa├žade of London, which is complete with a King's Cross Station, Wyndham's Theatre, and even that familiar Grimmauld Place. Guests are immediately transported and fully immersed into Harry's world once they step through the red brick walls.

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21 Things to Look Out for in Diagon Alley, Universal Orlando's New Harry Potter Experience

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With the newest addition to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, fans will get to experience what it's really like to be a witch or wizard wandering the streets of Diagon Alley. For all your wizardry needs, there's a place to buy your schoolbooks, robes, approved pets, and even telescopes. Exchange muggle money for wizard currency, and if you're feeling a little naughty, you can turn the corner and step into the dark side.

From eating at the Leaky Cauldron to shopping at Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, there's so much that catches the eye that it's easy to miss the finer details.

Therefore, we've put together a colorful list of 21 things to look out for on your (multiple) visits to Diagon Alley.

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Four Day Trips to Help You Escape Miami This Memorial Day

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"What are you doing Memorial Day Weekend?"

If you still don't have an answer to that question, you might think you're stuck toughing it out here at home. But fret not -- there are plenty of ways for you to get out of town this weekend -- none of which require plane tickets or hotel room bookings. The Magic City is bountiful with plenty of attractions within hours, even minutes, of its epicenter. You can hop aboard an airboat ride in the Everglades or take a day cruise to the Bahamas. These five local getaways get you the hell out of town -- without all the hassles of, y'know, actual travel.

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Disney Hosting Million Dollar Arm Contest, Giving Away $1 Million for Pitching Skills

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Ever since your glory days were over and done with, you've regretted your lack of high school hero status. We know, we know, if you could go back in time, you'd totally take state in baseball. Uncle Rico, eat your heart out.

Luckily, if you've been honing those pitching skills via your local WAKA league, that arm might finally come in handy for more than a free beer at the Sandbar. Disney is giving away a million bucks to one lucky amateur pitcher extraordinaire. Yes, a million.

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The Book of Mormon Rings the Doorbell of the Broward Center

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What happens when you get two of the most sarcastic and vulgar writers in television together, then sprinkle in a little music, some choreographed dancing, and organized religion?

Hello, the most amazing musical is born: The Book of Mormon. This musical will change your life.

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Halloween Horror Nights Travel Guide: Where to Stay, What to See, and How to Save

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Darkness creeps up on you while you're standing in the middle of a field, and all you can see is an old farmhouse and windmill. Is there enough time to make it there before they find you? Before you can turn to run, the walking dead are upon you, bloody-faced, dragging their limbs, and hungry for human flesh.

OK, maybe you won't get eaten by flesh-eating zombies, but you'll still get a heck of a fright from seeing professionally made-up undead actors coming toward you during this year's Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 23.

Every year, tourists and horror enthusiasts rush to Orlando to experience one of the largest displays of terror. Beginning at 6:30 on select nights, Universal Studios transforms into one of the most haunted places in Florida, and this year, eight terrifying haunted houses have been crafted with your worst nightmares in mind.

Universal is a four-hour drive from Miami, but HHN has become an annual pilgrimage for South Floridians who love to be scared. We spoke with organizers to find out the best way to plan your trip: where to stay, what to do, and most important, how to save money.

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