The new attraction will bring three seasons of Ryan Murphy's hit anthology series to life

By Marc Snetiker
August 16, 2016 at 12:50 AM EDT
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Rubber Man, Twisty, and The Countess — finally, all together under one horrifying, terrifying, why-would-you-possibly-put-yourself-through-this-nightmare roof.

FX’s American Horror Story will come to life as one of the centerpiece maze attractions during this year’s Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios, the annual autumn run of horror movie madness that stretches from Sept. 16 through the wee hours of November at both parks.

Debuting at both Universal Studios in Hollywood and Orlando, the American Horror Story maze will pull from seasons one, four, and five as it spooks guests during the annual Halloween event. Get ready for the ghosts of Murder House, the tortured clowns of Freak Show, and the deathly terrors of the Hotel Cortez, all at the same time.

Fans should know that the maze pulls iconic scenes and characters from the seasons, and it’s all unfolding with the help of Ryan Murphy, who created the Emmy-winning, game-changing horror anthology series for FX. In fact, according to Universal, it’s also the “No. 1 requested maze” from guests for inclusion in the annual Horror Nights event.

American Horror Story is one of the most disturbing television shows ever produced, and with such perverse storylines unfolding with each installment, Halloween Horror Nights is undoubtedly the only place that could create a living version of the nightmares that Ryan Murphy dreams up,” said John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of Halloween Horror Nights.

Michael Aiello, Director of Entertainment Creative Development for Universal Orlando Resort, said, “American Horror Story is engaging for so many reasons, one of them being the fantastic way each installment of the series reveals completely new characters and stories for its viewers. It’s that constant evolution that makes this popular series a perfect fit for Halloween Horror Nights — and we can’t wait for our guests to experience some of the horror they’ve seen on the show.”

The timing is equally frightening in its perfection: American Horror Story premieres its sixth season (which remains a thematic mystery) on Sept. 14; just two days later, the AHS maze will open on both coasts on Sept. 16.

American Horror Story joins a certifiably gruesome lineup at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights, including The Exorcist; classic slashers Freddy vs. Jason, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Halloween; the new Christmas-themed horror Krampus; and The Walking Dead, which is now a year-round permanent attraction.

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An anthology series that centers on different characters and locations, including a haunted house, an insane asylum, a witch coven, a freak show, and a hotel.
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