The event icon, The Storyteller, told the story which wove through each maze and scarezone and depicted the roles of the various actors and how they worked for the queen. As it went, the land of Terra Cruentas was a dark realm shrouded in myths. Guests entered through Terra Guard Run (Port of Entry), which was a melting pot of the people of Terra Cruentas. Characters from every island were featured scaring guests as they entered. The Queen herself was a dictator who rode a motorcycle featuring wings and the head of a wolf/bull hybrid. She ruled from her Terra Throne (Port of Entry Landing), a twisted tree forged of blood and steel by the hard workers of the Cemetery Mines who are in Gorewood Forest (Jurassic Park). Her source of power was a sacrificial dagger called the Terra Throne Blade, which was used during human sacrifices, which were needed to satisfy her and continue her rule over the land. The blade was forged in the Fire Pits (Lost Continent) and is made out of blood which is turned into iron and the bones of previous sacrifices courtsey of the Body Collectors. The bodies of these sacrifices were given to the Body Collectors (Jurassic Park Discovery Center), who took them apart and kept only what could be salvaged. While the workers worked, the children of Terra Cruentas terrorized The Skool (Thunder Falls Terrace), especially around the Season of the Queen, a time of ritual in Terra Cruentas. While most of the realms worked, the realm of Iron Bone Gorge a.k.a. Blood Thunder Alley (Marvel Superhero Island) roared to life with passionate vice, as the demons inhabiting the world lured guests to celebrate the resurrection of the queen through drinking of the Bloodberry Wine and escaping to the local Demon Cantina (Carnage Warehouse), where guests could be terrorized by the vampiric assailants who drank there. The Bone Chopper Riders aka the Black Guards also inhabit these places. Here, they party until their duty comes to deliver the blood of a sacrificed victim to Gorewood Forest, where it is turned into iron. The iron is brought to the Tangle Root Fire Pits where the Terra Throne Blade. Then the Blade is brought to the Terra Throne where the ritual begins and the cycle begins again while the used Blade is recycled and turned into a black Goblet for the Bloodberry Wine. Beyond "Maldakken Pass" (an area of vendors and derelict props) lay the "tests" of fear: Blood Ruins (Soundstage 22), Where Evil Hides (Soundstage 18 and Soundstage 19), and Cold Blind Terror (Soundstage 20).
Each night of the event planted actors were brought up to the Terra Throne and sacrificed to The Queen. Their blood seeps into the Tree's roots, and a fruit called Bloodberry grows and the fruit is made into Bloodberry Wine where it is drunk at the Demon Cantina. The actors were mutilated via special effects such as fake chainsaws and swords. On the final night the Terra Queen sacrificed herself.
The newest special effect introduced at Halloween Horror Nights: Tales of Terror was a new "helmet" technology. For the Terror Mines (Poseidon's Fury) house, every 10th guest was given a hard hat with a light on it. As the guest and his group proceeded through the maze, the light would go out, change colors, strobe or stay normal. Sensors throughout the maze would designate what effect took place.
On busy peak nights, a portion of Universal Studios Florida was open for event-goers, which included a special chain link fence maze called Rat Run. On a platform above the maze stood Jack the Clown, heckling guests as they made their way through.
- North Hollow (Toon Lagoon)
- South Hollow (Peak-only Seuss Landing)
- Bill and Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure (Toon Lagoon Amphitheater)
- One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
- The Cat In The Hat
- Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast (Peak only)
- Shrek 4-D (Peak only)
- Twister...Ride it Out (Peak only)
- Revenge of The Mummy: The Ride (Peak only)
- Dueling Dragons'
- The Flying Unicon
- Jurassic Park River Adventure
- Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls
- The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man
- Doctor Doom's Fearfall
- Incredible Hulk Coaster
- Storm Force Accelatron
|Halloween Horror Nights: Tales of Terror|
|Characters: The Storyteller (Event Icon) • Terra Queen|
|Mazes: Blood Ruins • Body Collectors • Cold Blind Terror • Demon Cantina • The Skool • Terror Mines • Where Evil Hides|
|Scarezones: Blood Thunder Alley • Fire Pits • Gorewood Forest • Hallow • Terra Guard Run|
|Shows: Bill and Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure • Terra Throne|
|Halloween Horror Nights Orlando|
|Event Editions: 1991 • 1992 • 1993 • 1994 • 1995 • 1996 • 1997 • 1998 • 1999 • 2000 • 2001 • 2002 • 2003 • 2004 • 2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013 • 2014 • 2015 • 2016 • 2017|