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Palace Daily News: August 15, 2020


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Welcome back spooky, scary Palace Peeps to the Haunted Palace Daily News! I’m your host, sofieremix, here to share some fun facts into a highly anticipated event: USO’s Halloween Horror Nights! As a reminder, the first night of Palace’s Halloween Horror Nights is this Saturday, September 19th, starting at 7 PM EST. I hope you all are excited! The house at the Media preview scared the lights out of me! But speaking of the event, do you know how the event was started in real life? The original concept of this event was to have a huge Halloween party throughout the Universal Studios Florida theme park. Little did the creators know that this spine-tingling affair would turn into a global phenomenon for over a quarter of a century. The Horror aspect of the event is actually supposed to be mixed with Mardi Gras. Fright Nights (original name of Halloween Horror Nights) was marketed to local teenagers and adults as a place with a “Mardi-Gras” party theme, except with a ghoulish vibe. Ever wonder how the scarezones began? In 1994, Horrorwood was the first scarezone that featured the Chainsaw Drill Team, the Lizzie Borden Band and Axe Corps. This new concept provided a safer way of organizing the crowds on theme park streets. 1994 also brought about the “scareactor.” Since HHN was becoming one of the most popular Halloween events in the country, Universal wanted to have a school to organize and teach the actors of the event. So, Ghoul School was created. Here, scareactors would learn things such as ways to apply one’s makeup effectively. 

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Now, if you think scare actors are scary, what about scary slime? During 1991, performers in The Dungeon maze were able to add their own spin to frighten guests. One performer brought buckets of slime from Nickelodeon Studios to enhance his performance. Unfortunately, one night an unsuspected guest received a huge amount of slime on accident and slime was banned from the houses. Also, many of the normal USO rides used to be “horrified” during the season. During the 2nd year of the event, Universal added a scary element to their attractions. A term they coined as “horror-fied.” Each attraction that was open would have an additional layer of terror added to it such as the Alien Forest in E.T. Adventure. In the Alien Forest, guests would try to escape from a ghoulish demon infested forest to an alien world. Complete with dry-ice and scareactors around every turn. 

Slime Ciara GIF by Kids' Choice Sports 2019

And now, here is your daily motivation for the day. Today’s theme is “It’s Okay To Lose”. It's absolutely normal to want to win, to want to feel good about yourself. The problem with constantly winning, however, is that we never have to face our demons. The hardest part of life is learning how to roll with the punches when you think you can't go on. Those with the ability to look deep into themselves and find ways to address their failures without falling apart are the ones who ultimately succeed. How do you learn from your mistakes if you never make any? It's okay to lose, to lose often, and to lose time and again. It builds character, shows us how to keep on when the going gets tough, and teaches you that you are always stronger than you think you can ever be. Failure isn't so bad. It teaches us how to be people who can carry the weight of the world on their shoulders. So today, or the next time you lose, think about how you can do better in the future. How can you improve yourself as a person to defeat the loss. Even if you don’t defeat it, don’t lose hope! Instead, look at the other victories you’ve made, the other great strides you’ve made in life. Those are things to be proud of too.

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Woah, those facts about Halloween Horror Nights were so interesting, thank you so much for always taking the time to share facts with us!! And I am also loving the motivation today, losing can feel like a massive deal at times, especially when it's something that you really wanted to do well at, or tried so hard in a game for example. I love how you said that we should think about how we can improve, that is so so true!! ❤️ 

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