Now You Can Visit The 'Stranger Things' Maze At Universal — Without The Jump Scares

The Byers home in the Stranger Things maze in “Universal's Halloween Horror Nights”. (Photo by Ken Kinzie/Universal Studios Hollywood)

Ooh! Universal Studios has a new attraction based on everyone's favorite whimsical '80s supernatural Netflix show, Stranger Things! And it's part of... Halloween Horror Nights?

Uh oh.

That's what a lot of us have been thinking ever since it opened as part of this year's Horror Nights mazes. But for those of you who don't want to put your fight-or-flight instincts to the test, there's hope! Universal Studios Hollywood is now inviting people to enjoy a "lights on" version of the exhibit during the day.

You have the chance through Friday to tour the elaborate sets and enter the world of Stranger Things, without looking around every corner trying to avoid the Demogorgon. And you can do it without paying any extra fees — it's included in the pride of a daytime admission to Universal Studios.

The maze is based on scenes and storylines from the show's first season. Locations include Hawkins Lab, the Byers home (complete with flashing Christmas lights), Hawkins Middle School, and the other dimension of the Upside Down itself.

Inside the Stranger Things maze at “Halloween Horror Nights” 2018. (Photo by Ken Kinzie/Universal Studios Hollywood)

That's not to say that it won't be at least a little creepy — Universal promises that the Upside Down woods will be "oozing a shower of floating orb-like spores" — but the scares are no longer dialed to 11.

Universal touts that they worked with Netflix, as well as show creators the Duffer Brothers and executive producer Shawn Levy, to create the attraction's realism. But who needs it to be that real? Come on.

Sadie Sink and Gaten Matarazzo attend the Stranger Things Maze during Halloween Horror Nights, coming face-to-face with the show’'s most iconic scenes and a life-sized predatory Demogorgon at Universal Studios Hollywood on Sept. 14, 2018. (Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Universal Studios Hollywood)

Halloween Horror Nights itself has been extended an extra night through Sunday, Nov. 4, so you still have a few more days to get your fright on. That includes, in the full version of the Stranger Things maze, "the chittering, predatory Demogorgon [stalking] unwitting guests as they encounter iconic scenes, characters and environments."

You can see the full maze, with Demogorgon, in this walkthrough:

That is, if that's your thing, and not something that makes you hide under your desk wishing you could be even more hidden.


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