Our Ringmaster has returned! Jack the Clown, the icon of icons for Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights has returned for the event’s 30th anniversary. Fans spent numerous hours watching TV static and trying to solve a riddle leading up to the announcement of the fan favorite icon. The riddle first appeared a little after 3pm on the 16th on the resort’s YouTube page as the description to a live stream that showed only TV static. The code read as follows
“Ĥ๏ⓦĮ𝔱𝓼ς… cㄖo𝓤ţdeŜ ρ尺Ẹⓝ 𝓔vＥ Ã𝔻 ⓣ𝕊𝔢 𝒽๏Ｎｅᖇⓐ𝕝Ɨ𝓡 𝓗๏, ᵗｉᶰ丨𝓸𝕌Ň𝕋𝓊ق Ĺσ𝓤𝐫я𝓻ε𝐦𝓼 ᗩ𝐧𝔻’ร ᗷＥ Ƒ Ⓛ𝑜Ⓡ𝕀𝓖卄тⒽ𝕖Ⓝᵈ 𝐚 Ŵｉs Ã𝔠ᛕ 𝕋ⓗгｅａᵖŘ𝕣𝐈ᑎ ℙᖇ ∂’ᔕ𝐞Ｎｅ𝔸l𝓛ｅɿɒƎᎸ ⓦ𝔞𝔠Ａ𝓵𝒆𝕐 άᗰ 𝐰Δ𝓣. ωเＬ 𝐥ŁᵉᵐΔ Ļ’𝐒𝓱я, Ⓓ, zØᶠⓇ 𝓐Ć𝐤 ţ乇я丅. 𝓱Ỗя ⒽⓄⓝ𝐈𝐎ŴєᗩҜ 𝕥𝔬 丅 ѕ. 𝓢ε𝓥ε几 𝑒ｖ𝔢Ã𝓻ㄖⓤŜ Ｎş ⓞѕ: ⒽＯᶰق ภмⒺ 𝕥. ⓑŘⓉⓄ 𝕐Ỗ ＡＬ𝓁’ ᎥＮ𝔪𝕖𝐒ᗴＮⓖᕼＥ𝓻ᗴⓇ𝔯𝕒ｌＬ𝔼 ω𝔥ᗴ Ａ几𝔤 ｈｏ𝓦ａ丅. 𝓣𝕄ᵉ’丂ℍｅ𝓸Ｒ ᶰ ｗŇ𝒆 𝕓Ｌ乇𝓇Ｉ𝓝έ 𝓉𝓢. ｒ𝔢 Ｃｋ ⓦ𝔞Ⓡε gＨ ℃ᒪ𝔩𝐨ⓦÃČℍ𝑒𝕣έŘ 𝓁ᗝｍεs c𝔞Ŧ𝐇𝒆ｌᗝ 𝓌𝔢ｉŘ 𝐡ｒ𝑒 乇V𝒆𝔪s: ｅ乂ק𝐀ή𝐢𝕍ⓔ Ŧ𝓼𝐓Ｉ𝓖𝕚𝓁ό ㄥ𝓸ⓝ𝓘ŇᎥ𝔫Ｄᗴ𝓞ω𝓲几ᗪ, 𝐎𝐦乇Ｒ𝐞𝐚ⓘｎẸ t𝐞𝒆𝓉Ｈ. βᗩⓢtⓢ𝕖ⓡ𝕤𝓣ĦєＮｔħᗴ𝐫 𝕙άⓁ𝓁Ỗ𝐬𝐞Ⓐ𝓻𝕖вⓔŞ𝕥ħε ᑎᶤČ𝓵Ď 𝕔єƳ𝓞𝓷ε Ⓣ𝓘ʳ Ƥ𝔯เтĤt𝐇𝔯Ⓡ𝐄Ｎ Ň𝔤ᗴʸｅ𝔢Ɨ𝓃ģ𝐡ι𝔯𝐀Ňєм𝓪ｕ𝓖Ø𝕣𝓸𝕌𝔤Ɨภ𝐓𝕤ⓒ𝐤 Ў𝐨Ｗє 𝐫ε”
Not the easiest to read or decipher by any means. Universal went on to do another all static stream at 9pm for over an hour. Fans were still very confused by what they just watched. Then another stream went live right around midnight which seemed to be a bit more mean spirited. The midnight stream was poking fun at our excitement, flashing youtube’s signature “Video Unavailable” screen during the stream. It also included some dense fog rolling in, that was a nice break from the static. Fans were clamoring for a midnight reveal, much like announcements of the past, ultimately, the midnight stream was a bust. Yet again at 9am on the 17th, Universal goes live with even more static. Finally, after many hours of static, they reveal none other than the greatest horror icon to be imagined, JACK IS BACK! But, that was after these limited run “I’m Back” shirts were sold online and in the park until they sold out. So the cat was definitely out of the bag.
While Jack is the main announcement for this hype train, Universal did also release their initial ticket price offerings, announced that Unmasking the Horror tours are returning, some Jack preview merch, and RIP tours can also be booked now, too. I’m personally waiting for multi-night tickets to drop since that is more my cup of tea.
Tickets are on sale now, Halloween Horror Nights 30: Never Go Alone runs select nights Sept 3 – Oct 31. For more information be sure to visit: https://orlando.halloweenhorrornights.com