Dates: 2004 – 4 November 2006
From the Universal Studios Hollywood website, 2004
“Enter, if you dare, into the dark and supernatural world of 19th century Transylvania in Van Helsing: Fortress Dracula, an all-new attraction inspired by Universal Pictures’ Van Helsing.
Journey through set pieces created for the movie with countless spine-tingling special effects and authentic movie props.
Explore Dracula’s eerie crypt, surrounded by clusters of flying pygmy bats.
Plunge deep into the catacombs, amidst the sounds of howling werewolves.
It’s all the adventure and terror of the movie come to thrilling life.”
Van Helsing: Fortress Dracula closed on November 4th, 2006 and was replaced by Universal’s House of Horrors, which opened on March 31st 2007. The new attraction used the same walkthrough layout, and kept the Frankenstein’s Lab double-height area from the Van Helsing attraction.
Timeline of the venue (in reverse chronological order)
- Universal’s House of Horrors
- Van Helsing: Fortress Dracula
- The Mummy Returns: Chamber of Doom
- Chicken Run
- Marvel Mania restaurant
- Victoria Station restaurant