Yes, it is true. At one point in time, Universal Studios Florida filmed a lot of productions on site. They still utilize their on site soundstages for occasional productions today, but not to the numbers they did in the past. Soundstages are obviously common place in the film, and television industry. It offers an environment that you can control. And they are generally huge. This is why when a house is constructed on a soundstage, HHN fans get all giddy. There is just simply more room to work with, and you can do more things to ensure a topnotch experience. Often, soundstages will have two houses inside, which is where you get the A & B when looking at house locations.
EVIL DEAD (HHN XXIII) AVP: ALIEN VS PREDATOR (HHN XXIV) DRACULA UNTOLD: REIGN OF BLOOD (HHN XXIV) FREDDY VS. JASON (HHN XXV) BODY COLLECTORS: RECOLLECTIONS (HHN XXV) THE WALKING DEAD (HHN XXVI) GHOST TOWN: THE CURSE OF LIGHTNING GULTCH (HHN XXVI) DEAD WATERS (HHN XXVII) THE FALLEN (HHN XXVII)
THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS (HHN II, HHN III) UNIVERSAL'S HOUSE OF HORROR (HHN V) TOY HELL: NIGHTMARE AT THE SCREAM FACTORY (HHN VI) CASTLE VAMPYR (HHN XIV) SCREAM HOUSE: RESURRECTION (HHN XVI) ALL NITE DIE-IN: TAKE 2 (HHN XVI) A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET: DREAM WALKERS (HHN XVII) PSYCHOSCAREAPY: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (HHN XVII) FRANKENSTEIN: CREATION OF THE DAMNED (HHN XIX) DRACULA: LEGACY IN BLOOD (HHN XIX) HADES: GATES OF RUIN (HHN XX) PSYCHOSCAREAPY: ECHOES OF SHADYBROOK (HHN XX) NIGHTINGALES: BLOOD PREY (HHN XXI) THE THING (HHN XXI)
UNIVERSAL'S MUSEUM OF HORROR (HHN VII) MUSEUM OF HORROR: CHAMBER OF HORRORS (HHN VIII) MUSEUM OF HORROR: UNNATURAL HISTORY (HHN VIII) PSYCHO...THROUGH THE MIND OF NORMAN BATES (HHN IX) INSANITY (HHN IX) ANXIETY IN 3D (HHN X) TOTAL CHAOS (HHN X) SCARY TALES (HHN XI) PITCH BLACK (HHN XI) GHOST TOWN (HHN XIV) BLOOD RUINS (HHN XV) PSYCHOSCAREAPY: MAXIMUM MADNESS (HHN XVI) DEAD SILENCE: THE CURSE OF MARY SHAW (HHN XVII) CREATURES! (HHN XVIII) THE WOLFMAN (HHN XIX) LEGENDARY TRUTH: THE WYANDOT ESTATE (HHN XX) WINTER'S NIGHT: THE HAUNTING OF HAWTHORN CEMETERY (HHN XXI) SILENT HILL (HHN XXII) AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (HHN XXIII, HHN XXV) FROM DUSK TILL DAWN (HHN XXIV) THE EXORCIST (HHN XXVI) THE SHINING (HHN XXVII)
THE CABIN IN THE WOODS (HHN XXIII) RESIDENT EVIL: ESCAPE FROM RACCOON CITY (HHN XXIII) JACK PRESENTS: 25 YEARS OF MONSTERS & MAYHEM (HHN XXV) AMERICAN HORROR STORY: VOLUME 2 (HHN XXVII)
WHERE EVIL HIDES (HHN XV)
AMERICAN HORROR STORY (HHN XXVI) THE REPOSITORY (HHN XXVI)
SCREAM HOUSE (HHN XII) SCREAM HOUSE REVISITED (HHN XIII) ALL NITE DIE-IN (HHN XIII) HELLGATE PRISION (HHN XIV) HORROR IN WAX (HHN XIV) COLD BLIND TERROR (HHN XV) BODY COLLECTORS: COLLECTIONS OF THE PAST (HHN XVIII) INTERSTELLAR TERROR (XVIII) GOTHIC (HHN XXII) DEAD END (HHN XXII)
THE WALKING DEAD: END OF THE LINE (HHN XXIV)
Technically a Soundstage, but also sometimes referred to as "Building 44", or the "Herc and Xena building". The building was not clustered together with the majority of the soundstages located on Universal property. Soundstage 44 once housed the Murder She Wrote show, and the Hercules and Xena show. The building sat vacant for many years after the Hercules and Xena show closed back in 2000. The building was recently demolished and rebuilt as Transformers The Ride 3D. In 2012, a house for HHN was being built in soundstage 44 to compensate for the loss of Jaws and its queue. The house was not completed and was quickly abandoned with very little notice before the building came down.
HORROR NIGHTS NIGHTMARES (HHN XIV)
Soundstage 40D, is actually located in the Shrek 4-D building. It is a spare theater, located in the back of the building.
ASYLUM IN WONDERLAND 3D (HHN XXV) KRAMPUS (HHN XXVI) SAW: THE GAMES OF JIGSAW (HHN XXVII)
B-79 is more commonly referred to as "The Parade Building". It is the large corrugated steel building, located behind the Curious George play area in Kid Zone. The structure was built back in 2008 as a warehouse, but has since been used as the housing for Universal's Superstar Parade floats.
SCARY TALES: ONCE UPON A NIGHTMARE (HHN XVIII) SILVER SCREAMS (HHN XIX) HORROR NIGHTS: THE HALLOW'D PAST (HHN XX) THE FORSAKEN (HHN XXI) UNIVERSAL'S HOUSE OF HORRORS (HHN XXII) THE WALKING DEAD: NO SAFE HAVEN (HHN XXIII) ROANOKE: CANNIBAL COLONY (HHN XXIV) THE WALKING DEAD: THE LIVING AND THE DEAD (HHN XXV) HALLOWEEN: HELL COMES TO HADDONFIELD (HHN XXVI) ASH VS EVIL DEAD (HHN XXVII) TRICK 'R TREAT (HHN XXVIII)
The "Sprung Tents" were erected back in 2006, with their sole purpose to be used for Halloween Horror Nights. Both structures are climate controlled, and are even hurricane proof. The "sprung" in their name, actually comes from the company that built the structures.
SPRUNG TENT 1
PSYCHO PATH: THE RETURN OF NORMAN BATES (HHN XVI) THE THING: ASSIMILATION (HHN XVII) THE HALLOW (HHN XVIII) CHUCKY: FRIENDS TILL THE END (HHN XIX) CATACOMBS: BLACK DEATH RISING (HHN XX) THE IN-BETWEEN (HHN XXI) ALICE COOPER: WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE (HHN XXII) URBAN LEGENDS: LA LLORONA (HHN XXIII) DOLLHOUSE OF THE DAMNED (HHN XXIV) THE PURGE (HHN XXV) TOMB OF THE ANCIENTS (HHN XXVI) SCARECROW: THE REAPING (HHN XXVII)
SPRUNG TENT 2
THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS: UNDER CONSTRUCTION (HHN XVI) JACK'S FUNHOUSE IN CLOWN-O-VISION (HHN XVII) DEAD EXPOSURE (HHN XVIII) THE SPAWNING (HHN XIX) HAVOC: THE DOGS OF WAR (HHN XX) NEVERMORE: THE MADNESS OF POE (HHN XXI) PENN & TELLER NEW(KD) LAS VEGAS (HHN XXII) AFTER LIFE: DEATH'S VENGEANCE (HHN XXIII) HALLOWEEN (HHN XXIV) INSIDIOUS (HHN XXV) THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE (HHN XXVI) HIVE (HHN XXVII)
A location first used for HHN XXVI, it is similar to the types of tents used at HHN Hollywood. Also referred to as "tent 3", although this is not a Sprung Tent. It is a more traditional tent structure, which are commonly used at large events like weddings.
LUNATICS PLAYGROUND 3D: YOU WON'T STAND A CHANCE (HHN XXVI) HORRORS OF BLUMHOUSE (HHN XXVII)
Once upon a time called the Earthquake Queue, this location has been used for quite some time. Generally the house is constructed in the "extended" area of Disaster's Queue. It is the house you usually enter in behind the Beetlejuice theater. In late 2015 and early 2016, both the Beetlejuice theater, and Disaster!, were demolished to make way for Fast & the Furious Supercharged.
DUNGEON OF TERROR (HHN IV) CRYPT KEEPER'S DUNGEON OF TERROR (HHN V) CRYPT KEEPER'S STUDIO TOUR OF TERROR (HHN VI) TOMBS OF TERROR (HHN VII) S.S. FRIGHTANIC: CARNAGE CREW (HHN VIII) S.S. FRIGHTANIC: FEAR IN FIRST CLASS (HHN VIII) THE MUMMY (HHN IX) DOOMSDAY (HHN IX) UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTER MANIA (HHN X) DARK TORMENT (HHN X) THE MUMMY RETURNS: THE CURSE CONTINUES (HHN XI) RUN (HHN XI) DEADTROPOLIS (HHN XIV) RUN: HOSTILE TERRITORY (HHN XVI) THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: FLESH WOUNDS (HHN XVII) DOOMSDAY (HHN XVIII) LEAVE IT TO CLEAVER (HHN XIX) ZOMBIEGEDDON (HHN XX) H.R. BLOODENGUTZ: HOLIDAYS OF HORROR (HHN XXI) THE WALKING DEAD: DEAD INSIDE (HHN XXII) HAVOC: DERAILED (HHN XXIII) GIGGLES & GORE INC. (HHN XXIV) RUN: BLOOD, SWEAT AND FEARS (HHN XXV)
Nazarman's is part of the New York section of the Studios. It is the name of a facade of one of the stores there. The houses were essentially constructed on the inside of the New York facades in the area of Nazarman's. There were one or two houses that went outside during a few scenes as well.
THE SLAUGHTERHOUSE (HHN III) HELL'S KITCHEN (HHN IV) TERROR UNDERGROUND: TRANSIT TO TORMENT (HHN V) UNIVERSAL'S NEW HOUSE OF HORRORS (HHN VI) HOTEL HELL (HHN VII) HELL'S HIGH (HHN VIII) UNIVERSAL'S CREATURE FEATURES IN 3D! (HHN IX) THE FEARHOUSE (HHN X) SUPERSTITIONS (HHN XI) VAMPYR: BLOOD BATH (HHN XVII)
The first house ever for HHN was used in Jaws' Queue. At the time, Jaws was not operational and it made for a great spot to put a House for Fright Nights. The Jaws Queue would be used a few times for houses at HHN, until the attraction was demolished in 2012 to make way for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Diagon Alley.
DUNGEON OF TERROR (FRIGHT NIGHTS, HHN II) DUNGEON OF TERROR: RETOLD (HHN XVI) FRIDAY THE 13TH: CAMP BLOOD (HHN XVII) REFLECTIONS OF FEAR (HHN XVIII) SAW (HHN XIX) ORFANAGE: ASHES TO ASHES (HHN XX) SAWS N' STEAM: INTO THE MACHINE (HHN XXI)
THE BATES MOTEL
Yes, many moons ago, Universal Studios Florida had a full replica of Alfred Hitchcock's Bates Motel. Complete with its own Bates house. The attraction was in a way similar to what currently still goes on during the Backlot Tour at Universal Studios Hollywood.
THE PSYCHO PATH MAZE (HHN III, HHN IV, HHN V)
THE BONE YARD
The Bone Yard was located where the Universal Music Plaza is now. The area use to be the home of old movie props from various films, and other productions. In fact, The Bone Yard is a term studios use as a place somewhere on the studio lot, where they would keep various props from productions long gone.
THE BONE YARD (HHN IV)
Located behind Doctor Doom's Fearfall, B285A is more commonly referred to as the Carnage Warehouse. The building was constructed specifically for the house Maximum Carnage, hence its nickname.
Portions of this popular water ride's queue was transformed into houses.
SCARY TALES II (HHN XII) SHIP OF SCREAMS (HHN XIII)
JURASSIC PARK DISCOVERY CENTER
HHN at IOA posed some interesting problems while having the event there. One issue is space to put houses. Often, attractions needed to be closed down to accommodate houses, and even still, locations can prove to difficult. The houses in the Jurassic Park Discovery Center, would be on the bottom level of the building and had to work around the giant staircase.
PSYCHOSCAREAPY (HHN XIII) BODY COLLECTORS (HHN XV)
THUNDER FALLS TERRACE
Thunder Falls is a quick service restaurant in Jurassic Park. Unlike the JP Discovery Center, Thunder Falls isn't open all year, and can be easily cleared for more space and freedom to build houses.
FEAR FACTOR (HHN XII) FUNHOUSE OF FEAR (HHN XIII) THE SKOOL (HHN XV)
TRICERATOPS DISCOVERY TRAIL
The entirety of the Triceratops Discovery trail is now long abandoned. However, the former entrance to the attraction, is now home to the Raptor Encounter. The location did offer a unique spin for HHN houses. Most of them were outside, with occasional small buildings scattered about.
EVILUTION (HHN XII) JUNGLE OF DOOM (HHN XIII)
The attraction offered another unique take for a house at HHN. It even utilized the show's famous water vortex as part of the house.