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19 Disturbing Universal Studios Horror Stories

Updated January 28, 2020 2.0m views18 items

Theme parks are supposed to be fun for people of all ages, but as it turns out they can also be a total nightmare if you go on the wrong day. After learning about the horrors that happen all to frequently at Universal Studios theme parks, it's a wonder that we don't hear about sexual predators pretending to be park employees or roller coaster fires on a daily basis. On this list of Universal Studios deaths, accidents, and horror stories you'll find more than a few reasons to steer clear of any and all theme parks for the rest of your life. 

Your run of the mill theme park "horror story" involves paying ten dollars for funnel cake or having light heat stroke. Worst case scenario, you might have lost your car in the parking lot and you had to spend the afternoon walking through a maze of family sized SUVs. But the living nightmares and Universal Studios accident stories that we catalogued on this list put any theme park related trauma you've been through to shame.

After you read through this list of the worst Universal Studios accidents, you'll be off theme parks for years to come, no matter how fun Harry Potter World sounds.

  • Woman Breaks Leg at Universal Horror Makeup Show

    In August 2002, a woman was pulled from the audience to participate in the show. After being frightened by one of the on-stage monsters, the woman fell off the stage in fear, landing on the steps of the theater. She was rushed to the hospital and was released shortly afterwards without any further injuries.


  • A Man Shot Into a Crowd at Universal CityWalk

    Prior to last call in 2014, a man was shot and killed by police officers at Universal CityWalk after they were called in to take care of a fight in a crowded club. They were confronted by the man carrying a gun who had fired into the crowd. The officers shot and killed the man.

  • 2008 Universal Studios Backlot Fire

    In 2008, a massive fire engulfed a Universal Studios backlot, endangering many attractions as well as massive video and music vaults, where rare films and records were put at risk. It took 17 hours for firefighters to fully extinguish the flames, and there was significant damage. 

  • Boy Hurts Foot on Men in Black Ride

    We don't know if he was trying to do the modified electric slide from the Men in Black music video, but we do know that that in 2004, an 11-year-old boy had his foot wedged between the ride and loading vehicle.