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October 03, 2016

Universal Studios Orlando Resort has opened a new virtual reality experience for those looking to get into the Halloween spirit.

The virtual reality experience “The Repository”—part of the Halloween Horror Nights 26 seasonal attraction—guides groups through a creepy adventure.

“Right from the first step into the attraction, I think you realize that this is different than anything else we do,” T.J. Mannarino, senior director of art and design at Universal's entertainment division, told Travel + Leisure. “You actually become part of the show.”

“The Repository” is set in an old, warehouse-style library, and visitors are challenged to solve puzzles and uncover clues as they follow along with the story. The attraction features live actors that interact with visitors, as well as a virtual reality (VR) element.

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When visitors don the VR glasses, they are whisked away to a paranormal cemetery where they need to uncover clues before returning to solve the puzzles of the Repository.

“We love to tell unique and different stories that nobody’s seen before,” Mannarino said. “VR definitely is that type of new technique.”

Passes to the park are $104.99 for general admission, and tickets to “The Repository” are an additional $49.99.

Virtual reality has increasingly become a part of amusement parks’ offerings, with rollercoasters and other attractions getting in on the fun. Halloween-specific experiences have recently grown in popularity, though not all of them have hit the mark.

Knott’s Berry Farm closed their Halloween VR exhibit recently, which was set in a haunted mental facility, after mental health advocates criticized its insensitivity.

Jess McHugh is a digital reporter for Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @MchughJess.

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