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Scary
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Adults & Teens
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Charity / NOT For Profit
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Haunted Houses, Safe Trick or Treating, Other Events
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Wheelchair Accessible, Snacks & Refreshments, Outdoor Event(s), Indoor Event(s), Covered Wait Area, Touching Not Allowed, Free Parking
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ICU - International CLOWN University

Face the Fear:
In 1967 a forgotten piece of history in Central Florida took place. A train derailed in the city of Longwood, Florida. Losing its brakes before arriving in the station the train skipped the track, crashing through the station and coming to rest in an open field (which today is the Sun Rail parking area.) Fortunately on that night, no one was hurt, but the passengers on that train were the clown core of the recently closed down Seven Brothers Circus. With no place to go, with no money, they silently moved into an abandoned building near the crash site and began to rebuild their life.

The circus life and clowning was all they knew so they opened the first ever International Clown University (ICU). Things did not go well for ICU. Due to weak vetting, a poor application process, and failure to administrate their program successfully, the ICU became home for many who had no place else to go, were attempting to hide, or were trying to escape their past. In an environment where their true identities could be hidden under grease paint, the ICU became a place for a less than respectable band of people. The group that infiltrated were not inclined to entertain or teach history, instead they used the university to pursue their own interests.

After a series of criminal Clown Capers in Seminole County, city officials attempted to close the university. Eventually clowns were banned from public appearances if they were not licensed under the National Clown Compliance Laws of 1977. After some mysterious events occurred at the International Clown University, the public outcry to have the facility permanently closed reached a fever pitch. In an agreement with government officials, the university would be closed and the contents and displays would be made available for public viewing for one month every ten years.

The Clown Capers were never solved. The clowns who banded together to take over the university reportedly all left the area. The mysterious events and odd happenings within the museum were never explained, investigated, or explored.

Under a special contract with the creators of Face the Fear, in 2017 the remnant of the International Clown University is once again open to the public. Every precaution has been taken to insure that none of the previous inhabitants of the university have returned for the ten year reunion, although Face the Fear officials have made it clear that it is difficult to know who is under the smiling face of a clown.

It is time to face your fears once again and step into the world of CLOWNS at the International Clown University! Email Haunt Owner
Make sure you visit the Historic District of Longwood on Sunday afternoon, October 29th at 3:30 for Trunk or Treat. There is so much to do, the trunks are all themed, plenty of candy, and additional activities. This event is done in partnership with the City of Longwood. It is a family friendly alternative for younger children who really won't enjoy Face the Fear
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Hours of Operation: 8pm - 11pm

Admission Costs: Adults: $13
Children (10 and under): $6

Payments Accepted: Cash, Credit Cards, Debit Cards

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Event last updated 8 days ago. Please confirm dates on haunt website before you go.
 
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  • They are back again!

    Just read the details - what is up with that? You have to know I have visited in the past and the Face the Fear clown crew was pretty scary. I can't imagine living through the scare house when the clowns are running the show.

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  • Email Verified The beast hunted house ever

    It is like no other hunted house I have ever visited. I love how they have a plot and you go in only with your group and no one else which makes it even more scary.

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  • Boring

    not enough for the price. Too much empty space.

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    Length of Event: < 10 minutes
    Time Visited: 5PM - 9PM
    Would Recommend: No
    Suitable For Kids: Yes
    Posted 10/31/16

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  • Email Verified iScreamed!

    And screamed....creepier than Mr. Creeper himself. Once again, the frightmasters @ Face the Fear managed to make us jump and shout without blood and gore.

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  • Scary Scary Scary

    This has got to be one of the best developed stories of any haunted attraction! Scares and chills and this time a real haunted hotel are the setting. You will love it. I also loved the DVD you get just for surviving the experience. So much better than the rest of the bunch of scares out there. It is a fun family time that will give you the creeps!

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  • Face the Fear Rocks

    The Face the Fear event rocked. I love the old haunted hotel. It is creepy and has such a weird vibe. Love the actors, especially the ones that set up the story within the story. It all adds to the element of suspence and fear. It also gives this haunted attraction a level of quality that others do not match. The lines were long. I was told that the event sold out opening night when I was there. But I loved it and will be back next year. I am trying to go back and visit again for weekend two.

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  • Too Much Fun

    Loved it - long lines / worth the wait This is not just a haunted event it is a show Part fun / part fear / part haunted history / part great story You even get a DVD as a gift I will be back next weekend

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  • Can't believe it is time again!

    The new story line and the new location for 2016 gives me the creeps! I can't imagine what you are going to do in the haunted hotel (and yes, it is really haunted) - by the time Face the Fear is done with it, it is like 2 haunted houses for the price of one! I can't wait for the opening of this event. It is always the best and the best value of any of the attractions out there. Get ready to be afraid.

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  • A Very Scary Good Time

    We decided to try this as part of our evening of introducing our friends from Ukraine to an American holiday. We had such a scary good time. Loved the British tour guide woman. Sorry she had to bite the dust. If that clueless woman who pulled the blanket from the cursed doll and evoked havoc is ever found, I hope that she is remorseful!

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  • New Halloween Tradition!

    This was our first year visiting Face the Fear House and we had a blast! I loved that it was family-friendly - I didn't need to worry about my kids seeing anything inappropriate. The actors were amazing and never broke character! The scares were legit - it was certainly a fun kind of scary! We traveled down from Jacksonville to do it and we were not disappointed! Making this a new Halloween tradition!

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  • Crazy scary fun

    I loved it! What a great time and great cast. This is the best scary attraction in Central Florida. Strong themes and storyline . Even better without the way too easy gore fest . DVD and magnet giveaway are added bonus. Don't miss this attraction.

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  • Best one we went to this season!

    Great storyline, that starts while you wait. Scary, dark, and lots of actors. Love that its not crowded and you are not rushed through!! We will be back next year!!

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  • The Best

    Simple with no blood and gore but the BEST!!!! Dolls are scary as crap!! The best haunt I have been to all year and in years past, cant wait to go next year!!

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  • Best one we went to this season!

    Great storyline, that starts while you wait. Scary, dark, and lots of actors. Love that its not crowded and you are not rushed through!! We will be back next year!!

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    Posted 10/30/15

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  • Scary and the best haunted house!

    This was amazing! I am not scared easily but this is a true scary experience! I will one back next year for sure! Pitch dark path and fantastic actors! 5 stars!!!

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  • I used to like dolls!

    I went to Face the Fear not knowing what to expect. I joined the crowd outside waiting and met reporters and had something to eat while I waited that part was great! Then my host took my small private tour into what was 20 minutes of my worst nightmare. I used to like dolls until I met the creepy ones they had in Face the Fear. This was a doll factory gone real bad and even managed to turn a Barbie Dream House into a bad bad dream. Finally when I thought I was done I had to face the huge dolls in the shipping maze. I never thought I would get out. And now I can't wait to go back in. There is not a better haunted house in Orlando. Face the Fear is the best environment - they don't act weird, they make the scares fun, and they really have created a family event that is flat out scary! I went home and boxed up all my dolls and put them out in the garage.

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  • Wow, wow, wow!

    I visited the haunted doll event and I was not disappointed. The house had a retro, cool vibe that left my smiling, laughing, and screaming. In addition we got a great DVD as a give-away. Each year we visit and we were not disappointed. This is the best value, best event, and best screams in Central Florida. Wicked well done!

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  • Dolls. Freakin' creepy dolls.

    Clowns. And more dolls...And the maze! Seems like an easy out but we were surprisingly discombobulated! These folks scared the bejeebus out of us with out blood & gore...that's TALENT! As my husband said, "These guys just ain't right!"

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    Time Visited: After 9PM
    Would Recommend: Yes
    Suitable For Kids: Yes
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  • Scary stuff

    Maybe these guys at Face the Fear know something that the rest of us don't / A digital virus that can jump into and infect a human being? That is scary stuff. Great cast, crazy clowns, frightening hazmat suits, and a dark crazy maze (and just an fyi-in the maze you ARE NOT ALONE) The night I went they sold out early, but the wait was so worth it. Can't wait to do it again!

    Posted 11/1/14

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  • Face the Fear is at it again!

    I cannot wait to go through Face the Fear this year! Every year the theme is super unique and creative. It's scarier than HHN to me, especially since you aren't going in with a long line of people the whole time, you never know what's coming next. I'm sure this year it will be even scarier back at the old school again! Can't wait!

    Posted 10/21/14

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