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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

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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 63 days ago. Please confirm dates on haunt website before you go.
 
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  • So much fun we came back the weekend after!

    The whole thing was scary and fun! A great thing for the whole family if you can handle being terrified. The maze was incredibly disorienting. It was such a blast. I was invited my my friend’s family. I loved it so much I took my family the next weekend.

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  • Scared of clowns

    This is good old Halloween fun. The story designers of this Fear house take a good background story and make it scary and fun. No blood or gore fest - just an old school good time. Great family environment and creative beyond description. As you are planning your fall events, make this a must visit. We did and will be back.

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  • Email Verified Entertaining

    This was a great combination of surprise scares, and good old fashioned fun. Good for all ages. We all enjoyed ourselves.

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  • I'm Just Saying Clowns Make Me FREAK!

    Absolutely over the top insanity! Face the Fear has let the clowns out and nothing will ever be the same. The international clown university is a training school for clowns that has gone horribly wrong. The weird creep you out backstory of the train wreck, the clowns establishing a new life, and the mystery of the clown capers (never solved) were enough to get me scared. But then I got inside the house and it was well - terrifyingly fun. My entire party was screaming, the clowns had a blast scaring us and did a great job at it too. I absolutely loved it and the fun house at the end was a never ending series of twists and turns (and I should mention there were clowns inside!) All in all a great experience, a great haunted attraction, and tons of fun. We will return. Get there early to beat the lines, you will have to wait. The reason I think they often get sold out is because they allow this to be a small group, small tour experience. That makes it scarier and is so much better than the long lines of people that stream through these kind of things. Thanks for not compromising the experience because I am sure there are some that will complain because they have to wait. My wait was well worth it.

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  • Crazy Clowns!

    Face the Fear has rocked it with the International Clown University! It was crazy and scary. This is the way that haunted houses are supposed to be. Fun, Frightening, and Full of surprises. This one did not disappoint. I thought the story was great. I got as chance to read the backstory while I waited eating a funnel cake. The wait was reasonable for this type of event (1 hour) I am sure they sold out because people kept coming to go in. Once inside, it was dark, spooky, and the clowns made it real. I was terrified and thoroughly entertained. The DVD they gave us had a spooky little movie on it as well, so there was great fun and take home swag. It was a great end to our weekend. Get ready to have your fear of clowns brought back to life again. ICU is the place for you.

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  • Clowns are Crazy

    I wasn't real sure if I wanted to go - the title about creeped me out. However, what I always love about face the fear is that these guys have a good time and let their guests have a good time. I was scared. The clowns were everywhere. Birthday clowns, rodeo clowns, historical clowns, and circus clowns were scary fun. The back story this year was less complicated than the previous year, I liked that as well. It made sense, allowed me to suspend belief, and then scared me with no cheap blood and gory thrills, instead, real fear. The DVD and the clown magnet were a nice gift when I was done. Great value, great fun, great time, and lots of screaming. Headed back next weekend.

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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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    Time Visited: 5PM - 9PM
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    Suitable For Kids: Yes
    Posted October 2016

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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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