Universal Studios announced on Twitter that La Llarona will be added to their lineup for Hollywood Horror Nights.  If you think you’ve been there done that because you saw the attraction at Universal Hollywood, you’d better think again.  Universal Orlando promises that this will not be a carbon copy but rather an expansion of the legend.   They promise that they have adapted it for their event, taking the visitor deeper into La Llarona’s watery depths.

For anyone unfamiliar with La Llarona, here is what wikipedia has this to say about the legend:

Although several variations exist, the basic story tells of a beautiful woman by the name of Maria who drowns her children in order to be with the man that she loved. The man would not have her, which devastated her. She would not take no for an answer, so she drowned herself in a lake in Mexico City. Challenged at the gates of heaven as to the whereabouts of her children, she is not permitted to enter the afterlife until she has found them. Maria is forced to wander the Earth for all eternity, searching in vain for her drowned offspring, with her constant weeping giving her the name “La Llorona”. She is trapped in between the living world and the spirit world.

In some versions of this tale and legend, La Llorona will kidnap wandering children who resemble her missing children, or children who disobey their parents. People who claim to have seen her say she appears at night or in the late evenings from rivers or oceans in Mexico. Some believe that those who hear the wails of La Llorona are marked for death, similar to the Gaelic banshee legend. She is said to cry, “Ay, mis hijos!” which translates to, “Oh, my children!”

Sounds like a scary time to me!


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