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Old 09-19-2013, 08:01 PM   #1051
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Halloween horror nights

An someone give me the low down on Halloween horror nights. We've never even been to universal before. But we are big fans of horror and since we just moved to Florida the tickets are pretty cheap for fl residents.
Which park is it at?
What time does it start and finish?
How early can we enter the park?
Are any rides open during horror nights?
Are there any restaurants/ quick service open?
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Old 09-19-2013, 09:47 PM   #1052
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There are two different kinds of lanyards. You're right...they are selling one now but I think the question was about the other kind. This is the other kind that I believe is sold during the event. This one is from a few years ago.

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Old 09-19-2013, 09:59 PM   #1053
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On the other side of the OP. We hate horror.

Is it even worth going to universal the days they have horror nights?? Since we will not be paying for the hard-ticket event to follow??

Or if we do pay for the hard ticket are we still able to get around the park and do the rides with out being around the horror elements. (mainly harry potter).

(Hope I didn't hijack your thread, but figure the info could benefit us both)
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Old 09-19-2013, 10:03 PM   #1054
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I've read on forums and HHN Facebook posts; A LOT of people complain about the lines at HHN.

We're celebrating our Honeymoon and the first time ever at HHN on October the 6th.

We only have ONE night to be in the park for the event, and considering all the negativity I've been reading about the lines, it's got me really worried that we're not going to be able to see all the houses.

Can anyone shed some light on this situation?
15 year veteran of HHN and I will be glad to give you any tips...1st of all you are going Sunday night correct? Ill be there that night as well, will be there that whole weekend.
Anyway, if you are planning on just the one night and have regular daytime admission already you are allowed to stay in one of the 2 holding areas prior to the start of the event when the park close to reg guests at 5pm. One by the animal stage near ET and one by Finnegans in the NY area. the event starts at 6pm but they usually let everyone go a bit before and depending which side of the park you choose to start with they usually direct everyone to the early opening houses right away where you will see no lines. after that the park starts to open up and gets more and more crowded as the night goes on. There are 8 houses this year and to see them all in one night requires a LOT of walking. The houses are outside the regular park areas and some of the houses in the front you actually have to walk all the way over to the back of Seuss Landing at IOA to go in.
On a regular trip I have usually picked a weekday like Thurs for a one night visit and I have always added the Express (which is cheapest on the Thurs as well...but not too bad for Sunday either) The express sells out so you should buy it in advance if you plan on getting it.
As the crowds grow the lines can go into hours on the waits. with the express I have gone and done all the houses watched the Bill and ted show and had plenty of time for the outdoor areas...its just a major workout with all the walking. it can be done tho pretty easily. without express you will get into the 1st 2 houses right away and then the wait times will start. if you want to do other things in the park besides waiting on the houses you wont end up with too much time. It would be hard but not impossible to see all the houses and in my honest opinion you wont want to be in that many of the long lines after 1 or 2 of them.
Lots of HHN blogs put out trip reports that give you an order to do the houses in and such ( I usually use them so I know where to go) orlando informer is gong to be doing one . There's was a spot on plan last year for me when I only had one night.
Im waiting for everyones advice once the actual opening goes on this Friday and we can see how everything is ordered this year
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Old 09-19-2013, 10:53 PM   #1055
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I've been to HHN like 18 of the 22 years,the event has been held at Universal most of the years with a couple of years at IOA and a couple of years where it was partially in both parks.Recently it's been at Universal with the soundstages between the parks housing some of the houses.I have an AP so when the park closes at 5pm everyone with tickets to HHN can stay inside the park in the Stay and Scream area which has been the street by Finnegans lately.Usually around 6pm they let out the people in the Stay and Scream area to do the 2-3 houses that they open early.The event might not be officially open until 6:30-7pm but you can get these houses done with little lines before the masses of people outside the gates are let in.If you don't have AP's what you would do is buy the Stay and Scream add on if you're visiting the park,which is usually the same discounted price AP holders pay for the event.You can also visit IOA during the day and around 5pm there will be a side entrance to Universal for people with Stay and Scream tickets so you don't have to exit the park and get access to Stay and Scream.The event usually ends between 1am and 2am depending if it's a peak night.HHN gets crazy busy pretty much every night but at least on non peak nights the crowds won't be as bad and might ease off after 11pm or so.Usually the most popular rides are open during HHN,but having an AP and that they usually also have long lines I never do rides during the event,it's hard enough to get all the houses and shows done in one night as the lines can easily be 1-2 hours during the busiest parts of the night.If you want to do the houses,rides and shows you better be looking to purchase the express pass,which is pretty expensive.The restaurants are also obviously open given how popular this event is.If I didn't have an AP I wouldn't buy a 1 day ticket to Universal since the park closes at 5pm,a two park pass or to IOA would be fine as you can go to IOA which will stay open later.And no if you want to pay the HHN to just do the rides at the Universal park that would not be smart either as like I said earlier the lines for the rides will also be pretty insanely long,it is the most popular Halloween event in the country.However since it's Potter you're interested in,it would work since HHN is not in IOA.Either buy a ticket to IOA or get a more expensive 1 day 2 park pass so you can hop over to IOA when Universal closes.
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Old 09-19-2013, 11:56 PM   #1056
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On the other side of the OP. We hate horror.

Is it even worth going to universal the days they have horror nights?? Since we will not be paying for the hard-ticket event to follow??

Or if we do pay for the hard ticket are we still able to get around the park and do the rides with out being around the horror elements. (mainly harry potter).

(Hope I didn't hijack your thread, but figure the info could benefit us both)
You can barely tell that there is a horror event at night when you visit in the daytime and this won't affect IOA at all. We went last year and enjoyed IOA in the evening once the Studios shut down. We went to HHN the next night and we couldn't believe how the whole atmosphere of the Studios changed. It went from being pretty much its normal self to a very crowded, Halloween party.
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Old 09-19-2013, 11:59 PM   #1057
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An someone give me the low down on Halloween horror nights. We've never even been to universal before. But we are big fans of horror and since we just moved to Florida the tickets are pretty cheap for fl residents.
Which park is it at?
What time does it start and finish?
How early can we enter the park?
Are any rides open during horror nights?
Are there any restaurants/ quick service open?
Thank you

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If you haven't seen this, this might help too: http://www.halloweenhorrornights.com/orlando/index.html

We enjoyed the Stay and Scream feature since we were already visiting the parks.
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Old 09-20-2013, 03:04 AM   #1058
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Recently it's been at Universal with the soundstages between the parks housing some of the houses.
We were at Universal in September of 2011, and I think that was before the soundstages started being used. There were one or two places in the Studios where they had big sort-of walls up that were creepy even in the broad daylight. My son absolutely hated them, and is pretty annoyed that we're heading back in October.

Would you say that those outdoors, right along the pathways, creepy sort of things are gone now? (please say yes please say yes)

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You can barely tell that there is a horror event at night when you visit in the daytime...
This is sounding like those big things are gone. Hoping!
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Old 09-20-2013, 10:31 AM   #1059
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We were at Universal in September of 2011, and I think that was before the soundstages started being used. There were one or two places in the Studios where they had big sort-of walls up that were creepy even in the broad daylight. My son absolutely hated them, and is pretty annoyed that we're heading back in October.

Would you say that those outdoors, right along the pathways, creepy sort of things are gone now? (please say yes please say yes)



This is sounding like those big things are gone. Hoping!
The soundstages have been used for a while. I think I know what you're talking about since I was there in 2011. Big wall with skull like faces on top? That was for one of the scarezones. This year, all the scarezones are Walking Dead themed, so there are some props out but I don't think they'll be anything like those walls.
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Old 09-20-2013, 05:41 PM   #1060
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Question for anyone who knows the answer...

Is the Resident Evil themed house the same Resident Evil attraction that's currently at Universal Japan? Where you actually get a (fake) gun and shoot at the zombies as you progress through it?

Or is is just a haunted house?

When I saw photos from the Japanese attraction I was DYING to try it, so if they've brought it to the US park, I may have to go out of my way to get down there this month.
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Old 09-20-2013, 09:24 PM   #1061
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Question for anyone who knows the answer... Is the Resident Evil themed house the same Resident Evil attraction that's currently at Universal Japan? Where you actually get a (fake) gun and shoot at the zombies as you progress through it? Or is is just a haunted house? When I saw photos from the Japanese attraction I was DYING to try it, so if they've brought it to the US park, I may have to go out of my way to get down there this month.
It's just a haunted house. I just got out of it - it was neat but seemed really short.

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Old 09-20-2013, 10:11 PM   #1062
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Question for anyone who knows the answer...

Is the Resident Evil themed house the same Resident Evil attraction that's currently at Universal Japan? Where you actually get a (fake) gun and shoot at the zombies as you progress through it?

Or is is just a haunted house?

When I saw photos from the Japanese attraction I was DYING to try it, so if they've brought it to the US park, I may have to go out of my way to get down there this month.
Ya def not based on the Japan attraction...based on the part 2 and 3 of the video game series.You can see pics from it on Universals HHN website they have posted pics of inside all their houses this year which Ive never seen them do before. That Japan one did look awesome.
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It's just a haunted house. I just got out of it - it was neat but seemed really short.
What did you think of the houses in general? We did five tonight...will do the remaining three tomorrow night. Of the ones we did, we liked La Llorona the best. I loved the stream running through it. I thought the others were weak but I know it's only the first night, the casts are still getting into their characters and tweaks will be made. I didn't think it was very crowded and the weather was absolutely perfect!
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We got in tonight at around 8:20pm. We didn't do any of the haunted houses but we did get all the rides done along with Bill & Ted's Show. Tomorrow we shall partake in the adult beverages and bravely walk through the houses. (We have been up since 5:30am today so drinking was going to be a no go after 1 drink)
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Old 09-21-2013, 06:39 AM   #1065
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Metro,
What was the S&S house after all? Did more than one soundstage house open earlier (before 6:30 - like the one in the Twister queue) since there are 4 houses right there?

How were the crowds in that part of the park? Overall thoughts?

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