Anyone ever go to Halloween Horror Nights?

Tuesday, August 20, 2002 5:58 PM


I am debating whether I should attend this years annual Universal Halloween Horror Nights at IOA. I noticed they are open Wed, Thurs, and Sun from 7pm - midnight and Fri/Sat from 7pm - 2am. Is it significantly more crowded on the Fri/Sat nights (to the point where you actually get *less* done in more time?)? What about if you're an annual passholder, what is the price for them? I have searched around the site a little bit and couldn't find an annual passholder price.

Any other tips, suggestions, etc I should know about before I commit to going to this? I love IOA (fav park ever) and *love* Halloween stuff so this seems like a not to be missed event. However, I really don't want it to be so crowded where I can't do everything, especially if I have to pay a high price on top of a being a passholder.

Sorry for all the questions but any and all help is definitely appreciated! Let's hear your opinions (esp you FL peeps!).

It tastes like burning.

Tuesday, August 20, 2002 6:46 PM

GO if you can!! It is AWESOME!! And I can't wait to see what they are going to do this year considering it is at IOA!!

I have been to 3 Halloween Horror Nights, each year they get better and better.

1 of my favortie things there is the Mardi Gras Parade (assuming they will still have that this year.) You can get a ton of beads and coins, it is really fun.

And of course, LOTS of Haunted Houses. The lines can get long but overall they move pretty quickly. The 1st year I went the lines moved slow but they have gotten much better as the years go by... Actually the last time I was there the lines weren't long at all.

If you want to know anything specific just hit me with an email, might be easier that way.

Julie ~ Who is psyched because she *might* get to go to HHN this year afterall :)

Tuesday, August 20, 2002 7:01 PM

GO, GO, GO, but not on a Friday or Saturday. I overheard guests complaning of 2 hour waits. I had the honor of acting in "RUN!" last year and I noticed the extremely long lines durring Saturdays (I was one of the big dudes at the begining matress maze!). Try going early in the season and the lines will be close to walk on. If "Scary Tales 2" is anything like last years, Do not miss it. ST was my favorite haunted walkthrough ever.

As for your other questions, I don't know. But the mazes and other events last year were great. It was a very high quality expierance.

Wednesday, August 21, 2002 6:15 AM
Go, it is not something to miss. I bet it will be even better at IOA. Like Dexter said, Scary Tales was scary and if number two is any better, then it will be amazing. I was so scared last year at it. The guys with the chain saws are pretty freaky.
Wednesday, August 21, 2002 7:03 AM
So dexter you were the only who always told me to go the wrong way. Just joking. HHN is just amazing, and Im sure what they are going to do at IOA this year will be nothing short of spectacular. I only wish i could go.
Wednesday, August 21, 2002 7:05 AM
rollergator's avatar

well, guess I am one of the "FL peeps"....good meeting you at SRM, Legendary....

Yes, I've been to HHN, and even though I'm not the haunted house type, it was a lot of fun....the lines were LONG, but did move pretty quickly. IIRC, the price was still $25 for annual passholders....but there were "random hauntings" everywhere, and Universal went the EXTRA mile in terms of costumes, characters, and really was exceptionally well'll be cool to see what they come up with now that it's at IoA....

Wednesday, August 21, 2002 8:26 AM

I've gone every year since '96, during all the parts of the month,
and on weekends and on weeknights. My experience has been:
first two weeks- getting the bugs out (e.g., not as many
monsters, props and special effects in the mazes)
third week- ideal
fourth week- too crowded

I go on Sundays or Thursdays during the third week. It's kind of a
pain, in that some of the mazes operate on a split schedule (e.g.,
some are open 7-10, while the others are open 9-12). Also, these
nights don't have the energy from the crowds that the weekends

Feel free to e-mail me with any questions. Also, there is a website devoted to HHN lovers. The address is:

Wednesday, August 21, 2002 2:01 PM
I'm going to be hitting it on Sunday, Oct. 13th. Hopefully the kinks will be worked out by then.
Wednesday, August 21, 2002 2:31 PM

Rock on! I guess I'm going to have to go after all these enthusiastic responses. I seriously love getting scared (even though it doesn't happen much due to cheeeeeeesy haunted houses lately) so hopefully HHN will live up to the hype.

Anastasia, it looks like I'll take your advice and go third week, sounds like my fav type of trip -- little crowds! I can deal with the alternating times for the houses, just as long as I can get on em all.

Thanks again everyone! Maybe I'll see a few of you there in Oct.

It tastes like burning.

Thursday, August 22, 2002 10:11 AM
I remember seeing a Rob Zombie designed house at a Universal Park for Halloween a couple of years ago, now that HAS to be at least stylish.

But, since you mentioned Halloween, I predict Halloween is going to be good this year as a whole, no matter where you go, it's due time! Halloween has been weak lately, the only way to scare me is to wait until I space out or just walk up behind me. I go to these "scare" things, it's never any good;(.

Thursday, August 22, 2002 10:27 AM
Too Bad Dueling Dragons won't be open! :(

I got kicked off, but I'm back!

Thursday, August 22, 2002 10:52 AM

I had heard a nasty rumor about Dragons going down AFTER HHN for their repainting.

Do you have more information?

It tastes like burning.

Thursday, August 22, 2002 11:01 AM
rollergator's avatar I don't KNOW squat, but the Dragons are due for a paint job....FL sun....but I would *imagine* they'd wait until after HHN to close 'em down......Ice could certainly use a little more than a paint job - used to be glass-smooth....
Thursday, August 22, 2002 12:43 PM

Universal/Hollywood had a Rob Zombie maze in 1999 and 2000. And yes, the houses were stylish AND scary. Very well done.

DD WILL be open for HHN, although the fantastic queue will NOT be used for a maze (though monsters will be lurking in it). My prior post has a link with all the info.

Thursday, August 22, 2002 6:24 PM

coaster freak- (in a low, gruff, sarcastic voice),"Wrong way! Go back!"

The stage managers instructed me to keep people lost in the begining for a long time so they would get mad and/or frustrated. It was a lot of fun unless a guy bigger than me got an idea of what I was doing. They would just push me out of the way. Most people were very scared of me and would do exactily as I told them. It being very dark in there just after being blinded by the scoreboard helpped as well.

"RUN!" was a very unique concept in that they actually wanted you to run and get lost in dead ends and the walls would be moved to trap you in. It was a very strange and new idea.

One cool memory of working in "RUN!" was the celeberties that I got to scare. Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, for example, screamed at me and not the other way around like usuial.

Scary Tales was so scary. It had a great theme as an abandoned fairy tale ride taken over by evil. The music and sound effects were subtle and creepy. There was a surpprise around every turn. Makeing a sequal to ST is a very good idea. It was the highest rated maze last year. I hope ST2 is at least half as good.

I wish I could find a way back to Orlando for this great event. IOA was rumored to host HHN last year but it didn't happen. This sounds very cool.

Friday, August 23, 2002 6:32 AM

If you’re gonna make the trip to FL for HHN, you owe it to yourself to check out Busch’s Halloween event, “Howl O’Scream.” This will be their 3rd year. Last year’s event rivaled HHN. Based on its website (see below), this year looks great! For example, you could do HHN on Thursday and then Busch on Friday.

Saturday, August 24, 2002 7:41 PM
Halloween Horror Nights are fun. I've been going for the past seven years. Unfortunately I don't think I'll be able to go because none of my friends want to go. :( Anyways if you get to go its a lot of fun.

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