Fall events ramp up at Orlando theme parks

Posted Monday, September 25, 2006 9:22 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The second, and largest, of Florida's annual theme park Halloween festivals begins Friday night as Universal Studios resurrects old characters such as The Storyteller and old haunted houses for Halloween Horror Nights Sweet 16. Disney is also running a number of Halloween events and a food and wine festival at Epcot. Busch Gardens and SeaWorld also start events in October.

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Monday, September 25, 2006 9:37 AM
Universal's Halloween Horror Nights is $60.00 to get in to, and that doesn't even include the admission for that day to the park. Is it worth it?
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Monday, September 25, 2006 10:52 AM
I have flown down from Ohio and attended every year since 2001, and I have had nothing but positive experiences. It has grown quite a bit over the past few years, and gets very, very crowded. So much so that you have to attend more than one night in order to see everything.

We have accomplished that buy getting the frequent fear pass and going on Wed and Thur nights. Since the cost is the same, it is like getting 2 nights for the price of 1. Then on Friday night we drive over to Tampa and go to Howl O Scream.

Is it worth the money? I think so, the production quality is extremely high, the atmosphere is much more adult than during regualr park hours, and there is no shortage of things to do.

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Monday, September 25, 2006 11:09 AM
Only did one HHN - back in 2002 - and every year since then when fall rolls around it always ends up coming up again in conversation. Quite simply one of the best times at a park ever and easily the best park Halloween event I've ever been to.

Totally worth the money!

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Monday, September 25, 2006 11:15 AM
I'm quite excited im going to HHN the 16-18th, and im also going to get to experience to super vip tour. I'm so excited to say the very least. I love halloween and this will be my first visit to universal for their halloween event. Last time visited was in the summer of 98, the year before IOA opened. So to have the chance to do both parks this time around + it being HHN. This could overshadow the trip that ranks supreme to me so far which was Holliwood Nights.
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Tuesday, September 26, 2006 11:36 PM
I'll probably end up over in Tampa again, LOL. Not that I don't love HHN, it's just gotten SO popular...too much for its own good (I don't really like being CROWDED in long lines). There was the *experiment* with using both parks, and I can't figure out WHAT made them think going back to one was a good choice...

Over at Busch, I'll have no waits longer than 10-15 minutes, and even that will be for a night ride or two on Gwazi...

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