Orlando parks gear up for Halloween events

Posted Thursday, September 11, 2003 4:56 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Islands of Adventure is planning to make the park creepy for Halloween as mutants take over Super Hero Island and Dinosaurs disturb guests in Jurassic Park. Down the street at Sea World, park planners have some thing in mind for the younger set, as does the cast of Disney's Magic Kingdom.

Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.

Thursday, September 11, 2003 5:27 AM
Can't wait for HHN 13! Have you checked out its website? Amazing!


Thursday, September 11, 2003 8:19 AM
rollergator's avatar Bill and Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure...worth the price of admission all by itself...:)

Can't wait for the day that Universal really pulls it all together and has a "mega-park" for HHN, extending throughout the whole USF/IoA/Citywalk complex....not expecting it anytime soon....well, maybe if NBC decides to sell off the parks to Bronfman....:)
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Thursday, September 11, 2003 4:10 PM
I can't wait to HHN at IOA. I had low expectations of it last year when it went there for the first time- I have gone to every HHN since 1992 at Universal and couldn't imagine how they would pull it off to be just as good if not better, but they surely surprised me. I loved it. I was wondering how they were going to do it without the extra space in the sound stages, but they had that taken care of by adding the walkway that took you from IOA property to Universals soundstages...and all the stuff they did at IOA was so awesome. Jurassic Park was very good too and the added bonus of having the coasters open- that was the ultimate.

I have yet to visit the Busch Gardens Halloween Event but I heard it was very good. Has anyone been to that one? Which one do you like better? I am just wondering because it will be hard for me to go to both (being a poor college student) but I do want to go to Busch's one year- BUT I don't want to miss Universal's. I heard the lines to get into the parking lot is even worse than that of a regular day - I once had to sit in an hour traffic just to go a couple miles from the highway- that is a major "con". I also have the passes to IOA/Universal, so HHN would not cost me...so you see why I have always picked HHN...? In any case, I can't wait!

Thursday, September 11, 2003 5:49 PM
I'm pretty sure you can't get into HHN for free with an IOA annual ticket. Did I miss something?

You suck big time.

Friday, September 12, 2003 6:55 AM
Yeah I have a universal pass and you can get in for a discount around $30 or so but you do have to pay. The advantage is free parking before 6 so you can arrive early and get in right at opening.


Friday, September 12, 2003 10:08 AM

I’ve been to both Busch and Universal events. Last year, Busch’s Howl O Scream was voted #1 or 2 (I forget) haunted attraction by Haunt World magazine. It deserves to be on the list of the best. Check it out- it’s pretty cheap, particularly Freaky Preview weekend (Sept. 27).

Friday, September 12, 2003 10:53 AM

I also attended both HHN and BGT Howl-O-Scream last year and thought that Busch hung right in there with Universal. The scare actors there in particular were very good. They did an excellent job of blending into their surroundings, including the person that jumped out of a TRASHCAN and scared the crap out of me! Also, I would think that if you had a Universal pass, you would only have to pay the same amount than as if you were upgrading a ticket from that day but maybe that isn't the case. That's what I'm going to have to do this year, so I guess I'll have to call them about that one.

G's! They're what's for dinner!

Friday, September 12, 2003 1:26 PM
My bad, I was got confused...I was thinking of Mardi Gras with the pass thing- I couldn't remember which one it was being it only happens once a year and all. anyway...

Thank you for the input! I will certainly check it (busch) out this year. I have heard a lot of great things about it. Thank you again!

Saturday, September 13, 2003 1:09 PM
I have been to the Busch Gardens Williamsburg one and it is GREAT. It is also very family oriented with the emphasis on atmosphere and shows as opposed to really scary hanuted houses. And unlike the Florida parks, BGW's Halloween event is included in a regular park admission. Most people arrive early in the day and stay until the park closes.

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