- Does anyone recall if they had HHN tickets included in vacation packages last year? I know they usually have park passes included, but that tickets are extra for HHN.
- How much were the additional HHN tickets for the evenings? How much were the HHN express passes?
- Is it only on weekends?
- And lastly, due to crowds, does anyone have a feeling for if there are less people there earlier in the month? Cedar Point is my home park and I know their Halloweekends crowds start small and get bigger each weekend as the month goes on.
For me, it was an easy choice, HoS being one of those RARE opportunities to get night rides...and the Gwaz was *flying*....:)
IF you must do HHN, go *during the week*, and arrive EARLY. The walk-thrus and such can get ENORMOUS lines, so once they get bad, do the shows....
Joe C. should have something to add that is more current, and relevant, but if they had FAILED to go to both parks, I'd never have even *considered* going back...I don't like THAT many sweaty bodies pushed up against me, unless....;)
The past 2 years they have had a Frequent Fear Pass for non peak nights, like a season pass for the event.
The earlier you go the better, however, as mentioned above is it always usally crowded. If you go on a week night it won't be bad, you won't need an express pass. Got through all of the houses, watched the parade twice, did all the scare zones and had some time to spare when I went on a Thursday this year. Now Friday was a different story. It was way more crowded than Friday, house lines exceeded 2 hour waits. If you go on a weekend I'd say express pass is a must, and I think for weekend nights they were about $30.00. Be careful though, as express passes can also sell out. It's still very fun going on weekends, just a lot more crowded.
I wouldn't miss out on this event. I have been there 3 times so far and have loved every one!
Edit: Forgot to mention, check the calender for what days. It is every weekend, until 2:00 am and also every Thursday until Midnight/12:30 (?) but there was 1 week where they also had it on a Wednesday, so be sure to look into that! *** Edited 11/9/2004 10:44:46 PM UTC by JulieSFO***
I would definitley say that the crowds get worse as the month goes on. Like I said earlier it was more crowded on a Sunday the week before Halloween than it was last year on a Sunday night before a holiday two weeks earlier in the month. Allthough it seems the crowds are getting more and more insane each year, with a little planning, you can definitley have a great time.
The event itself was awsome! Im planning my trip next year, thanks universal!!
They ended up selling out very quickly on the night we were there this year (on a Thursday), and by 8pm, all the mazes had 30-45 minute wait.
The express passes allowed us to do all the mazes, some of them multiple times, Mummy multiple times, Hulk, Spiderman, etc; get prority seating for the Bill & Ted show, and have plenty of time to watch the parade.
It turned into a GREAT night and had we not had the express passes we wouldn't have been able to get nearly that much done.
My HHN tip: Get there early as do as much as you can before it gets busy, then once the crowds hit, use up your express passes! We managed to get in a couple of Mummy rides, and 2 or 3 mazes before the long lines.
Also, we stayed at the Royal Pacific and did the 'stay and scream' option. So combined with our unlimited resort express pass (only good during the day before HHN), and being able to get into HHN about 20 minutes before the main gate crowds were let in, we managed to have an amazing day at USO/HHN!
*** Edited 11/10/2004 5:16:52 PM UTC by Robb Alvey***
- If you already have a length-of-stay pass, is the HHN pass still $30 more? How much is the HHN express pass? (Yes I will get it way in advance.)
- During the weekend, how crowded are the parks prior to HHN opening? (The 9 to 6 timeframe.) Obviously with an express pass this shouldn't matter much, but I'm curious.
- Does anyone recall how crowded CityWalk was during HHN?
Thanks again to all. I knew this would be the place to ask!
-I believe that the express passes were $30 on peak nights (Fri, Sat) and $20 on non-peak (Thurs, Sun).
-The crowds during regular hours on weekends can get pretty busy. Remember that because of HHN and other Halloween events, October has become a busy time for visitors to vacation in the Orlando area. City Walk is usually always crowded but the earlier you go, the better off you will be with crowds and waits. The Saturday evening we were there a couple of weeks ago during HHN, right after the park closed, we only had to wait an hour for a table to Margaritaville (we've had to wait a lot longer in the past) and after that immediately found a seat in the piano bar at Pat O'Brians. It can get a lot more crowded later in the evening when people leave the event. They even hype up a post HHN block party thing after the event.
-I think that the coasters are only open until around 10:00 pm because of noise issues. The Dueling Dragons are not even open on non-peak nights. Also, you do need the HHN express passes for the rides during the event itself.
Your best bet is to wait a bit since none of us (or them, probably) know what the layout of next years HHN is going to look like. No one knows what rides are going to be open, etc.
My only crowd comparison is those from mid-June, on a weekend. Only time I've ever been to IOA. I had an express pass so I have no idea what the lines were like. :)
I am Hopefull that because of sellouts and the crowds they will open all of both parks next year.But that may mean increased ticket price.
I would agree with above that unless you go fri or sat or last day you will not need express pass I went on sunday night(oct 17) because of staggered house openings was able to see everything and do all the houses.
P.S. Coasters were open but close early cause of noise (10 or 11 pm) Dueling Dragons was only open on fri and sat nights. *** Edited 11/11/2004 1:16:51 AM UTC by kevin38***
Oh well, there's always next year now that I live down here.
Joe "eight more days!" C.
But my question, for all you Floridians, is are Disney, BGT, IoA & USF pretty dead during the day in October? I'm probably not going to hit any parks up on a weekend, as I'll probably spend the weekend with family and driving home.
I should note that if you stay on site, and you have a car, you do in fact pay for parking. It's hidden in the bill, but it's there. Same price as if you parked by citywalk.
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