Eeeekkk...is there any holiday more entertaining than Halloween when things that go bump in the night actually go bump in the ... More
Halloween Horror Nights
Eeeekkk...is there any holiday more entertaining than Halloween when things that go bump in the night actually go bump in the night?! That's more or less what goes on here at Universal Studios' Island of Adventure, when the witching day rolls around and the fertile imaginations of folks who really know how to put a scare in you go into gear. No costumes allowed, and note that this event is really scary and probably not appropriate for very young children.
I wasn't sure what to expect from this very hyped up attraction, so curiosity got to me. My friend and I added it to our daily Universal Park tickey (an additional $39.99), and got there around 10pm. Basically, the shortest line to get through a haunted house was an hour! It's well worth it to have the express pass to cut thru the lines. We only got thru 3 of the houses. Not so much gory, but countless shreeks were let out during the walk throughs! some of the parks main attractions were also as well, as was plenty of food/drinks. The park does an amazing job of staging/decorating/special effects. If u feel like spending the extra money, and dont mind long lines, it's not a bad extra.
The only scary thing about Halloween Horror Nights 2007 is the price! Compared to other years, it was kind of weak. The scare zones were practically non-existant and there were far too many haunted houses. The lines were outrageous, sometimes over 60 minutes (but I guess you can get around this by purchasing the Express Pass for MORE money). Also, there weren't that many rides open at night. And, the freak show was kinda dumb, not even a freak show at all. I don't recommend it to anyone...
Bring HHN back to Islands of Adventure!!!!
I've gone to HHN since I was 13. I am now 22 and I will never ind myself going to HHN again. It really really has bad this year. Last year was bad but I decided to give it another chance. Bad idea, there were NO scare zones, haunted houses were lousy, but i must say like always they look very realistic and true to the theme. yeah but even with our fast passes we didnt get a chance to go on everything.
Well Im gonna give howl-o-scream a shot. i went 2 yers ago and was pretty good but ive only heard great things about it. if oyu are looking for a scare and fun at the same time then go to busch gardens. dont waste your money for HHN's
There on 10/7/07 --The crowds & lines were awlful ( drunk). It was a Corporate money grab. The scream passes were not even woth
it with average 40 mins with pass 75 MINs
without. The houses /events were not even that great. If you are over 30 yrs old--just
a joke & waste of money.
Beer drinking was the main theme.
Halloween Horror Nights has long since jumped-the-shark folks.
Let me explain…
Imagine a continuous line of people walking single file through a haunted house where each scary character jumping out with a ‘boo’ is visually evident further up the line of folks ahead of you. You will see the scary character ‘boo’ routine multiple times before you yourself get the scary character ‘boo’. Yes, it borders on the ridiculous.
It is amazing to me how easily duped the main stream media (msm) are as they get a ‘special’ run through the haunted houses, in stark contrast to the experience that I have noted above, hence the GREAT reviews that msm have of their Halloween Horror Nights experience.
Parents Beware: Note that there is an unreal amount of alcohol being consumed within the park, booze carts are every corner and a hoard of scantly clad girlies hocking jello-shots within giant hypodermic needles, which struck me as not a good mixture given the crowd is so young. Also note that the Vampire Haunted House borders on the pornographic, as the leather shot clan young man with bondage hands tied back on a bed is ravaged by a young vampire girl in sheer bondage-porno style.
Here is where this night has an upside; you will never get a chance all year to run through such short lines at these parks as on this night. Arrive early for the haunted houses or selectively choose one or two haunted houses and then spend your time at the shows after the rides.
I have been going to HHN for four years now. The fisrt time i went to HHN was in 204. It was amazing. They opened up both parks, the Bill and Ted's show was the best one I have seen, and the parade was probably the highlght of my night. I was scared the entire time but I didn't know what to expect. I have gone back and I still have a blast each year but I have to say that 2004 was the best.
Halloween Horror Nights is a great way to celebrate halloween among teens and adults (not recommended for children). I went to the Halloween Horror Nights Sweet 16 in 2006 and had a great time, the actors do a great job at keeping the crowd in fear and suspense inside the haunted houses which themselves are very interesting and well-done. The only downside to the event is the excessive over-crowding and alcohol, the crowds are twice as bad as they are during a peak summer day and encountering intoxicated crowds is not uncommon since alcohol is served everywhere throughout the park.
If you plan to go to this event; be sure to buy your tickets in advance, bring lots of patience, and expect heavy crowds and very long waits for all the haunted houses and attractions.
I live close to Universal Studios FL, and I have been about 8 or 9 times now since they have introduced HHN 17 years ago. I think it is great but like anything else it has its drawbacks, and has become a little more lackluster over the years. I was not impressed last year('06) at all, it seemed like very poor planning, poor theme, and not enough "scaractures" or scare zones. I would have to say 2004 was the best year in my opinion, when they decided to open both parks for the event. I remember that it did not seem as crowded as years past because the people could spread out over two parks, and they really pulled out all the stops.
I would say my only 2 complaints would be the way they rush you through the haunted houses, and that the hours should be extended on weeknights as well.
I agree with the line situation, but what people should keep in mind is that IT IS a theme park, there WILL be lines.I highly recommend the Express Pass to skip the lines, in the end you will feel better about spending the extra $ to see everything.If your a Halloween Junkie like me you will love it,to see a park transform like that in a matter of hours is amazing.There is no other feeling when you walk through the gates @ 7pm, ready to be scared and not knowing what to expect,I personally have not been to a better event yet! I know I spend a lot at HHN each year but one can only hope they see the $$ 10 fold the next year(S). P.S maybe everyone should leave their personal feedback for Universal on their website so Universal can make changes for the better.
This was our first year going to the Halloween Horror Nights, based on a number of recommendations from some friends and family who had gone in years past. Overall, my wife and I were underwhelmed and disappointed. First, the crowds were far too large and the lines were ridiculous. It was very clear that Universal was more concerned about making money (as if they are hurting for the cash?) rather than providing the consumer an overall favorable experience! On Friday night, I almost had to hand a drunken patron his head on a platter after a number of remarks were made to my wife, none that I can share in good taste. Security? None to be found anywhere, except to make sure that the cattle were shuffled quickly in-and-out of the 3-5 minute sub-par haunted houses! We've heard that the event is much better when held in Island's of Adventure. We are huge Halloween fans and would love to come again, but will wait to determine if Universal decides to make the necessary changes to improve the event. This event DID NOT live up to the hype!!!! We wanted so badly for this event to provide the scares and excitement that we planned on experiencing all year leading up to the event.... :(