Every year Halloween Horror Nights seems to get bigger and bigger, and so do the crowds.
Below you will find some of our tips for making the most out of your Halloween Horror Nights experience. Some do's and don'ts and most importantly, what should be your "plan of attack" for the night.
You can also check out the HHN site for more information on tickets, hours, etc.
Note: Last year we did make changes to our Survival Guide after opening weekend, and that will likely be the case this year.
Note: We've learned that there will once again be no shuttle from the lower lot to the metro set mazes. With this in mind we've modified our Maze Order below.
Update from John Murdy (@horrornights) regarding early entry:
At HHN we reward the Early Bird by allowing guests to enter early and get a jump start on the mazes before the event "officially opens".
Three will be 3 mazes available for Early Entry. The Exorcist, American Horror Story and Freddy Vs Jason. Early entry usually begins around 6ish. Listen for announcements at the main gate. I believe Exorcist opens 6:15, FVJ & AHS 6:30.
Metro Set Mazes:
Most people assume that you should head to the Terror Tram first. And if you don't show up when the event starts then this is probably your best bet. But if you have followed the instructions above and are at the for Early Entry you should follow the Early Entry instructions above.
If you do not get there in time for early entry but are there at opening first thing you should do is head down to the Metro Sets and go through American Horror Story, Freddy vs Jason and Krampus.
We are also assuming that American Horror Story will be one of the most popular mazes this year, if not ever as it is extremely anticipated.
Front of the Line tip: If lines are short when you get to the Metro Sets (if you are there for Early Entry DO NOT use your Front of the Line Pass at that time) go through once with the GP and use your FOTL pass later in the evening when it's busier. If you don't want to make the walk back to the Metro sets later in the night, go through them once with the GP and then use your FOTL privilege right after to get two trips through each maze.
Lower Lot Mazes:
Once you have finished the Metro Set mazes and made your walk back to the Lower Lot, we suggest doing Halloween and Exorcist prior to heading back to the upper lot.
Front of the Line tip: If the lines are not long go through once with the General Public and then use your FOTL pass later in the evening. Getting back down to the lower lot mazes is easy to do later in the night.
If you don't have a Front of the Line Pass, don't be tempted by "Jurassic Park: In The Dark". It's just "Jurassic Park: At Night". But if it's hot and there isn't a line, by all means go for it.
At this point you've already completed 5 of the 7 mazes so it's time to head over to the Terror Tram.
Depending on the night, you may have a bit of a wait if you don't have a Front of the Line pass, so be sure to use the restroom and get a snack/drink before getting in line. Even if the line seems long it's always moving unlike maze lines.
Front of the Line tip: If it's an unexpectedly slow night and there isn't much of a line, feel free to go in with the GP and go again with your FOTL pass. But more likely than not you are only going to be able to do one trip on the Terror Tram.
You are probably going to need to rest by now, feel free to stop by Springfield or Mel's and get a snack, a meal, etc. Sit around the upper lot scare zone and watch the talent do their thing.
Upper Lot Mazes:
If you've followed the strategy at this point you'll only have two mazes left and plenty of time to do them. Obviously The Walking Dead is a year-round attraction so we'd recommend doing Texas Chainsaw Massacre first.
Like last year, there is only one show at HHN this year. If this is a priority for you then you may want to flip this with The Walking Dead or even the Terror Tram. Once we get showtimes we'll update this with recommended times to go.
Once you have completed all the mazes you can hang around the scare zones and watch the talent, check the wait board to see if there are any short maze or ride lines or if you have a Front of the Line Pass use up any trips you haven't already.
Do some shopping, grab a t-shirt, hang out in the scare zones and drive home safely.
Pro Tip: If you are at the event until it closes you may get to experience the amazing "Chainsaw Chase-Out". It's a great HHN tradition.
Now that summer is winding down and many of our AP's are becoming valid again, we're going to start having some new updates, and first up is Renée and Morgan's trip to Universal Orlando Resort yesterday where they got to check out the new Toothsome Chocolate Emporium. They were also able to check out Reign of Kong and the newly re-opened Hulk.
Written by Renée Girard
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Our passes aren't blocked anymore, so we decided to stop by Universal Orlando Resort for the evening
Before the parks, we thought we'd check out the new Toothsome Chocolate Emporium at CityWalk
The quick service counter at Toothsome Chocolate Emporium is to your left as you enter, with lots of sweet desserts.
The gift shop is to your right as you enter the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium
There are quite a few unique "steampunk"-ish items for sale in the gift shop as well.
There are quite a few unique "steampunk"-ish items for sale in the gift shop as well.
We were intrigued by the different types of marshmallows that they had, including absinthe
The cotton candy display looks awesome and colorful
You can also watch as some of the chocolate treats are made right in front of you
Entering the actual restaurant at Toothsome Chocolate Emporium is quite impressive.
The team members are great and interactive, including a robot going around to the tables to greet guests.
With an hour wait at the restaurant, we opted to just get a drink at the bar upstairs, where you could also get food
The chocolate stout beer is made exclusively for the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium. It's delicious!
At the bar, there is a nice view of City Walk as well.
The menu is basically a giant book, with several pages of food and drink offerings.
If you want brunch all day, you can have it here!
The drink selection is huge, and this page is only for the beer.
The desserts look amazing, and I definitely plan on trying at least one of these next time!
It's really cool to see what they did with the former NBC City restaurant. Toothsome looks fantastic!
We ventured to Islands of Adventure to ride the newly updated Hulk coaster.
The new locker system works out really well! Just make sure you keep your ticket with you and not in your locker.
The new signs, queue and sound system are awesome!
Hulk smash! It's great to have this coaster back!
We also finally visited our friend King Kong at Skull Island. 75 minute wait posted was only 55.
We liked Skull Island, nothing amazing but a solid ride for IOA. Wish they used more animatronics than screens!
Had a great time checking out the new additions Universal Orlando Resort!
Thanks again to Renée and Morgan for the amazing update, Toothsome looks amazing and of course it's always nice to see an update from Universal Orlando.
We'll be back at Universal Orlando soon for Halloween Horror Nights!!
After The Walking Dead premiere yesterday we decided to spend some time at the park because we could, and we had taken the day off. (if you missed our coverage of The Walking Dead check it out here)
Written by Gregg Condon
Below is a quick update from the park including some HHN preparation pics as well as some work going on near Transformers for a new attraction that everybody knows about but isn't announced yet so we'll call it "The Public Death of Wild Animals" (that's opposite of what it is right? ;) )
A busy park without AP's ... imagine that. =)
Down on the lower lot work is already going on for HHN
The spot for "The Public Death of Wild Animals" ...
The new soundstages near the Metro Sets are HUGE and coming along quite nicely.
Maze at the Metro sets ... from looking at this facade we are about 95% we have this one figured out.
Since Universal Florida decided to send out their humidity since they are mad that Universal Hollywood got The Walking Dead, we needed some yummy refreshments in the afternoon at one of our favorite spots in the park.
We hadn't seen Waterworld in about 10 years, so we were overdue
Alright, that's going to wrap it up for this update. We're probably about another month or so away from getting our Annual Passes again and resuming regular park updates but we hope this one is enough to hold you over in the meantime.