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.
If you MUST go on a Friday or Saturday and you can't do the Front of the Line Pass, hopefully the tips below will help you out a bit.
Annual Passholders: The AP page to buy tickets is here. You can save Up to $30. Plus, with First Stab enjoy the day and get first access to the Walking Dead, From Dusk till Dawn, or AVP Maze!
Basically with First Stab, as long as you are inside the park prior to 5pm you can wait in a special queue on the lower lot and get walked back to the three Metro Set mazes (Walking Dead, Alien vs Predator and From Dusk Til Dawn). This allows you to get through those three mazes in the time that it would take regular guests to get down to that area.
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 event at opening, first thing you should do is head down to the Lower Lot and walk to the Metro Set mazes (The Walking Dead, Alien vs Predator and From Dusk Til Dawn).
From what we've heard from employee preview night, AvP is a definite repeat maze. Utilizing this strategy should allow you to get through all of these mazes once and perhaps a second go on AvP prior to most of the crowds showing up.
Front of the Line tip: When the event opens, go through these mazes once with the General Public and use your FOTL pass later in the evening when it's busier. If you don't want to walk all the way 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 completed the Metro Set mazes and made your walk back to the Lower Lot, you should then do American Werewolf In London and Clowns: 3D Music By Slash.
Front of the Line tip: Same rules apply. 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 much easier than walking back to the Metro Set mazes.
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 up 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 Mel's or Gru's and get a snack, a meal, etc. Sit around Mask-A-Raid, Dark Christmas or The Purge and watch the talent in action.
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. We've heard that Dracula: Untold is a surprise hit maze (at least from Employee Preview night) so you may want to leave time to do this one twice.
Also remember that Face Off: In The Flesh will be your last chance EVER to walk through House of Horrors, so if you usually skip this maze, you may want to take the time to do it.
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, watch the fire in The Purge and drive home safely.
We hope you enjoyed this strategy guide. If you have any additional tips be sure to share them below and we'll add them to the article. After you've gone to the event be sure to post and let us know if this strategy worked for you or if any tweaks need to be made.
Have fun at Halloween Horror Nights!!