Sunday, September 29, 2013

Universal Studios - Halloween Horror Night 23 Review

Hello Fellow Food Adventurers,

This past week I was lucky enough to enjoy the beautiful Universal Studios Orlando as well as the scary, world famous, Halloween Horror Nights (HHN). I was told this year's HHN was one of the best yet. With the street experience being based off of the famous show, The Walking Dead, and boy did those "walkers" scare me good a few times. 

Here are a few things I learned about Halloween Horror Nights:

Sunday and Thursday are the cheapest days to go, followed by Friday and the most expensive is Saturday. Adding Scare & Scream discounts your HHN ticket. By far the best value is Frequent Fear. This allows you to go to multiple Halloween Horror Nights for one low price. 

(Click here for more information on tickets and to purchase them)

Express Pass:
Only have one night to enjoy HHN? This will help you bypass all those awfully long lines.

Scare & Stay:

I recommend adding Scare & Stay to your Universal ticket. Not only will the HHN ticket be cheaper it will allow you to stay in the park while they "flip it." Alan and I didn't purchase park-hopper so we stayed at Universal Studios the whole time, but you have the option to add it to a park-hopper ticket and spend the 1.5 hours of transition time at Islands of Adventure. I found it beneficial to just stay at Universal because once they are ready they release you into the park and you basically get to walk through the first coupon haunted houses that are immediately opened. Even though they said it was going to be a five minute wait, it was more like zero. Some of the houses don't open up right away for those that Scare & Stay. I remember they released us before 6:30PM and only two houses were open. We ended up walking around after going through the first two houses within 15 minutes just to wait for Evil Dead to open up at 6:30PM. What was awesome about our time that we just walked around was it was early enough that there was still light and we really got to soak in how they turned the park into scenes from The Walking Dead. 

Meal Deal:
If you redeem a 1-park meal deal at Universal, you must redeem your meals before 4:30PM on nights of Halloween Horror Nights. Meal deal also does not carry over to Halloween Horror Nights, I learned this the hard way =( 

Coke Freestyle Souvenir Cup:
This cup is AWESOME, but again this doesn't carry over during Halloween Horror Nights. So no free unlimited refills from the awesome Coke Freestyle machines, only $0.99 ones. 

Take your pictures early!!!! I cannot stress this enough. Once it gets dark there is so much fog from the fog machines that it makes it nearly impossibly to get a good photo, even by the professionals on site. 

RIP Tours aka VIP Tours:
RIP Tours basically allows you through all the houses and you get to go through the Fast Pass line and tour guides. RIP Tour pricing and availability vary depending upon the date and event hours. 

  • Private RIP Tours - You and your party of up to 10 guests will take part in a guided walking tour of a single Halloween Horror Nights event night. As the party consists of just your guests, the choice is yours as to how to spend your evening. Your RIP Guide can tailor the tour to the interests of your party to include not only the haunted houses and shows, but all available regular park attractions as well. Private RIP Tours depart nightly at 7:00PM and last until park closing, with a 30 minute break mid-way through. Price start at $1,250
  • Non-Private RIP Tours - You and your party, along with other RIP Tour guests, will be combined together and take part in a structured, guided walking tour of one Halloween Horror Nights event night. During the Non-Private RIP Tour you will experience all of our haunted houses (one time each), 2 regular park attractions and have reserved seating for Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure. Non-Private RIP Tours depart nightly at 8:00PM and last up to 4 hours with combined groups consisting of no more than 12 guests* per RIP Guide. Price starts at $109.99

(Click here for more info about RIP Tours)

The Houses:
In order of my favorites!

  1. Cabin in the Woods
  2. An American Werewolf in London
  3. Havoc
  4. Evil Dead
  5. Resident Evil
  6. Walking Dead
  7. La Llorona
  8. After Life
Wait Times:
At the park right now or heading there? 
(Check out wait times for all of HHN here)

Also, Orlando Informer is giving away a Universal $500 gift card (Click here for more details)

Our one good picture from Halloween Horror Night 23!

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