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Re: Universal Studios Hollywood (USH) Discussion Thread

Postby anonymouscactus » Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:03 pm

I've seen conflicting information with how the wristbands work, specifically with the 2pm combo. The plan is to do the lower lot stuff during the "early opening", but some info I read previous years say you get the wristbands when you first enter as long as you choose the proper entrance for after 2 admissions. I've also read you can get them somewhere (where?) between 2-5p so you can stay in the park / lower lot. I've also read that you have to enter and come back in. Any insight with how this works? The plan is to do the lower lot haunts ASAP.

Also, some mentioned a "late" FOL option for half price... where are those sold in case we run low on time? Is there any difference from the regular hhn FOL? (IE: rides are still included, etc)

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Postby DJeXeL » Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:25 am

Wristbands can be picked up at Main Entry Gate OR the "Universal Box Office" which is inside the park next to Starbucks in the Upper Lot. There's no need to exit the park and re-enter. The late FOL option includes Mummy, Jurassic Park, Transformers, and Simpsons as well as HHN mazes.
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Postby anonymouscactus » Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:30 am

^ great info. Thank you.

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Re: Universal Studios Hollywood (USH) Discussion Thread

Postby DoubleDown » Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:25 pm

I have loved HHN at Universal for the past decade now. The mazes were remarkable, the amount of monsters in the streets were insane, I always have had a couple instances where I actually got "scared" or caught off guard. Not too many years ago, the crowds were bearable, the lines for the mazes weren't usually more than an hour, and you could get on a few big attractions as well (Mummy, Jurassic Park, The SImpsons). There are very few people on here who will agree with me, but I found it remarkably better than Knott's Scary Farm which I had attended YEARS before going to Universal, which I always kind of walked away disappointed.

The way the crowds have been the past couple years has just thrown me off, especially if you're just going for general admission, the lines and amount of people are insane. It almost got to a point the last time I went that the amount of people and the lines kind of ruined the experience.

The only way I'd go back is getting a VIP pass (which I think they are now calling the RIP Pass), but it looks like they've changed it a bit, and I probably won't get to this year, but I am already looking to get it done in 2018. I might even treat my friends with a surprise and foot the whole bill so they don't have to worry about the cost and we can just GO.

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Re: Universal Studios Hollywood (USH) Discussion Thread

Postby laqueefa » Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:55 pm

DoubleDown wrote:I have loved HHN at Universal for the past decade now. The mazes were remarkable, the amount of monsters in the streets were insane, I always have had a couple instances where I actually got "scared" or caught off guard. Not too many years ago, the crowds were bearable, the lines for the mazes weren't usually more than an hour, and you could get on a few big attractions as well (Mummy, Jurassic Park, The SImpsons). There are very few people on here who will agree with me, but I found it remarkably better than Knott's Scary Farm which I had attended YEARS before going to Universal, which I always kind of walked away disappointed.

The way the crowds have been the past couple years has just thrown me off, especially if you're just going for general admission, the lines and amount of people are insane. It almost got to a point the last time I went that the amount of people and the lines kind of ruined the experience.

The only way I'd go back is getting a VIP pass (which I think they are now calling the RIP Pass), but it looks like they've changed it a bit, and I probably won't get to this year, but I am already looking to get it done in 2018. I might even treat my friends with a surprise and foot the whole bill so they don't have to worry about the cost and we can just GO.


I will echo your sentiment for the passed years, but this year was such a let down. I don't know if the budget was cut, but it sure seemed like it. It felt more like I was walking around a fair, going from maze to maze vs. the immersive event that HHN has been in the past. Hopefully, it returns to its former self next year. If you get the chance, spend the money on Scary Farm this year.
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Re: Universal Studios Hollywood (USH) Discussion Thread

Postby CedarFlags » Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:58 pm

After a really fabulous visit in 2016, I'm not sold on HHN this year...

The downside of Universal using films/TV for all of their mazes is that they picked a bunch of movies I don't care about. On top of that: American Horror Story, the Chucky Tram, and Titans of Terror are all re-boots from last year (that I wasn't super impressed with). And even The Purge stuff got recycled for the Blumhouse maze.

Universal's execution is always top notch. They will always be #1 at that, but the creative side of this year feels uninspired. Krampus was a movie maze... but it was a kooky and really unique movie that translated into a DELIGHTFUL maze. Lets have more of that.

Add to that the insanely long lines and steep ticket price... maybe I'll split my money up on some more independent haunts this year.

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Re: Universal Studios Hollywood (USH) Discussion Thread

Postby laqueefa » Wed Sep 27, 2017 12:15 am

CedarFlags wrote:After a really fabulous visit in 2016, I'm not sold on HHN this year...

The downside of Universal using films/TV for all of their mazes is that they picked a bunch of movies I don't care about. On top of that: American Horror Story, the Chucky Tram, and Titans of Terror are all re-boots from last year (that I wasn't super impressed with). And even The Purge stuff got recycled for the Blumhouse maze.

Universal's execution is always top notch. They will always be #1 at that, but the creative side of this year feels uninspired. Krampus was a movie maze... but it was a kooky and really unique movie that translated into a DELIGHTFUL maze. Lets have more of that.

Add to that the insanely long lines and steep ticket price... maybe I'll split my money up on some more independent haunts this year.

Not only that, but they gave us a handful of mazes based off of movies that aren't even out yet... Maybe if they had been, more people could connect with their maze counterparts. The park just wasn't the immersive event it usually is. It didnt feel like HHN to me... more like Universal Studios normal operations, with haunt mazes.

I'm not too sure I would consider AHS a re-boot from last year, as they didn't cover the Roanoke story in last years AHS maze.
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