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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:20 am
by Hilltopper39
I was interested to see what they did with the shining house to see how they portrayed that film but it looks like they nailed it.

When they announced the Blumhouse attraction it seemed kind of lazy to me like they just said eh lets just throw in 3 random movies into one house. I've never seen any of those movies but seemed like that attraction was getting quite a bit of buzz on social media, I guess it worked.

Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:11 am
by kenban
ViperGTS500 wrote:I will be going to both IOA, USO, and HHN between Thurs Oct 12 to Sun Oct 15. How are the crowds on these days for all the parks? Is the specific days I should go to any of these? May do the the deal of IOA and USO 1 day combined then HHN another night. Will I need fast passes for any? Would like to ride and see everything! Any tips/strategies?


In previous years there has been a late night express pass for HHN which is not advertised. Just talk to one of the people selling the express passes and ask for the after 9 or 10 pass, they can sell them at any point but it is not valid until the stated time. I always buy it first thing and do shows, shorter lines, etc until the time I can use it. What time they start working is based on the closing time that night so it does vary but typically it is only good for the last 3 hours of each night. The advantage of doing this is that they are half the price of the regular express pass. These are only available at the park the night of the event.

There is only one way I know of to get all the houses in one night without an express pass and while I recommend doing this, it is still a good idea to get an express pass. First make sure you are in the park when it closes, you can go wait in one of several holding pens, typically the first houses will open 15-20 minutes before the gates open, often there are 2 or 3 extremely early houses with the house next door opening a about 10 minutes later. I have gotten 3 houses done before the general public even enters. If you hurry between houses and rush to them before the crowd builds you can sometimes get a large number of houses done very quickly. Last year I had one night where I had done 6 houses in the first hour of the event. But warning this is not normal, and I go multiple nights and still buy at least one express pass every year.

So how do you see the rest of the houses? Sometimes waiting in lines but also the crowds die down towards the end of the night. Experience and understanding what the hot properties are helps. Do not show up an hour after the event starts and be surprised you see almost nothing. Saturday nights are more expensive for a reason, the park is packed, friday nights are not much better.

Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:37 am
by djmadmanray
Perfectly said! I'm just not sure about the late night express pass..didn't see anything about that this year. We went down last night (Sunday night) at 8 pm and got through 3 of the houses in an hour, left the park at 9:30, but it is still way early, especially since its the opening weekend. The best way to try and get thought them all is, like was said, is to be there and in one of the holding areas before the park closes, you'll be sure to get through at least a couple before it gets crazy. Also, the express lines seem to merge further back then in the past, so there is still a minimum wait at each house even with the express. It was incredible, especially the American Horror Story house! You're going to have a great time!

Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:05 pm
by disneyfan1313
Halloween Horror Nights 27 - Opening Night Media Event!

TPR was at the opening night media event of Halloween Horror Nights 27 and this year is EPIC! The producers of the event this year went away from having a set icon as they have done in the past and went for a basic theme of "Festival of the Deadliest". While some might miss an icon or a theme that stretches throughout the park, this years very strong lineup of houses quickly put any of those fears to rest for me.

I have been attending HHN since the very first one, 27 years ago and this is an incredibly solid year with both IP and non IP houses. The Shining, Saw and American Horror Story are the houses everyone is talking about the most but Ash vs. Evil Dead and the original houses of Dead Waters and Scarecrow the Reaping would also be top houses any other year.

Halloween Horror Nights is really the premiere Halloween event in the country. It goes for 34 nights from September 15th through November 4th this year and features 9 NEW houses, 5 new scarezones, 2 shows and chainsaw clowns to terrorize you. There are also a great selection of rides open with minimal waits throughout the park. Before we start off with the pictures, just some friendly tips if you are planning on going to the event!

- The event officially begins at 6:30pm,but they almost always will open the gate at 6. If you have tickets for the day, do "stay and scream" and get a head start on the crowds running to the mazes.
- If you have only one night and want to try and fit it all in, you will need to get an Express Pass or RIP guided tour. Both are *WELL* worth the money and I have done both many times throughout the years.
- If you have multiple nights then you really should get the "Frequent Fear Pass" - this is a great deal and is basically an "annual pass" for the event. There are different levels of this that include various days and some even include express passes.
- If you are buying a one day ticket, don't pay full gate price. There are MANY discounts out there that are available.

First off - take a look at some of our videos from the event.






Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:20 pm
by disneyfan1313
Want to see more of Halloween Horror Nights 27? Of course you do!

Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:27 pm
by disneyfan1313
How about a few more videos before we finish off this report?








Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 3:30 pm
by Philrad71
What a great collection of haunts this year - thanks for sharing!

I hope to make it down for one of these events in the future. Judging by the wait times mentioned, budgeting for the express passes would be a must.

Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:05 pm
by Visionist
A little late to the Dueling Dragons indignation myself, I'll post my own experience with these sadly departed beasts; I rode Ice, once, in March 2007, not in the front row either. I was with my drama class and after walking through the (magnificent, and then empty) queue line, they didn't fancy doing so again to let us all switch sides. The first duel with Fire scared me, the sucker was barrelling right towards me like a deranged lunatic then we flipped away at the last moment. I distinctly remember not really noticing the following two duels. Sucks I never got to ride Fire, or indeed even try the front row at all, but at least the duel was on that day. I feel the claustrophobia of the queue was meant to contrast with the freedom of flying.

A casual HP fan myself, seen the films once or twice, haven't bothered buying them yet. Read all the books once. A simulator is no replacement for this complete, satisfying B&M experience. Is it really a simulator we're getting? Sheesh

Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:29 pm
by CaptainUnknown
Does the park sell any red rum for the event? :lmao:

Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:43 pm
by Nrthwnd
^ Great "souvenir" marketing idea! :nina: