Halloween Horror Nights 20 - Opening Weekend MEGA THREAD!

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HHN 20 - Opening Weekend MEGA THREAD!

Postby disneyfan1313 » Fri Sep 24, 2010 10:50 pm

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Welcome to the opening weekend of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando MEGA THREAD! TPR regulars will be bringing you coverage of the opening weekend of Halloween Horror Nights XX all weekend long!

For those of you who don't know, Universal Orlando is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the premiere Halloween event in the world - Halloween Horror Nights. In my opinion - it really is the best of the best out there. Completely new houses and scare zones each year, new and creative characters, "icons" and awesome shows.

This and many other reasons is why the TPR Staff continuously vote Halloween Horror Nights as the #1 Halloween event of the year on the Golden Ticket Ballot.

It really is THAT great!

This event stretches throughout late september and early october and is worth a trip to Orlando to experience. With the popularity comes the crowds - it is HIGHLY recommended that you get an express pass or the RIP tour to get through all the houses and scare zones in one night. On peak Saturday nights wait times will stretch over 2.5 hours for some houses!

I will be posting some of my thoughts about the houses and scare zones later on in this thread - but now I want to share with you some of the fun (and scares!) that we had this evening...

You will notice there are no photos in the houses - Universal has a very strict no photos or video of ANY type policy in the houses.
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Uh-Oh! A Storm is brewing over Universal Orlando... Could it be FEAR himself?
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It really is the nations premiere event. It's insane the amount of time and money put into this each year.
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Stacey does not want the gross blood cup!
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A little plain at the entrance this year.. just a screen playing the video.
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Stacey's new name is "Guest"!
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Part of the fun of arriving early is seeing the scare zones before the scare-actors get in them.
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NOTED!
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The media kick-off event took place in the Pantages Theater which is usually home to the Horror Make-Up Show.
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Jack is ALWAYS back!
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Here is FEAR himself! Nice and Creepy! The little minions around him look very cool after dark.
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The director is my favorite icon - in the Fear Revealed scare zone you can meet them all.
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The storyteller was a bit upset that I liked the director more!
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Each icon has their own little "setting" where they hang out. Here is the Storytellers.
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Universal does a great job with the directional signage for HHN - very tough to get lost!
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This is what Rip Ride RockIT would look like if it was in an apocalyptic waste land!
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Brian Brushwood (host of Scam School) is doing two different magic shows each night.. collect them all!
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The event hasn't started and the lines are already getting long for Zombiegeddon!
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Saws and Steam is the attempt at a Steampunk themed scare zone... great details.
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No! Don't stick your head in there!
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Something is missing... hmmmmm..
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A look down the Saws and Steam scare zone before the scareactors arrive. This years theme was smoke.. everywhere.
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The Esqueleto Muerte scare zone was already hopping!
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Not very heavy on scares - but pretty fun!
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One nice thing about HHN is the scare zone scareactors will always pose for photos with you.
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Chainsaw drill team was extra fun this year with a military theme and some new moves.
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It's starting to get dark and creepy! The large XX looks really cool with the fire f/x.
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This year they are trying a VIP lounge. For 9.99 you get private access to a cash bar and lots of cool displays to look at.
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The museum is REALLY impressive and worth the $9.99
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There are items from almost every year. Some never seen before as well.
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From my favorite year... the director.
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The really cool totems that FEAR has on his belt. They represent each icon.
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The details and concept art are amazing.
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They will have special speakers and presentations in the lounge on certain nights.
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I'm a hungry raptor - give me some candy apples!
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The wolfman is a bit angry with Stacey!
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Love this guy from the 13th year.
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The icon looks even cooler at night!
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No trip to HHN is complete without a visit to the blood bag shot girls!
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45 Minute wait? That is why we STRONGLY RECOMMEND you get an express pass or RIP tour!
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NOTED! They were even more strict than usual this year at Bill and Ted's!
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The entrance of Zombiegeddon had really cool details like this Zombie trap!
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Stacey got to meet a musical zombie in ZombieGras!
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I will end this photo TR with a pic of a shark... 'nuff said.
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Re: HHN 20 - Opening Weekend MEGA THREAD!

Postby live2tell75 » Sat Sep 25, 2010 5:36 am

What a great start Reed! Looks like both you and Stacy had a fun time! The museum up-charge looks pretty cool, I may have to check it out. Both Eric(k) Johnsons will be checking everything out tonight - can't wait to go! Thanks for giving us a glimpse into all the opening night festivities!

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Postby BBparks57 » Sat Sep 25, 2010 6:11 am

Awesome Photo TR! It was a pretty awesome night and you got quite a bit of it, can't wait for more!

This year was pretty awesome, the only disappointment for me came from BIll & Teds, but I'm not sure if that's 2010's fault or the shows. All the houses were def. epic, I have 2 more to get done! The event was awesome though, I can't wait to go back and visit!

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Postby grinch1313 » Sat Sep 25, 2010 10:07 am

Great photos, Reed. HHN looks amazing this year.
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Postby krazekiddd » Sat Sep 25, 2010 10:18 am

Awesome read! Really looking forward to the 7th!!
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Re: HHN 20 - Opening Weekend MEGA THREAD!

Postby jedimaster1227 » Sat Sep 25, 2010 10:44 am

So, like Reed and Stacey, I was able to visit Universal Orlando for the opening night of Halloween Horror Nights. In brief, the event was awesome once again--I plan on doing a more in-depth writeup with more photos, but today I'm just going to upload the first taste of my first night at Horror Nights. Due to heavy rains, I didn't get to take as many pictures as I normally do, but that's why I'm going back tonight--for plenty more!

So enjoy this first set of photos from the larger report to come over the course of this Horror Nights season!
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Over at CityWalk, they've put up a new billboard advertising the event.
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The screen at the gate has returned, but unfortunately, it is the only front gate theming this year.
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It is nice to see familiar faces, but I've seen this video online for a week or so now.
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The Fear Revealed scarezone is definitely my favorite, because I appreciate so much of Horror Nights past.
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Can you pick out any props that you've seen in my previous years' reports?
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Its so much history!

What does it mean?
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I'm excited to be back!
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"What is my future?"
"You don't have one!!!"
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XXXXXXX!!!!
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Gory details galore!
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My favorite!
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For some reason, Brian Brushwood was invited back for the third year (he appeared as one of the Freak Show acts during the Carnival of Carnage). I didn't enjoy his show the first (or second, or third) time, but since Malice and Menace are supposed to be two new shows, I'm gunna give him two more chances. I'm generous. What more can I say?
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The Chainsaw Drill Team has assembled!
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A second after this photo was taken, they broke formation to charge at guests watching innocently. It was a quite amusing scare!
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I'd never seen this character before, but he is from year 13.
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And he's almost as big as Fear himself!
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I took a photo with the Queen of Hearts back in 2008...
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See? This was taken in 2008 during Reflections of Fear.
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And I got another photo with Jack, finally!
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I had taken this photo with him at my first Halloween Horror Nights year, the Carnival of Carnage.
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"Wanna play?"
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The Wolfman is back!
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I was so glad to see Alice again, especially because she was portrayed by the same scareactor as she was in 2008.
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Dead Silence: The Curse of Mary Shaw is one of my favorite houses of all time, so it was great to see her out and about once more!
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Not sure where this creature is from, but she is cool.
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Body Collector!
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Chance was back this year as well, though it was a difference actress.
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They still make a great pair!
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Cindy was a little underwhelming outside, but it might have been that the daylight didn't help.
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This was my first encounter with the Storyteller, and it was nice.
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I see two familiar faces!
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This isn't a wax figure.
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Eddie's back!
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As is the Usher!
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Here comes Fear!
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Looks kindof short here, right?
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But he's actually pretty tall!
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The Caretaker was pretty interesting as well...
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The pumpkins on the path from the Pantages Theater to E.T. have returned.
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Although there is no facade for the parade building house this year, it isn't necessary as the concept is that it is in fact, the Halloween Horror Nights warehouse.
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While waiting in line for Zombiegeddon, we were given a rare view of the Disaster/Earthquake vehicle pulled out of the ride building for refurbishment.
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Bill & Ted was a bit disappointing this year, but I'm gunna give it a few more chances in the hopes that the actors get better at it.
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Time to head out for the evening! See you later tomorrow!
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Re: HHN 20 - Opening Weekend MEGA THREAD!

Postby Jakizle » Sat Sep 25, 2010 10:53 am

Great reports guys! I cannot wait to go in about...3 hours! I really hope the weather today holds up better than yesterday...I didn't feel so bad about not going. These will be my first houses outside a Six Flags production :P

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Re: HHN 20 - Opening Weekend MEGA THREAD!

Postby Wumbology » Sat Sep 25, 2010 1:22 pm

Nice pictures! Question- Why isn't Bloody Mary represented in this event at all? She was a pretty strong icon, right?

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Postby nay » Sat Sep 25, 2010 1:26 pm

Looks awesome!! I can't wait to go!

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Re: HHN 20 - Opening Weekend MEGA THREAD!

Postby Guy T. Koepp » Sat Sep 25, 2010 4:23 pm

I'm sad I'm not going this year. :cry:

It's awesome TPR has created this thread so that we fans of HHN Florida can live the terror through it's reps. Thanks for all you do Reed, Stacy, and Adam. The pictures are awesome! I can't wait to see the rest.

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