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UNIVERSAL ORLANDO UNLEASHES THE MOST

HORROR-FILLED HALLOWEEN IN ITS 15-YEAR HISTORY

 

ORLANDO, Fla. – From the most horrifying haunted house experiences ever dreamed of, to skin-crawling scare zones that leave no place to hide, Universal Orlando Resort is preparing for its most petrifying Halloween Horror Nights in fifteen years.

 

With all-new haunted mazes, inescapable scare zones, and scareactors looming around every corner, Universal Orlando Resort’s Halloween Horror Nights evolves from the creators’ darkest nightmares.

 

This fall, Halloween Horror Nights will run for 19 select nights between September 30 and October 31, beginning at 7 p.m., on Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 7-9, 12-16, 20-23 and 27-31.

 

“Each year, we unveil new haunted environments, horrifying scareactors and brand new experiences designed to scare everyone who comes to Halloween Horror Nights,” said Skip Sherman, senior vice president, entertainment, Universal Orlando. “For our fifteenth year, we’re bringing to life stories and images that have been manifested from our own worst nightmares.”

 

From the moment they arrive at Halloween Horror Nights 15, guests will be immersed in a horror-filled environment. With seven haunted houses through which to navigate, the Halloween Horror Nights experience will not be for the faint-of-heart. In addition, this year Universal Orlando will debut an all-new “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure” - the annual stage show which parodies famous icons in popular culture.

 

Advance tickets for Halloween Horror Nights can now be purchased online at www.halloweenhorrornights.com. Because of the event’s popularity, tickets for weekend nights are expected to sell out and should be purchased in advance. Regular admission for all guests is $59.75.

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Halloween Horror Nights XV

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YAY!!! Very excited!!!

 

I'm wondering if those dates are correct though? I know there was a problem last year with the dates and the random Wednesday in the middle of the month is odd!

 

Oh well, time to start planning! I can't wait till we find out more details!

 

Elissa "hoping for some dark mazes!" Alvey

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I could do it on the 20th of October as well. I will be finishing my route in Ocala around 5PM so I could be down to IOA around 6:15 or so. If you guys are going to come to Florida I hope you will be spending some time at the parks during the weekend...cause I would have more time.

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Holy sh*t! It's $60!! *IF* I end up not getting rehired at Haunt and going to HHN...for $60 this had better be the best damn Haunted theme park EVER or I will be pissed.

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Joey...there are always discounts for Thursday nights. If you go with us I would expect to spend around $35.

 

Elissa "florida resident, coupons, annual pass, all kinds of discounts!" Alvey

 

That's still probably too expensive for Joey. Just kidding.

 

I could probably do Thursday through Sunday... I've been needing an IOA fix for a long time.

 

Justin

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Elissa says, "florida resident, coupons, annual pass, all kinds of discounts!"

 

Hooray for the annual pass discounts (I saved $2.39 at Mythos). They usually have coupons on Coca-Cola as well for those who are not annual pass holders. What time during the day do they start and end the Halloween stuff? Anyone going to do Mickey's Not so Scary Halloween or Hall-O-Scream at BGT?

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So I understand why parks might offer local-resident discounts during the off season, but why TF should I pay more than Donald Trump to go to HHN, an event which pretty much always sells out way in advance? It's not like Universal is a taxpayer-supported organization, and odds are they lose potential income on Florida discounts. Is it a public relations effort aimed at the next time they'll need a favor from Orlando voters? Or is it true that someone who drops a few hundred dollars flying from California deserves to pay more than someone who drives a few miles to the park?

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too bad i won't be able to HHN either this year. In stead i will spend halloween in port aventura in spain and i hope they'll still do the universal halloween stuff, now that they are no longer under the wings of universal.

Last year i was at the HHN on 31 Oct in Orlando and this was definately the best themepark event i have ever been to.

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With the sheer number of people who go to this event, regardless of the price, they can afford the discounts for locals. As the attendance continues to rise every year, so does the price tag, because they can get away with it. The discounted prices have probably gone up as well. The main reason for the discounts is the fact that locals are the event's targeted audience. I bet you on any given night, at least 60% of the people in the park are locals. Even higher on weekends. I'm not sure if HHN is even advertised (besides the website) outside of FL and GA. Although it has it's share of dedicated repeat tourists at this point... who are screwed. So, they basically are using the logic that these people should pay more than us. Which personally, is fine by me. We live in a city full of things aimed at tourists. I like the fact that Universal gives us our piece of the pie every year.

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I guess I need to start planning my annual October trip now. I'm wondering how much the event fast pass prices are going to go up? I was joking around during last years event and said that pretty soon they will probably be as expensive as the admission.

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Last year I went on an off-peak night AND purchased the express pass thingy & I paid about $55 a piece for 7 people, tax & all with the Universal AP discount.

 

Of course, this year I am NOT an AP holder and I have a wedding to go to in NYC the week before Halloween, so I doubt I'll be making it this year unless I can get REALLY discounted....but those options, even for Florida residents, are getting pretty thin. S**tkicker is I've gone every year since HHN III...I know I might even shed a tear this year for not attending.

 

I've seen HHN grow from a 3-year old child to a teenager and I gotta tell ya, the quality went down for a couple of years, but got REALLY good last year...in fact, they out did themselves last year with both parks being open & the quality of the houses.

 

Not to be Captain Obvious here, but the biggest change I noticed over the years are the CROWDS. I remember III & IV were not even close to being as full as recent years have been. Its gotten to the point where you NEED the fast passes to get to see everything in one night...that wasn't the case just 3 to 4 years ago.

 

I will vouch that Busch Gardens Tampa's Howl-O-Scream is a great alternative to anyone trying to save a few bucks and not deal with as many crowds. Don't get me wrong it gets full....but since BG is so HUGE, its a scarier experience and doesn't feel as crowded as IOA does.

 

I'm also wondering about Cypress Garden's Phobia event. Prices & events? Anyone?

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With the sheer number of people who go to this event, regardless of the price, they can afford the discounts for locals. As the attendance continues to rise every year, so does the price tag, because they can get away with it. The discounted prices have probably gone up as well. The main reason for the discounts is the fact that locals are the event's targeted audience. I bet you on any given night, at least 60% of the people in the park are locals. Even higher on weekends. I'm not sure if HHN is even advertised (besides the website) outside of FL and GA. Although it has it's share of dedicated repeat tourists at this point... who are screwed. So, they basically are using the logic that these people should pay more than us. Which personally, is fine by me. We live in a city full of things aimed at tourists. I like the fact that Universal gives us our piece of the pie every year.

 

Yes, I understand that most HHN attendees are "locals," which in this case apparently encompasses everything from the Panhandle to the Keys. The question is whether simply averaging out prices - $50 for everyone, say, instead of 60/35 or whatever, would cause a drop in attendance or revenues.

 

When I go to developing countries, I'm used to two-tier pricing, which allows poor locals to go to attractions at a fraction of what I pay. That seems just. But like I said, why poor Donald Trump would pay less to HHN than I do baffles my sense of justice.

 

And as far as your "piece of the pie" goes...Florida doesn't even have a personal income tax; virtually all its taxation is regressive. What tourists pay in hotel tax, sales tax, outrageous airport fees, etc., keeps your economy afloat and your pie in berries. I live in San Francisco, whole swaths of which are given over to tourist tat, and the only admission breaks locals get are to a couple of tax-supported institutions - the zoo and an art museum. By your lights, visitors should be paying nearly twice as much as I do to ride the cable cars...not that the cable cars are anything more than a theme-park ride at this point.

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