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P. 611: Full Halloween Horror Nights 2021 lineup revealed!

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So I made the trek over to WWOHP on opening night. I entered IOA around 8:45pm. At work today I had seen the insane crowds and I was crazy enough to check out all of the excitement. To my surprise other than Harry Potter, all of the attractions were pretty much 15 minutes or less wait times. The park roped off the entrance into The Lost Continent at the Suess Landing bridge. This was to keep the traffic flow for exiting guests. And boy did I see agazillion park guests drag themselves out of there. So I turned around and headed over to Jurassic Park and caught up to the line to enter Potterland. The line started at the Jurassic Park River Adventure entrance. The line moved pretty good, I think I waited about 20 minutes and we were in. While waiting, I talked to people in the line and all had tried to get in all day, with no luck. One lady was at the parking garage at 5:30 this morning, Another family had waited about 3 hours to get into the land but gave up. I was glad we all got in. Rode Forbidden Journey tonight one time. The single riders line was closed as of 9:30, so I stuck it out and waited the 90 minute wait. I still love the ride, for me it is amazing! My main reason visiting the park tonight was to experience the land at night. It was pretty cool after getting off the ride around 10:45pm, they kept most of the shops in Hogsmeade open. The team members were still super nice and didn't rush anyone to get out. It was actually pretty nice and quite. I was able to check out all the animated windows without the sun's glare. This is an area that has to be visited at night, it really is gorgeous! I finally left IOA around 11:45pm and headed back to my hotel room and crashed!

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but part of me is wondering if crowd control could have been better.

In what way? Everyone in that video looked pretty chilled, and you could spot security guards (One in JP, another near 'gasoline alley' in Toon Lagoon, plus a guy with a megaphone near the end)

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^ The capacity is very good. The loading station works very much like an omnimover loading station (The ride never stops moving) which sort of reminds me of the Haunted Mansion's loading area for some weird reason. While in the loading station the ride vehicle travels from left to right with the benches facing towards the riders. The loading platform is really long so it allows enough time for everyone to get situated on the ride before taking off.

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^Don't know if they're actually dumber, but they're most definitely lazier.

 

My current plan is to get out to Universal Studios again this coming winter and I'm definitely excited to see the WWoHP. It looks very well themed and all the reports I've read make it out to be just as good as it looks. I'm thinking that this was a very intelligent move on Universal's part. I'll be interested to see how/if this changes their attendance for the year. Hopefully it'll bring on an increase in attendance and gain some future repeat customers that may not have ventured over to US and IoA in the past.

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This is defiantly exciting news!

 

I waited years to go to this event, and I got to go last year and it was amazing. Last November is when I started looking forward this years event, and knowing it's the 20th year just makes it that much more exciting.

 

I had a question to maybe more experienced Horror Night goers...last year I got the Frequent Fear Pass I believe it was called, and it was quite a deal. The weekends were busy, but the work nights were empty, which was awesome. I remember it being around 65 dollars, I used my pass discount. I noticed that was not listed, and I was curious if that was a one year thing, or if they release those later on. I saw above somebody mentioned other prices not mentioned, and I was just wondering if they are going to release those later. It was such an amazing deal, a good price to come the whole event, on non peak nights. Thanks!

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It's called a frequent Frequent Fear Pass and the official Halloween Horror Nights 2010 website has the information listed under tickets as "Details Coming Soon." The pass is usually good on opening weekend in September as well as Non Peak Nights, which are generally; Wednesdays,Thursdays, and Sundays. The Frequent Fear Pass has in the past sold for right around the cost of a one night full priced ticket. Many times Universal has been gracious enough, to make an announcement during the event run allowing guests using the Frequent Fear Pass, to visit the park on Halloween night as well. However, seeing as Halloween falls on a Sunday this year it will most likely be included when the pass goes on sale for this years event.

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The Consumerist, a website run by Consumer Reports magazine, just did a story on how rediculous it is that Universal is charging $79 just to see their new Harry Potter theme park. I had a back-and-forth email conversation with one of their editors who insisted that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was a separate theme park, required its own admission ticket, and wasn't included with admission to any other park.

 

If the media gets it this wrong, how are average families that don't follow this stuff obsessively supposed to know that their money gets them into much more than just one little Harry Potter themed land?

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That is just insanely funny. How could CBS get that so wrong? Isn't there someone who proofreads that stuff too?

 

I agree, the marketing is not 100% correct, and that $80 price tag could be a big deterrent to some families. Just from some people I have spoken to, they are confused. Good thing most of my family/friends know to come to me before they book anything in Fl.

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The price isn't bad, considering they match the competition. That's pretty lazy of "The Consumerist" to not even check out the website of the park they are writing an article on just for basic fact checking.

 

I would be wary of attenting in year one just too not run into lines like those in the pic! Great for IOA though, and I hope this is a promising sign of what is to come at the Universal parks for years to come.

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The price isn't bad, considering they match the competition. That's pretty lazy of "The Consumerist" to not even check out the website of the park they are writing an article on just for basic fact checking.

 

I would be wary of attenting in year one just too not run into lines like those in the pic! Great for IOA though, and I hope this is a promising sign of what is to come at the Universal parks for years to come.

 

I guess that's the difference between writing for a blog and writing for a legit news agency...although the news agencies can't seem to get this "theme park" vs "land in a theme park" aspect right either.

 

I find Consumerist to be a tad on the sensationalist side. I like their site, but they try to make a lot of posts with an inflated sense of outrage to get their readers worked up.

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Went to the park yesterday [sunday] (plan to head there at least two or three more times on our vacation). When we headed to Wizarding World (around 1:30 pm), the area was packed, but you could still get around the area. Line for Forbidden Journey was listed at 120 mins, but (and this was even with probably about 80% of the queue full) we only ended up waiting 45 mins. The line is always moving and moves quite fast (almost too fast to be able to fully enjoy everything once you get into the castle). We headed back to the ride around 5 pm and waited about 40 mins that time. Hoping to get one more ride before the end of the night, we headed back around 9:30 (park closed at 10:00 pm), got on in about 20 mins, then went back around, got on again with no wait, and after that second ride, noted that it was still 3 mins til closing, and hopped back in line just before they closed off the queue (three rides in about 30 mins... and most of that time was spent either on the ride or navigating the queue). Overall, five rides in about half a day. The ride is a people eater and didn't break down once while we were there. I was quite impressed.

 

Dragon Challenge was a walk on all day. Hippogriff was never more than 15 mins. The shops all had decent lines (maybe about 30 mins each). Line at the Butterbeer cart was easily half an hour, but they had waitresses bringing out cups on trays (they also sell butterbeer at the Hogs Head and at Three Broomsticks). The Olavander experience easily had the longest line in the section (easily two hours at some times)... you should note, they let in about 10 people at a time, but not everyone get's the "wand experience"... when we went, only one girl got to find her wand and she only tried two spells before finding the wand that "worked." I'm sure they'll decrease the number of people at a time and increase the amount of attempts until you find the "right" wand as lines get shorter, but for now, don't go expecting to get the wand experience for yourself (you have to get lucky!).

 

Overall, VERY impressed and can't wait to get back later this week.

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(06.22.2010) People were herding in like cattle all morning. At 1pm, there was still a line all the way to Super Hero Island. Workers were saying there was still at least a 4 hour wait at that point. Going to head back that way later tonight to see...

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Seems the trick is to go either really early or really late. We were walking through the front gates if IOA by 8:30 and joined the line for WWoHP right around Bilge-rat Barge. By 9:30 (30 mins after park opening) we were in. Left after about an hour or two and watched the line throughout the rest of the day (while riding other rides). It eventually extended back as far as Superhero Island (we were told at that point that it was a 5 hr wait), but by about 1:30/2:00, you could walk right into WWoHP without waiting. Line for HP:FJ stayed around 1-1.5 hrs throughout the day. Was a little disheartened to see two of my favorite effects not working on my first ride, but only one (known) effect not working on the other couple rides (the said effect is one where you're pulled pack through a fog screen and you can see your face in the fog [projected of course... won't go into detail on the exact place in the ride where that happens as it might ruin some "surprises", but it's towards the end]... it's a VERY cool effect)...

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