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

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I visited USF and got my rides on Rockit.

 

It's now my number one coaster.

 

Why?

 

9 moments of airtime, a host of new and innovative manuevers, and very smooth ride and a killer sound system.

 

People keep saying that the brakeruns ruin the ride, but I have to disagree. Every time you go up onto one of those brakeruns you get a really good pop of airtime. The ride, in my opinion, would be less enjoyable without the little breathers. This was done for the sake of capacity, but dopesn't effect the ride negatively.

 

I keep hearing that Rockit was rough? Sure, it could be a little rattley in some parts, but I thought overall, the ride was incredibly smooth, despite all the crazy manuevers it does. One of the times I believe I got the upgraded train, because I had no rattling whatsoever. Honestly, i love the way the X-cars look, and would really hate to see them get replaced.

 

The manuevers the ride does are incredible. The non-inverting loop is the most iconic element of the ride, and delivers an amazing ejector air at the top. The "treble cleft" was forceful and smooth, and the curve at the top had a really tight angle that gave you an interesting look at the ground. The "crowd surfer" was fun, and I enjoyed waving to the crowds while zooming by. The "double take?" section was awesome, had great airtime, and had a really forceful and tight inclined loop. The "triple threat" was what shocked me the most. Three really great pops of airitme within seconds of each other.

 

The restraints were very comfortable, and the sound system was the best I've heard on any roller coaster. Also, all the songs go great with the ride, no matter which on you choose. My favorites are Kickstart My Heart, and Paralyzer (hooray for uncensored lyrics). Sadly, I could never get the bonus tracks to work...

 

Overall, Rockit is my #1 because of its overall experience. everything about the ride is nearly perfect to me and I hope USH gets their own music themed coaster. (yeah yeah I know "Dream On")

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Awesome! My season pass expires in July so I guess I need to grab a Frequent Fear pass even though I don't have any money. Can't wait for September to roll around!!!

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The Rush of Fear pass for 10 nights admission over the first 3 weeks is a great ticket option, that I'm definitely going to purchase. I wonder how much the Rush of Fear with Express will be. I wish i knew what date TPR might possible be maybe planning an event at BGT in October so I could plan out my Horror Night/HalloScreams Combo weekend (maybe with Food and Wine and legoland mixed in).

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^^Chance was another one of those favorite 2nd tier characters that I've loved from Horror Nights' past (along with the Body Collectors and basically all of the Asylum in Wonderland characters), but I doubt that she'd be used as the icon for the event. As much as I'd love to see her at the top, I'm thinking we'll see a new icon(s) this year, or possibly even a year without a central icon, relying on a theme alone instead.

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There is also rumors of a 9th house this year with two houses being located in the Parade Building.

 

Not sure if I will get to go this year, as we would have to go the day we arrive in Orlando.

 

Regardless, I am still excited to see this thread started and look forward to the weeks of speculating before the big reveal!

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I would love to see another house this year! I think the event has grown enough to expand on the idea of a 9th house. I just wish they would build more domes for the house vs the ques of jaws and diaster!. I just think the light really ruins those house. I mean even though the tent house fall victim to it I think with the right planning they could build more tents that would not have light as a major factor!

 

I think im gonna wait to get tickets later on to see what other options they come up with since that survey had lots of options like peak nights only passes and things like that...

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Speaking of HHN at USF...

 

When I was there two weeks ago, there were two mazes already set up; One in Jaw's queue, and the other in Disaster's queue.

 

Anyone know why the would be setting up this early?

 

I believe this is normal. I would imagine it would take at least two months to get each house finished and then you have to get the inspection signed off. So, there is probably some time built in to make sure it will ready in time for rehearsals.

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^House construction usually starts around this time of the year. It takes a while to build those houses. I wouldn't be surprised to hear houses are under construction in the sound stages. Halloween is Universal's biggest events. It is said that Disney owns Christmas, but Universal owns Halloween. Universal will take a lot of time and effort to make the event great.

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http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/os-universal-orlando-sale-closes-20110701,0,3585078.story

 

NBCUniversal on Friday closed on its deal to buy the half of Universal Orlando that it didn't already own.

 

The media conglomerate, which is now controlled by cable giant Comcast Corp., will pay $1.025 billion to buy private-equity firm Blackstone Group out of the Orlando resort.

 

Blackstone had co-owned Universal Orlando since 2001. But it opted to cash out this spring amid a surge in earnings at the resort following last June's opening of theWizarding World of Harry Potter.

 

NBCUniversal said it financed the purchase through a combination of cash on hand, borrowings under an existing credit facility and a one-year, $250 million loan from another Comcast affiliate. The company also announced that it would immediately pay down a portion of Universal Orlando's debt load.

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I think this could be an interesting theme. It's fairly unique, as I haven't seen anyone use it before. I guess they decided to gamble a little and try their Luck with something new, instead of covering previous ground yet again. I can't wait to see what fate has in store for us as more details emerge.

 

Do you think the two cards in the intro might mean anything?

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I would love to visit a Universal park at Halloween! I have only been during the Summer months to Florida and Hollywood and wish I could make it at another time because this looks amazing! Having visited the "House of Horrors" I guess he "Horror Nights" are just like an even better version with many shows. It all looks amazing from past years.

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Hey guys, just wondering we're coming over from Ireland and we already have our Halloween Horror Nights tickets booked but we are not sure how the event works. We're told it starts at half 6 but park opening hours say they close at 7! We're really looking forward to it as we've never seen anything like it.

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Hey guys, just wondering we're coming over from Ireland and we already have our Halloween Horror Nights tickets booked but we are not sure how the event works. We're told it starts at half 6 but park opening hours say they close at 7! We're really looking forward to it as we've never seen anything like it.

 

 

Do you have tickets to US for the daytime? If you do you can Stay and Scream, you wait in a holding area and get slightly early access to a few of the mazes! The event usually starts at 7 but S&S would be 6:30.

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^Agree with Piers. Definitely do the Stay and Scream package. You can usually get 2 houses done before the rest of the crowd gets let in, and then you have a head start on the rest of the houses. This usually allows you to get every house done without having to buy an express pass as well as going through your favorite houses again, doing all the shows and checking out the scarezones.

 

Of course, I still HIGHLY recommend getting an express pass as well if you only plan on going on one night. Seeing as you are traveling so far to go to this event, you really do not want to spend the majority of your time waiting in line. (this event gets insanely long lines)

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