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

Postby SharkTums » Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:32 am

1000 Birds on a Stick down a dark hallway would be a better house than most of HHN! =)

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Postby Jew » Tue Jun 25, 2019 12:32 pm

KBrylczyk wrote:Curious to see if they replicate this haunt at Hollywood. It'd be a slap in the face of Knott's since their winter-themed haunt failed so miserably.


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Postby teacherkim » Tue Jun 25, 2019 1:48 pm

Ok since the conversation has turned to HHN, need some advice from those of you that have experience with it. We have been to UO a few times but never for HHN and we are thinking of doing a weekend this year.

Very tentatively thinking of doing HHN on Sunday night Oct 13 (my son has a half day of school the next day, so the easiest day to miss) We could fly down Sat am and home on Mon. I'm kind of hoping that Sunday night will be a little better than Sat or Fri since we just cannot swing middle of the week. Any opinion on that or am I just wishful hoping?

Also, I am more than willing to buy the HHN fastpasses but read some advice that even with those there could still be hour long waits for the houses. Should we just really bite the bullet and get the VIP tour to get immediate front of the line access? I've purchased a lot of special event amusement park tickets on line but the HHN tickets are not exactly the most user friendly.

Appreciate any help from those of you that are HHN experts!

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

Postby KBrylczyk » Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:44 pm

teacherkim wrote:HHN stuffs


Going right in the middle of October is a gamble for how insane the crowds will be with fastpasses. If you were going in September I'd prefer the regular fastpass but VIP becomes a necessity as the event goes on as the crowds get even more psychotic closer to Halloween. Since it's a Saturday, though, I'd lean towards VIP if you have the budget.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby teacherkim » Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:21 pm

KBrylczyk wrote:
teacherkim wrote:HHN stuffs


Going right in the middle of October is a gamble for how insane the crowds will be with fastpasses. If you were going in September I'd prefer the regular fastpass but VIP becomes a necessity as the event goes on as the crowds get even more psychotic closer to Halloween. Since it's a Saturday, though, I'd lean towards VIP if you have the budget.





Well that's why I was thinking we would do other stuff on Saturday, maybe just hang at IOA, and try for HHN on the Sunday night in the hopes it would be a bit slower.

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

Postby Jew » Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:03 pm

HHN VIP is absolutely worth it if it will be your only visit. Guide to walk you right up to each house.

From what I have seen, it is doable to get all the houses in without even express if you are there for stay & scream to get a jump start on a few hours AND stay all night, but that middle of the night period is just packed everywhere.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby Invertalon » Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:38 am

HHN has no real "slow days" anymore. Wednesday, Friday, Sunday... September vs. October, early vs. late... Makes no difference. Been going since 2004 or so and honestly the past few years is simply a gamble on weather and other things if you end up with good/bad crowds.

We have changed our approach over the years, but now we simply plan to buy express two of the three or four nights we are there. The other nights we do houses when we see them shorter (usually early or end of the night) and hang out in zones and such otherwise.

For the best technique though, make sure to do stay and scream. Get into the hold area before the park closes and hang out for the hour or whatever until they allow you do go to a house. If you get a good position (or just avoid the hoard to stranger things and go to the alternative), you can often hit a few houses quickly with no wait at all. Last year I think we got through five or six houses before we even had to wait. But as expected, then things get bad quickly time wait wise. But crowds come in waves, so keep an eye on the app and watch for when lines dip to reasonable levels.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby teacherkim » Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:48 am

Hmmmm, thanks for the info so far. I guess maybe I will price out the difference between doing HHN on Sat and Sun nights with express pass on one or both versus doing VIP on one night and see how big a difference there is. Will definitely take advantage of the stay and scream.

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

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