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

Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:12 pm

SharkTums wrote:^Try to buy tickets and express passes for Universal Osaka and then you won't complain as much about the Florida park! We're looking at $400+ per person for one day for admission and express passes that still won't even cover ALL of the rides and attractions!

I totally agree with you that ticketing shouldn't be so complex, but at the same time I guess it's good to have a million options if it saves you money (not that it saves you money on the weekend, but other people on the weekdays!)

On the app right now the line for Hagrid's is 150min. I know it's been easier lately though for people to get on it so just go early!

Does Hagrid's open in the morning now or does it still only open in the afternoon? I'm wondering cause I'm hitting both parks on the first week of September and I wanna hit the ride first before the crowds arrive. If anyone has any tips on dealing with crowds for Hagrid's that'll be very helpful! :)

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

Thu Aug 29, 2019 6:17 am

I like to go on student trips more often, universities often arrange such educational vacations for their students. This is a good exchange of experience and knowledge, and you can also get further tasks or your own research at the end of the semester. I traveled more than once and Universal Orlando Resort just became the place where I recognized a lot of people from Europe
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Fri Sep 06, 2019 4:43 pm

Be sure to follow our Twitter tonight as we are live tweeting from the Halloween Horror Nights Orlando media event!
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Sat Sep 07, 2019 12:42 am

Here is a walk-through POV video of the new Ghostbusters maze at Halloween Horror Nights:

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

Sat Sep 07, 2019 3:25 am

As a huge fan of Ghostbusters, I was geeking out throughout that video. I wish I was able to make my way down there to experience it!

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

Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:10 am

Has anyone tried using Early Entry at Universal Studios, taking the first Hogwarts Express train to Islands of Adventure, and then joining the Hagrid's line?

Normally I'd have no problem getting there early for the new ride, but since there's a decent chance it's closed at opening, this seems like a way to do some rides in the morning and still get to Hagrid's somewhat early.

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

Sun Sep 08, 2019 2:27 pm

Halloween Horror Nights 29 - Opening Night Media Event!

Theme Park Review was at the opening night media event of Halloween Horror Nights 29 on Friday and with 10 houses, 5 scare zones and two shows, this is a year you don't want to miss! Universal Studios Florida continues their recent trend of not having an "icon" but using an overall theme that weaves throughout the event. They did a deeper dive into the 80s theme this year and it really works and continues to be a crowd pleaser. It isn't just seen in the houses and the scare zones, it is also seen in the merchandise, food, music, etc.

This is my 29th year of attending Halloween Horror Nights and the enhancements they keep making each year help to keep it in its slot as the #1 Halloween event in world. I will talk about it a little more in the pictures below, but some of the houses this year BLOW AWAY things they have done in the past. Ghostbusters is light on scares but might be the best house they have EVER done. Yeti, Us and Stranger Things are all probably going to place in my "top 10 houses of all time" list and this years Academy of Villains and the lagoon show really round off the event perfectly!

Halloween Horror Nights is really the premiere Halloween event in the country. It goes for a record breaking 41 nights from September 6th through November 2nd this year and features 10 NEW houses, 5 new scarezones, 2 shows and a hoards of chainsaw killers! There are also a great selection of rides open with minimal waits throughout the park. Before we start off with the pictures, just some friendly tips if you are planning on going to the event!

- The event officially begins at 6:30pm, but they almost always will open the gate at 6. If you have tickets for the day, do "stay and scream" and get a head start on the crowds running to the mazes.
- If you have only one night and want to try and fit it all in, you will need to get an Express Pass or RIP guided tour. Both are *WELL* worth the money and I have done both many times throughout the years.
- If you have multiple nights then you really should get the "Frequent Fear Pass" - this is a great deal and is basically an "annual pass" for the event. There are different levels of this that include various days and some even include express passes.
- If you are buying a one day ticket, don't pay full gate price. There are MANY discounts out there that are available.

Take a look at the TPR video of the Ghostbusters house, I can't wait to do it again!

We started off the evening at Cabana Bay resort, where they are doing a "pop up" Stranger Things event for Universal Studios resort guests.
Ooooh! I wonder what is up these stairs!
The photo ops are fun and interactive, this will be very popular this HHN season!
Anyone want some ice cream?!?!
We are checked in and ready to go!
We started off walking through the Anarch-Cade scare zone. It is always fun to see these during the day!
At night the chainsaws have LEDs on them and look amazing!
Not gonna lie.. I love the 80s arcade theming. At night these make for perfect nooks for scaractors to hide in!
Waits can be very long at the beginning of the event!
Ghostbusters and Stranger Things will be the hot houses, make sure you grab an express pass or plan on coming multiple nights!
Stacey is NOT happy to meet the Killer Klowns from Outer Space!
OMG! I love that they have classic arcade machines throughout the media event!
Hmmm... I wonder what that cake is made out of?!?!?!
Universal Studios really does a great job of theming their special events!
The 80s theming even stretches into their "video game" preshow video!
The Chiodo Bros came out to talk about their Killer Klowns From Outer Space house.
Priah Ferguson from Stranger Things season 3 was there to talk about Stranger Things.. how cool!
Time to start off the night with the "Us" house, based on the Jordan Peele movie of the same name.
Last edited by disneyfan1313 on Sun Sep 08, 2019 2:47 pm.

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

Sun Sep 08, 2019 2:44 pm

Time to check out the rest of the houses!
The US house was incredibly solid and true to the movie. I can't wait to do this again and again!
Yeti: Terror of the Yukon was an awesome surprise! It had some amazing scares and atmosphere.
Sometimes when the main creatures are so big, the scares are limited... but not in this house! They will get you in some really creative ways!
I really can't say enough about the Ghostbusters house. Perfect blend of atmosphere, lighting, sound, sets, story, audio, etc.
They do some special effects in this house that I have never seen before.
The scale of some of these sets are insane. I am really glad it is a soundstage house.
Stranger Things this year covers seasons two and three in an epic way. They packed so much into this house, it is crazy!
Not only does it capture the spirit of the show perfectly, there seem to be a lot more scares this year.
We then ventured into Killer Klowns from Outer Space which is housed in Shrek. These klowns are huge and get you from all angles throughout the house!
The Vanity Ball scare zone is a fashion show gone wrong, with lots of gruesome plastic surgery and patients who have sacrificed their faces.
The Vikings Undead scare zone is in the Central Park area and has a few show scenes in addition to some great atmosphere.
We then checked out this years Academy of Villains show which is much improved from last year. They have a ton of high energy dance numbers and even an amazing contortionist.
House of 1000 corpses is based on the Rob Zombie movie of the same name and was a big surprise. I had 0 expectations and was really impressed by this creepy and well thought out "bloody" house.
Nightingales Blood Pit uses these "nightingales" characters we have seen in the past HHN houses and puts them in ancient rome. This is dark and claustrophobic with a lot of good scares.
Depths of Fear was the one house that was a little disappointing, but I know these things change and improve throughout the course of the event. It seemed a bit repetitive to me, but the atmosphere was top notch.
Universal Classic Monsters was another top notch house. I love when they play homage to their classic characters and this house manages to fit every single one and weave their stories together in an epic way.
Our final house of the night was Graveyard Games. The story didn't really translate well into the house, but it was pretty epic! Tons of scares and tons of atmosphere - a really well designed maze!
Another awesome HHN in the books! I have a frequent fear pass, so I know I will be back many more days this year and I can't wait to see how the houses evolve and change throughout the run! Happy Halloween!

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

Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:01 pm

Thank you for the look into this year's HHN! It looks and sounds epic. I love that they continue to up the ante and top themselves year after year, and I love that each year brings totally new mazes and experiences. Don't think I'll be able to make it down this year, so I really appreciate you all sharing about it so I can at least experience a piece of it vicariously.

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

Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:45 pm

I was eagerly awaiting the Ghostbusters house and it looks amazing. Great report!
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