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

PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:12 pm
by Zoltret
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

PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2019 6:17 am
by Samostow
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

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

PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2019 4:43 pm
by robbalvey
Be sure to follow our Twitter tonight as we are live tweeting from the Halloween Horror Nights Orlando media event!
https://twitter.com/ThemeParkReview

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

PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2019 12:42 am
by robbalvey
Here is a walk-through POV video of the new Ghostbusters maze at Halloween Horror Nights:

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

PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2019 3:25 am
by SixFlagsAstroworld
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

PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:10 am
by Canobie Coaster
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

PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2019 2:27 pm
by disneyfan1313
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!


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

PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2019 2:44 pm
by disneyfan1313
Time to check out the rest of the houses!

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

PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:01 pm
by RAWKIN_coaster38
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

PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:45 pm
by Canobie Coaster
I was eagerly awaiting the Ghostbusters house and it looks amazing. Great report!