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Re: Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 21

Postby piers » Mon Jul 11, 2011 3:08 pm

neovortex2k wrote: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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Re: Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 21

Postby ernierocker » Mon Jul 11, 2011 3:42 pm

^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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Re: Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 21

Postby neovortex2k » Tue Jul 12, 2011 12:52 am

Hi guys, thanks for The advice. We have a 2 week unlimited pass for parks and HHN so I'm sure we'll have enough time to explore everything. Is is just in US park and not IOA? I take it the rides are closed.

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Re: Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 21

Postby ernierocker » Tue Jul 12, 2011 3:42 am

^It is only at US, yes. IOA will close early on HHN nights as well.

The rides that are usually opened during HHN are Jaws, Mummy, Simpsons, and MIB.
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Postby jedimaster1227 » Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:06 am

http://media.universalorlando.com/newsreleases/detail.aspx?id=351

An abandoned scientific research facility in the midst of a vast and frozen Antarctica will set the stage for “The Thing,” an all-new haunted house inspired by Universal Pictures’ upcoming thriller, at Universal Orlando Resort’s Halloween Horror Nights 21. In the thriller “The Thing,” paranoia spreads like an epidemic among a group of researchers as they’re infected, one by one, by a mystery from another planet.

The new haunted house will offer guests an unprecedented first-hand preview of the much-anticipated thriller in advance of its October 14 release. Guests will find themselves in a series of face-to-face encounters with “The Thing,” an alien creature that can transform itself into an exact replica of any living being. “The Thing” haunted house will recreate the spine-chilling suspense from the film, confronting guests with the paranoia and fear that comes from being trapped inside the film’s Antarctic Thule station. The shape-shifting alien could be anywhere or anything. Will they survive?

Eerily authentic, “The Thing” haunted house will feature elaborately designed and disturbingly real alien creatures and sets. They will match the film’s terrifying intensity and provoke both a memorable and disturbing experience. Universal Orlando has partnered with the film’s producers, Strike Entertainment’s Marc Abraham and Eric Newman (Dawn of the Dead) to create an experience that is authentic to the film. The sets, audio, musical score, creature and character references are all based on the film. Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights event will also offer a haunted house based on the thriller.

“Having recreated well known horror films in the past, the same level of attention to detail has gone into creating a house experience that will completely immerse guests into the storyline and environment of ‘The Thing,’ said Jim Timon, Senior Vice President of Entertainment at Universal Orlando.

Eric Newman added: “We want people to live the film and experience the same terror that affects the film’s characters. Our collaboration with Universal’s creative teams brought the vision of the film to life. We’re excited for Halloween Horror Nights guests to experience ‘The Thing’ in this frighteningly real way.”

To see the movie trailer, click here.

At Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 21, luck will run out as guests discover their fate. Starting September 23, guests will be consumed by the “country’s best Halloween event” (Amusement Today) for 25 select nights through October 31. For more information visit HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Orlando.
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Re: Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 21

Postby SharkTums » Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:19 am

I hope this isn't just a rehash of the previous Thing maze. I realize it's based on the 'new' movie, and I hope they do that justice.

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Re: Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 21

Postby ernierocker » Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:35 am

^From what I understand the maze will be based on the new movie which is a prequel to the original. Of course, knowing how they love to recycle old props, you can guarantee there will be similar set pieces between the two mazes.
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Re: Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 21

Postby piers » Tue Jul 19, 2011 11:45 am

Yeah, the last 'The Thing' maze was really silly. I know a lot of people really like it but I just thought it was daft.

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Re: Universal Orlando's Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

Postby jedimaster1227 » Tue Jul 19, 2011 11:54 am

Universal Orlando has sent us a press release regarding the recent visit by another star of the Harry Potter films.

Irish actress Evanna Lynch, known for her role as Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter film series, stopped to admire the Quibbler display and try on a pair of Spectrespecs at Dervish and Banges, a magical supplies and equipment shop at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter on Monday, July 18, 2011. Lynch was hosted by Universal Orlando Resort, spending some time at the theme parks while attending a Harry Potter fan conference in Orlando. Lynch played a role in the final installment of the Harry Potter film series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2,” which debuted on Friday.
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Re: Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 21

Postby doublestufforeo » Tue Jul 19, 2011 3:03 pm

Is the HHN website down for anyone else as well?

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