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Re: Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 21

Postby Hilltopper39 » Wed Sep 14, 2011 6:36 pm

^ I had the EXACT same thing happen to me at Wolfman, I missed all of the really cool set-up scare effects at the end of the maze by having bad timing. That maze looked AMZING, but I was kind of bitter because I missed out on the really cool stuff.

A couple of the HOS mazes in recent years have really improved their overall quality and I thought were almost on par with some of the weaker HHN houses. The comparisons between the 2 events seem to pop up every year, and even though they are basically the same type of event they are really different. I love the sets, atmosphere, and shows at HHN but I also really like night rides Kumba, so it's a toss up to me.

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Re: Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 21

Postby cfc » Thu Sep 15, 2011 6:14 am

Although I'm not high on the "Lady Luck" theme (the Web site is fun, though), I'm intrigued by the houses this year with the minor exception of the Thing, because it didn't work the last time they tried it. I'm looking forward to the "dueling Poe houses" at Tampa and Orlando.
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Re: Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 21

Postby jjune4991 » Thu Sep 15, 2011 7:05 am

Same. The character is an ok idea, but I didn't like the actor. She wasn't that scary. And I hope the Thing house is good. I didn't like it last time, what, 4 years ago?
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Re: Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 21

Postby Hilltopper39 » Thu Sep 15, 2011 7:13 am

^^Yeah two houses with almost the exact same theme at both events is very strange but it should be fun to compare the two (and by compare I mean make fun of which ever house sucks the most haha). I'm really looking forward to The Forsaken, the picture of that house they released to Facebook a few days ago looked amazing. It looked like there were some great lighting effects and more light overall in the house. It may just be the picture, but I've thought that a lot of the HHN houses in the past were almost too dark, so dark that I couldn't really appreciate the incredible detail in the themeing.

On a side note, what is the correct term for a haunted walk through attraction at a Halloween event, a House or a Maze?

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Re: Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 21

Postby ernierocker » Thu Sep 15, 2011 7:55 am

^I know this isn't the first time HHN and HOS have had very similar houses.

In 2009, there was the Chucky house at HHN and the Toy Factory house at HOS.

By the way, the offical HHN website calls them houses, but I don't think it really matters.
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Re: Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 21

Postby BeemerBoy » Thu Sep 15, 2011 8:03 am

ernierocker wrote:That was my only beef with the HHN houses, in that you could very easily go through a house and not get a single scare. So many scares have elaborate set-ups and if your timing is not right, you can miss them. I remember going through Wolfman a couple of years ago, and we missed everyone one of the set-up scares. This is why it helps to go through the houses multiple times.

HOS, on the other hand, is more about the scares than the elaborate scenes. Really in the end though, it's to each their own, because walking through the HHN can still AMAZING because of the detail and atmosphere.

I'm realizing I may be in a minority on this one, but like you said, "to each their own."

I'm not a HHN or HOS veteran as compared to many on here, but I've been through a fair share of houses/mazes in my time. On the point of scares vs. overall scenes, the scariest thing I've ever been through didn't have a single actor, nor did anything even happen. It was at Terror on Church Street, which used to be a "permanent" walk through in downtown Orlando where they would send you through in small groups of 5-10 people.

The abandoned morgue room was easily the creepiest set. Our group of 6 slowly walked through the room full of tables with covered corpses, our heads on swivels, fully expecting something to happen. We literally inched through that scene, which felt like forever, and in the end nothing happened at all (the only room in which that happened). I was pulling up the rear in our single file line, and even after we had exited the room into the hallway towards the next scene, everyone including myself kept looking back. Sometimes the simple anticipation of something is more thrilling than an actual "scare."
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Re: Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 21

Postby Hilltopper39 » Thu Sep 15, 2011 10:16 am

^Yeah I had a somewhat similar experience at the Mystery Mansion thing at Gatlinburg. It was an off season week day and there were basically 2 actors that worked in tandem with each other and followed you through the entire house. You never knew where they were going to come from but the sheer anticipation of knowing they were there was enough to make it the scariest walk through I've ever done. Unfortunately I don't think the mazes at HHN or HOS can ever be at that level of intensity because of the way everyone walks through the house in a constantly moving non interrupted single file line. I guess the Alone house at HOS last year was an exception, but it was also an upcharge to the regular event.

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Re: Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 21

Postby cfc » Thu Sep 15, 2011 10:32 am

^In general, the emptier the house is of guests, the better the scares. It must be tough to time scare events when you're dealing with a conga line (this is where having good, creepy atmosphere is a plus). One of the best haunt experiences I've ever had was BGT's toy factory maze a few years ago--we got there early, and were the only three guests walking through it.
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Re: Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 21

Postby jedimaster1227 » Thu Sep 15, 2011 11:22 am

Universal Studios Florida has sent us a press release about the return of the Ghost Hunters to Halloween Horror Nights!

Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango, from SyFy Channel’s highest rated reality TV show “Ghost Hunters,” will test their luck at Universal Orlando Resort’s Halloween Horror Nights 21 on October 6. And for the first time ever, five “lucky” fans will win the ultimate Ghost Hunters experience: the opportunity to walk through one of the event’s terrifying haunted houses with Tango and Gonsalves.

Fans just need to follow Halloween Horror Nights’ official Twitter handle, @UORHHN, for more information about this once-in-a lifetime opportunity. Winners will receive admission to Halloween Horror Nights, an RIP Tour of the event and the opportunity to experience a haunted house with the Ghost Hunters on October 6.

Tango and Gonsalves will also host a Q&A and autograph session that evening. Access to these sessions is included in regular admission to Halloween Horror Nights 21.

For 25 nights beginning September 23, Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights returns as the nation’s best and most intense Halloween event. Guests will confront extreme Halloween entertainment that cannot be experienced anywhere else. This year, they will scream as they become prey to fiendish creatures, panic as they come face-to-face with a horrifying “thing,” feel chills as they are haunted by deceased souls – and watch in paralyzing fear as Lady Luck transforms from a tempting seductress to a bloodthirsty beast.
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Re: Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 21

Postby JT3000 » Thu Sep 15, 2011 3:48 pm

Hilltopper39 wrote:On a side note, what is the correct term for a haunted walk through attraction at a Halloween event, a House or a Maze?


Depends which coast you're on. West coasters tend to say maze. We call them houses.

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