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

Postby Invertalon » Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:08 am

Yep, avoid waiting in that mess outside the gate at all costs... Stay and Scream.

Avoid that crowd and get early entry. We often the past few years always knock out 4 or 5 houses with minimal or no wait before the crowds roll in. Do it right, you won't require express at all. Or knock 5-6 houses out and then use express when it gets busy!

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Postby jedimaster1227 » Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:35 am

^We were able to get Stranger Things (a whopping 10 minute wait, mostly consisting of walking through the giant queue), Poltergeist and Scary Tales done before the park officially opened to regular guests last Saturday thanks to Stay and Scream. And when we were done with those, we were already positioned inside of the park to start hitting the other houses while the lines were short. Especially on the weekend nights, Stay and Scream is definitely the way to go.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby Anything » Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:46 am

Is there an official capacity for the place published?
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Postby Dombot » Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:11 am

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

Postby Invertalon » Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:50 am

jedimaster1227 wrote:^We were able to get Stranger Things (a whopping 10 minute wait, mostly consisting of walking through the giant queue), Poltergeist and Scary Tales done before the park officially opened to regular guests last Saturday thanks to Stay and Scream. And when we were done with those, we were already positioned inside of the park to start hitting the other houses while the lines were short. Especially on the weekend nights, Stay and Scream is definitely the way to go.


Yep... Been flying down to HHN since 2004 and never had any issue getting through all the houses and zones in a single night (we often go 3-4 nights per yearly trip). Stay and Scream is a must, for sure! We often get through each house some 4-8 times by the end of our trip, which makes a BIG difference in “soaking it all in”. Going through a house just once won’t cut it… Bad cast, timing or other things can really make an epic house be ho-hum. The worst part is just waiting in the hold areas for the hour or whatever, especially when hot. But we have been pushing our past two years back to end of October and have been fortunate to get amazing temps in the low 70's vs. 90's that our mid Sept visits were often... Then those cool nights in the low 60’s or high 50’s, even. Love it.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby jarmor » Fri Oct 19, 2018 12:26 pm

I did see where they reached capacity this year on a night. It seem's Stranger Things really brought in the crowd as a lot of people were wearing shirts, hats and other paraphernalia from the franchise. I didn't think it was that popular!
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby BlahBlahson » Sun Oct 21, 2018 5:26 pm

Those crowds are CRAZY! If I had bought a ticket for that night I honestly would just leave if I had to wait to get in all the way from NBC Sports Grille.

I'm happy that I got Rush of Fear this year, without Bill and Ted I don't need to go on the last night of the event anymore, and these October crowds are varying from "workable" to "sold out and insane" on random nights, whereas September is still reasonable and even pleasant on some nights. I really wish they would add more shows back, 1 main show and Vamp 85's mini dance off are probably the least they've had in that department since the event's inception.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby DoinItForTheFame » Sun Oct 21, 2018 5:32 pm

Anything wrote:Is there an official capacity for the place published?


From what I can find online it seems that the capacity for Islands Of Adventure is 35,000 and the capacity for Universal Studios is 27,000.

No idea how accurate those numbers are thought. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby robbalvey » Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:27 pm

For those of you who didn't make it to Halloween Horror Nights this year, here's all ten mazes in one video!

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

Postby bert425 » Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:58 pm

thanks for posting that Robb!

I thought the Killer Klowns had a house at Universal this year? (or were they just a scare zone)?

the Poltergeist house, the Blumhouse Pictures, and the Stranger Things houses are my favorites from your video.

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