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

Postby OrlandoGuy » Tue Sep 20, 2016 11:43 pm

KBrylczyk wrote:I know she's insane and all that, but Chance is hot.


I guess...if youre into chubby chicks ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

This year didn't quite do it for me. Little cohesion. Houses all good but not *great*. In my opinion, 24 was the best of all the "new era of darkness" years with Halloween being one of the greatest houses of all time. Still, nothing holds a candle to everything pre-2010.

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Postby SharkTums » Wed Sep 21, 2016 4:57 am

OrlandoGuy wrote:Still, nothing holds a candle to everything pre-2010.


I completely agree, but I think we live in a different world now and will never see events like those again. :(

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Postby cfc » Wed Sep 21, 2016 5:57 am

Yeah, I'd love to see some more original houses that aren't so dependent on IPs, such as The Walking Dead (enough with the frickin' zombies, already).
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby Hilltopper39 » Wed Sep 21, 2016 6:03 am

SharkTums wrote:
OrlandoGuy wrote:Still, nothing holds a candle to everything pre-2010.


I completely agree, but I think we live in a different world now and will never see events like those again. :(


Seems like 2010 was also round about when the Bill and Ted show became....... a bit less interesting, probably not a coincidence.

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

Postby Satans Hockey » Wed Sep 21, 2016 6:04 am

OrlandoGuy wrote:
KBrylczyk wrote:I know she's insane and all that, but Chance is hot.


I guess...if youre into chubby chicks ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

This year didn't quite do it for me. Little cohesion. Houses all good but not *great*. In my opinion, 24 was the best of all the "new era of darkness" years with Halloween being one of the greatest houses of all time. Still, nothing holds a candle to everything pre-2010.



What was so different pre 2010?

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

Postby SharkTums » Wed Sep 21, 2016 9:34 am

Satans Hockey wrote:What was so different pre 2010?


I'm sure some of our more HHN Enthusiasts can answer better but...

- Event at BOTH parks
- New things every year that were different from all other events such as the Foam Party at IOA or the Foam Party in old Kong building
- Houses with interesting gimmicks (indoor attraction buildings and outside, wearing head lamps, complete darkness houses, etc.)
- Haunting attractions (Jack on Jaws and Earthquake!!!!)
- More entertainment
- Friendlier event with less people (no people all in black waving flashlights at the ground yelling at you to keep moving every five feet)

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

Postby OrlandoGuy » Wed Sep 21, 2016 1:17 pm

SharkTums wrote:
OrlandoGuy wrote:Still, nothing holds a candle to everything pre-2010.


I completely agree, but I think we live in a different world now and will never see events like those again. :(


Yeah, it's sad but I don't see any major attractions, at HHN or just Universal/Disney in general, opening without some sort of IP attached to them in the near future. Almighty dollar and all that. It just sucks because the crazy amount of creativity and originality is what put HHN on the map in the first place and allowed them to get to the point they're at now.

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

Postby OrlandoGuy » Wed Sep 21, 2016 1:22 pm

Satans Hockey wrote:
OrlandoGuy wrote:
KBrylczyk wrote:I know she's insane and all that, but Chance is hot.


I guess...if youre into chubby chicks ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

This year didn't quite do it for me. Little cohesion. Houses all good but not *great*. In my opinion, 24 was the best of all the "new era of darkness" years with Halloween being one of the greatest houses of all time. Still, nothing holds a candle to everything pre-2010.



What was so different pre 2010?


Basically everything in the top post ^^. The thing is, I didn't even start going until after they had done away with the two-park format, foam parties, modified rides, etc...and I STILL think something is missing. The event before 2010 felt cohesive, and the park was actually transformed into a completely different atmosphere. They had detailed backstories for every house/icon on crazy interactive websites...it's one of those things that you don't really notice when it's there but notice when it's gone. The world-building that went into the event is missing now that they rely solely on unrelated external properties. Don't get me wrong, I still love going and go every year several times...it's just different that's all. Before, everything tied together like an immersive second theme park with a ton of atmosphere. Now they just shut the lights off, play dance music, and send you through recreations of your favorite shows and movies. It's hard to explain, just a different feel that you only picked up on if you started going to the event in the mid-2000's or earlier.

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

Postby gearbm95 » Wed Sep 21, 2016 1:52 pm

I went last weekend and uhhhh...was this event scary at one point? How are you supposed to be startled when youre walking through a maze with 200 other people?

All night we consistently walked into scenes where the actors were getting back into their hiding places or the animatronic/effect had just went off. I've never been more disappointed by a halloween event. Granted, the mazes were all top notch when it came to design but the crowds and the lack of "pulsing" individual groups through the mazes really ruined the event.

I would GLADLY play an additonal $30-40/ticket if they reduced the capacity of the event.

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

Postby OrlandoGuy » Wed Sep 21, 2016 2:16 pm

gearbm95 wrote:I went last weekend and uhhhh...was this event scary at one point? How are you supposed to be startled when youre walking through a maze with 200 other people?

All night we consistently walked into scenes where the actors were getting back into their hiding places or the animatronic/effect had just went off. I've never been more disappointed by a halloween event. Granted, the mazes were all top notch when it came to design but the crowds and the lack of "pulsing" individual groups through the mazes really ruined the event.

I would GLADLY play an additonal $30-40/ticket if they reduced the capacity of the event.


Oh yeah, that's another thing...it's gotten way too crowded for its own good. Not only does a $100 (give or take) ticket NOT guarantee you access to all of the attractions (unless you pony up for another $100 for a fast pass), but it makes the park sometimes unbearable to be in...even with an Express last weekend I didn't see everything. I agree that I'd pay more in exchange for a lot less people. Endless conga lines have been the norm for a while now...it's more common than not to see scares happening ahead of you (and by 'scares' I really mean startles). I will say, the set design gets better every year (except this year which seems lacking compared to last year's admittedly high standard) and that has become the main draw for a lot of people.

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