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

Postby gearbm95 » Wed Sep 21, 2016 2:23 pm

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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)...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 bar) and that has become the main draw for a lot of people.


Yes, exactly!

It actually felt more like I paid $100 to walk through movie sets as opposed to a huanted maze attraction. There was absolutely nothing scary the entire night, and after talking to other guests while in line (for hours, I might add) I noticed that many of the other guests felt the same way about not being able to experience the scares due to the lack of crowd control. In a couple of the attractions I actually slowed my walk to a crawl to get some space between myself and the never-ending group in front of me. This idea didn't work out very well as there were employees within the houses telling me to keep walking and "catch up" to the group.

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Postby Fat-G » Wed Sep 21, 2016 3:28 pm

I really don't like jump scares so I hardly ever attend Halloween events for the houses themselves. I prefer tension that's built up, very much Hitchcockian.

On a completely random note, I'll be heading to Universal in mid April. What can I expect in terms of crowds?

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Postby OrlandoGuy » Wed Sep 21, 2016 4:12 pm

Fat-G wrote:I really don't like jump scares so I hardly ever attend Halloween events for the houses themselves. I prefer tension that's built up, very much Hitchcockian.

On a completely random note, I'll be heading to Universal in mid April. What can I expect in terms of crowds?


Depends on when in April. Easter is on April 16 next year so if you go any time before then or especially that weekend, you'll run into heavy Spring Break crowds. The proceeding weeks shouldn't be *as* bad, but I dont know the different school SB schedules. That being said, there's a lot of ways to get around crowds depending on where you stay, how many days you plan to spend, etc. without having to spring for fast passes.

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Postby Satans Hockey » Wed Sep 21, 2016 4:15 pm

Thanks for all the info, I would still like to go at some point but I've been watching videos from this year and definitely see what everyone means about how crowded it is and the conga lines.

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Postby Fat-G » Thu Sep 22, 2016 6:09 pm

Depends on when in April. Easter is on April 16 next year so if you go any time before then or especially that weekend, you'll run into heavy Spring Break crowds. The proceeding weeks shouldn't be *as* bad, but I dont know the different school SB schedules. That being said, there's a lot of ways to get around crowds depending on where you stay, how many days you plan to spend, etc. without having to spring for fast passes.


Thanks for the info, I'll be down there the weekend of Easter going to Star Wars Celebration, so I figured crowds will be big. Thanks

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Postby Jew » Sat Sep 24, 2016 9:28 pm

I enjoyed the event this year...all of the houses were visually amazing with some fun scares. Except for the Chance house. That was clearly the one that got the short end of the budget stick. I don't get scared at haunts, so I'm going more to watch other people get scared and check out the sets/design.

Bill & Teds was weak this year compared to the previous years that I have seen.

On another bright side, the specialty drinks were good! :lol:
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Postby jray21 » Mon Sep 26, 2016 10:32 am

Looks like they did a great job this year! I haven't been to Orlando for Halloween for quite a while. I think a return trip is in order.
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Postby Themonerd » Mon Sep 26, 2016 5:01 pm

Not going to hhn, but I always wondered about the safe zones in the park.(shops, resteraunts, etc) Are there any this year or any year in that matter?
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Postby adeuce02 » Mon Sep 26, 2016 5:17 pm

Themonerd wrote:Not going to hhn, but I always wondered about the safe zones in the park. Are there any this year or any year in that matter?

Diagon Alley is open during the event. No scares in there

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

Postby RAWKIN_coaster38 » Tue Sep 27, 2016 10:59 am

As someone who has faithfully watched AHS, I think that maze looked awesome and I wish I could experience it this year! I thought it was a nice touch to include some of the lines and voices of characters from the show (like the maid from Hotel, and of course... Dandy!)

Bummer to hear about the crowds. I've only been to USH HHN last year, not sure how it compares crowd-wise. We had someone with a disability pass so we were able to skip the lines, which helped a lot. Not sure if the crowds are better or we are just more easily scared, but we definitely got our share of scares in! We went on like a Thursday in early October, so that might help as well? I can't imagine how bad Halloween night can get, or the Saturday just before.
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