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

Postby Jew » Tue Sep 27, 2016 2:56 pm

Even thought I had express, when I went last Thursday the highest wait time I saw posted was 100. I even waited in the regular lines for Halloween, Tomb of the ancients, and Exorist because they were only posted at 25 min.

I am sure it will get worse as it gets closer to Halloween. I highly recommend taking advantage of one of the in-park holding areas if you have an HHN ticket so you can have first crack at a maze queue line when the event opens.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby Invertalon » Thu Oct 06, 2016 9:35 am

Just got back from our HHN trip on Monday after spending (4) nights at HHN. We had express for each night, so we were able to reach about 38 "laps" thru the houses. Our final count:

Chance: 1
Horror Story: 8
Texas Chainsaw: 5
Halloween: 5
Ancients: 3
Krampus: 6
Exorcist: 5
TWD: 2
Ghost: 3

As you can see, there is quite a difference between the good and bad houses. Chance was atrocious, didn't even waste our time going more than once (even with express). TWD was pretty bad as well, simply because it's just so old and overdone at this point... Nothing new, just all rehashed stuff from the past years. My survey asked about TWD for next year again, so OMG... Please stop Universal... Just NO!

As a big fan of AHS, the house was just awesome. The characters looked incredible, it was a really good house. I don't really get scared in houses, typically because I am so tall I see over everyone and can see the upcoming scares, but they are still fun just to see.

Krampus was tied for #1 spot with me with AHS... I wish there was more Krampus action, some more animatronics or puppets or something like Hollywood's, but otherwise still real good. Exorcist and Texas Chainsaw were also really good. Many of the houses required at least 3 or 4 laps to really see everything or get the good cast or timing of everything. Could never judge a house with only one or two laps (except Chance house, it was that bad... No potential there).

Zones were OK, wish they would do more with them. The chance midway was extremely lame, as expected. Terrible icon, too... Anyway...

Bill and Ted was ok, not my favorite year. The midway show was pretty awesome though, near Transformers at the end of the main midway (forget the name...). Worthwhile show to see.

Overall, it was a solid HHN. Hope next year TWD is finally retired and the rumors of a second AHS house are true (the other three seasons not done this year). We can only hope!
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby CaptainUnknown » Thu Oct 06, 2016 12:07 pm

Invertalon wrote:Hope next year TWD is finally retired and the rumors of a second AHS house are true (the other three seasons not done this year). We can only hope!


I don't know if they'd do season 2 of AHS...
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby BlahBlahson » Thu Oct 06, 2016 1:15 pm

^^I got to take the same survey for HHN and you know it's gotten bad when the they literally ask if you would like the event BETTER if TWD was not a part of it at all.

My problem is not just that the Walking Dead is rehashed, but that it's been the worst house at the event 3 of the 5 years, and this year (while not at the bottom) it's just a greatest hits collection of previous TWD houses. It's never been the best thing at the event or something that really makes the event better.

Oh an Bill and Ted really needs to tighten up script-wise. It's very fun and the costumes are great, but it's two years in a row that the script has LONG sections where none of the jokes work show after show. I wish that they could modify it after the first few showings to see what works and what doesn't.

Otherwise the AHS house is just beautiful and almost all of the other houses this year are really top-notch. The Dance show is really good too.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby Invertalon » Thu Oct 06, 2016 3:35 pm

CaptainUnknown wrote:
Invertalon wrote:Hope next year TWD is finally retired and the rumors of a second AHS house are true (the other three seasons not done this year). We can only hope!


I don't know if they'd do season 2 of AHS...
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Why not? They are currently on season 5 of TWD... Anything is possible. At least AHS each season is drastically different and makes for a new house experience... Unlike TWD where each house is the same damn thing, year after year.

They focused on 3 of the 6 seasons with this house, they could easily do the other three next year. It makes sense... I also heard Scream Queens was a possibility for next year.

Supposedly, Purge was supposed to be the main zone again this year but due to the shootings in Orlando it was changed last minute.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby Jew » Thu Oct 06, 2016 7:58 pm

Asylum's became this years "lets be offended" thing during halloween, so Cedar Fair and Six Flags dropped that theme throughout their parks.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby CaptainCrush » Fri Oct 07, 2016 2:44 pm

Jew wrote:Asylum's became this years "lets be offended" thing during halloween, so Cedar Fair and Six Flags dropped that theme throughout their parks.


People are way too easily offended. I'm a girl, and most haunted houses have looots of violence against women but you don't see me complaining? You don't see country folks getting offended by cannibalistic redneck haunted houses! Geez louise, let people do their thing!

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

Postby AUWent » Mon Oct 17, 2016 9:58 pm

As much as I loved the all-original content when I went to 2006 and 8, as well as the websites from 2004-9, here's my problem with the "HHN SUX NOW" sentiment: even during the event's "golden age," I remember reading relentlessly negative reviews from places like HHNVault. For as beloved an event story as it is now, people HATED 2005 when it happened--really, I remember every year from '04-07 getting a lot of complaints.

From my experience, the overall house quality is WAY better than it was in 2006 (three good houses, four crap ones), maybe a little better than '08 (which still wins hands down for stories, of course). Dead Man's Wharf, while not quite as good as Asylum in Wonderland and Skoolhouse from '08, still would've been a strong zone in those years. While I didn't go to '07, this year seems pretty comparable--certainly the streets in 26 are better, since there weren't any scarezones that year.

I don't mean to sugarcoat anything--I certainly don't like the marketing this year compared to the other two years I went--but I'm reminded of Robb's response in the Epcot thread about people just looking for things to complain about.

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

Postby CaptainUnknown » Wed Oct 19, 2016 8:48 am

Some last minute questions before/if I visit HHN Friday night. Keep in mind I intend to stick to rides/shows/scarezones instead of conga-lining through the mazes and that I have no idea how long I will be at the park:

-What attractions have single-rider lines? How long should I expect to wait for the non-single rider rides?
-What are the loose article/fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo policies? I plan to just have my wallet, phone, keys, maybe a beanie, and my glasses (maybe my case depending on the policies) shoved into cargo pockets.
-Best place to get Butterbeer? Cost?
-Cost of the blinky cup specialty drinks? Which is better?
-Best times to visit the non-IP houses/Walking Dead?

EDIT: -Also, how likely is it to get Chance's autograph if I bring a Sharpie and a napkin?
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