^ -October 21st and a Friday, maybe the busiest night to go out of any. Rip Ride Rockit will hit nearly 2 hours, every other attraction 30-45 at peak -Diagon Alley is 100 percent open. -30 minutes before is fine. 15 and you should get in to the first or last show. I've seen them taking pictures afterwards at random. -Scare zone characters will be very willing to pose for pictures, but won't smile and will give a response in character/not speaking. -Crowds not a problem in scare zones, except in Central Park area sometimes. -Food ain't cheap. Simpsons and Leaky Cauldron for best value. Booze definitely not cheap. Beers come in big cans though. -IOA is pretty dead during September, October and November. Some wait times will hit over an hour but the water rides will be very short and single rider for all the longer waits anyway. -Get there early, Stay late, and the middle hours are busiest. Diagon is good to hit around 9-10 because every house will have an hour+ wait at that time.
Halloween Horror Nights 26 - Opening Night Media Event!
TPR was at the opening night media event of Halloween Horror Nights 26 and we can't wait to share the photos and video with you! The icon of this years event is Chance, the sexy (and CRAZY) clown girlfriend of Jack. This years event is essentially a "sequel" of the iconic HHN25 from last year. This is the first time that they have attempted this as a theme, and I think it works very well to expand the Horror Nights universe! The events of this years Halloween Horror Nights continue where the last show of Carnival of Carnage last year left off. Jack is "missing" and Chance has been apprehended for the gruesome things she did during the show. Well, you can imagine how well that turns out!
Overall, I have to say that this year is AWESOME. I have been attending HHN since the very first one, 26 years ago and this ranks up there in the top 5 in terms of quality of houses. They scored big this year getting American Horror Story, and having The Exorcist, Texas Chainsaw Massacre,Halloween II and Krampus really bookend the top-notch original houses.
Halloween Horror Nights is really the premiere Halloween event in the country. It goes for 31 nights in September and October and features a whopping 9 NEW houses, 4 new scarezones, 2 shows and roaming hoards of chainsaw killers throughout the park. Oh - and you also have most of the rides open in the park with VERY little wait. Before we start off with the pictures, just some friendly tips if you are planning on going to the event!
- The event officially begins at 6:30pm,but they almost always will open the gate at 6. If you have tickets for the day, do "stay and scream" and get a head start on the crowds running to the mazes. Oh - and do American Horror Story first. The lines will NOT go down for it throughout the night. - If you have only one night and want to try and fit it all in, you will need to get an Express Pass or RIP guided tour. Both are *WELL* worth the money and I have done both many times throughout the years. - If you have multiple nights then you really should get the "Frequent Fear Pass" - this is a great deal and is basically an "annual pass" for the event. There are different levels of this that include various days and some now even include express passes.
First our walk through videos of two of the houses: American Horror Story
Lunatics Playground 3D
OK - on to the photos!
Chance is waiting to welcome you into her twisted nightmare!
She really is delightfully creepy and she is surrounded by all of her psychotic minions.
We are here! These iconic gates hold back all of your worst nightmares!
Got our credentials and we are good to go!
As we enter, the gates break and the chaos begins!
We should rush to our safe media holding area before these guys get us!
Time for a little food before the fun begins!
Universal Studios does events right with tons of fun theming.
Including mice and spiders in the popcorn!
Finally chance ushers us in to start the event!
We got to hear from the cast of The Walking Dead and their experiences going through their house.
The first house was Halloween II - Hell Comes to Haddonfield.
This was a GREAT house that started right where the last Halloween house in 2014 left off.
Michael Myers is going to get you!
And this time he is PISSED!
Tomb of the Ancients was next! This dark and claustrophobic house was FILLED with creatures you would expect to find in an ancient tomb. A top notch original house.
I know she's insane and all that, but Chance is hot.
Also I'm sad I won't get to make it to HHN again this year. It's been so long since I've been to Orlando's version. Instead I'll be doing the Philly area events which, while still fun and have tons of scares, aren't nearly as detailed and immersive.
Anyone interested in join a small group for a private RIP tour of HHN on Thursday, September 29 at 6:30 pm?
My wife and I have the tour booked, and we have two people that are joining us. We're looking for 2-6 more people to share the costs and the expertise of a private tour guide. This means you will get front of the line access to each house, as many times as we can do it!!
This will be our fifth HHN. Two years ago, we did a public RIP tour, and had such a great experience, that we decided to up the ante with a private tour.
The private tour starts about 6:30 and ends when the park closes. The private tour is limited to 10 people and gets front of the line to all houses all night.
* Private RIP tour booked for Thursday, September 29, 6:15 PM. * Tour guide will be with us until the park closes (1:00 AM) except for a 30-minute break. * We will create the touring plan with the tour guide. * Our plan is to tour each house at least twice. There are 2 casts for each house, and we'd like to see each one. We do not plan to use the tour guide for any rides (we can do that during the day...) * We will have VIP seating for Bill & Ted. * We will see the Scare Zones as time permits
We are looking for a minimum of 2 more people to join us to make it worthwhile. With 6 people, the cost will be $355 per person. If we get the full 10 people, the costs drops to $213 per person. If we don't get at least 6 people, we will cancel the private tour.
Please PM me with any questions. Look forward to meeting you.
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