Just moved down to the area for college and have a few questions about HHN.
-What are the ride lines usually like during HHN Friday nights? (October 21 is when I plan to go) -How much of Diagon Alley will be open? -How early should I plan to arrive before a Bill & Ted show? What are the odds of getting a selfie with them after the show? -How willing are the scare zone characters to take selfies? -I've heard about the conga line nature of the mazes, but how are the scare zone guest crowds? -Cheap food/booze recommendations? -How are the IOA crowds at this time? -I plan to do few mazes (Chance), mainly sticking to the scare zones, Bill & Ted, and rides
Sleep feels like a distant dream. A little pain never hurt anybody.
Parks: 21 Credits: 100 (20 wood/80 steel) Top Wood: Outlaw Run Top Steel: Millennium Force
^ -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.
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