disneyfan1313 wrote:The best way to sum up the differences between HoS and HHN is ...
HoS - All startles as scares with OK Makeup and Costumes with great looking sets in the houses (although the have the same ones each year).
HHN - Actually tries to *frighten* you and uses movie studio quality costumes, makeup and f/x and lighting.
HoS was a fun event that would be amazing if it was anywhere else in the country (except perhaps SoCal) where you would not compare it to HHN.
Well put. I really agree with this, Busch had cool scare zones that were longer than Universal's, and even had some "hidden" scare zones, but the overall theme just seemed to be startles. I really liked the themes of the houses at HOS, and they were really long (almost too long!). I didn't really care for the excess amounts of strobes though in almost every house, it really slowed up the lines. While most of the houses remain the same year after year, I was pretty impressed with the new one. The only house I really didn't care for was Freaked, though it was cool how there was more than one path to choose. Busch did a surprisingly good job considering they don't have all the makeup talent like Universal does.
I do give the nod to Universal though for its constantly changing houses, better scare feeling, and costuming. Also, their shows were far superior, and the lack of shaker cans is always a good thing. I don't think a zombie or a vampire would ever attack a person with a shaker can.
Big kudos to Robb and Elissa for setting up another wonderful weekend trip to Orlando. Every year gets better and better and I anxiously look forward to next year's Halloween season in Orlando. Now if only I could find some extra vacation days somewhere, like in the sofa cushions or something.