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Re: Universal Studios Hollywood (USH) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:38 pm
by KBrylczyk
Lucas The Drummer wrote:If i want to do all the maze, is an express pass necessary on a Thursday night? Specifically october 11th


If you get there right as they begin entry and head straight to the backlot then yes, you can pull it off without an express pass. But I'm talking get in the gate, walk as fast as you can through the park, get to the backlot, do those haunts, immediately pull a 180 and head towards the lower lot, do those haunts, then head to the upper lot and do those haunts. If you start up top you're gonna run into 90+ minute waits for anything in the lower lot and backlot.

Re: Universal Studios Hollywood (USH) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:48 am
by wrs28330
Halloween Horror Nights 2018 - Opening Day

Friday, September 14th marked the start of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood, and Theme Park Review was invited to Opening Night to face our fears! This year’s maze lineup includes: Stranger Things, Poltergeist, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Universal Monsters, Trick ‘r Treat, The First Purge, The Horrors of Blumhouse: Chapter Two, and the year round AMC’s The Walking Dead. In addition, horror fans can experience Terror Tram: Dreadtime Storiez Hosted by Hollywood Harry, five new scare zones, and the Jabbawockeez live show. Visit hollywood.halloweenhorrornights.com for event dates and ticket prices. We highly recommend the Universal Express Pass for single-night front-of-line access to ensure you get to experience all the event has to offer, as stand-by lines can reach up to 180 minutes. Let’s take a look at the event!

Re: Universal Studios Hollywood (USH) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 2:59 am
by Jew
KBrylczyk wrote:
Lucas The Drummer wrote:If i want to do all the maze, is an express pass necessary on a Thursday night? Specifically october 11th


If you get there right as they begin entry and head straight to the backlot then yes, you can pull it off without an express pass. But I'm talking get in the gate, walk as fast as you can through the park, get to the backlot, do those haunts, immediately pull a 180 and head towards the lower lot, do those haunts, then head to the upper lot and do those haunts. If you start up top you're gonna run into 90+ minute waits for anything in the lower lot and backlot.


Stranger Things was almost immediately at a 90 min wait as part of the early entry. Express Lines were 5-10 min all night.

Re: Universal Studios Hollywood (USH) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:17 pm
by prospekt88
I went to the park last week, a few days before the Halloween event started. It was a great time to go crowd wise. We got to the park at opening (10am) and were able to do everything including all three shows before 5:00. A few notes:

-Mummy was great but not as good as the one in Florida. Still my favorite ride at this park for sure tho.
-The screen overload is real here. I feel similarly about Florida, but it's even worse here. I mean going from Harry Potter, to the Kong/Fast and Furious on the tram, to Simpsons, to Transformers, to Minions, to Kung Fu Panda. I was completely sick of them by the end of the day and that hasn't happened to me at a park before. It doesn't help that one of their only physical set rides in Jurassic Park is closed. Hopefully the new one avoids the screen treatment but I doubt it will.
-The shows were great. Glad I got see Water World before it inevitably goes away, it was a fun show.
-15 bucks for a 16oz Duff Beer at Moe's Bar. I'm used to expensive beers at parks, sporting events, etc, but definitely was a little surprised when I got the receipt from the bartender. And all for a "microbrewed" version of Budweiser.

It was still a great time overall. Walk ons all day and despite what I said about screens I still really like the Harry Potter and Transformers rides. But not gonna be hurrying back any time soon unless they get a little more creative with their additions.

Re: Universal Studios Hollywood (USH) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 11:53 pm
by KBrylczyk
Hooooooooly crap, HHN is bad this year. Are you a fan of black, unthemed hall corridors? Then have I got the halloween event for you!

Seriously, more than half of the length of the haunts combined is black hallways with the occasional actor. I thought Universal was supposed to have a large budget for these things. Meanwhile non-park events are whoopin' their butt with the themeing and scares. The only thing HHN California has going for it at this point is name recognition. The actual event is a pure cash grab that is devoid of scares and themeing. Save your money and visit one of the MANY other SoCal haunts that put effort into their attractions. Dark Harbor, Knott's Scary Farm, Into The Black, Reign Of Terror, LA Haunted Hayride, literally any other LA haunt is more worth your time.

Re: Universal Studios Hollywood (USH) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:44 am
by Jew
-15 bucks for a 16oz Duff Beer at Moe's Bar. I'm used to expensive beers at parks, sporting events, etc, but definitely was a little surprised when I got the receipt from the bartender. And all for a "microbrewed" version of Budweiser.


All of the specialty beers at Universal parks (the Duffs and the stuff in the Potter lands) are actual microbrews from Florida Beer Company.

KBrylczyk wrote:Hooooooooly crap, HHN is bad this year. Are you a fan of black, unthemed hall corridors? Then have I got the halloween event for you!

Seriously, more than half of the length of the haunts combined is black hallways with the occasional actor. I thought Universal was supposed to have a large budget for these things. Meanwhile non-park events are whoopin' their butt with the themeing and scares. The only thing HHN California has going for it at this point is name recognition. The actual event is a pure cash grab that is devoid of scares and themeing. Save your money and visit one of the MANY other SoCal haunts that put effort into their attractions. Dark Harbor, Knott's Scary Farm, Into The Black, Reign Of Terror, LA Haunted Hayride, literally any other LA haunt is more worth your time.


You lost me at saying LA Haunted Hayride puts effort into their attraction. :lmao:

There definitely is a lot more dead spaces this year, and the scares are the same scares you have seen over and over again---but the set design is still top notch IMO. I describe HHN as bringing the Movies/TV shows to life with some scares while the others you listed are more in the traditional Haunted house mold.

Re: Universal Studios Hollywood (USH) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:57 am
by MagicMountainMan
I completely agree that this year's Horror Nights was surprisingly underwhelming. The black wall phenomenon is in full force. The "Universal scare" is also almost every single scare this year (loud noise, strobe, monster pops out), it's almost become a bad word. The end of pretty much every maze was a consortium of black walls and Universal scares. Even the big scenes in a lot of the mazes seemed unfinished this year, and that's usually something that Universal nails and nobody else competes with.

If you only have the time and/or money to do one big Halloween event this year I'd look away from HHN this time around. Between the crowds and the same stale offerings, HHN isn't as fun as it used to be in my opinion.

Re: Universal Studios Hollywood (USH) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2018 2:21 am
by Lucas The Drummer
had a couple more questions:

1) i know the express day/night pass sells out, but does the normal day/night pass usually sell out too?

2) I heard someone mention something about getting a wristband early with the day/night pass, then heading to the backlot early and being able to be there first or something along those lines. is that just with express or also with normal day/night?

Re: Universal Studios Hollywood (USH) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:12 am
by BlahBlahson
Damn, thanks for the Honest opinions on Universal HHN. I am planning a 30th birthday trip to California next year for Halloween-time, and was already kind of looking for a reason to not do HHN/USH. There's just...very little that we don't already have in Orlando there. And the house mazes in Orlando have upped the detail higher this year so any downgrade would be felt. I'm thinking Dark Harbour, Scary Farm, and SFMM Fright Fest(because I have season pass) would be the musts.

Re: Universal Studios Hollywood (USH) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2018 1:48 am
by Jew
Lucas The Drummer wrote:had a couple more questions:

1) i know the express day/night pass sells out, but does the normal day/night pass usually sell out too?

2) I heard someone mention something about getting a wristband early with the day/night pass, then heading to the backlot early and being able to be there first or something along those lines. is that just with express or also with normal day/night?


It is a pretty safe bet that Fridays & Saturday's will sell out of everything.

You can take advantage of early entry if you arrive before 6:00pm (it says 6:30 on the tickets, but you have to factor in the security checkpoint). Early entry begins at 5pm for the mazes on the lower lot at 5:30 for the mazes on the backlot.