Halloween Horror Nights Red Carpet, Press and Fan Night was yesterday, September 12th. HHN officially opens today. There was a red carpet event out in front of Universal Cinema AMC. Many people associated with the movies and mazes walked the red carpet.
We had our own personal guide thru three mazes, House of 1000 Corpses, Stranger Things, and Ghostbusters. It was nice because for two of the mazes we were able to just walk right in. Especially Stranger Things which had a posted wait time of 200 minutes. Universal was packed, at least imo. I understand it's much worse during other nights of HHN. It seems that even with Universal Express, you'd have to really rush around to experience all the mazes. Personally, they get a little repetitive for me.
HHN, is just total sensory overload. Loud music here, chainsaw there, people everywhere, etc. etc. Just a crazy good time.
Anyway, on to some pictures. I honestly, don't know all these people I took pictures of on the red carpet. So, if you do, or I'm incorrect, please say so.
Eli Roth "Hostel"
Seth Green, Actor
Pete Wentz Singer, Fall Out Boy
Michael Dougherty Director, Godzilla: King of Monsters
Grant Cramer "Killer Klowns from Outer Space"
Our awesome guide, Joy!
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Mike240SX wrote:Wow...over 3 hours wait for a haunted walk-through. I sure as hell hope they sell skip-the-line passes like Cedar Fair's Fight Lane.
That's HHN's modus operandi. Either you spend $250+ for admission plus Universal Express, or you buy your admission and pray like hell you can get through all the haunts before 7:30pm when the lines are filled. It's the main reason I've avoided HHN in recent years. I can't justify spending the amounts they charge for one night when the haunts just aren't that good. Compared to Orlando, Hollywood is just a middle of the road haunt. Knott's Scary Farm is on the same level, if not better in many ways, and costs about half of what Universal charges. Knott's also gives unlimited Fright Lane access while Universal is one and done (unless you go for the even higher priced option).
SoCal has enough Halloween events that skipping HHN isn't a loss. Dark Harbor, Knott's, The Mist, Zombie Joe's, Reign Of Terror, and even Magic Mountain's Fright Fest are better, more economical options.
Which mazes are the most popular this year? I'm going late October and trying to determine which order I should hit them in. Obviously I'm gonna do Stranger Things as soon as possible, but what about the others?
^ Get in as early as possible, skip everything up top and get to the backlot, bang out those haunts, hit anything that's in the lower lot (skip rides for now), then head to the upper lot and hit those haunts. If you somehow manage to not wait 2+ hours for any haunts, then you can do the rides since they never have any lines during HHN.
Except for those staggered opening times they're doing this year. Makes things quite confusing, as some mazes open at 6, some 6:15, some 6:30, some 6:45, and the rest at 7... but there's (currently) no place to find that out except for asking a team member while there. It's a mess.
And I wouldn't say a lot of those other houses are necessarily better. They all have their own pluses and minuses.
Wasn't confusing for me. I started with the 2 mazes I knew would have the longest waits, Stranger Things and Ghostbusters, then finished up the Backlot area. Went up while everyone else was heading down, and found 20 minute waits for the upper lot mazes.
Alright, thanks for the info. I remember last year was a bit disappointing, with a lot of black hallways, and even better versions of the same mazes in Orlando. How is it looking this year, hopefully better?
Manic Monte wrote:Wasn't confusing for me. I started with the 2 mazes I knew would have the longest waits, Stranger Things and Ghostbusters, then finished up the Backlot area. Went up while everyone else was heading down, and found 20 minute waits for the upper lot mazes.
There are signs at the front gate that say which mazes are part of early entry.
But in case anyone missed it: it's the studio tour mazes (Us, Pandoras Box) and all the lower lot except Killer Klownz (Stranger Things, Ghostbusters, Creepshow, Frankstein/Wolfman).
I would recommend starting with the backlot mazes so you can get 3 mazes out of the way early on.
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