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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby teacherkim » Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:26 am

Ok, now that I've gotten over crabbing about the ticketing structure and the reports are going out....I'm getting pretty excited about our trip in a few weeks. So, seeking input from those of you that are veteran HHN attendees:

We have tickets for both a Sat and Sun night with express passes for both. I understand the stay and scream option but cannot say I'm thrilled about being stuck in one area when we could go out to city walk and/or back to the hotel for a little break. Also, would rather wait until it's full dark. My experience at Halloween events is that they kind of take on a silly, less than scary vibe in the daylight. Not a criticism to those that like it, just my opinion. We spent the money for two nights just so we wouldn't have to run around frantically to get all the mazes in and could relax and enjoy the atmosphere, have time for the shows, shop a little, do a few rides, etc etc.

Are we ok on getting it all in over two nights if we wait and show up an hour or so into the event or are we just shooting ourselves in the foot? I get that the express passes at this won't be 5 minute walk ups. I was kind of thinking we might do that on the first night and then depending on how much we got in, utilize stay and scream the second night. Any opinions? Or am I just overthinking the whole thing?

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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby jarmor » Tue Sep 10, 2019 1:26 pm

Wait and show up. You have express for both nights right? The houses I saw that had the longest waits (over the last 3 nights) were ghostbusters and Stranger Things. I would say you can wait until 8 to come in and still do all the houses with express pass. I had express and did all the houses before 11 each night and that wasn't even marathon-ing them.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby disneyfan1313 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:31 pm

teacherkim wrote:Ok, now that I've gotten over crabbing about the ticketing structure and the reports are going out....I'm getting pretty excited about our trip in a few weeks. So, seeking input from those of you that are veteran HHN attendees:

We have tickets for both a Sat and Sun night with express passes for both. I understand the stay and scream option but cannot say I'm thrilled about being stuck in one area when we could go out to city walk and/or back to the hotel for a little break. Also, would rather wait until it's full dark. My experience at Halloween events is that they kind of take on a silly, less than scary vibe in the daylight. Not a criticism to those that like it, just my opinion. We spent the money for two nights just so we wouldn't have to run around frantically to get all the mazes in and could relax and enjoy the atmosphere, have time for the shows, shop a little, do a few rides, etc etc.

Are we ok on getting it all in over two nights if we wait and show up an hour or so into the event or are we just shooting ourselves in the foot? I get that the express passes at this won't be 5 minute walk ups. I was kind of thinking we might do that on the first night and then depending on how much we got in, utilize stay and scream the second night. Any opinions? Or am I just overthinking the whole thing?


If you have express passes you will 100% be OK showing up a little later. Also, once it gets past midnight the waits start to drop pretty dramatically so it's a really good time to go through some houses a second time!
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby teacherkim » Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:46 pm

Thanks guys, that's pretty much what I figured. Figured the cost of express passes both nights would be worth the freedom it brings. My son watched Zombieland for the first time last night and totally loved it!

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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby Canobie Coaster » Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:40 pm

Since I'll be at Islands of Adventure in two weeks, I've been keeping an eye on Hagrid's queue. I think today may be a new low. It's already "At Capacity" 5 hours before closing. I know it always closes early, but that's stunning on a weekday.
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Postby jarmor » Mon Sep 16, 2019 2:15 pm

People have said even though the App states that, they were still letting people in the queue. It's a gamble and a risk I say.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:00 pm

We had a trip planned next month to go and ride it. We ended up buying Disney tickets instead after keeping an eye on queue times for a week or two. This is a cluster. :lol:
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby Canobie Coaster » Mon Sep 16, 2019 4:42 pm

jarmor wrote:People have said even though the App states that, they were still letting people in the queue. It's a gamble and a risk I say.


Unbelievable transparency. :wtf:

I know we're going to wait forever, but we're just getting in line around noon. We're not joining the masses in the morning since it always seems to have a delayed opening (unless the app lies then too) and now it could close as early as 3:30.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby teacherkim » Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:52 pm

Canobie, please let us know how it goes with the line. We will be there less than a week after you and while the main purpose of our trip is to do HHN for the first time, we certainly do want to get on Hagrid's as long as we are there. Trying to decide if we need to get up early which is not attractive with the late HHN nights or just get there when we get there and take our chances.

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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby Canobie Coaster » Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:53 pm

^ Will do. But from watching the app over the past week, it seems to have delayed openings in the morning. I'd hate to wake up early and go through all that hassle just to find it closed.
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