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Universal's Halloween Horror Nights return to Hollywood

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Published: July 11, 2006 at 3:44 PM

Heck, summer's just started, but tickets are now on sale for Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights.

This year's dates are Sept. 29-30, Oct. 6-8, 11-15, 19-22, 26-29, and 31.

Tickets are $59.95 plus tax and can be bought online at www.halloweenhorrornights.com or over the phone by calling 877-284-GORY (4679).

And Halloween Horror Nights are coming back to Universal Studios Hollywood, too. Universal's website reports that the event will start on Friday, Oct. 13 and run the weekends through Halloween. No information yet on tickets.

Readers' Opinions

From Erik Yates on July 11, 2006 at 4:05 PM
Robert, is the rumor true that its going to be at just the Studios in Orlando this year?

Tickets arent up for sale just yet for Passholders, but there is a teaser site up for the Orlando park. Gives you a glimpse of whats to come, but not too much of a glimpse, yet.

From Robert Niles on July 11, 2006 at 4:25 PM
Got a call in on that. I suspect both parks, but we'll see.
From Randy Scott on July 12, 2006 at 3:10 PM
I hope it's better than last years attempt. See my post for HHN15. There is really no place for Universal to go but up for HHN.
From Erik Yates on July 12, 2006 at 3:17 PM
According to a lot more hard core HHN sites, it will be strictly at the Studios this year. The house names have been released and they are all names of old houses, "with entirely new concepts" says Universal. Whats the point in that? I do agree that the last few years havent been great, though last year was an improvement on the year before.
From Randy Scott on July 12, 2006 at 3:31 PM
Erik,

Last year was good for Bill and Ted and innovation. Bill and Ted's was the best we have seen. Well worth the price of admission alone. However, with the exception of Terror mines, the houses were lame. Just the same old rehash of previous houses and lack of imagination. Too many tickets sold and too many Black Die affair folks. Given the time and money that Universal had to invest in HHN15 we were less than impressed. Given the time and travel and money we spent to go to HHN we were sorely disappointed. I spent at least $200 for me and my oldest son to do HHN for one night. That was only the ticket and fast pass. Not a good deal for 5 hours of lame for two people. My wife and younger son went to City Walk for dinner and saw a movie for a fraction of that. They enjoyed the dinner and movie. Lucky them.

From Randy Scott on July 12, 2006 at 7:02 PM
Go to the official website and click on event details and then click on RIP Tours. This is last years Black Die Affair Tour. This is the event that ruins HHN. Not only does UO oversell tickets to capacity, they also run this extra special event for the "special" oblivians. Corporate types who would never come near HHN except for the fact that it is now a freebie offered by Mr. Fatcat for selling more widgets than the idiot in the the next cubicle.

These oblividiots are paraded throughout HHN led by a tour guide. Not just one array of losers but about 10 to 15 strands of 15 of them. They all wear black and have a glow necklace around their neck that matches the tour guides glow stick held high above on a stick so they don't get lost. For some reason they can't understand that they will follow the blue stick for the night. (Or whatever color). So they walk single file through the park (at capacity) knocking into everyone and making Scare Zones impossible to not only navigate but also impossible for the Scareactors in the zones to operate. Then you get to wait while they get head of the line access to the houses and then you wait to see Bill and Ted's only to see that they got all the good seats because they got priority seating. This while they sip mixed drinks and look down on you. All this time you are wondering why you paid $60 for a ticket and $25-30 for the Express pass + tax, when it cost them a $100 per person for the RIP Tour? Do the math.

Happy Freaking Halloween Horror Nights.

From Erik Yates on July 13, 2006 at 2:44 PM
Again, seems like a die hard complaning. But I spent just a fraction of that and had a great time. I loved the houses (except Cold Blind Terror) but hated the crowds. Teens alone in large groups, just not a good idea. I dont do the tours or the "black die affairs", or even buy Express.....there are better things to waste my money on, like alcohol! We are AP holders, so the cost was down. The Stay and Scream is a must. What else can I say? Sorry you had a bad time? Try Howl O Scream....last year was the best yet. HHN is at the studios, and hopefully only at the studios. Sure they could go and cram more people in at both parks, but I think they might have realized the mistake that was when they heard all the complaints.

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