Opening night reports from Halloween events
Tonight's the opening night for several theme park Halloween events around the country, including the big one, Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights
Theme Park Insider reader Dominik Jost gave you a sneak peek at HHN 19 yesterday, with his report from the event's employee preview night.
Busch Gardens Tampa Howl-O-Scream hostess Ms. Vayne and her models. Photo courtesy Busch Gardens.
If you'll be at HHN this weekend, or Knott's Berry Farm's Halloween Haunt, or Busch Garden's Howl-O-Scream, or Disneyland's HalloweenTime, please let us know how it went, in the comments.
(I'll be at Disneyland early next week, filing a photo gallery and review of the new features for TPI then.)
I am off to Worlds of Fun's Halloween Haunt right now...will let you know with a quick post how it fares this year when I get back!
Update: it was like being at a dress rehearsal. Most everything was in place, but the performance was not quite as polished as the audience would like it to be. Still, had fun, and the stage is set for even more scares in the weekends ahead.
I will be going to my home park halloween event, Frightmare at Lagoon, today, though I am not sure anyone on here would care much for a smaller park. That is why I will take pictures and post a report tomorrow to show you the park that should make it on the park list! :D
HHN Quick Visit last night report.
I doubt I'll ever go to Universal's Halloween Nights again, even though I was truely impressed with the detail and haunted houses. It's just too crowded and the lines are just too long. When an event like this doesn't get started until after dark, there just aren't enough hours in the evening to enjoy yourself. It takes time just to walk from place to place, and when I was there, the lines where anywhere from 2 to 3 hours per house. It's frustrating. There's so much to see and do, but you can't do it. Time is just too much an enemy. You walk into the park, get in line, wait 2 to 3 hours and come out tired already and with only a few hours left before closing time. You won't even see most of the cool stuff bulit for the event.
I went to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Disney World's Magic Kingdom last night and had a wonderful time. All the attractions had very reasonable wait times (only waited between 5min to 15min max.) Got to the park at about 5pm and they were letting guests into the event even though it technically starts at 7pm. I was able to ride practically all the good rides before 8pm. The parade was cool, especially the floats dedicated to Pirates of the Caribbean(Captain Jack Sparrow ROCKS!) and the 2 floats for the Haunted Mansion. Also loved getting candy at the numerous trick-or-treat locations and the lighting/fog effects for the Haunted Mansion attraction were great. Very nice set up and reasonably priced. I definetly want to come back to this halloween party next year.
I visited BGW's HOS on Friday night as there was rain predicted, but it held off. The park was beautiful. Many of the scare zones have moved around a bit so it was good to see something different in some places. Got to go through a couple of mazes including the Cave of Darkness which was Corkscrew Hill. Very nice and a few scary moments. The train is just transportation this year, but it was a nice respite. Didn't get to see any shows, but hope to do that on the next run through.
went to HOS in tampa last night. was very good. the two show were grest get to them early they fill up very fast. also get there when it opens everything start at 7:30 and we got thru about 5 houses before everything to realy busy. The longest line was about 15-20 min.
Went to HOS at BGW tonight and they had 6 haunted mazes. Cavern of Darkness which is in Corkscrew Hill is probably the best one. Catacombs which is at the Royal Palace Theatre wasn't that great. The design was good as they made it look like you were going thru catacombs, but there was not enough scare actors in the maze. Bitten and the Hunted were okay with The Hunted being slightly better then Bitten, but that isn't saying much as the ones they had in this area last year were a lot better. Cursed was where they had Wicked Woods last year and was actually the second best maze and I liked it better then Wicked Woods. Revenge of Pompeii was about the same as what it has been the last few years, but that isn't bad. The scare zones weren't that scary.
DH, myself, and a friend did Howl-O-Scream last night. It was fun, but super busy. We only got through about 5 houses.
Sorry to hear that you only got through 1 house Gareth.
Went to HOS Tampa last night, pretty crowded and very hot. The Caberet Magic Show was good and so was the opening Vampire show at the entrance. Went to all the houses with the Front Line Access Pass. Our favorite was DED Pledge House it's not the scariest but the best themed. HOS is always a fun time but doesn't compare to HHN. I feel like the DED House was the closest to something HHN would do. If you need somewhere to eat before going to the park try out Tia's Tex Mex just down the street from the Busch turn. Really good food!
I went to Busch Garden Tampa's Howl-O-Scream event as well-- but my experience was much smaller due to time restrictions.
Just got back from HHN in Orlando and was quite disappointed. For all the hype in advertisements this just did not do anything for us. We went to all the attractions and was most disappointed in the Saw maze. The Bill and Ted show was the best part of the entire event. All the mazes were pretty much the same. Surprisingly we all found Busch Gardens event up in Virginia way better and more screams for the money.
You all must be doing something wrong. Did hhn friday night. Amazed. All eight houses and bill and ted done plus mummy and mib. Hos saturday did fright feast. Was able to eat see a show and do all seven houses and scare zones in an hour and a half. Fright feast is worth the twenty bucks. Did both sides of Gwazi dueling montu and left the park by eleven. Hhn was crowded but we did it all. I think i will write a survival guide on how to get through it quicker.
Just got back from cedar point with my wife for our 1 year anniversary. I have not seen the Halloween attractions from years past but I will be first to tell you we drove 9 hours in each direction and it was well worth it. 4 haunted houses, 5 walkthroughs. the best haunted house was happy jacks toy factory, very well themed, for ex: 1000 barbie dolls drilled on the wall naked, a stuffed animal room where they pop up from inside the dolls and tons of other scares I would not give away. The best attraction in my opinion was the terror island walkthrough, this walkthrough allows you to go onto millenium island and walk around the fog as pirates jump out and scare you. Great fun!
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