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Tournament semifinal: Universal Studios Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights vs. Universal Studios Florida's Halloween Horror Nights

Published: April 1, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Now we come to the inevitable battle in the 2011 Theme Park Insider Tournament. When I placed both of Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights in the field to determine America's best theme park event, I figured there was a strong chance that both the Orlando and Hollywood events would face off against each other. And pretty late in the game, too.

And so it is, today.

So as you are deciding between Universal Studios Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights and Universal Studios Florida's Halloween Horror Nights, please consider a few things: Which event is better executed, considering production quality and the entertainment experience? Which event provides the better value for the money you pay? Which one would you consider indispensable, should you be able to visit only one of the two ever again for the rest of your life?

Or, since we're talking Halloween events here: Which one scares the heck out of you more?

I'll concede that relatively few of you have experienced both events, so I understand that this might just reduce to a popularity contest. If you've been to both, please jump in with a comment evaluating to two relative to each other. And I hope that other readers will consider those comments. Let's put it to a vote:

Polls close at noon ET on Saturday. Get out the vote.

Replies (2)

Published: April 1, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Aww schucks, what a match up! I've only been to Hollywood's HHN but I know how massive and creative Orlando's has been. It will probably be a long while before Hollywood's HHN could take down big brother in Florida. USH has only been back for 5 years in comparison to the consecutive 20 at USO and the shear size of USO HHN pushes the envelope in their favor. Oh well, it's still a win for Universal. I like how USH is continually using the movie property tie-in. Hopefully Hollywood will use a different section or even expand on the backlot to bolster more votes in the future.

Published: April 1, 2011 at 10:16 PM

I live in CA but fly to Florida every year JUST to go to their Halloween event because it's bigger, better, more fun and their crowds are better managed. Don't get me wrong, I go to Hollywood's event too, but with the exclusion of last years phenomenal H1K maze Florida's usually wins by a long shot.

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