On that note, Universal has set the bar and few seem to be trying to change it. Every year, it seems that Universal and its Halloween competitors are content with having scare zones, mazes/houses, and a couple of live shows. Don't get me wrong - I'm sure it's a great time and I haven't had the pleasure of experiencing any events. Still, I feel like there should be something... different. Something new. After all, this is the company that just released an incredibly detailed Harry Potter land and plans to release several other cool, innovative attractions in future years. Every year should have one new creative, innovative concept. Say, for instance, a horror-themed feast, or a haunted boat ride, or something of the like. Maybe zombie paintball, or a make-your-own horror movie scene. Something to set the bar even higher. Alone is a step in the right direction.
I'm not complaining. Halloween Horror Nights looks amazing and I wish I could attend. I just find it strange that the formula has sunk in and stuck - mazes, scare zones, and live shows. Maybe it's because Universal is miles ahead of the Halloween competition, rendering innovative thinking pointless.
Im hitting both events this year back to bloody back, and im super psyched. i just went through the howl-o-scream website and it looks like they are stepping it up this year. i havent been to howl in like three years so im really looking foward to what they have in store.
Alone sounds like the best damn idea for a haunt event i have ever heard. the thought of four or less people in a house by themselves is insane. I also really like the price point, i think its just high enough to scare away all but the true haunted house junkies such as myself. I have to do alone, if not i wont be able to live with myself.
horror nights is going to give us the details on thurs. so we will see what they have up their sleeve. In the last 7 years i've attended, nothing has come close to carnival of carnage, reflections of fear and ripped from the silver screen were ok but not quite there. i expect alot for the 20th anniversary. Im hoping that universal doesn't let me down.
Im also going to Halloscream and the "Alone" concept seems really cool but not in my price range :(
I have already penciled in going to the Universal Orlando haunt. Is it going to be worth the drive and money to go to the Busch Gardens haunt as well?
I have been to terrible haunts and wouldn't want to waste the time and money unless both of them were extremely good. Go to both? Neither? One or the other?
Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated.
OooOo, I HATE the idea of an additional cost-- and even the winning of a free shirt doesn't catch me-- all i have to do is step onto USF campus and the HOS marketers will throw a free shirt at you. But MAN!!! I LOVE the idea of an "alone" house.
I remember watching Halloween event specials around the country (my addiction: Travel Channel) and other "smaller" areas use that idea. Seems creeepily awesome. What if I have to go to the bathroom and I'm lost? AHHHHHHH THRICE the fear!!!
Joshua-- HOS kinda does a horror feast (extra of course) and it's an all-you-can-eat buffet that also allows 30 xtra mins in the park along with a preview of one of the shows. I think HHN used to do that as well. Worth it? hmmmmm.
Domenik-- hopefully i'll run into your scary travels.
KD is getting the Fangs show this year, we travelled twice to Dorney Park last year to see that show, so I'm hoping even if we get jobs at KD we'll get a chance to see the show.
Other than that, it looks like just a couple of tweaks to their mazes from last year. And Dorney park looks almost the same, except one changed maze regarding a haunted mansion that has people buzzing. And their show is a twist on the Fangs show.
I'm not sure if I'm going to get to do a lot of halloween haunted walkthroughs this year, if we get jobs at the KD haunt.
Didn't look like Busch Gardens -- Williamsburg has their Halloween haunt activated yet, their page still says it's under destruction.