Universal HHN or Busch Gardens's HOS?Which one do you like better?
From Helena PolanskyI like universal's Halloween Horror Nights better. but, busch gardens is ok too.
Posted July 15, 2010 at 1:57 PM
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From Mike GallagherCare to elaborate, Helena? Any particular reasons?
Posted July 16, 2010 at 6:34 PM
I've not been to either, so I'd be interested to read about your experiences.
From Michael SmithBusch Gardens is ok, but the houses do not have the level of detail that Universal has. I'd say the overall street atmosphere is better at Busch, (most of Universal is too wide open; I loved the year HHN was at IOA) but there is no comparison with the houses. Plus.. i've only been to HOS two years, but the 2 yrs i went most of the houses and scare zones were exactly the same both years, with maybe only one new house and the park entrance area being different. Universal starts from scratch each year and when they do re-use things it's usually changed enough to make it new to you.
Posted July 17, 2010 at 6:09 AM
From Domenik JostI'd personally choose Universal's HHN because I enjoy the detail they put into their houses and scare zones. Universal's amount of detail I always compare to movie sets. This year will be my first year at Busch Gardens but from what I've heard BG relies on the enthusiasm of the actors where as Universal puts their effort into the themes and has decent actors to go along in the themes and characters. BG from what I could tell from observing different horror fan sites and hearing from friends they re-use the same houses year after year and build on them adding things each year and every so often recycling one house completely like this year DED (I think that's what it was called) won't be back and will be replaced by a whole new house. BG is starting to build it's reputation and is getting close to HHN but the comparisons are subjective. Some people say the scares are better at BG where as the atmosphere is better at HHN. It all depends on what your fears are and how easily or not you get scared.
Posted July 19, 2010 at 10:08 PM
Both events are two of the nations best halloween events and are worthy of visiting. I'll be going to both events and reviewing them.
From Jennifer BodifordI've never been to Busch Gardens But I have been to universals Halloween horror night. I go To HHN every year And I love it. The bill and Ted's show is amazing That's the main reason why I go. It would be nice if Universal had more scare zones throughout their park And more decorating throughout the park. Inside the houses are very well decorated and theme to the house. And The characters are really good at what they do. It's just a shame that it costs so much to get In to. lines are so so Long to get into the Houses. Sometimes three hours long. I look forward to going this year and many years after.
Posted April 5, 2011 at 8:59 AM
From Colton McLaughlinHHN was one of the best experiences of my life; it really captures the feeling of the romanticized, horror movie Halloween. You can go with your friends and "explore" haunted houses or old ruins and really feel like you're doing it; it doesn't feel like you're in a darkened building with a set but more like you're actually in a real haunted house. It is true that the scareactors are generally better at HOS, but I find HHN a scarier and more enjoyable event.
Posted April 5, 2011 at 1:38 PM
From Carrie HoodPersonally, I prefer HHN. I never found Halloscream to be in the same league as Universal. They have less houses, longer lines, higher prices and less scarezones. It also always seemed to me that Halloscream's actors never had the passion for scaring that the HHN people do, I haven't returned to Halloscream in three years so I can't comment if they have changed but that has been my own personal experience.
Posted April 6, 2011 at 12:25 PM
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