How Does Howl-O-Scream Work
Busch Gardens Tampa:
How does Howl-O-Scream work. It is my first time going. Any tips? Are the rides running? How are the houses? Can you go on houses more than once? Please explain everything. This is my first Halloween event.
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From Tom Rigg
Posted October 7, 2011 at 9:35 AM
First off, if you haven't already either get a the quick queue or get their Fright Feast package. Fright feast gets you into the park at 5:30 and you have a dinner at 6:00 with a showing of Midnight Hour. You then get 30 mins in the park without any other guests from 7:00 to 7:30. Then you get an hour from 7:30 to 8:30 with front of the line access. Its 30.00 and includes all of that and a meal. If you don't do that, get the quick queue or unlimited quick queue which gets you front of the line access once to each house and select rides or unlimited access respectively. You will need one of the two to make it through every house and ride the rides.
Most of the coasters are open for the evening. I can't remember if Scorpion or Sand Serpent were when I went. Cheetah Hunt is awesome at night and you should get to it, but when we when there were times when the wait was up to 90 mins.
Try and get all of the houses in, but if you have to skip one I would say this year it is Nightshade's Toy Factory. But definitely hit up the other ones. They have one house that is an upcharge. It is called Alone and the maximum number of victims in the house at a time is 4. It costs 40 dollars but up to 4 people can enter with that price. You also have to make a reservation for it online. Unfortunately when I tried to make reservations for my group they were sold out, but that was last weekend. I know at least this Saturday is sold out too.
There are no specific scare zones. Just roving hordes of zombies: cheerleader zombies, chain gang of zombies, chemical mishap zombies...I actually wish there had of been more.
You made a good choice with Tampa. I actually think in some respects it was better than Halloween Horror Nights at Universal. While HHN is big on detail, the scares were bigger and more frequent at Howloscream BGT.
From Tom Rigg
Posted October 7, 2011 at 9:47 AM
Oh and you can go through the houses multiple times, but you have to wait in line if you don't buy the quick queue option. And some of the lines get pretty long. We waited for over 90 mins for one at the end of the night last Saturday.
I literally just got back from it today and had a blast (despite it raining the whole time). If you have someone (anyone) that has a pass, which can be the yearly passes or the buy one day and get the rest for free pass you can get in for cheaper. You also can get it anytime after 5pm when you print online. They give you a wristband & try to contain you in Timbuktu but we were allowed to wander everywhere. They had Gwazi, Sheikra, and Cheetah Run opened. The lines moved really really well for the houses. We waited at most 10 minutes. Mind you, this is while it is raining so everyone was going to the houses. The only house we didn't do was Alone. But that was only because we didn't want to shell out the $40 to do it.
We had an absolute blast...soaking wet & all. Personally I loved the Nevermore house. If you are 18 & up (21 & up even better) make a stop in Club Virus. It is kinda fun.
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