Universal's Halloween Horror Nights - The First Review

Universal Orlando: Halloween season is upon us! Let the reviews begin. We'll start with this detailed run-down of what's up at Universal Orlando's Islands of Fear.

From HHN Insider
Posted October 3, 2002 at 11:04 AM
Halloween Horror Nights: Islands of Fear...

This will be a straight-forward review. Also, keep in mind... I didn't make it to the Sindbad show, also, the rides were not operating. That said, here's the specs...

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Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure 2002
RATING (out of 10): 7.5 RUNNING TIME: 38 minutes (!)

- Let me just say, Fans of the old show at West Theatre... prepare to be.. overwhelmed. Let me explain. This is not like any Bill & Ted show you've seen before. It has an amazingly fresh new feel to it. I have to give credit to Micheal Roddy. It doesn't have the feel of his past 3 shows. It seriously feels completely different. Enough of that. Many jokes work, some don't. Some great lookalikes or great soundalikes. I.E. - Dr. Evil, perfect soundalike. Simon (American Idol), perfect lookalike. Finally, congrats to a little boy named Hector on his great video work for the egg screen.

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Fear Factor
RATING (out of 10): 5 TIME TO GET THROUGH: 6 mins

- If you didn't like Pitch Black, you won't like this one. It's a sensory experience. A couple scares here and there, but all in all, not too great. You will get lost very easily though. It's very tricky. I was following a guy who obviously knew where he was going. That's how I got through in 6 minutes.

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ScreamHouse
RATING (out of 10): 9 TIME TO GET THROUGH: 10 mins

- Want a great house? Go no further. A fantastic house. Great theming and a good length. Some really gross stuff too. PERFECT. I won't go into too much detail, I don't want to spoil any surprises. Also, featuring a cameo by the RAT GIRL.

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Maximum Carnage
RATING (out of 10): 7 TIME TO GET THROUGH: 4 mins 30 sec

- A really neat house. My only complaint is that is could've used more SCAREactors. A lot of places for them to hide though. And, great make-up. P.S. - You MAY get wet. Need I say more? Seriously, I don't know what else to say.

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Scary Tales II
RATING (out of 10): 5.5 TIME TO GET THROUGH: 4 mins

- Um... I guess compared to last year's Mega-House SCARY TALES, it fails in comparison. It seems like they A) didn't try hard enough or B) didn't know what to do with the space. However, this is where I have to applaud the Scream Team on that house. They made the house better than it could've been. It lacks.

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Project: Evilution
RATING (out of 10): 7.5 TIME TO GET THROUGH: 4.5 mins

- A cool house. It proves that theming truly makes a house. They took a blase area like Trike Encounter, and themed it beautifully. Great scares, especially with the DinoPeople. Look out, they come from dark spaces. Oh, once again. You MAY get wet.

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MISC. RATINGS

Best House: ScreamHouse
Scariest House: ScreamHouse
Best Theming: Island Under Siege, Treaks and Foons
Best Scareactors: Treaks and Foons

OVERALL RATING (out of 10): 7.5

From G. J.
Posted October 3, 2002 at 11:54 AM
Thanks for the review. Can you compare HHN at IOA with past HHN events? Which did you prefer?

Thanks again,

jb

From HHN Insider
Posted October 3, 2002 at 12:45 PM
Hmm... I'll have to get back to you as to which I prefer. Both parks have their good sides and bad. Where at USF, you had 5 houses in 3 locations... Here, you have 5 houses nicely spread throughout the park. However, crowd control will be scary (not in the spooky way) at IOA. It's still a fun, fun time. Be sure to head down to IOA.

From G. J.
Posted October 3, 2002 at 1:46 PM
I'm going Insider, wouldn't miss it. I am not sure what to expect re: crowds either. On the one hand there will be some very good rides open that should draw some of the crowd away from the Houses and Scare Zones and along with the carefully spaced houses may help to spread people out. One the other hand there is no parade to draw crowds away from the houses/mazes. As much as I will miss the parade I think this may be a blessing in disguise as it seemed to bring the worst out of many of the guests. I certainly will not miss the rowdy mobs fighting for beads and candy.

Thanks again for the preview, I'll be there on the 23rd and 26th!!!

jb

From matt hiers
Posted October 3, 2002 at 1:50 PM
Do you think USF will be empty during halloween since most will attend IOA's halloween nights

From UO Guy
Posted October 3, 2002 at 2:40 PM
My tip for HHN is go counter clockwise throughout the islands.... that way u hit screamhouse first and then on to Island of evil souls and so on.... i did this last night and i didnt encounter a line until i got to scary tales... of course there was only around 8000 people. saturday its gonna be more like 35,000 people so things may be different. another tip... if ur in line for bill and teds [yes there is a line] if u havent gotten into the stadium or even near it by the time you start hearing "im coming out" turn around and goto the next show becuase u most likely wont get into the theater and the show at that point has already begun. if ya want any more info just ask!

From matt mat
Posted October 3, 2002 at 5:42 PM
Hey, IOA only holds about 13,000 people so it won't be to bad I dont think. And not as many people showed up last night either so i dont know how bad it will be... At least that is what I am told.

From UO Guy
Posted October 3, 2002 at 5:50 PM
well according to the supervisors friday night is quickly selling out and saturday night is basically sold out, and im sure ioa can hold more than 13,000 people

From matt hiers
Posted October 3, 2002 at 5:55 PM
no, see the question i was asing was ....do you think that universal studios will be alot less crowded since most people will be at IOA during halloween?

From matt hiers
Posted October 3, 2002 at 5:59 PM
and also...is there anything going on at USF for halloween? or is it all at IOA?

From UO Guy
Posted October 3, 2002 at 6:04 PM
well USF is only open til 6 i believe and lately there has been hardly anyone there

From Poxy Von Sinister
Posted October 3, 2002 at 8:13 PM
That Bill and Ted running time will be cut considerably by opening night. The show has NEVER run as long during the actual run as it does during the employee preview.

From Poxy Von Sinister
Posted October 3, 2002 at 8:14 PM
And IOA can hold a LOT more than 13000 people -- projections for the weekend are already up around 25000 for HHN.

From Reid Loveland
Posted October 4, 2002 at 7:48 AM
I guess the Sinbad show has also been themed toward HHN's?

From Kevin Baxter
Posted October 4, 2002 at 1:00 PM
If IOA only held 13K, its yearly total would be in the 4 million range. It hit 6M its first full year. Factor in the slow months and IOA probably holds AT LEAST three times that amount. And that's without super-long lines.

From matt mat
Posted October 4, 2002 at 1:20 PM
I was just told that IOA can only hold 13,000 and yeah i am probably wrong sorry.
matt

From Coaster Fan
Posted October 4, 2002 at 2:28 PM
IOA holds 25000 Max. I would suggest staying away on those peak nights.

From Mr. UO
Posted October 4, 2002 at 5:14 PM
IOA can actually hold up to ~35000, plus they have the Sound Stage open in the production lot that can add about 1000.

From JUSTIN ST. MARIE
Posted October 4, 2002 at 6:30 PM
I heard on busy days IOA can hold up to 40,000 people. If Magic Kingdom can hold up to 65,000 people on a busy day then IOA can probably do the same thing.

From HHN Insider
Posted October 4, 2002 at 8:32 PM
Having gone tonight... I would like to make a quick update.

Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure 2002
RATING (out of 10): 8

They tweaked the ending, and is a heck of a lot better...

thanks,
HHN Insider

From Angela Pugliese
Posted October 6, 2002 at 7:18 AM
hey everyone~! wow, last night was AWESOME~! all of ya'll workin
there did a great job...ok here is what i thought about everything...

port of evil- awesome here, got scared by a lot of creepy ass lookin
people...i met the caretaker and his uh wife i guess thats what she
was...hes a cool guy, lol...love the effect of all the fog and
torture devices

island under seige- very cool...i wasnt expecting all those people
walkin around with the huge water guns, got wet like 3 times...
maximum carnage- awesome, very, very scary, this was the first house
we did, i loved all the glow in the dark stuff, and it was cool how
the very last part of the house was outside...

treaks and foons- soo fun, the foam in the streets was an awesome
thing to do...and the clown guys running around in there were so
cool, i had fun with those guys, hehe ( about the background music
running through treaks and foons...what the hell was with the farting
and burping noises? did anyone else notice this..it was funny though)
bill and teds- awesome, the best one yet, very good
scary tales II- very very scary, i loved this one~! although i liked
the one from last year better...but still it was greatly put together

jurrasic park extinction- awesome street scares here, i must have
gotten attacked like 20 times...
fear factor- very black in there, hehe, but still very good
project eviloution- extremely awesome, this house was soo good...i
love how half is inside and half is outside


island of evil souls- good street scares here as well...i thought
studio 666 was gunna be much better, it sucked...=(

boo-ville- it was really cool here, it was actually really creepy
with no scaractors at all, just with fog, and ultra-violet lighting,
it had an awesome atmosphere...
scream house- wow, just let me say, excellent...the scariest and most
disgusting house there...there was so much work put in here, it was
incredible..but i did feel a little sick at times, i mean acouple of
those rooms were really, really gross...but awesome scares

all in all guys, this years event is by far the coolest, it was
packed last night, i had soo much fun, im going back the 26th...i
rate it a 10...good job everyone~!!
~angie~

From Anonymous
Posted October 6, 2002 at 11:24 AM
Let me just say...WOW! We went to HHN last night and the crowd was the absolutely worst that I have experienced in the past 7 HHN that I have gone to. An employee said that there was 36,000 people there. We shuffled our way from one island to the next and had the hardest time getting off of the rides because of the massive crowds trying to get on. If it wasn't for our annual passes and getting in at 5:30, I don't think that we might have been able to ride the rides as much as we did. We got to IOA as least every 3-4 months and no matter the time of the year, I don't think we have ever seen the streets so packed. Keep in mind, I am saying all this because supposedly last night was a "non-peak" night. We didn't bother with the haunted houses because the wait was 90+ minutes and the one we did, Fear Factor, was beyond terrible. We have been spoiled in the past, so if this is your first, you might not think it is so bad.

From Anonymous
Posted October 6, 2002 at 5:15 PM
Do not waste your time and money on this awful experience. I will not be surprised if trampling deaths occur over the next month. This park is NOT laid out or prepared to handle this kind of crowd. You can't get to all the islands because of the bottlenecking in between each one, and I'd still be there if we hadn't trampled through the bushes. The characters are lame, the rides were not scary at all--all THREE that I could get to during five hours. I know to expect lines and crowds at theme parks, but this was the WORST you can imagine.

From Anonymous
Posted October 6, 2002 at 5:45 PM
I third! I haven't been to HHN since '00, and I remember it being busy but last night was horrific! 35,000 people seemed like an underestimation - there were times when the crowds just didn't move because there was no place to space out. I didn't even make it into ANY of the haunted houses because of the 90 - 120 (yes, 120) minute waits. A friend of mine went into Maximum Extreme and said that there were hardly any scareactors in there. I only got on to Spiderman and The Hulk and then they closed the coaster at 11:00 to the public so that it could be used exclusively for city employees! I was also disappointed by the lack of scareactors around the park - by all the commercials, I thought there would be tons more (there are no safe zones? Try Dr. Seuss Land or the slippery freaky foam (lawsuit anyone?) island - no ghouls to be found). Although, I did get startled a couple of times by Jurassic park (the only place where they could be cleverly disguised).

Bill and Ted's "Halloween" adventure had nothing to do with Halloween even though it wasn't a bad show - alot of the actors were carbon copies of the real ones.

But, by the time we left (midnight early birds), we weren't the only ones - most people were as grumpy as we were. And lastly, too much fog...couldn't see where we were going half the time - but fortunately we were sandwiched in between 35,000 people to guide the way. They need to cap the people - it just wasn't scary.

From
Posted October 6, 2002 at 6:27 PM
I'm going oct 11 and 12 and can someone tell me what the difference is between peak and non-peak nights??

From Joe Llorens
Posted October 6, 2002 at 8:27 PM
I couldn't agree more with the last few posts. I just got back from spending the weekend there and was horribly dissapointed by my HHN experience. This was the fourth year in a row I've attended, so I have some basis for comparison.

I have to agree that, on paper, sending HHN to Islands of Adventure seemed like an excellent idea. It would definitely give the park an attendance boost and because of the five different islands, the theming didn't have to be limited to one thing. However, there's a big difference between what looks good on paper and what's actually executed well. I found that there were hardly any scareactors walking around. And with the exception of Jurassic Park, the ones who were out and about didn't seem to be very into their job. The ridiculously long lines sapped me and my party's energy and it would take us until half-way through the haunted house to get hyped up again. Also the park was so congested with people that we all felt somewhat claustrophobic, and we were a party of 12!

(Little side note; not terribly important, but it bugged me. We were waiting to enter the amphitheatre for the Bill & Ted show and we saw a couple of employees speaking to the people at the very front. They made a pretty big show out of opening the ropes to let people in... only to stop them before the next flight of stairs. Then they waited another ten minutes before letting us actually enter. Terrifyingly frustrating.)

And while we're on the subject of Bill & Ted, it seemed like they just grabbed as many pop icons of the past year as they could and jsut threw them all together on stage. There was no rhyme or reason to what was going on. I know that's the general idea for this show, but I remember last year's show at least making some sense. And the stripper playing Serleena wasn't exactly subtle as far as clueing us into what her day job is. I guess I'd have to say that the Bill & Ted show was a microcosm of our entire night; some fun moments, but overall it felt dragged out and confusing.

When we finally did get into the haunted houses, though, it did pick up. But at least two hours would pass between each house. The walkways were terribly cramped and there was very little mobility. You can still go and have fun, at least if you're expectations are kind of low. Hitting all five houses will be a challenge, you'll really have to hustle.

(Last side note; we stayed at the Royal Pacific Resort and it was incredibly enjoyable. The service was superb, except for our waiter at the breakfast buffet who pulled a couple of dissappearing acts on us. A beautiful resort placed a stone's throw from Margaritaville, nothing wrong with that. And there are few places that produce more fun than Pat O'Brien's with a rowdy crowd by the dueling pianos.)

Despite all the negative things I've written about HHN, I still had a good time (threw in a visit to IOA during the day, of course) Theme parks are like pizza, even when it's bad, it's still pretty good. So if you're planning on going, I certainly wish you have a good trip and more fun than I did.

From Kevin Baxter
Posted October 6, 2002 at 11:45 PM
Well, if Universal gets lots of complaints maybe they will just give in and send it back to USF for good. Or they will have it on more weeknights. They should probably set a minimum number of tickets to sell also. That number is horrendous, especially considering all the rides and restaurants aren't open to spread everyone out more. I'm glad we are waiting until next year to try this out.

From Reid Loveland
Posted October 7, 2002 at 4:57 AM
Good luck on Universal capping the number of people it lets in for HHN's. A friend of mine works in guest relations and tells me they really don't care how many people go in. So it looks like the management's mentality is "As long as they keep paying we don't care how many we stuff in there." It will only be a matter of time before there's a major accident there. I would hate to be there if an emergency situation arose and the park had to be emptied.

From Anonymous
Posted October 7, 2002 at 8:40 AM
I've been to every HHN and even I was amazed by the massive bottlenecks that occurred. BTW, Hi RC - it's Greg. The problem with there being so few scares has to do directly with the large number of people there. When you have a big mass of people, only a small percentage of any of those people are going to get the scare. I hadn't been on a Saturday in quite a while, and am glad that I have the Fear Pass because the rest of the time I'll be going on non-peaks. Our small crew got on 4 houses (no Fear Factor-didn't care), saw B&T, ate dinner, and played in the foam several times all within 5 1/2 hours. We don't do the rides, what are you people going to HHN for anyway - rides that are always there or houses that aren't? That's my 2 cents on the event, it has some room for improvement, but I had a fun time regardless and look forward to my next trip on the 13th.

-Greg

From Reid Loveland
Posted October 7, 2002 at 9:26 AM
Hey Greg. Thanks for your post of HHN's. Which rides, if any are open? And they don't "change" their rides like Knott's and some other scare-fests do?

From Anonymous
Posted October 7, 2002 at 2:10 PM
I went on Saturday night and talked to one of their employees about the size of the crowds. He said that that the best way to do Halloween Horror Nights is to NOT go on any of the Saturdays and instead visit on one of the Thursdays, Sundays or even Fridays. The attendance is much lower, so the lines won't be as long. He sold me on the Frequent Fear Pass which is a new kind ticket that I think they're only offering inside the park. It allows you to come back to their Halloween event as many times as you want every Sunday-Thursday night (11 nights total). My girlfriend and I paid $20 each for it and we're planning to go back this Thursday night to check it out again and see the houses we missed and the Bill and Ted show. Stay tuned..

From Anonymous
Posted October 7, 2002 at 5:20 PM
i also went on the 5th and there were sooo many people there. i waited 2 hours for fear factor and it sucked. i think scream house was the best house there. i agree with every1 else, there should be a limit to tickets. overall i had a good time.

From Anonymous
Posted October 7, 2002 at 5:23 PM
the 5th was really packed. i think that the hhn at usf was a lot better. i also wanna give a shout out to brian, stacie,chasity,and jj. ROBINSON!!!!

From Anonymous
Posted October 8, 2002 at 7:27 AM
as a scare-actor working in port of evil i really do feel peoples pain, but remember dont take it out on us 7.15 an hour employees, i bust my tail being the 1st and last scare you may get. but even i know dont go on peak nights, saturday night was a zoo.they are still working out some kinks so dont give up on it yet if yhe whole thing frustrated you

From Anonymous
Posted October 8, 2002 at 10:13 AM
somewhere around 33000 was the attendance last weekend and the estimates for the end of the month are 50000. Good luck with waiting in line then.

From Anonymous
Posted October 8, 2002 at 10:57 AM
I have never been to HHR. I have already purchased my ticket for Friday 10/11 and I am really excited. What else is really good besides the 5 houses and Bill and Ted show? I would really appreciate it if someone could tell me what else IOA has to offer for a scare?

From Anonymous
Posted October 8, 2002 at 11:04 AM
Hey, all you guys who are giving the negative things about HHN, remember that you all went on the OPENING weekend, of course it's going to be packed. I'm going sometime next week on an off-peak date, and I can't wait. And of course its going to be a little rusty on the opening weekend because its , uh, the opening weekend. Give them a chance to work it out!

From HHN Insider
Posted October 8, 2002 at 12:25 PM
I know, it's a bad marketing ploy... but, TRUST ME, it's worth it.

---The CARETAKER's EXPRESS Pass---

You get tickets for Front Of Line Access to:

HAUNTED HOUSES
-ScreamHouse
-Scary Tales II
-Project: Evilution
-MaXimum Carnage
-Fear Factor

RIDES AND SHOWS
-The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man
-Incredible HULK Coaster
-Doctor Doom's FEARFALL
-StormForce Accelatron
-Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls
-Popeye & Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges
-Jurassic Park River Adventure
-Flying Unicorn
-Dueling Dragons
-The NEW Poseidon's Fury
-The Eighth Voyage of Sindbad
-The Cat in the Hat
-Caro-Seuss-el
-One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

AND...
Priority Seating to the FIRST Performance of

-Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure 2002

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It was worth the price that I paid for it, because in a crowd of 32,000 people, I didn't have to wait in one single line. I was able to do everything I wanted in those 7 hours...

For more information, talk to someone at Vacation Services or someone in the front Admissions kiosks.

ENJOY... It's worth it.

From Anonymous
Posted October 8, 2002 at 3:26 PM
Hey ya'll. Well i do agree with the annonymous person up there. You all went on the OPENING WEEKEND. U know how many people are going to be jammed into there? I am going on a peak night, but its no big deal. You should expect waits of up to an hour. Its the same as everywhere else. They did an awesome job the past years i have been and i am excited. You all need to calm down. Crowds are a big deal. Be patient. Im sure everyone is sayin the same thing about you.
IOA at HHN is awesome no matter what. Give it more credit!!

From Anonymous
Posted October 9, 2002 at 12:01 PM
Halloween horror Nights at Islands of Adventure was awesome! The haunted houses were great, and scream house was the best there. fear factor sucked so bad that when i waited in the two hour line i wanted to shoot myself. So, if ur going and the line for fear factor is more than ten minutes, DO NOT WAIT; it is a waste of ur time and ur life. I would like to give a shout out to Ronnie and Brian. My overall opinion about HHN was that it was scary and cool and you should go, but don't do FEAR FACTOR because it sucks ASS!!!

From Anonymous
Posted October 10, 2002 at 5:30 AM
Well folks My wife and I travelled from the UK for HHN and the verdict "poor" the Cousins with their chainsaws had no impact, the fog far to much, the Bill and Ted show ???? what was that all about the sound was dreadfull the content was weak. Having been to HHN in USF We would much rather have the parade and live Music show + BIll and Ted back in the wild west arena.
But we still Love Orlando
Cheers Guys
Maria and Chris (Hertfordshire UK)

From Anonymous
Posted October 10, 2002 at 6:34 AM
Take my advice and go early in the evening if you plan to attend on Friday and Saturday nights, (peak nights, duh...). Otherwise it is simply too busy and crazy with impatient, bitchy people, (like some who have commented previously). And if you are fussing about lines, remember this is a theme park. Buy a beer, hug your honey and bond till its your turn!

From Anonymous
Posted October 10, 2002 at 11:24 AM
Hi everyone. I´m writting from Panama City (Central America). First of all, let me say that i´m a huge fan on HHN. I´ve been to al least 3 anual events through all these years, and i´ve had a lot of fun. I´ve been reading most of the comments you´ve posted, and I´m a little worried. See, i´ve just bought my HHN ticket for Thu, Oct 31, and í´m very excited (maybe because i´m not as experienced as you guys); but, after reading all these comments, i´m starting to feel a little "dissapointed" though.
I need your advice; should I, or shouldn´t i go to HHN this year?. Don´t forget that i´ve to spend a lot of money (since i´ve to get an airplane ticket+hotel)(Regarding the HHN ticket, i can sell it to someone else...)........so i´m expecting your comments about this.
If you think that it´s a good idea to go to HHN, please give me your advice on something else: Which is the best place to have dinner within the park in HHN ?

Thank you in advance for all your kind comments.

Regards

CF

From Anonymous
Posted October 10, 2002 at 12:28 PM
yes the first week is hectic and they are still working out some bugs, but dont change your trip you will enjoy it, its got some great ideas and the park itself is a blast, halloween night, im not sure if itll be really crowded or not but its worth the trip...if i know your coming ill bust my tail to scare you.

From Anonymous
Posted October 10, 2002 at 2:30 PM
is there express on the haunted houses for hotel guests?

From UO Guy
Posted October 10, 2002 at 3:32 PM
no, express is only for those who either purchase the booklets, or have a special vip pass, such as the caretakers express or a private vip party, there are a few other types of express valid on HHN but likely u will not encounter them. So sorry your hotel key isnt gonna do you any good at HHN. the booklets however are probably worth your money on a peak night

From Anonymous
Posted October 10, 2002 at 10:01 PM
Hey people,
As an employee, HHN is a good experience and by all means go see it! But please remember, the commericals did there job VERY WELL and LOTS of people will be coming to see it. Saturdays will be the busiest nights then Friday. Off nights are a must if you hate crowds. The Hulk coaster on Marevl Is. and Dueling Dragons coaster in Lost Continent MUST close early because of the 'hoods that surround Universal. If you wanna ride it, do it early! UO employees are very understanding of the crowds and are willing to help you out if we can. My advice, Do the ride durning the daytime. The crowds are very light this time of year so you shouldn't have any problems. If you do have problems during your visit, eMail universalorlando.com and they will do what they can to resolve any issues. But, more then anything, try to have FUN! That's why were here.

From Anonymous
Posted October 11, 2002 at 9:43 AM
Went last night - Thursday 10/10. The park was not that full - an employee told me 11,000 people were there. Well, here's my review:

POE - Cool video screen with Caretaker image to walk through - not very scary though.

POE Torture area - this was very cool, executioners, bloody victims, The caretaker conducting the torture - great mood setter.

Seuss island - sucked (transition area)

Scream house was excellent - very creepy and disgusting.

Lost continent - had some cool charcters - orcs and skull people - they lurked around a lot - didn't jump out and scare enough. What's the deal with the Devil guards on the bridges. They stand there and pose, are they there for a reason.

Liked all the flame effects - Studio 666 waste of time - Lights and party music - nobody dancing - music was crap

Jurassic Park was awesome - Dark & foggy, lots of dino creatures and chainsaws with startling scares from the bushes - Evilution house also rocked - This is the best thuing that happened to Triceratops encounter. Too bad it's not dark enough in the daytime to run this permanently there.

Fear Factor - what the hell?? I had expectations of it being completely gross like the TV show and how the video sets you up in the Q-line. It was basically a dark - feel your way through. Also - what the hell was up with those employees with flashlights inside every 20 feet telling you which way to go - totally annoying - the purpose of a maze is to find your own way through - spoiled my already rotten time in this house.

Scary tales 2 - The scares were cool, especially the bridge area at the end. Again the employees with flashlights directing traffic inside, standing right next to a creature trying to scare you - spoiled the effct. And can I say hot, hot, hot - get some air conditioning for this sauna

Loved the Toon Area with the UV lighting, foam ,lasers and the most wackiest fat characters I've seen.

Bill & Ted - huh?? Not the best work they've done. Couldn't hear half of the dialogue, except for the voice over parts, Bill & Ted were not in it very much, Didn't understand what was going on - Just throw together Pop Icons and wish for something to happen??? Dr. Evil and Ozzy Osbourne were the only redeeming factor of that show - Finale Music and pyro ending was also very lackluster compared to previous years.

Marvel Island - I liked this area alot with all the villains taking over - Flame thrower dude on top of the Kiosk was cool - Broken police vehicles - great themeing.

Maximum Carnage - another cool house - Villains come from all over the place in this maze - through walls, from the ceiling. My only complaints here, was it wsa too foggy in areas and again the employees with flashlights in the first section telling you where to go. They must be trying to get as many people through as quickly as possible to get some quota. This totally takes away from the experience.

My other overall note is that too many stores had there lights all on. You saw some scares coming a mile away, not enough darkness for cover.

The massive flame balls from the lagoon was awesome too.

Overall I give it a 7 out of 10. Nice first attempt for IOA. They need a lot of fine tuning to get it to the USF levels that we are accustomed to. I think they need anothe Sound Stage house to suck up the capacity issues.

From Reid Loveland
Posted October 11, 2002 at 10:13 AM
Good review but what concerns me is what you said at the end. Yes, this was IOA's first year doing HHN but besides traffic flow problems (new lay out to work with, of course) nothing else should have been a problem for them(ie-too bright in areas, employees w/ flashlights, etc). But it looks like they are still doing a great job.

From Anonymous
Posted October 12, 2002 at 12:03 PM
Hi, I went last night, 10/11, even though it was a peak night, I thought it was excellent. No wait for most rides and only 20 minutes max for some houses. I even had enough time to ride Dr. Dooms 3 times as well as Spiderman 3 times and see all shows and attractions by 2:00. A good thing I discovered is to go to the houses in the back of the park at the end of the night, close to 1:45 or so. That is when they are empty and you have to walk through pretty much by yourself. The scare actors really are effective when you are alone. Have a great time. Hope this helps.

From Anonymous
Posted October 12, 2002 at 1:45 PM
For those of you who want to get on rides and not wait in line at HHR follow this tip. On The Hulk, Spiderman, and Dr. Doom get in the single rider line. You are more than likely to be split up from your group but the wait time is only minutes compared to 1/2hour or longer. Unfortunatly, there is no single rider for Dueling Dragons, that was the one of the longest waits of the night (10/11) about 25 minutes.

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