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Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019 Survival Guide

by Leap on May 1, 2019 2011 Orlando

Do you feel that chill in the air? Well, me neither ... this is Orlando, after all! Believe it or not, Halloween season will be here before you know it. The most creative minds at Universal Orlando have been brewing up new houses and scare zones to haunt you like never before. There were 10 horrifying houses for Halloween Horror Nights 28, a new record! And the team at Universal is hard at work for 2019. In fact, they've already announced dates for Halloween Horror Nights 29 — select nights from Sept. 6 to Nov. 2, 2019! Read on to catch up on the highlights from last year and to prepare for the coming event! Bookmark this post, because we'll be posting more updates in the coming year.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019 - Graveyard

For many years running, Halloween Horror Nights Orlando has won Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Award for Best Halloween Experience. To get you ready for the nation's premier scare event, we bring you everything you need to know about Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 29. While we all await more details about this year’s houses (psst, Stranger Things is returning!) and scare zones, check out our guide to see highlights from last year, and learn what you should expect and how to navigate this popular event! As soon we get the deets, we’ll update you here, so stay tuned.

Quick Links: Dates | Tickets | Map | Early Entry | Houses & Strategy | Scare Zones & Shows | Special Experiences | Rides | Tips

Halloween Horror Nights 29 Dates & Best Times to Visit

The event runs select nights September through November at Universal Studios Florida. For 2019, the dates run between Sept. 6 and Nov. 2, typically from 6:30 p.m. until 1 a.m. or 2 a.m. While all nights are popular, the crowds generally increase as it gets closer to Halloween.

The Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019 dates are:

  • Sept. 6-8, 12-15, 18-22, 25-29
  • Oct. 2-6, 9-13, 17-20, 23-27, 29-31
  • November 1-2

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 29 - CrowdsBest Dates to Visit Halloween Horror Nights 29

Unlike many other fall theme park events that generally bring in families for one night, Halloween Horror Nights Orlando scares up a good portion of guests, especially locals, who attend multiple nights throughout the season to experience the fear over and over. The nature of the event and the number of locals have a significant impact on crowds. Saturdays are the busiest nights, with Friday nights not too far behind them. The very best nights to attend as far as crowds go are Wednesdays. It is impossible to see everything in one night without upgrading your experience. Still, picking the best night to attend as well as following our tips below will help you see and do as much as you can.

Most recommended days

September: 6, 7, 8, 12, 15, 18, 19, 22, 25, 26

October: 2, 3, 9, 10, 17 

Medium crowd days

September: 13, 14, 20, 21, 29 

October: 4, 6, 13, 23, 24

Most crowded days

September: 27, 28 

October: 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31

November: 1, 2

Halloween Horror Nights 29 Tickets

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019 - Mel'sIt's important to note that Halloween Horror Nights is a separately ticketed event. It will not get you into the theme parks during regular hours. No need to worry though. We offer discount tickets for Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure or Universal's Volcano Bay if you want to visit during the day. You'll also need regular park admission if you want to take advantage of Halloween Horror Nights early entry (more on this below). While we will not be offering Halloween Horror Nights tickets this year, you may purchase them from Universal Orlando and book your discount hotel through us!

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Houses & Strategy

The biggest draw of the event each year is the haunted houses. It takes months to construct these movie set-quality houses, and each one has a different theme. We probably don't have to tell you that lines can get very long for this event! If you want to make the most of your evening, you need to decide what is important to you. Do you want to just focus on houses? Would you like to see a few houses and the show? Would you just like to ride attractions since the wait times for them will be low? Since the houses are what most people come for — and see the highest waits! — they are our first priority.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019 - Wait TimesWe recommend getting to the park at least 45 minutes ahead of the official opening at 6:30 p.m. to make the most of your time. Typically, Universal opens the gates earlier than the official starting time. (If you're staying at one of the Universal Orlando Resort properties — Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Universal's Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Loews Sapphire Falls ResortUniversal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort and Universal's Aventura Hotel — take advantage of the priority entrance gate until 8 p.m. to get in more quickly.) In our experience, the gates begin to open for guests between 5:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.

If experiencing every house is a priority for you, plan on visiting at least two nights or investing in Express.

The very best way to do more at the event is to take advantage of Halloween Horror Nights Early Entry, also known as Stay and Scream. You'll need regular park admission and a Halloween Horror Nights ticket to do this, but many of you will already be spending the day in the parks, so why not take advantage? We've written a full post on how Halloween Horror Nights Early Entry works.

Because of the number of houses and the popularity of the event, it is impossible to see them all in one night. We recommend choosing four or five must-do houses, and get those in first. Then, see if you have any time left after you’ve checked them off the list. Those of you staying in the park or arriving ahead of official opening could do five, six or perhaps more houses. If you want to experience everything, either purchase a Halloween Horror Nights Express Pass (only sold through Universal), plan on visiting Halloween Horror Nights multiple nights or opt for a RIP Tour (only sold through Universal).

Here are the Halloween Horror Nights Houses for 2019:

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019 - Stranger Things Props

Stranger Things - Returning for 2019

Fan-favorite Stranger Things is coming back to Halloween Horror Nights Orlando in 2019. This all-new house will take you to Hawkins, Indiana and feature scenes not only from season two of the show, but also season three, which has yet to premiere on Netflix (you can watch it starting on July 4)! You’ll get to walk ( ... or run) through familiar locations, like Chief Hopper’s cabin and Starcourt Mall. Watch out for growling Demodogs!

An Arena of Gore with Nightingales: Blood Pit

As the first original house announced, Nightingales: Blood Pit will transport you back to Ancient Rome during its worst drought in centuries. A ruthless emperor declares that gladiatorial games will occur nonstop until the rains return. To add onto the bloodshed of the games, a horrifying species of primitive creatures — the nightingales — feast upon the dead and dying. You have to survive among the gladiators and the nightingales before one of them gets you!

Universal Monsters

In this new house, you’ll get to face many iconic monsters all in one! From Dracula in his gothic castle to the Wolfman in a Bavarian forest, you must escape these monsters one-by-one in each of their natural habitats. Watch out for Dr. Frankenstein’s monster, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, the Mummy and more. The more, the scarier — am I right?!

Depths of Fear

Dive into the unknown in this new original house. Workers of a deep-sea mining company have delved too deep and encountered "Mouthbrooders," a parasitic race of creatures that spew flesh-eating acidic eggs. You're trapped in a claustrophobic mining facility underwater as you witness infected miners being driven mad by infection, all while there's a high-pressure countdown to the self-destruction of the facility.

The six remaining houses for 2019 have not been announced yet, but here’s what we thought about the 2018 Halloween Horror Nights Houses:

Most Creative Scares: The Carnival Graveyard: Rust in Pieces

The name really said it all here: Carnival Graveyard transported us to a junkyard full of leftover circus and carnival paraphernalia, acting as tools for our demise. Huge carnival signs, games and props made this such a fun maze to walk through, and we found some of the most creative scares of the houses in here.

Best Set: Slaughter Sinema

The dedication to backstory put Slaughter Sinema in our top three original houses. While queueing for the house, we found ourselves at a drive-in that offered teasers of the 80's B-movies we were about to experience inside the house. Spooky sorority girls and killer barbers were only a couple of the villains to keep an eye out for in this house. Slaughter Sinema honored the cheesiness of 80s horror movies with a gorgeous set and sincere scares.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019 - Haunted Houses

Most Jumps: Dead Exposure: Patient Zero

This was easily the house that had me jumping the most, with well-executed scares and an awesome backstory: It's 1982 in Paris and there's been a zombie invasion. To avoid a zombie attack, you must take an antidote that causes "partial blindness." This house had tons of cool details, including one of the best scenes of the night on a Paris subway.

Best "Gotcha" Moments: Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

Following the plot of Halloween 4, Myers has escaped prison and is after his niece, determined to destroy everything in his path ... including you. We thought this was one of the best "gotcha" houses in terms of scares, but we also like more of a variety of characters.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019 - Poltergeist

Best Creatures: Poltergeist

We entered the world of this 1982 supernatural horror film as we faced off against all of its nightmarish creatures ... the giant closet skull, a mantis-like monster and the beyond-freaky clown. Despite having not seen the movie, we thoroughly enjoyed this house for its quality scares and amazing set alone.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019 - Scary Tales

Most Unique Storyline: Scary Tales: Deadly Ever After

We weren't sure what to expect with Scary Tales, but Universal blew us away with this house. The Wicked Witch of the West was in control of tormenting beloved storybook characters, and the outcome was much more creative, unique and twisted than expected. We loved the edgy twist on such classics ... the Goldilocks scene is our favorite!

Truest to the Horror Movie: The Horrors of Blumhouse

The Horrors of Blumhouse was one of our least favorite houses, but it was still a fun experience since we are fans of the featured films. It combined our worst nightmares from both "Happy Death Day" and "The First Purge" for an inescapably wicked experience and did a great job of staying true to both films.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019 - Trick R Treat

Our Favorite: Trick 'r Treat

This was our favorite house based on a movie. The story behind Trick 'r Treat lent itself to an incredible house showcasing horrific details and delicious scents. We couldn't get enough of the villain, Sam ... is it bad if we thought he was kind of adorable? We LOVED how this house told the story of every twisted scene in the film.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019 - Seeds of Extinction

Most Unique Atmosphere: Seeds of Extinction

A meteor has struck Earth, humans are extinct, and preying plants are out to get you with razor-sharp thorns, suffocating vines and poisonous pollen. Nature has gone wrong, and it's out to get you! We LOVED the concept of Seeds of Extinction, and it was a totally different atmosphere than any of the other houses, but it wasn't one of our favorites. With the exception of a couple of uniquely killer scenes, it mostly stuck to the same greenhouse vibes throughout.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Park Map (Click to enlarge)

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Park Map

Queues get quite long for the houses closest to the front gates. Waits for houses in the back of the park are shorter early in the evening but build throughout the night.

Halloween Horror Nights Scare Zones & Shows

Second to the houses but central to the terror are the street experiences, more commonly referred to as "scare zones." The scare zones are in various open areas of the park with their own sets, sounds and, yes, even scents. Expect to be terrified and harassed by creatures of the night. These scare actors come out of nowhere and have no illusions about respecting your personal space (although they are not allowed to touch you, and you are not allowed to touch them)!

We’re excited to find out more details about the Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019 scare zones. But in the meantime, check out the highlights from last year!

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Scare Zones:

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Vamp 85

Vamp 85: New Year's Eve

Midnight strikes periodically throughout the night as party-crashing vampires ring in 1985. We kept an eye out for 80s icon lookalikes ... we saw Run DMC, Prince and Michael Jackson! Catching their performance on stage was so much fun.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - The Harvest

The Harvest

An old barn full of foul creatures set the scene for this harvest of flesh and screams. Located at the entrance of Universal Studios Florida on the street outside of Shrek, the Harvest featured spooky props representing each house and a wild array of performers.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Twisted Tradition

Twisted Tradition

Ancient evil awoke in Central Park, complete with rotting pumpkins chock full of human flesh. When we walked through, our first thought was, "These costumes are INSANE." Pumpkin guts poured out of faces beneath an archway of trees filled with glowing jack-o-lanterns. It was a sight to behold!

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Chucky

Revenge of Chucky

The creepy doll himself was back with an army of toys that he twisted into new nightmares. We met Chucky's bizarre friends in the street and even caught Chucky perform a roast of the crowd before torturing his creator. Maybe it's just because we haven't seen the films, but this was our least favorite scare zone.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Killer Klowns

Killer Klowns from Outer Space

As for our favorite scare zone: Cotton candy spun from human victims, produced by horrifying alien clowns? Enough said. After recently watching the wonderfully cheesy 80s film, this scare zone was super enjoyable — with clowns that appear to be STRAIGHT out of the movie, cotton candy corpses and a million other fun details (including a rockin' theme song).

Academy of Villains: Cyberpunk - Halloween Horror Nights Orlando

Halloween Horror Nights Show - Academy of Villains: Cyberpunk

We'll be the first to admit it ... we miss Bill and Ted! However, Cyberpunk offered a fun, interactive show with a theme of robot villains that was super unique from the rest of the event. The stunts and choreography from this cast were beyond impressive, and the performers did a great job of getting the crowd hyped.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Academy of Villains

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Food and Beverages

Universal really brought the heat last year when it came to HHN-themed treats and snacks.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Pizza Fries

Why didn't anyone tell us about the Pizza Fries before? We have been seriously missing out on a legendary HHN menu item. Crinkle-cut fries topped with pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni and sausage are basically our dream menu item.

Stranger Things, of course, lent itself to some creative waffle treats. Photographed below, the Triple-Decker Waffle was adorned with chocolate sauce, whipped cream, jelly beans and Reese's Pieces. (And do you see those Christmas light cupcakes? Do you think the chocolate or red velvet would do a better job contacting Will in the Upside Down?)  Another fave item from last year was the fudge-dipped waffles on a stick and the Waffles and Syrup frozen drink.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Waffle Treats

What about alcoholic beverages, you ask? Well, last year, Halloween Horror Nights 28 served up a sweet selection. Flora enjoyed both of last year's signature cocktails: the Wicked Rad Punch and Totally L.I.T., which she combined in one of those neat split souvenir cups to make the Gnarly Twist.

The Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale has the perfect amount of seasonal flavor while still being crisp and refreshing.

I was especially impressed by the beer selection at the special event drink booths. With quite a few craft beers on tap, the Pumpkinhead Ale was my favorite. This was the perfect Halloween Horror Nights beverage for me and perhaps for many other Daddy frogs out there!

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Merchandise

Each year, the event’s merchandise typically features all of the haunted houses and scare zones, so it’s almost guaranteed you’ll find a nice memento (whether it’s a T-shirt or a souvenir cup) for Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019.

Last year, we loved the 80s theme of the event and we were obsessed with all of the houses and scare zones. Some of these were already cult classics, or soon-to-be from Halloween Horror Nights alone. The merchandise highlighted ALL of our favorites, from Trick 'r Treat's Sam to all of our beloved Killer Klowns. The swag ranged from your typical event tees highlighting each house to actual props and masks.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Special Experiences

Here is what you can expect to scare up in terms of special experiences available at Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019.

Scareactor Dining Experience

Visitors can scare up an appetite at the Scareactor Dining Experience, at Universal Studios' Classic Monsters Cafe. Scareactors are available for photo ops, as you enjoy a themed, all-you-can-eat buffet. Last year, this package cost  $49.99 (plus tax) and includes dinner, a digital download of one photo taken during the experience and more. In 2018, dining experiences took place every night, with seating times between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Pumpkin Scareactor

RIP and Behind the Screams: Unmasking the Horror Tours

Those looking for an enhanced Halloween Horror Nights experience might consider these special tours that take you through the gauntlet of ghastly creatures and a multitude of menacing maniacs. The RIP Tour is a guided experience that grants VIP access to everything Halloween Horror Nights has to offer. Tour includes one-time entry to all of the houses, reserved seating at Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure, Universal Express for one-time use on each attraction (weather permitting), and admission to the exclusive RIP Lounge with cash bar locations throughout the tour.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Scare Actor Interaction

The Behind the Screams: Unmasking the Horror Tour gives guests a unique, lights-on look into the Art & Design team’s process as they transform our deepest fears into haunted houses. Guests can choose from Behind The Screams: 3-House Unmasking the Horror Tour (two and a half hours, morning or afternoon) or a Behind The Screams: 6-House Unmasking the Horror Tour (four to five hours). The tours give you the chance to see houses with the lights on and a chance to photograph every gory detail of select houses. More details about both can be found here.

Halloween Horror Nights 29 Rides

While most of the focus of the night is on horror, some of the rides are open too. Waits are very low during this time, so it's a great way to experience them if you don't care as much about the houses. Please note that the regular Express Pass does not work during Halloween Horror Nights. These are the rides that will likely be open during Halloween Horror Nights 29:

Check out the event map for attraction closing times, and be sure to schedule time to hop on your faves if this is a priority for you!
  • TRANSFORMERS: The Ride 3D
  • Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
  • Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
  • Revenge of the Mummy
  • Men in Black Alien Attack
  • Fast & Furious – Supercharged

Note: When we visited last year, some of the rides closed up to two hours prior to event close. For example, the night we attended, the park closed at 1 a.m. and we noticed both Fast & Furious and TRANSFORMERS were closed for the night at 11 p.m.

Our Top Tips for Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Entry Line

Buy your tickets in advance!

Halloween Horror Nights requires a separate ticket from regular theme park admission. Make sure to purchase in advance from Universal. You don't want to have to wait in any more lines than you have to!

Get to the park early

This is the single best way to ensure you make the most of your night. The event typically begins at 6:30 p.m., but Universal often lets guests in up to half an hour early. Universal Resort guests have a dedicated line from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the right side of the entrance. Even better is staying in the park after it closes for early entry.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Drinks

Leave the kids at the hotel 

This event is too intense for young children. It is not recommended for those under age 13. Leave them with a sitter service or at the resort's children's activity center.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Killer Clowns Scare Zone

Leave your costumes and masks at home

Universal won't let you in with them. Plus, there are enough costumed creatures inside the park!

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Scare Zone and Drink Kiosk

Dress light and stay hydrated

Is it just us, or is September in Orlando hotter than ever before? Despite taking place mostly after dark, we were still sweating our lil' frog legs off all weekend last year at Halloween Horror Nights 28. Be sure to wear cool, comfortable clothes.

On top of being deceptively hot and humid, Halloween Horror Nights is a pretty intense event. Be sure to hop on those free cups of water periodically, or bring a water bottle to make staying cool a breeze.

Only take the necessities

As with any visit to Universal, you will go through metal detectors ... so we always recommend traveling as light as you can, but this holds especially true for Halloween Horror Nights 29. When walking through crowded haunted houses and being spooked by scare actors in the streets, you won't want to be hauling too much with you. We recommend a small bag that securely closes ... you don't want anything important spilling out when you jump in fright!

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Stranger Things Line

Have a plan

This is absolutely key to this event, especially if you want to see most of the houses. Plan in advance what your priorities are. Map out your evening, based on where and when you'll be starting.

Eat early

You'll find snacks for sale, as well as alcohol in abundance, throughout the park. Look for carts set up along the streets. Lines for food (and alcohol) can get long at times! Fuel up before you leave or early in the evening, and you can spend more time getting the daylights scared out of you.

Here are the expected Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019 dining options (in addition to food and beverage carts):

  • Universal Studios Classic Monsters Café
  • Finnegan's Bar & Grill
  • Louie's Italian Restaurant
  • Richter's Burger Co.
  • Mel's Drive-In
  • Beverly Hills Boulangerie
  • Starbucks
  • San Francisco Pastry Co.
  • Ben & Jerry's

Splurge on snacks

If you have time to dedicate to fun food and drinks, be sure to check out the event-exclusive goodies. Last year, the headlining Stranger Things house lent itself to some delicious waffle treats worth trying. Eating (and Instagramming, TBH) these goodies is always enjoyable.

Watch out for the creatures of the night!

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Vamps

If you want to avoid the street creatures, although we can't imagine why you'd want to, they largely stick to the streets and leave guests on the sidewalks alone.

Respect the scare actors

Last but not least, please remember that the scare actors are people, too! No matter how monstrous they may seem, the scare actors will not actually touch or hurt you ... so please treat them with the same respect! Keep your hands, food, drinks and any unkind words to yourself for the best experience for everyone involved. This event is all about having FUN! Avoid using flash to photograph any "creatures" in the scare zones, and be sure to ask if you really feel the need. They'll usually be happy to pose for (or with!) you.

The anticipation for Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019 is killing us! Are you planning on attending? What questions do you have for us about the event? Share in comments below. (Oh, and the Frog Family is trying to settle a debate on the best houses and scare zones of the year, so we toadally welcome your input.)

Related: Halloween Horror Nights Early Entry

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May 8, 2019 at 6:34 p.m. Max Says...

Hi there :) We are planning a trip in the fall for a quick 3 day weekend and are not interested in HHN. Are the day crowds affected by the event? Should we avoid the first weekend ? Sept 6-7. Thank you for all you are doing for theme park lovers ! :)

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May 13, 2019 at 11:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Max!

We are just hoppy to help! Thanks for taking the time to drop by. It is likely to be busier than usual this fall because of the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Even though the new land is not at Universal, there will likely be some lift in crowds at most area parks. As far as HHN impacting crowds during regular park hours, it does a little and more so on weekends vs. weeknights.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 30, 2019 at 9:49 p.m. Mariah Says...

Hi!! :)

I was just wondering if there were any chance of the recent Universal film "Us" being featured in HHN 2019?

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May 1, 2019 at 12:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mariah!

That would be so neat! We haven't heard any news about it being included, but the zone and house announcements aren't done just yet :) We've got our eyes and ears open!

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Apr 28, 2019 at 7:11 a.m. LouB Says...

We are thinking of staying at the Hard Rock for our. Universal visit, as this includes express passes. Do you know if we can use these for the houses on HHNs, or is there a separate pass we’d need to buy? Thanks

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May 1, 2019 at 1:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

That's a great idea, and you're going to love Hard Rock, but the houses at HHN requires a separate Express Pass.

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Apr 26, 2019 at 11:54 p.m. Eric you Says...

my ideas for possible themes is Eddie Schmidt the brother of jack the clown and Cindy the daughter of Albert the caretaker they decide on teaming up for being ignored and not getting their own event for so many long years now they want revenge they decide to bring along some old and new friends from the past and present to bring pain and suffering to everyone who has ignored them.

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Apr 26, 2019 at 4:25 p.m. Eric you Says...

i hope we get a reveal sometime this week or next week we need more reveals Halloween horror nights 2019 begins on September 6 for Orlando Florida and maybe September 13 for Hollywood California or on the same day that Orlando Florida's event starts. i hope we get more shows and maybe a icon or a very good central theme for this year.

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Apr 25, 2019 at 5:52 p.m. T.Mason Says...

I have never been and thinking of bringing my 2 girls and staying at one of the hotels on site. Do you know if they offer the shuttle to HHN to and from the hotels? Thanks so much!

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Apr 26, 2019 at 7:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

Yes! If you are staying at an on-site hotel, there is shuttle service. Some offer boat service, and most are all within a 15-minute walk as well.

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Apr 15, 2019 at 2:56 a.m. Eric you Says...

i wonder what the other eight houses/ mazes along with the five scare zones plus shows are going to be along with if we have a icon this year or good central theme to tie in everything.

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Apr 15, 2019 at 8:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

We are wondering the same thing, Eric! We'll update as soon as we know more :) If only it were fall already!

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Apr 11, 2019 at 10:10 p.m. Mariah Says...

Hi everyone! :)

I'll be visiting in October and plan to do HHN two nights!! :)

I know prices for the fast passes have not yet been realeased for 2019, but I was wondering if anyone has previously gotten them and remembers how much they were? Just trying to get an idea of what I'll be paying.

Thanks!

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Apr 20, 2019 at 6:48 p.m. Machon Says...

We paid about $79/per night in addition to the regular admission prices for HHN Express passes.

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Apr 30, 2019 at 8:54 p.m. Mariah Says...

Okay! So, the original price of the HHN admissions plus an additonal $79 for the express pass?

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Apr 9, 2019 at 1:59 p.m. Laura Says...

I am planning to take my family to Universal for one day in October. My kids are too little for the Halloween nights. If we stay on the Islands of Adventure side once evening hits will we be away from the "scary" stuff?

Thanks!

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Apr 9, 2019 at 9:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura,

Yes, you will!

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Apr 1, 2019 at 5:55 p.m. Jennifer Says...

Does Islands of Adventure close early on Halloween Party nights?

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Apr 2, 2019 at 8:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer!

Islands of Adventure typically stays open later on party nights :)

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Mar 28, 2019 at 3:41 a.m. Chivahn Wilkens Says...

I was wondering if the dates you have for this year are confirmed? I can't find them anywhere else. We'll be in Orlando for our honeymoon in September and want to do both HHN and MNSSHP and I don't wanna buy tickets to MNSSHP only to have that be the only date we could go to Universal. Also, any word when HHN tickets go on sale?

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Mar 28, 2019 at 8:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chivahn!

Yes, the dates we have are confirmed. You can find them on Universal Orlando's website here, as well (in the top right corner, you'll need to click "Dates" which will provide you with a drop-down calendar). Tickets are on sale now.

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Mar 13, 2019 at 1:04 p.m. Kate Says...

Do you think Wizarding world will be redecorated for Halloween with the Dark Magic light show coming up?

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Mar 13, 2019 at 10:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kate!

The dates the show will run in Orlando have not been announced just yet, but we've got our eyes and ears open!

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Feb 22, 2019 at 3:57 a.m. CiCi Says...

So I understand that at night when HHN starts some of the rides are closed. What about during the day before it starts? Are all the rides open? I'm mainly wondering if Diagon Alley will be open during the day.

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Feb 26, 2019 at 9:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cici,

Yes! Unless there is a refurbishment going on, all rides, including those in Diagon Alley, will be open during regular hours.

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Feb 26, 2019 at 9:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cici,

Yes! Unless there is a refurbishment going on, all rides, including those in Diagon Alley, will be open during regular hours.

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Feb 11, 2019 at 3:48 p.m. Keri Holder Says...

Is IOA open on HHN for regular guests? We’re considering going to the parks the day our flight arrives around 1, but it won’t be worth it if we’re kicked out of all of the parks at 6:00!

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Feb 12, 2019 at 12:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Keri,

Yes! Islands of Adventure typically stays open later for this very reason.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Feb 7, 2019 at 12:37 p.m. Sharon Richardson Says...

We are planning a first time trip to HHN. Which would be better the RIP pass or the express pass? I can’t seem to find prices for the express pass or where they can be purchased. I am only seeing the RIP info. What’s the difference?

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Feb 8, 2019 at 7:53 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sharon,

The Express Pass is a separate, shorter line into the houses. The RIP tour is a tour that will jump both lines. Express Passes don't appear to be available yet, so keep checking!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 25, 2018 at 9:57 p.m. Dave Jones Says...

Hi Family Frog,

Firstly, thanks for an amazing resource; I remember reading through your website in the early hours of the morning, before my first day at Universal, and I managed to get on every ride thanks to your expert guidance. I'm planning a return trip to Orlando around Oct/Nov 2019 and was wondering, does HHN tend to make the parks busier in the daytime before the evening events? I'd quite like to pay the extra and attend HHN, but not at the cost of the parks being over-crowded. Any advice much appreciated. Thanks!

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Nov 26, 2018 at 2:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dave!

Great question. Just like any time you visit the park, there are ups and downs in crowds throughout the event ... some affecting regular park hours, and some not. We recommend checking out our Crowd Calendar for day-by-day specifics. :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 31, 2018 at 12:02 p.m. Ghislaine Says...

Hi, thanks so much for all these tips. I plan on going this Saturday, November 3, which happens to be the last night of HHN. I’ve haven’t been to HHN since 2015. I remember on this 2015 trip they were selling expresss passes inside the park but I wanted to know if they still do. I would like to know if for the last day if an express pass will still be worth it or if I can survive without one.

Thank you.

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Oct 31, 2018 at 10:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

As the final night AND a Saturday, HHN is likely to be pretty busy with Orlando locals, if nothing else. Express Passes are sold at kiosks throughout the park, so you can always check out the crowds and upgrade if needed :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 28, 2018 at 10:21 p.m. feena Says...

do I need a horror night ticket if I have a general admission ticket?

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Oct 29, 2018 at 10:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Yes, you need a separate ticket to stay for Halloween Horror Nights.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 24, 2018 at 6:10 p.m. Dee Says...

I’m on a tight budget but want to go to the Horror park how much is the regular admission and express pass cost?

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Oct 25, 2018 at 5:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dee!

Check out all of the ticket options to find what's best for your budget.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 23, 2018 at 7:21 a.m. Jane Doe Says...

Harry Potter's Gringotts also closes at 11pm, FYI.

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Oct 22, 2018 at 5:41 p.m. Jennifer Says...

If I purchase an after 2pm day/ night ticket will my party just stay in the park until HHN begins?

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Oct 23, 2018 at 9:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer!

That is correct, as long as you have a ticket for HHN as well.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 21, 2018 at 12:49 a.m. Jonathan myhill Says...

I have a good question what is that drink at the Coca-Cola fountain of Hi-C what flavor is it something orange so can you please tell me what flavor it is I really love that Drink..?

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Oct 24, 2018 at 8:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

It might be Orange Lavaburst :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 20, 2018 at 8:42 p.m. Natalie Says...

Hi, great post I was wondering is Halloween Horror Nights handicap accessible for someone that’s in a wheelchair that is unable to walk?

Thank you,

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Oct 22, 2018 at 10:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natalie!

It sure is! If you're using an ECV, you will be transferred to a normal wheelchair (provided at each house) to go through the houses. It's very accommodating and easy to navigate!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 20, 2018 at 1:59 a.m. Robert Says...

Hi! Do you know of any drink passes for HHN? We did Howl’O’Scream last year at bush gardens and got unlimited refills with a souvenir cup. Do you know of anything similar for this event?

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Oct 25, 2018 at 8:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Robert!

There is a souvenir fountain beverage cup available that gives you discounted refills at the event :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 8, 2018 at 1:42 a.m. Jesus Says...

Are portable chargers allowed?

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Oct 9, 2018 at 9:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jesus!

They sure are, and we definitely recommend bringing one!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 30, 2018 at 11:42 p.m. Amber lynne Says...

Hi :) we can only afford to go to either the scary things or the park for the day. We chose scary. When we get that fast pass is it unlimited if we want to go in a house twice? And also does it work for the rides? Thank you

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Oct 2, 2018 at 12:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amber!

The Express Pass includes Express entry one time per house or attraction. :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 28, 2018 at 10:38 p.m. Elena Says...

I will be in Florida the last week of October and would like to attend the theme parks w/out going to HHN. Are the daytime hours just as crowded then? And do they lick you out at 6:30 once HHN starts...? Thanks!

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Oct 2, 2018 at midnight FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elena!

The park usually closes at 5 p.m. to daytime guests on HHN nights. You can check out our Crowd Calendar for how busy we expect the park to be :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 24, 2018 at 12:10 p.m. Chris Says...

Do you have "No-Boo" necklaces for the kids who want a less scary experience?

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Sep 25, 2018 at 11:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris!

Halloween Horror Nights is a very immersive event, and therefore, there aren't any "No Boo" options. It is not recommended for those under 13.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 24, 2018 at 9:55 a.m. Edickoff Says...

Well, well, it is not necessary so to speak.

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Sep 23, 2018 at 8:50 p.m. Caitlyn Says...

I am going with four people and we are considering buying the fast passes. Do you think it’s worth the money? And is the express pass another thing you purchase on top of regular admission pass?

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Sep 25, 2018 at 10:43 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Caitlyn!

When purchasing your ticket, you can make the choice of including Express or not. On a busy Friday or Saturday night, Express passes are a life-saver to help you get more houses done. You might even be able to do them all! On a slow night, they aren't quite as necessary, but will allow for a leisurely night. They are super nice to have :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 23, 2018 at 3:28 a.m. Naj Says...

How much time do you spend in the haunted houses?

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Sep 25, 2018 at 10:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Naj!

Each haunted house is only a few minutes long, don't worry!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 22, 2018 at 3 p.m. Rachel Says...

We were planning to attend as a family. This includes my husband and I, 15 and 14 year old and our 10 year old twins. I've never been before is it really considered to much for anyone under 13?

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Sep 25, 2018 at 10:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachel!

We recommend checking out some of the Halloween Horror Nights videos on our YouTube Channel to get an idea of what the experience is like!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 21, 2018 at 3:51 a.m. Chelsey Says...

Are we able to bring in drinks/snacks? I went one year and they throughouly checked to see if our water bottles were sealed or not (assuming many people sneak in alcohol). Are they doing that this year as well? Or only the metal detectors??

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Sep 21, 2018 at 8:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chelsey!

All drinks must be sealed, or reusable water bottles must be empty upon entry. Food is fine. The security process is the same as on a normal day - just walking through the metal detectors. The main concern is your safety!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 20, 2018 at 8:55 p.m. Mark whiteley Says...

First time doing hhn so booked rip tour. Do we tip our guide and if so whats the norm?

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Sep 20, 2018 at 8:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mark!

Tipping is accepted and guests should tip the guide based on their experience :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 20, 2018 at 1:26 p.m. Sandi Dalton Says...

Hey there! I can't find the showtimes for the Academy of Villains: Cyberpunk show on the Universal Haloween Horror nights website, can you hook me up? I want to add it to my plan for the evening of the 22nd.

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Sep 20, 2018 at 3:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sandi!

Showtimes vary depending on the night so we aren't able to offer specifics, but we assure you that there are at least 4 showings each night with showtimes spread out for your convenience. We were able to hop in just minutes prior to the start of the second-to-last show of the night :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 18, 2018 at 1:29 p.m. Jordan Stephens Says...

Hi! My family is going this October, and I have a question. I saw in the article that some rides will be open. To ride those rides, do you have to have a regular park ticket, or can you ride those rides if you're only there for HNN?

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Sep 18, 2018 at 9:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jordan!

You can absolutely ride the open attractions with just your Halloween Horror Nights ticket. :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 24, 2018 at 9:23 p.m. Karen Says...

Regarding the open attractions, have you been this year and can confirm your listed attractions are open? The reason I ask is because the HHN website only lists three- the mummy, terminator, and the simpsons. Thanks!

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Sep 25, 2018 at 11:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen!

We can confirm! These are the rides listed on the official event map and we have attended multiple nights. Just beware that they may close an hour or two before park close.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 18, 2018 at 3:58 a.m. Patricia Sturm Says...

Universal is going to loose alot of business next year when people find out that it is $22.00 to park and it is not free till 10:00. Also is it a mess to get into the parking garage. The light changed 4 times and I didn't even move. It took me almost a hour to get into the park because of the horrible traffic to get into parking garage. The lines are ridiculous already and the wait times are incorrect. I have been going since the beginning and I must say this is one of the worst years ever. The houses are good but scare zones are horrible it seems like they didn't hire enough people for scare zone. Sadly this will be our last year because Universal is more concerned about making $$$$ than the convenience for the customers. Nobody wants to wait in line for almost a hour to get into the park and pay $22.00 for parking .

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Sep 17, 2018 at 11:31 p.m. Maria Leal Says...

Hello! I will be attending HHN this year, and I wanted to know, if I want to go to Island's of Adventure do I have to buy a regular ticket + my HHN ticket? thank you so much!!

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Sep 17, 2018 at 11:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maria!

Unfortunately not. Halloween Horror Nights is a separately ticketed event.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 17, 2018 at 7:19 p.m. Nicole Says...

Is it worth it purchase the Express pass? I will traveling with two friends that don't want to spend the money so I was thinking of treating...because I don't like lines. Does the pass make a big difference? We will only be at Universal for this one night, no day trips planned.

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Sep 17, 2018 at 3:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicole!

Woah, that would be SO nice of you to treat your friends to the passes. We can assure you it will make an awesome difference to have the Express pass. For example, a 75-minute wait for the Stranger Things house was only 15 minutes with Express. If you only have one night to enjoy, Express is a must if you want to get more than 5 houses accomplished.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 22, 2018 at 3:14 p.m. Shannon Cameron Says...

Debating the Express Passes...Going on a Thursday night (oct 18). If i don't buy them in advance and its crazy crowded are they available inside the park?

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Sep 25, 2018 at 10:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shannon!

As long as they haven't sold out for the day (which they rarely do) you can definitely purchase in-park! There are kiosks throughout.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 15, 2018 at 7:40 a.m. Amanda Says...

I will be attending HHN for the first time this year. Please could someone tell me how strict the “no costume” policy is? My daughter wants to wear a pink Eleven style dress but does not intend to replicate her look. Would this be allowed? Thanks

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Sep 17, 2018 at 10:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda!

If it's just a similar-style dress (that could otherwise be seen as a normal outfit to be worn anywhere else) then you'll be good to go. Just no costumes or masks.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 15, 2018 at 3:54 a.m. Rita Says...

If I have a regular day pass will I have to leave the park once HHN starts at 630?

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Sep 17, 2018 at 10:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rita!

On Halloween Horror Nights, the park closes to regular day guests at 5 or 5:30 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 14, 2018 at 5:38 p.m. Kelly Everhart Says...

Finally getting to go. I have a electric mobility unit. I read that they cannot go into the houses. What is the procedure please. Thank you.

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Sep 17, 2018 at 10:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly!

A transfer wheelchair will be provided to you at each house.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 12, 2018 at 4:13 p.m. melissa iadone Says...

My husband and I went last year and it was a blast. We were eating at Finnegans by the window and the purge cast were banding on the glass with their fake knives.

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Sep 9, 2018 at 6:25 a.m. Kevin Says...

This is an amazing amount of info..... Definitely looking forward to hitting this up when we visit next month. I understand that it's a separate ticket from the regular Universal day pass, but out of curiosity, do you know if the same Express Pass from the daytime will be honored, or is it an additional Express Pass purchase too? Also I'm still weighing options on hotels..... If this is a separate Express Pass, any idea if staying at one of the 3 original hotels will score you an Express Pass for HHN? Let me know, Thanks!

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Sep 11, 2018 at 6:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kevin!

Unfortunately, the Express pass for Halloween Horror Nights is separate and not offered with any hotel stays.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 7, 2018 at 6:39 p.m. Amy Says...

Ive been to Universal Horror nights for the last two years and thought I would be taking the year off but after the announcement of Stranger Things haunt looks like I need to make a trip down again.

I'm considering doing the Scareactor dining just for the chance to get into the park/lines earlier. If I get a 5pm reservation do you think its still worth the price or am I better off just waiting in line at the gate and hoping they let us in early?

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Sep 12, 2018 at 12:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy!

Man, that's a tough question. The scare actor dining experience is awesome, so we definitely recommend it. However, you still may not be let in until around the same time as everyone else. Moral of the story -- don't make your decision solely around whether or not you'll receive early entry.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 6, 2018 at 12:35 p.m. Christian Says...

Hi,

Does the HHN affect the any other regular park rides/shows for those who don't want to attend HHN? Thanks.

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Sep 6, 2018 at 2:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christian!

Some Halloween Horror Nights decor is visible during the day, but nothing that will impact regular daytime guests.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 5, 2018 at 11 p.m. ashley Says...

so you can go on the rides listed above during HHN? also, are you allowed to go to islands of adventure as well, like if you have a park-to-park ticket?

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Sep 6, 2018 at 3:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ashley!

The HHN ticket is totally separate from your regular day ticket. If you have a park hopper ticket for the day, you may also visit Islands of Adventure as late as it remains open.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 3, 2018 at 4:32 a.m. Carrie Capehart Says...

Looks like a lot of fun

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Sep 3, 2018 at 4:18 a.m. Lisa Lawton Says...

Would be scary and awesome to go!

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Sep 3, 2018 at 3:27 a.m. Rajee Pandi Says...

OMG I want to visit there

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