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Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019 Survival Guide

by Leap on October 1, 2019 2161 Orlando

Breaking news, frogs! Universal Orlando Resort announced the dates for Halloween Horror Nights 30! The event will be returning for its 30th anniversary for 39 select nights from Thursday, Sept. 10 through Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. You'll face all-new scares and reimagined haunts inspired by the past in 10 brand-new haunted houses, five scare zones, live entertainment and more. Details about Halloween Horror Nights 30 will be unmasked next year. Stay tuned for updates!

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando PinterestIt's that scary time of year again! Fog is in the air, and your worst nightmares are wreaking havoc inside Universal Studios Florida for Halloween Horror Nights. The most creative minds at Universal Orlando have brewed up new houses and scare zones to haunt you like never before on select nights from Sept. 6 to Nov. 2, 2019.

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. We were lucky to attend a couple nights of the event so we could share all of the terrifying details. Check out our guide to learn what you should expect and how to navigate this popular event! 

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

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Line at Entrance

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, 17-21, 23-27, 29-31
  • November 1-2

Best 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 nearly 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, 21, 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

It'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). We are also hoppy to announce we are offering Halloween Horror Nights tickets this year. And don't froget, you can book your discount hotel through us too!

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 - Blood Pit Line

We 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, Universal's Aventura Hotel and Universal's Endless Summer - Surfside Inn & Suites — 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. This year, we were able to knock out three houses before the event officially started at 6:30 p.m (on a Thursday).

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 who are 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:

Stranger Things 

Fan-favorite Stranger Things has returned to Halloween Horror Nights Orlando in 2019. This all-new house takes you to Hawkins, Ind., and features scenes not only from season two of the show, but also the brand-new season three. With so much material to work with, this is the longest house of the night to walk (or run) through — our RIP tour guide said it has 14 scenes. You'll see your favorite characters, such as Eleven using her telekinesis powers, and face the creepy Demodogs. Flora hates to admit that she hasn't seen the show, but she was impressed ... as were super fans, like me!

Nightingales: Blood Pit

The original house Nightingales: Blood Pit transports you back to Ancient Rome during its worst drought in centuries. A ruthless emperor has declared that gladiatorial games will occur nonstop until the rains return. To add onto the bloodshed of the games, you find out the origin of the nightingales (which first appeared in 2011's Nightingales: Blood Prey) as they feast upon the dead and dying. We could practically smell death in the air. This house felt a bit claustrophobic but had some good jump scares that got us!

Universal Monsters

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Universal Monsters

In this new house, face many iconic monsters all in one — the more, the scarier! 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. My personal favorite was the Creature from the Black Lagoon scene because the lighting really makes you feel like you're underwater. (Look up to see a body "floating in the water" above you!)

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 sound design is incredible in this house! The blaring alarms and the buzzing of electrical failure heighten the urgency to get out as quickly as possible.

Ghostbusters

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Ghostbusters Entrance

I ain't afraid of no ghosts ... but I still got scared in this house! For the first time ever, Ghostbusters is coming to Halloween Horror Nights. Just in time for the original movie's 35th anniversary, you'll be transported to New York and walk through favorite scenes from the New York Public Library and the Temple of Gozer. Save the day with Peter, Ray, Egon and Winston, as you face Slimer, Gozer the Gozerian, Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man and more ghoulish spirits. It's definitely more of a fun tribute house than one that's packed with jump scares. I don't want to spoil anything, but there was at least one jump scare that got me good!

Yeti: Terror of the Yukon

Fellow loggers and trappers have frozen to death while trying to escape the Yeti clan from the torn-apart logging camp in the remote Canadian tundra. But it's not just the winter elements you need to fear. You enter the labyrinth of caves into Yeti territory, and meet the same doom of those who came before you and couldn't escape. The beasts will not stop until the snow turns blood red. Look high and low for yetis in all shapes and sizes.

Us

Ready to face your evil doppelgänger? This haunted house is based off the horror movie hit, "Us," that was released earlier this year. Follow in the footsteps of Adelaide Wilson through the Wilson family beach house and Santa Cruz Pier, as well as the underground tunnels that stretch for miles below America. Beware of "The Tethered," a group of doppelgängers of every living man, woman and child in the country. They're ready for murder and revenge! As far as best sets go, we think this incredibly detailed house is at the top of the list.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Killer Klowns Photo-Op Outside House

Universal Orlando brought back last year's popular scare zone and has turned it into a full-fledged house. This new experience will feature the baby Klowns, Boco and Klownzilla, who weren't at last year's scare zone but are ready to bring terror this year. Before you enter their circus tent, grab a photo with some of those Killer Klowns. Don't be fooled by the sweet smells of cotton candy and buttery popcorn ... it's a sign that the Klowns are right around the corner! And don't let the bright neon colors and whimsical carnival music distract you. The Klowns can come at you from any direction — in my case, two directions at the same time.

Graveyard Games

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Graveyard Games

In Ascension Parish Cemetery, it's normal to find teenagers playing games among the tombstones. But it appears that two teens went too far, and they have defaced the cemetery and awakened the spirits. Ghosts of every shape and form will seek revenge as you try to escape the maze of mausoleums and decaying coffins. While waiting in line for this original haunted house, you can chat with a few teens and town storytellers to learn more about the history and legends of the cemetery. You just need your phone to open Facebook Messenger to the Halloween Horror Nights page. *Spoiler alert*: Hands down, the creepiest part is at the end as you hear the ghosts whispering, "Come play with us," in total darkness.

House of 1000 Corpses

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - House of 1000 Corpses

Let's just start off with the facts. Yes, there are a thousand corpses in this house. You confront the Firefly family and encounter the legendary Dr. Satan. Keep an eye out for Fish Boy, the latest addition to Captain Spaulding’s Museum of Monsters and Madmen. If you don't like guts and gore, this house probably isn't the one for you.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Park Map 

Check out the official park map for Halloween Horror Nights 29, so you can get an idea of the layout of the haunted houses and scare zones. 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)!

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019 Scare Zones:

Zombieland Double Tap

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Zombieland Double Tap

Based off the Zombieland movie and its upcoming sequel, this scare zone welcomes you to the United States of Zombieland. Fend off the spreading infection and bloodthirsty zombies. Just remember: always double tap and beware of the bathrooms. The blue lighting and extra fog hide the zombies pretty well!

Rob Zombie Hellbilly Deluxe

Rob Zombie's music comes to life in this scare zone. His heavy metal sounds and imagery take center stage, as you come face-to-face with his twisted, otherworldly creations. There's also a photo-op of the car that resembles a Munster Koach from the "Dragula" music video.

Anarch-Cade

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Anarch-Cade

Neon slashers are out to play this 80s-inspired arcade game, which has taken over Avenue of the Stars. However, you'll quickly learn that "Game Over" means a permanent end for you. This is one of the first ones you encounter. We love the neon colors and arcade game-inspired props.

Vanity Ball

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Vanity Ball Scare Zone

You know what they say, "Beauty is pain." In the streets of Hollywood, blade-wielding artists slice up willing participants into horrific living works of art. You may see them strut down the runway, showing off their grotesque make-overs.

Vikings Undead

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Vikings Undead

Face brutal undead Viking warriors, who have risen and taken over Central Park. Expect a lot of bloodlust and gore from this scare zone. We spotted a very tall Viking who seemed to be in charge of scaring guests entering their territory. Out of all the scare zones, we enjoyed this one the most because it completely transforms once the sun goes down. It's also the narrowest, so you're forced closer to the Vikings.

Halloween Horror Nights Shows: 

Academy of Villains: Altered States

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Academy of Villains: Altered States

The Academy of Villains show returns this year with an epic experiment of mind and body. Man’s true nature is dragged out into the dark, gothic streets of anarchy. This all-new performance features a killer mix of theatrics and dance, including an aerial performer and a mind-blowing contortionist that you just can't look away from. Catch the show at 8 p.m., 9 p.m., 10:30 p.m. or 11:45 p.m.

Halloween Marathon of Mayhem

A brand-new show is providing spooks and scares at this year's event! The lagoon lights up with iconic scenes from Stranger ThingsGhostbustersUniversal Monsters and Killer Klowns from Outer Space, with water effects, lasers and projections. Shows take place at 10 p.m., 11 p.m. and 12 a.m. each night, and it's only 10 minutes long. If you're in the area and it's close to showtime, it's worth checking out. But don't stress over it if you need hit more haunted houses!

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Food and Beverages

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

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Pizza Fries

The Pizza Fries are back, and they're as popular as ever. These crinkle-cut fries topped with pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni and sausage are basically our dream menu item. However, adding some competition is the brand-new S'mores Fries (sweet potato fries, marshmallow, chocolate chips and graham cracker crumbs).

Stranger Things has inspired a series of tents called Starcourt Mall Food Court, which is dedicated to the restaurants spotted in the background of season 3, such as Imperial Panda (Chinese food) and Ole Amigo (Mexican food).

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Starcourt Mall

What about alcoholic beverages, you ask? Well, this year, Halloween Horror Nights 29 is serving up a sweet selection. There are four special event drinks: The Saturn, Vampire's Curse, The Twilight Galaxy and Blood Pit. Two frozen drinks — Syrup & Waffles and Candy Corn — make a return.

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 you’ll be sure to find a nice memento (whether it’s a T-shirt or a souvenir cup) for Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019.

This year, we were obsessed with the variety 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 Ghostbusters to Universal Monsters. 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

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - 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. This package is  $49.99 (plus tax) and includes dinner, a digital download of one photo taken during the experience and more. Get more details and book here.

Available on select event nights:

Sep. 6, 7, 8, 12, 14, 15, 19, 21, 22, 26, 28, 29

Oct. 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 23, 24, 26, 27, 30, 31

The first seating begins at 5 p.m.

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 Academy of Villains, 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.

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

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Men In Black

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 are 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
  • The Simpsons Ride (open select event nights only)

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 that Fast & Furious, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts and TRANSFORMERS were closed for the night by 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 (bonus: you can save money too). You don't want to have to wait in any more lines than you have to!

Consider an Express Pass only if hitting all 10 houses in one night is a priority

We always get asked if the Express Passes are worth it. Our answer is that it really depends on when you're going and if you want to hit all 10 houses in one night. We'd definitely recommend it on Fridays and Saturdays in October, especially closer to Halloween. Wednesdays and Thursdays are less busier days, and if you take advantage of early entry (see our next tip!), you have a better chance of hitting all 10 without an Express Pass.

Universal does sell Express Passes at kiosks throughout the park. So if you change your mind while you're there, you have that last-minute opportunity. You can also buy an Express Pass that's half the original price but only works after 11 p.m. Just keep in mind that both of these Express Pass options are subject to availability.

Get to the park early

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Holding Area

We can't stress this enough: arriving early 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 left side of the entrance. Even better is staying in the park after it closes for early entry, so you can hit a few houses before it gets super busy later at night.

Leave the kids at the hotel 

Lily always stays at home for Halloween Horror Nights. 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.

Leave your costumes and masks at home

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

Dress light and stay hydrated

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Anarch-cade

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 this year at Halloween Horror Nights 29. 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!

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

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Mel's DIE-IN

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

  • TODAY Cafe
  • Universal Studios Classic Monsters Café
  • Finnegan's Bar & Grill
  • Louie's Italian Restaurant
  • Richter's Burger Co.
  • Mel's DIE-IN (Mel's Drive-In)
  • Beverly Hills Boulangerie
  • Starbucks
  • San Francisco Pastry Co.
  • Ben & Jerry's
  • The Fountain of Fair Fortune
  • Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour
  • Fast Food Boulevard
  • KidZone Pizza Company

Splurge on snacks

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Candy Corn Frozen Drink

If you have time to dedicate to fun food and drinks, be sure to check out the event-exclusive goodies, like this candy corn (non-alcoholic) frozen drink. This year, the hit Stranger Things house also 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 - Chainsaw Creature of the Night

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

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Rob Zombie Scare Zone

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.

Are you planning on attending Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019? 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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Aug 8, 2019 at 3:58 p.m. Eric you Says...

we also are going to wait for academy of villains and maybe a brand new secondary show or something else for Orlando Florida Halloween horror nights.

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Aug 8, 2019 at 3:56 p.m. Eric you Says...

a brand new haunted house maze attraction has been unveiled it is graveyard games now we just wait for house of a thousand corpses for both coasts or original replacement along with five scare zones for Orlando Florida Halloween horror nights and for Pandora's box at Hollywood California Halloween horror nights.

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Aug 7, 2019 at 4:38 p.m. Eric you Says...

we now have Jordan peel's us movie coming to both Orlando Florida and Hollywood California for Halloween horror nights then we have house of a thousand corpses or replacement haunted maze attraction then Pandora's box and ghosts in the graveyard along with Orlando Florida's five scare zones like anarchy arcade zombie land or original vikings rob zombie music and films or original along with plastic surgical themed scare zone plus a return of academy of villains and maybe a second brand new show.

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Aug 7, 2019 at 12:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

You were right on the nose with your Us prediction! :) Keep 'em coming!

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Aug 4, 2019 at 7:51 p.m. Kylie Says...

With the Halloween horror express tickets, do you need a separate ticket to enter the Halloween event? Or is the express ticket entry into the park as well as a fast pass to the houses?

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Aug 5, 2019 at 8:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kylie!

With Halloween Horror Nights Express tickets, you'll need separate admission as well if you're purchasing for one night. On Universal's website, you can find some multi-night tickets bundled with the Express Pass.

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Aug 4, 2019 at 1:19 a.m. Eric you Says...

i got creep show right it is coming to Hollywood California's version of Halloween horror nights only now Hollywood California has 3 haunted house maze attractions or experiences like house of a thousand corpses or replacement Jordan peel's us and Pandora's box then Orlando Florida needs to announce its scare zones details like anarchy arcade plastic surgical clinic scare zone vikings scare zone zombie land or original replacement and rob zombie music and films scare zone or a original replacement scare zone and the highly likely return of academy of villains there could be a surprise for what is coming for Halloween horror nights for Orlando Florida since it is the thirty anniversary someone or something dark and evil shall return now it think it is time for the queen of mean she is rotten to the core to reign once more she has been ignored and abandoned for far to long maybe there is a chance the show will go on or it is time to meet someone who wants revenge a brother to a certain clown Eddie Schmidt his chainsaw and mask is ready better run for your lives he will see you or Cindy Cain the daughter of the caretaker Albert she wants to play and no one will survive ashes ashes dust to dust her wrath is going to unless hell on earth or could it be the Terra queen last seen in 2005 or could it something none has seen yet a brand new face to host this terrifying never ending story.

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Aug 2, 2019 at 12:35 a.m. Eric you Says...

now we wait for the 3 remaining haunted house maze attractions for Orlando Florida Halloween horror nights at universal studios like house of a thousand corpses or original content ghosts in a graveyard along with Jordan peels us or original content along with five scare zones like anarchy arcade zombie land or original content rob zombie music and films or original content vikings based scare zone and a plastic surgical or hospital based scare zone. we also got exclusive for Hollywood California Pandora's box and creep show.

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Aug 1, 2019 at 3:10 p.m. Eric you Says...

the press conference today unveiled a new theme park and a resort plus new restaurants and shops for Orlando Florida universal studios resort this one is called epic universe now time to get back to Halloween horror nights we have 3 haunted house maze attractions five scare zones and a show maybe return of academy of villains that would totally be terrifying and epic.

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Aug 1, 2019 at 2:07 p.m. Russ Says...

We are visiting in October, is there a duel park one day pass with a HHN add on with express pass for both? Thanks.

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Aug 1, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Russ!

At this time, you'd need to purchase the regular admission ticket and Halloween Horror Nights ticket separately (with the Express addition). However, Universal has a promo package right now that includes 4-Night Hotel Accommodations, 3-Park 4-Day Park-to-Park Ticket1 to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure AND Universal’s Volcano Bay, Early Park Admission and 1-Night Admission to Halloween Horror Nights. You can find that offer here. We'll keep our eyes and ears open for other deals!

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Jul 31, 2019 at 6:44 p.m. Eric you Says...

hopefully something new and epic comes tomorrow with the big press conference for universal studios Orlando Florida or at midsummer scream at long beach California on August 3 or August 4 see what will be unleashed.

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Jul 31, 2019 at 2:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

We are right there with you, Eric! Whatever it is, we bet it's exciting :)

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Jul 27, 2019 at 3:35 a.m. Jeremy Schraw Says...

Would you happen to know if the handicap access pass works for the haunted houses during Halloween Horror Nights? Thanks for any information you may be able to provide.

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Jul 30, 2019 at 3:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeremy,

Yes, Universal's Attraction Assistance Pass still works for haunted houses during Halloween Horror Nights. You will need to either call ahead (within 30 days of your visit) or visit guest services once you arrive, as they issue the pass on a case-by-case basis that's determined by their requirements.

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Jul 25, 2019 at 7:27 p.m. Amber Says...

How early in the year can we purchase tickets to HHN.We don't have funds for this year,but would love to attend in 2020

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Jul 25, 2019 at 4 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amber!

These generally go on sale in early summer.

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Jul 25, 2019 at 4:10 p.m. Eric you Says...

well killer clowns from outer space has been unveiled to be coming to Halloween horror nights in both Orlando Florida and Hollywood California this year hopeful next is house of a thousand corpses or replacement original along with unknown intellectual property haunted house maze attraction then the originals like Pandora's box for Hollywood California and graveyard hide and shriek for Orlando Florida along with Orlando Florida's five scare zones like anarchy arcade zombie land or original replacement rob zombie music and films or replacement a vikings themed scare zone and a plastic surgical clinic scare zone or original hospital themed scare zone.

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Jul 24, 2019 at 10:51 p.m. Eric you Says...

now lets see we still have killer clowns from outer space or original house/ attraction maze of a thousand corpses or original unknown intellectual property and graveyard hide and shriek for Orlando Florida Halloween horror nights.

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Jul 24, 2019 at 7:05 p.m. Easy E Says...

Do you know what the hours are for HHN Orlando on September 19th? BTW I love how thorough you are in breaking down everything possible for HHN.

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Jul 24, 2019 at 2:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Easy E!

Thanks for hopping by! HHN starts at 6:30 on Sept. 19, though end time may vary. Have a great time!

Keep hopping!

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Jul 24, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. Eric you Says...

now we should wait for forty or 36 or 33 or thirty or 25 or 22 or twenty days until Halloween horror nights begins for Orlando Florida and 50 days or so for Halloween horror nights in Hollywood California. come on we need more houses/ mazes/ attractions to reveal for both coasts. Orlando Florida should also have its scare zones and a show maybe the return of academy of villains or something new revealed soon.

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Jul 19, 2019 at 11:15 a.m. LISA MACON Says...

I bought the HHN BOGO tickets prior to June 5 and HHN Express Pass tickets for one of the nights we are going. They are just paper at this point. Will they convert the Express Pass to some type of wrist band or lanyard once we check in? Just not sure how that works.

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Jul 19, 2019 at 9:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa!

Yes, once you arrive, you'll be given a wristband and lanyard for your Express Passes. Have fun!

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Jul 18, 2019 at 8:33 a.m. Michael Biggs Says...

Hi, I'm confused about the dates and just want to confirm, all websites show it finished November 2nd, but the official website calendar shows Novemeber 3rd as a date (and the date on the television on this first image on this website also shows November 3rd. Is the last night for this definitely November 2nd?

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Jul 18, 2019 at 8:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michael!

HHN's main site here and UOR's site here we're only seeing that the event will take place through Nov. 2. Hope this helps!

Keep hopping!

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Jul 17, 2019 at 7:04 p.m. Eric you Says...

i hope tomorrow is also a shared reveal or original or when 49 or 44 or 40 or 36 or 33 or 30 or 25 or 22 or 20 or 16 or 11 or ten days until the event opens in Orlando Florida and before Sept 12 for Hollywood California.

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Jul 17, 2019 at 4:20 p.m. Eric you Says...

we got ghost busters coming to Halloween horror nights in both Orlando Florida and Hollywood California this year now we wait for killer clowns from outer space house/ maze of a thousand corpses unknown intellectual property house or original maze graveyard hide and shriek along with whatever the Pandora's box or exclusive new original house for Hollywood is going to be along with Orlando's scare zones like zombie land or original scare zone in new York area plastic surgical center scare zone for Hollywood vikings scare zone in central park rob zombie music and films scare zone where killer clowns from outer space was last year and anarchy arcade where harvest was last year and the year before that altars of horror and before that was chances scare zone and before that scary tales and before that a masquerade gone wrong scare zone.

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Jul 16, 2019 at 9:26 p.m. Neil Wilkinson Says...

hi there ...I have a 14 day pass for all the universal parks, and also an r.i.p experience booked. doi have to buy a separate entry ticket to hhn29?

thanks

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Jul 18, 2019 at 10:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Neil!

Yes, unfortunately you will need valid Halloween Horror Nights admission, as well (a separate ticket).

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Jul 16, 2019 at 9:25 p.m. Eric you Says...

i wonder if jack and chance return this year or next year definitely next year since it is the thirty year for Halloween horror nights in Orlando Florida this year could have a appearance in a house or a scare zone as a preview or something like a show or something.

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Jul 16, 2019 at 4:43 a.m. Sabrina Says...

If I purchased HHN tickets, will I be able to ride the attractions that are open these days even though I don't have the day park tickets?

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Jul 16, 2019 at 3:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sabrina,

Yes, you can, but keep in mind that only select rides will be open.

Keep hopping!

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Jul 15, 2019 at 4:15 p.m. Eric you Says...

i want something revealed could it be these choices of killer clowns from outer space house or original of a thousand corpses or original ghost busters or original tooth fairy or replacement intellectual property based on a movie or television show along with graveyard hide and shriek as our haunted houses/ mazes along with anarchy arcade zombie land the movie or original scare zone rob zombie music and films or original vikings scare zone and plastic surgery scare zone along with the return of academy of villains.

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Jul 13, 2019 at 12:25 p.m. Morgan Says...

Do you have to purchase the park ticket if you only plan on going to HHN?

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Jul 15, 2019 at 9:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Morgan!

If you are only planning on attending Halloween Horror Nights, you won't need a park ticket (though you won't be able to head into the park until official HHN time).

Keep hopping!

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Jul 7, 2019 at 10:32 p.m. Eric You Says...

i hope we get our next five haunted houses/ mazes for Orlando Florida's Halloween horror nights event along with the five scare zones unveiled plus other surprises coming soon maybe one tomorrow or 55 or 50 or 49 or 44 or 40 or 36 or 33 or 30 or 25 or 22 or 20 days come on we are dying for fear to go to the max let one last shot in the 1980's begin.

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Jul 4, 2019 at 1:36 p.m. Susan joseph Says...

My son and his fiancée are long time HHN attendees.. he owns a horror toy business of collectibles.. their dream is to get married at HHN on Friday the 13th of September. 2019.. is there any way they can do that .. it’s just them and 2 witnesses. Please give me any help or suggestions to make this happen!!!

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Jul 9, 2019 at 8:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Susan!

Oh my gosh, a love story for the ages! We love this idea - we'd suggest giving Universal Studios a call to see what options they may have at (407) 224-4233.

Keep hopping!

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Jun 27, 2019 at 2 a.m. Brian Says...

Hi, we will be at Disney during the end of October, but have never been to universal. We are not into the scary and gory stuff, how can we visit but avoid halloween horror nights?

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Jul 1, 2019 at 11:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brian,

Because Halloween Horror Nights is a separately ticketed event, you can avoid the haunted houses and scare zones during the day! Some decorations may remain out, but the large props typically stay covered under a tarp. The park closes to daytime guests in the evening, but you can head over to Islands of Adventure if you have a park-to-park ticket, as Halloween Horror Nights only takes place at Universal Studios Florida.

Keep hopping!

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Jun 11, 2019 at 4:01 p.m. Adam Says...

Have you heard any news about when HHN Express Passes will go on sale online? Or have you found any info on pricing for it this year? I can't find anything yet!

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Jun 12, 2019 at 7:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Adam!

We haven't heard anything just yet - we'll keep you posted as soon as we hear more!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 7, 2019 at 2:08 p.m. Bellefaith42 Says...

Why wouldn't Universal start HHNs early this year (ie. Aug 29) when people will be flooding to Orlando for Disney's Star Wars Galaxy Edge opening?

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Jun 7, 2019 at 12:47 p.m. Laura R Says...

I was not able to go to HHN last year (2018) but we have our tickets for this year!

Just saw Express Pass prices. Holy Moly! I do not remember them being that expensive. $140!! I thought it was about $80 the last time I went .. which would have been in 2017.

Yowza. Need a second mortgage on the house for this trip.

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Jun 5, 2019 at 7:15 p.m. Lisa Says...

Hi. Do you know if the RIP tickets go on sale this week please It will be our first HHN visit and we are travelling from London. Got 9 days at HRH!! Cannot wait. So excited.

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Jun 7, 2019 at 10:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa,

The RIP tickets are available now - have a frogtastic time!

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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.

Keep hopping!

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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!

Keep hopping!

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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.

Keep hopping!

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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!

Keep hopping!

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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.

Keep hopping!

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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.

Keep hopping!

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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!

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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!

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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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