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Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019 Survival Guide

by Leap on June 6, 2019 2017 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 details, we’ll update you here, so stay tuned.

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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, 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.

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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Aug 10, 2017 at 12:43 a.m. Mike D Says...

VR would be a freaky edition. Bet there'd be lots of kinks to work out though

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Aug 9, 2017 at 11:32 p.m. Renee Smason Says...

Looks like something right in my kids wheel house.

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Aug 9, 2017 at 10:20 p.m. Beth Ann Says...

I wen to Disney World and Universal Studios during Halloween time when I was in 3rd grade (like 20 years ago) so I think it's time to go back as an adult! :)

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Aug 9, 2017 at 10:15 p.m. Sarah Y. Says...

That crowd though! Maybe one of these days I'll finally visit during prime season :)

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Aug 9, 2017 at 9:45 p.m. Nikki M. Says...

Thanks for all the helpful info!

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Aug 9, 2017 at 8:57 p.m. Johnsondvm13 Says...

Thanks for this great blog post! My husband and I LOVE halloween and we are hopefully going to get to Universal for Halloween in 2018!

Thanks for giving out the best advice and tips!!

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Aug 9, 2017 at 7:56 p.m. Melanie Hook Says...

Omg. Going to this is one of my dreams!

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Aug 9, 2017 at 7:55 p.m. Juli Varvarezis Says...

I have never been to this, but this looks seriously scary and awesome!

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Aug 8, 2017 at 10:33 a.m. Daniel Says...

Hi there,

We are visiting Halloween Horror nights this coming October but two party members do not want to partake. I was wondering, would Island of adventure be open to the public when Halloween Horror nights are on in Universal Studios or will both parks close at 6pm although Horror nights are only in the one park?

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Aug 8, 2017 at 7:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Daniel,

The closing hours vary on Islands of Adventure, but it is not open as late as Universal Studios during HHN.

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Aug 4, 2017 at 7:01 p.m. Jesse Says...

I feel like this should be all over the internet, but I can't seem to find the closing hours of HHN 27? We are going on Sunday, Sept 24th. Are we talking 1am? 2am? Midnight? How late is HHN open? Thanks.

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Aug 7, 2017 at 11:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessie,

HHN Orlando closing hours are not posted and it depends on the day. In our experience, the earliest they close is midnight.

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Aug 4, 2017 at 12:17 a.m. Ian V Says...

We will be at the horror night on Wed, Oct 4th. With it being one of the recommended days to go, should we still get an express pass if we want to try to do all the haunted houses? Or will lines be short enough to do them all without an express pass since its a less busy day?

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Aug 6, 2017 at 2:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ian,

While it's a less-busy day, there will still be waits. You'll be able to do more, and perhaps even see a haunted house more than once, with an Express Pass.

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Aug 10, 2017 at 3:01 a.m. Deborah Says...

Thanks for the great info!

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Aug 2, 2017 at 2:44 a.m. Nelson Says...

Hi, I will be visiting HHN this year. What date between the 27th of October and the 4th of November do you think will be least crowded?

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Aug 2, 2017 at 10:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nelson,

The least crowded would definitely be after Halloween. Nov. 3 is one of our most recommended days to experience the event due to the least amount of crowds. Try going then if you can!

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Oct 6, 2017 at 3:02 p.m. Larry Says...

I am going on the 11th. Did you get the express passes? Did you need them?

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Jul 26, 2017 at 3:21 a.m. JROO Says...

Hi-

Planning my visit! Your site is SUPER helpful! I am debating on opting for the VIP package. Regarding the entrance to the houses: does VIP tour guide trump the express pass? My understanding is that with the VIP you can visit ALL of the houses. Do you think on a non-peak night with an express pass you can get to all of them? I am not necessarily interested in all of the other benefits of VIP tickets.

Thanks!

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Jul 27, 2017 at 3:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Yes, if you visit on a non-peak night with an Express Pass and show up early, then you should be able to do everything you want. If you're not interested in all of the other VIP benefits, then you'll want to stick with the Express Pass.

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Jul 25, 2017 at 11:29 p.m. Alejandro Says...

si tengo una entrada para Universal Studios y a las 5 cierra pero tambien tengo entradas para HHN27 te hacen salir o puedes quedarte dentro del parque??

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Jul 27, 2017 at 4:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hola,

Si ya está en Universal Studios Florida durante el día, puede dirigirse a una de las "áreas de espera" del parque antes de que cierre para el evento. Usted estará en la localización principal a un número de casas y por lo general por lo menos una casa se abre temprano para cada área que sostiene.

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Jul 19, 2017 at 5:58 p.m. Elle Says...

I am taking my kids to Islands of Adventure during the DAY on October 1, 2017 which just so happens to be one of the days of HHN. Is there anything scary (decor or people in costumes, etc) already setup at the park during the day? Or does all the scary stuff not begin truly until 630pm?

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Jul 19, 2017 at 1:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elle,

Halloween Horror Nights is only at Universal Studios Florida; you should be fine at Islands of Adventure.

Keep hopping!

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Jul 19, 2017 at 4:20 p.m. Dave Says...

On previous visits, I've seen that you can purchase tickets for HHN while actually enjoying a day in the park, are these ticket prices cheaper than the add on that you can purchase at the gate? Or the price of the Coca Cola promotion (both currently at around the $83 mark for the day I'm going)? I have already purchased the express pass for the day from the HHN website, I'm just trying to work out which is going to be the cheapest option for the actual ticket.

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Jul 17, 2017 at 12:45 a.m. Ben Says...

Is the HHN just at universal studios or is it at islands of adventure as well? We will be coming with small children and are trying to plan the day.. maybe start at Studios and end in IOA in the evening

Thanks

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Jul 17, 2017 at 4:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ben,

Halloween Horror Nights is just at Universal Studios. Your plan sounds like a great one, as crowds will start to build at Universal Studios once it gets closer to the event time in the evening.

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Jul 14, 2017 at 2:53 p.m. Heather Says...

Is it worth it to book the RIP tour or would an express pass be sufficient for Friday, Sept 29?

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Jul 14, 2017 at 12:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heather,

It depends on what you're wanting to do. If you want to do everything the RIP tour includes, then yes it would be worth the purchase. However, if you're just wanting minimal waits for the houses (and don't care much for the extra stuff on the RIP tour), then an Express Pass would be sufficient. We predict Sept. 29 to be a medium crowded day, so an Express Pass would definitely cut the wait down for you.

Keep hopping!

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Jul 13, 2017 at 9:36 p.m. Leon Says...

Hi!

My family and I are going on Oct 31th, 2017.

Do you think we will we be able to visit all the houses on this day with the HHN Express Pass?

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Jul 14, 2017 at 12:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leon,

Oct. 31 will definitely be one of (if not the most) crowded days of the event. Having the Express Pass will help avoid extremely long waits, but you should still expect heavy crowds and lines. The pass can cut your wait time by half usually. That being said, the waits can reach as long as two hours on peak nights, so you still might have to wait up to an hour for one house.

Keep hopping!

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Jul 8, 2017 at 5:44 p.m. Jess Says...

Hey!

I'm going to Orlando from the Sept 29th to Oct 2nd.

I was planning on going to Island of Adventure and Univesal on Friday and Saturday during the day. And on Sunday attend the HHN.

At what time will the parks be closing to prepare for the HHN?

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Jul 9, 2017 at 8:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jess,

Our Crowd Calendar lists park operating ours. Check it out to help plan your visit.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 6, 2017 at 2:12 p.m. Bel Says...

Hey there! I'll be attending on Oct 28th, which is Saturday. I don't really have the chance to go on any other date so I want to be realistic as to how peak will this day actually be. Would the waiting be around 3hours like most say? Do you recommend the express pass? Which I don't really think I can afford!

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Jul 6, 2017 at 4:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bel,

Saturdays are extremely popular, so the 3-hour waits would definitely apply. We recommend the express pass to ease that wait time and see more mazes and houses!

Keep hopping!

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Jun 11, 2017 at 9:14 p.m. Alberto Says...

Does anyone at what time the HHN closes? this means my wife is going to pick up me at the end, but I dont know if it is till midnight or later. Thanks

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Jun 11, 2017 at 6:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alberto,

We have not seen official operating hours posted yet. Depending on the evening, we would expect closing times after midnight or later.

Keep Hopping!

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May 20, 2017 at 10:13 a.m. robyn Says...

im going to hhn 27 but I'm going to universal in july can i buy tickets then for hhn?

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May 22, 2017 at 8:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Robyn,

As as far as we know, only day-of HHN tickets are sold at the gate. Your best bet would get them in advance online.

Keep Hopping!

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May 23, 2017 at 4:21 p.m. Laura R Says...

Do you know when/if you will be selling HHN tickets?

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May 24, 2017 at 8:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura,

We're working on getting HHN tickets. Keep checking back with us!

Keep Hopping!

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Oct 25, 2016 at 2:01 a.m. Cherie Says...

I am going to HHN this coming Sat Oct 29th. I do not smoke cigs anymore, but I do use a vapor. Will it be ok to bring that in, but MOST IMPORTANTLY -- can I bring in a bottle of 'juice' (as its called) - the liquid we use to refill our vapor. Thanks!

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Oct 23, 2016 at 5:42 p.m. Jennifer Says...

Hello my bf bought a HHN express pass. Does that mean we can go to the parks as well? On the page it says it includes it but when he printed it, it says admission not included. He paid $280 for it ????

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Oct 25, 2016 at 12:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer,

The HHN Express Pass is just good for the event.

Keep hopping!

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Apr 22, 2017 at 8:28 p.m. Kymesha Johnson Says...

Hi I love Halloween horror nights too????

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Oct 16, 2016 at 12:41 p.m. Melissa Says...

Hello- I apologize if this question has been answered already. Bought an HHN ticket and express pass. Will the express pass be allowed one time for each ride that's open, such as Gringotts, or will it only work on a couple rides? Trying to decide whether to attempt Harry Potter or not...

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Oct 21, 2016 at 10:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melissa,

Just to confirm, your Express Pass is for Halloween Horror Nights? If so, it includes one time use for each ride that is open and each house.

Keep hopping!

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Oct 10, 2016 at 1:07 a.m. Karissa Says...

Hello,

This is our first year where we will be attempting to go to horror nights. I know halloween is on a monday this year. I know it's impossible to know this answer for sure but do you think it would be possible to get same day tickets for halloween night?

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Oct 11, 2016 at 12:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karissa,

It is possible if you are OK taking a chance.

Keep hopping!

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Oct 11, 2016 at 12:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karissa,

It is possible if you are OK taking a chance.

Keep hopping!

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Oct 2, 2016 at 4:17 p.m. Billy Says...

October 23 might need to be moved to most crowded the locals have school off on the 24th and the express is 139.99 that night, it will most likely be the most crowded Sunday of the season.

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Oct 3, 2016 at 10:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Billy,

Great catch!

Keep hopping!

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Oct 23, 2016 at 6:15 p.m. lauren Says...

The school calendar does not show that Orange County schools are closed Oct 24. Are you certain local schools close this day? Why would they?

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Sep 30, 2016 at 10:05 p.m. Winnie Says...

Hi!

I am staying at a Universal resort and I will have a express pass from them. Do you know if I can use that express pass at Horror Nights as well?

Thanks

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Oct 3, 2016 at 10:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Winnie,

Unfortunately you cannot. But do take advantage of the priority entrance for resort guests (right side of the entrance) if you aren't staying in the park. You can get in more quickly.

Keep hopping!

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Sep 29, 2016 at 6:06 p.m. Aimee Rigor Says...

Are we allowed to bring in hydroflask containers into the park?

and can they be filled with water already or must they be empty before entering?

Does the same rules apply for Universal Studios Hollywood?

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Oct 12, 2016 at 10:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Aimee,

They should be OK but would need to be empty.

Keep hopping!

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Sep 28, 2016 at 1:31 p.m. Jose Says...

I purchased HHN Express Passes in advance, and now, someone in our party cannot attend. I don't expect a refund, but it says they can't be transferable. Do they really check ID's to ensure they match the name on the preprinted Express Pass?

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Oct 11, 2016 at 9:54 p.m. Jeanne Mcintyre Says...

I have been to Halloween horror nights for 13 years in a row I have never had them check and ID for a single day pass. If the passes are multi-day however they do use thumbprint technology to assure that the same person that use the ticket on the first night continues to use it on all the available nights.

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Sep 28, 2016 at 2:02 a.m. Ian Says...

Do you know roughly how long each haunted house is? I saw walkthroughs of 3-4 minute are they really that short? I also got the RIP tour do you think 7pm is too early will it still be light out to experience do you recommend I change it to later Thanks!

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Oct 20, 2016 at noon FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ian,

Yes, the houses are that short or shorter. I think 7 p.m. is fine since many of the houses are covered and indoors.

Keep hopping!

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Sep 27, 2016 at 6:20 p.m. Lisa Says...

I purchased a ticket for hhn at universal orlando. Do i need a separate park pass to take advantage of the rides that are open during hhn?

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Oct 3, 2016 at 11:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa,

If you have the Halloween Horror Nights ticket, you do not need a separate ticket to ride the rides during the party.

Keep hopping!

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Sep 27, 2016 at 6:42 a.m. Lauren Says...

How long is the wait in the lines?

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Oct 3, 2016 at 11:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lauren,

Waits vary. If you arrive at opening, they can be short to non-existent. They can go up to a couple of hours.

Keep hopping!

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Sep 27, 2016 at 6:40 a.m. Linda Says...

Do Florida residence get a discount on the express pass? If not what days are recommended in late October to go to HHN?

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Oct 20, 2016 at 12:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Linda,

No, they do not. The post outlines the best days in late October, a Wednesday or Thursday is ideal.

Keep hopping!

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Sep 27, 2016 at 12:34 a.m. Lydia Says...

The article mentions once all the HHN info is set there will be a touring plan released. Has this been published yet?

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Oct 3, 2016 at 11:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lydia,

We have added our advice above!

Keep hopping!

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Sep 26, 2016 at 2:18 p.m. Mirta Says...

This is my first time to HHN. Is it required for a park pass to be purchased in addition to the HHN pass?

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Sep 28, 2016 at 7:24 p.m. Melissa Says...

Hi Mirta,

I think you were asking if you'll need a park admission pass as well as a HHN ticket. NO--you only need the HHN ticket for this event, unless you plan on hanging out at the park earlier in the day.

-Melissa

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Sep 26, 2016 at 10:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mirta,

Yes, you will still need to pay for parking.

Keep hopping!

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Sep 26, 2016 at 1:55 a.m. Ian T Aiuto Says...

I had two questions. I am going on 10/28 so excited we have booked the RIP tour so we can experience everything. I booked a 7pm time so we can ride the rides after but do you think we will experience everything if it still light out or should I change it??

I also am wondering how many minutes does it take to go through each house? Are they pretty decent length or short? I was seeing walkthrough 3-4 minutes each house but it in years past I don't remember them being that short! I am hoping that it isn't the entire house and just part. would appreciate any advice. Thanks so much!!

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Oct 3, 2016 at 11:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ian,

With the RIP tour, you can definitely experience all of the houses and shows.

Keep hopping!

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Sep 25, 2016 at 7:21 p.m. Patty Says...

We are planning on being at Universal October 15-17. Does HHN impact the closing time of IOA or will that park be open until 8 on Saturday the 15th? Just trying to plan and thinking doing IOA on the 15th, HHN on 16th and then we could have a day at USF on the 17th that goes until 8. Thanks for your help.

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Oct 3, 2016 at 11:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Patty,

Yes, Universal's Islands of Adventure usually stays open later during Halloween Horror Nights. You can see the official opening and closing times for your dates on our crowd calendar.

Keep hopping!

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Sep 15, 2016 at 6:35 p.m. Brad Says...

When you do a 2 or 3 day park to park with HHN, does that get you access into HHN each day or just once?

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Sep 21, 2016 at 11:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brad,

Specific details are on the ticket pages, but these combo tickets offer one night admission for Halloween Horror Nights. You can see all of our Universal Orlando discount ticket options here:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/universal-orlando-resort/

Keep hopping!

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Sep 15, 2016 at 6 p.m. Amy Says...

Hi! I saw in the first paragraph of this story, that you are once again offering discount tickets for this event. If I only want to attend HHN and not go to the park during the day, can I still buy a HHN discount ticket from this site? Thanks!

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Sep 21, 2016 at 10:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy,

This year, we are only offering the Park-to-Park Halloween Horror Nights Combo tickets. You can see all of our Universal Orlando discount ticket options here:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/universal-orlando-resort/

Keep hopping!

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Sep 14, 2016 at 4:11 p.m. Jesse Says...

Is it true after 10 pm express passes are half off at HHN?

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Sep 17, 2016 at 5:07 a.m. Jen McIntyre Says...

Yes passes are half price after 10pm.. The only caveat is that they could potentially sell out... I can't say the frequency of this but it is most likely to happen on Saturday nights, and Friday/Saturday nights late in October

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Sep 13, 2016 at 5:13 a.m. Janet C. Says...

Hi, I will be visiting HHN in October and have a question. I have lived in Florida only a year now but never got my Florida license, seeing as I do not drive so there wasn't much reason to get it. I plan on buying my ticket online and using a Coca-Cola UPC code to get my Florida resident price for the ticket. I plan to print them out at home as well. So my question is, will they ID me at the entrance if I already have my tickets? I am concerned that if they do ID me, they will not let me enter with a Fl resident ticket because I do not have a FL license.

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Sep 21, 2016 at 8:42 a.m. steven Says...

u need ur id when u pick up the tickets, if not you will be charge the difference for regular admission.

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Sep 19, 2016 at 7:54 p.m. Robin Says...

My son didnt have Florida ID but used copy of Florida lease which worked fine.

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Sep 18, 2016 at 1:59 p.m. Lori Says...

Hi Janet I purchased my tickets by phone and the customer service rep said I will have to show my license at the gate.

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Sep 14, 2016 at 3:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Janet,

Maybe others could share their experience, but it's a possibility you will need to show ID.

Keep hopping!

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Sep 14, 2016 at 3:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Janet,

Maybe others could share their experience, but it's a possibility you will need to show ID.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Sep 17, 2016 at 9:48 p.m. Alexa Says...

No, they do not check ID at the gate!

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Sep 12, 2016 at 12:33 p.m. Michael Says...

I am attending Sunday, October 2nd, and I am also debating on an express pass for HHN, but I want to get the most out of my experience. With that day, do you have any suggestions on if I will be missing out on too much without an express pass?

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Sep 14, 2016 at 3:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michael,

If you plan your evening carefully, you can generally get a lot done. These events are busy and there is a lot to see, so it's unlikely you would experience everything.

Keep hopping!

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Sep 6, 2016 at 12:43 p.m. monkeydevil Says...

We have Universal 2 day Park Hopper passes plus the HHN. Planning to do HHN on Sun 10/2 and will do one of the Universal Parks during the day. Does it matter which park we are in during the day? I am leaning toward USF that day and IOA another day.

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Sep 14, 2016 at 4:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

You can be in both parks during the day if you have Park-to-Park tickets, but you want to hop over to Universal Studios Florida before it closes at 5 p.m. if you want to remain in the park before Halloween Horror Nights, so you can get a jump on the action.

Keep hopping!

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Sep 2, 2016 at 3:27 p.m. Lisa Says...

I plan on attending universal studios at the end of September but all I want is to go to Harry Potter world. Will I be able to avoid any and all scarers and scare zones?

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Sep 2, 2016 at 11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa,

Yes! You just need a regular park ticket, and you'll be fine.

Keep hopping!

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Sep 8, 2016 at 2 p.m. Jess Says...

We are in a similar situation. We are coming the week before HHN begins next year, but heard decorations are up already. We want to experience the whole park, but we have a 2 year who's less than thrilled about scary stuff. Are the decorations close to HHN decorations or just pumpkins etc? Should we go another time?

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Sep 14, 2016 at 4:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jess,

The props that are out during the day are very minimal. It should not be an issue.

Keep hopping!

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Aug 25, 2016 at 10:28 a.m. Erika Says...

Hi,

I'm planning to go on Sunday October 2 and I'm debating whether to purchase express passes because there is no school that following Monday and I'd really like to avoid an unexpected crowd. Any suggestions?

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Sep 3, 2016 at 3:58 p.m. Elise Says...

Usually during the day for October is pretty dead at the park

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Aug 23, 2016 at 9:09 p.m. Alice Says...

Is there any sexual things in the mazes or shows? ... I'm trying to avoid that. Reason why I won't go back to knotts try thrive on all of that.

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Sep 11, 2016 at 2:34 p.m. Sebastyan Says...

Although it might not be the case, American Horror Story is known to contain some sexual content, but they might tone it down.

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Aug 22, 2016 at 9:57 p.m. Joe Lee Says...

Hi Guys. The wife and I will be in Orlando from October 28th, so we figured the best night to visit would be October 31st. As this is a Monday, we figured it might be quieter, but will it actually be busier because it Halloween?

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Aug 28, 2016 at 7:20 p.m. Carly Says...

Halloween is one of the quietest nights actually. Most locals get HHN done before their own Halloween plans.

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Sep 27, 2016 at 6:48 a.m. Linda Says...

How dead is it? Like are the lines better then most nights or just by a little?

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Oct 3, 2016 at 10:18 a.m. Natalie Says...

My partner went to HHN on Halloween 2 years ago (after visiting many other times that month) and said it was the quietest he'd ever seen it, no waits longer than 30 mins for the houses so I would expect this year would be similar. Obviously because you can't wear costumes for the park, most parkgoers prefer to go else where on Halloween night.

Nat

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Aug 22, 2016 at 5:17 p.m. j Says...

I'm a resident. I don't want to hit the park during the day. I'm only interested in the hhn event. do I need to purchase a ticket for the park as well? or can I just purchase the hhn ticket?

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Aug 24, 2016 at 1:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi J,

You just need the Halloween Horror Nights ticket.

Keep hopping!

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