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the Dark Marauder
09-25-2008, 10:55 AM
Mods & Homies:
Please try to keep this thread as the OFFICIAL thread for HHN reviews. It will make for less clutter.

That being Established, I will now post my HHN Review for 9/24--preview night. It's as spoiler free as possible.

Cast: myself--HHN Veteran, Laura--HHN virgin: both 27.

Arrival: 6pm. We grabbed a quick bite at Pastamore Express, then headed to the entrance to USF.

Pics from the entrance:

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h186/millenniumdragn/HHN%202008/IMGP0771.jpg

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h186/millenniumdragn/HHN%202008/IMGP0772.jpg

Crowd shot of those waiting to get in:
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h186/millenniumdragn/HHN%202008/IMGP0773.jpg

Just before 7:30, they opened the gates. Plenty of fog, no scareactors or houses open until 7:45 or 8pm. We ended up going to Bill & Ted first--7:45p show.

Pics on the way to B&T:
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h186/millenniumdragn/HHN%202008/IMGP0775.jpg

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h186/millenniumdragn/HHN%202008/IMGP0777.jpg

Bill & Ted show review.
It's the staple show, but has had some years where it was weak and some where it was strong. This year was strong. The ending was horribly weak, but it did have a beginning, middle, raise of stakes, and end. Good show overall, very funny.
Final Rating: 8/10

Haunted Houses: Due to time constraints, we were only able to see 6 of 8 houses. I did not see Creatures or The Hallow. I heard Creatures is very good. I have not heard anything about The Hallow.

First House: Bloody Mary (Reflection of Fear). Or not. 45 min wait. We'd return to this one later.

Real First House: Doomsday.
Very weird house, good setup. The very last scene was the coolest, IMO, and it wasn't scary, just awesome.
Final Rating: 7/10. 6/10 if not for the end scene.

Next House: Body Collectors.
Laura wanted to see that one the most. As is expected, it was GORY. That's all I'm going to say about it.
Final Rating: 8/10

As we exited the house, there was a jello shot girl. But wait....these were THE BLOOD BAGS! Behold, the blood bag:

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h186/millenniumdragn/HHN%202008/IMGP0784.jpg

PM me if you want spoilers as to what it actually is. But it was tasty.

Next house: Interstellar Terror.
Standard Fare alien/sci-fi house. Some very cool effects.
Final Rating: 7/10

Backtrack time! All the way to Reflections of Fear.
Good house, but too short. Some awesome scenes, but just too short.
Final Rating: 6.5-7/10 Would have scored higher if longer.

Next house: Dead Exposure
ZOMBIES!!!!!! This house was surprisingly awesome. Lots of blacklight effects and some good scares.
Final Rating: 9/10

Final House: Scary Tale
As has been in years past, Scary Tales is always a hit. This year, it was a hit. Look closely, as some things may not register at first, but they are there. And awesome.
Final Rating: 10/10. Best house of the year, IMO.

Pics of the area by Scary Tales:
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http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h186/millenniumdragn/HHN%202008/IMGP0788.jpg

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h186/millenniumdragn/HHN%202008/IMGP0789.jpg

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h186/millenniumdragn/HHN%202008/IMGP0790.jpg

Final Thoughts: MUCH better than last year's HHN. I'd definitely go back a few more times, even if just to see Creatures & The Hallow. I'd absolutely go through Scary Tales and Dead Exposure again.

macraven
09-25-2008, 12:11 PM
i read the reviews on csw.
some of yours match theirs.

thanks for the review and pics!

angel703
09-25-2008, 12:25 PM
Thanks for the pics, DM. Can't wait til tomorrow. :hyper:

Laurabearz
09-25-2008, 12:30 PM
Omg I Wanna Goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

nodoubtrock
09-25-2008, 12:38 PM
I went last night w/ an employee. We waited in line 30 min for body collectors then right when we got close to the front, the house was closed. They wouldn't let us go back the way we came in, instead we had to take a hike around the back of universal w/ no lighting. Anyway, that took awhile. I liked the Path of the Wicked scare zone..not scary but just cool to see. I saw the bill and teds show. I liked it better then last year although I didn't see most of the movies that were referenced. I made it to Scary Tales, The Hallow, Interstellar Terror, and Creatures b/c those lines were short. Longest I waited was 20 min which was nice. The que through Twister had no light and the ground is a little uneven and I almost tripped. I liked the ones I went on..My fav last year was the clown house but I didnt' see anything else like it this year..maybe one of the others i didnt go on..

patster734
09-25-2008, 01:03 PM
:worship:

Thanks for the review!:thumbsup2

My excitement level has been kicked up another notch!

Melisa1
09-25-2008, 01:40 PM
Love the review!!!!!!!!! Oh, I want to go sooooo bad!!!! :mad:
Next year for sure!:thumbsup2

princesskelz
09-25-2008, 01:49 PM
love the Review!!!
i would love to go this year but sadly must wait until OCT 2009
the Blood bags are cool :thumbsup2

Cdn Friends of Pooh
09-25-2008, 01:59 PM
Thanks for the review and pics DM!! :thumbsup2

donaldduck352
09-25-2008, 05:30 PM
Great pixs Dm.:thumbsup2 Looks like it was packed!!

You say it is better overall then last year.Then I'm going to love it even more!!!!

Not much in those blood bags :scratchin Whats in them..Ah I'll waite!!

Purseval
09-25-2008, 06:21 PM
Nice, can't wait for the opening week so we can start to make a strategy for visiting the houses. It will be good to see which ones they let people in first so we know where to stand. Since we won't have Express passes we have to make every step count :thumbsup2

keishashadow
09-25-2008, 06:47 PM
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thumbalyna
09-25-2008, 06:53 PM
how much are they charging for the blood bags

i leave saturday for orlando --- oct 4-5 cant get here soon enough i am so excited

Metallicat
09-25-2008, 07:27 PM
It looks like this year is going to be a good one. :thumbsup2
I can't wait to go, but I have to wait until Oct. 29th, but hey, at least I'm going. :) :hourglass :cat:

9th year in a row for me and DD at HHN's :)

fairfax
09-26-2008, 08:46 AM
Thanks for the review and pictures! We are going tonight and are so excited. I'm glad to hear Scary Tales does not disappoint, that is always my favorite house. I'm intrigued to try the blood bag!:thumbsup2

the Dark Marauder
09-26-2008, 10:13 AM
how much are they charging for the blood bags

i leave saturday for orlando --- oct 4-5 cant get here soon enough i am so excited

Blood Bags were $6. I'd expect that to be the normal price.

ToGreen78
09-26-2008, 11:59 AM
Thanks for the reviews and the pics. I can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tink's Tormentor
09-26-2008, 01:28 PM
I am planning on attenting HHN for the first time this year... I am going to go the same day I attend Universal... DO they do what Disney does?? DO they close the park early, then make you come back in at a certain time with your HHN ticket??

Metro West
09-26-2008, 01:31 PM
I am planning on attenting HHN for the first time this year... I am going to go the same day I attend Universal... DO they do what Disney does?? DO they close the park early, then make you come back in at a certain time with your HHN ticket??Yes but Universal is more thorough in sweeping the park than Disney. The MK closes and reopens almost at the same time so you have day people who are slow to leave whereas Universal closes at 5pm and doesn't reopen until 6:30pm. They sweep the park and make sure the day people leave.

Tink's Tormentor
09-26-2008, 01:41 PM
Yes but Universal is more thorough in sweeping the park than Disney. The MK closes and reopens almost at the same time so you have day people who are slow to leave whereas Universal closes at 5pm and doesn't reopen until 6:30pm. They sweep the park and make sure the day people leave.


Ahh they reopen at 6:30.. Cool... I was planning on leaving Universal at 4:00, heading to City Walk to get something to eat, then re-entering with HHN ticket... I'm sure that is plenty of time... Even if I am back in the park at 7:00... Thanks for the information...

patster734
09-26-2008, 01:55 PM
Ahh they reopen at 6:30.. Cool... I was planning on leaving Universal at 4:00, heading to City Walk to get something to eat, then re-entering with HHN ticket... I'm sure that is plenty of time... Even if I am back in the park at 7:00... Thanks for the information...

If you're in the park at closing time and have a HHN ticket, you don't have to exit the park. Instead you'll be instructed to wait at one of the stay and scream holding areas. This will help you get a head start on touring the haunted houses before the outside crowds catch up to you.

Metro West
09-26-2008, 02:12 PM
If you're in the park at closing time and have a HHN ticket, you don't have to exit the park. Instead you'll be instructed to wait at one of the stay and scream holding areas. This will help you get a head start on touring the haunted houses before the outside crowds catch up to you.Words to live by...words to live by. :thumbsup2

Tink's Tormentor
09-26-2008, 02:36 PM
If you're in the park at closing time and have a HHN ticket, you don't have to exit the park. Instead you'll be instructed to wait at one of the stay and scream holding areas. This will help you get a head start on touring the haunted houses before the outside crowds catch up to you.

Not really much of an issue or problem with me... We have already decided on where to eat that night, Marguerittaville..

donaldduck352
09-26-2008, 04:42 PM
Blood Bags were $6. I'd expect that to be the normal price.

They must be good for the size and price.I'm still getting one tho!!

Metro West
09-26-2008, 10:06 PM
OK...Here's my list of houses from least favorite to favorite. Keep in mind opening night is still a rehearsal and the listing might change over time.

1. Dead Exposure
2. Body Collectors: Collections of the Past
3. Reflections of Fear
4. Scary Tales: Once Upon a Nightmare
5. Creatures!
6. Interstellar Terror
7. The Hallow
8. Doomsday

I'll write a review tomorrow...I'm too tired to fool with it tonight.

patster734
09-26-2008, 10:23 PM
OK...Here's my list of houses from least favorite to favorite. Keep in mind opening night is still a rehearsal and the listing might change over time.

1. Dead Exposure
2. Body Collectors: Collections of the Past
3. Reflections of Fear
4. Scary Tales: Once Upon a Nightmare
5. Creatures!
6. Interstellar Terror
7. The Hallow
8. Doomsday

I'll write a review tomorrow...I'm too tired to fool with it tonight.

Interesting! Looking forward to the details tomorrow!

Slacking
09-27-2008, 06:48 AM
Here's my super quick rankings with a couple notes for each house. Numbers 2-5 are pretty interchangeable, I had a hard time placing those four in order. I will say though, that there were no break though / stand out house this year, but there were no complete duds either.

1. Interstellar Terror- awesome sets, saw both casts and they both offered a number of scares.
2. Scary Tales- Ranked number two because of one particular room and a couple characters in the house that highly amused me. I do think though that many of the actors just need more practice.
3. Creatures!- It was good and had scares, I just wanted it to be campier and filled with more creatures.
4. The Hallow- I don't quite understand the story and premise, but there were definitely some fairly cool scares in this house.
5. Body Collectors- couldn't see much on my only walkthrough, it was very dark. But, I still got a number of scares. I'm getting tired of the random torture houses though, I feel like I've seen it all already before.
6- Dead Exposure- Neat concept, and it was quite trippy. One room was quite amazing, and confused the heck out of me (guess it helped that I was sans glasses due to them being broken in another house).
7- Reflections of Fear- I liked being scared by Mary, I just felt this house lack cohesion.
8- Doomsday- first time through, the actors were totally in it. Second time through, most of them were standing around looking for the easy scare. Bad show, IMO. Also, this house felt too familiar feeling like I walked through much of it before. The finale is interesting, but they need to do more with it.

Metro West
09-27-2008, 08:17 AM
Here's my review of HHN last night. I agree with Slacking that none of the houses were duds and all were very dark...we had a hard time seeing most of the time. I'm not going to give away too much of the details. More observations at the end:

1. Dead Exposure - I liked this one and seemed to get the most screams. Lots of scares and a good layout...cool effects as well.

2. Body Collectors: Collections of the Past - I was a huge fan of the first BC in 2005 and this one wasn't as good but still up there on my list. Gory sets and lots of scareactors.

3. Reflections of Fear - Good concept and sets. Lots of Marys running around but it's in the Jaws queue which means it's pretty warm in there.

4. Scary Tales: Once Upon a Nightmare - No line for this one...lots of great scenes some pretty funny.

5. Creatures! - Wasn't very impressed with this one. Again...great sets and interiors but I didn't see a lot of creatures running around. Good scares and effects.

6. Interstellar Terror - This one just didn't do much for me. It was like walking around an old set from Aliens. I'll have to do this one again.

7. The Hallow - One of the best in terms of sets and smells but didn't do much for me in the scare department. Very hard to see your way around and I actually followed some people out the wrong door until Em corrected me.

8. Doomsday - Cool sets and a pretty decent line out front. Lots of scareactors but not a lot of scares for me. I'll do this one again though.


Observations I made:

- Stay and Scream area was on Delancey Street outside Finnegan's.
- Boneyard is completed ripped up...nothing going in there for a LONG time.
- Scarezones were pretty weak...not many scareactors and too little fog.
- No 360 show in the lagoon.
- The security people didn't seem too keen on people taking pictures outside of the houses. Em was told not to take pictures outside of The Hallow and we were told not to take pictures of the zombie crew when they were moving into position.
- The queue lines seemed longer this year. The queue for Interstellar Terror was ridiculous! Good thing I had Express.
- LOTS of people but the lines were manageable...for the most part. I'll post a picture of the wait times below.

This was taken around 9:30 last night:

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y239/VaNative/Halloween%20Horror%20Nights/DSC01887.jpg

I don't know if this was just for this weekend but...a lady was selling lanyards in the Stay & Scream area and around the park for $5.00 OR you could get the lanyard AND Express pass that was good after 10pm for $25.00. We got the lanyard but already had an Expass pass for the night. I wish I had waited and I would have stayed later. Anyway...if you are coming down and don't have an Express pass, you might want to wait and see if they are doing the same deal later in the month. It's a great deal! It will help the people who can not do S & S...they will just have to wait for a while. Again...I don't know if this was just for opening weekend but it's worth a shot to wait on the Express passes.

I didn't do any of the shows...that's next time. If anyone has any questions, fire away!

Thanks for reading!

markndean
09-27-2008, 08:34 AM
Great Night! Did all the houses by 8pm!

Favourite: Creatures

Least favourite: Doomsday

Biggest Surprise: Interstella Terror - more scary than we thought it would be.

Skoolhouse - creepy, got followed by 'child thing' made me very uneasy.

Asylum in Wonderland - Dean was chased by this weird Mad Hatter.

So glad we went.

Advice: Wait until dark to do Reflections of Fear, a lot of outside light was coming in.

ligirlz
09-27-2008, 08:48 AM
I also went last night for Passholder night. Below are my range from best to worst.

1) Creatures!- It was awesome. The set up and the set was immaculate. I loved the detail of everything even though there could have been more creatures the sounds alone would scare you.

2) Body Collectors - Was very graphic but excellent. The scareactors were awesome scaring you at every angle. The props were so realistic that I regretted going in this after I ate.

3) Interstellar Terror - Very good setup and the scareactors there scared you at every turn. The detail again was excellent.

4) Dead Exposure - All I have to say is weird and very disorienting. Lots of strobes but very cool. Also very dark and couldn't see in front of you so alot of the time people were going the wrong way causing backups. In these types of houses they should have some helpful signs showing you the correct direction.

5) Scary Tales - This is way down on my list because when we went in there at about 5:30 PM there was no one to scare you at all but I loved the detail put into the house and the sounds of haunting fairy tales. When we exited is when we saw the scareactors going into the house. What was the point of letting us in if they were not ready.

6) The Hallow - First house we went into at 5PM. One word - BORING. Did not like this house at all. I didn't understand the story and it was way too dark and again people were getting lost. No scares or sounds. Heard alot of complaints when walking out with other people.

7) Reflections of Fear - Did not have a chance to go in this house because by 10:30 PM it was more than an hour wait. But heard it was excellent.

8) Doomsday - Another house we didn't get a chance to see. It was a 45 min wait at 10:15 PM.


Now for the Scare Zones:

1)The Path of the Wicked - Awesome. Great detail and scare. They really got into scaring everyone. I love the monkeys flying above and the wicked witch on the top of the castle thing. Very good.

2)Streets of Blood - Very creepy and again alot of scare. We loved the girl in the coffin type thing with the rats. Very good.

4) The Skoolhouse - Very good detail. The schoolhouse was awesome and I loved the pumpkins. It could have more actors to scare you walking through though.

5)Fractured Tales - Not bad. It could have more detail but the characters were fun and scary.

6) The Asylum in Wonderland - Very disappointing We thought it was going to be fun and entertaining but it was dull. No Alice or any other characters. The comedian they had for the caterpillar was awful. The detail lacked even though I loved the huge cards and the flamingos gave it a laugh but all and all they could have done better.

7)American Gothic - Very boring. They only scared one side so not everyone got a scare. Could have been better.

Bill and Ted was awesome. The best show so far. It is definitely a must see.


Overall I enjoyed it as for it was very fun but was not impressed with the so called stay and scream area for us passholders. Food and drinks were not at discount prices. They were a rip off in my opinion. The only thing I liked was that we got to see 3 houses before the place opened to the public. I also think the next time they should think of putting all the actors in place before opening the houses. It was very disappointing to go in the first 2 houses and not one scare. The second complaint I had was why was the Express Pass so expensive. I was not going to pay $69.99 for it. It was technically not worth it anyway because most of the houses had 15 mins waits anyway except Reflections and Doomsday (over 60 min wait). I also think they should stick to the sound stages when they do houses because the first 2 were too short and cramped and really didn't appeal to me like the 3 houses in the front of the park in sound stages.

I know this was their first night but it could have been a tad better. I hope by the time everyone goes they get the hang of it.

LOLA2
09-27-2008, 09:36 AM
2 questions - can you eat at finnegans while waiting?

did the houses seem wheelchair accessible? My brother is an electric wheelchair.

the Dark Marauder
09-27-2008, 10:28 AM
Houses can accommodate most wheelchairs. ECVs, however, cannot navigate the pathways. If it's a personal electric wheelchair, then there's a good chance he'll be able to go through and get scared in the process.

On an unrelated note, I met two homies last night. They both received an item that I had managed to acquire just minutes before...

Cdn Friends of Pooh
09-27-2008, 12:20 PM
Thanks for the reviews everyone ... :thumbsup2

Can't wait until the 9th!!

Metro - was Delancey Street outside Finnegan's the only S&S area???

LoraJ
09-27-2008, 12:33 PM
Thanks for the reviews!!!

What rides were open during HHN?

ligirlz
09-27-2008, 12:47 PM
Thanks for the reviews!!!

What rides were open during HHN?

Revenge of the Mummy
Disaster
Jaws
Men in Black
Simpsons

Melisa1
09-27-2008, 01:08 PM
I am loving these reports - thanks guys!:worship:

inkkognito
09-27-2008, 01:27 PM
2 questions - can you eat at finnegans while waiting?
Most definitely. That's exactly what we did, then moseyed out to the Stay and Scream pen right outside just before they park re-opened (you can stay in Finnegan's too if you prefer to sit, but the air conditioning was making me freeze!).

I'm probably in the minority here, but I actually preferred last year's HHN. That's not to say that it wasn't great this year, and with our Frequent Fear passes we plan to be back as much as possible. But nothing grabbed me the way my three '07 favorites (Freddy's house, Psychoscarapy, and Jack's) did.

Well, okay, maybe one did: Dead Exposure. LOVED it! I am big on dark and disorienteding houses with lots of strobes and scareactors, and this one most certain filled the bill. Definitely my top house this year.

I think I'm against the majority here, too, but Creatures was my second favorite. It reminded me of Psychoscarapy in a vague way (walking through the yard past a truck, walking through interior rooms). Granted, they don't have much in the way of actuall creatures, but those redneck Bubbas alone are scary enough! Lots of 'em got me good...I like houses where you get jumped out at a lot.

Bloody Mary is my third fave, and Interstellar Terror was good too. The rest were just kinda meh. I had high hopes for Scary Takes, but it was just okay as were the others. None was really awful, but either did they particularly grab me.

We bought Express and I am very ticked that it was a $69 night vs. $39. We only used it for four houses and didn't even really need it for one of those. This happened to us last year too; USF needs to change the way it calculates which dates are which price. I have no problem paying $69 on the busy nights but it galls me when the money has basically just been thrown away. We were happy the crowd was relatively low tho' because it meant lots of repeat run-throughs of the houses.

The scare zones were good, but I felt like it was overkill...too many are almost as bad as too few because after a while you just get immune. My favorite is the chainsaws (it always is).

We didn't see too much out of control behavior although a couple of times we saw people who'd been collared by the cops. I'm glad USF has no tolerance and a high security presence; I think that's a big reason why the antics are usually under control. I did nearly choke to death on the smoking that was literally everywhere tho', even in the queue lines. I have respiratory issues that are aggrevated by it, and normally I will tell people to knock it off, but when it's a half-drunk biker type that's a bit harder. Even if I managed to get a security person to ask them, it would be rather uncomfortable being next to them for the rest of the line.

But all in all it was a great kickoff and we are looking forward to going back as many times as we can possibly fit in. We did see Rocky Horror (I love Riff's singing), but we still have Bill and Ted to look forward to. We just didn't want to kill too much showtime when the lines were so short.

Clifton
09-27-2008, 04:35 PM
Went last night for the opening. Like years before it's awesome! Managed to hit 7 out of 8 houses w/o getting an Express. Had a chat with a Scary-Tales scaracter either on break or just starting while going through Hallow, he's cool. Didn't go on Doomsday because i didn't think it's worth seeing (45min) but next time with Express. Reflections of Fear had the 45min wait but it's the events icon so it's a must see lol. Saw the 1st Bill and Ted showing and funny as ever, especially Indy showing up in a scooter and the Predator smoking the Crystal Skull bong.

Metro West
09-27-2008, 05:46 PM
Metro - was Delancey Street outside Finnegan's the only S&S area??? Well...they told me it was last night except for the AP party of course. I don't know if they are going to add another or not. There weren't many people waiting...maybe 40 or so.

Slacking
09-27-2008, 08:01 PM
Well...they told me it was last night except for the AP party of course. I don't know if they are going to add another or not. There weren't many people waiting...maybe 40 or so.


Probably because a lot of people were at the AP party. It was nice getting house access right away, but unfortunately, I could barely see anything in either house because of the brightness outside, glad I got that head start though.

Metro West
09-27-2008, 08:26 PM
Probably because a lot of people were at the AP party. It was nice getting house access right away, but unfortunately, I could barely see anything in either house because of the brightness outside, glad I got that head start though.Was it me or did all of the houses seem REALLY dark inside? I don't remember them being that dark in the past. :confused3

Slacking
09-27-2008, 08:45 PM
Was it me or did all of the houses seem REALLY dark inside? I don't remember them being that dark in the past. :confused3

They did all seem pretty dark.

Doomsday, IT, and Creatures fared better than some of the other houses when it came to lighting though (and of course Dead Exposure has it's own lighting effects).

I ran into so many things during my first walkthrough of the Hallow, it was rather ridiculous.

Metro West
09-27-2008, 08:48 PM
They did all seem pretty dark.

Doomsday, IT, and Creatures fared better than some of the other houses when it came to lighting though (and of course Dead Exposure has it's own lighting effects).

I ran into so many things during my first walkthrough of the Hallow, it was rather ridiculous.Yeah...I had a hard time seeing in most houses. I hope they can make some sort of adjustment to the lighting over the next few weeks. It was hard to see the sets throughout.

I tell you what was ridiculous...the queue length of Interstellar Terror! That was insane...luckily there was a short line and I had Express.

Slacking
09-27-2008, 09:15 PM
I don't know what was longer, the queue length for InterStellar or for Body Collectors. Those fricking queues seemed like they would never end.

I swear, anyone who goes to most of the FFP nights will probably lose at least 5 pounds. There was so much walking involved this year (it rivals HHN 14 where you had to walk forever to get between the two parks). I was so sore when I woke up this morning, lol.

And I'm not sure what I think of the maze o' queue fence soundstage.

ligirlz
09-27-2008, 10:05 PM
I don't know what was longer, the queue length for InterStellar or for Body Collectors. Those fricking queues seemed like they would never end.

I swear, anyone who goes to most of the FFP nights will probably lose at least 5 pounds. There was so much walking involved this year (it rivals HHN 14 where you had to walk forever to get between the two parks). I was so sore when I woke up this morning, lol.

And I'm not sure what I think of the maze o' queue fence soundstage.

LOL. That is what my husband said. He goes "Well you can walk off dinner and the alcohol with these queues" I could not believe how long they were. I too also felt it this morning like I been working outlike forever.

Also to add to Metro yes we found the first 2 houses Scary Tales and Hallow to be very dark but no scares at all. :confused3 We started at 5PM with those houses so I have no clue if they were even equipped with scareactors. It was so dark that people were going the wrong way losing thier direction causing backups. One couple panicked in front of us and my husband had to help them find the way. We were thinking of going one more time to see if it got better.

DisneyBrat
09-27-2008, 11:23 PM
2 questions - can you eat at finnegans while waiting?

did the houses seem wheelchair accessible? My brother is an electric wheelchair.

Yes you can eat at Finnegans. We did :) Get there early because it is CROWDED. I went there about 1 1/2 hrs ahead of time and people were already there. Wheel Chairs were able to go into the events. I saw a few while there.

My opinion of HHN is it was the BIGGEST waste of our money. I live near Busch Gardens and Kings Dominion in VA. I have those to compare HHN with. My family thought most of the houses were LAME compared to the scare factor at other parks. I will give them a thumbs up for organization and great detail in the houses. Bill and Ted's show was VULGAR. Crude wasn't the word for a couple of their scenes. If you're going to go the HHN get the express pass. The lines without it were TERRRIBLE!!!! We made it thourgh all houses,shows and scare zones with about 1/2 hour to spare. We did not ride anything or stop to eat. If we did not have the express pass all of our time would have been in line for one maybe 2 houses. One last thing the houses are very flashy so be prepared for alot of strobing. Expect nothing and maybe you will get what you expect. We got nothing out of HHN except horrible memories and a sad way to end our vacation !!!!! I spoke to guest services and they gave me a comp ticket to use again. Well gee thats what I want another ticket to spend more money in their park. SORRY Its back to Mickey for me!!!!!! NEVER EVER AGAIN!!!!! Well that is unless they get the rights back to Ghost Busters and Back to the Future!!!!!

Metro West
09-28-2008, 05:25 AM
I don't know what was longer, the queue length for InterStellar or for Body Collectors. Those fricking queues seemed like they would never end.

I swear, anyone who goes to most of the FFP nights will probably lose at least 5 pounds. There was so much walking involved this year (it rivals HHN 14 where you had to walk forever to get between the two parks). I was so sore when I woke up this morning, lol.

And I'm not sure what I think of the maze o' queue fence soundstage.I thought it was strange they used an entire soundstage just for the queue...I thought they could have had another house but I guess they insist on the mile long queues. I was really tired yesterday as well.

nodoubtrock
09-28-2008, 08:30 AM
Yes you can eat at Finnegans. We did :) Get there early because it is CROWDED. I went there about 1 1/2 hrs ahead of time and people were already there. Wheel Chairs were able to go into the events. I saw a few while there.

My opinion of HHN is it was the BIGGEST waste of our money. I live near Busch Gardens and Kings Dominion in VA. I have those to compare HHN with. My family thought most of the houses were LAME compared to the scare factor at other parks. I will give them a thumbs up for organization and great detail in the houses. Bill and Ted's show was VULGAR. Crude wasn't the word for a couple of their scenes. If you're going to go the HHN get the express pass. The lines without it were TERRRIBLE!!!! We made it thourgh all houses,shows and scare zones with about 1/2 hour to spare. We did not ride anything or stop to eat. If we did not have the express pass all of our time would have been in line for one maybe 2 houses. One last thing the houses are very flashy so be prepared for alot of strobing. Expect nothing and maybe you will get what you expect. We got nothing out of HHN except horrible memories and a sad way to end our vacation !!!!! I spoke to guest services and they gave me a comp ticket to use again. Well gee thats what I want another ticket to spend more money in their park. SORRY Its back to Mickey for me!!!!!! NEVER EVER AGAIN!!!!! Well that is unless they get the rights back to Ghost Busters and Back to the Future!!!!!

I'm guessing this was your first time going...the bill and teds show is the same crude & vulgar every year.. sometimes the scare actors don't jump out at you that much.. it was usually a few people in front or behind me..i didn't think it was that scary either but i still had a good time seeing everything. what did you tell guest services..i wasn't scared..bill and teds was too vulgar..i didnt have that much fun..can i have my money back..

Purseval
09-28-2008, 09:27 AM
I didn't do any of the shows...that's next time. If anyone has any questions, fire away!


Which house(s) opened first and how long before the people outside were let in? Can you make it through multiple houses before the official opening time?

Metro West
09-28-2008, 10:32 AM
Which house(s) opened first and how long before the people outside were let in? Can you make it through multiple houses before the official opening time?From the holding area, we were led to Creatures first and then did Body Collectors. We did five houses before the lines got over 30 mins. If you are going on a Friday or Saturday night later in the month, all bets are off on the wait times. I'm going again 10/5 and will let you know.

Henna's_Mom
09-28-2008, 12:07 PM
What movies/TV shows/singers were spoofed at the Bill & Ted's show?

inkkognito
09-28-2008, 03:38 PM
We went to HHN last night for the last two hours. We were at Citywalk earlier with friends to eat at Bubba Gumps and it looked like a madhouse prior to opening, so we figured we'd get there around 10 p.m. and see if the lines cut down.

We got in four houses, plus a stop for pizza and gelato in those last two hours. It was great! We did the three soundstage houses, for which the wait was minimal, and Body Collectors was really spot-on. I wasn't impressed by it before, but it has shot way up in my opinion now. Then we hustled over to Dead Exposure, which only had a 15 min. wait right before closing. The queue line was almost as much fun as the house. We had a jovial but definitely drunk couple in front of us who were a riot. The b/f had run out of line to get a turkey leg, but the line was so short that they didn't finish it by the time we got to the door. the g/f stuck that big, greaasy thing in her pants pocket! Then she was saying, "Ooowww, that's hot!" It was really funny watching her in the house because she freaked everytime a scareactor was even close by. Hubby had a group that was freaking out behind him too so it was just as much fun watching the people around us as it was enjoying the house. Dead Exposire is most definitely still my favorite.

They really, really, REALLY need to do something about the smoking in the queues tho'. Last night I was ready to complain to security, even if it meant I would have to stand among disgruntled people, but there was no one in proximity to complain to when it happened at three of the houses. I'm sick of coming home with a sore throat and barely able to breath. The brochure explicitly says it's forbidden in the queues, so the guards really need to be walking up and down to actually enforce it.

Other than that, another great night at HHN. I never had pizza at Luigis before and it was awesome!

Metro West
09-28-2008, 06:13 PM
They really, really, REALLY need to do something about the smoking in the queues tho'. Last night I was ready to complain to security, even if it meant I would have to stand among disgruntled people, but there was no one in proximity to complain to when it happened at three of the houses. I'm sick of coming home with a sore throat and barely able to breath. The brochure explicitly says it's forbidden in the queues, so the guards really need to be walking up and down to actually enforce it.I saw people smoking while walking around Friday night but didn't see any smoking in the lines. It's annoying when people don't follow the rules but since it's dark and hard to see, I doubt Universal will or can do anything about it.

Tink's Tormentor
09-28-2008, 06:53 PM
So, who is going to HHN on Octobber 17??? If anyone will be in attendance, maybe our groups can meet up.. I will be there with 3 friends of mine..

Cdn Friends of Pooh
09-28-2008, 07:14 PM
Yes you can eat at Finnegans. We did :) Get there early because it is CROWDED. I went there about 1 1/2 hrs ahead of time and people were already there. Wheel Chairs were able to go into the events. I saw a few while there.
You didn't say what night you went - whether it was a weekend night or weekday. Weekends are always busier than during the week, plus the area around Finnegans is designated the "stay and scream" area so all the people who were at the park during the day and are staying for HHN, are directed to that area while they clear the park of the day guests.

My opinion of HHN is it was the BIGGEST waste of our money. I live near Busch Gardens and Kings Dominion in VA. I have those to compare HHN with. My family thought most of the houses were LAME compared to the scare factor at other parks. I will give them a thumbs up for organization and great detail in the houses. Bill and Ted's show was VULGAR. Crude wasn't the word for a couple of their scenes. If you're going to go the HHN get the express pass. The lines without it were TERRRIBLE!!!! We made it thourgh all houses,shows and scare zones with about 1/2 hour to spare. We did not ride anything or stop to eat. If we did not have the express pass all of our time would have been in line for one maybe 2 houses. One last thing the houses are very flashy so be prepared for alot of strobing. Expect nothing and maybe you will get what you expect. We got nothing out of HHN except horrible memories and a sad way to end our vacation !!!!! I spoke to guest services and they gave me a comp ticket to use again. Well gee thats what I want another ticket to spend more money in their park. SORRY Its back to Mickey for me!!!!!! NEVER EVER AGAIN!!!!! Well that is unless they get the rights back to Ghost Busters and Back to the Future!!!!!
Sorry to hear you had a crappy time, however, you need to remember that HHN is marketed to a totally different demographic than MNSSHP. It is very much an adult oriented event - that is why US has the disclaimer that "this event may be too intense for young children". If you were expecting something similar to MNSSHP then unfortunately you picked the wrong event.

As for the lines ... yes, if you didn't have an EP you would have spent most of your time in the regular lines seeing maybe 2 houses. Most of the people going to HHN are locals who have time to spend waiting in lines, as they can come back to do more houses on another night - and do. That is why US markets a Frequent Fear Pass allowing return visits for the entire month of October. For visitors who only have one night to experience HHN, US offers the EP, or you could arrange for a VIP tour with a tour guide (during HHN they call it the RIP tour) - where you pay a bit extra and your group is guaranteed access to all the haunted houses and shows. They utilize their own entrances so there is no waiting in any lines.

Cdn Friends of Pooh
09-28-2008, 07:18 PM
So, who is going to HHN on Octobber 17??? If anyone will be in attendance, maybe our groups can meet up.. I will be there with 3 friends of mine..
Go to this thread --> http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1846729

You can list your dates and find out who else is going on the same day you are ...

DisneyBrat
09-28-2008, 07:54 PM
I'm guessing this was your first time going...the bill and teds show is the same crude & vulgar every year.. sometimes the scare actors don't jump out at you that much.. it was usually a few people in front or behind me..i didn't think it was that scary either but i still had a good time seeing everything. what did you tell guest services..i wasn't scared..bill and teds was too vulgar..i didnt have that much fun..can i have my money back..

It was our first and LAST time for HHN. I knew ahead of time it was a PG rated event. PG isn't vulgar in my opinion. Yes I went to guest services and told them how disappointed our family was. We attend Busch Gardens and Kingsdominion yearly in VA and find those MUCh better on the scare zones. I've never been to MNSSHP and from what I've read don't care to see that either. I just expected ALOT better from US for the 125 per person paid for tickets and express passes. Even our express passes didn't work and a manager hand wrote on his business card for us to enter the express lines. It was just a lousy way to end our vacation. Next year back to Mickey so that will make it all better :)

patster734
09-28-2008, 08:07 PM
It was our first and LAST time for HHN. I knew ahead of time it was a PG rated event. PG isn't vulgar in my opinion. Yes I went to guest services and told them how disappointed our family was. We attend Busch Gardens and Kingsdominion yearly in VA and find those MUCh better on the scare zones. I've never been to MNSSHP and from what I've read don't care to see that either. I just expected ALOT better from US for the 125 per person paid for tickets and express passes. Even our express passes didn't work and a manager hand wrote on his business card for us to enter the express lines. It was just a lousy way to end our vacation. Next year back to Mickey so that will make it all better :)

When we were there 2 years ago, each house had their own individual hole puncher that they would use to punch a hole in the express pass to indicate that it had been used for that house. Are they using a different system with the express passes this year?

inkkognito
09-28-2008, 08:10 PM
...I knew ahead of time it was a PG rated event. PG isn't vulgar in my opinion...
PG? Uh, no. Thank goodness you didn't go see the Rocky Horror Tribute. You'd probably be catatonic. Mickey definitely sounds more to your taste. As for me, I will take all the blood and vulgarity and people running around in teddies while the audience yells obscene responses I can get. ;)

Slacking
09-28-2008, 08:31 PM
I've never once seen HHN described as a PG event, it is definitely a PG-13 event (and even then, some people may disagree, lol).

What night did you go, Friday or Saturday?

On Friday, I never saw any house get above 30 minutes, except 60 min. for Reflections of Fear, so I would say that on Friday night, the crowds were quite light compared to some nights I've seen.

inkkognito
09-28-2008, 08:51 PM
On Friday, I never saw any house get above 30 minutes, except 60 min. for Reflections of Fear, so I would say that on Friday night, the crowds were quite light compared to some nights I've seen.
I'll back you up on that one. I was pretty ticked because it was a $69 express price night (vs. the $39 nights) and we only used the EP for four of the houses. We did every house, and some many multiple times on Fri. Our feet were killing us on Sat. because we were able to do such commando housing.

Cdn Friends of Pooh
09-28-2008, 11:26 PM
PG? Uh, no. Thank goodness you didn't go see the Rocky Horror Tribute. You'd probably be catatonic. Mickey definitely sounds more to your taste. As for me, I will take all the blood and vulgarity and people running around in teddies while the audience yells obscene responses I can get. ;)
::yes:: Us too ... the more blood, gore and rudeness the better :thumbsup2
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Metro West
09-29-2008, 03:50 AM
On Friday, I never saw any house get above 30 minutes, except 60 min. for Reflections of Fear, so I would say that on Friday night, the crowds were quite light compared to some nights I've seen.These were the wait times at 9:30pm:

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y239/VaNative/Halloween%20Horror%20Nights/DSC01887.jpg

Certainly not worth the price of the EP that night. :mad:

Also...did you see anyone selling the lanyards with the EP that was good after 10pm? They were only $25.00!

F-L-A
09-29-2008, 07:24 AM
Yes you can eat at Finnegans. We did :) Get there early because it is CROWDED. I went there about 1 1/2 hrs ahead of time and people were already there. Wheel Chairs were able to go into the events. I saw a few while there.

My opinion of HHN is it was the BIGGEST waste of our money. I live near Busch Gardens and Kings Dominion in VA. I have those to compare HHN with. My family thought most of the houses were LAME compared to the scare factor at other parks. I will give them a thumbs up for organization and great detail in the houses. Bill and Ted's show was VULGAR. Crude wasn't the word for a couple of their scenes. If you're going to go the HHN get the express pass. The lines without it were TERRRIBLE!!!! We made it thourgh all houses,shows and scare zones with about 1/2 hour to spare. We did not ride anything or stop to eat. If we did not have the express pass all of our time would have been in line for one maybe 2 houses. One last thing the houses are very flashy so be prepared for alot of strobing. Expect nothing and maybe you will get what you expect. We got nothing out of HHN except horrible memories and a sad way to end our vacation !!!!! I spoke to guest services and they gave me a comp ticket to use again. Well gee thats what I want another ticket to spend more money in their park. SORRY Its back to Mickey for me!!!!!! NEVER EVER AGAIN!!!!! Well that is unless they get the rights back to Ghost Busters and Back to the Future!!!!!

Do not come here trying to disguise your Universal hating as a negative review of HHN. Your intentions are clear as day, and I'm not convinced you even went to HHN. If you like Mickey so much, stay on his side of the board.

Purseval
09-29-2008, 07:31 AM
Do not come here trying to disguise your Universal hating as a negative review of HHN. Your intentions are clear as day, and I'm not convinced you even went to HHN. If you like Mickey so much, stay on his side of the board.

She did sound kind of troll-like but if I paid $125 to see HHN and didn't have one hellacious time I'd feel ripped off too. That's why I avoid express passes like the plague, I'd have a bad attitude the moment I got the bill and it would probably go down from there.

Purseval
09-29-2008, 07:50 AM
Also...did you see anyone selling the lanyards with the EP that was good after 10pm? They were only $25.00!

If the EP wasn't worth it at peak times why would it suddenly become a deal at the time crowds would be starting to thin out? The thing to see is if they offer the same deal on a mid-october saturday night when there are still 2-hour waits on all of the houses at midnight.

Metro West
09-29-2008, 08:09 AM
If the EP wasn't worth it at peak times why would it suddenly become a deal at the time crowds would be starting to thin out? The thing to see is if they offer the same deal on a mid-october saaturday night when there are still 2-hour waits on all of the houses at midnight.Exactly...last year Universal didn't charge the higher fee for the EP opening weekend and I was shocked they did it this year.

inkkognito
09-29-2008, 08:20 AM
Exactly...last year Universal didn't charge the higher fee for the EP opening weekend and I was shocked they did it this year.
It might have been worth it on Sat. (not sure...we didn't arrive till two hours before closing and some houses still had long waits but it was dropping rapidly...we did four in two hours). But Fri. it was NOT worth it. I wrote to express my displeasure, since they shafted me at the higher price on closing weekend last year too. I hope others contact them as well to perhaps convince them to take a closer look at the EP pricing. We'll be spending a bundle this year between EPs, t-shirts, booze, and always eating at the park when we are there for HHN. It's an insult to have the EP be overpriced on top of it.

lachica
09-29-2008, 08:22 AM
Saturday 27th with PH wristband:

I missed out on Creatures & Interstellar I thought it closed at 2 not midnight.

Our (Dh & I) favorite was Doomsday, not because it was scary but because it brought the movie which with both endured through - to life. It was very detailed with every major scene of the movie. The wall itself had us talking...

So my list is:
Doomsday (best movie recreation)
Body Collector (best scare factor)
Dead Exposure
Scary Tales
The Hallow
Reflections of Fear (but i'm jaded due to the wait)

I like screaming and getting freaked out in houses. I think that you have to go in with that mind set so like me you get targeted. I conga line with hubby in the front, i'm in the middle grabbing his shirt and cousin (cute 21 y/o) as bait in the back. Between her and my screaming we make the screamactors day! Not to mention I think my hubby signals us or throws us right into them.

So The Hallow and Scary Tales was too dark even at night. We were banging against walls and columns the whole time. I was blaming it on being light out still - since your eyes can't adjust...

Oh forgot to add we also ate at finnegans and we all love it! thanks for the advice on that - but like a dork I forgot to give them my card and get the food discount! d0h I just thought about it right now.

BigTiggerGuy
09-29-2008, 09:16 AM
Come on everybody! There have to be more of you that went over the weekend! Let's here some reviews! I'm going on Thursday and LOVE to hear what everyone thought of the event.......popcorn::

inkkognito
09-29-2008, 09:25 AM
It will be interesting to see how my ranking of the houses changes over the course of the event. I know that Dead Exposure will stay at the top because I love dark, disorienting houses with lots of stobes and scareactors. But it was funny...I was only "meh" on Body Collectors on Fri. because it was rather flat. When we went through on Sat. it was awesome! We only did it once on Sat. because we just came for a couple hours before closing so I can't wait to do it a couple of times next Thurs. for comparison to see if it holds its new high position.

With Creatures (which I like because it reminds me vaguely of Psychoscarapy), they don't even really need the creatures. They could just take those out and emphasize the "Bubba" redneck side of things. Just change the name to the Deliverance House, add some banjos, and you're all set. I'd be scared out of my wits!

chataro
09-29-2008, 10:47 AM
Hello all. Just got back last night from spending the past two days having a ball at HHN!!! :cool1:

I am a huge junkie for all of this and my DW goes along with it and is actually starting to have as much fun as me and looks forward to opening weekend every year. In fact, I got her to stay at HRH so we could do the whole weekend. Alas, though, we are getting old and so now we are both sore as all get out and I really could use a few days off to rest up, but "You Play, You Pay"!

I'll start off first with the AP Party.

I really get kind of annoyed when I see people bashing this. I am very thankful that US at least does something for their APers. I didn't cost me anything, there were discounts on food and beverages, find me a $3 beer in the park after the party, and they opened two houses for you at right around 5:15p.m. I don't know what others were expecting, but I for one want to thank Universal for at least giving us something for the money we spend on our APs. I won't say who, :rolleyes1 , but when I had passes to another park, I can't recall getting one thing above the free parking and admission. So just by US doing something is waaaaaaaay better then nothing. My own opinion, but I really thing US take care of us and goes above the call of duty to make sure each major event is a little more special for us. Plus the discounts alone made it all worth it for me. Thank you US! Thanks for caring!

Okay, off soap box and on to my review.

Friday the crowds were great. We were also able to get through all 8 houses by 8 and we finished up all the shows, except RHRS, by 11. We then took in Doomsday again and then watched the chainsaw team do their thing for about 30min. I would also have been upset if I would have purchased the express pass, but we all know you are rolling the dice either way, you're either going to wish you had them, or wish you didn't! I was glad I didn't spend the extra money cause there was absolutely no need for them on that night. Sat. would have been a better night to get them, but you probably could have made it through all the houses and maybe catch one show without them.

House reviews:(by order I did them)
1.Scary Tales: Absolutely loved this one. DW got scared many times in this one. The scenes in this one are very well done and it was neet to see the different fairy tales come to life in a very bad way. A don't miss house IMO, there are enough cool spots in this one that really are impressive.(9/10)

2. The Hallow: This house is very, very dark. I had to guide my DW through most of it cause she couldn't see anything. There are some good visual effects in this one and DW got it quite a few times. Go through this one at night though, cause the last scene was just too exposed to really have the effect they wanted.(7/10)

3. Dead Exposure: Bizarre house. Very disorientating. There are some very cool visuals and there is one area that is a not miss and is worth going to the house just for this alone. Once again, very dark and hard to follow. I'll just say this on was a freak out for your eyes and ears.(7/10)

4. Reflections of Fear The only house I was not too keen on. Don't get me wrong, it was a okay house, but for this to be the theme house, I really expected more out of this one. It seemed too short IMO and they really didn't get this one to flow. The tunnel of cloth was really cool, but they should of had something at the end of each one scare you. Seemed they should have put more thought in this one and put it in one of the studios.(5/10)

5. Doomsday: Reminded me of Texas Chainsaw House last year in a lot of ways. Good sets with plenty of gore and some very good smells coming out of this house. The final scene was really cool, but it really wasn't a scare area, just a production number. Worth seeing though.(7/10)

6. The Body Collectors: Liked the scarezone in front of the house cause it set the house up before you got into it. The house was very gory and had some really neat torture scenes. There were some good scares in this one and just the detail they put in this one made it worth it.(8/10)

7. Creatures: Loved the entrance into the house and walking through the bar was way cool. The "hicks" were good, but just more loud and YeHawish. It was kind of like Deliverance vs. Aliens. Good sounds and smells in this one though. (6/10)

8. Intersteller Terror: Reminded me a lot of The Thing last year. We only went through this on once over the two days cause the line got large on Sat. There was a lot going on in this house and the sets were great. Good scares in this one, but I want to go through it one more time to make a educated decision on this one.

The Scarezones:

The scarezones are something that will always be talked about. It really depends on what happens to YOU when you go through them. You get scared, your going to enjoy it, you don't, then it sucked. Hard to judge them cause there is so much going on in them.

Scarezones Liked:
1. The Path of the Wicked: Very creative in this one
2. The Skoolhouse: Really liked the decor in this one. The pumkins were great but the kids just weren't scary IMO.
3. American Gothic: I really liked this one cause my DW really got it bad several times in this one. The headless guy and the tree in this one really made it good.
4. Streets of Blood: Good for the build up into the Body Collectors house. Liked the sounds and the acting by the scaractors. Did anyone else get refused a picture with the Body Collectors, just wondering if it was part of their thing or just a dud performer?

Scarezones not liked:

1. Asylumm in Wonderland: This looked good but the actors were just walking around talking to everyone. Didn't have a scary feel to it and I didn't get this one.

2. Fractured Tales: Liked the play on the fairy tales, make sure you see Jack in this one, he didn't make it over the candlestick, But like in Wonderland, they just walked around and posed for pics. Not scary, just unique take on classic fairy tales.

Well I didn't mean for this to be this long and I apologize. I won't bore you with my take on the shows and I'll leave it at this.

I love HHN and there will always be good and bad with the event. It's a personal taste thing with all of us. I love the sights, smells, and all that US does to let us have a good time. Is is expensive? Can be. Is it for everyone? Obviously not. Could it be better? Yes, everything could. Could it be worse? Yes, much worse. Did I have fun??????

I sure did!!!!

Purseval
09-29-2008, 11:03 AM
I'll back you up on that one. I was pretty ticked because it was a $69 express price night (vs. the $39 nights) and we only used the EP for four of the houses. We did every house, and some many multiple times on Fri. Our feet were killing us on Sat. because we were able to do such commando housing.

Perhaps if the crowds stay light they will expand the nights for the FFP holders, that would be really nice.

inkkognito
09-29-2008, 11:08 AM
Perhaps if the crowds stay light they will expand the nights for the FFP holders, that would be really nice.
:thumbsup2 :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2

They did that last year for the final weekend so we're hoping for the same this year.

Otownpartydude
09-29-2008, 12:46 PM
Got a chance to go Opening weekend. Went both Friday night and Sat. Friday night got there early but had some drinks at CityWalk waiting for the event to start.

Looks like Universal made some changes to the front gate with more support people telling people where to go. Compared to last year it was a LOT more organized. The lines to get in on Friday where not that bad. A short wait for security and we were off. It was still light out when we got in. I can't stand being In HHN when itís light out.

The crowds seemed well behaved. Lots of Orlando police around and NNH security. Beer stations were set up all over the park just like years before. But it does seem they cut back on some of the bars. Weird thing is that one bar would have a long line and then you would just walk down 20 feet and there was another bar with no one at it. Weird.

Got a beer and headed to Doomsday first. Good house but it seems like it was not fully staffed yet. Great production on the whole set. It was only a 10 mins wait then we first got to the house. I would give it a 6/10.

Next up was The Hallow. Like some other people have said it is a very dark house. I got stuck a couple of time and had to have the staff point me in the right directions. There are some great visual effects in this one. I expect this one to get better as time goes by. 7/10.

After the two houses we just walked around the parks and took in the scare zones. Sometimes that is as fun as the houses. Went to Finneganís and it was packed by this time. Then we hit the Simpsons with hardly any wait to get on. By this time some of the houses times where 20+ mins which is not long for me. Plus I was meeting some people at City Walk. So we called it a night.

One more thing..I heard from some friends that came in that traffic to park was a nightmare so just plan on getting there early and hang out at Citywalk until the event opens.

Also I have to agree with FLA about the Disneybrat post. Sounds like BRAT did not even give HHN a chance. Its opening weekend...and anyone who reads the board knows it will get nothing but better as time goes on. As far as the event being PG rated....everyone knows it more on the lines of hard PG-13. I bet she is same type of people who complained about the billboards about the state as well.

I will post a quick post about Sat night as well as the AP party I went to sometime today as well. Going to hit Bush Gardens event next weekend to compare the two.

Otownpartydude
09-29-2008, 12:49 PM
FYI ----I just got a New Halloween Horror Nights Satisfaction Survey asking about opening weekend......

lachica
09-29-2008, 12:53 PM
Same here - links below.

HHN AP night survey: http://www.visitorsatisfaction.com/start.aspx?s=hhnap

HHN survey: http://www.visitorsatisfaction.com/start.aspx?s=hhn

Metro West
09-29-2008, 04:00 PM
It will be interesting to see how my ranking of the houses changes over the course of the event. I know that Dead Exposure will stay at the top because I love dark, disorienting houses with lots of stobes and scareactors. But it was funny...I was only "meh" on Body Collectors on Fri. because it was rather flat. When we went through on Sat. it was awesome! We only did it once on Sat. because we just came for a couple hours before closing so I can't wait to do it a couple of times next Thurs. for comparison to see if it holds its new high position.

With Creatures (which I like because it reminds me vaguely of Psychoscarapy), they don't even really need the creatures. They could just take those out and emphasize the "Bubba" redneck side of things. Just change the name to the Deliverance House, add some banjos, and you're all set. I'd be scared out of my wits!Yes...that's why I like to go throughout the month...to see how the cast changes the routine.

Purseval
09-29-2008, 05:25 PM
FYI ----I just got a New Halloween Horror Nights Satisfaction Survey asking about opening weekend......

Make sure you let them know that everyone thinks their Express Pass prices are outrageous and is giving them a bad reputation, maybe they will make some adjustments if they get enough feedback.

Mennamachine
09-30-2008, 10:04 AM
We just got back. My boyfriend and I went on Friday night (26th) and got the express pass. (We knew we would only be able to go the one night, and didn't want to miss anything.) Overall, we thought last year's was better, though this year's was still good.

Bill and Ted Show: Not as good as last year. This could be because I didn't really get all of the pop culture references (Didn't see Hellboy, Speed Racer, or Batman). The audience didn't seem as into it as it was in the past either. It had its moments, but overal it was just OK. Finale was just "eh".

Scarezones: Generally excellent. The Path of the Wicked was the best, by far.

Houses: (Favorite to Least Favorite) *the boyfriend and I try to bait the scareactors into scaring us. I clutch onto him and pretend to hide. It really works. We usually get about 75%+ of the scareactors to "get" us*

Reflections of Fear: My one and only complaint was that I wished it was longer. The Marys did a good job of scaring, and worked together to have things coming from all angles. I am predisposed to being scared, though, as Bloody Mary was the terror of my elementary school years.

Dead Exposure: Great use of strobe and blacklight effects. It seemed to have people every which way you turned. The strobe helped to make things look less fake because you only saw them for a snatch of time and then it was dark again.

Scary Tales: Great themeing, good scares. The Evil Queens part was the best.

Doomsday: Went through this one twice. The first time was just "ok" but the second time was great! the cast seemed more into it.

The Hallow: Good theming. The cornfield was a nice touch. Not as scary as some others, but good.

Body Collectors: Twice again. It was ok the first time and better the second time. I didn't love it, but it was still good. The theming and costuming was excellent.

Interstellar Terror: Just did this one once. I really enjoyed it. It wasn't as scary as others, but I thought the themeing was neat. It was at the same level as Body Collectors.

Unpopular opinion time!

Creatures!: Ugh. Worst house by FAR. There was nothing scary. The rednecks were comical. The creature was so fake looking as to be dull. I was bored. We went through twice, and it was (if anything) worse the second time. I got tired of even trying to bait scareactors into scaring me and just wanted to get out. There's a reason it always had a 5 minute wait... If you have to skip a house, make it this one.

PatriciaH
09-30-2008, 02:43 PM
They really, really, REALLY need to do something about the smoking in the queues tho'. Last night I was ready to complain to security, even if it meant I would have to stand among disgruntled people, but there was no one in proximity to complain to when it happened at three of the houses. I'm sick of coming home with a sore throat and barely able to breath. The brochure explicitly says it's forbidden in the queues, so the guards really need to be walking up and down to actually enforce it.

Other than that, another great night at HHN. I never had pizza at Luigis before and it was awesome!

That is one of the big reasons we only go to HHN on a WED or THURS now (less smoking and drunks.) I will also only go with an Express Pass. We got the FF Pass 2 years ago and could not stand standing in lines with all the smokers.

I really like their pizza!

inkkognito
09-30-2008, 03:06 PM
That is one of the big reasons we only go to HHN on a WED or THURS now (less smoking and drunks.) I will also only go with an Express Pass. We got the FF Pass 2 years ago and could not stand standing in lines with all the smokers.

I really like their pizza!
Yep, we ALWAYS get express. We hustle through the houses without it before the lines get long, use the pass up, see the shows, then do a few more standby lines if things have thinned out. For some reason I've never encountered a smoker in the express lines...maybe because it moves too fast and they don't want to waste the cigarette?

I think the pizza place is actually Louie's... I can't believe I never tried it before. It is most definitely a new favorite.

donaldduck352
09-30-2008, 06:52 PM
Louie's is a rare find for a really good pizza at US or any theme park..:thumbsup2

Smokers in line-Humm,I'm guilty but when I done it in the past if someone would give me a look or said something I was saying sorry and put it out.I have seen people just ignore others(I've never done this-I would put it out with respect of others)and blow thier smoke right in thier face.Which really p#$*@ me off.:sad2: But what can you say at 11pm too someone that had way too much too drink.They are not going to listen unless security steps in!!

I remember staying at HRH,relaxing poolside and smoking a cigg.The person behind me was downwind and getting evrything I was exhaling.She asked me (in a rude way mind you)too take it somewere else..I appoligized and moved to the other side of the pool(it was the bar)and had a good conversation with a good looking women-till her boyfriend showed up:lmao: Then I got real queit..

Point bieng have respect for people that donn't smoke..:thumbsup2

jeslynhat
10-01-2008, 10:32 AM
Make sure you let them know that everyone thinks their Express Pass prices are outrageous and is giving them a bad reputation, maybe they will make some adjustments if they get enough feedback.

TrueDat homey! I don' go until Sun the 5th, but I already let them know that 30 bux to get in on a sun was awesome but the express passes costing MORE than the entrance pass?! Not too happy :mad: about that and now they know!

I AM SOOOO EXCITED FOR SUNDAY the 5TH :dance3: !!!! CAN'T WAIT :goodvibes !!!!

NotAmused
10-01-2008, 12:13 PM
I went Saturday night and had a blast! We have gone opening weekend for the last 3 or 4 years and I was quite shocked at how empty the park was this year (Okay, not empty, but 30 mins for a house is nothing compared to the usual 60-120 minutes we usually deal with). I was also pleased with the passholder party. We checked in around 4:45 with our guests and were near the front of the line for The Hallow. That opened within about 30 mins and we were able to hit that house and Scary Tales. Then we got some drinks and watched the scareactors in the area til they opened the rest of the park.

The Hollow-Wait time: 0 mins. We did this house first and I somehow got stuck being in the front (I'm a chicken, so I'm never first). It was way too dark since our eyes couldn't adjust and there weren't many scares. I was also too busy complaining that I didn't know where to go and my group was telling me to grab onto the guy in front of me, but I couldn't even find him. :rotfl:

Scary Tales-Wait time: 0 mins. We did this second and it was definitely one of the best houses of the night! Lots of scares and it just looked very cool. I even got invited to the tea party and chased out of the room for saying no.:laughing:

Dead Exposure-We were got in line for this as our third house but then one of the TMs told us it wasn't opening for awhile but the other houses were open so we ditched it. Unfortunately, we never made it back to this house.

Doomsday-Wait time: 2 mins. We did this house around 6 or 6:30. It was either just opening or it was a cast change because we saw the actors enter the house and they were even in their roles then. They were acting all mean and pointing at us as if to say "you're mine". The guy who is in all blue/black with his face covered was cracking us up because he was skipping/dancing. When we went through, the cast was full of energy and it was just a really cool house. We got some scares, too. We went back later in the night hoping it was even better now that it was dark out, but we were disappointed. I recognized the cast from earlier as they were leaving the house so the other cast was in the house while we went through. No scares and not as much energy that time.

Creatures-Wait time: 0 mins. This house was fourth. I wasn't expecting much from this house, but it turned out to be awesome! I jumped many times in this house and we were greeted with jello shots when we exited :goodvibes

Body Collectors-Wait time: 10 mins. After getting a drink, we headed to Body Collectors. I did not get to go in the original one a few years ago and I now feel like I missed out on that one. This house was amazing! The Gentlemen really freak me out so I got a lot of scares here. Some of the scenes were gross, but definitely cool.

Interstellar Terror-Wait time: 5 mins. Again, I wasn't expecting much from this house but I was pleasantly surprised. I liked it.

Reflections of Fear-Wait time: I don't remember, but not very long. I really don't even remember when we did this house, but it was pretty good. Got a few scares.

We managed to hit all the scarezones as well and I was very impressed with HHN this year. Normally there is one or two "dud" houses or scarezones, but this year, it seems like every house is pretty awesome. I'm sure they will improve even more as the event goes on. We didn't get to see Bill and Ted as we tried to get into the 10pm show at about 9:50 and it was full :sad2: Rocky Horror was amazing, though!

I'm really hoping I get to go back another night this month. Most of the people I know here are afraid so I'm not sure I will get a chance to go back. :rolleyes:

macraven
10-01-2008, 01:15 PM
We just got back. My boyfriend and I went on Friday night (26th) and got the express pass. (We knew we would only be able to go the one night, and didn't want to miss anything.) Overall, we thought last year's was better, though this year's was still good.

Bill and Ted Show: Not as good as last year. This could be because I didn't really get all of the pop culture references (Didn't see Hellboy, Speed Racer, or Batman). The audience didn't seem as into it as it was in the past either. It had its moments, but overal it was just OK. Finale was just "eh".

Scarezones: Generally excellent. The Path of the Wicked was the best, by far.

Houses: (Favorite to Least Favorite) *the boyfriend and I try to bait the scareactors into scaring us. I clutch onto him and pretend to hide. It really works. We usually get about 75%+ of the scareactors to "get" us*

Reflections of Fear: My one and only complaint was that I wished it was longer. The Marys did a good job of scaring, and worked together to have things coming from all angles. I am predisposed to being scared, though, as Bloody Mary was the terror of my elementary school years.

Dead Exposure: Great use of strobe and blacklight effects. It seemed to have people every which way you turned. The strobe helped to make things look less fake because you only saw them for a snatch of time and then it was dark again.

Scary Tales: Great themeing, good scares. The Evil Queens part was the best.

Doomsday: Went through this one twice. The first time was just "ok" but the second time was great! the cast seemed more into it.

The Hallow: Good theming. The cornfield was a nice touch. Not as scary as some others, but good.

Body Collectors: Twice again. It was ok the first time and better the second time. I didn't love it, but it was still good. The theming and costuming was excellent.

Interstellar Terror: Just did this one once. I really enjoyed it. It wasn't as scary as others, but I thought the themeing was neat. It was at the same level as Body Collectors.

Unpopular opinion time!

Creatures!: Ugh. Worst house by FAR. There was nothing scary. The rednecks were comical. The creature was so fake looking as to be dull. I was bored. We went through twice, and it was (if anything) worse the second time. I got tired of even trying to bait scareactors into scaring me and just wanted to get out. There's a reason it always had a 5 minute wait... If you have to skip a house, make it this one.


when you did repeat on some of the houses and enjoyed the second time better, it was probably due to the other team being in place.
Team A has a 45 minute set on and then Team B takes over for 45 minutes.
The alternate shifts throughout the entire evening.

i always try to time it and catch both Team A & B in action.

a lot of the thrill in the houses and zones are based on the scareactors.
some teams treat the role different than the other team.

ligirlz
10-01-2008, 01:20 PM
The Hollow-Wait time: 0 mins. We did this house first and I somehow got stuck being in the front (I'm a chicken, so I'm never first). It was way too dark since our eyes couldn't adjust and there weren't many scares. I was also too busy complaining that I didn't know where to go and my group was telling me to grab onto the guy in front of me, but I couldn't even find him. :rotfl:



:rotfl2: That so sounds like me. My husband was like feel for the person in front of you and I had to yell back I can't find him. The guy in front of us had a backpack so it was easy to follow I would just feel for that but I almost made a wrong turn and lost him for a few and panicked. I totally agree that this house was just to dark. They need something helping us out like "This Way" signs as part of the deco. But alteast I was not the only one. :blush:

jcapizzi
10-01-2008, 02:16 PM
I haven't read this whole thread so maybe I missed it. Has anyone seen the new show, I think it's a magician. Please let us know how it was it you have seen it. TIA

donaldduck352
10-01-2008, 03:28 PM
I haven't read this whole thread so maybe I missed it. Has anyone seen the new show, I think it's a magician. Please let us know how it was it you have seen it. TIA


The name is Brian Brushwood Show.I have not heard anyone talking about it yet eitgher.Kinda wondering this myself.Someone must of seen it by now!!

iluvcarolina
10-01-2008, 09:04 PM
We are suppose to go tomorrow night. But way back in the beginning of this thread I read that someone's glasses got broken. Is that an issue? I *have* to have my glasses. I am worried now that I shouldn't go. Thoughts?

Cdn Friends of Pooh
10-01-2008, 09:27 PM
We are suppose to go tomorrow night. But way back in the beginning of this thread I read that someone's glasses got broken. Is that an issue? I *have* to have my glasses. I am worried now that I shouldn't go. Thoughts?
Maybe I missed it but I don't recall reading anything about glasses being broken :confused3 which post was that???

... I wore glasses every year we've attended and had no problem with them getting broken.

Bonny

iluvcarolina
10-01-2008, 11:18 PM
It was post number 27 in this thread.

6- Dead Exposure- Neat concept, and it was quite trippy. One room was quite amazing, and confused the heck out of me (guess it helped that I was sans glasses due to them being broken in another house).

Cdn Friends of Pooh
10-02-2008, 12:25 AM
It was post number 27 in this thread.

Yep missed that ... DOH!!! :rotfl:

Slacking
10-02-2008, 08:11 AM
It was me whose glasses got broken, and if that is an issue determining whether you go to HHN or not, I would say, don't worry too much about that issue. My glasses were rather loose, so it was only a matter of time before something like that happened, plus the main culprit to my broken glasses is my foot. I received a scare at Doomsday, I jumped, glasses went flying off, I turned around to pick them up, and CRUNCH!

I wouldn't worry about it too much, it was more of a freak accident than anything else. If it is a large concern, you can always get one of those band/string things so that if your glasses came off, they would just be hanging off your neck (if that makes sense).

Jason71
10-03-2008, 07:40 AM
Missed opening weekend with the closing of the Adventurers Club at PI, but made it over last night.

Entry from IOA was a mess, unlike years past. Sign said it would begin at 5:45 (already unusually late), we didn't get to cross over until at least 6:10. By then, huge crowd had gathered, which overwhelmed the two metal detectors and ticket-takers. Next time I try to get there early enough to had straight to Studios.

Not as crowded as I had expected. Made it through 6 houses (3 of those twice) and Bill & Ted, and still left at 11:00.

Glad to see scarezones back and arguably better than ever. "Path of the Wicked" was awesome, and I liked the Wonderland one as well.

Favorite house is a toss-up between Creatures and The Hallow. Creatures for its amazing theming, Hallow for managing to be just flat-out scary. The ghost woman still creeps me out.

Scary Tales was also quite good. Still being bitter about PI, enjoyed the little jabs at Disney. I liked Dead Exposure as well--interesting effects, and some real scares.

Body Collectors was just alright for me--I liked the recreation of London, but this didn't quite live up to the original back in IOA.

Interstellar Terror didn't gel for me. The sets just didn't convince me it was a spaceship (much easier to fake a graveyard or a redneck bar, I guess), and some of the case seemed to be trying to be more funny than scary.

Bill & Ted didn't gel for me, either, tho individual scenes were funny. Speed Racer and Indiana Jones worked; Joker and a lot of the rest did not. Seemed shorter this year for some reason. Also, maybe pop music is having an off year, but the dance numbers didn't seem as fun as they have in the past. Hoping this gets tweaked and improved.

Red jello shots in blood bags was a stroke of genius. The "naughty nurses" in black were just icing on the cake.

Overall, a success, and I still have yet to see two of the houses.

raph_b
10-03-2008, 08:21 AM
Hi guys, now I'm back I can give you my thoughts of my very first HHN!

We went on opening night (Sept 26th) and we did the first few houses with Schumigirl and her family, and we were honoured to do 6 of the houses with the one and only Metro!

I'll put the houses in my order of favourites:

Top 3:

1. Dead Exposure - I thought this house was absolutely brilliant both first time and second time. Easily my favourite house there. I loved the strobe effect lighting and felt quite scared the whole time I was walking through, this is the only house that did that to me second time around. The 2 parts of this house that really stood out for me were *spoiler alert* the section with the zombie on the glass ceiling above you and the room that was full of them - that room creeped me out so much and when I think about it sends a shiver down my spine! Interestingly, Emilie ranked this as her least favourite house.

2. Scary Tales - Absolutely brilliant house, loved the theming for all the different sections, esp the Alice in Wonderland bit, although I didn't get what fairy tale the opening room was supposed to be? Some really cool scenes throughout this house. I got scared so bad by the giant bear in this house! This was Em's joint favourite house.

3. The Hallow - Again, absolutely brilliant house. I'm not 100% sure exactly what the theme is for this one but the house looked great and provided some great scares - I would laugh about the fact that Metro got lost in this one and started walking off behind the set but seeing as I got the worst scare of the night in this house right in front of him my mouth is shut........

The top 3 definitely stood out for me.

4. Doomsday - Very different from the others but I really liked this one, and this was Em's joint favourite (with Scary Tales). The cast were great and really in character and there were a few good scares in this one too. The set was cool and definitely made better by having seen the film! We only got to do this house once as the lines were so long.

5. Body Collectors - First time round I was so scared but second time I didn't find as good - I loved the sets and the theming but found the house too dark, I was feeling blindly in front of me a few times to see where the wall was! One observation I made was first time the round the girl at the front of the house was really good, had some good banter with me and the rest of the crowd and was generally a really good touch, second time round the girl was staring into space and didn't interact with any of the line.

6. Interstellar Terror - I liked this but not as much as the others - I didn't find it very scary, but the set was brilliant and very detailed. Only got to do this one once which was a shame.

7. Creatures - This was the first one we did (my first ever house!) and first time I was so scared, mainly because I didn't know what to expect, but second time it wasn't as good - I don't really see how this house is supposed to be scary - it was mainly hicks shooting guns and popping up asking for help, there was a definite lack of 'creatures' in the house. It was fun to walk through but I definitely preferred the other houses. I think with this one and Creatures, if I had liked the theme more I would have enjoyed the houses a lot more. On a side note, I noticed that all the scareactors came out of the house after we had finished, and we were virtually the first people through it! Not sure what was happening there....

8. Reflections of Fear - A much better theme than Interstellar Terror and Creatures but I thought this was the worst house of the evening (that being said, I still enjoyed it, but for me it was definitely the 8th best house - that's a better way of describing it than saying its the worst). The weird curtains in the house were good, but I was expecting some kind of scare at the end of them and both times through the house it didn't happen. The rooms all looked cool but I didn't get one scare either time through the house - the best we got was being 'told off' by Bloody Mary for heading in the wrong direction!

All in all it was one of the best nights of my life and I cannot wait to go back to HHN again sometime.

PS did anyone see the rat lady in the Body Collector's scare zone?! She must have been paid soooooooo much to do that!!!

inkkognito
10-03-2008, 10:51 AM
We did Stay and Scream last night...ate at Finnegans, then looked for Metro in the outside area but didn't see him. The holding zone wasn't too crowded and neither was the park, although attendance did seem to pick up later. We bought an EP as insurance and didn't have to use it for all the houses, although I didn't mind beause it was the cheaper rate. It was a lifesaver at Bloody Mary when the wait was at 60 mins. (although we did BM twice early on with minimal waits).

I had won a little husky at the games, so crouching through the house with my puppy made me a special target for many of the scareactors. My rating of the houses stayed mostly the same, except that Scary Tales shot up several notches. I guess it was just "off" when we went through on the first night. This time around it was great...the Mad Hatter kept homing in on me. But Dead Exposure remains my definite favorite...that house is soooo disorienting and it feels like it's never gonna end! That would be my worst nightmare...wandering through the darkness with blinding strobes and people randomly leaping out at me for eternity.

I learned something at Bloody Mary. If you go through in close proximity to someone in a wheelchair, they turn off the inflatable "claustrophbia walls." I understand why, but I wish we had been given the option of waiting because that is one of my favorite effects. I had popped my EP to go through when that happened (the wheelchair party was right behind us), so it's not like I was going to wait 60 mins. to go through again. I would gladly have waited a little longer to get the full effect.

I noticed there are a lot more air/water effects this year. I got a good soaking in Creatures last night, on a par with how they got me at the end of Bloody Mary last weekend.

All in all it was a great visit. I couldn't believe how many houses we got done (multiples times!) before we even had to start using our EP. The smokers in line weren't nearly as bad, thank goodness, although there seemed to be a higher level of drunken rowdiness to make up for it. At one house, we let a few people in front of us because we could tell that going thru with the drunk group right in front would NOT be pleasant. We've pretty much learned to do that so it doesn't impact our experience too much.

We didn't do any of the shows because the uncrowded house time was just too good not to maximize. Tonight we're going to the AP party, and we're not doing EP so we'll probably just do houses till it gets too crowded, then catch the shows and bail. We've already seen Rocky but not Bill & Ted (well, hubby did watch it on YouTube).

the Dark Marauder
10-03-2008, 10:59 AM
I had a chance to walk through Reflections of Fear last night.


MUCH IMPROVED!

More Mary's, better scares, better overall experience. I still need to get through Creatures & The Hallow...

inkkognito
10-03-2008, 11:25 AM
More Mary's, better scares, better overall experience. I still need to get through Creatures & The Hallow...
I'm glad someone else said there were more Marys. I tried to tell that to hubby but he insisted it was the same as last time. But I swear there were definitely more. It seemed like every time I turned around, Mary was jumping out at me.

Metro West
10-03-2008, 12:24 PM
We did Stay and Scream last night...ate at Finnegans, then looked for Metro in the outside area but didn't see him. Yeah...I didn't go last night...I'm sticking to Sundays this year.

Andrea from PA
10-03-2008, 12:30 PM
DH & DS go to HHN on 10/12.

I am NOT going -- I am a big baby :scared: , but my "excuse" is to stay with my other kids.

It is a Sunday Night but Columbus Day is the next day.
Got Stay & Scream.
Got Express.
DS can hang later than DH.

I need to help on a plan of attack -- What to do first, what to avoid...

:blush: DH can handle PG 13 with DS, but if we get into sexual references or vulgarity that are R rated, um, DH turns beat red -- He's rather like to avoid that -- Anything he should steer away from?

Oh course, gross violence he is fine with...

Metro West
10-03-2008, 01:34 PM
DH & DS go to HHN on 10/12.

I am NOT going -- I am a big baby :scared: , but my "excuse" is to stay with my other kids.

It is a Sunday Night but Columbus Day is the next day.
Got Stay & Scream.
Got Express.
DS can hang later than DH.

I need to help on a plan of attack -- What to do first, what to avoid...

:blush: DH can handle PG 13 with DS, but if we get into sexual references or vulgarity that are R rated, um, DH turns beat red -- He's rather like to avoid that -- Anything he should steer away from?

Oh course, gross violence he is fine with...If you're doing S & S, you will be lead to Creatures first and then you could do Body Collectors and Interstellar Terror since they're all together.

You might want to avoid Rocky Horror Tribute Show if you don't know what it's about and Bill & Ted's can be pretty bad.

inkkognito
10-03-2008, 01:34 PM
:blush: DH can handle PG 13 with DS, but if we get into sexual references or vulgarity that are R rated, um, DH turns beat red -- He's rather like to avoid that -- Anything he should steer away from?
Definitely warn him away from Rocky Horror.

Purseval
10-03-2008, 01:36 PM
:blush: DH can handle PG 13 with DS, but if we get into sexual references or vulgarity that are R rated, um, DH turns beat red -- He's rather like to avoid that -- Anything he should steer away from?


Who is going to see if he turns red in the dark?

PatriciaH
10-03-2008, 01:39 PM
We went last night too and had a great time. We stayed over at Portofino Bay Resort and it was very nice. Sat by the pool for a while and ate and then took a shower and headed over around 6:15pm. Last year we stayed over at HHR and went to Finnigans for dinner then did Stay and Scream. This year worked just as well since it wa not corwded until about 10pm and even then the soundstage houses had 5-10 minute waits. I guess word got out the houses towards the back of the park are MUCH better!

All the scarezones were good. This is how I would rate the houses:

1. Scary Tales-Most creative and detailed, several good scenes
2. The Hallow-great makeup and sets, smells are awesome (smelled like earth)
3. Dead Exposure-Great lighting effects, many scareactors (overwhelming at times and scary) Creative!
4. Body Collectors-only good soundstage house:( Good scenes, very short! (There are usually 5-6 good scenes in a stoundstage house this year they all had like 3. It was mostly twisting tunnels!) Like the PP said one group interacted much better.
5. Doomsday-I like the movie houses. It is smart marketing. I also liked the movie though:)
6. Reflections of Fear-pretty good scares, hot
7. Creatures-boring and there were what-2 creatures at the end??
8. Intersteller Terror-Where was the freaking artifact? I thought I would like it but it was pointless.

Also, these were not really urban legends. That whole theme was lost on me. Aren't urban legends alligators in the sewers, drugging you and cutting out your kidneys, "welcome to the world of "AIDS", spider eggs in envelope glue, flashing your headlights gets you killed by rival gangs, people hiding under cars at gas stations to cut your tendons and take your car, etc., etc.. Basically all the stories my in-laws swear are true because it happened to "someone at work..." LOL

In all we had a great time. DH was asked to do a computer survey at the end.

Some pictures!

http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o263/luvthatmousephotos/IMG_0504.jpg

http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o263/luvthatmousephotos/IMG_0505.jpg

Body Collector after DH
http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o263/luvthatmousephotos/IMG_0508.jpg

http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o263/luvthatmousephotos/IMG_0514.jpg

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Metro West
10-03-2008, 03:22 PM
We went on opening night (Sept 26th) and we did the first few houses with Schumigirl and her family, and we were honoured to do 6 of the houses with the one and only Metro!

3. The Hallow - Again, absolutely brilliant house. I'm not 100% sure exactly what the theme is for this one but the house looked great and provided some great scares - I would laugh about the fact that Metro got lost in this one and started walking off behind the set but seeing as I got the worst scare of the night in this house right in front of him my mouth is shut........
Hey hey...glad you made it home safely! Great review! :teeth:

donaldduck352
10-03-2008, 03:48 PM
Unless i missed it somewere,has anyone seen the Brian Brushwood show??

A Mickeyfan
10-03-2008, 04:57 PM
Who is going to see if he turns red in the dark?

If he is sitting at the Rocky Horror Show or Bill and Ted, he will not be in the "dark" to were he will not be seen.

danimal921
10-03-2008, 05:09 PM
First let me introduce myself. My name is Dan...I've been a lurker here for about a year and have finally registered. Onto the question.


Unless i missed it somewere,has anyone seen the Brian Brushwood show??

I haven't seen the Brain Brushwood show this year, but I did see it last year. It's a magic/freak out show.

He'll eat glass, put pins in his eyelid. It's really gross, but he's very funny. I haven't seen any reviews on his show this year, but I do recommend seeing it if you have a chance. Last year was great and I can't wait to see the show tomorrow.

Metro West
10-03-2008, 06:31 PM
First let me introduce myself. My name is Dan...I've been a lurker here for about a year and have finally registered.
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chataro
10-03-2008, 09:19 PM
Unless i missed it somewere,has anyone seen the Brian Brushwood show??

We saw it on the first night and it was a pretty cool show. He is a really good performer with really good interaction with the crowd.

He does a really weird thing at the end of the show that involves anyone with a cell phone. You even get to go up front for this and it's a really freaky thing. I won't say anymore.

If you get the chance, go to the show. It was worth the time.

hack2112
10-03-2008, 09:51 PM
This is really off-topic, but Jack-Be-Nimble is not in Fractured Tales. He's actually Wee Willie Winkie.

Jenna319
10-03-2008, 09:59 PM
I'm kinda mad I spent $80 for 2 EP for Sunday night.... it seems no one is having much of a wait time.....

inkkognito
10-03-2008, 10:12 PM
Literally just got home...it was DEAD DEAD DEAD for a Friday night! Good thing they extended FF or they would have had even less people. We were only going to go for the AP party, then leave when it got crowded. Well, it never got crowded...5 to 10 minute wait times on almost all of the houses (Bloody Mary was it's usual 50-60). We did every house...most two or three times...plus Bill & Ted and Rocky Horror, and we were out of the park and having a late dinner at Bubba Gumps by 9:30.

There was lots of confusion at the AP party. We did the two houses that were open from the start twice each (Hallow and Scary Tales), then asked if we would be released at the same time as the Finnegans S&S area and if only the sound stage houses would be open. We got various stories from whoever we asked...one insisted to me that the Finnegans area never releases people till 6:30, and I pointed out that I'd been there twice already and it was much earlier both times. I was told we would not be released on the side to go to the soundstage houses but that all of the houses in the direction of the Simpsons would be open when they let us out.

Of course, we were let out early and of course they weren't open. We tried Dead Exposure first...bummer, 'cause it's my fave. Then we went to Bloody Mary, which wasn't open initially but they got on the radio and opened it shortly thereafter. After a couple times through we headed back to Dead Exposure and waited with the others who had queued up till it opened a little past 6:30. Did it three times, then hustled off to do the rest of the park and the shows.

The people right behind us in one of the lines lit up a cig (in a 10 minute line!) but were very polite about it when I asked them to put it out. No other smokers and no exciting drunken antics although you could tell that many people had been imbibing pretty good.

I hate to say it, but I was really disappointed in Bill & Ted this year. Definitely an off-year...NO big laughs at all. Just fell kinda flat. We saw Rocky again and as always it was great although there don't seem to be as many people participating in the audience.

I was amazed at how much quality house time we got. If our feet weren't killing us from the power touring we did yesterday, we would have stayed even later. But with no lines, walking those queues was killer so we had to throw in the towel. I think that will be enough of a dose to hold us over all next week.

Purseval
10-03-2008, 11:27 PM
Literally just got home...it was DEAD DEAD DEAD for a Friday night! Good thing they extended FF or they would have had even less people. We were only going to go for the AP party, then leave when it got crowded. Well, it never got crowded...5 to 10 minute wait times on almost all of the houses (Bloody Mary was it's usual 50-60). We did every house...most two or three times...plus Bill & Ted and Rocky Horror, and we were out of the park and having a late dinner at Bubba Gumps by 9:30.


Double good news as far as we're concerned. First, we won't have to waste any money on EPs and 2nd, every slow night increases the chance of more FF extensions. 9 days and we'll be there :eek:

Metro West
10-04-2008, 04:41 AM
I'm kinda mad I spent $80 for 2 EP for Sunday night.... it seems no one is having much of a wait time.....I'm with ya there. I was one of the idiots who paid $69.99 for the EP opening night but won't spend the money again this year on an EP. Once was enough for me this year. :sad2:

the Dark Marauder
10-04-2008, 10:47 AM
I got off at 1am last night, so myself and two other coworkers--one male, one female--took the opportunity to walk through a few houses.

Creatures (I had not done this one yet). Very well done, loved the redneck bar setup and the whole story. Got some good scares---Mr Tarantula got me. And the creature at the end.....AWESOME!

Interstellar Terror. Still phenomenally designed. Better scares. And I saw Chainsawwolf! He was scaring people, but he doesn't need makeup for that, :p :laughing: Kidding, kidding.

Body Collectors. Still gory. The other guy in my group got several scares because he reacted to one scare early. Still fun.

The Hallow. I had not done this one either, so I led, then the girl, then the guy. INTENSE. Very detailed, great scares. One scare was so intense all 3 of us got scared, but the girl did the OMZSUPERSQUEEZE on me. Not that I'm complaining :rolleyes1 But that did catch me off guard. We also stopped for a minute to see the Bloody Mary hologram, which was quite awesome. This house could top Scary Tale for best house.

Andrea from PA
10-04-2008, 10:54 AM
I LOVE this thread!

I'm getting so excited & I'm not even going to HHN (DH & DS are)

If their experience is as great as I expect then maybe I'll go on Thursday 10/16...hmmm...

the Dark Marauder
10-04-2008, 10:57 AM
He does a really weird thing at the end of the show that involves anyone with a cell phone. You even get to go up front for this and it's a really freaky thing. I won't say anymore.Truth. I should have expected what happened to happen, but it was so worth it.

BigTiggerGuy
10-04-2008, 11:45 AM
Got back last night. Went Thursday, October 2nd so here is my quick summary:

Went to Finnegan's around 5pm. It was empty! The bartenders said it was going to be a quiet night. We were let out around 6pm and began the houses. I rate them as follows(best to worst):

Dead Exposure- Awesome. The "flash" effect is very cool. Great scares.
Scary Tales- Very cool scenes. Cornfield area was great. The Tin Man blasted me pretty good.
The Hallow- Nice theming. Good scares.
Body Collectors- Nice setup but so dark. Didn't realize scareactors were jumping out at us since it was too dark to even see them!
Bloody Mary- Some neat mirror effects but where was Mary? Lots of "goth girls" in black dresses but I was looking for the Mary from the ads...all scarred and creepy!
Doomsday- Lousy movie, okay house. A couple of good scares.
Interstellar Terror- Good theming but not sure what was supposed to be scary.
Creatures- Just a bunch of Redneck Zombies cracking jokes. Very silly.

Don't get me wrong, I liked the houses and got a few scares in each house. I LOVED the scarezones, especially The Skoolhouse. The creepy kids trick or treating were great. Bill and Ted had it's moments but wasn't as good as last year.

On a final note, it was dead! The longest line for any house was 30 minutes. We bought EPs but only used them for the last two houses even though the wait time was only 20 minutes...we just felt we should at least use them.

If anyone has any specific questions I'd be happy to answer.

Thanks

A Mickeyfan
10-04-2008, 01:42 PM
I'm kinda mad I spent $80 for 2 EP for Sunday night.... it seems no one is having much of a wait time.....

I have been doing either a Thrusday or Sunday night for years and never had much of a wait time.

keishashadow
10-04-2008, 07:49 PM
2 questions - can you eat at finnegans while waiting?



soooo

any recommendations as to the time we should mosey on over to Finnegans on 10/19 (Sunday) for dinner & to wait to be released to the ghouls:banana: ?

i called & was told that the last dining ressie for the day is 3:30 pm...lingering until green light is given (3 hours:confused3 ) would equal way too many pints for me if i want to actually see/remember the houses;)

wonder if they honor the flashing of the onsite room key for priority seating?popcorn::

inkkognito
10-04-2008, 08:10 PM
Anytime between 4:30 and 5 should be fine. That's when we arrived the last two times last week. Both times they let us out early and we headed over to the soundstages where one or two houses should be open.

LOLA2
10-05-2008, 07:36 AM
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I learned something at Bloody Mary. If you go through in close proximity to someone in a wheelchair, they turn off the inflatable "claustrophbia walls." I understand why, but I wish we had been given the option of waiting because that is one of my favorite effects. I had popped my EP to go through when that happened (the wheelchair party was right behind us), so it's not like I was going to wait 60 mins. to go through again. I would gladly have waited a little longer to get the full effect.

Do you know if it was a manual wheelchair or electric. We are taking my 15 yo brother down 2 3 weeks and he uses electric wheelchair. We were worried about him not seeing where to go and making the corneres. We have a group of 8, maybe they will let us go in by ourselves.

what kind of food is available at Finnegans?

Thanks

JulieWent
10-05-2008, 08:06 AM
soooo

any recommendations as to the time we should mosey on over to Finnegans on 10/19 (Sunday) for dinner & to wait to be released to the ghouls:banana: ?

::

Fellow DISers here! We'll wave to you at Finnegans around 4:30 or so! Look for the family of three (Mom, Dad, and DS) with the crazy 13 year old who can't wait for HHN! (DS has been planning this for a year. I think by the time we get to Finnegan's he'll be completely out of control with excitement.)

Julie

schumigirl
10-05-2008, 08:43 AM
Back home yesterday and still a bit jet lagged:mad:
But what a fantastic night opening night was:cool1: We all loved it so much. And have to say was helped on with meeting up with Craig and Emilie (Raph-b) and the fantastically knowledgable Metro West:thumbsup2 Really enjoyed doing a few houses with them and BIG thanks to Todd for letting me grab on to him going through those houses:worship: DH thought it was the funniest thing ever watching me in there getting the life scared out of me and grabbing onto Metro!! Guys it was real nice meeting up with you:cheer2:
The houses we saw were excellent, very dark some of them but very good. One of the worst things apart from the frights of course was those material walls you had to fight your way through, didn`t like them very much especially when I lost sight of Metro West who was always not more than an inch away from me!!!!
We did creatures, Body collectors, Reflections of fear, Interstellar terror and The Hallow. Not sure what the thing was about the Hallow but it was really good. There was a ghost woman who was very scary. Well I think it was in there.
The scare zones were fantastic!!!! I lost half my blood bag at one point when one of those tall people appeared at my side, think I squished it in his face!! Also DH got a cracking picture of me when I stood beside a pumpkin head guy who I thought was dummy, then he moved towards me and I almost passed out with fright:laughing:
Bill and Ted was a bit disappointing this year. Funny, but thought last years was better, like it when they poke a lot of fun at Disney.
Overall a fantastic night and I`m so disappointed that we are not going to be in Orlando next time as we have to go in August next year:sad1:
Also thanks to Dark Marauder for the badges as we were going into Reflections, nice souvenier :thumbsup2
Definately one of our best nights on our holiday :)

inkkognito
10-05-2008, 09:49 AM
Do you know if it was a manual wheelchair or electric. We are taking my 15 yo brother down 2 3 weeks and he uses electric wheelchair. We were worried about him not seeing where to go and making the corneres. We have a group of 8, maybe they will let us go in by ourselves.

what kind of food is available at Finnegans?
It was a manual wheelchair. I don't know if you can go through with electric; I've seen 'spare' manual wheelchairs sitting near some of the houses, so I'm wondering if they would have him transfer into one of those. Other than the inflatable walls I can't think of anything that would pose a problem. The darkness is a challenge in some of the houses, but there are lots of security people who will use a flashlight and point you in the right direction if needed. Heck, I've lost count of the number of times we've gotten lost and made the wrong turn!

You can find the menu for Finnegan's at this link: http://allears.net/uni/menu/men_fin.htm

Metro West
10-05-2008, 11:43 AM
But what a fantastic night opening night was:cool1: We all loved it so much. And have to say was helped on with meeting up with Craig and Emilie (Raph-b) and the fantastically knowledgable Metro West:thumbsup2 Really enjoyed doing a few houses with them and BIG thanks to Todd for letting me grab on to him going through those houses:worship: DH thought it was the funniest thing ever watching me in there getting the life scared out of me and grabbing onto Metro!! Guys it was real nice meeting up with you:cheer2: Glad you guys made it back safely and I really enjoyed meeting your family! :cool1:

BuckeyeGuy28
10-05-2008, 01:47 PM
Oh my God!!! Am I the only one who thought that Scary Tales SUCKED??? It was so frickin dark in there I couldn't see two inches in front of me, and on top of that, I turned into three security guards thinking they were exits, and one guy was so well hidden, I started pushing him like he was one of those flappy things that seperate rooms.
But even worse was that when I could see, it wasn't scary. It all felt like a little kid's Halloween drawing come to life--it didn't make sense, and it was all kind of Disney-like and strange (in a bad way.) I just didn't like it, and even worse, I didn't get scared in there once.

I agree with most of you all on Doomsday...not very good, not horribly bad. But Bill & Ted's...uh. I'll agree, some of it was funny, but some of it pretty much imitated the god-awful Disaster Movie that recently came out and also recently got pulled from the theatres. And while some jokes that got a chuckle out of me were wholesome and original, but for the most part, why does it seem like Universal got foul language and crude/sexual stuff confused with actual comedy. Was the part where Predator shoves screws into the X-Files man really neccesary? Those kinds of sights and noises aren't funny, just inappropriate. Yes, Universal, we know that since you're not Disney, you don't have to be family-friendly, and since it's a seperately-ticketed event with a 'Parental Advisory' sign, you can be PG-15 rated, but does that mean you should? Violence in the houses is fine because it's scary and unlike things you've seen outside the movies. But the crude and foul stuff in the Bill and Ted show didn't add anything to the experience, and the show wasn't that funny.

Anybody agree with me here? I feel like Appalachian State while most of you all are Michigan.:confused:

Jason71
10-05-2008, 03:42 PM
Oh my God!!! Am I the only one who thought that Scary Tales SUCKED??? It was so frickin dark in there I couldn't see two inches in front of me, and on top of that, I turned into three security guards thinking they were exits, and one guy was so well hidden, I started pushing him like he was one of those flappy things that seperate rooms.
But even worse was that when I could see, it wasn't scary. It all felt like a little kid's Halloween drawing come to life--it didn't make sense, and it was all kind of Disney-like and strange (in a bad way.) I just didn't like it, and even worse, I didn't get scared in there once.


I think I liked it a lot more than you did, but I agree if was more clever than scary. The best analogy I can think of is "Psychoscarapy: Home for the Holidays" last year, which never really got a jump out of me, but which I still enjoyed even after 7 or 8 trips through. Little touches, like the grandma killed with cookie cutters or Santa in his boxers, just made it interesting.

I thought the "Disney-like" nature was purely intentional--trying to tweak the Mouse, as Universal always does (from the floating mouse ears on Jaws all the way up to The Simpsons ride).

donaldduck352
10-05-2008, 05:10 PM
I'm getting so many mixed reviews-from no scares-to scary as h**-no crowds-crowds are huge-B&T stinks this year-B&T is great!!:confused3

No general consenses,or anyone really giving the same review!!

Everyone has a opinion but everyone is giving mixed reviews even from the vetrans!!

inkkognito
10-05-2008, 05:43 PM
I went from being very underwhelmed by Scary Tales to liking it quite a bit. It was kinda "flat" the first day we were there, but on the last two visits I found it much improved. It's still not my favorite (Dead Exposure has a firm hold on that honor), but I like it better now. The one that gets good reviews but that just doesn't grab me is The Hallow. I dunno what it is because we've gone through many, many times so it's not just an off time. No good quality scares and okay theming but nothing that really speaks to me. Sad to say it, and I know most will think I am crazy, but I like Creatures better.

Bill & Ted is my biggest disappointment this year. I don't mind gross humor if it's actually funny, but most of it this year just seems to be grossness for the sake of grossness. Compare that to last year with Rosie and Trump doing the nasty...don't know why, but that made me laugh. The only part I really like this year is the beginning with the politicians. Rapidly goes downhill from there.

I am suffering from HHN withdrawal...we were going to go tonight but the rain scared us off, so I'm getting a small "hit" via the CityWalk camera. I can see the fog from the scare zone. Sigh!

LOLA2
10-05-2008, 08:01 PM
Can anyone confirm wht the latest is you can get into the park with stay and scream. We will be leaving Animal kingdom villas at 3:45, wondering how much we have to rush. I am assuming 15 minute drive plus another 15 minites to park and get through citiwalk. Thoughts?

chataro
10-05-2008, 08:07 PM
so I'm getting a small "hit" via the CityWalk camera. I can see the fog from the scare zone. Sigh!

??? Camera?

inkkognito
10-05-2008, 08:32 PM
??? Camera?

Here's the link: http://www.wesh.com/wxcam/1472284/detail.html

chataro
10-05-2008, 08:47 PM
Here's the link: http://www.wesh.com/wxcam/1472284/detail.html

Thanks. Never knew it existed.

saveFerris
10-05-2008, 09:03 PM
Never been to HNN before but really excited about going this year.
I can do most any haunted house/attraction and I am ok. People jumping out at me, gore, etc is all fine. I am, however, pretty claustrophobic.

Am I going to have a problem in all the houses or just possibly the Bloody Mary house? I have heard people mention the latex walls/curtains/tunnel and I am really concerned about that. I hate to skip this slince it is the main attraction this year but I think I may have to simply because of that.

Seewhatimesdone
10-05-2008, 09:15 PM
I know that this is for Orlando but I went to the one in Hollywood last night and it was great!

raph_b
10-06-2008, 03:07 AM
Back home yesterday and still a bit jet lagged:mad:
But what a fantastic night opening night was:cool1: We all loved it so much. And have to say was helped on with meeting up with Craig and Emilie (Raph-b) and the fantastically knowledgable Metro West:thumbsup2 Really enjoyed doing a few houses with them and BIG thanks to Todd for letting me grab on to him going through those houses:worship: DH thought it was the funniest thing ever watching me in there getting the life scared out of me and grabbing onto Metro!! Guys it was real nice meeting up with you:cheer2:
The houses we saw were excellent, very dark some of them but very good. One of the worst things apart from the frights of course was those material walls you had to fight your way through, didn`t like them very much especially when I lost sight of Metro West who was always not more than an inch away from me!!!!
We did creatures, Body collectors, Reflections of fear, Interstellar terror and The Hallow. Not sure what the thing was about the Hallow but it was really good. There was a ghost woman who was very scary. Well I think it was in there.
The scare zones were fantastic!!!! I lost half my blood bag at one point when one of those tall people appeared at my side, think I squished it in his face!! Also DH got a cracking picture of me when I stood beside a pumpkin head guy who I thought was dummy, then he moved towards me and I almost passed out with fright:laughing:
Bill and Ted was a bit disappointing this year. Funny, but thought last years was better, like it when they poke a lot of fun at Disney.
Overall a fantastic night and I`m so disappointed that we are not going to be in Orlando next time as we have to go in August next year:sad1:
Also thanks to Dark Marauder for the badges as we were going into Reflections, nice souvenier :thumbsup2
Definately one of our best nights on our holiday :)

Hi Carol! Hope you and the family enjoyed the rest of your holiday!

It was great meeting up with you all for the opening night of HHN, hopefully we'll be able to do it again one day! :)

Metro West
10-06-2008, 05:54 AM
Can anyone confirm wht the latest is you can get into the park with stay and scream. We will be leaving Animal kingdom villas at 3:45, wondering how much we have to rush. I am assuming 15 minute drive plus another 15 minites to park and get through citiwalk. Thoughts?Well...you can't get into the park with S & S...you have to have a valid ticket or AP for admission into the park. But...the latest I would suggest is 4:30pm since they close at 5pm. You are really going to be cutting it close if you're leaving Disney at 3:45pm during that time of day. The traffic gets ugly in the afternoons.

LOLA2
10-06-2008, 06:08 AM
Well...you can't get into the park with S & S...you have to have a valid ticket or AP for admission into the park. But...the latest I would suggest is 4:30pm since they close at 5pm. You are really going to be cutting it close if you're leaving Disney at 3:45pm during that time of day. The traffic gets ugly in the afternoons.


We have the 7 day park ticket, so we are good. I would like to leave earlier also but we are getting a babysitter I just thought leaving at 3:45 would be o.k., maye I can tell them 15 minutes earlier.

keishashadow
10-06-2008, 07:29 AM
Anytime between 4:30 and 5 should be fine. That's when we arrived the last two times last week. Both times they let us out early and we headed over to the soundstages where one or two houses should be open.
thanx, so they don't mind if u linger @ ur table? always hate to tie up table so they can't flip it, sounds like it's the norm during HHN though...guess we'll just have to order an extra pint (or 2) and tip well:)

so i can pace myself, what time did they let u out?

Fellow DISers here! We'll wave to you at Finnegans around 4:30 or so! Look for the family of three (Mom, Dad, and DS) with the crazy 13 year old who can't wait for HHN! (DS has been planning this for a year. I think by the time we get to Finnegan's he'll be completely out of control with excitement.)

Julie

ha! least somebody's kid will be excited; i'll have my 15 yo DS (he who isn't fond of scary stuff switched @ birth perhaps? told him to slap a smile on & deal lol)

keep those reviews coming:goodvibes

jeslynhat
10-06-2008, 08:55 AM
WOO HOO! We went last night... I miss it already!
Totally disappointed in the Bloody Mary house, it was one of the worst ones there and for an icon house, it should have been waaaaaayyyyyy better.

Top 3 in my opinion:
Tie for 1st: Body Collectors & Dead Exposure
2nd: The Hallow

Disappointed with Doomsday, thought that was going to be way better, too.
Creatures was nothing to write home about.
Finally, to Interstellar Terror (wuite possiby the worst house), "Event Horizon called! The want their movie back!" :lmao:

We hit all 8 houses, MIB, Simpsons, ROTM, Bill and Ted (which was also disappointing due to lame characters) and all scare zones and still had 15 mins left before the park closed - We all agreed it still got 2 thumbs up!:goodvibes

ParkSleuth
10-06-2008, 08:59 AM
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Purseval
10-06-2008, 09:13 AM
If you're doing S & S, you will be lead to Creatures first and then you could do Body Collectors and Interstellar Terror since they're all together.


So where would be the best place to stand in the S&S area so you would be near the folks who will lead you when they decide to open the houses? The difference could be a few hundred places in line. Or is it better to be back a bit and give the scareactors time to get into character?

hack2112
10-06-2008, 09:35 AM
Finally, to Interstellar Terror (wuite possiby the worst house), "Event Horizon called! The want their movie back!" :lmao:


That's because IT is based off of Event Horizon.

Metro West
10-06-2008, 09:39 AM
So where would be the best place to stand in the S&S area so you would be near the folks who will lead you when they decide to open the houses? The difference could be a few hundred places in line. Or is it better to be back a bit and give the scareactors time to get into character?Since you're going to be in the holding area, it won't matter where you stand. They release everyone in the holding area at the same time so it's a stream of people heading to the houses.

4greatboys
10-06-2008, 09:46 AM
We went 10/3 and 10/4. We really enjoyed the scare zones this year and I was so glad they had more of them.

We did each house twice. Once before it was very crowded (but also still light out) and then once with our EP when it was dark. It was hard to go through Scary Tales and The Hallow when it was still light out, it was so dark in the house it was hard to see where you were going, Saturday night they added a little more light so you could see better.

I enjoyed all the houses. We tried to get each cast. We actually did IT twice because they were changing cast midway through and we wanted to catch Wolf again :thumbsup2

I looked all over for the ROF lanyard but never could find one. I had that problem a couple of years back as well.

Metro West
10-06-2008, 09:55 AM
I looked all over for the ROF lanyard but never could find one. I had that problem a couple of years back as well.I got mine from a lady in the holding area on opening night who was selling them for $5.00. Last year...the lanyards were available at Guest Services...I haven't checked to see if they are available through GS again.

inkkognito
10-06-2008, 10:12 AM
saveFerris, the two parts with the narrow walls are pretty short. The only thing that might panic you is that you have a close line of people both in front of and behind you so you can't really run through. But other than that it goes pretty quickly.

Some of the other houses are very dark and disorienting (much of Dead Exposure is pitch black except for the strobes that keep popping on). The passages feel more narrow than they are because of that and because there are usually so many people in with you.

But you can see Exit signs everywhere if you look for them, and there are security people everywhere inside in case of emergency. Looking for the signs and reminding yourself of that might help.

keishashadow, you can linger as long as you want because they can't turn the table over anyway since the park is closed. They know that people go there to stay for HHN so they don't rush you at all. We've usually been let out around 6ish.

patster734
10-06-2008, 11:56 AM
Here's the link: http://www.wesh.com/wxcam/1472284/detail.html

When did they get the camera fixed? Last I knew, it went down in June. I'm glad that its working again!

jeslynhat
10-06-2008, 11:57 AM
That's because IT is based off of Event Horizon.

I figured it was, but why dont they give it credit like they gave to Doomsday??:confused3 ... besides that, I thought it was still a weak house

lachica
10-06-2008, 12:35 PM
I figured it was, but why dont they give it credit like they gave to Doomsday??:confused3 ... besides that, I thought it was still a weak house

Event Horizon is a Paramount Studios film. While obviously Doomsday was a Universal flick - they prob are pushing dvd/bluray sales.

I would say Doomsday maze is a hit or miss most people. The variables can be the different actors at different, or if you've seen the film.

inkkognito
10-06-2008, 01:16 PM
When did they get the camera fixed? Last I knew, it went down in June. I'm glad that its working again!
It had to be pretty recent because my DH, who is a lurker, had been complaining in June and watching it to see when it would start working again. He just told me it was up again yesterday when I said I wondered what the weather was like at USF while it was raining here in Kissimmee.

girli565
10-06-2008, 02:15 PM
I'm driving up on 10/24 early so I should be in Orlando before 3pm. I only have HHN tickets so what would be the earliest we could possibly get in so I know when we should arrive?

Thanks!

geeksbsmrt
10-06-2008, 02:29 PM
I'm driving up on 10/24 early so I should be in Orlando before 3pm. I only have HHN tickets so what would be the earliest we could possibly get in so I know when we should arrive?

Thanks!

the park opens at 6. be there about 5 so you can be up front at the gates.

inkkognito
10-06-2008, 03:43 PM
Actually I think the posted opening time is 6:30, although they've been known to open a little early so best to be there as much ahead of time as possible.

donaldduck352
10-06-2008, 05:21 PM
I have waited at that gate before,trust me get there early!!!






DM seems peeps donn't look at this thread 1'st..
Alot of new threads popping up..

saveFerris
10-06-2008, 05:29 PM
saveFerris, the two parts with the narrow walls are pretty short. The only thing that might panic you is that you have a close line of people both in front of and behind you so you can't really run through. But other than that it goes pretty quickly.

Some of the other houses are very dark and disorienting (much of Dead Exposure is pitch black except for the strobes that keep popping on). The passages feel more narrow than they are because of that and because there are usually so many people in with you.

But you can see Exit signs everywhere if you look for them, and there are security people everywhere inside in case of emergency. Looking for the signs and reminding yourself of that might help.

keishashadow, you can linger as long as you want because they can't turn the table over anyway since the park is closed. They know that people go there to stay for HHN so they don't rush you at all. We've usually been let out around 6ish.

Thanks for the advice!
I asked you about it on another post so feel free to ignore that one. I am really excited but just concerned is all. I think I can handle the dark and narrow hallways because I've done other haunted houses that do that. Hope I can handle the curtains things!
Maybe I'll follow my husband in that one, hang on to him and close my eyes till we are through that section.

donaldduck352
10-06-2008, 05:36 PM
Thanks for the advice!
I asked you about it on another post so feel free to ignore that one. I am really excited but just concerned is all. I think I can handle the dark and narrow hallways because I've done other haunted houses that do that. Hope I can handle the curtains things!
Maybe I'll follow my husband in that one, hang on to him and close my eyes till we are through that section.

Donn't close your eyes,you will miss something that you will talk about all year if you do!!:thumbsup2

saveFerris
10-06-2008, 05:53 PM
Donn't close your eyes,you will miss something that you will talk about all year if you do!!:thumbsup2

oh, great...

how about I close my eyes and tell my husband to explain what happened to me? LOL
:rolleyes1

thumbalyna
10-08-2008, 09:41 AM
we were there oct 4 and 5 and the park seemed dead to me compared to last year -- unfortunately we did not make it to the AP party -- we arrive around 7:30 on satuday and had all the houses done by 12:00. my fav was dead exposure -- we went on that for a second time because my daughter met up with a friend and they spent the whole night arguing because the friend did not want to go into the houses - so the only reason we went back on sunday was to do the houses with her --- our bar bill was quite pricy and of course i had to get a blood bag

i am also guilty of smoking in line but this year i was asked by the man behind me in line for dead exposure to put it out and he was very polite about it and i did no problem.

as far as this year i was VERY disappointed --- it just didnt scare me -- the first time through dead exposure i was scared to death but nothing else phased me.

the longest wait time was on saturday for reflections of fear and that wait went from 75 minutes to 60 minutes later in the night.

creatures and intestellar only had 5 minute waits both nights and body collectors was only about 10

cmmickey
10-09-2008, 01:38 PM
Hi. Ill be going to HHN on the 24th!!! I already purchased the EP does that mean I dont have to wait in any lines for the houses or are there still lines if you have EP? And if there are, are they typically long?

geeksbsmrt
10-09-2008, 01:39 PM
Hi. Ill be going to HHN on the 24th!!! I already purchased the EP does that mean I dont have to wait in any lines for the houses or are there still lines if you have EP? And if there are, are they typically long?

you will have to wait. the times though are considerably less than normal lines

inkkognito
10-09-2008, 03:05 PM
Express shouldn't be more than 10-15 mins. and it's typically even shorter than that.

Metro West
10-09-2008, 04:39 PM
Express shouldn't be more than 10-15 mins. and it's typically even shorter than that. :thumbsup2

Purseval
10-10-2008, 03:25 PM
So how were the crowds last night?

ScaredScorpio
10-11-2008, 12:03 AM
I failed miserably at HHN. I should change my name to AshamedScorpio.

Like I said, I'm not so keen on people jumping out at me...but I never imagined I would be such a big ***** about it.

I had to work up the nerve to enter and then hid out in a store so I could examine the map and figure out the best way to get to shows and rides without encountering too many scare zones. My boyfriend went ahead and did all the scare zones so he could report back to me and tell me which ones weren't so terrible. I honestly love looking at all the great make up and creativity behind teh scare zones, but the people getting in my face is what turns me off. I walked through Path of the Wicked and the Tinman went after me, but the Wicked Witch was pretty funny. I did MIB but the zombies near it were freaking me out. I walked through Schoolhouse which I found not scary at ALL. I dont really get why anyone would. I wanted to walk through Scary Tales after my boyfriend told me that Scary Bo Peep ordered him to pet her dead sheep, but I never did and I walked through Asylum in Wonderland but the Mad Hatter was INTENSE AND was freaking me out. I took a picture with Alice, who was awesome and very into her character.

I'm impressed with the level of creativity and the devotion a lot of the scareactors seemed to have to their roles. It seemed like there were A LOT of people there and most of hte waits I saw were 30 minuntes and up.

I wish some of the haunted houses and scarezones were more like the Schoolhouse where no one really jumped at you but it was still creepy. I love gore and weird things, but I guess this wasn't for me.

Metro West
10-11-2008, 06:31 AM
I failed miserably at HHN. I should change my name to AshamedScorpio.

Like I said, I'm not so keen on people jumping out at me...but I never imagined I would be such a big ***** about it.

I had to work up the nerve to enter and then hid out in a store so I could examine the map and figure out the best way to get to shows and rides without encountering too many scare zones. My boyfriend went ahead and did all the scare zones so he could report back to me and tell me which ones weren't so terrible. I honestly love looking at all the great make up and creativity behind teh scare zones, but the people getting in my face is what turns me off. I walked through Path of the Wicked and the Tinman went after me, but the Wicked Witch was pretty funny. I did MIB but the zombies near it were freaking me out. I walked through Schoolhouse which I found not scary at ALL. I dont really get why anyone would. I wanted to walk through Scary Tales after my boyfriend told me that Scary Bo Peep ordered him to pet her dead sheep, but I never did and I walked through Asylum in Wonderland but the Mad Hatter was INTENSE AND was freaking me out. I took a picture with Alice, who was awesome and very into her character.

I'm impressed with the level of creativity and the devotion a lot of the scareactors seemed to have to their roles. It seemed like there were A LOT of people there and most of hte waits I saw were 30 minuntes and up.

I wish some of the haunted houses and scarezones were more like the Schoolhouse where no one really jumped at you but it was still creepy. I love gore and weird things, but I guess this wasn't for me.Sounds like you had a good time dispite your fears. HHN isn't for everyone but at least you tried...be proud of that! HHN is my favorite event and is one of the main reasons I live in Orlando...I get to go so often.

Maybe you'll give it a whirl again sometime in the future. :thumbsup2

JLTraveling
10-11-2008, 05:45 PM
Having attended on multiple nights now, I want to give a huge shoutout to Ride and Show this year. In the past, the attendants inside the houses have developed a rather bad reputation for playing "traffic cop," herding guests through with flashlights. That easily ruined some of the best impacts, as well as taking guests out of the moment.

This year, it looks like scareactors are taking on the traffic cop role, pointing confused guests in the right direction. This is always done in character, sometimes by something as simple as blocking the alternate path.

Ride and show attendants seem to be playing more of an auxiliary security role this year, which works a lot better. They're there if you need them, and are a second set of eyes and ears for both actors and guests, but they're staying in the corners and being unobtrusive. Great job ride and show peeps!

I've also noticed that nobody's rushing guests through as much. The conga lines seem to naturally pulse themselves a bit. I was actually able to get several scares from behind last night, since I ended up being the last in my "group." I hope this continues as things get busier, because it really does result in a much better show.

Overall, I love this year's event, and think it's way stronger than last year.

Houses (favorite to least favorite):
1 - Interstellar Terror
2 - Body Collectors (big surprise, because I was not a fan of the original)
3 - Scary Tales
4 - Doomsday
5 - The Hallow
6 - Creatures
7 - Reflections of Fear
8 - Dead Exposure (just not feeling the love. Very repetitive house to me)

No real ranking on streets or shows. I love them all!

pluto's fan
10-12-2008, 04:38 AM
ha! least somebody's kid will be excited; i'll have my 15 yo DS (he who isn't fond of scary stuff switched @ birth perhaps? told him to slap a smile on & deal lol)[SIZE=1]


LOL. My daughter is also 15 and I took her last year. She started to cry before we stepped foot into a house. We did stay and scream and while we were waiting for them to open Nightmare on Elm Street, they released the chainsaw drill team,that did it for her. She ended up going back to the hotel with my mother. :rolleyes:

raph_b
10-13-2008, 03:30 AM
the first time through dead exposure i was scared to death

:thumbsup2 I LOVED Dead Expsoure!!

Metro West
10-13-2008, 06:10 AM
Lots of DISers met up last night for S & S. In the group early on was:

Macraven
Purseval (plus wife and stepson)
Cdn Friends of Pooh (plus husband)
Laurabearz
Inkognito (plus husband)
Not My Fault! (plus husband)

We all met up in the holding area but got separated once the holding area was released. I didn't have an EP for last night and the rest of our group did. We did Creatures, Intersteller Terror, Body Collectors and Scary Tales. By 7:45pm or so the lines were getting very long and people were everywhere. Since the lines were so long, I decided to take off since I had to work today. I stopped by and chatted with Phamton for a few minutes and then called Dark Marauder so he could meet up with Mac and gang.

I'll be going again next Sunday for another meet. :banana:

danimal921
10-13-2008, 06:21 AM
I ended up getting to HHN late last night...trying to recover from the Food & Wine Festival earlier in the day.

It was so packed at HHN. 100 minutes for the Mary house and 45 minutes to an hour for all the other houses. I think I'll try to get their earlier next Sunday.

Metro West
10-13-2008, 06:22 AM
I ended up getting to HHN late last night...trying to recover from the Food & Wine Festival earlier in the day.

It was so packed at HHN. 100 minutes for the Mary house and 45 minutes to an hour for all the other houses. I think I'll try to get their earlier next Sunday.Are you planning on doing S & S next Sunday? If so...come by and say hi...there should be quite a few DISers there again this Sunday.

danimal921
10-13-2008, 06:26 AM
Are you planning on doing S & S next Sunday? If so...come by and say hi...there should be quite a few DISers there again this Sunday.

I want to do S & S next Sunday, but I'm not sure I'll be able to make it out there by 5. I've looked at the thread with everyone's pictures so I'm hoping to spot people while walking around...haha...we'll see if that works.

the Dark Marauder
10-13-2008, 09:58 AM
I had some interesting HHN experiences the past few nights.

Sat I went with friends, and one of the scareactors in the house I normally work in called me by name, whilst staying in character and scaring the rest of my group.

Last night, thanks to an Assist from Metro, I did meet up with Macraven, Inkognito (plus husband), Laurabearz, and Cdn Friends of Pooh (plus husband). I also had the chance to go back through Doomsday. That house has IMPROVED greatly.

inkkognito
10-13-2008, 10:00 AM
What a great meet! We had lots of fun hanging out with DISers till 10:30ish, then struck out on our own till midnight. We bought the single EPs, which I didn't even know existed (and which many of the people in guest services don't know exist either...I won't even go into that confusion). They were $5 each, and you can buy as many as you want and use 'em on any house. Better than EP where it's each house only once, so of course we focused on faves like Dead Exposure. I don't know how often they offer those EPs, but they were great. They also sold the after-10 EPs for 20, which made the EP lines really ridiculous at the end.

We did houses with the group till 10:30, which was lots of fun. We got quite a bit done early on, but the crowds were massive so we had to switch to using EPs. We didn't do any of the shows since DH and I wanted to concentrate on our favorite houses with the single EPs. The smoking in line was utterly ridiculous, and it burned me to watch Security people walk right by without saying anything. I wouldn't care except that I have respiratory problems (I'm horking up lovely snot balls as I type this as an after effect of last night). And when I asked people right next to us to stop just as they were about to light up, they stopped with a huge attitude and I had to listen to them discuss what a witch with a b I was for the next 20 minutes. NOT acceptable that I have to play cigarette cop and be put into an uncomfortable situation just to keep myself from getting sick.

Other than that, it was a primo night. We ran out of time at the very end and had one pair of passes let, so we gave them to another couple at Dead Exposure who were heading to the standby line. They had no idea what express was but were very grateful when they saw winding standby line as we all just made a straight beeline into the house.

Not much action in the scarezones (although to be fair, we didn't do many of them) but the zombies outside of Dead Exposure were great as always. That and the ones outside of Scary Tales and Body Collectors are my definite favorites.

We were on the run from arrival (waited in the Finnegans pen with the other DISers) to midnight, with only a brief stop for gelato. We got socked with rain right after we left the last house, but thankfully we had ponchos and we stopped in Nascar for a really, really late dinner to wait it out. By the time we were done eating, valet had cleared out so there wasn't much of a wait for our car.

We're heading over again on Thurs. It's gonna be hard waiting!

Metro West
10-13-2008, 10:23 AM
Last night, thanks to an Assist from Metro, I did meet up with Macraven, Inkognito (plus husband), Laurabearz, and Cdn Friends of Pooh (plus husband). I also had the chance to go back through Doomsday. That house has IMPROVED greatly. :thumbsup2

Joann
10-13-2008, 01:23 PM
We went last weekend went to HHN on the 2nd ( thurs) It was our first time and to be honest with you all.... It was not scary!! My 12 year old and 14 year old were bored:confused: I think I got scared 2 times and that was only cause someone popped out at me. I must say tho the costumes were awsome!! If only for that reason to see the costumes, would I go again! I am a huge Halloween freak and a huge horror movie fan and this just did not do it for me, or my family. We did get all the houses done plus Bill and Teds plus went on rides. I think the longest wait we waited was 30 mins. The detail in the houses were also fantastic, but for scare factor, I give a 3 out of 10 waaah! Sorry please don't flame me for my opinion on it as it is only my opinion

chataro
10-13-2008, 02:22 PM
Got to share this one from last night.

DW and me went to Doomsday and there was no line at all. There was one couple in front of us in line and they were about 10 yds in front of us. For those that have went in the house, as soon as the couple walked through the RIP threshold, the chainsaw dude scared the couple. DW saw this and relaxed cause he got them. As she walked past the chainsaw guy, I looked at him, stopped and waved him on. He nodded to me and because there was no one else in line, he started walking right behind here as I stood back to watch the fun.

He walked with her until right before the house entrance, then she started to look back at me and he pulled the cord. She freaked out and almost ended up on the car that is right there. I laughed my butt off and he had a great laugh out of that one too. We high fived as we passed and I told him thank you. One of the best scares of our history of HHN.:lmao:

The other couple chickened out after about two scares and let us go ahead. We had the house to ourselves for the rest of it and they butchered her bad.
Great timing on that one and fun was had by all!(well maybe not her)

Metro West
10-13-2008, 05:04 PM
We went last weekend went to HHN on the 2nd ( thurs) It was our first time and to be honest with you all.... It was not scary!! My 12 year old and 14 year old were bored:confused: I think I got scared 2 times and that was only cause someone popped out at me. I must say tho the costumes were awsome!! If only for that reason to see the costumes, would I go again! I am a huge Halloween freak and a huge horror movie fan and this just did not do it for me, or my family. We did get all the houses done plus Bill and Teds plus went on rides. I think the longest wait we waited was 30 mins. The detail in the houses were also fantastic, but for scare factor, I give a 3 out of 10 waaah! Sorry please don't flame me for my opinion on it as it is only my opinionNo flaming from me. Sorry your kids didn't enjoy themselves. I love HHN but I do think some of the scarezones aren't very scary either. All the houses were fun but here's the problem...I'm 6'2" and about 225 lbs. The scareactors don't usually come after big guys like myself so I have to entertain myself by laughing at others getting scared.

danimal921
10-13-2008, 05:18 PM
I'm 6'2" and about 225 lbs. The scareactors don't usually come after big guys like myself so I have to entertain myself by laughing at others getting scared.


I have the same problem. I'm about 6' and 215ish and I go to HHN by myself. I'll see the scareactors look at me and then go the other way to scare a group...it is funny to watch though.

inkkognito
10-13-2008, 05:50 PM
I have the same problem. I'm about 6' and 215ish and I go to HHN by myself. I'll see the scareactors look at me and then go the other way to scare a group...it is funny to watch though.
Try going through the zone outside Body Collectors while eating food. Twice I've done that and twice they have been all over me! DH says it's because when you're eating you're distracted and therefore easier to startle/surprise/scare.

Metro West
10-13-2008, 06:42 PM
I have the same problem. I'm about 6' and 215ish and I go to HHN by myself. I'll see the scareactors look at me and then go the other way to scare a group...it is funny to watch though.Yeah...I usually go alone too but this year I'm making it a point to meet other DISers. You really should try to come over on Sunday.

Try going through the zone outside Body Collectors while eating food. Twice I've done that and twice they have been all over me! DH says it's because when you're eating you're distracted and therefore easier to startle/surprise/scare.Remember Laura last night and "drinking" that jello shot! :rotfl:

girli565
10-14-2008, 01:10 PM
By the time we were done eating, valet had cleared out so there wasn't much of a wait for our car.

How much is it to valet the car and where is it?

morningstar
10-14-2008, 01:13 PM
Just getting back into the swing of things from our Universal vacation and first ever HHN. First of all - I'm hooked on HHN! We are already talking about next year. We went Sunday night and had a great time; unfortunately I didn't plan as well as I should of. We did not buy EP's because of the additional money and thought we might be okay since it was a Sunday. WOW - that crowd was huge and apparently it was nothing compared to Saturday night. We did get to do three houses and two shows and all the scare zones many times. My kids loved Bill and Ted's and the scare zones the best. We did the Brian Brushwood magic show which we all thought was pretty boring. Our mistake was not doing more houses earlier and going to the shows instead. We all thought Body Collectors was the best house we did, followed by Creatures, and then Reflections of Fear. I think we were all expecting more out of Reflections. We left by 10:00pm with tired kids and sore feet - but it was a great night!

Metro West
10-14-2008, 01:20 PM
Just getting back into the swing of things from our Universal vacation and first ever HHN. First of all - I'm hooked on HHN! We are already talking about next year. We went Sunday night and had a great time; unfortunately I didn't plan as well as I should of. We did not buy EP's because of the additional money and thought we might be okay since it was a Sunday. WOW - that crowd was huge and apparently it was nothing compared to Saturday night. We did get to do three houses and two shows and all the scare zones many times. My kids loved Bill and Ted's and the scare zones the best. We did the Brian Brushwood magic show which we all thought was pretty boring. Our mistake was not doing more houses earlier and going to the shows instead. We all thought Body Collectors was the best house we did, followed by Creatures, and then Reflections of Fear. I think we were all expecting more out of Reflections. We left by 10:00pm with tired kids and sore feet - but it was a great night!Ah...glad to hear another person is hooked on HHN. The first time is definately a learning experience and you have plenty of excellent help on this board. Next year, you should plan on buying EP's and doing S & S to help get a jump on the crowds.

hayanyujah847
10-14-2008, 01:29 PM
Hey everyone! I have read the entire thread and have found it incredibly helpful. We are doing our first HHN this year, planning on going to a S&S area, but we don't have the EP. Going on the 23rd and hopefully will be OK without them! :) Thanks again everyone for all of your posts~!

geeksbsmrt
10-14-2008, 01:44 PM
Hey everyone! I have read the entire thread and have found it incredibly helpful. We are doing our first HHN this year, planning on going to a S&S area, but we don't have the EP. Going on the 23rd and hopefully will be OK without them! :) Thanks again everyone for all of your posts~!

The 23 is the ONLY PEAK Thursday! This is not without cause. The park is expected to be packed. I HIGHLY recommend the EP. With the S&S you will be able to do 2 houses before every1 else gets in but I would expect that you may miss a house or two. Especially if you plan on seeing the shows. Good luck to you and let us know how it turns out.

inkkognito
10-14-2008, 03:28 PM
How much is it to valet the car and where is it?
I think Valet is $20 but don't quote me on that because we get it free due to having Premier passes. Instead of turning into the parking garage, you go left (I think...there are signs...I am always on autopilot!). When you go up the escalators from the valet area, you come out into Citywalk just before Bubba Gumps. A guard will check your bags at the top of the escalator. It's VERY convenient...I am spoiled rotten with it. Dunno what I'll do if they ever get rid of the Premiers.

Metro West
10-14-2008, 04:27 PM
The 23 is the ONLY PEAK Thursday! This is not without cause. The park is expected to be packed. I HIGHLY recommend the EP. With the S&S you will be able to do 2 houses before every1 else gets in but I would expect that you may miss a house or two. Especially if you plan on seeing the shows. Good luck to you and let us know how it turns out.I'm not completely convinced it will be AS busy as past Hell Weeks since Orange County schools are open Friday 10/24. If Seminole and Osceola schools are open as well, I can't imagine it will be as crowded as last year. Of course I could be wrong. :rolleyes1

Shadowknight890
10-14-2008, 04:43 PM
I plan on going on the 23rd for my first HHN. It better not be packed :[
Ah, this is going to suck lol.

girli565
10-15-2008, 07:17 AM
I'll be there on the 24th because it's a teacher planning day in Miami and I can actually take the day off. Hopefully not too many people will have that idea.

Metro West
10-15-2008, 07:53 AM
I plan on going on the 23rd for my first HHN. It better not be packed :[
Ah, this is going to suck lol.I found out this morning that Seminole & Orange County schools will be open on Friday 10/24 and I can't imagine HHN will be as busy as a "normal" Hell week since it's a school night.

WWEDUDE
10-15-2008, 02:22 PM
Just got back from my first HHN, we went Sunday, and.. well it wasn't as good as I expected. Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE U.S., and I am an ap holder, but I expected a bit more.

Let me tell you this, if I ever go to HHN again, I'm not going on Sunday. I think the problem was the next day was Columbus day, so everyone had the next day off.

We entered the park, I loved Path of the Wicked (and I thought the medal detctors was a good idea on U.S. part), the monkeys were amazing.

We got in line for Creatures, went through in about 20 minutes. I though it was a bit funny, and some nice scares. Then after we got off, we got in line for Extraterrestrial Terror, I thought it was a nicely built set, not that scary. The cast was really into it, and one guy who was on these elastic "wires", even said "I have to do this all night, again and again". :lmao:

Then we went through Streets of Blood, which I liked, then into line for Body Collectors, I thought that line would be the end of me! We were waiting in line for 1 1/2 hours, and the wait time said 30 minutes!

After this it was about 10:15, and we really wanted to go to simpsons, so we went over there, a OK wait time, but the intro and everything took so long. We got out at like 11:00, and we looked around. Scary tales had 75 minute wait! We started walking out, and everything started closing. By the time we got out it was around 11:15. After going to 3 houses and 1 ride. :sad2:

4greatboys
10-15-2008, 02:54 PM
Just got back from my first HHN, we went Sunday, and.. well it wasn't as good as I expected. Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE U.S., and I am an ap holder, but I expected a bit more.

Let me tell you this, if I ever go to HHN again, I'm not going on Sunday. I think the problem was the next day was Columbus day, so everyone had the next day off.

We entered the park, I loved Path of the Wicked (and I thought the medal detctors was a good idea on U.S. part), the monkeys were amazing.

We got in line for Creatures, went through in about 20 minutes. I though it was a bit funny, and some nice scares. Then after we got off, we got in line for Extraterrestrial Terror, I thought it was a nicely built set, not that scary. The cast was really into it, and one guy who was on these elastic "wires", even said "I have to do this all night, again and again". :lmao:

Then we went through Streets of Blood, which I liked, then into line for Body Collectors, I thought that line would be the end of me! We were waiting in line for 1 1/2 hours, and the wait time said 30 minutes!

After this it was about 10:15, and we really wanted to go to simpsons, so we went over there, a OK wait time, but the intro and everything took so long. We got out at like 11:00, and we looked around. Scary tales had 75 minute wait! We started walking out, and everything started closing. By the time we got out it was around 11:15. After going to 3 houses and 1 ride. :sad2:


It's a very popular event and many nights can have quite a crowd. That's why the HHN vets always stress getting the express pass.

If you do choose to go to HHN again please snag an express pass. I guarantee it is worth it :thumbsup2

WWEDUDE
10-15-2008, 03:22 PM
It's a very popular event and many nights can have quite a crowd. That's why the HHN vets always stress getting the express pass.

If you do choose to go to HHN again please snag an express pass. I guarantee it is worth it :thumbsup2

I will be sure too :thumbsup2

I wish they would have a system like Disney, with the fast passes (didn't they used too?), 70 dollars seems a bit pricey. But after going I don't think it's really a choice if you want to see it all.

4greatboys
10-15-2008, 03:36 PM
Yes they did used to but they did away with it some time back. We always stay onsite and use the FOTL. Plus we really like the Universal resorts :thumbsup2

$70 is a bit high for the EP but I after some of the crowds I have seen it's must have for us. When we go and it's not that crowded we do the houses fist without the EP and later we go back through them with the EP. If nothing else it's a short walk to the house :teeth:

macraven
10-15-2008, 03:43 PM
I will be sure too :thumbsup2

I wish they would have a system like Disney, with the fast passes (didn't they used too?), 70 dollars seems a bit pricey. But after going I don't think it's really a choice if you want to see it all.

any one can buy the epp for the daytime.
if you plan it right, and start early, you can do all the highlights and more in the park during the day time. weekdays have less crowds in the park than the weekends during the daytime.

the FOTL is one reason families do decide to stay on site.
after you consider the cost of the hotel for the night compared to what it would cost for a family to buy the epp, you come out ahead money wise.
you stay one night on site and get 2 full days of unlimited fotl perks.
(the day you arrive and check in and the day you leave to check out)


yes, the express for HHN is up there in price, i agree with you on that.
once you have dropped a ton of money for the trip and event, might as well go for broke and get the express pass in order to see everything you want to.

stay and scream is to your advantage as a starting point.
you can knock off 3 houses easily with no wait and not using your ex pass.
then you can repeat those houses again when it gets dark.

this was my 8th year in a row for hhn.
i went in blindly the first year i did hhn.
after that, i figured out how to make the best of my time and use s & s and do houses and buy the ep's for the night.

each year the event grows in popularity and size.
in the first years i went, it was very possible to cover the entire event.
since 2004, i buy the ex pass for hhn when i buy the hard ticket and i go for 4 nights in a row.

Rockstar mentality
10-16-2008, 07:40 PM
To the big guys that say the scare actors go past them, where bright shirts that make you stand out. The actors would leave me alone last year. I wore a bright green shirt and a blue stripped shirt, I even had a Freddie come up to me and say "I like your shirt, its like mine" when I wore the stripped one.

inkkognito
10-16-2008, 10:22 PM
Went to HHN tonight (Thurs.) and it started off slow, but by mid-evening it might as well have been a Fri. or Sat. during Hell Week! Bloody Mary was 120 minutes at its worst point, and other houses were up to 75 mins. Insane! Oh well, I guess Universal won't get any complaints that the EPs were overpriced. We still had a good time as we did Stay and Scream and got a LOT done early on. For some reason I was a magnet in the scare zones tonight. I love the zombie drill team...I wonder why they are never on the map. There were some weird space-looking guys out tonight past the Alice scare zone towards the exit...haven't seen them before. If today was this bad, I can't imagine Fri. and Sat.

Trixie
10-17-2008, 05:12 PM
I went to the HHN Educational Program that is available on Thursdays for groups. It was 60 minutes long in the Movie Makeup Theatre from 5-6. It was supposed to be "Behind the Screams, the Making of the Mayhem". I don't recommend it. With the content that was presented, it was about 30 minutes too long. It had potential but didn't quite do it for our group.

inkkognito
10-18-2008, 09:37 AM
Okay, where's the rest of the HHN peeps? I need more trip reports to get my fill while we're away on our cruise, which means we'll miss tonight and next Weds. I wonder how the crowd levels will be, as last Thurs. was insane. It could have easily passed for a Fri. or Sat. with the 75 to 120 min. waits. Stay and Scream was a lifesaver because it let us get so much done early on, and when things got too nuts we just had some pizza for dinner and headed home.

I've just about given up on the "walls" in Bloody Mary. They rarely if ever seem to be working anymore. Not sure why, since they had the same thing in Jack's house last year and it was working every time.

Hubby got an awesome scare...they got him from overhead in Body Collectors, and while he was still reeling from the shock another scareactor jumped out and got right up in his face. It was a riot! All of the houses we did were pretty good...last time there didn't seem to be as many scareactors at the end of Dead Exposure, but this time they were all there in full force. I never noticed the silver-clad spacemen wandering around towards the front of the park before, but there were a bunch of 'em and I got picked on unmercifully on our way out.

The Zombie Drill Team is still my favorite scare zone tho'. I love to stand there and watch the interaction, but one of 'em always ends up sneaking up on me if I do that too long. On Thurs. they were attacking some poor guy who was running backwards and ran right into me (I was him coming and braced so it wasn't a biggie). He was trying to apologize and then two zombies descended on me...meanwhile, hubby is walking away cluelessly while I am surrounded by zombies.

lovethedon
10-18-2008, 10:41 AM
Just back and went to HHN on Sunday and Thursday. Learned a valuable lesson...avoid those days as they are the days where the Coke coupon for $33 off can be used. Went in on Sunday the 12th around 7:00 and had a 20 minute wait for Scary Tales (good house to start off with...not to scary) 30 minutes for Dead Exposure (great house), went on Jaws, and then waited roughly 25 minutes for Interstellar Terror and 20 minutes for creatures (scaractors were very funny). Decided to leave after the scare zones (Amercian Gothic and Streets of Blood were our favorites) since it was a 90 minute wait for Mary and over an hour wait for the Hollow. We went in around 6:15 on Thursday the 16th and walked into (no wait at all) the Bloody Mary house, Body Collectors, and Doomsday. Bloody Mary and Doomsday(had the bejesus scared out of me before I even got in the house...chainsaw gang:scared1: ) would be better in complete darkness, however, the trade off was that we had great interaction with the scaractors since we were basically the only ones in the houses. Our favorite house was Dead Exposure...the strobe lit room where the bodies were stacked and hanging was very creepy. Ended the night with a 30 minute wait for the Hallow (an okay house...I think you get jaded after so many houses). Left by 9:00 and there were hoards of people in the park and a huge line at the gates waiting to enter as we left. If you go before dark and are worried about the houses being to lit up, I think Creatures, Interstellar Terror, and Body Collectors are all in sound stages where it is completely dark anyways.

My advice; don't be afraid of Saturdays, go early, avoid frequent fear nights if you can, start in the back of the park with Reflections of Fear before it gets to crowded, and if you have an AP think about going twice.

the Dark Marauder
10-18-2008, 08:51 PM
I went last night with a group of 4 others. We had express, so it was all good--connections FTW!

I had a good time, but I can honestly say I prefer HHN sober than buzzed. Others can only do that kind of stuff hammered. :confused3 :confused3 :confused3

I got to see the whole Zombie drill team do their dance by the Simpsons: good stuff. Doomsday was not on-game last night when I went through. Bloody Mary was so-so. Dead Exposure was great as always. Creatures & Body Collectors were spot-on. Bill & Ted seemed to be a bit more "sexed up" during the final dance sequences.

Also, I must say GO THROUGH ASYLUM IN WONDERLAND. The caterpillar is so awesome & funny.

Metro West
10-19-2008, 07:27 AM
I had a good time, but I can honestly say I prefer HHN sober than buzzed. Others can only do that kind of stuff hammered. :confused3 :confused3 :confused3

Doomsday was not on-game last night when I went through. Bloody Mary was so-so. Dead Exposure was great as always. Creatures & Body Collectors were spot-on.

Also, I must say GO THROUGH ASYLUM IN WONDERLAND. The caterpillar is so awesome & funny.Yes...the caterpillar is very funny! I'm going to do Dead Exposure tonight but probably won't bother with Doomsday again...it's not my favorite this year. Body Collectors will be done along with Creatures.

Seamus_Bean
10-19-2008, 01:31 PM
I went with a group on Thursday... it was AWESOME. We got to do all the houses so I'm satisfied :D

Here are my ratings:

Scary Tales- 10/10
Walked Through- Once.
Wait Time for us- About an hour.
This one was probably my favorite next to Dead Exposure. The whole "Fairy Tales gone wrong" theme was really cool. There's a lot of strobe light effects in this one so it's pretty disorienting and adds to the effect really well. It was a long wait but I'd say it was worth it.

Dead Exposure- 10/10
Walked Through- Twice.
Wait Time for us- About 2 minutes each time.
My favorite house next to Scary Tales. Loved the whole zombie "picture" theme. The backlights provided some great scares. I'd be looking around, it would go pitch black, and suddenly there's a zombie right behind me. Of course I'd freak out. We did this one around 1am so the line was really short. Then we went and did The Hallows and we came out right next to Exposure so we did it again. It was great the second time too. Noticed things I didn't notice before.

Body Collectors- 9/10
Walked Through- Once.
Wait Time for us- About 45 minutes.
Very creepy. I love the storyline to this one. Long-ish wait but worth it.

The Hallow- 9/10
Walked Through- Once.
Wait Time for us- About 5 minutes.
A house that takes you through the supposed "origins" of Halloween. Some really creepy and disturbing stuff in this one.

Doomsday- 8/10
Walked Through- Once.
Wait Time for us- About 5 minutes.
Never saw the movie so I didn't really "get" what this one was about but it was fun anyway. I got scared twice by guys with chainsaws (even before I got into the main house!).

Interstellar Terror- 8/10
Walked Through- Once.
Wait Time for us- About 25 minutes.
I don't really find aliens and such "scary" but this one was great in it's own right. Not particularly scary but the ending REALLY made it worth it. Cool sci-fi theme too.

Creatures- 8/10
Walked Through- Once.
Wait Time for us- About 20 minutes.
This is the first one we did. It was more goofy then scary but fun all the same. The scare-actors were really funny especially at the beginning

Reflections of Fear- 6/10
Walked Through- Once.
Wait Time for us- About 2 hours.
Mildly entertaining but way too short and not scary enough... especially seeing that the "Bloody Mary" character is the theme this year. Not worth the wait AT ALL. Do this one near when HHN just opens or when it's about to close or else just skip it.

Metro West
10-19-2008, 01:33 PM
Excellent review! :teeth:

Purseval
10-19-2008, 08:33 PM
We went twice, on Sunday Oct. 12th and Thursday the 16th, arriving for Stay and Scream both days. We made it through 6 houses by 7:30pm without an express pass so we obviously could have made it through all 8 with no problem. The lines for Scary Tales and The Hallow were about 60 minutes each and we knew we would be coming back on thursday so we didn't bother. Instead we went through all of the scare zones. Asylum in Wonderland was our favorite, Streets of Blood was probably 2nd best but they were all good.

Out of the three shows I liked Bill and Ted the best, the three of us thought it was great but my wife liked the Rocky Horror Show tribute better than B&T. We all thought Brian Bushwood was okay once, we wouldn't go see it again.

Thursday we went through Creatures and Body Collectors with Inkognito and her husband, who gave us a valuable tip about the 2 houses we missed on Sunday. If you go through Scary Tales first it exits right at the entrance to The Hallow. If you choose The Hallow first it exits over by Dead Exposure and you have to walk all the way back around. We took their advice and went through both houses with almost no wait. Once again we were through 6 houses by 7:30. HHN was advertised to end at 2am on Thursday but at the last minute they changed it to midnight, we ripped them good in the survey they gave when you exit the park. Other than that it was a splendid time.

raph_b
10-20-2008, 02:55 AM
I went with a group on Thursday... it was AWESOME. We got to do all the houses so I'm satisfied :D

Here are my ratings:

Scary Tales- 10/10
Walked Through- Once.
Wait Time for us- About an hour.
This one was probably my favorite next to Dead Exposure. The whole "Fairy Tales gone wrong" theme was really cool. There's a lot of strobe light effects in this one so it's pretty disorienting and adds to the effect really well. It was a long wait but I'd say it was worth it.

Dead Exposure- 10/10
Walked Through- Twice.
Wait Time for us- About 2 minutes each time.
My favorite house next to Scary Tales. Loved the whole zombie "picture" theme. The backlights provided some great scares. I'd be looking around, it would go pitch black, and suddenly there's a zombie right behind me. Of course I'd freak out. We did this one around 1am so the line was really short. Then we went and did The Hallows and we came out right next to Exposure so we did it again. It was great the second time too. Noticed things I didn't notice before.

Body Collectors- 9/10
Walked Through- Once.
Wait Time for us- About 45 minutes.
Very creepy. I love the storyline to this one. Long-ish wait but worth it.

The Hallow- 9/10
Walked Through- Once.
Wait Time for us- About 5 minutes.
A house that takes you through the supposed "origins" of Halloween. Some really creepy and disturbing stuff in this one.

Doomsday- 8/10
Walked Through- Once.
Wait Time for us- About 5 minutes.
Never saw the movie so I didn't really "get" what this one was about but it was fun anyway. I got scared twice by guys with chainsaws (even before I got into the main house!).

Interstellar Terror- 8/10
Walked Through- Once.
Wait Time for us- About 25 minutes.
I don't really find aliens and such "scary" but this one was great in it's own right. Not particularly scary but the ending REALLY made it worth it. Cool sci-fi theme too.

Creatures- 8/10
Walked Through- Once.
Wait Time for us- About 20 minutes.
This is the first one we did. It was more goofy then scary but fun all the same. The scare-actors were really funny especially at the beginning

Reflections of Fear- 6/10
Walked Through- Once.
Wait Time for us- About 2 hours.
Mildly entertaining but way too short and not scary enough... especially seeing that the "Bloody Mary" character is the theme this year. Not worth the wait AT ALL. Do this one near when HHN just opens or when it's about to close or else just skip it.


I think my list of preference is exactly the same as yours!! - although I preferred Dead Exposure to Scary Tales - Just! :)

Andrea from PA
10-20-2008, 11:17 AM
I skipped HHN & hung out w/ my younger kids at HRH

DS (12) & DH are now hooked on HHN. They went on 10/12 w/ S&S and Express. They did all but Rocky Horror & the Sci-Fi (Interstellar?) house plus hit a few rides.

I think I'll be going next time around.

Thanks to all here for your great advice -- Sunday was our 1st full day of vacation. We did US all day & DH was exhausted. Thanks to all your advice, he was tired, but not grumpy or miserable.

Staying the 1 night at HRH really worked out great for us!

Henna's_Mom
10-20-2008, 11:44 AM
Went last night and did the stay and scream by Finnegans so by the time the house lines hit 45 minutes and up Dh and I did Body Collectors (twice), creatures, reflections of fear,and dead exposure. Then we got some food, messed around in the scarezones and then did all the houses with our express passes. We had such a great time! Way better than last year.

My Ranking (from favorite to least favorite)

1) Body Collectors - Those guys always freak me out even when they were in IOA, probably lost 5 pounds this weekend running from them.
2) Scary Tales - Poor Toto, bad tinman that is not nice!
3) Dead Exposure- Freaky dark
4) Refelctions of Fear- Short but good
5) Creatures- Not scary but lots of fun, DH said if he heard banjos it would have been the scariest house there. :rotfl2:
6) The Hallow- Well done
7) Interstellar Terror- love the vortex
8) Doomsday- just bad

That's how I felt about the houses and will be back for next years HHN, maybe will get to meet up with some of you then. Well, heading back over the the Island have 2 more days before heading over to the world. Oh and BTW; Bart Simpson has a total man crush on my husband, will post the picture when I get a chance.

ToGreen78
10-20-2008, 12:19 PM
:rotfl2: Asylum in wonderland was cool-:worship: The caterpillar was AWESOME- he harressed the crap out of DH and I, i guess he was pregnant with my baby and I smelled great! :lmao:

chataro
10-20-2008, 12:36 PM
Went last night, 10/19, for the 4th time this year (a new record!!!) and we did the S & S because we have the annual passes.

We had Scary Tales, Hallow, Dead Exposure, Reflections of Fear, Doomsday, and Body Collectors done by 7:15. When we got out of Body Collectors, Creatures was up to a 45 min wait, so we decided to call it a night on the houses and we just walked around for a bit then headed out early. We decided not to kill ourselves like we did last week. (getting old) We were shocked at the amount of people still coming in around 8:30 when we were leaving. I couldn't imagine coming that late and seeing the 75 min waits that we just avoided by being there on time. Don't get it, but that's just me.

After four times, here is my thoughts on the houses now.

Scary Tales: DW and mine favorite. We just love the familiar scenes in this one with the gory twists. This one is a must do. 10/10

Dead Exposure: Really bizarre house. I really like the way they keep your senses freaked in this one. It is also a very dark house and last night, the entire last quarter of the house had nothing in it. It looked as though they took the zombie over your head completely away. 9/10

The Hallow: Good house with some decent scares in it. The house is very dark and there are some places you really need to search for which way to go. 8/10

Doomsday: Depending on how you hit it, this can be a really good house. We went last week and had the best time ever at HHN because we were the only ones in the house. Some really good sounds, smells, and sights in this one. Grew to like it more each time we did it. 8/10

Body Collectors: Visually great house. The scares aren't all that great, but just walking through and looking at all the details make this house worth it. They were in the middle of shift change last night, so we missed a lot of things in that house. Still a good house. 8/10

Creatures: This house just didn't seem scary to me. I found the "rednecks" just standing there in plain site and just yelling at you. Didn't really do much for me or DW. Couple scares here and there, but more sounds then scares.
6/10

Intersteller Terror: Great scenes and effects, but it seemed as though that was most all there was in that house. Would do that house with very little wait, but that would be it. Just didn't get into this one. 6/10

Reflections of Fear: Hate to say it, but we went through this house everytime we went just hoping it would be better. Thank God we never had more than a 5 min wait each time. I am only more harsh on this house because it was the theme house. Everything HHN was about this year, this house was the flagship. I just really think they dropped the ball on this one.
The house was short, the blow up walls only worked the very first time we went, the scaractors just didn't seem to care anytime we went through the house, and there just wasn't a good vibe to that house. They should have put this house in one of the sound stages and really made it good. My only complaint this year.

All in all, we loved every time we went and some great scares were enjoyed by my DW and we are in love with the event. Crowd has never been a problem for us and we are trying to figure out if we can make it one more time this year.

Must do Houses:

Scary Tales
Dead Exposure
The Hallow
Doomsday
Body Collectors

Do if you have time houses:

Creatures
Intersteller Terror

Only if there is no wait house:
Reflection of Fear

Funky_dino
10-20-2008, 01:28 PM
My oppinion on the houses sounds the opposite to most hehe.
We had huge queues for all the houses and the park was packed, We went on thursday just gone (16th)
The Hallow which I didn't think was too good was 30 min to start with.
Body collectors was an hour and I found so dissapointing, esp as people spoke very highly of the previous one.

Reflections was about an hour, I thought it was really good just too short

Doomsday was bout 45 min, And yes the bit at the very end when you exit is great

Interstellar Terror i thought was good and that had about 40 min.

The other 3 houses all had 2 hour waits on them and just didn't have enough time left to even queue for them. which was a shame

The scarezones were good, esp asylum in wonderland. By american standards i have quite mad hair hehe so I always get singled out, which is good on HHN's hehe

Metro West
10-20-2008, 04:39 PM
Went last night and did the stay and scream by Finnegans so by the time the house lines hit 45 minutes and up Dh and I did Body Collectors (twice), creatures, reflections of fear,and dead exposure. Then we got some food, messed around in the scarezones and then did all the houses with our express passes. We had such a great time! Way better than last year. Sorry I missed you last night. I went to dinner at Finnegan's with Keishashadow and family. By the time we were finished talking and eating it was 6pm and the holding area was released.

We ran into Bonny and Lee (Cdn friends of Pooh) a couple of times during the evening. We did Creatures, Body Collectors, Scary Tales and Dead Exposure before it was time for me to leave.

It was really crowded and the lines were in access of 45 mins after 7:30pm.

jag90
10-21-2008, 12:46 PM
Me and DD(15) will be going this Sunday 10/26 for our 1st HHN. Looks like the ep's are already sold out. What are and where can we get the individual ep's I've seen mentioned?

Since we don't have passes right now either, we'll be stuck at the gate with the masses. Any advise on which way to head once we get in? Don't really care about the shows, just want to get as many houses and scare zones in as we can.

Thanks
Buddy

the Dark Marauder
10-21-2008, 12:56 PM
Individual EPs can be found at Guest Services, or sold by walk-around vendors.

Definitely see Reflections of Fear before the first Bill & Ted show. After that, the line is 30+ mins for the rest of the night.

Backtrack to Dead Exposure, then Scary Tales & The Hallow (in that order).

From there, head to the soundstage houses.

Cdn Friends of Pooh
10-21-2008, 01:23 PM
Hey all ... we're back from our trip and can definitely say that this year's HHN was one of the best. Will post some pics later ...

PS - it was great to finally meet you DM!!

the Dark Marauder
10-21-2008, 07:21 PM
That wasn't me, that was my shadow. :darth:

JLTraveling
10-21-2008, 07:28 PM
Sunday night was great! I've been playing Legendary Truth (the game within the event), but there were no game events on Sunday, so I got to walk around and get everything done again. Thankfully, I go with my Dad, who gets two disabled express passes....standby waits were upwards of 75 minutes, with RoF at 120 min for most of the night! Craziness! We did stay and scream, though we were still at Finnegan's when s&s was released, and we (barely) had time for seven houses, all the scarezones and all three shows, since we had express.

I got a wonderful tag team scare in Streets of Blood. Dad uses an ECV, and he was slightly ahead of me. I was looking to my left watching some girl get scared. Suddenly a scareactor growled "Look where you're going!" That made me take a step forward, just in time to run into the back of Dad's scooter (he had stopped unexpectedly). Another scareactor on my left took advantage of my distraction to growl in my other ear. I'm very hard to scare, so I give those guys props!

I accidentally contributed to Dad (even harder to scare than I am) being scared in Interstellar Terror. As we entered, I was trying to point out Bloody Mary's appearance in the television static. I got him completely focused on the monitors, giving the perfect opportunity to a scareactor hiding beside the door. It was awesome to see Dad jump a mile!

Still not feeling the love for Dead Exposure. It's just way too repetitive for me. But I'm starting to develop appreciation for it as a concept house. I just wish there was something to break up the house a little.

The inflatable walls were sort of working when we walked through RoF...the wall on the left in one hallway was inflated, and the wall on the right in the other. It definitely enhances the house, but I still think this one could have been so much more.

I love the Zombie drill team, and tend to spend way too much time watching them work. Of the "official" scare zones, I think Path of the Wicked is my fav, though I'm loving them all this year.

They're still adding elements to Bill and Ted, Sarah Palin's role keeps getting bigger and bigger. I think all three shows are really worth the time.

I'll be there tomorrow to enjoy the event again, then Legendary Truth picks back up on Thursday. Anyone else playing?

jag90
10-21-2008, 09:29 PM
Thanks for the info. Can I call and get the single ep's ahead of time, or do I need to stand in line at guest svcs night of? I'm kicking myself for not buying them earlier in the month when we 1st thought about going.

If I can't get the single ep's is it going to be worth it for us to go? I don't mind the crowds, but just don't want ot spend the whole night waiting in queue lines.

macraven
10-21-2008, 11:36 PM
I went to HHN on oct 9-10-11-12

some nights the houses were better than other nights.
i was about to write off the Creature house as my least favorite but quickly changed my mind after i went thru saturday night.
that house was hyped that time around.

i dread doing a report and listing the houses that I thought were great and the ones that missed the mark. Depending on the team that was in the house when i went thru either made that house fantastic or just okay.

i wouldn't want to give any reader a false sense of a certain house not meeting expectations as they changed so much over the 4 days i was there.

i did my best to time it to catch both team A and B each night. the team that opened the house would be on set for 45 minutes and then the other team would take over while the first team had their break. Then the schedule would be repeated. i was able to time it well enough to see both teams in action for most of the houses.
i could really tell the difference in the houses on some of the teams.

i do have to say that Team A did wow me on intersellular house. Team B missed the mark in my opinion for me.

the only house that consistantly disappointed me was Reflections of Fear. i know some of you posters received more pleasure in this one than i did.
the Marys there didn't have much interaction when i went through them.

when the "congo" lines formed later in the evening for houses, it was difficult for the scareactors to get some scares that they were able to do prior when the lines were not backed up.

i don't scare in the houses but really do get a kick of how dedicated and determined some are to scare the bejesus out of the guests.


i enjoy what everyone has shared here.
i can relate to what some of you experienced in thought for the houses.

if i had to do a report on my nights at hhn, it would be a novel as i would have to do each night separately.

i do have to say that the scare zones were fantastic this year!
i enjoyed them all.

jag90
10-22-2008, 07:43 AM
OK, last question I promise. There is also the option of adding the 3 hr IOA ticket to the HHN ticket. This will get us access from IOA. Is this worth doing? Will it get us early access like S&S? Can't find any option for S&S except full price US tix. Not really what we want to do.

Thanks
Buddy

Jason71
10-22-2008, 09:01 AM
OK, last question I promise. There is also the option of adding the 3 hr IOA ticket to the HHN ticket. This will get us access from IOA. Is this worth doing? Will it get us early access like S&S? Can't find any option for S&S except full price US tix. Not really what we want to do.

Thanks
Buddy

You get a variation on stay and scream. Starting at around 5:45, you can walk over from Suess Landing (behind One Fish, Two Fish) to the Studios, and get in through a side gate. About a 3-5 minute walk and still have to go through metal detectors and such, so it's not quite the head start that S&S at the Studios is, but you can still usually do a house or two before the masses arrive through the front gate. A lot less of a cluster, too.

zalansky
10-22-2008, 10:17 AM
I won two tickets to HHN through my cable company last week! We're going the 26th and I see the passes to skip the lines are already sold out. Oh well, we're going for free! Thanks everyone for the great reviews.

Henna's_Mom
10-22-2008, 04:23 PM
Sorry I missed you last night. I went to dinner at Finnegan's with Keishashadow and family. By the time we were finished talking and eating it was 6pm and the holding area was released.

No worries, we'll try again next year.

stargrazer
10-22-2008, 09:01 PM
What a great meet! We had lots of fun hanging out with DISers till 10:30ish, then struck out on our own till midnight. We bought the single EPs, which I didn't even know existed (and which many of the people in guest services don't know exist either...I won't even go into that confusion). They were $5 each, and you can buy as many as you want and use 'em on any house. Better than EP where it's each house only once, so of course we focused on faves like Dead Exposure. I don't know how often they offer those EPs, but they were great.... :clip:


Can anyone tell me if they are still offering these single EP's thru guest services? And if they get confused, who do I tell them to ask? I've been once on the EP with a friend of mine, but my DD12 finally worked up her courage and is going for the first time, but is really nervous. I think she's going to try for two houses - Interstellar (b/c it's not too intense) and maybe Scary Tales. I don't want to EP $70 each for two houses, so this option would be perfect!

Anyone? Anyone?? Thanks for any help!!!

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Diana

inkkognito
10-23-2008, 08:35 AM
Can anyone tell me if they are still offering these single EP's thru guest services? And if they get confused, who do I tell them to ask? I've been once on the EP with a friend of mine, but my DD12 finally worked up her courage and is going for the first time, but is really nervous. I think she's going to try for two houses - Interstellar (b/c it's not too intense) and maybe Scary Tales. I don't want to EP $70 each for two houses, so this option would be perfect!
Don't even ask Guest Services. Instead, as you are facing the inside Guest Services, look for a place on your left with a big Express Pass sign. Go in there as they sell 'em in there and know all the options. On a $79 night I'm guessing the single-house passes might be $10 since we bought ours on a $39 night. How that it's later in the season they might not have 'em at all, but it never hurts to check it out.

stargrazer
10-23-2008, 08:44 AM
Thank you SO MUCH for this info!!!
:goodvibes
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Diana

girli565
10-23-2008, 12:11 PM
Ok so weather.com has been saying 90% chance of rain for the last 3 days for tomorrow, will HHN be ruined if it rains?

macraven
10-23-2008, 12:54 PM
Ok so weather.com has been saying 90% chance of rain for the last 3 days for tomorrow, will HHN be ruined if it rains?

i have done quite a few years of HHN in the rain.
remember the hurricane a couple of years back?
and last year's downpours in october.....

you said the prediction is 90% of rain, it might be a drizzle, downpour or blow over off and on during the evening. weather is difficult to predict. it could be dry the entire evening.

i dread the days that rain is predicted as i can't take in all the sights there when it storms and the winds blow.
i cross my fingers a lot that Mr Weather Man is wrong......:laughing:


the street scare actors will not be chasing anyone when it rains.
too dangerous, could slip and slide and fall down.....

some street actors will not be out in full force in some of the zones but that is really not an issue. you can't expect an actor on stilts to walk around in heavy rain.

take a poncho if you don't like to walk around drenched if you have a downpour. (or bring a small umbrella)
wear shoes that won't blister your feet when they get wet.

if is possible to stay dry clothing wise but the feet will be hitting puddles of water no matter what when it rains.

the HHN event goes on in rain or dry weather.
HHN is not canceled for rain.
Hurricanes could be another issue....

i found that when it rains hard, people stay away from the parks if they haven't started out to it at that point. or they might come later in the evening when the rain tapers off.

either way, the rain does effect the crowds on some nights. those that are in the park when it rains, continue to do the houses.

i prefer no rain at all when i go to HHN.
i hate getting wet and walking around all night in wet shoes and socks.
when the rain stops, my feet still stay wet all evening.

i would not stay away from HHN due to the rain, even if it is a downpour.


the show will still go on...........

inkkognito
10-23-2008, 01:03 PM
We're sitting here monitoring the weather as we hope to do HHN tonight and we already bought EPs so it will be painful to eat 'em if we don't go. The weathermen are predicting gloom and doom but the radar is iffy as to weather anything will be over USF, so who knows. I'm not big on standing in lines in the humidity in a plastic poncho in the rain...ugh! So far this year the only time we've had bad weather was literally at park closing (midnight) one night. We donned ponchoes and hustled off to Nascar where we had a really late dinner...by the time we were done, the rain was thankfully gone. Today is still undecided but I hope it holds off 'cause I'm at an HHN deficit due to the fact that we've been on a Disney cruise for the past four days.

girli565
10-23-2008, 01:10 PM
i have done quite a few years of HHN in the rain.
remember the hurricane a couple of years back?
and last year's downpours in october.....

you said the prediction is 90% of rain, it might be a drizzle, downpour or blow over off and on during the evening. weather is difficult to predict. it could be dry the entire evening.

i dread the days that rain is predicted as i can't take in all the sights there when it storms and the winds blow.
i cross my fingers a lot that Mr Weather Man is wrong......:laughing:


the street scare actors will not be chasing anyone when it rains.
too dangerous, could slip and slide and fall down.....

some street actors will not be out in full force in some of the zones but that is really not an issue. you can't expect an actor on stilts to walk around in heavy rain.

take a poncho if you don't like to walk around drenched if you have a downpour. (or bring a small umbrella)
wear shoes that won't blister your feet when they get wet.

if is possible to stay dry clothing wise but the feet will be hitting puddles of water no matter what when it rains.

the HHN event goes on in rain or dry weather.
HHN is not canceled for rain.
Hurricanes could be another issue....

i found that when it rains hard, people stay away from the parks if they haven't started out to it at that point. or they might come later in the evening when the rain tapers off.

either way, the rain does effect the crowds on some nights. those that are in the park when it rains, continue to do the houses.

i prefer no rain at all when i go to HHN.
i hate getting wet and walking around all night in wet shoes and socks.
when the rain stops, my feet still stay wet all evening.

i would not stay away from HHN due to the rain, even if it is a downpour.


the show will still go on...........
I'm from Miami, so I know FL weather but I still HATE rain. I usually bring a poncho so I'll have those with me. I was just wondering if the zones and other outdoor events would be different. I have family down from NY and they drove up with us last weekend when we went to MNSSHP and they laughed at how it rains for a mile and then stops the next mile. I told them that's FL weather. It was raining at the entrance to my complex once and when I got to my apartment it wasn't... FL weather.

Well if the scareactors won't be out in full force a little rain might not be a bad thing. I DREAD HHN, but the DFi has never been so I have to suck it up for one more year.

the Dark Marauder
10-23-2008, 09:05 PM
I went tonight for a bit with my dad. We noticed the scarezones seemed a bit "light" on scareactors today. However, a few awesome things did happen:

-I met some scareactors for a scarezone out of costume, as they were going on Body Collectors and later Creatures. They told me to say hi to them on their set. There were two attractive females, so that helps. :cool2: Plus the shirt I was wearing made me Easy-to-spot. :rolleyes1

-While walking through Creatures, I saw Bloody Mary appear in the static of the TV! :teeth:

-In Body Collectors, I told one collector "DO IT! DO IT!" He pointed at me, nodded, and ripped the girl's spine out.

-In Asylum in Wonderland, the White Rabbit scared me, yet made a reference to my shirt. Also, one of the guys with a feather duster made another reference. I chatted with him, playfully--he stayed in character, and I told him "scare well, good sir". It was pretty funny.

-Bill & Ted show....MAJOR SPOILER!!!!!!!!!


Sarah Palin and Barack Obama come out during the final dance numbers and they're all over each other. Palin's character also gets "hit on" by many in the dance sequences.

Also, I realized I personally know (or at least I'm 99% sure) the guy who plays Speed Racer. It only took me *this long* to realize it.

-I met the scareactors again, in character. I chatted with them ever-so-briefly as they do have to work/scare. But it's cool. I may have to pay the ladies a visit tomorrow during their set. :rolleyes1 :cool2:

inkkognito
10-23-2008, 09:10 PM
Just got home from a quickie visit (stay & scream till 10:00 p.m.). We got there early enough to do a couple rides on MiB, then headed to Finnegans for dinner. We got a LOT done, i.e. two of the soundstage houses, then hustled to Scary Tales and Mary before the lines got out of control. We were very glad of our EPs, especially with the rain moving in. There were off and on sprinkles but we had our ponchoes so it wasn't too bad. We got to do several of the houses twice, i.e. did everything once with the EPs plus the stuff we managed to get through early on.

The houses all had some good scares although we did notice what seemed to be gaps in some of them. Dead Exposure was really off the one time we did it (line was too long so we only got to do it with EP). That was compounded by the fact that I had an obnoxious jerk behind me who ran into me so much that i think he was doing it on purpose. First I tried crossing my hands behind me with my thumbs sticking out roughly at crotch level. After getting poked a couple times, he backed up then started up again. I literally got to the point where I was kicking backwards to ward him off because he was actually pushing me. I was thisclose to alerting one of the security guards in the house but I knew that would mean lots of time and paperwork...would have been well worth it if we weren't trying to beat the rain. I think he suspected I was going to complain when we left the house because he didn't come out right after us and stayed FAR behind us walking down the exit.

Other than that, everything was great. The scare zones didn't get started till later, probably due to the threat of rain, but once they were going it was really good. I had to go see the zombie drill team, and of course I got chased by chainsaw wielding maniacs and body collectors. The best one was a scareactor who started singing "It sucks to be you" to me (I was wearing an Avenue Q t-shirt and he obviously knew the soundtrack!).

I got picked on in a couple of the houses for carrying a Gingey (from Shrek) that I had won. The best was in Body Collectors when one of the scareactors literally tried to steal it!

The walls in Mary were only working the first time around...sigh! We could see gaps in many of the others too but it didn't have too much of an impact on our enjoyment. I would have lobbied hubby to stay longer, except for three reasons: The line lengths, the intermittent rain, and the fact that my feet were killing me because I wore flipflops due to not wanting to ruin my good shoes in the rain.

We had drinks before leaving...sure wish they would offer the signature Mary drink without having to buy the light-up glass because we have quite a big collection now.

Back to HHN on Sun. unless they add FF tomorrow (yeah, I'm a dreamer).

macraven
10-23-2008, 09:13 PM
great review darkie!

the only problem i have in doing HHN the 3rd week is the changes that happen at bill and teds.

they adjust the scripts all the time.
i hear about the changes once i am back home.

i think the bill and teds show is kewl.
this year wasn't the highlight show for me but still good enough that i did it once each night there.


darkie, don't tell me, you wore the BTTF shirt tonight.....:rolleyes1

the Dark Marauder
10-23-2008, 09:28 PM
I found out that the Palin/Obama thing was caused by a sheer fluke/last-minute improv decision a few nights ago. It got such a positive reaction that they kept it.

And the BTTF shirt *may* appear when I go on Sunday. Tonight it was Thundercats.

AdrenalineAddict
10-26-2008, 12:08 PM
This year was my first HHN experience, and I loved it. Although I found some houses to bee too dark, notably 'The Body Collectors'. There were some great scenes, like the girl and the spine (I won't spoil it for people who are going down, but beleive me you will be amazed), but throughout most of the house, we were concerned with trying to figure out where to go (we could baely see the path), and we didn't see all the supposed limbs hanging from the walls. The greatest fault with this lighting choice was you could not see the scare actors...which is important for making a scare.

The best out of the five houses we went to was 'Dead Exposure'. It had a combinaiton of UV and strobe lights, and the one room with seemingy HUNDREDS of these 'zombies' (I'm still not sure how many were scare actors) was amazing. 'Reflections of Fear' was also well done. It was still a bit dark, but you could see the scenes a lot better than in some, and they really pulled off the atmosphere well. 'Doomsday' was a hit or miss with some based on comments I heard when we left the house. 'Creatures' I could have done without. It was tame to me...and, well, I didn't find it very scary. The story of comic book creatures attacking its 'backwoods inhabitants' wasn't pulled off. I didn't see anything remotely resembling it...not even the supposed creatures.

The scarezones were the best, but it was really windy so you could see the actors through the fog, but overall the scenery, costumes, and makeup were awesome.

I was really turned off by some of the overzealous scare actors...namely, one screaming bloody murder in my ear and the other blowing spittle onto my neck. I found it uncalled for I was turned off on the whole thing after that.

Overall, it was great. Next year, Universal will need to fix their lighting to get a good combination of being able to see and having it still be frightening. If they fix that I'd go back down for it. Definatly.

inkkognito
10-26-2008, 12:36 PM
I can't believe there are only three more Frequent Fear nights (unless they add like last year but I'm not holding my breath). We are going tonight and Thurs., and possibly Weds. if we have the energy...the usual stay & scream, and we have EP for tonight. Thank goodness the weather looks clear as a bell. We'll do what we can as soon as we're released from the holding area, then turn to EP if/when it starts to get crowded. So far this year that's been a good plan and we've been getting a LOT done. I just hope that Dead Exposure is back up to par.

Steady Riot
10-26-2008, 04:12 PM
I can't believe there are only three more Frequent Fear nights (unless they add like last year but I'm not holding my breath). We are going tonight and Thurs., and possibly Weds. if we have the energy...the usual stay & scream, and we have EP for tonight. Thank goodness the weather looks clear as a bell. We'll do what we can as soon as we're released from the holding area, then turn to EP if/when it starts to get crowded. So far this year that's been a good plan and we've been getting a LOT done. I just hope that Dead Exposure is back up to par.

Maybe I'll see you there :thumbsup2 my father and I are going to be there on wednesday and thursday with stay and scream this week and I can't wait!!! :goodvibes

Metro West
10-26-2008, 04:48 PM
I can't believe there are only three more Frequent Fear nights (unless they add like last year but I'm not holding my breath). We are going tonight and Thurs., and possibly Weds. if we have the energy...the usual stay & scream, and we have EP for tonight. Thank goodness the weather looks clear as a bell. We'll do what we can as soon as we're released from the holding area, then turn to EP if/when it starts to get crowded. So far this year that's been a good plan and we've been getting a LOT done. I just hope that Dead Exposure is back up to par.I'm done for this year...five visits was enough for me and I definately got my money's worth again.

Rockstar mentality
10-26-2008, 05:35 PM
I am going to the last day and 3rd to last day of hhn and bill and ted is always my favorite show and i know its a few of yours out there too. If any of you would like i will post what they do different in the last show (they always change it a crazy ammount to go out with a bang) because i go on the last night just to see the last show.

inkkognito
10-27-2008, 09:11 AM
Maybe I'll see you there :thumbsup2 my father and I are going to be there on wednesday and thursday with stay and scream this week and I can't wait!!! :goodvibes
We'll be hanging out by Finnegans...that's me in the red hat in my siggie pic so give us a holler if you see us.

Last night was CRAZY CRAZY CROWDED! And I do mean crazy! S&S area wasn't bad, and we got a lot done right after the 6 p.m. release. But suddenly it was like they poured instant-grow on the crowd. I have literally never seen so many people at HHN in all the times I've been there, especially on a Sun. We had EPs, but even those waits were 30 mins. which I guess was good compared to the 1-2 hour wait in standby. Problem is, some people can't stand more than five mins. without lighting up so today I am congested and horking big phlegm wads as a consequence. We did manage to do everything, and some things a couple times, due to S&S and Express. Saw Dark Maurader briefly too.

It's funny how my opinion of the houses has changed over the course of the season. Dead Exposure used to be my favorite by a wide margin, but it's falling fast. I don't know if they lost a lot of scareactors or what, but lately it's been flat. Meanwhile Doomsday, which prettty much bored us early on, has rocketed up in our favorites list. Great quality scares...they got DH in there last right real good! Our very early-season experiences with Body Collectors were just meh, but that one has rocketed up too. I used to like Creatures, but it hasn't really wowed me lately and overall Intersellar Terror has remained weak, with very few exceptions. Hallow was flat last night...Scary Tales was good and Mary was mid-range. It seems like the only way you get to see the inflatable walls working is if you go through very early.

We haven't been bothering with the shows because Bill & Ted is dissapointing this year and even tho' I love Rocky, I can always see it at Citywalk so I don't want to use up the valuable house time. That's quite a contrast to last year, when we saw B&T at least once each trip and where DH was in love with Jack's show. They needed an icon show or something else to showcase Mary more this year...for an icon, they really don't do much with her in concrete ways like they did with Jack. He was even out for photos last year.

I ended up carrying a giant Gingy (from Shrek) around all night because I won it at the goblet toss game. I actually somehow won a small, medium and large prize so we had a little menagerie to carry.

Looking forward to Weds. and Thurs. and hoping the EP lines aren't as bad!!

macraven
10-27-2008, 09:46 AM
I am going to the last day and 3rd to last day of hhn and bill and ted is always my favorite show and i know its a few of yours out there too. If any of you would like i will post what they do different in the last show (they always change it a crazy ammount to go out with a bang) because i go on the last night just to see the last show.



Please do fill me in on the bill and teds show.

i know it changes towards the end of the run.

i go the third week and after that, have to read about the changes.


post the changes for that show.


i did read that last week they had the palin character out in the ending dance routine with john m.

girli565
10-27-2008, 09:50 AM
Ok, so we went on Friday night. I was there for 3 hours, we got there when it opened at 6ish and I left at around 9:30. It was crowded and I don't like the hovering by the scareactors so when our friends arrived at around 9:30 my DFi walked me back to the car and he stayed with the friends till 2am.

I can't believe I wimped out!! I did walk through 4 scare zones but that was enough for me. The chainsaw dudes were cool, I got a pic with them. I went through Path of the Wicked, Streets of Blood, the fairy tales one and the one next to that with the school bus. It was enough for me.

The DFi said he had a good time but that he expected scarier. He loved Interstellar and Fractured Tales. The rest he was disappointed in, especially Reflections of Fear, he said there were no Mary's anywhere!

macraven
10-27-2008, 09:51 AM
Problem is, some people can't stand more than five mins. without lighting up so today I am congested and horking big phlegm wads as a consequence.




next year i'll give you a squirt gun to take with you to hhn.

you won't have to worry about the ones that light up in the lines.

you can help put them out with the water gun.....:laughing:

name your color of squirt gun you want.








thanks for the reviews of last night.

it only re-enforces my decision not to go to hhn at the end of the run.
the crowds on sundays have grown over the past years.

even on the 3rd weekend run, that sunday is packed.....

inkkognito
10-27-2008, 10:00 AM
next year i'll give you a squirt gun to take with you to hhn.
I was joking with DH that I should just carry a portable fire extinguisher! Even tho' smoking is technically banned in line, the rising alcohol level as the night goes on makes people more and more belligerent if you ask them to put it out. We saw a lot of people getting hauled off for goodness knows what too (probably touching scareactors since most were by houses). The arrests/removals seem to be a lot more prevalent this year than last. There were some happy drunks too...one guy with a blood bag kept running up behind DH and then saying, "I scared you!" Then he thought he was slick because he hid it in his pocket at the entrance when told to throw it out, but the worker by the door said, "I saw what you did...I'm not stupid! Just don't take it out in the house." Then he nearly got busted for touching a scareactor inside...I'd lay money that the poor dude ended up getting kicked out before the end of the night. I think he was a happy, harmless sort but had lost all judgment due to alcohol (he proudly told us he'd had five blood bags).

Timmy Boy
10-27-2008, 06:25 PM
^Oh yea, they're great. Last night working the event I got called an a$$hole because I wouldn't let some drunks in the Express Line when they showed me their credit cards. I believe in Karma...