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Old 04-14-2007, 06:56 PM   #1
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HHN Concern

We are considering taking my DS (8) to USO for his Fall Break for 3-4 nights; anywhere from 10/13/07 to 10/20/07. We have no intention of doing HHN - I wouldn't sleep for a week. My concern is: 1) will both parks be included this year; 2) what time the park will close on the evening it is happening; and 3) is it cleaned sufficiently from all the mayhem the previous night/that morning before re-opened to general public.

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Old 04-14-2007, 07:04 PM   #2
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I don't believe that it's been announced yet if it's going to be in both parks or not. The park(s) will be closing at 5PM if HHN is there.

Of course it's all cleaned up by the next day, although they do leave some of the largest "props" there because it would be too difficult to move them every night.
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Old 04-14-2007, 07:11 PM   #3
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Thanks ChrisFL for the quick response. I was worried it was 5:00 p.m.; a little too early for my tastes. While I totally understand why they close that early, it doesn't seem like a very good time to visit USO for non-HHN attenders. Do you agree? That's why I thought if it was only 1 park this year, not too big a deal. Of course, off-season it closes at 6:00 usually, anyway. Maybe I'm putting too much thought into it . . . hold it, that's why I am a dis'er. We all put too much thought into everything.
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Old 04-14-2007, 07:46 PM   #4
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We are considering taking my DS (8) to USO for his Fall Break for 3-4 nights; anywhere from 10/13/07 to 10/20/07. We have no intention of doing HHN - I wouldn't sleep for a week. My concern is: 1) will both parks be included this year; 2) what time the park will close on the evening it is happening; and 3) is it cleaned sufficiently from all the mayhem the previous night/that morning before re-opened to general public.

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the park that hhn will be in will close at 5 pm. the other park should close at 6 then. the times are already up on the universal website for october. check there in case there have been updates since i last looked at it 3 weeks ago.
looking at the website, it appears hhn will be at the studios again this year as they will close at 5pm.

the park has not been announced yet but it's rumored to be at the studio side.

a survey was sent out to some people, i received it, as others did also and returned it.
it asks if i would be willing to see a nightly hhn not just the weekend.
i think the suits are trying to see what the public wants and would pay for.
i am hoping it will be kept on friday, saturday, sunday only.

last year, in the middle of october, IOA was set up for business. for $10 a person could go there and ride the coasters from 4 to i think it was 7, or it might have been 6:30. universal opened up the coasters at ioa due to the crowds over at the studios. no way would anyone know now if the same will happen this year again. when i went the second weekend/columbus day period, ioa closed at 6 pm.

when you go in the morning to the parks, you would not know that hhn had happened the night before. it is completely clean. the main stages are covered during the daytime.
anything that is out in hide away areas, are covered up and pushed aside.
the area walk way between the park near mels drive in to the other side/shrek, was completely covered over. you could walk thru that way and not realize it was part of hhn the night before.

looking at your post you are going the 13 to 20.
that saturday and sunday would be hhn nights but the rest of the week wouldn't be.

btw, i am completely and totally addicted to hhn.
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Old 04-15-2007, 08:45 AM   #5
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If you want an idea of the atmosphere you can expect at HHN check out IOACentral Radio's HHN SpookTacular
http://myspace.com/ioacentralradio
We dusted it off, just so you can hear a little of what to expect.

This kind of stuff does not go on during the day.
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Old 04-15-2007, 10:45 AM   #6
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Re: park(s) closing at 5, it's not a huge deal because, (a) that time of the year the parks are only open until 6 or 7 normally, and (b) during the day, crowds are so light you can do a whole park in a couple of hours. So you're not missing out on much (as opposed to, say, Magic Kingdom, where you would lose 4 or 5 hours of park time and a fireworks show).
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During the day you can barely tell HHN is there. You'll see a few props, a few boxes (fog machines), otherwise it's a normal day.
It's a great time to visit because crowds are light in the morning, temperatures are good, and the rainy season has ended. Meaning it's not hot and muggy like the summer.
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Old 04-16-2007, 08:41 AM   #8
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It was awesome during the days the last week of October last year, I must say! We weren't on-site Mon-Thurs and it didn't matter as far as having short waits and such. We did stay on-site Fri-Sun though, that's when it got crazy as far as the crowds went!
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If you want an idea of the atmosphere you can expect at HHN check out IOACentral Radio's HHN SpookTacular
http://myspace.com/ioacentralradio
We dusted it off, just so you can hear a little of what to expect.

This kind of stuff does not go on during the day.
That show doesn't give you an idea of what HHN is like. Did you just want to plug your show? The thread starter isn't going to HHN anyway.
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Old 04-16-2007, 11:05 AM   #10
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Definitely no HHN for us!!! My DS (7) THINKS he would like it, but I know better. He'd be sleeping in our bed for a month. Thanks for all your responses. I booked RPH this morning for October 13, 14 and 15 for $191.20 AAA rate. I know that is considered a great rate, but not so long ago, I only paid $129. for RPH and $145. for PBH. I would say the good old days, but I am genuinely happy tourism has picked back up for Orlando and I will never go to USO without staying on-site - FOTL access - priceless. Would have preferred PBH, but no AAA rate available and we are only going to be there 3 days - then driving to Disney Hilton Head to recuperate.

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That show doesn't give you an idea of what HHN is like. Did you just want to plug your show? The thread starter isn't going to HHN anyway.
The horror, the mayhem, the bad acting? That doesnt give an idea of what HHN is all about? Even the interview with the head of HHN doesnt give you an idea of what to expect?
And any chance I can get to plug it, I take it
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Definitely no HHN for us!!! My DS (7) THINKS he would like it, but I know better. He'd be sleeping in our bed for a month.
I wish all parents were that smart!
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Old 04-16-2007, 05:53 PM   #13
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That is the understatement of the year Chris. I think last year I saw a 4yr old girl walking with her parents, tears streaming and they were upset that she was crying.....COME ON!
My son wants to try either HHN or the less intense (some say) HOS at BG. I'm very leary, and I think I'm going to gauge whether he can sit through a mild horror film...let say Poltergeist....yeah not very mild...but not high on the gore content. See how long that mess his head up.
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Old 04-16-2007, 05:59 PM   #14
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some dude got mad during bill and teds show last year and snatched his young kids up and stormed out. of course he was yelling.......i don't believe the smut and language here....this is supposed to be a family show...there's little kids here....blah blah blah....


that dude was really getting on my nerves.
glad he walked out.



it's noted at many places, this is not a child event.
heck, they don't even sell children's tickets for hhn. adult tickets only...


it is a horrible for parents to take the kids to hhn.

yaytez, don't tell me your son is about 8 years old.
in fact, you don't look old enough to be a father of more than a 3 year old...
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Old 04-16-2007, 06:58 PM   #15
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Dh asked bean #1 (11 at the time) if she wanted to go when we were there in October.....she said maybe next time! I really did not want her to go yet....maybe in anohter year or two when she is 13-14....wow I can't believe I just said that (she will be 12 a week from today!)
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