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Old 09-11-2012, 08:10 PM   #16
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Do we know yet which three houses will be open when the S&S area is released?
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Old 09-11-2012, 10:42 PM   #17
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I might try this once this year. I guess I'm a creature of habit since I always go to the main holding area.
Definitely give it a try! I feel like it's better. I tried the Finnegan's S&S once last year, and I felt like there was soooooo much more people than Kidzone.

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Enjoying this thread and all the great info! I think we'll do HHN 2 nights. Maybe we'll do Finnegans holding area one night and Kidzone the other.

What are the dining options in the Kidzone waiting area?
They had a cart open last year. It's to the left of the queue for Alice Cooper this year, unless they've moved it. All they offer foodwise is churros, I believe. My friend got one there and that's the only food we remember. They may have hot dogs or popcorn, but I'm not 100% sure. You could always pick up some food at IFFF before it closes and eat that...

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Do we know yet which three houses will be open when the S&S area is released?
For the Kidzone S&S, I would assume it would be House of Horrors, then Alice Cooper, then Penn & Teller.

In the front, I think it would be Silent Hill first, then the other two a little bit later?
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What about if you are only going one night? Which S&S area should we be in. I have done the main one twice. Is the kidzone one for passholders only?
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What about if you are only going one night? Which S&S area should we be in. I have done the main one twice. Is the kidzone one for passholders only?
I would stay in the one that gives you access to the houses you want to see first. Also since it seems there isnt anywhere to eat at the kidzone area, if thats important stay at Finnegan's.

You don't need to be an AP holder to stay in either holding area.
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We did both holding areas last year for S&S and I would use the ones that are closer to the houses you want to do. I don't remember any place to eat around the Woody's Fun Zone area and eventually they opened up a bar shortly before opening up for the houses. Personally, I thought the Finnegan's area had a nicer "vibe" to it. Certainly easier to get something to eat and drink.
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For the Kidzone S&S, I would assume it would be House of Horrors, then Alice Cooper, then Penn & Teller.

In the front, I think it would be Silent Hill first, then the other two a little bit later?
So they open three houses at each S&S area? In theory, moving fast, it would be possible to hit six of seven houses within an hour or so?
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So they open three houses at each S&S area? In theory, moving fast, it would be possible to hit six of seven houses within an hour or so?
I would say.... not a chance..

Even if you were the first out of the S&S holding area and therefore didn't have to worry about a line or wait into your first house from the other S&S peeps, The S&S holding area is released only about 30min before they open the front gates to those waiting outside. Even if you manage the first 3 houses in short order, by the time you'd be able to make it to the next S&S area and it's houses the lines would already have started to build from the guests entering from the front of the park.

You may not have that long of a wait, but it's likely to still be easily 10min by the time you got to the second area. (And that doesn't include the time it takes for you to actually go thru the houses themselves.)
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So, am I understanding this correctly? If I do 2 nights at HHN and start in one holding area one night, and then from the other area the next night, I will be able to begin at different houses each night?

I was under the impression that only 3 houses open early for the stay and scream people...but now I'm thinking they're all open early, and the houses you're able to get to early depends on which holding area you choose????
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So, am I understanding this correctly? If I do 2 nights at HHN and start in one holding area one night, and then from the other area the next night, I will be able to begin at different houses each night?

I was under the impression that only 3 houses open early for the stay and scream people...but now I'm thinking they're all open early, and the houses you're able to get to early depends on which holding area you choose????
There is usually only one house per holding area that's open at 6pm which is for the S & S people. There are usually two houses that open right after each of those houses...so you should be able to do those houses before the general public is allowed to enter. The rest of the houses (ones near the back of the park) are opened later but everything is open by 7pm. If you do both S & S holding area, you will be able to do different houses starting out each night.
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Thanks for the great information! I think we'll do one night at each holding area...but first night at Finnegans for sure!
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Just throwing in my 2 cents... I personally prefer the New York holding area. It lets you knock out a couple of soundstage houses early, and they develop long waits soon after the event opens (since they're at the front of the park and most people will just get in line for the first house they see). After that, I move to the back of the park and do the Parade Building and tents, then Disaster, and then I return to the front of the park to finish off the last soundstage. Doing this, I've rarely had to wait longer than 30 minutes for a house, and I'm usually done by 7:30, maybe 8 at the latest.

Of course, it's a whole new ball game this year with one less house and construction going on in the park, so this plan may not work. I'm going to play it by ear and tweak it accordingly.
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i put up a map in the thread, hhn website.
you can see the pattern to follow in that for the houses.

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What page of the website thread is the map on? i read through the 2nd half of the thread but I might have missed it. thanks!
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What page of the website thread is the map on? i read through the 2nd half of the thread but I might have missed it. thanks!
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Just throwing in my 2 cents... I personally prefer the New York holding area. It lets you knock out a couple of soundstage houses early, and they develop long waits soon after the event opens (since they're at the front of the park and most people will just get in line for the first house they see). After that, I move to the back of the park and do the Parade Building and tents, then Disaster, and then I return to the front of the park to finish off the last soundstage. Doing this, I've rarely had to wait longer than 30 minutes for a house, and I'm usually done by 7:30, maybe 8 at the latest.

Of course, it's a whole new ball game this year with one less house and construction going on in the park, so this plan may not work. I'm going to play it by ear and tweak it accordingly.
Thanks for your two cents. I suppose we'll do first night in New York area then decide for the next day.

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Thanks for your two cents. I suppose we'll do first night in New York area then decide for the next day.
That's what I'm thinking of doing too.
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