Halloween Horror Nights 2013

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  1. Cais

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    It's just a haunted house. I just got out of it - it was neat but seemed really short.

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  3. jimpossible87

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    Ya def not based on the Japan attraction...based on the part 2 and 3 of the video game series.You can see pics from it on Universals HHN website they have posted pics of inside all their houses this year which Ive never seen them do before. That Japan one did look awesome.
     
  4. Metro West

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    What did you think of the houses in general? We did five tonight...will do the remaining three tomorrow night. Of the ones we did, we liked La Llorona the best. I loved the stream running through it. I thought the others were weak but I know it's only the first night, the casts are still getting into their characters and tweaks will be made. I didn't think it was very crowded and the weather was absolutely perfect!
     
  5. Dis_Yoda

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    We got in tonight at around 8:20pm. We didn't do any of the haunted houses but we did get all the rides done along with Bill & Ted's Show. Tomorrow we shall partake in the adult beverages and bravely walk through the houses. (We have been up since 5:30am today so drinking was going to be a no go after 1 drink)
     
  6. Marquibiri

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    Metro,
    What was the S&S house after all? Did more than one soundstage house open earlier (before 6:30 - like the one in the Twister queue) since there are 4 houses right there?

    How were the crowds in that part of the park? Overall thoughts?

    Thanks!

    Cheers!

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  7. goofyfigment

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    Since this is the first year I'm going so late I'm going to keep watching for reviews. Right now I'm torn between doing one or two nights (both non peak I hope wed Oct 23 and Thurs Oct 24) so I'll be watching to see how the crowds are picking up and how the reviews of the houses are changing. Getting excited 31 days!
     
  8. JustBusiness

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    Does anyone know why thursday Oct. 30 is not available? Seems weird the day before Halloween would be closed, especially being a Thursday. It's the night that works best for us because we are going to NSS on the 31st...
     
  9. dedex13

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    The 30th is a Wednesday.
     
  10. Metro West

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    We went last night and have FFP w/express. We arrived at 730pm and managed to squeeze in all 8 houses and Bill + Ted's, while leaving a little after 12am.

    Our overall consensus thus far is that it's better than last year. The "scare zones" are still weak, but we knew that going into this year, and that being said, I think they're better than last year. That's also saying a lot since it was opening night and things get progressively better.

    Our fave houses were Cabin in the Woods, American Werewolf in London, and Walking Dead, which was a much needed upgrade from last year.

    Afterlife (3d) wasn't very good, and I'm unsure there's anything they can do to make it much better. The theme really didn't flow, but there's opportunities for some scares.

    The remaining houses have a lot of potential and I imagine any one of them could be a favorite for the evening, depending on timing and if they're firing on all cylinders. Honorable mention might have to go to La LLorona, which is a pretty sadistic house and concept.

    Bill + Ted's was very disappointing, and while I know they have to work on the execution, I'm unsure the writing is going to get any better. However, I remember saying the same thing last year and ended up really enjoying the show towards the end of it's run.

    Overall, I'm truly excited for this year and we'll be going again tonight. Despite the crowds being manageable last night, I'm still beyond happy to have express for the duration of the event. At around $225 per person, I consider it a steal, considering we can go over 20 times. The longest wait we saw posted was 60 minutes and the longest we waited was around 10 minutes, with most houses being less than 5.
     
  13. KristenRB

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    Ok, so here are my thoughts on last night. (Not that anyone asked lol)

    I'd have to say that Cabin in the Woods and American Werewolf in London were some of the top houses. The Walking Dead, Evil Dead and Resident Evil were also enjoyable. Was there room for improvement? Yeah, but this is the first night and I know it gets better as time goes on.

    We had fast passes and got there at opening. We only had enough time to do those houses plus Havoc (which was a complete waste of time IMO).

    The scare zones were pretty decent. Overall I felt very immersed and for any fan of the Walking Dead (or any zombie fan in general), would enjoy the street experience.

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    Thanks to everyone who took the time to give us a report on last night. I look forward to reading more and giving my thoughts after next week when we go. Thanks again.:goodvibes
     
  15. DisneyInfinityFan

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    Here is my experience from last night. I attended the annual passholder's event.

    The Walking Dead: No Safe Heaven. We went in around 5 pm. It was very dark and scary. Some of us got completely lost because it was so hard to see anything. There are a couple of rooms that I was able to see, and I am absolutely impressed with the set decor. Be ready to duck down and avoid zombies. I went on the second night, and I could see better. The house definitely beats last year house. It is scarier and creepier this year. Overall, I enjoy the house. Highly recommended.

    Urban Legends: La Llorona is the second house that was open during the event. The queue line was not very bad at the time. We got in pretty quick. The house is great and scary. It was very different from the Hollywood houses. You may notice some of the decors if you have come to past Halloween Horror Nights. Recommended.

    Afterlife: Death's Revenge. This is a 3D house with a lot of bright colors. Personally, this is my least favorite house. You can almost see the scare actors with their bright colors costumes. If you mentally prepared yourself when you see them, you won't be scared easily. I will recommend the house for last.

    The Cabin in The Woods. This house is amazing. It was scary and creepy. You are guaranteed to encounter some of the monsters from the movie and someone from the past. You need to look around to catch the special someone from the past. There are scenes from the movie that you may recognized, but the house focuses more on the monsters instead of the characters from the movie. I was pretty surprised about this. This house has a guest activated trigger in one of the rooms that will do something. You need to find it out for yourself. Highly recommended.

    Resident Evil: Escape from Raccoon City. My experience with the house was ruined by the dumb couple in front of me who took flash photographies inside the house. The house attendant finally stopped them from taking more pictures. The house itself was pretty good if you are a fan of the games. I am not one of them so I don't really know any of the monsters. It was not the same house as the one in Japan. You will recognized some the characters from the games. The decor is pretty good. There is one room that makes me laugh everytime I think about it. Game paused room. I just wish they have more animatronics on the monsters. My experience for the second night was much better. Recommended.

    An American Werewolf in London. The house is very authentic and true to the movie. The animatronic on the werewolves are amazing. The werewolves is very realistic and look like wolves instead of wolf men. The scenes are beautifully done. The police near the end warned me about a werewolf close by, and I just howled at him. He has a British accent (not sure if it is real or fake). Recommended.

    Evil Dead. For me personally, I don't like the beginning of the house. The facade of the house is pages from the book that are arranged like a deck of cards. It reminds me of Lady Luck when I see it. Once you past the pages, you will see the huge house name EVIL DEAD on top of the entrance. This is the first time in 4 years that I have gone to HHN Orlando and Hollywood where I literally see the house name. Inside the house, you will see scenes from the movie with all of the characters. You will get a little bit wet in this house. Recommended.

    Havoc 2: Derailed. I have a mix feeling about the house because I don't personally care about the first half of the house but I love the second half of the house. This house is completely different from the first one. The first house was more chaotic from the beginning to the end, and it had a lot of loud noises. Not so much on the second one. The second house is still pretty intense. The line was CRAZY. I waited for 90 minutes to get in the house. Saw the changes of the scare actors twice. The huge problem with the line is the time on the monitor was not accurate whatsoever. It said 30 minutes wait and it was 90 minutes wait. Be prepared to stand if you don't have express pass. Recommended.

    The street experience. As much as I love the Walking Dead, I personally think that it has too many zombies roaming around. Everywhere you look, there is a zombie. After a while, I keep saying "there is another zombie and another one and another one". I miss the old varieties scare zones or street experience. I love how the scare zones were themed individually instead of zombies everywhere. I don't even mind seeing the monsters from the Cabin in the Woods roaming around the park. Just give me some varieties please. There are five zones: The Fall of Atlanta (from the entrance to the Mummy), Survivor Camp (around the kid zone), Woodlands (the path from the kid zone to the Mel's Die-In), The Barn (near Mel's Die-In) and Woodbury (the New York area). Make sure to check out the iconic zombies from the series. You can only catch one of the iconic zombies when you go through the barn. There are also a chainsaw drill team and a zombie van roaming around the park. The street experience is the same as last year. The scare actors can go inside the stores, the restaurants, the queue lines, anywhere really. They cannot go to the restrooms however. I saw a scare actor went inside Ben & Jerry's and Starbucks tonight. You cannot avoid this one no matter what. Be prepared to run and scream.

    The Bill and Ted Show. I love the show. The parodies cover movies (Evil Dead), tv shows (Game of Throne), teen idols (Miley Cyrus), pop idols and songs (Thrift Shop). A lot of guys and girls in their underwear and even some drag. The show is hilarious and also a good place to rest your tired feet. I personally recommend this show in between the houses. Do 4 houses then a show then 4 more houses.

    The queue line. Havoc 2: Derailed always has a very long queue line (60 minutes or more). The Cabin in the Wood, Evil Dead, The Walking Dead, An American Werewolf in London have an average of 40 minutes waiting time. Resident Evil, Afterlife, La Llorona have an average of 20 minutes or less waiting time. I suggest hitting Havoc 2: Derailed first followed by the movie and tv show houses.

    My ranking from favorite to least favorite: The Cabin in the Woods, The Walking Dead, La Llorona, An American Werewolf in London, Evil Dead, Havoc 2, Resident Evil, Afterlife.
     
  16. Planogirl

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    I can't believe that people were taking flash pictures in one of the houses. Just when I think I've heard it all...

    Thanks so much for the reviews for those of us that can't go this year! I'm curious - which rides are open during the event?
     
  17. DOOM1001

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    I'm going on the 16th which is a Wednesday,HHN is also held the 23rd,the next Wednesday,why would it not be held on the 30th,the day before Halloween,kinda doesn't make sense,the event is popular enough to warrant it being held that day.
     
  18. Metro West

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    HHN is staged on Sunday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. The only time it's held on Wednesdays is during Hell Week and if Halloween falls on a Wednesday. You are going during one of the two Hell Weeks this year. Since 10/30 is not during Hell Week and Halloween is on Thursday this year, HHN will not be staged that Wednesday night. It may not make sense but it's always been that way.

    I haven't seen any flash pictures being taken in the houses. They are very strict about cameras and if they even see one, they will ask you to put it away.

    The attractions open this year are: MIB, The Simpsons, Twirl 'n Hurl, Rockit, Revenge of the Mummy, Despicable Me and Transformers.
     
  19. schumigirl

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    I saw one person with a flash. just as we came out of Cabin in the woods......there`s really no need for it.

    We were in Finnegans area again last night and they let us out around 5.50pm to AWIL. We enjoyed this more the 2nd night than the 1st.

    I loved Cabin in the Woods......and yes there is a face from the past......didn`t think I would like it as I hated the movie......but very different. This was one of my favourites.

    Evil Dead.....another I wasn`t sure about but really enjoyed it and lots of scares.

    La Llorona......this was a top 3 house. Lots of scares and loved the little bridge scene.

    Havoc.......nope.....not for me.

    American Werewolf.............I must be the only person to have never seen this movie, but the house was really good. Would happily do this house more than once.

    Resident Evil.......Not for me.

    Walking Dead.......I think we liked this one......but some of the themes of the houses meant to me they all kind of blended into one another.

    Note to Universal........come up with something different, far too many zombies!!!!!

    Didn`t do Afterlife: Death`s Vengeance.........the queue was 50 minutes when we got there, and we had already queued for ages for a couple of houses we really didn`t want to stand again. I`m glad we didn`t as later in Citywalk we met several peeps who all said it was the weakest house and they were sorry they had queued.

    Street zones..........Sorry but very bored with zombies.....I`m a jumper and a screamer and scare very easily.....but after a few jumps it became very dull. I miss the scare zones of a few years ago. I don`t know if they have run out of ideas but they need to come up with something fresh........bring back Jack ::yes::

    Didn`t do Rocky Horror or Bill and Ted.....will do that Thursday.

    Overall a good atmosphere and we enjoyed the nights, but it lacks something for us.

    Will go back next week though ::yes::
     
  20. Cais

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    Made it back out last night as well. I've been working till 830 so I haven't been able to get out there right at opening but I managed to squeeze in three houses both nights. Did Cabin twice, definitely one of my top houses. Resident Evil I'm a huge fan of the games and it's very true to them but feels really short. After life was interesting but not great. La Llorana was fantastic and there's not enough that can be said for AWIL.

    Last night I finally found out where to set up the in-park Legendary Truth - the Collective experience they have for frequent fear passes. They had sold out of the RFID cards for the night so I now have an antenna attached to my ticket. This early in the event it's basically limited to scanning my ticket at the end of houses for points and a few flash games online but I was talking to one of the guys running it and as the event goes on there will be special assignments, like meet this person in this scare zone and get a code, enter the code at this house to set something off. I'm pretty excited to see what they do last year was my first HHN and I didn't really do any of the ARG at all. This year is different.

    Overall disappointed by the scare zones. I love zombies, haven't watched much of walking dead and they just eh. Did get to see zombie van last night though.

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  21. amityisland

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    My sister and I went last night as well. I thought the best houses were American Werewolf in London (Werewolf Puppet for the Win!!!) and Cabin in the Woods. Also enjoyed Evil Dead (didn't get all the scares but maybe next time :-), Resident Evil (house seemed really short, but loved the little touches from the video game and got a good scare) and Walking Dead (really dark in there!). I know that it seems to be getting bad reviews, but I even enjoyed Afterlife (got a good scare in that one and I just kinda like the 3-D trippiness).

    Maybe I had too high hopes going in, but La LLarona disappointed me. It started off strong with great atmosphere but the last third of the house just seemed weak.

    Havoc was not scary or interesting at all. I've read that this one can be great when it has a great cast....guess we didn't get the great cast, they just kinda stood there and did not seem into it.

    We went pretty early (got in early with the Annual Passholder thing around 5), so not all of the scareactors/scare zones were fully set up. I did like the added props this year that I did see and will hopefully see more when I go again. They seemed to be out just as we were leaving, but with the heat and humidity we were pretty beat and just wanted to get going.

    I always feel a bit rushed on the first night (gotta see houses, gotta see houses!) so hopefully next weekend, I can go at a slower pace and soak it in a little more. Plus I still want to see Rocky Horror :-)

    Overall, its not the best HHN I've ever been too, but a liked it a whole lot better than last year.
     

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