Michael Myers returns..and so do we....19 Fabulous nights of HHN, RP & SF Sept/Oct 2018

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  1. cynditech

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    Yep - headed down on the 30th to the 6th! 1st time on staying on site :)
     
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  2. schumigirl

    schumigirl It's a bit of a roodie doodie word for lady parts

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    Doh!!! I remember now......it’s nearly here now.......

    You’re doing HHN too aren’t you? That’ll be fun.........:thumbsup2
     
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  4. schumigirl

    schumigirl It's a bit of a roodie doodie word for lady parts

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    And the evening started off so calm...…….

    We headed down to the dock to catch the boat tonight...….as we exited the cool and almost cold hotel elevator area we felt the change immediately......it was hotter than Hades out here already...….walking past the Gym you could cut the humidity in two it was almost palpable...….I realized I had worn the wrong top......this felt so warm already and I guessed we wouldn't be taking many pictures as we were sweating already...….we hadn't even reached the boat dock yet......I`m not normally one to complain about the heat, but this was hot!!!

    The boat security check takes a few seconds and we are in line for a boat as we had just missed one...….there was no air circulating here at all and everyone looked uncomfortable...…..except for that one lady, there`s always one...….she looked immaculate and very beautiful...….but we couldn't help but wonder how she looked so good when everyone else looked disheveled already...…..bless her, she did look good though!!




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    We waited maybe just under 10 minutes for the next boat...….and surprisingly we all got on it...….I`m always amazed how many people these boats can carry, and once we are all on board Captain sets off for Citywalk……….and the breeze is welcome indeed as we glide along the shallow water for the very short ride.....

    We adore HHN...…..our first year was 07 and we fell in love with it then...….and have only missed a couple of years due to having to travel at different times. We buy the Rush of Fear with EP......this ticket suits us well as it covers the first 3 weeks of HHN and this year 12 possible nights. For us it`s excellent value as we like to go multiple nights and not spend too long each evening if we don't want to. I know the RIP tours are popular, but we have no real interest in spending that long in the park for one evening, for us having EP is the best option for us, with the way we vacation. Don`t know when I last saw 2am and be out!!!! Gosh that sounds dull...…...we had picked up the tickets when we were here in July so we didn't have to go get them printed this time. But, later in the trip that would cause a little issue...…..of course....this trip was having a few little "glitches" lol...….

    We walk up towards The Studios...…..we deliberately avoided going as the park opened tonight to avoid the worst of the crowds......the opening ceremony is small and not something you really have to see...…..but as we approached the Studios from the boat....the line was back up to the bridge with folks using the main entrance...….I hadn't seen a line like this before as we usually came in a bit later...….we no longer do the holding areas to get a head start as we go so many nights we don't need to do that.




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    We head towards the hotel guest entrance which is over to the right of the main entrance. There is a TM with a sign telling you where to go, and TM will check your room key that you are an onsite guest, then again further down the path......and it is much quicker this way if there is a line...…..unless you see this....





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    This was after being in line for around 15 minutes...….we had joined the line round the back of the building to our right in this picture......I suppose it was still better than the regular line, but we hadn't seen this before...…..

    Everyone was complaining about the speed of us getting through......although I`m sure they were doing the best they could...….it was just so hot and everyone was commenting on it......it is kinda nice waiting though as you get to chat to folks around you and some of them are really fun and some ladies had some lovely adventurous outfits on........one had a blood splattered dress that looked incredibly realistic!!!! She was quite scary actually......but in a fun way.........eventually we were at the front and heading in finally to the event...…...but first, we had stood so long, I needed the bathroom...…..of course. And strangely for so early in the event the bathrooms at the entrance we lined up out the door!!!! But the line went down quickly and then we were out.....and ready for the event...……




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    We were so excited...…...the theme music from Halloween was playing in our ears all around this area...…..and I do find the music incredibly spooky in the first place...…

    We debated doing Stranger Things first but someone mentioned the line was crazy.....I didn't check but took them at their word......and walked to where I really wanted to head to and that was Halloween...…..

    We did plan to do the regular line if it wasn't too bad and then go through with EP...….we soon changed our mind...…..




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    It was around 7ish from memory...…..no way would we stand in line for 75 minutes.....even for Michael Myers...…..so, we hit the EP line and it was less than 10 minutes till we entered the building...……

    I loved this house. I fully agree its nowhere near the best house of the event, or even the best Halloween house they have ever had.....but to me it was the best scares I had the whole trip in this house...…..the guys who play Michael are phenomenal...…….and most of them have his slight affectations down to a tee!!!! Tom loves following me through a house...….I get genuinely scared and I jump at the least little thing...…..so of course when Michael Myers is waiting around every corner...…..I jump a lot......and rediscover I can actually move quicker than I realized.

    I did get the timing right in this house tonight and got every Michael I believe bar one...…...I stopped in my tracks at one point as Michael stood in my path......I couldn't move till he retreated and he was obviously in no rush to do so when he saw my frozen reaction......lol......I did have to move quick to catch the pack...…….by the end of the event I realized this was actually the poorest night of the nights we visited.....and it was still fabulous!!!!

    We came out of that house and we laughed so hard...…...if I was feeling a little exhausted with the heat, I had certainly woken up now...…..

    To where next was our quandry…….the line for ST was indeed huge, and I can`t remember exactly what it was but we thought better of it......instead we wandered around the Chucky "scare zone" This was in no way scary, in fact none of the zones were in the least scary this year...…..some better than others, but this one was just poor...…..




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    Not a fan of Chucky at all...…..the highlight of this zone was Chucky basically throwing insults at the audience while giving a cheap Vegas style, stand up comedic routine like Leonard Barr of old...…...this was poor.





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    We went through Chucky fairly quickly...…...no scares at all. We headed back to The Harvest scare zone opposite Shrek and Minions as the stilt pumpkin head monsters looked quite decent to see......and they were the best things about this zone...…..visually they were so cool, but they had the ability to creep up on you somewhat...….we liked them...……

    I also have no memory of who took this picture!!!!



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    This was the regular line for Halloween...…..not much fun waiting in that line!!!



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    And this was soon after we came out of the Halloween house...…...the crowds were already huge and when you looked back towards the gate, there were many more streaming in constantly...…..we knew then this was going to be mobbed tonight...……



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    Our plan wasn't to do too many houses tonight......we were going to concentrate on the front of the park where most of them were the ones we were keen to see the most...….and if the lines were too long even with EP we would catch them another night...….the joys of this ticket we had. Some folks said they didn't need EP at this event this year...….well, I`m glad for them that they found it manageable..........but no way would we do this without EP.....especially on a night like tonight.

    We wandered in to Carnival Graveyard......the regular line was long......didn't write it down though.....but we waited longer for this one than any other.....someone said there was an incident with a child or a baby...….this was going to be a theme this year......but after 20 minutes we were in......and the cool air was more welcome than we realized...…..

    This was a poor house tonight...…...we didn't really enjoy it as much as we would on future nights...…..some of the scenes were missing and we didn't quite get the feeling we should have...…..still fun in bits, but not great...……but that's usual for opening nights for some houses. Some go straight in the groove immediately......others don't.

    So, we came out a little disappointed and thought we would reserve judgement till we saw it again...…...next up was Poltergeist…….we were really looking forward to this one a lot. This was a movie we had both loved for a long time, the real story of it is also quite spooky...…..but the movie was excellent and we hoped the house did it justice...…..and I think it did.

    We loved the first scene...…..the rain was pouring down and it was ultra freezing...…..it was like being back home...…...subsequent nights the rain was missing though...….but we liked this scene...…..I didn't realize at first it was the pool excavation and someone asked me if it was in the house and I said no...….oops......wasn't till we did it again I saw it properly...……

    We got a few good scares in this house and again, some things that were visually impressive...…..everything was working as it should be tonight which we noticed missing subsequent nights though.

    We came out of that house having thoroughly enjoyed it...…

    Now, we were at the zone I was most looking forward to...…...Vamp 85......and it didn't disappoint...……

    We arrived in perfect time to see Thriller being performed on stage by some fabulous dancers...….and already we loved the atmosphere in this area...…..




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    I have to say at this point we decided we were surprisingly hungry...…...so despite the finest of 80`s music blaring away we headed up to Louie`s for a slice of pizza...…...once we had eaten we would come back down here...……

    On the way up this guy on the bike stopped right by me....so it would have been rude to let him stop without posing...…..he was so cool...…..he even told Tom he needed to put his flash on......lol...….you aren't supposed to use your flash for pictures with SA...…..so it was quite funny him telling Tom to use it......but he didn't need to after all...…….this is the better of the two picture Tom took......the other one it looks like his finger is pointing right up my nose.....lol...….




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    Louie`s was busy...….busier than we have seen it in a while...…...tables were mostly filled up but we really fancied a slice of pizza....so we got in line and both decided to have peperoni...…...this pizza is good!!! And the slices are now massive...….I eventually spotted a table free so I told Tom to get me a white wine and I went to grab the table as he was being served at this point.....



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    I had to go back to get my wine as they only serve one drink per person...….so he pointed me out and the guy said I was just to go back to him and he would give me the wine...….no problems there...…...and thankfully the pizza had been freshly put out, so it was sizzling hot...…….




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    We could easily have shared one slice...…..it was large!!! But, we managed to devour both slices after all...…….it was delicious......more than can be said for the wine!!!! But, Tom enjoyed his beer...…….we did have some water too as the heat was sapping us tonight...……..

    Thought about the horror nights dessert they had in here, but we were planning on having some cake when we got in later......and to be honest it didn't look that great...…..



    More to come...………
     
  5. smiths02

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    That seafood place looks like so much fun!
    I will have to look them up for our next Orlando trip. I'm wondering if you can get the seafood more plain (all of my kids love shrimp, but two cannot handle the spicy)
     
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  6. schumigirl

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    It really was a fabulous place........I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who loves seafood........it was busy and seems to have a good reputation. Like a lot of people I’m wary of seafood in places I don’t know, but this was excellent.....

    They will absolutely do the seafood plain if you like it that way, no problems we saw a family with young kids have plain shrimp..........:thumbsup2

    I was quite in awe of this boy of around seven who was expertly tearing shrimp and crawfish apart with no help from anyone.......think he did it better and quicker than I did ::yes::
     
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    My kids would be in heaven then!

    :thumbsup2
    Maybe we could do it on our way in and we could even stop at Publix to get a few goodies for the room!
     
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  8. schumigirl

    schumigirl It's a bit of a roodie doodie word for lady parts

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    Yep, that would work.......they are very close.......:)
     
  9. macraven

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    I have always loved Schumi’s reports

    She does a great write up on hhn houses and has perfect pictures of everything in the park

    Thanks Schumi!
     
  10. schumigirl

    schumigirl It's a bit of a roodie doodie word for lady parts

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    Thanks mac.......appreciate that a lot.......

    I’m always glad to see you enjoy reading along.......and glad you enjoy it :wave2:
     
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    Always entertaining,Carole!
     
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  12. EveDallas

    EveDallas Always keep fighting

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    I always enjoy reading your reports and I love all the HHN pics. I'm a big coward when it comes to things like that so your reports let me enjoy it without worry of a fear induced heart attack :eek:
     
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    You got the Maserati again, how cool:cheer2: :bday: to you, somewhat belated! The cake looks lovely and how nice!

    I have read about how hot it was at HHN that week. I love your first night review, sounds really fun and crowded.

    I love all your pictures so far. The big pumpkin skeleton very creepy. I love Thriller so the vamp 85 scare zone looks awesome!
     
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    schumigirl It's a bit of a roodie doodie word for lady parts

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    Thanks.......glad to hear it :-)
     
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    schumigirl It's a bit of a roodie doodie word for lady parts

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    Lol.........I adore being scared........in a fun way of course! Watching scary movies and then having to go to bed......not so much.......I have a vivid imagination! Every noise really is a serial killer!

    HHN is so much fun......the scare zones were more fun this year, so no real scares.......you might enjoy it.......::yes::

    But, glad you’re enjoying this one.........:wave2:
     
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    schumigirl It's a bit of a roodie doodie word for lady parts

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    Aww Thank You! I had a good birthday!

    It was blisteringly hot this year, much hotter than July! This lizard loves the heat, but wow..........

    Thanks, glad you like them so far........yep, huge Michael Jackson fan so seeing and hearing the music was fabulous......all of us of a certain age were enjoying every second :laughing: It really was our favourite zone this year....it was just fun.......and you definitely haven’t lived till you’ve danced with Michael Jackson, Freddie Mercury and Prince at the same time.........that was a hoot! And very surreal.........

    Yep, loved having that car again!
     
  17. buzzrelly

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    Oh my, you're so brave! I walked behind my DH last year and used him as a human shield! No way could I ever have gone through those houses first :scared1:

    It's lovely :thumbsup2
     
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    schumigirl It's a bit of a roodie doodie word for lady parts

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    lol.....that's so funny....human shield :rotfl:

    First couple of years we used to have Metro West walk in front of us.....he is tall!!! Por guys ribs must have been shot from me grabbing on to him...…

    Now I have to say I love to go first...…..and yep, I do like that picture!
     
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  19. mnmmoney

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    Following along and loving it ..... and waiting for our trip in February. It will be our first time going during Mardi Gras.
     
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    WOW! That crowd at HHN was enormous! Thank goodness for the resort line! The night we were there the regular line also stretched over the bridge! I can't imagine having to sweat that line!:scared:

    Love the Vamp 85 scare zone! It was so fun!! The 80s brings back fond memories of high school & college!:)
     
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  21. cynditech

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    Yes - we have HHN tickets for two nights so far!

    I cannot believe how crowded your 1st HHN night was?!?!? I am both excited and terrified to do the Halloween house lol!
     
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