Comments for Halloween Horror Nights 2011 full details revealed for 8 haunted houses, 6 scare zones and a new show at Universal Studios Orlando

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  1. Andre

    Hey!

    We’re making our first ever trip to HHN after years of anticipation during the first week of October. I’m a huge fan of this sort of thing and run an event like it myself at a local zoo here in Canada.

    My question is this- I’m going with a bunch of wieners who are terrified of the event (which is not to say I won’t get some good jolts- that’s the point). Is it so scary that you can’t generally walk through the park without a moment’s reprieve? I guess what I mean to say is, is it doable for the average fraidy-cat? No one’s insanely irrational and we all like horror movies but some people seem nervous.

    Second, during the day, is USO/Islands wide open for business as usual? Are all of the rides operating? If we go to the park during the day is that going to spoil HHN at night for us?

    Thanks for any help you can provide..as for me, I’m counting down the days..32 left!

    1. Sjo

      The scarezones are intimidating for ‘fraidy cats. Normally, they are doused in artificial fog [so you can’t see the scares coming]. In order to navigate the park to get to certain rides/houses, you will need to pass though [at least] one scare zone.

    2. Ricky Brigante

      There are definitely plenty of places to steer clear of all the scares. Sidewalks are (more or less) off-limits for scares throughout the parks, as are restaurants and restrooms. So scare zones can be avoided by simply walking around them, most of the time. And haunted houses can obviously be skipped completely – though what’s the point of that? 😉 If your friends are too scared to enter, they will still enjoy the Bill & Ted show, which is completely free of scares and full of comedy.

      During the day, everything operates as normal, with the exception of there being extra HHN-related items in the way here and there. You might catch a glimpse at the scare zone setups during the day, which could ruin a little bit if the surprise at night, but the whole event won’t be spoiled by any means. Daytime is a good way to introduce the scared members of your party to the environment.

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  2. Greg

    Andre,

    I’ll try and answer your second question first if that’s OK. I’m by no means an expert, but I do fly over to Orlando every year from the UK just for this event! The parks are open through the day as normal. IOA should remain open a little later, but Universal Studios will probably close earlier to prepare the streets and houses. If you are there through the day, you can take advantage of the Stay & Scream ticket which is cheaper.

    As for the event itself, in my experience, you and your party will have a blast! There are certain parts of the park that contain the Scare Zones that you will walk through. These are not terrifying, but the ScareActors will try and give you a fright. I think they have a tendency to go for any scared females who choose to pass their way! Have a look at Ricky’s video from 2010’s Boo Camp – it will give you an idea of what to expect from the Scare Zones http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EF_X0XVdtw

    The Haunted Houses are where the gore is ramped up, and you have no idea where the scare is going to come from. If possible, try and go through the houses a couple of times, as each time can be different. I’m sure you will have a great time!

  3. Tryg

    Hey Ricky,

    I don’t know if I missed it, but what is your overall opinion on what has been announced so far? I really only see a few weak spots in the line-up, namely Acid Assault and 7. I’d love to hear your early predictions on where you think the houses will stack up.

    1. Ricky Brigante

      I added some opinions to the end of the article above, but didn’t specifically rank the houses and scare zones based solely on the descriptions. That’s always tough. Last year, based on the description, I thought Catacombs sounded unoriginal and rather dull, but it ended up being one of my favorite houses because of its wonderful execution.

      This year, I’m most looking forward to the Nightmaze scare zone as well as the Nevermore, HR Bloodengutz, and Saws n Steam houses. Out of the houses, The Thing will likely be the least interesting. The UOR creative team always seems to do their best work with original ideas, rather than houses based on outside properties. That’s not always the case, but it is more often than not.

      Depending on the look of the “temptresses”, the 7 scare zone could be quite entertaining. For the Canyon of Dark Souls, I’m envisioning a bunch of cloaked guys on stilts, which gets old quickly. But I’m sure it’ll be more than that.

      Death Drums sounds entirely uninspired and, quite frankly, lame. But I hope to be proven wrong.

      I will definitely offer my annual ranking of houses and scare zones in a few weeks once the event opens, but perhaps it will be fun to compare expectations against actual results. So here is my preliminary ranking, from best to worst, based solely on the descriptions and images above…

      Haunted Houses
      1. HR Bloodengutz
      2. Nevermore
      3. Saws n Steam
      4. The Forsaken
      5. The In Between
      6. Winter’s Night
      7. Nightingales
      8. The Thing

      Scare Zones
      1. Nightmaze
      2. Your Luck Has Run Out
      3. 7
      4. Canyon of Dark Souls
      5. Acid Assault
      6. Grown Evil

      Now let’s wait and see how that holds up against reality.

  4. Meggie

    How far in advance should you buy tickets if you want to go on a Saturday night?

    1. Ricky Brigante

      Saturdays are definitely the busiest, though surprisingly the last weekend is often less busy than those in the middle of October. If you buy your tickets a couple weeks in advance, you should be safe.

  5. I really want to go to Halloween Nights at Universal. It would be my first time. As a Travel Agent, I keep telling people to go to this, so I should bite the bullet and just go. I’ll go if everyone promises not to scare me, okay?

    1. Ricky Brigante

      I don’t think that’s going to happen. 🙂 But you should go, just to get a feel for it, at least to pick up some tips to recommend to your clients.

  6. Cherryumi

    Winter’s Night, Canyon of Dark Souls, Grown Evil and 7 seem to be the ones that are most likely to get poor reviews, but you may be right Rickey; they could turn out like Catacombs from last year and become great houses/scare zones. I just hope the creative team will do “The Thing” house justice and not disappoint tourists.

    P.S: I remember UO did a house in 2009 called “The Thing: Assimilation”; did that get good reviews from you guys?

    1. Ricky Brigante

      “The Thing: Assimilation” was actually back in 2007 and I don’t believe I wrote a review anywhere online that year. However, thinking back, there were a lot of great houses that year (one of my favorite years at HHN in a long time) and that particular house didn’t stand out as anything all that special. It had a good ending featuring a close encounter with a large creature, but I don’t remember much else. It was overshadowed by Jack’s Carnival of Carnage and the inclusion of the New Line Cinema characters, Freddy, Jason, and Leatherface.

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