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13 Ways to Get your Halloween Horror Nights Fix Until Next Year’s Event

13 Ways to Get your Halloween Horror Nights Fix Until Next Year’s Event

From the Universal Orlando Resort Blog:

13 Ways to Get your Halloween Horror Nights Fix Until Next Year's Event
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If you’re a Halloween Horror Nights (HHN) superfan, your 2020 calendar may look something like this:

  • January–July: Speculate about HHN.
  • July–August: Cry.
  • August–December: Count down to 2021.

Trust me, I get it. I spend most of my year thinking about, planning for, and counting down to Halloween Horror Nights. It’s by far my favorite seasonal event at Universal Orlando Resort. If you’re out of the horror loop, Halloween Horror Nights is the world’s premier Halloween event featuring terrifying haunted houses, sinister scare zones, and exhilarating live entertainment. Basically, it’s every horror fanatic’s dream event.

13 Ways to Get your Halloween Horror Nights Fix Until Next Year's Event
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Since the next Halloween Horror Nights is over a year away, a decent chunk of my time will be spent trying to fill the horrific void left in my heart during the now-extra-long off-season. But luckily, I’ve mastered the art of finding spooky joy around Universal Orlando Resort to get your Halloween Horror Nights fix! Below, I’ve compiled all of my favorite ways to scratch that terrifying itch for you so we can stop crying and start screaming. 

WARNING: these tactics are not for the faint of heart.

Universal Studios Florida

13 Ways to Get your Halloween Horror Nights Fix Until Next Year's Event
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  • Get as close to the full HHN experience as possible by braving Frankenstein’s Lab and Jack the Clown’s Carnival in this year’s Tribute Store, a glorious homage to the HHNs of yesteryear.
    • Between the themed rooms, spooky sound effects, and exclusive merchandise and food and drink offerings, HHN superfans will feel perfectly at home here.
    • Pro Tip: Keep an eye peeled for Easter eggs and throwbacks to years past!
  • Explore the cursed film set and archeological dig site that comprise the queue of Revenge of the Mummy.
    • If the eerie shadows and haunting music aren’t enough to make you sweat, you can always forfeit your soul to Imhotep!
    • Pro Tip: If you’re brave enough, try sticking your hand into one of the glowing slots in the walls.
  • Head over to Louie’s this fall for everyone’s favorite HHN cuisine — pizza fries.
  • Laugh — and scream — your head (or arm) off at Universal Orlando’s Horror Make-Up Show.
    • Come for the dark humor, stay for the in-depth look at how make-up and special effects combine to create your favorite big-screen monsters.
  • Get your heart pounding with a ride on Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit.
    • Racing through the nearby buildings may bring back memories of the paranormal activities they used to house…
    • Pro Tip: There are plenty of on-theme songs to choose, including one you might remember from the HHN29 show Academy of Villains: Altered States.

Islands of Adventure

13 Ways to Get your Halloween Horror Nights Fix Until Next Year's Event
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  • Take a treacherous journey into the Skull Island: Reign of Kong queue.
    • If prehistoric monsters and a cannibalistic witch aren’t enough, the jump-scares from the natives of Skull Island offer all the HHN vibes you could dream of.
    • After you survive the queue, keep the adrenaline pumping by coming face-to-face with King Kong himself on the ride.
  • Pay a visit to Blue at her Raptor Encounter.
    • Dagger-like teeth + extreme stealth = jump-scare heaven. 
    • Pro Tip: Velociraptors are deadly intelligent — but you may be able to snap a picture with Blue if you’re quick enough.
  • Chat it up with the feisty Mystic Fountain in Sinbad’s Bazaar.
    • An ordinary object possessed by a mischievous spirit? That’s the plot of at least a dozen horror movies.
  • Embrace the occult at Star Souls – Psychic Readings.
    • Nothing makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up quite like an eerily accurate psychic reading.
    • Pro Tip: Leave your skepticism at the door for the best chance of uncovering your fate.

Bonus Horror

13 Ways to Get your Halloween Horror Nights Fix Until Next Year's Event
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  • Brave the terrifying plunges of Kala & Tai Nui Serpentine Body Slides at Universal’s Volcano Bay.
    • If you close your eyes, the feeling of the trap door dropping out from under you is almost comparable to an HHN jump-scare.
  • Let the churning rapids and chopping waves of TeAwa The Fearless River give you an adrenaline rush.
    • For bonus terror, simply envision a horrific sea monster chasing you as you’re swept along.
  • Take a break from the fear and enjoy a S’mores Sundae from The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen.
    • It’s not quite the same as s’mores fries…but it’s still delicious!
  • Dive into the horrific void that is the internet. 
    • If you’re craving lore, rumors, or speculation, there are enough online HHN forums to keep a ghost busy for all eternity.
    • Pro Tip: Follow the official HHN Twitter and, if you’re brave enough, send a tweet to the demon who runs the account. 

The good news: by the time you work up the courage to take on all of the tactics listed above, it may already be time for next year’s Halloween Horror Nights AND you just had a horrifyingly good time at Universal Orlando Resort. You’re welcome. 

If you have any other tips to help your fellow horror junkies get their Halloween Horror Nights fix, be sure to leave them in the comments below, or share them on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram with #HHN!

Halloween Horror Nights 2020 Returns to Universal Orlando Select Nights Sept. 10- Nov 1

Halloween Horror Nights 2020

UPDATE: As of Friday July 24, 2020, Halloween Horror Nights has been cancelled for 2020. We can start looking forward to the return of the event in 2021, better than ever!

Halloween Horror Nights 2020, the World’s Premier Halloween Event, will return to Universal Orlando Resort on select nights from September 10 through November 1, 2020. Now in its 30th terrifying year, Halloween Horror Nights 2020 brings together monstrous haunted houses, sinister scare zones and outrageous live entertainment. Halloween Horror Nights 2020 will take place select nights September 10-November 1, 2020 at Universal Studios Florida. Advance purchase is required.

Halloween Horror Nights 2020

Halloween Horror Nights 2020 offers haunted houses, scare zones, exclusive merchandise, and so much more!

Haunted Houses: Make your way through terrifying haunted houses inspired by the biggest names in horror, plus Universal’s own twisted creations.

Scare Zones: Scareactors will prowl the streets of Universal Studios Florida which will be transformed into pulse-pounding scare zones.

Entertainment: Catch outrageous live entertainment that will have you crying out for more.

Attractions: Experience some of the park’s most exciting rides and attractions which will be open during the event.

Merchandise: Wear your terror with themed merchandise available online and at the event. You’ll be able to shop for hats, shirts, hoodies, mugs and more.

Food and Drinks: Feed your fear at select dining locations, some featuring food themed to this year’s haunted houses and specialty drinks concocted just for the event.

Halloween Horror Nights Vacation Package
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Halloween Horror Nights 2020 Vacation Package

You can book a Halloween Horror Nights vacation package to purchase your hotel accommodations, park tickets, and event ticket altogether. Plus, when you book by July 22, 2020, you’ll receive a second event night FREE. Package includes:

  • 4-Night Hotel Accommodations
  • 3-Park 4-Day Park-to-Park Promotional Ticket to Universal Studios Florida AND Universal’s Islands of Adventure AND Universal’s Volcano Bay (Valid for bookings Now – 8/13/20 and travel 9/10/20 – 11/1/20)
  • 2020 Halloween Horror Nights Flex Plus 1 Night Free Promotional Ticket (Valid for bookings Now – 7/22/20 and for use on any 2 nights 9/10/20 – 11/1/20 (Blockout Dates Apply))
  • Early Park Admission to one (1) Universal Orlando theme park as determined by Universal Orlando one hour before the parks open (valid theme park admission required; select attractions)
  • Access to select live entertainment venues at Universal CityWalk

Starting prices at Universal Orlando Resort Hotels are based on Sunday–Thursday travel Sept. 10–24, 2020.

ENHANCE THE HORROR 

You can be among the first to book one of these killer tours when you purchase a Halloween Horror Nights Hotel & Ticket package.

Behind the Screams: Unmasking the Horror Tour: Lights-on VIP tour

R.I.P. Tour: Nighttime VIP tour

Warning: This event may be too intense for young children and is not recommend for children under the age of 13.

New Drinks and Food at Halloween Horror Nights 2019 at Universal Orlando Resort

From the Universal Orlando Resort Blog:

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Chow down on new and returning fan-favorites at Halloween Horror Nights 2019, including bites and drinks inspired by Netflix’s Strangers Things, Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters and other spooky fun.

Netflix’s Stranger Things Food & Drink

Starcourt Mall

Location: Tents outside Monsters Cafe and Finnegan’s

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Get a taste of the Starcourt Mall with a variety of dishes inspired by iconic mall dining. Enjoy Grilled Street Corn and Nachos Queso Fundidio from Ole Amigo. Grab a bento box with an Orange Chicken Bao Bun, Szechuan Beef Pot Stickers and fried Wonton Chips, complete with ginger soy dipping sauce from the Imperial Panda. Or head over to Hawkins Heroes for a Turkey or Veggie Hero.

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You can also grab dessert with chocolate dipped bacon on a stick and Pumpkin Patch Mini Donuts.

Merrill’s Mini Pumpkin Doughnuts

Location: Tents outside Finnegan’s

Eleven pumpkin mini donuts on a bed of cookie crumbles topped with a frosting drizzle.

Triple Decker Extravaganza

Location: San Francisco Bakery

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It’s back! A stack of delicious waffles, whipped cream and candy that was featured from Season 2 of Stranger Things.

Voodoo Doughnut

Location: Universal CityWalk

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These make for the perfect snack before or after the event at Voodoo Doughnut in Universal CityWalk. Choose from either the “Run” or Waffle doughnuts filled with Maple Bavarian Cream.

Syrup & Waffles

Location: Gramercy Popcorn & Production Central Veranda

This drink inspired by Netflix’s Stranger Things returns with the same delicious maple flavors and tiny waffles on top.

Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters Ghost Trap Popcorn

Location: Popcorn Carts

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The perfect snack to fuel you on the go – a popcorn bucket inspired by the containment unit for ghosts for the proton pack from Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters.

More New Eats & Treats

S’mores Fries

Location: KidZone Pizza Company

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The yin to Pizza Fries yang. S’mores Fries are here featuring sweet potato fries, marshmallow, chocolate chips and cracker crumbs.

Returning Favs

Pizza Fries

Location: KidZone Pizza Company

Photo: Universal Orlando Resort Blog

THEY’RE BACK.

Twisted Taters

Those mouth-watering potato swirls with your choice of sour cream & chive, garlic parmesan, seasoned salt, or salt & vinegar.

Candy Corn

Location: Gramercy Popcorn & Production Central Veranda

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That classic Halloween candy in a sweet slushie.

Signature Drinks

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There are four signature drinks this year inspired by classic 80s beverages, plus four souvenir cups to collect. The souvenir cups will be a staggered release with a new one becoming available on a weekly basis. Prove you’re the ultimate HHN fan and come back to collect them all! *Souvenir cups are available in limited quantities.

  • Blood Pit – Vodka, blood orange sour, peach schnapps and orange juice.
  • Twilight Gateway – Tequila, watermelon schnapps, pineapple juice, orange juice and grenadine.
  • Vampires Curse – Spiced rum, fruit punch and sour mix.
  • Saturn – Gin, Falernum liqueur, passion fruit puree and sour mix.

Halloween Horror Nights 2019 runs at Universal Studios Florida now through November 2. Click here for the details on this year’s haunted houses, scare zones and shows. Don’t forget that Universal’s newest hotel, Endless Summer, is now open to make your Halloween Horror Nights 2019 getaway more affordable than every!

WARNING: Event may be too intense for young children and is not recommended for children under the age of 13. No costumes or masks allowed.
*Must be 21 years or older to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages.

Four Ways to Celebrate Halloween in Orlando

Halloween is one of our favorite times of year. From family friendly trick or treating to terrifying haunted houses, there is something for everyone to enjoy for Halloween in Orlando.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park

Get your favorite costume ready and make your plans to live it up—collecting candies, sweets and delightful treats—all while Magic Kingdom park thrills and chills you with special fireworks, eerie entertainment and Disney Characters that go bump in the night. Best of all: since this event is “not-so-scary,” children of every age can enjoy the fun! 

  • Disney’s Not So Scary Spooktacular Fireworks: Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” serves as the host of this all-new nighttime extravaganza, with state-of-the-art projection effects, lasers, lighting and dazzling fireworks filling the sky above Magic Kingdom Park
  • Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular: Winifred, Mary and Sarah visit the mortal world for an all-new adventure, with a plan to use their magic to throw the best, evil Halloween party this side of the graveyard.
  • “Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade,” which happens twice nightly and features favorite Disney characters dressed in their Halloween best, along with the Disney villains and a cavalcade of fiendishly fun floats
  • Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam in Fantasyland is the spot for all of the young partygoers to get their groove on with favorite Disney Junior characters like Doc McStuffins and Vampirina
  • Trick-or-Treat throughout the park
  • Exclusive Character Meet and Greets

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort

The World’s Premier Halloween Event

Universal Orlando takes fear to the max. This year, the 80s return with a vengeance with 10 totally terrifying haunted houses, 5 pulse-pounding scare zones and outrageous live entertainment. From cinematic screams to the most horrifying cult classics, there’s no escape from the decade that just won’t die.

  • Haunted Houses: Make your way through 10 totally terrifying haunted houses inspired by the biggest names in horror, plus Universal’s own twisted creations.
  • Scare Zones: Scareactors will prowl the streets of Universal Studios Florida which will be transformed into 5 pulse-pounding scare zones.
  • Entertainment: Catch outrageous live entertainment that will have you crying out for more.
  • Attractions: Experience some of the park’s most exciting rides and attractions which will be open during the event.

Halloween Spooktacular at Sea World Orlando

It’s an ocean of Halloween fun for the whole family at SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular®. During this daytime event, families are immersed in an underwater “fantasea” including trick-or-treating, whimsical sea creatures, and more in this family-friendly event that could only come from SeaWorld. SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular runs weekends from late September through October and is included in park admission.

  • Trick-or-Treating: Waves of Trick-or-Treat Fun – Costumed youngsters can trick-or-treat for ghoulish goodies. Each sea-themed, trick-or-treat station features an assortment of candy favorites.
  • Trick-or-Treating Bags: Please join in the efforts to protect our seas by bringing a reusable bag or Halloween bucket from home for treats. There will also be an assortment of reusable bags, for $0.99 and up, at select locations. 
  • Pet’s Ahoy Halloween: A special Halloween version of this side-splitting show features surprise twists, and a cast of unlikely characters that will have the whole family laughing from beginning to end. Dogs and cats, ducks and doves, potbellied pigs and a few surprise animal guest stars will show you just what SeaWorld Orlando’s encouragement-based training techniques can accomplish.
  • Halloween Dance Party: Children join under-the-sea friends for a Halloween Dance Party where they can participate in line-dancing favorites as clouds of bubbles fill the evening air.
  • Mermaid Grotto: This dynamic “underwater” environment comes to life each weekend with bubbles floating overhead and colorful sea-themed characters. Plus, have the opportunity to meet a mermaid.

Brick or Treat at LeogLand Florida Resort

You can celebrate the spookiest time of the year every weekend in October at LegoLand Florida with trick-or-treating, exclusive character meet and greets and spooktacular treats at LegoLand Florida.

  • Brick-or-Treat Trail: Kids can journey through the themed trail with their very own Brick-or-Treat bag to pick up lots of scrumptious candy!
  • LEGO Halloween Characters: Meet Halloween exclusive LEGO characters, including Lord Vampyre, Rockin’ Frankenstein, and more!
  • Brick-or-Treat Scavenger Hunt: Set out on the Brick-or-Treat Scavenger Hunt to find the LEGO Candy Corn!
  • The Tale of Pirates’ Cove Fireworks Spectacular: On every Brick-or-Treat night, watch fireworks transform into LEGO bricks at our fireworks spectacular about the tale of Pirate Cove!

Are you planning to celebrate Halloween in Orlando?

15 Halloween Horror Nights Tips So You Experience It Like a Pro

From the Universal Orlando Resort Blog:

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Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights will probably be unlike anything you have ever experienced. It’s so fun and terrifying at the same time. Since this limited time event goes so quickly, we hope these 15 Halloween Horror Nights tips will help you make the most of your time in the park.

BEFORE YOU GO…

1. Have a Game Plan

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There’s a lot to see and do at Halloween Horror Nights, so it helps to plan ahead. What are the haunted houses you really want to experience? Which scare zones must you hit? Which attractions do you want to ride to take a break from the screams? Check out the event map, talk it out with your friends and come up with a list of the must-dos.

2. Make Sure You’re Well Rested

Halloween Horror Nights kicks off at 6:30p on event nights and closes in the wee hours of the morning. You don’t want your fatigue to be the reason you head home early! Take a nice afternoon nap, grab a coffee, or whatever it takes to help you feel rejuvenated for the event.

3. Dress Comfortably (And Check Your Footwear)

I can’t stress this enough. Remember, Halloween Horror Nights is a very intense event, and we all react differently to being scared (some run, some crouch, some freeze and some flail). Make sure you’re dressed appropriately for whatever your coping mechanism may be.

And wear comfortable shoes. The only thing worse than being stalked by a horrifying chainsaw clown is trying to escape them in a pair of shoes you regret wearing.

4. Be Mindful of Your Hair Style

This may seem kind of random, but this ties to tip #3. You’re going to be pretty active during your visit, so make sure you’re rocking a hair style that works for you in the horror environment. Sometimes, I wear my hair away from my face so I can see everything that’s happening (and it keeps me cooler).

5. Try to Carry as Little as Possible

If you can, try to carry only the essentials with you during your visit, like your car keys, wallets, diaper (if you’re really that scared). You won’t want to lug a huge bag around all night. This will also help you move a little quicker through the Security line.

WHILE YOU’RE HERE…

6. Take a Picture of Where You Parked

Because your memory is going to be jam-packed with all of the frights you experienced—and it’s really important to find your car at the end of the night.

7. Visit the Park During the Day

If you visit Universal Studios Florida during the day and have an admission ticket for Halloween Horror Nights that evening, you’ll have a huge advantage over guests who are only attending the event. When the park closes for daytime operation and begins the switchover to Halloween Horror Nights, you’ll actually be held in a designated area in park until the event opens. Then, once it starts, you’ll be released into the event – so you’re already in park while others are just starting to enter the front gate. This will help you get to those haunted houses a little bit quicker.

8. Arrive Early

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If you choose not to visit the park during the day, I highly recommend you arrive early. Give yourself time to park, go through Security and venture through Universal CityWalk to Universal Studios. You can knock out some of the haunted houses pretty quickly if you’re one of the first inside the event.

9. Go Against the Grain

Halloween Horror Nights is sensory overload and often times, guests stop at the first haunted house or scare zone they see. Don’t be afraid to do the opposite. Once you get into the park, consider going straight to the back and to the furthest house. There’s a good chance that the wait times are going to be shorter.

10. Enjoy the Scare Zones

A lot of people rush through the scare zones – and I get it. You’re being stalked by scareactors and you’re just trying to make it to the other side. But try to find a spot where you can just watch the action in the streets. Sometimes, there are special show moments in the scare zones that you may miss if you just rush through. Plus, it’s SO entertaining to watch other folks get scared.

11. Take Time to Ride the Rides

People come to Halloween Horror Nights for the scares…but make sure you take a moment to experience some of the attractions as well. The wait times are often shorter during the event than they are during the day. Plus, the rides will provide you a nice break from the screams.

12. Keep Your Eyes Peeled

Remember the coping mechanisms mentioned earlier? Well, one we see pretty often is people covering their eyes. If you can, try not to do this. There are a ton of details and easter eggs you’ll miss if you aren’t looking. Trust me – no matter how scared you are, try (your best) to keep your eyes open. Besides, who wouldn’t WANT to get a good look at the scareactors that are preying upon them? Okay, maybe not…

13. Stay Hydrated and Grab Food

You’re going to scream…a lot! And screaming takes a ton of energy. Make sure you drink water (or whatever your beverage of choice is…I won’t judge!) throughout the night to stay hydrated. And grab food—you don’t want to be hangry. You can either grab dinner prior to your visit or take advantage of all of the eateries in the park. To really amp up your night, consider a Scareactor Dining experience.

14. Play a Game While You’re Waiting in the Queues

One way to make time go by a little faster while you’re waiting in a queue is to play a mobile game. Check out the new TERROR TRIVIA game in The Official Universal Orlando Resort App. You can test your knowledge on this year’s haunted houses and all things Halloween Horror Nights.

15. Take Photos

If you didn’t post about it, did it really happen? Make sure to capture the moments and take selfies and photos throughout the event. The visuals help when you’re recounting your experience with your friends. And they make great profile pics. Make sure you tag us with #HHN28!

There you have it, fifteen Halloween Horror Nights tips to get the most out of your Halloween Horror Nights visit. Any tips you would add? Let me know in the comments below.

If you haven’t already, choose an event night now through Nov. 3.

Your Guide to Halloween Horror Nights 2018 at Universal Orlando Resort

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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and ghouls, the time has once again come for Universal Studios Florida to transform into something out of your worst nightmares.

Halloween Horror Nights 2018 is just around the corner and we want to make sure you’re prepared to be scared. Keep reading for all the information you need to know to make this Halloween Horror Nights the best one yet.

EVENT TICKETS

First, you’re going to need to get into the event. There are different ticket options available for purchase. If your heart can only take one night of screams, go for the single-night ticket. By purchasing your ticket online, you can save up to $52 on select nights.

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However, for the truly brave, there is also the multi-night ticket. These petrifying passes cost less than a single night, purchased at the gate, when you buy online! Choose from these four options:

  • Rush of Fear Pass: Get the first 10 event nights for less than the price of a single night at the gate when you buy online.
  • Frequent Fear Pass: Get up to 21 nights for less than the price of a single night at the gate when you buy online—including EVERY Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday event night, PLUS the first weekend and last Friday.
  • Frequent Fear Plus Pass: Get up to 28 nights, including all Sunday through Friday event nights, plus the first and last Saturday nights.
  • Ultimate Frequent Fear Pass: Valid EVERY night for maximum fear. (Are you sure you can handle this!?)

You can also upgrade your experience by purchasing a Halloween Horror Nights Express Pass. This will allow you to skip the regular lines once per haunted house, plus participating rides and attractions. With 10 haunted houses (more than ever before), five terrifying scare zones, and one powerhouse show, this is the best way to make sure you’re getting your desired fill of fright.

SCARY GOOD UPGRADES

Do you spend every other season waiting for Fall to roll around?  Do you hit up Williams of Hollywood during every trip to Universal Studios Florida to get new Halloween decorations? Do you get joy out of watching your friends scream as they cling to you while walking through a haunted house? Then these VIP experiences are for you.

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R.I.P. Tour

Reserve a spot on one of our R.I.P. Tours to get an exclusive look at Halloween Horror Nights. You’ll skip the front gates and enter through the VIP entrance to Universal Studios Florida to receive your tour credentials and lanyard. Start your night with a complimentary buffet, Halloween-themed desserts, and a private cash bar in Cafe La Bamba.

Then, enjoy front-of-the-line entry to the haunted houses (one entry, per house), reserved seating at the epic Academy of Villains show, and Universal Express Unlimited ride access. You also get complimentary standard valet parking and access to exclusive cash bar locations (must be 21+ with valid ID).

Private R.I.P. Tour

Not into getting scared with strangers? No worries! You can book a Private R.I.P. Tour for up to 12 people and customize your own itinerary—making your scares extra special. This is truly the most exclusive way to experience Halloween Horror Nights.

You get everything I mentioned above. Plus you get unlimited V.I.P. entry to the event’s haunted houses and select regular park attractions. This also includes a My Universal Photos 3-Day Photo Package to capture the fear forever.

Behind-The-Screams: Unmasking the Horror Tour

Want to find out how Universal Orlando’s Art & Design Team transforms the biggest names in horror into haunted houses? Go on the Behind-The-Screams: Unmasking the Horror Tour.

Before the sun sets and our scareactors come out to play, enjoy a guided day-time walking tour of either three or six haunted houses with the lights on. You’ll also receive a commemorative R.I.P. Tour lanyard and get the chance to photograph select rooms in select haunted houses. This is an opportunity you won’t find anywhere else! Theme park admission is not required or included.

FEARSOME FEASTS

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The monsters aren’t going to be the only thing growling throughout the night. Make sure to think about your stomach and book a spot for our Scareactor Dining Experience at Universal Studios’ Classic Monsters Cafe.

You get to chow down on an all-you-care-to-eat themed dinner buffet and get pics (if you’re brave enough) with scareactors. Take home the nightmare of your frightful feast with a digital download of one photo taken during your dining experience. If your friends and family aren’t brave enough to dine with the scary monsters like you are, grab dinner in Universal CityWalk before the event starts.

Also, be sure to keep an eye out in the park during the event for new food and beverage options exclusive to Halloween Horror Nights. From tantalizing to terrifying, you won’t believe these treats aren’t a trick.

MAKE IT A SCARECATION

You’re going to want to stay nearby after the event wraps up, so why not make it a vacay filled with nightmares?

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If you’re a Florida resident, you can book either a 1-Night or 2-Night Hotel & Ticket Package.

The 1-Night package includes:

  • One night of hotel accommodations at one of Universal’s on-site or partner hotels
  • One night admission to Halloween Horror Nights
  • Book by August 22nd and save $25!

The 2-Night package includes:

  • Two nights of hotel accommodations at any of our on-site or partner hotels
  • 3-Park, 2-Day Park-to-Park Florida Resident Ticket
  • One night admission to Halloween Horror Nights
  • Early Park Admission to one Universal Orlando theme park one hour before the parks open
  • Access to select live entertainment values at Universal CityWalk
  • Book by August 22nd and save $50!

Even if you’re from out of state, we got you covered! Your Hotel & Ticket Package includes:

  • Four nights of hotel accommodations at any of our on-site or partner hotels
  • 3-Park 4-Day Park-to-Park Ticket
  • One night admission to Halloween Horror Nights
  • Early Park Admission one hour before the theme parks open
  • Access to select live entertainment venues at Universal CityWalk
  • Book by August 22nd and save $100!

Of course, Universal’s on-site resort hotels are also available for any and all guests at great prices.

ANNUAL & SEASONAL PASSHOLDERS

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If there was ever a time to become a Universal Orlando Passholder, it’s now! Annual and Seasonal Passholders get special discounts on single and multi-night tickets to Halloween Horror Nights.Additionally, Annual Passholders receive discounts on both R.I.P. and Private R.I.P. Tours.

Premier Passholders even get one FREE Halloween Horror Nights ticket valid for select nights. And all Passholders can snatch up their very own exclusive UOAP event merchandise, including a pin and t-shirt. Supplies are limited, so don’t sleep on them.

For their hotel accommodations, Passholders get a discounted rate on a 1-Night Hotel & Ticket Package. This package includes 1-Night Admission to Halloween Horror Nights on Sundays through Thursdays and a commemorative Passholder Halloween Horror Nights 2018 pin. A valid Annual or Seasonal Pass is required at time of booking and travel. Additionally, Passholders can enjoy scary good savings when they stay at any of our on-site hotels. Plus, special Passholder events will be announced soon.

And that’s all you need to know to have a frightening good time at Halloween Horror Nights 2018!

WARNING: Event may be too intense for young children and is not recommended for children under the age of 13. No costumes or masks allowed.

Thanks Universal Orlando Resort Blog!

Dates and Vacation Packages Now Available for Halloween Horror Nights 2018

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Get ready to scream! You’re now able to purchase a limited-time ticket offer and vacation package for Halloween Horror Nights 2018, which runs select nights from Sept. 14 through Nov. 3.

Some of the most terrifying names in horror – both from the past and present – will come to life to haunt you in nine brand-new mazes based on hit TV-shows and haunting original stories.

You’ll also encounter nightmarish creatures as you walk through five sinister scare zones. And if you need to escape the frightening chills, you can enjoy rides and attractions throughout the night in Universal Studios Florida.

For a limited time, you can take advantage of the Halloween Horror Nights flex ticket offer, which gives you a second night (Sunday – Friday) of scares when you purchase before June 6.

Halloween Horror Nights 2018 Flex Ticket Offer

  • Entitles one (1) guest admission to two (2) 2018 Halloween Horror Nights event nights on any Sunday – Friday event date that is valid for ticket type. Available for online purchase only

However, that’s not all you can take advantage of today.

Make a vacation out of your Halloween Horror Nights visit by booking a vacation package that allows you to stay in the heart of the horror with a 4-night hotel stay. This package also includes the limited time Flex Ticket offer and more.

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Halloween Horror Nights 2018 Hotel and Ticket Package

Book by Nov. 2 for travel from Sept. 14 – Nov. 3

  • 4-night hotel accommodations at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort
  • 3-Park, 4-Day Park-to-Park Ticket to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay
  • 1-night admission ticket to Halloween Horror Nights, plus get 1 extra night free of your choosing (Sunday – Friday). Offer valid on packages booked by 6/6/18
  • Early Park Admission one hour before the theme parks open to one (1) Universal Orlando theme park as determined by Universal Orlando
  • Access to select live entertainment venues at Universal CityWalk
  • Complimentary transportation to Universal’s theme parks and Universal CityWalk
  • Special access to a dedicated Halloween Horror Nights entry gate each event night until 8 p.m.

And if that doesn’t get you excited about Halloween Horror Nights, this might — you can now add a RIP tour or an Unmasking the Horror tour to your package for an additional cost. I know, insane.

Get ready for a terrifyingly good time at Halloween Horror Nights 2018 and contact us to book your vacation today!

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Top Four Reasons to Plan a 2018 Universal Orlando Resort Vacation

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With an amazing 2017 behind us—did someone say Universal’s Volcano Bay AND Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon AND an entirely new Holidays?—there’s no slowing down in 2018. From grand openings to upcoming announcements, here’s a quick look ahead at what you can expect for a 2018 Universal Orlando Resort vacation.

Fast & Furious – Supercharged

Opening: Spring

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The latest installment of the Fast & Furious franchise isn’t in your local cinemas or streaming on your favorite device. It’s a big, bold ride—and it’s right here at Universal Studios Florida. Jump in alongside your favorite Fast characters in a crazy chase scene that feels like it’s right out of the movies. The attraction is also filled with cars and props from the movies, perfect for that selfie on your IG.

Universal’s Aventura Hotel

Opening: August

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If you’re looking for modern, sleek and perfectly-priced accommodations while you’re here, look no further. Our sixth hotel welcomes you this August. You can already book a room and start dreaming about the views out your floor-to-ceiling windows, the sparkling pool and our first rooftop bar.

Perched 17 stories up in the air, you’ll enjoy striking, panoramic views of all three theme parks. You’ll be able to look out over the iconic Hogwarts Castle, the twists and turns of Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster, and the tropical oasis of Universal’s Volcano Bay.

Special Events

Beyond the rides and shows, your favorite events will be back this year! A Celebration of Harry Potter and Mardi Gras are just around the corner, but here are a couple more to look forward to.

Halloween Horror Nights 2018

Opening: September, with select nights through October

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The world’s premier Halloween event will return for it’s 28th straight year at Universal Orlando. When this event ends, guests always wonder, “How will Universal top this next year? There’s no way.” But then those demented geniuses go off and do it. Can’t wait to see the terrifying houses, scarezones and shows they scare up for us.

Holidays

Opening: Mid-November

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2017 brought all-new décor, live shows and an incredible music and lighting spectacle on Hogwarts Castle with Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It also included an all-new Universal Holidays Parade Featuring Macy’s with entirely new balloons and floats. And all that’s on top of the fun of Grinchmas, Mannheim Steamroller performances and holiday cheer all around.

Well, it’s all coming back again this year for more holiday merriment and mischief. Consider your holiday travel plans booked. 

Crystal Ball Gazing

Even though Universal hasn’t given us too many details for the other exciting plans coming in 2018 and beyond, here’s a quick recap of what we do still have to look forward to!

  • The previously-announced ride replacing Dragon Challenge in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade
  • An additional projection mapping experience at Hogwarts castle
  • Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular being replaced
  • Something new going in where Terminator 2: 3D was
  • A new venue coming to Universal CityWalk where Element was
  • Universal’s expanding hotel collection
  • The continued global expansion of Universal’s partnership with Nintendo

Whew! There’s a lot to look forward to during a 2018 Universal Orlando Resort vacation, that’s for sure.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Halloween Horror Nights 27 Upgrades That You Won’t Want to Miss

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Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 27 is an event anticipated by many, and this year is no exception. With nine haunted houses, five scarezones and two live shows, I’d go ahead and pick up some throat soothing tea for the screams that are about to be had. But if you’re always searching for more scares, we have you covered with upgrades that will make this years’ Halloween Horror Nights one you’ll remember forever. I dare you to try these three eerie extras…

1. Make a Reservation For BOO

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All that screaming takes a lot of energy. Fuel up for the fear at the Halloween Horror Nights Scareactor Dining Experience. Buy a ticket to reserve your table at the Universal Studios’ Classic Monsters Cafe, the spooky restaurant whose décor pays homage to Universal’s horror movie history.

But what makes up the perfect pre-scare meal? I’m glad you asked. At this Scareactor Dining Experience, you’ll enjoy a special buffet menu unlike anything your mummy makes. And whatever you do, watch out for scareactors because you never know who could be right around the corner…

2. Say R.I.P. To The Person You Used to Be

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If you live and breathe Halloween Horror Nights, the R.I.P. tour is to die for. This blood-red carpet treatment tour will have you buried in the benefits like: VIP entry to all haunted houses and participating park attractions, exclusive access to a pre-tour reception (with light appetizers and scareactor meet and greets), reserved seating at Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure,  a commemorative R.I.P. Tour credential and lanyard, exclusive cash bars and more.

For a Halloween Horror Nights first timer or long time alum, the R.I.P. Tour is so worth it.

3. Creep It Real at the Unmasking the Horror Tour

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Are you dying to know what it takes for the Halloween Horror Nights Art and Design team to transform some of the biggest names in horror into immersive haunted houses? Then the Behind the Screams: Unmasking the Horror Tour is for you. And, if you’re anything like me—and even a loud sneeze at the office makes you jump—this scareactor-free, lights-on daytime tour is right up your alley.

Each tour features a guided walkthrough of select houses, shining a light on the darkness of Halloween Horror Nights. You’ll receive a commemorative Halloween Horror Nights lanyard and hear about all the creative efforts that go into delivering the spookiest experience possible. And for my fellow scaredy-cat, this tour is the perfect practice round to get you ready for the night of screams that is Halloween Horror Nights 27.

So there you have it, you know how to take your Halloween Horror Nights 27 to the next level of terrific and terrifying. Buy your tickets now and have your best Halloween Horror Nights yet.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Trick ‘r Treat, The Purge, and More Coming to Halloween Horror Nights 2017

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There is one aspect of Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 2017 that no one can escape… the SCARE ZONES. They’re the first and last things you’ll experience at Halloween Horror Nights 2017, and there is no way to hide from the scares.

This Halloween Horror Nights 2017, you can join the celebration of blood and bone at what can only be called The Festival of the Deadliest – an ancient tradition from the depths of where nightmares are born.

A gathering of the most unearthly, hellish terrors has emerged from the darkest corners of despair. It calls to those who long for the thrill of the scare and wish to have their fears made real. You’ll be drawn like moths to a flame, and once you join this hallowed celebration, your nightmares will never end.

You’ll find the heart of the Festival on the streets of Hollywood in Universal Studios Florida, but its claws have spread throughout Horror Nights. Here’s what awaits you every night…

Trick ‘r Treat

First up, it’s time to make sure everyone understands the rules of the haunted holiday. Get a proper Halloween education in the Central Park scare zone inspired by the film Trick ‘r TreatWe’re excited to have Sam visit and make sure we follow the rules of Halloween.

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In this zone, you’ll have the opportunity to come face-to-face with several characters from the film, and learn for yourself what happens when you don’t follow the rules.

The Purge

Next up, there is a returning story to the New York streets with The Purge. This time, the approach was to create a zone that showed how the events of a Purge night might play out in the streets.

There are some fan favorites returning such as the auction and a very polite gentleman. There will also be some new surprises in store. For example, how do you clean up all the mayhem on the streets during a Purge night? Visit the clean-crew up crew with their trusty wood chipper to find out. Just don’t get too close…

Altars of Horror

Near the front gate, on Avenue of the Stars, you will find Altars of Horror. This zone is exciting because it will bring something to the streets for horror fans that Universal has never done before.

In this zone, some of the larger than life characters featured in this year’s houses will have their own scare zone. A lot of work goes into bringing these iconic film characters to life in the houses. Now you’ll have the opportunity to get an even better look at them.

Invasion!

Set in a time decades ago, the docks in San Francisco find themselves the victim of an INVASION! Visitors from far beyond have crashed their vessel, and are now wreaking havoc on the streets of San Francisco.

They aren’t just here to destroy; these invaders are also on a mission to learn everything they can about us humans. Careful, or you may find yourself on the experiment table at the mercy of an alien scientist.

Roaming Hordes

Lastly, no Halloween Horror Nights would be complete without roaming hordes. This time, it’s the smell of the greasepaint, the roar of the chainsaw. Unhappy with how popular culture has made clowns scary, this grotesque gang of gigglers has risen from the grave determined to show the world that if you want scary clowns, they’re going to make sure you get your worst nightmare.

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ACADEMY OF VILLAINS: AFTERLIFE

But wait! There’s more. The question is, “can you handle more?” The ACADEMY OF VILLAINS: AFTERLIFE will be returning to put on an all-new killer performance. This group of powerhouse artists will make you bear witness to what happens after we leave this life. They’re going to give you one mind-blowing and shocking dance performance that will escort you from this world to the great beyond.

As you can see, the streets will be alive with plenty of horror, mayhem and celebration at Halloween Horror Nights 2017! Be sure to purchase your tickets or book your vacation package today!

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote.