This fall will by my third year in a row that I plan to go to Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights. Before becoming a Travel Agent, this event was not on my radar. I honestly didn’t think it was for me, and that I would hate it. But, because I sell vacations to the Universal Resort in Orlando (and just started selling vacation packages to Universal Hollywood!) I thought that I really needed to visit at least once, so that I could let my clients know what “the deal” was. I was sincerely shocked how much I loved the event! I thought that 2017 would be the Halloween that I went to Halloween Horror Nights, and that would be it. One and done. I could tell clients that I had experienced it, and could recommend to them if I thought it was for them or not. But, 2017 became something completely different…it was the year that Halloween Horror Nights became a holiday tradition for me!
The last two years, I’ve visited towards the end of September. And, I’ve only visited the event for one night each year. Both years, I have purchased the Halloween Horror Nights Express Pass, which provided shorter wait times for participating rides & attractions, and ALL the haunted houses. It was valid for a one time use per house, and we were able to visit all of the houses in the one night because of this pass. I don’t believe you could see all of the houses in one night without this pass. Usually, there was a minimal wait time (maybe 10 minutes or so) at each of the houses using the Express Pass. Without the pass, there were waits up to 90 minutes. So, I look at the Express Pass as absolutely worth the cost!
Today, Universal Studios announced a new haunted house featuring the Universal Classic Monsters. I grew up watching these movies, and I cannot wait to experience this house! I remember watching films like Creature From the Black Lagoon, Dracula, Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein on Atlanta’s Super Station UHF Channel 17 (WTCG) before it became TBS. (Anyone from Atlanta remember Bill Tush?!?) I loved these movies, and I can’t wait to experience them in a haunted house that only Universal can do!
With today’s announcement, came this information:
“In this all-new haunted house the world’s most terrifying monsters unleash havoc – thirsty for anything and everything in their paths. As guests try to escape to safety, they’ll step into each monster’s domain – but beware – they refuse to let anyone get out alive…
You will come face-to-face with Dracula in his gothic castle, the Wolfman in a dark Bavarian forest, and the man-made monster within Dr. Frankenstein’s lab. And if they survive them, they still may encounter the vicious Creature of the Black Lagoon, the ancient evil of the Mummy and more.
Keep your eyes and ears open, as there is so much more to be announced for this year’s event. This is one of 10 haunted houses, so stay tuned to be the first to learn details on overall event experiences including scare zones and live entertainment.
Halloween Horror Nights (#HHN29) begins Friday, Sept. 6 through Nov. 2 at Universal Studios Florida.”
So, this year, I am planning on at least two nights at Universal for Halloween Horror Nights. Also, there are other events going on at the Universal Resort in Orlando that I would like to check out…
First, there is the Halloween Horror Nights Behind the Screams: Unmasking the Horror Tour…you get a VIP tour with a lights-on look into how Universal Orlando’s Art & Design team transforms the biggest names in horror into haunted houses. (I would only want to do this AFTER I had experienced the houses!)
Then, there is usually a Halloween Horror Nights Scareactor Dining Experience- where you can get ready for your night of terror at the park with this event-exclusive dining experience at Universal Studios’ Classic Monsters Cafe™. Enjoy an all-you-care-to-eat themed dinner buffet with special menu, scareactor photo opportunities and a digital download of a photo taken during the dining experience. This dining experience even comes with this 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. (Available select dates during Halloween Horror Nights)
Here are a few pictures that I took the last time I had dinner at The Monsters Cafe. I really enjoyed my meal here. The food was really good, and the atmosphere was incredible. This is a PERFECT choice for Halloween!
Every fall at Universal Studios Florida™ nightmares rule the darkness. Houses drawn from the greatest horror stories chill the bravest souls. Streets transform into sinister scare zones. Mad laughter echoes from outrageous live entertainment. And across the park, some of Universal’s most exhilarating attractions tempt with thrilling escapes.
I hope you enjoyed a little preview of Halloween on one of these last days of April! I know thinking about Halloween seems odd in the Spring, BUT, now is a perfect time to begin planning your Autumnal visit to Halloween Horror Nights at the Universal Resort in Orlando, FL!
If you would like to know more about this event, or the new experience in Hogsmeade in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Sneak Peek below!)…shoot me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org I would love to help you plan an amazing vacation!
Yes, this is a picture of a clown with a chainsaw, roaming the streets of Universal Studios, preparing to scare anyone in her path. You are welcome. 😉