Halloween Horror Nights - Universal Studios Orlando 2008 Halloween Horror Nights Event Dates: September 26, 27, October 2- 5, 9-12, 16-19, 22- 26, 29-31, November 1
Nowhere to turn. Nowhere to hide.
Come face to face with your deepest fears as Bloody Mary brings her realm of terror crashing into this world. In the haunted houses or on the darkened streets, there’s nowhere you’re safe in the most immersive horror experience ever—Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights. On select nights in September, October, and November, Universal Studios Florida theme park is transformed into a nightmarish labyrinth of haunted houses, outrageous live shows, and electrifying scare zones while an army of mutants, monsters and maniacs roam the darkened studio streets.
Now in its 18th year, Halloween Horror Nights annually drawing thousands of horror fans from around the globe to this one-of-a-kind event. Tony Timpone, Editor of Fangoria Magazine, said, “After visiting scream parks all across the US for the last 20 years, I can easily say that Universal’s is the best in the business… Halloween Horror Nights is the ultimate Halloween experience.”
It’s the greatest exhibition of pure terror ever unleashed anywhere, and you can experience it all, LIVE, only at Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights.
Recoreded in 2007 - Listen as Pete Werner interviews one of the creative forces behind Halloween Horror Nights.
What is Halloween Horror Nights? Halloween Horror Nights is Universal Orlando’s annual Halloween party, and it is one of the most popular events in Orlando. Especially if you’re a fan of horror films, this is a ‘don’t miss’ event for those looking for something a little edgier then Disney. This year’s event is entitled “Blody Mary” . 2008 will mark the events 18th year, and its popularity is wide spread and well deserved. As part of the festivities, a series of “haunted houses” are set up around Universal Studios. These are usually temporary structures set up specifically for the event (although, in the past, certain attractions have been converted into haunted houses for the event). Each of the houses is themed around a different horror film or genre. As you walk thru the attraction, any number of things or people are likely to jump out at you. Don’t worry, they won’t ever touch you, but they come pretty close. In addition to the haunted houses, Universal has set up ‘scare zones’ around the park.These are usually dimly lit areas with a variety of special effects (dry ice, strobe lights), and again – any number of creatures chasing you down the street or lunging at you from behind corners wielding chainsaws.
TIP: While the haunted houses are a blast, the lines for them aren’t. Saturday nights are by far the worst, with the average wait per house easily reaching 2 hours long. Sunday – Thurs is much less crowded, and lines early in the evening are much more manageable 15-30 minutes (on average).
Who should attend:
This event is geared more towards teens and adults. The theme and tone of the party is modeled after horror films, and some of the ‘players’ you’re likely to encounter will be very scary – some bordering on disturbing. If you’re comfortable watching a horror film without getting nightmares, then it’s a safe bet you’ll enjoy Halloween Horror Nights. This is definitely NOT an event that small children should attend. No costumes are allowed to be worn at Halloween Horror Nights
Don’t Miss: The haunted houses change every year, but at least 2 or 3 emerge each season that are considered “don’t miss”. This year, Jack's Funhouse is a must!! You wear 3-D glasses throughout the entire haunted house.
Another highlight of the event is the “Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure” show at the Fear Factor theater. Based on the Bill and Ted films, the show is a dazzling array of song and dance numbers, topical pop-culture parodies and a first rate cast.
Dates and prices: The dates for Halloween HorrorNights 2008 are September 26, 27, October 2- 5, 9-12, 16-19, 22- 26, 29-31, November 1
Prices for the event are wide ranging. The list price is $76.53 per person. This is considered a ‘hard ticket’ event (meaning that it requires separate admission and is not included with your multi-day pass). Universal is offering a “Frequent Fear Pass” that offers 13 nights for the price of 1 – for $76.53 you could attend Halloween Horror Nights as many as 13 nights (September 26, 27, October 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 22, 23, 26, 29 and 30, 2008 ). The best deal is reserved for those who have the 2 park unlimited admission ticket ($94.99 plus tax). With that ticket, you can also add on Halloween Horror Nights. There are no discounts offered on Saturday night events.
Halloween Horror Nights xtras: You can purchase an express pass to by-pass the lines on the haunted houses – but you’ll pay for it. An express pass for most days is $42.59 + tax (this is in addition to the price you pay to attend the event). On busier nights, the cost of the express pass jumps to a steep $74.54 + tax. Keep in mind that on busier nights an express pass is the difference between seeing one or two of the haunted houses or all of them.
Another offering this year is a behind the scenes and specialty tours. The first is the Unmasking the Horror tours.These consist of daytime tours that offer a behind the scenes look at the making of Halloween Horror Nights. The Mysteries of the Midway tour is conducted twice daily from Sep 28 – Nov 3. The tour is 2 hours long, includes a basic overview of Halloween Horror Nights, a behind the scenes look at three haunted houses and a museum exhibit designed especially for the event. The Secrets of the Sideshow tour is basically the same, but three hours in length and offers a more in depth look at HHN. It also offers a Q & A session with one of the Halloween Horror Nights creators. The Mysteries of the Midway Tour is $39.99 p/person + tax. The Secrets of the Sideshow tour is $54.99 + tax.
NOTE: NO COSTUMES ALLOWED.
This event may be too intense for young children. Entertainment is subject to availability. All attractions, shows, and special events subject to change without notice. There are height requirements for some rides. Halloween Horror Nights is not included in the regular daytime admission. This event is subject to capacity limits.
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