Orlando, FL – Be prepared to be scared at another Halloween Horror Night 27 (HHN27). This event runs on select nights September 15th thru November 4th, 2017. Check the HHN27 for dates at http://www.halloweenhorrornights.com/orlando/?ref . It is suggested to arrive early to wait in lines before the gates open and the horror music to begin to be played in the background. When the gates open the crowds are extremely eager to see all of the haunted houses. Also, the local media was invited on the first night to check out the entire HHN27 event by touring all the haunted houses, some scare zones, and viewing Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure Show for the last time forever. Hurricane Irma did not have much affects on HHN27 and this event goes on.
Before going to HHN27 event these are some items recommended you should bring such as some mosquito spray for the Zika Virus. Spray your friends and family and then leave the bottle in your vehicle. Don’t forget to wear comfortable tennis shoes to HHN27. Sandals are not recommended. Don’t forget to bring a small backpack with you filled with ponchos, hand towels, photo/video camera, and other things you may need. Don’t over pack and walk around with a heavy backpack all night long. This is just some good advice before going into a theme park.
Plan to arrive early because parking and walking will take some time to get to the front gate of Universal Studios Orlando. Also, Valet parking is available for a fee. Parking is located right on Universal’s Studio Orlando property. Sorry, no free parking is available. All guests must go through the security checkpoint. Certain restrictions may apply. Check on Universal’s Orlando website for more information.
Once you have your ticket in hand and enter the main gate, let the fun begin. It is advised to start in the back of the theme park and work your way forward. Most attendees start at the front of the theme park and work there way to the very back. Expect long lines on peak nights such as Fridays and Saturdays.
The scare zones were popular with many Horror Night Fans because they are so interactive with all the guests. The streets of Universal Studios Florida™ theme park come alive with hordes of horrifying clowns, Aliens, The Grady Twins, and much more. Make your way through 5 nightmarish scare zones where gory and grotesque creatures lurk around every turn. Don’t let your guard down or it just might be the last thing you ever do. The list of scare zones are Trick r Treat, The Purge, Altars of Horror, Festival of the Deadliest, Invasion!, and Academy of Villains Afterlife.
I did not have a chance to review all of the scare zones on my visit. The best scare zone I visited was the Invasion. This scare zone is located in the San Francisco area. One will notice a large UFO and along with a large military vehicle on the street. The Aliens and soldiers walk around in this area. This is a great photo moment to catch. The next scare zone is Festival of the Deadliest, which is located in the Hollywood area out in the street by the storefronts. HHN27 describes this scare zone as “The dead are throwing a hell of a Hollywood party and you’re invited. Your spirit will fuel the frenzy of this ghoulish gathering.” Next, there is the Trick r Treat scare zone, which is located in a woodsy area nearby Woody Woodpecker’s Kidzone. HHN27 describes this scare zone as “Break the rules. Pay the price. That’s the murderous moral of the five twisted stories in Trick ‘r Treat, a darkly hilarious tribute to Halloween.” There is a lot of fog in this area, which make it extremely scary. The dark spirits may get you if you dare. Then head over to the The Purge scare zone located in the New York area. This area has a brunch of gangs out in the street. They are very photogenic. Next on the list is Altar of Horror, which is located in the Production Central area. HHN27 describes this scare zone as “Enter the nexus of evil, where all the most fearsome characters and nefarious creatures from each of the Halloween Horror Nights™ haunted houses lie in wait. Please reframe from stalking any of the actors and actresses in any of the scare zone areas. These actors are scripted and walk around freely inside all scare zones.
If you buy a regular ticket into this event you will be expected to wait in long lines unless you get the fast pass, which is highly recommended. Waiting time will vary depending on the haunted house popularity for that night. The lines do move at a moderate speed. To purchase a fast pass look for a kiosks near the front entrance once in the theme park. This is highly recommended. There is a limited amount of fast passes on a given night.
I was able to tour all nine haunted houses. I saw the Ash vs Evil Dead, Hive, Scarecrow the Reaping, Horrors of Blumhouse, The Purge, The Dead Waters, Fallen, Saw Games of Jigsaw, American Horror Story Season II, and The Shining. Each house is different. Some horror features stay the same. Most of these haunted houses go through a maze-like path. There are exit signs to lead you through each haunted house. Plus, there are employees standing by to give directions if you get lost. If you get lost look down for an exit sign it will lead the way out. When walking through a house there are no photos and videos allowed through all the haunted houses. Employees will be directing you to keep the line moving at all times. No stopping while in line going through the house for a selfie. Also, one is not allowed to touch any employees in costumes at any time. This goes for the employees too. When walking with a group of people in these houses some ladies may scream and push you slightly in the back because they are scared. This is just part of the fun. Gentlemen please protect your lady. They need comfort and will appreciate this very much.
The featured haunted house everyone wants to see this year is The Shining. This is the haunted house with the Grady Twins. They are easy to spot because they are looking at you while they hold hands from a closet in low blue light area. Another haunted house, which is very neat, is the Hive. This haunted house has blue people with florescent green eyes. If one goes through many haunted houses some tend to blend together. Most attendees only remember the highlights of a haunted house.
If you get hungry during your visit there are a few dining options that are open. They are Fast-Food Boulevard, Louie’s Italian Restaurant, Mel’s Die In, and Universal Studio’s Classic Monsters Café, plus many more too. Prices on food will vary.
Beside the haunted houses at this theme park, there are six themed rides open. Check out Transformers The Ride 3-D, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster, The Revenge of the Mummy, Men in Black Alien Attack, The Simpsons Ride, and Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. Wait times for these rides may vary on each night.
Throughout the park, there is a lot of HHN27 branded merchandise on the streets. These souvenirs cannot be bought at any store outside of the theme park. So some souvenirs are limited edition items. Pickup them up while supplies last. Some souvenir stands may only take cash, but others take both cash and credit cards.
When leaving the theme park towards the end of the night, expect some traffic delays. Traffic does move smoothly. Make sure your family and friends post your favorite photos and videos to your social media accounts. Share your HHN27 experience with the rest of the world. Have a wonderful time at this year’s HHN27! For more information on Halloween Horror Night 27 (HHN27) go to www.halloweenhorrornights.com/orlando .
This is a must see event in Central Florida. Please note that this event is not recommended for children under 13 years of age.
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