Hollywood Horror Nights

Trip Start Oct 17, 2009
Trip End Oct 18, 2009

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Wingate by Wyndham Universal & Convention Center

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

For years I have wanted to go to Halloween Horror Nights (HHN) at Universal Studios in Orlando (http://www.halloweenhorrornights.com/), and this year I finally did so. Accompanying me was my friend Michelle, and her friend Carrie. We departed on Saturday morning (the 17th) and returned the next day.

On arrival in Orlando we checked into the Wingate hotel (http://www.wingateorlando.com/)
and then went for a late lunch / early dinner at TGIF (http://www.tgifridays.com/home/welcome.aspx). Our hotel was within walking distance of Universal Studios so "walk" we did.

We arrived at the park around 5:30pm and were confronted with thousands of departing visitors as Universal Studios was shutting down in preparation for their HHN event. The doors to HHN would open at 6:30pm so we wandered over to NBA City right within City Walk (http://www.universalorlando.com/OverviewPages/Nightlife/citywalk_nightlife_overview.aspx#) where they were having a 2-4-1 happy hour.

I was really excited about experiencing HHN, but to make a long story short it was "just" OK. Many of the rides were closed down, infact only 4 rides were open. We only went on The Simpsons ride (http://www.universalorlando.com/Theme_Parks/Universal_Studios_Orlando/Attractions/the_simpsons_ride.aspx#) and the Revenge of The Mummy ride (http://revengeofthemummy.com/) as the rest of night we spent visiting the haunted houses. The haunted houses were well done, but I was laughing my way through them more so than being frightened (the alcohol probably helped). The park closed at 2am, and after 8+ hours on my feet that was just fine with me.

In closing I am glad I went and experienced HHN 2009, however I am told by religious HHN annual goers that this year was a dissapointment in comparisson to prior years. The place was packed !!!  Waiting lines topped 2 hours, and the only way around that was to buy an express pass that costs an additional $75 over the $50 admission fee - ouch !!!!

Oh by the way .... I definitely do NOT recommend young children to attend this event. Universal Studios recommends 13 years as the minimum recommended age.

That's all folks.
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