Orlando, Fla. - It's the season of frights at Universal Studios Florida, as Halloween Horror Nights have taken over the streets of Universal Studios Florida with haunted mazes and terrifying scare zones select nights from now until November 4, 2017.
To make the most of your visit, I've put together 9 insider tips to make the most of your Halloween Horror Nights experience at Universal Studios Florida.
1. Pick your night wisely
This year there are more Halloween Horror Nights than ever, but there are are a few things to keep in mind when you are choosing when you will attend the event.
The first thing to know is that the first three weeks of the event in September and November 3rd & 4th are historically less crowded, and will allow you to move a little more freely around the event. But we cautious when looking at the weekends, because the busiest nights at Halloween Horror Nights are Saturdays.
2. Ticket Options
Depending on what night you choose to attend, the base ticket price to attend Halloween Horror Nights ranges in price from $59.99 to $83.99. On the official Halloween Horror Nights webpage, you can view an interactive calendar.
Before you think Halloween Horror Nights are out of your budget, look for discounts! There are discounts available if you purchase your tickets online in advance, and then you can save up to $50 on select nights with a UPC code from any can of Coca-Cola products or promo code that can be found on specially marked cups at participating Burger King restaurants.
3. Plan your visit
Halloween Horror Nights is filled with nine haunted mazes, five scare zones, six attractions, two live stage shows, and one roaming horde of clowns with chainsaws so setting priorities is important!
It is close to impossible to see everything in one night, but you can make the most of your time at the event by choosing your activities wisely and we've done some of the hard work for you and ranked the haunted mazes using the extremely scientific 'Ghoul Rating Scale' on icFlorida!
My can't miss mazes are The Shining and Saw: The Games of Jigsaw, my favorite scare zone was Trick 'R Treat, and ABSOLUTELY don't miss Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure: Farewell Tour!
The official Halloween Horror Nights website has even more information including a listing and synopsis of each area to help making your choices easier.
4. Dress comfortably
You are going to be at Halloween Horror Nights for a long time, so make sure that you wear clothes that are comfortable in as the weather often changes from the beginning of the event to the end, and that includes packing a coat or poncho (I wouldn't suggest an umbrella) to deal with a nightly rain shower as the event is not cancelled due to rain.
5. Be prepared to walk (and wait) a lot
Not only will you be walking inside the mazes and scare zones, but you will be walking to them and waiting in line so picking comfortable footwear is a MUST. Halloween Horror Nights is not the time to break in shoes! Your best bet for the night is shoes with a solid sole, closed toe, and comfy insole.
6. Stay Hydrated
The humidity at night is still killer this time of year, so make sure that you stay hydrated as you travel around Halloween Horror Nights!
My best suggestion is to purchase one of the refillable mug options that can be used with the Coca-Cola Freestyle machines around the park throughout the night.
7. Set a budget
Let's be real...it is easy to find yourself spending a lot of money at Halloween Horror Nights between the merchandise, snacks, and specialty alcohol drinks.
The best way I stay on a budget is to take a set amount of cash with me to spend, and to only use my credit card in case of an emergency.
8. Know your limits
Being at Halloween Horror Nights can be an overwhelming experience with a lot of sensations, so don't be afraid (no pun intended) to assess how you are feeling throughout the night.
In addition to the scares there are a lot of sensory experiences in the houses with SIF (stuff in face), exceptionally loud sounds & music, and strobing lights that are intensified by the adrenaline that will be pumping.
If you find yourself overwhelmed and looking for a break from it all, head into the restrooms to splash some water on your face as it is the only technical safe zone at the event.
9. Upgrading your Halloween Horror Nights Experience
If you are looking to take your Halloween Horror Nights experience to the next level, there are extras you can add to your ticket!
You can purchase Express Pass which let you have shorter wait times at participating rides and attractions and ALL haunted houses. (Valid for one (1) time use per haunted houses and accessible rides and attractions, per one (1) guest). The price for express pass starts at an additional $79.99.
R.I.P Tours let you enjoy VIP entry to all haunted houses (once per house), a commemorative R.I.P. Tour credential with lanyard, complimentary standard valet parking for one vehicle (subject to availability), exclusive access to the pre-tour reception with appetizers and a cash bar, reserved seating at Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure, and Universal Express ride access to skip the regular lines one time at participating regular rides and attractions after the tour (event hours permitting). Advance reservations are required for this tour, and prices start at an additional $159.99.
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