Posted at October 08, 2015 at 07:44PM on Universal Studios Hollywood’s official Halloween Horror Nights Instagram account:
Don’t let the Bride in Black follow you out… #UniversalHHN
By Angie Orth. Posted October 07, 2015 at 05:45PM on “UO Close Up,” the official Universal Orlando blog:
Fall is an ideal time to experience Universal Orlando Resort, especially for Florida residents. The kids have gone back to school, the weather is cooling down and Halloween Horror Nights is back for a 25th year of professionally scaring people half to death.
This year, they’ve resurrected classic characters and brought some new ones to life, too, with nine unbelievably detailed houses, two live shows and freaky scare zones throughout Universal Studios.
There’s a lot to see and sometimes lines can get long on peak nights. That’s why I love to get an RIP Tour. You’ll get a personal escort to the front entrance of each maze and seats in the VIP viewing area for Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure show. RIP guides are armed with all the gory details about the past 25 years of Halloween Horror Nights, so it’s sure to be a night full of history and horror—and no waiting in line!
Since Halloween Horror Nights is a late-night event, I recommend making a weekend out of it and staying at one of Universal’s four on-site hotels. Trust me, after running from clowns with chainsaws all night—you’ll be dead tired.
When I went to Halloween Horror Nights, I stayed at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, and thanks to the convenient water taxi at Universal CityWalk, I was safely in my cozy room minutes after leaving the front gates of Universal Studios.
In addition to Portofino Bay Hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Royal Pacific Resort provide shuttle and water transportation to and from CityWalk. The newest hotel, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, offers convenient bus transportation. There’s nothing like skipping the hassle of driving home and almost instantly jumping into bed after a terrifying night. Do not disturb—that includes you, scare-actors!
For the true fanatics, just one night of terror is never enough, so consider the Frequent Fear Pass. It’s perfect if you’re staying all weekend and want to experience the mazes, scare zones and shows again and again.
All that screaming and running from monsters works up an appetite like nothing else, so you’ll definitely want to check out CityWalk for some one-of-a-kind dining experiences. Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food, Hot Dog Hall of Fame and The Cowfish have opened in the past year and they are not to be missed! My personal favorite – The Cowfish – is the only place to try some burgushi. It’s burgers and sushi!
As always, staying on-site makes sense if you want to explore more of the two parks, because when you stay at one of Universal’s four hotels, you receive Early Park Admission into select areas of the park.
Fill your day with all the thrills and excitement of two theme parks, grab some refreshment and get ready for a night of terror.
If you need some down time to mentally prepare, you might want to take advantage of the luxurious pools at the resorts. Take the afternoon off of thrill rides, and just soak up that autumn sun you can only get in Florida. Have a drink, take a dip and try not to think about the scary zombies you will be encountering that night…
I know what some of you are thinking, “Halloween Horror Nights is way too scary for me!” But don’t worry! There are areas in the park where there are no scare-actors or haunted houses, so it’s still possible to have a great time with die-hard Halloween Horror Nights friends. Duck into shops and attractions or grab a ride on Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit—there’s plenty of non-scary fun to be had.
So, pack a bag for the ultimate Halloween Horror Nights weekend getaway—and bring a friend who isn’t a big scaredy-cat. You know, so you can hide behind them!
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Posted at October 06, 2015 at 05:17PM on Universal Orlando’s official Halloween Horror Nights Instagram account:
#Dinner with a side of #scares at our #Scareactor #Dining Experience on select nights during #HHN25. Meet with the creative team, dine with an all-you-can-eat #buffet and more. #🎃
By Deni Ricci. Posted October 05, 2015 at 05:03PM on “UO Close Up,” the official Universal Orlando blog:
At Halloween Horror Nights 25, there isn’t a corner you turn where you aren’t met with a terrifying scare. I don’t know about you, but it makes me work up an appetite as well as a need to calm my nerves with a refreshing drink.
With this being the 25th year of Halloween Horror Nights, Universal Orlando’s Food and Beverage team stepped up their game by introducing two new specialty drinks and a variety of new food options for guests to enjoy.
Let’s jump straight to my favorites, which are the new specialty beverages: Jack’d Up Carnage and Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights Pumpkin Ale. After trying one of each (of course), I chatted with Bill Young, Assistant Director of Revenue Operations, to find out all about them.
What inspired this year’s signature drink, Jack’d Up Carnage?
We wanted to do something completely different from what we’ve done in the past, so we created Jack’d Up Carnage. It consists of delicious flavors of cinnamon, whiskey, some moonshine, sweet and sour mix, and of course, we had to change it up and make it blue.
I’m going to take a wild guess that Jack the Clown helped inspire this drink?
We won’t go into detail about how he helped with the inspiration process or how much of it he drank, but he was definitely the inspiration behind this drink!
And what about the Halloween Horror Nights Pumpkin Ale?
The 25th Halloween Horror Nights called for some new specialty drinks, and we thought pumpkin ale would be the perfect fit for this year’s event. It’s a gentle mix of pumpkin and spice that offers a bit of a darker color and flavor.
And let’s not stop at the drinks! You’ll need some delicious food to chow down on after surviving a couple of haunted houses. Chef Tom Danboise showed me some of the new food you can grab this year. And yes, I may have been sampling each one as he talked me through them…
What are some of the new food options you’re offering this year?
We put our heads together, took some great ideas and adapted it to this year’s event to create new and exciting dishes. We have the pizza dog, which is a Nathan’s hot dog-stuffed pizza slice, Italian sausage hoagie with peppers and onions, foot-long corn dog, barbecue pulled pork hoagie served with coleslaw, chicken kabob and carne asada steak with fresh lemon salsa.
Well, my mouth is watering now. Which is your favorite dish?
It’s a tough choice, but I would have to go with the chicken kabob with the apple barbecue sauce, served on a hot pita with coleslaw and fresh natural chips.
And what’s one word you would use to describe the new food options?
Tasty. All of these dishes are packed with flavor, and we hope our guests enjoy them as much as we do.
Tasty is definitely the word I would use for all of the new food and beverage you can find at Halloween Horror Nights 25.
What are you looking forward to trying? Or if you’ve already been to Halloween Horror Nights, what would you recommend?
My recommendation: Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights Pumpkin Ale paired with the barbecue pulled pork hoagie. Yum!
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Posted at October 02, 2015 at 05:38PM on Universal Studios Hollywood’s official Halloween Horror Nights Instagram account:
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Posted at October 01, 2015 at 05:21PM on Universal Studios Hollywood’s official Halloween Horror Nights Instagram account:
Don’t hang around…arrive early! Get here between 5pm and 6:15pm to enjoy Early Entry to select mazes at no extra charge! Select mazes will open at 6:30pm. #UniversalHHN