This trip was a long time coming – we have had it planned since July so the countdown was intense. But it was seriously an awesome trip that lived up to the hype Crystal had brought up the idea of going to Halloween Horror Nights last year, but it didn’t really pan out with everyone’s schedules so this year we knew advance planning was a must.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, Halloween Horror Nights (HHN) is an annual event held at Universal Studios – both Hollywood and Orlando that has various haunted attractions. The park is open like usual during the day, but after it closes in the early evening they transform the park to HHN till the wee hours of the morning. Halloween Horror Nights features multiple mazes (basically haunted houses) each with a different theme – this year there was The Walking Dead, Silent Hill, La Llorona, Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Alice Cooper, “Scare Zones” where they have actors dressed up to scare you, and they have some live entertainment/shows.
In preparation for the trip Lance and I decided to watch The Walking Dead, which turned out to be a great idea! I completely fell in love the show so by the time we got there I was super pumped! We ended up watching both Season 1 & 2 in time to catch the Season 3 premier too
Ok so now back to our trip! We started off Saturday morning at the park to catch all of the rides that way we could focus on the haunted happenings at night. We hit up most of the big rides pretty early.
We got attacked by Jaws – Lance survived with just a broken ankle
Craig is a huge Transformers fan so he also tried the Energon drink they were selling outside the ride. It was actually pretty good – it tasted like orange soda with vanilla!
Apparently this whole 3-D thing is quite popular – It seemed like every ride had a 3-D component.
I also had the most delicious pumpkin spice popcorn from a popcorn truck in the park. So good that the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park would fight over it
I also couldn’t stay dry for more than about 15 minutes at a time – Since when does every ride have to be a water ride?! It seemed like no one else ever got soaked, just me. That flood in the Studio back lot tour got me GOOD head to toe. Not cool.
During the day they had some of the HHN props out and we got a little sneak peek of what was to come. Right after us girls took that group photo with the cart of dead bodies a man who worked at Universal jumped out and scared us. The guys all saw it going down but neglected to warn us…I screamed like a little girl. But on the bright side that guy scared me worse than any of the people later that night!
We headed out to CityWalk a little before the park closed to grab a bite to eat. The guys picked Karl Strauss Brewing Company, which is a San Diego Brewery. We couldn’t get a table for all 8 of us so we split up girls and guys.
We hemmed and hawed over the beer selection and after a few tasters we all ended up with different choices. I went with the Pintail!
The food choices were fabulous – I got the tree hugger mac & cheese, Crystal and Sarah got the piggy bank mac & cheese, and Hillary got some fish tacos. My mac and cheese was really amazing, it had a heavenly combination of cheeses!
We arrived at the gates with some time to spare – the crowds were already insane! They blasted a huge flame then we were off to get the crap scared out of us!
We started at the Terror Tram – Invaded by the Walking Dead. You ride the tram for the studio back lot tour, but the tram stops and makes you get off and walk through the movie sets to get back – only there are zombies wandering around trying to eat you! Through the War of The Worlds portion there were some cool zombies/bodies – look at that half of one on the airplane wing – so creepy!
The first maze we did of the night was La Llorona which I was expecting to be really scary but it wasn’t bad. Next we hit up Silent Hill in the lower lot – and this is when the lines started to get really long. We waited a little over an hour for that one. Which turned out to be kinda awesome! I’ve never played the games or anything so I wasn’t sure what to expect but it was cool.
On our way back up the escalator Sarah spotted T.J. Thyne – who plays Hodgens on Bones. She saw him and started jumping up and down then ran to catch up with the rest of us – T.J. followed her to stop and say hi to her! How nice is that? He even let us get a photo He was super nice and we exchanged stories of getting soaked on Jurassic Park lol
It was starting to get late and there was no sign of the line for The Walking Dead maze getting any shorter (estimated 160 minute wait!) so we sucked it up and jumped in line. Crystal and I were super pumped about this one but after an hour in line we were fading. I somehow managed to convince Crystal (and Ross a few times!) to walk like a zombie each time the line moved. Lets just say that I have perfected my zombie walk – it’s all in the leg drag
Naturally this was my favorite maze! Any fans of the show remember the scene from the first episode with the bodies on the ground outside the hospital? That was the entrance to the maze (my crappy photo above). I also got the bejeezus scared out of me in this maze – I walked a little close to one of the walkers (that I thought was fake) to inspect it, but they were tricky, he was real! He looked like he was cut in half (it was actually the walker in the well from season 2) but then he sat up – I let out a good scream on that one!
We stopped in the Monsters Remix maze on our way out of the park (with an easy 25 min wait). I actually like that it was filled with all the old scary movie villains like Dracula and Wolfman – although the dubstep music was interesting haha. At around 1 am we called it a night!
Halloween Horror Nights was super fun! I am such a scaredy cat so I was pleasantly surprised how much fun I had – it wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be… Maybe again next year?!