HHN Spoiler free review Round 2

S0 tonight I will finish up my spoiler free review of HHN 29 with a review of the zones, shows, food and merchandise. I have thoroughly enjoyed this season and love the creativity and 80’s vibe and all of the fun that it has to offer. Lets start with scare zones though before we get into anything else. We will start in the front and go around.

In the front you are greeted by the neon glow of Anarchade. In this zone you walk by a bunch of arcade cabinets and its game over if the scareactors get you. I personally like this zone but at night when the colors pop the best. It is totally fun and gives the 80’s right at the front.

The next zone will take you into the glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s plastic surgery side in Vanity Ball. This zone has scareactors walking down a runway after having their work done and also has people having operations performed on them. Overall it is interesting and fun if you catch the shows.

The next has you entering into a group of zombie vikings and they do not want you interrupting their rituals. In Vikings Undead, you can see them attack their victims and performing a very famous ritual that is fun to watch. Overall it is a cool take on that area of the park so I enjoy it.

Next up you get to check out Rob Zombie’s Hellbilly Deluxe. It is based off the album and has all sorts of fun photo ops and creepy people ready to jump out at you while you are rocking out and getting some fun photos. This is cool to have in the back area of the park and its mood definitely works with the area.

Last but not least is Zombieland which is in promotion for Zombieland 2: Double Tap. It has scenes from the first and second movie. There is also a fun cameo from a certain actor in the first movie that ties in to one of this years houses as well. It is fun when the Zombie kill of the week is happening, and hopefully the zombies get their groove throughout the season.

For the merchandise, you have all sorts of cool things from cups to lanyards to little pop vinyy Killer Klownz. If you go into the HHN tribute store, you can see some cool things that tie into the IP’s this year and even some tributes to HHN past. Overall, I love the merchandise this year and will be buying a lot of things.

The food is very similar to last year except for a few new additions. We have Pizza Fries, but now we also have Smores Fries which uses sweet potato fries. They seem to be a big hit among most people and of course, we have twisted taters again. We also have the Starcourt Mall from Stranger Things to fill you up with unique foods to snack on.

Check out all of the food and merchandise on halloweeenhorrornights.com/orlando for further looks and details at the merchandise and food.

Overall, we have another strong season of HHN so make sure not to miss it! Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed it. Until next time, see you in the fog!

HHN Orlando Spoiler Free Review of the houses!

After a brief hiatus and a fun weekend vacation to check out opening weekend and going a third time last Saturday, I feel like I am ready to tackle a spoiler-free review of Halloween Horror Nights Orlando or HHN29. I missed a few announcements, but I cannot wait to get into it so lets start with this.

This year, I feel there is a large variety of stories and opportunities for everyone to enjoy it. The line up is very strong on the originals side and has some great IP’s to draw the crowd in. While I will not rank them yet until the end of the season, I want to break each house down for you and show how different they all are. I am going to go down the list in order of how I typically would go through the houses.

First stop is Graveyard games. The story deals with modern day teens messing with a local graveyard and they end up getting attacked by the ghosts. If you follow the Halloween Horror Nights messenger, you definitely get more out of the house as it ties the whole story together, but it is fun either way! I love the scares and traditional haunt vibe mixed with some modern day technology which does not take away from it if you do not want to follow along. Overall, a very strong house.

Universal Monsters is just amazing. In this house, you go into the layers of the Universal Classic monsters and some you did not even think you would see. The effects in this house are so much fun and a lot of the scenes are just beautiful. One of my faves is phantom in this personally, but the mummy gets a lot of likes too. This is definitely an awesome house that puts all of the monsters together very well and gives them a fresh look.

Nightengales: Blood Pit is a continuation of a Horror Nights original Nightengales, but in ancient Rome. This house has an awesome facade and has a lot of gore as the name implies. It delivers on the gladiator theme and a has a couple of cool effects but I would still say the original Nightengales: Blood Prey in 21 was a bit more fun. I love this house for what it is though and I enjoy it every time.

Depths of Fear is you in a submarine being attacked by fish creatures and the submarine you are in is going to explode as you are trying to be evacuated in escape pods. It also has some cool effects in a few rooms with screens and a couple of cool rooms, but the fish people are funny to me. I can see where people like this house, but I cannot take the creatures seriously and if the timing is wrong I feel like you miss out on a lot.

House of 1000 Corpses based on the Rob Zombie movie from 2003. I have to say that this house ties enough of the movie into it and it is a great house. While I enjoy the movie, I have heard people who do not like the movie and think it is too gory have still enjoyed the house. It has every scene from the movie you want and everyone’s favorite clown Captain Spaulding. This is the fun house to me and I love the music as you walk through as well.

Stranger Things is here for its second round and it has seasons 2 and 3 in it. While I enjoyed seeing some of the scenes from both seasons, I felt a stronger presence of season 2 and most of it was effects and not enough scareactors. I think the scenes were fun and that it must be tough to get people who look young enough and can work this event so I can understand why it is set up how it is. I wish they had not combined both seasons because I believe that could’ve helped it but the new things they try for this property are fun to watch but that each run through has gotten better.

US was a house that I am most surprised about for me. I did not have high expectations for it walking in but ended up enjoying it. I love how they utilize music and scenes from the movie to coordinate the scares and it was fun. I love the final room of this house and how creepy it is and I would say that its gotten better each run through as well the more I see.

Yeti: Terror of the Yukon is just fun and horror all mixed into one. The huge yetis and townspeople throughout this house are awesome and I believe the facade is cool as well, literally and figuratively. You can see the effort put into this house and the effects and scares are awesome.

Ghostbusters was the most anticipated house this year I would say if you are looking for the movie in this house, it won’t disappoint. It has all the scenes you want and all of the characters, and one cool room with an interaction with a certain receptionist that’s fun. I loved the beauty of this house and all of the scenes and the detail they put into it. The house brings me right in like I am going through it with the guys and my proton pack is on and ready to go.

Final stop is Killer Klownz from Outer Space. This is another intellectual property that was at Halloween Horror Nights last year as a scare zone and it is even better as a house. While I do not get any scares in this one myself, I love all of the smells and buttons you can push throughout that trigger things. It also shows and gives everything from the movie that you would want. If you are a fan of the franchise, you will enjoy going through this house and the facade is a cool photo op so don’t forget to check that out.

Well for tonight that is going to wrap things up. Tomorrow I will discuss scare zones and the shows and break down food and drink as well. I hope you enjoyed my thoughts and hopefully I did not spoil anything for you. Thanks for reading and until next time, see you in the fog!

An Epic new Theme Park has been announced!

This morning, Universal Orlando Resort announced its all new fourth gate. While we only learned the name, they also gave us a map to show how close it will be to the other parks, some concept art and a name: Universal’s Epic Universe.

In the map they posted, it shows that it will be just down Kirkman road past where Wet N’ Wild was and where Endless Summer Resort now is. It is also the plot of land they bought a while back that everyone has known about and rumored this would be where they would put the fourth gate.

They stated at this park you will have not only the attractions, but an entertainment center, hotels, shops, restaurants and more. The end goal would be that while it is not directly connected, you could bus or shuttle to the other parks if you wanted. In the press release, they gave us concept art as well.

Universal’s Epic Universe

This image shows color, coasters, and nightlife. They did not set a date or confirm or deny any rumors of what lands and rides will be at this new site, but it is still exciting to finally have confirmation of what their next step is going to be.

Hopefully we hear more soon and I will keep you all posted. Comment below with any thoughts or rumors you have on possible lands they could have!

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed my quick review. Until next time, see you at the parks!

The Killer Klowns have returned!

This afternoon, Universal Studios told everyone the seventh house in it’s lineup for Halloween Horror Nights. They announced that Killer Klowns from Outer Space will be back after the popularity of the scare zone. While most people were expecting this to be a house this year, people are excited and I believe it will be entertaining.

In the announcement, it states that we will be getting some new experiences with the Klowns including baby Klowns, Boco, and Klownzilla. We will also get scenery like the Klowns’ circus-tent spaceship and the cotton candy cocoon storage room where they keep the bodies. They also stated we will have scents and smells too like cotton candy, stale buttered popcorn and ice cream, so it will be a treat for all senses!

After finally getting the announcement, I couldn’t be more excited. I liked the scare zone last year and felt that it would be an even stronger house if they ever did it. I think that the concept of scarezones turning into houses the next year is a fun concept that I hope they continue to do. The event will be going from September 6th-November 2nd, so make sure to check out the event and go see the Klowns!

Thanks for reading and make sure to comment below with your thoughts and opinions on this house announcement! Until next time, see you at the parks!

HHN29 Announcement…who you gonna call?!?!

Today Halloween Horror Nights Orlando announced the sixth house in their lineup for this year. Grab your proton packs, because Ghostbusters has finally been announced! This has been a rumor for a while this year, so it is exciting to see it finally official. In this house we will follow Peter, Ray, Egon and Wiston in the streets of New York after the rip between worlds has opened. You will watch them fighting specters, spirits and other ectoplasm-covered creatures of all shapes and sizes. They also confirmed that we will see Slimer, Gozer the Gozerian and even the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man!

Many people are questioning whether this falls under the category of “horror,” or “comedy,” but with the 35th anniversary this year and Universal having strong ties to the franchise, it makes sense and I look forward to it. Plus with Stranger Things having a house this year, it will cool to see them together. In season 2 of Stranger Things the boys dress up as the Ghostbusters crew for Halloween so it will tie the eighties theme in a neat little bow. Plus, if they utilize the different creatures from the franchise right it will have a creepy factor while you are walking the streets of New York.

This event starts September 6th and ends November 2nd. Make sure to get your tickets while they are available. We now have four more houses to go, so stay tuned as they are announced!

Thanks for reading and feel free to comment below with your opinions! Also, stay tuned for another article this week for more updates about the other parks.

Until next time, see you at the parks!

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure full review

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to get in line with my cousin and try to ride “Hagrid’s,” for the first time. After four and a half hours in the sun, another hour and a half inside the ride queue and becoming part of the nice family in front of us who was in town from Ireland, we made it! I have to say that while I would not wait six hours again, the ride was amazing,

First off, I would like to say that Universal has an operating system for waiting that may need some fine tuning and better shade but overall works in this situation. They are not opening the ride until the afternoon after they test it a few times and each day that opening time varies. In order to accommodate people who want to wait and be in line for the moment it opens, they have a roped off section over by Poseidon’s Fury and behind the talking water fountain.

They had water coolers set up and passed out water and they had a food cart with snacks so everyone could stay hydrated and fed. Now yesterday they estimated two o’ clock, so after four rolled around, they gave everyone in line a fast pass for the inconvenience. I cannot speak to this being a regular thing, but it was nice of them to acknowledge those of us that waited. They basically kept us there until it was open, then they moved some barriers around and closed off a section while we walked over. Once you put your stuff in the lockers that are for the ride, you get in the queue and that is where the ride truly begins.

We walked up the long path up to the queue entrance that was full of homage to the dueling dragons coaster and showed Hagrid’s creature collection all throughout the halls. While we did not get to see the pre-show for the ride with Arthur and Hagrid, we did see Fang the dog walking around on the screen. We also were stuck in a room with all sort of eggs from different dragons and different pictures and creatures all across the wall. Then we walked through the halls and got to the pre loading dock area that had all sorts of effects going on too. Personally, the queue is fun in certain spots but bland in others. Once the ride has the kinks worked out and the pre-show is consistant it will be better. Not to say that is bad though, plus it leads to a great ride with a fun story.

So once you board and are either on the motorbike or sidecar (I was on the Motorbike) you take off through the forest to find Hagrid. Now being on the motorbike gives you the higher spot to see, but I think having the height difference helps get different perspectives, but next time I will ride sidecar. You also have an interactive part on the motorbike having to hit a button which is fun. Personally I can see where the sidecar would feel more secure but the motorbike is more fun.

Now the ride starts with you finding Hagrid and he has a Blast-Ended Skrewt standing next to him. He starts his lesson of running you through the forest. You see fluffy the three-headed dog and then the Ford Anglia covered in Cornish Pixies and the bike stalls. You fly backward and you run into a centaur and while trying to dodge him, you end up in some Devil’s Snare. Hagrid teaches you an incantation to say and once you both say it, the bike drops. As the motorbike driver, you hit a purple button and the bike blasts through and Hagrid ends the lesson and gets you out of the forest.

The technology is so advanced on this ride that I can see why it takes some time to get this thing running. The track has amazing speed and the feeling of the ride is smooth. I also like the different forces you feel going backward and when you drop, so if you like coasters, you cannot go wrong. I also love the story and how it feels perfectly Hagrid as you go through all of the different scenarios. Hagrid would put himself in these situations but would also remain calm and manage to get out, and I totally love and felt like this would be a class with him if he had control.

Overall if you can get out there and ride it, go. This is a great coaster and a great addition to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. As if you needed me to tell you…

Well that is going to be it for today folks. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed my review! Please feel free to comment and tell me how you felt about my review and the ride itself if you have gotten to go. Until next time, see you at the parks!

Universal Orlando’s HHN 29 House Alert!!!

Today we were graced with yet another house announcement. While the last one had us going under the sea for scares, this has us venturing into the arctic tundra in “Yeti: Terror of the Yukon.”

This house is inspired by the scene in last year’s grindhouse/b-movie house “Slaughter Sinema,” titled Attack of the Swamp Yeti. This will have a colder vibe though so it is a little different.

The story goes that these loggers and trappers were trying to get out of the cold and seek shelter in a campsite they found, and they stumble upon the Yeti. As you try to run away, there are caves you will have to survive. As you try to find your way out though, you will hear the screams of the other victims who won’t make it. He will be out for blood, so be careful!

Overall I am truly excited to see what Universal has in store for us with this original plot. Everyone wanted to see a house stem from Slaughter Sinema last year, and the Yeti is a perfect choice. I always love the “cold” houses and this sounds like there will be blood all throughout so it could also be gory. So far, this year’s line up is not disappointing.

Tickets, passes and packages are all available now so do not forget to get your ticket on https://orlando.halloweenhorrornights.com/site/hhn/products/event-tickets and the event will be running the longest it ever has going from September 6th-November 2nd.

That is going to be all for today’s post, but stay tuned this week as I will write another about other news in the passhole world. Thanks for reading and hope you have a great week and I will see you in the parks!

Live Stream for Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

After a brief delay, I was able to catch the live stream for Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. I thought it was great and had a celebration of Harry Potter vibe to it which we missed this year. It was very short and sweet which I can appreciate for everyone there that wanted to get on the ride and for everyone watching as well. I will give a rundown in case you missed it.

At the event tonight, a lady named Jemma hosted and she got the crowd together and started after the brief delay. She introduced Chairman and CEO of Universal Parks and Resorts Tom Williams first and he came out and said thank you to all of the teams and people that were involved in making this “StoryCoaster,” happen. He handed the mic back to Jemma, and that is when the fun started.

She then started to introduce parts of the cast to help her with the ceremony and Warwick Davis (many characters, but for tonight I will just say Professor Flitwick) and Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) were first on stage. Then all of a sudden the Ford Anglia (Aka: The Flying Car) rolled up and Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) came out and joined them. Jemma then introduced a brief video of Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid) explaining the magic of the forest and once he was finished, the motorbike pops up with non other than our favorite twins, James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley) to help in the mischief .

The final step Jemma had was to move the boxes out of the entrance to the ride and she needed help. Davis comes up with a clever idea to make the boxes levitate out of the way with his incantation, “Wingardium Leviosa.” They count to three and the cast holds their wands up and says it with the crowd, the boxes moved and lights started to glow over the house banners with their respective colors (Blue, Green, Red and Yellow). Jemma told the crowd to look around and have fun and that was the end of the show.

Personally, I love when Universal does stuff like this and I cannot wait to experience the newest attraction. Based on previews from people who have already rode it, this ride is fun and intense.

The coaster opens to the public Thursday, June 13th so sooner than later, this girl is going to be on it. I will give my ride review as soon as I get across.

That’s gonna be it for tonight folks. I hope everyone enjoyed that quick review I appreciate the read. Until next time, see you at the parks!