After a whopping total of 4 hours on the road with nothing but pizza flavored Combos and one bottle of Gatorade, we finally arrived at the Loews Portofino Hotel, which was beautiful. The next day, my friends and I spent the day out of the hotel and did everything a person can possibly do in City Walk, which included watching a movie at their AMC movie theater. As it grew closer to 7:00 pm, the time we were planning to head to the park, I mentally prepared myself for what was about to come. Soon, it had become time to leave and I eventually stood right in front of the firery arched entrance of Universal Studios. Hand in hand with my two best friends, I walked in and automatically felt every hair in my body stick up, thanks to the very rude man covered unidentified liquids who "attacked" me. After I survived my first real scare, the rest of the night went smoothly. In my opinion, the scary characters walking around are the best part of Horror Nights. They come out of no where and cause people to run in fear, jump in shock, and even cry in terror. When the night was over, I grabbed my phone and took down some notes for future Halloween Horror Nights goers!
5 tips for Horror Nights Goers:
2. Take singles.
Not single people, but singles as in dollar bills. You will get hungry and (or) thirsty and waiting for the cashier to give you back $18 dollars in change wastes time and is very inconvenient. Singles will make buying snacks and drinks faster and easier.
3. Know what the HHN characters/ actors are allowed to do and not do. For example, they are not allowed to touch you. If you see an actor or actress touching someone you are allowed to complain. I also noticed that if you are eating while walking in the scare zones they walk away and let you finish in attempt to not make you choke from being scared.
4. BUY A FAST PASS! Fast passes are usually more expensive than the actual ticket, but It is the only way you will be able to experience anything. The lines for the haunted houses are usually 1-2 1/2 hours long. With a fast pass, the lines are only 15 minutes long....max! They're also useful for going on ride etc.
5. If you don't like motion simulators or being scared, DO NOT GO. Trust me when I say that the only attractions opened are all simulation rides. If you are the type of person that gets easily dizzy but loves being scared, you will be entertained the whole night. However, if you are the type of person that will not go on the rides and will not go into the haunted houses, then there is no point in spending about 200 for a ticket.