How to Beat The Crowds at Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood
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Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood is one of the hottest Halloween tickets this year. It’s so hot that the first two full weekends of the event have sold out! With huge haunted attractions like Freddy vs. Jason, The Exorcist, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and American Horror Story, it’s not really that surprising. However, with bigger events come bigger crowds. So, how do you avoid the crowds and make it to all the houses? We have a few tips to help you do just that.
Buy your tickets early
This one is a very simple, just buy your tickets online either a few days before, or right before you go. Then all you have to do is head straight to the park.
Do the “After 2p.m. Combo Ticket”
This ticket will allow you to not only get Universal Studios Hollywood during the day, but it will also give you admission into Halloween Horror Nights at night. This gives you time to do all the attractions, and save your night for the scary stuff!
Do the attractions during the day
This one deserves to be reiterated. The haunted attractions are only at Universal Studios for a short time, but the daytime attractions are there year round. You can either see the attractions during some downtime, or simply come back another time.
Travel Light, no bags
The biggest part of any theme park adventure is now the bag check and security lines. Try to keep it very light, or have no bags at all. This will allow you to get in and out of security quickly, and get right in line before everyone else.
This is something cool that Universal Studios Hollywood started this year. The park will allow guests to get early access to certain houses before the event starts. The event normally starts at 7 p.m. but they have been allowing guests into the park before that. Last weekend, they let guests experience their first haunted houses as early as 5:15. The Exorcist opened at 5:15, with Halloween at 5:30, Freddy vs. Jason, American Horror Story and Krampus at 5:45. That’s nearly all the houses before the event even starts! Add that in with the first showing of Jabbawockeez at 6:15 and you could have everything else done by 8, with plenty of time to wait and try again!
Front of the Line Ticket
Called Express, or Fastpass at other parks, this ticket costs a little bit extra, but is so worth it if you want to make sure you see everything. For the extra fee, you get to bypass the regular line once for every haunted attraction.
Save the Scare Zones
It’s easy to get distracted by all the terror happening in the streets. Chainsaw wielding maniacs, masked freaks. This year’s Purge Scare Zone runs the gauntlet of the movies, and has different scenes that play out. However, it’s best to wait until the end of the night to spend any time in these, as they are always there and relatively line free. Plus, the later in the night, the more chances you have to see special things happening.
Halloween season is just beginning! Stick with these tips, and you’ll have tons of fun, and screams this haunt season! Happy Halloween!
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