Halloween Orlando Experience

Does Universal Orlando Do Anything For Halloween?

Yes, Universal Orlando has Halloween Horror Nights. At HHN there are haunted houses, scare zones, live shows, attractions, rides, themed drinks and food, and merchandise.

These can be experienced by buying a separately ticketed event for Universal Studios Florida.

You can read my experience at HHN Orlando in 2014.

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For this post, I traveled at my own expense.

Halloween HHN Orlando

In 2014, my daughter and I experienced Halloween Horror Nights in Hollywood and Orlando. A mother and daughter experience that both she and I still remember doing together.

At Orlando, I thought the Mike Myers House, Halloween, was the scariest of all the houses. Even if I consider the houses in Hollywood. But then, I remember the clowns chasing my daughter with their chainsaws.

At HHN in Orlando, my daughter and I had tickets during the day for both parks. And, my daughter and I had purchased separate tickets for the HHN event and paid extra for the fast pass for HHN.

So, my daughter and I were allowed to stay in the park in the Harry Potter area when the park closed. Most of the area was closed, except for the food and drink stand. So, check what changes have happened since.

Then, as HHN opened. My daughter and I started the houses from the back of the park.  And, my daughter and I moved towards the front and opposite the crowds.

It was when my daughter and I arrived at the third and fourth houses, That, she and I were caught up in the long queues waiting to get inside. Even, the fast pass queues were long.

Universal Orlando has an app for the event that indicates wait times with an interactive map. And, you can download it before you go.

By the end of the day, my feet were so sore. My daughter and I had walked all day and night, sixteen hours in the parks, plus the day before. So, I could hardly walk.

Fortunately, my daughter and I had a boat ride back to the hotel at the Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando.

The Weather

I went in the last week of October during the week. And, the weather was warm, not humid, and perfect conditions for being at the theme parks.

HHN 2023

In 2023, Wednesday to Sunday nights are available in September and October plus Halloween 31 October in Orlando. Read the policies and restrictions, and nights can be canceled without notice.

Check for hurricane season weather and cancellation policy. And, look at the rainy season.

Park to Park Tickets to Universal Studios Orlando

The reason I visited Orlando was for my daughter to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure.

And, I had purchased park-to-park tickets for us so that my daughter and I could catch the Harry Potter train between the two parks. On the first day, my daughter and I caught the train from Universal Studios to Islands of Adventure. And, on the second day, I traveled the opposite way between the parks.

I had planned it so that on the second day I had the separately ticketed event tickets for HHN for my daughter and me. So that was the park I would end up in before closing time ready for HHN.

You can pick between a two or three-park park-to-park ticket valid for one to five days.

The parks are Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure, and Universal's Volcano Bay ( 3-Park Ticket only).

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The Scare Zones 2014

The Bayou of Blood was one of the scare zones and street experiences. And, the others were Face Off in the Flesh, Maskerade Unstitched, and The Purge. Each year the theme changes.

Bayou of Blood, Halloween Universal Orlando

The picture I created of the Bayou of Blood

The Houses 2014 Halloween Orlando

I experienced the following houses

  • Michael Myer’s Halloween
  • Dollhouse of the Damned
  • From Dusk Till Dawn
  • Alien vs Predator
  • Giggles & Gore, Inc.
  • Roanoke Canibal Colony
  • Dracula Untold Reign of Blood
  • The Walking Dead End of the Line

 

By doing the last three houses first I joined the bottleneck of the next three houses.

Live Entertainment, The Rocky Horror Show Tribute (2014)

This included time sitting down for a break. And my daughter and I watched some of the Rocky Horror Show Tribute. And, I saw my favorite part, the Time Warp.

It’s just a jump to the left

And then a step to the right

Put your hands on your hips

You bring your knees in tight

But it’s the pelvic thrust

That really drives you insane

Let’s do the Time Warp again

Let’s do the Time Warp again

Time Warp – Richard O’Brien

 

The Last Two Haunted Houses

For the last two houses which were the first two near the entrance, I faced no queue. And, I went straight through. By this time, it was about midnight when I arrived at the entrance to leave the park.

So, my daughter and I managed to get through all the haunted houses in one night. I had also purchased the express pass and the HHN separately ticketed event tickets

2023 Haunted Houses Halloween Orlando

  • Chucky: Ultimate Kill Count
  • Universal Monsters: Unmasked
  • Stranger Things 4
  • The Exorcist: Believer
  • The Last of Us™
  • Dr. Oddfellow's Twisted Origins
  • YETI: Campground Kills
  • Dueling Dragons: Choose Thy Fate
  • Bloodmoon: Dark Offerings
  • The Darkest Deal

2023 Scare Zones

  • Jungle of Doom: Expedition Horror
  • Dr. Oddfellow's Collection of Horror
  • Dark Zodiac
  • Shipyard 32: Horrors Unhinged
  • Vamp '69: Summer of Blood

2023 Live Entertainment

  • Nightmare Fuel Revenge Dream

2023 Rides

  • Transformers: The Ride - 3D
  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ - Diagon Alley™
  • Revenge of the Mummy
  • Men in Black™ Alien Attack™
  • Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket

Hotels near Universal Studios

Where to Stay near Universal in Orlando

The Universal Hotels are near Universal in Orlando and come with benefits that are nearly the same as why I picked Hard Rock Hotel back in 2014.

My daughter and I went to visit the parks for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. And, I picked Hard Rock Hotel because it included one-hour early access, express unlimited to specific attractions. And, I needed to buy valid theme park tickets.

In addition, I bought park-to-park tickets for Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios. Back then, I accessed The Wizarding World of Harry Potter up to one hour early.

And, my daughter and I caught the boat from the Hard Rock Hotel to and from the parks each day. I found it helpful. Because on the second day after sixteen hours and standing in the long queues at HHN my feet were sore.

Benefits of Staying at Universal Hard Rock Hotel Orlando ~ Best For Music Lovers

The Hard Rock Hotel has a music theme to the hotel. And, the water fountain at the entrance has guitar shapes.

The main reason I chose to stay at the Hard Rock Hotel was

  • Early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. My daughter and I went early on both days. I notice you'll need to look up the dates for attraction availability.
  • Universal Express Unlimited to select attractions at Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios, valid theme park admission is needed. And, when I went it didn't include Harry Potter, but it did recently. So, check for what is included.
  • Complimentary transportation to the Theme Parks by Water Taxis. It also docks at Universal CityWalk, but I didn't end up going there. And, there are shuttle buses and walking paths.
  • Delivery of my daughter and I's purchases in the parks were sent back to the hotel for us. So, we didn't need to carry them around all day at the parks.

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Other Universal Hotels that also have these same benefits for Universal Studios and Island of Adventures are Loews Royal Pacific Resort and Loews Portofino Bay Hotel.

Loews Royal Pacific Resort ~ Best For Pacific Island Lovers

The Loews Royal Pacific Resort has a Pacific Island theme. And, its lagoon has a white sandy beach and palm trees.

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Loews Portofino Bay Hotel ~ Best For Italian Seaside Lovers

The Loews Portofino Bay Hotel has an Italian seaside village theme. At the restaurants, you can dine with Italian cuisine.

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Halloween at Hard Rock Hotel Orlando

Hard Rock Hotel Orlando
Hard Rock Hotel Orlando

Universal Hard Rock Hotel Orlando

Photographs I took when my daughter and I stayed at the hotel of the decorations for Halloween.

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Where Are Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure Located?

Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure are in Orlando Florida.

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Universal Studios Halloween

Read the post about my experience of Halloween at Universal in Hollywood.

I thought Orlando and Hollywood were two different experiences. And, I'm glad I experienced both for their uniqueness.

Have you been to an HHN? Or do you plan to go? Do you go to a themed event for Halloween? Leave a Comment!