Posts Tagged ‘Halloween’

REVISED Halloween Horror Nights XXIII Touring Plan

by on September 26, 2013

On 9/20/2013, the 23rd annual edition of Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights unleashed its undead hordes upon horror-hungry fans who have made HHN the nation's most popular and industry-awarded haunted theme park event. Touring Plans researchers have attended all event nights so far to capture data on attraction wait times in order to present this updated itinerary, and we'll continue to improve our advice with new information throughout the month.

Originally a locals-friendly filler during a normally slow season, Universal Studios Florida's Halloween celebration has grown so famous that the 27 event nights between 9/20 and 11/2 will provide a sizable percentage of USF's annual attendance statistics. Much like visiting any of Orlando's theme parks during a peak holiday season, an evening at HHN can be tremendous fun if you go in with a solid plan and sane expectations; without those things…well, you might be better off eaten by zombies…

With only two nights worth of wait time data to analyze, it's impossible to craft an HHN touring plan with the same precision we do for daytime visits. Operational tweaks will continue to be made throughout the event, so the crowd patterns observed during this year's initial operating nights aren't guaranteed to persist. However, thanks to years of experience with HHN (I've attended every edition since 1996) we can extrapolate the opening weekend info to update our preliminary touring plan into a multi-pronged strategy for tackling Universal's elaborate (and infamously long-queued) haunted mazes.

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Doomsday Prepping: Preliminary Touring Plan for Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights XXIII

by on September 17, 2013

In just a few days, on Friday September 20, the 23rd annual edition of Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights will open its zombie-filled gates to the hordes of gore-hungry fans who have made HHN the nation’s most popular and industry-awarded haunted theme park event.

Originally a locals-friendly filler during a normally slow season, Universal Studios Florida’s Halloween celebration has grown so famous that the 27 event nights between 9/20 and 11/2 will provide a sizable percentage of USF’s annual attendance statistics. Much like visiting any of Orlando’s theme parks during a peak holiday season, an evening at HHN can be tremendous fun if you go in with a solid plan and sane expectations; without those things…well, you might be better off eaten by zombies…

Every year, Universal’s creative designers shake up the event, so it’s impossible to predict exactly how things will play out until opening weekend has passed, and even then operational tweaks will continue to be made throughtout October. However, after years of experience with HHN (I’ve attended every edition since 1996) we can make some educated guesses towards a preliminary touring plan for tackling Universal’s elaborate (and infamously long-queued) haunted mazes.

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Annual Passholder Tickets Now On Sale for 2013 Disneyland Halloween Parties

by on July 9, 2013

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Starting yesterday (Monday, July 8) tickets are available online for Disneyland Annual Passholders for the 2013 Mickey’s Halloween Parties. Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort runs from September 13 to October 31 this year, and the popular after-hour parties in Disneyland Park have expanded to 13 nights, beginning on September 27.

Annual Passholders can visit this site starting today to order discounted advance tickets to the parties, starting at $51 (normally $67-$74 at the gate). Tickets go on sale to the general public on July 13, starting at $59; pricing varies with the event date.

Here’s a Touring Plans hint for selecting which night to go: the first Tuesday (October 1) should be the least-crowded evening to attend.

 

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Last Week at Disneyland Resort (10/21/2012 – 10/27/2012)

by on October 29, 2012

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Halloween still has a few days left before it’s officially here, but that hasn’t stopped the Disneyland Resort from starting to install Christmas decor earlier than ever. Try not to suffer too much seasonal dissonance while strolling around the resort!

Crowd Calendar

Quietest Day: Monday 10/22 was a 2 out 10 at the resort, with crowds at 1.3 out of 10 at Disneyland, and 1.2 at DCA.

Busiest Day: Saturday 10/27 was an 8 out of 10 at the resort, with a 7.6 out of 10 in Disneyland, and 4.5 at DCA.

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Last Week at Disneyland Resort (10/14/2012 – 10/20/2012)

by on October 22, 2012

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The spook season is on the verge of saying “boo-bye” for another year, so slide over to the Disneyland Resort in the coming week if you want to experience the Halloween Time festivities. But be warned: you won't be the only one flocking to see Haunted Mansion Holiday and Ghost Galaxy next weekend!

Crowd Calendar

Quietest Day: Monday 10/15 was a 2 out 10 at the resort, with crowds at 1.1 out of 10 at Disneyland, and 1.9 at DCA.

Busiest Day: Saturday 10/20 was an 8 out of 10 at the resort, with a 8.4 out of 10 in Disneyland, and 5.5 at DCA.

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Last Week at Disneyland Resort (10/7/2012 – 10/13/2012)

by on October 16, 2012

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The spooky seasonal spirit is in full swing at the Disneyland Resort, thanks to thrice-weekly Halloween parties in Disneyland Park. Keep an eye out for special snacks and souvenirs offered around the parks until the end of the month, and enjoy the lighter crowds on non-party weekdays.

Crowd Calendar

Quietest Day: Tuesday 10/9 was a 3 out 10 at the resort, with crowds at 1.6 out of 10 at Disneyland, and 7.6 at DCA.

Busiest Day: Sunday 10/7 was a 9 out of 10 at the resort, with a 7.7 out of 10 in Disneyland, and 9.5 at DCA.

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Last Week at Disneyland Resort (9/30/2012 – 10/6/2012)

by on October 7, 2012

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October is off and running at the Disneyland Resort, with moderate crowds on weekdays, and longer lines for popular Halloween offerings on the weekends. Word is that cast members are cracking down on gate-crashes during after-hours Halloween parties this year, so make sure you have your wristband before lining up for trick-or-treats!

Crowd Calendar

Quietest Day: Monday 10/1 was a 1 out 10 at the resort, with crowds at 1.1 out of 10 at Disneyland, and 1.1 at DCA.

Busiest Day: Saturday 10/6 was a 9 out of 10 at the resort, with a 8.6 out of 10 in Disneyland, and 8.7 at DCA.

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This Month at Disneyland Resort: October 2012

by on October 1, 2012

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The month of October is one of my favorite times to visit the Disneyland Resort, between the moderate crowds, mild weather, and special events. Beware, however, that several favorite Disneyland attractions will be off-limits for refurbishment or sporting seasonal overlays over the next month.

Crowd Calendar

Quietest Day: Most Mondays through Thursdays this month (with the exception of Columbus Day) should see light crowds. Tuesday 10/30 is predicted at only 1.1 out of 10 at Disneyland, and 3.2 at DCA.

Busiest Day: Saturdays and Sundays should get quite crowded thanks to the popular Halloween offerings. Saturday 10/13 is the month's predicted peak with a 9.4 out of 10 in Disneyland, and 10.0 at DCA.

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Last Week at Disneyland (9/16/2012 – 9/22/2012)

by on September 24, 2012

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The Halloween celebrations continued last week at Disneyland, as an extraterrestrial celebrity made a farewell flight over the Happiest Place on Earth.

Crowd Calendar

Busiest Day: Sunday 9/16 was a 6 out of 10 at the resort, with DCA crowds at 7.5 and Disneyland Park at 4.7.

Quietest Day: Tuesday 9/18 was a 1 out of 10 at the resort, with DCA crowds at 1.9 and Disneyland Park at 1.1.

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Last Week at Disneyland Resort (9/9/2012 – 9/15/2012)

by on September 17, 2012

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The Halloween season kicked off last week at Disneyland, attracting spooks and ghouls of all shapes and sizes to the Anaheim resort during what is otherwise an exceptionally slow season.

Crowd Calendar

Busiest Day: Saturday 9/15 was a 6 out of 10 at the resort, with DCA crowds at 6.5 and Disneyland Park at 5.4.

Quietest Day: Monday 9/10 through Wednesday 9/12 were 1 out of 10 at the resort, with DCA crowds at 1.1 and Disneyland Park at 1.1.

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