HHN 2012 admission guide: Tickets & Express Passes
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The word from Universal Guest Services this year regarding Express Passes is that the passes should only be expected to reduce your wait time by half. So, if a house has a posted wait time of 120 minutes, you can expect to wait an hour even with Express Passes. This is a fairly dramatic shift from prior years, when having an HHN Express Pass meant that you usually could get into any house in less than 20 minutes regardless of how high the posted standby time was.
You can learn more about HHN Express Passes and all the ticket options below. So let’s back to the original post…
When purchasing admission tickets and Express Passes for Halloween Horror Nights 2012 at Universal Orlando, there are quite a few things to know. We are going to step through all the different options to make sure you get the best deal. We recommend you read this page from top to bottom so you have a full understanding of what’s available.
General admission tickets
First and foremost it is important to understand that Halloween Horror Nights is a separately ticketed event. This means, one way or another, you have to purchase separate admission to the event. It is not included in regular admission to the Universal Orlando theme parks, like Mardi Gras is in the spring.
Guests who do not live in Florida and are not annual passholders will need to purchase general admission tickets if they want to go to Halloween Horror Nights (and only Halloween Horror Nights). This ticket option is the easiest to understand because it is the same price — $88.99 with tax per person — for everyone on any given date. Do remember, however, that when purchasing Halloween Horror Night tickets you need to select the date of your visit.
Stay & Scream tickets
Guests traveling from around the world who want to visit Halloween Horror Nights can avoid paying full price by purchasing a Stay & Scream ticket. To get this discount you need to purchase a regular admission ticket, either a Base ticket or a Park-to-Park ticket, in addition to your HHN ticket. If you do so you can save $52 on a Sunday through Thursday HHN ticket, $37 on a Friday HHN ticket, or $22 on a Saturday HHN ticket. So, for example, if you were planning on going October 14, your HHN ticket with tax would be $41.55. Keep in mind that you also need to purchase a regular admission ticket. Note the warning:
Another benefit to purchasing a Stay & Scream ticket is that you get first dibs on the haunted houses. With the ticket you can actually stay inside Universal Studios Florida as they change it over from the daytime operations to Halloween Horror Nights. (Remember that Universal Studios Florida closes their daytime operations at 5:00pm to get ready for HHN, which starts at 6:30pm.) Then, around 6:15pm, they will let you out of the holding area so you can jump right in line for a couple of the haunted houses.
Please note that you do not have to use your Stay & Scream Halloween Horror Nights ticket on the same day that you use your regular admission ticket. But you do have to purchase them together if buying online.
FL resident discount for single night admission
The next round of discounts for Halloween Horror Nights is offered to Florida residents. If you come on a Sunday through Thursday night, you will save $47 per person.
The discount for Florida residents on Fridays and Saturdays is just like Stay & Scream: $37 off and $12 off respectively.
Need a UPC code? Try typing in coke. If that doesn’t work, you can usually order the tickets over the phone without a UPC code (407-224-7840). Please note that Universal also states Florida resident discount tickets must be purchased 24 hours in advance, and that there is a limit of four per UPC code. But, if you are nice enough to the team member you’re dealing with, I bet you can work around this.
Ready for the FL Resident bombshell?
Unlike the Florida resident discount tickets for regular Universal theme park admission, in which each person using a discount ticket must be a Florida resident, for Halloween Horror Nights only the person making the purchase needs to be a Florida resident! So, if you don’t live in Florida but you know someone who does, see if they can hook you up.
Passholder discount for single night admission
Now this one gets a little confusing because the discount changes a lot depending on what specific date you choose. The big deal here is that Universal wants Annual Passholders to experience Halloween Horror Nights during the first few weeks, so we aren’t jamming up the lines when general admission folks are paying top dollar for their tickets.
So Universal offers us $52 off on the first three Fridays (September 21, 28 or October 5) or $47 off the first three Saturdays (September 22, 29, or October 6).
The discount for going Sunday through Thursday runs the entire length of Halloween Horror Nights, and Passholders can get these tickets for $52 off the general admission price.
If Passholders cannot go to Halloween Horror Nights in the first three weeks, they can still get a Friday and Saturday discount later on, which is $37 off and $22 off respectively.
One final note: Annual Passholders may purchase discount tickets for friends and family.
HHN Passholder Nights
Spend the day at the parks, then stay for the special Passholder Nights at Universal Studios. Join your fellow HHN fans at Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone from 5:00pm – 6:30pm. Passholders and one guest will enjoy:
- Early access through an exclusive entrance located at the front of Universal Studios Florida.
- Exclusive passholder early access to three designated haunted houses: Alice Cooper Welcome to My Nightmare, Universal’s House of Horrors, and Penn & Teller New(kd) Las Vegas 3D.
- Early access only for the first showing of Bill & Ted’s Halloween Adventure.
- Option to purchase the exclusive Annual Passholder HHN 2012 pin (dog tag) while supplies last.
- Food and drink will be available for purchase.
The dates for the HHN special passholder nights are September 21, 22, 28, and 29. You must RSVP
HHN Express Passes
Just like regular Universal Express Passes, HHN Express Passes range in price from $39.99 plus tax per person to $89.99 plus tax per person. There are no discounts for Florida residents or annual passholders. Here is the full pricing schedule:
September 21, 27, 30, October 17 – $39.99
September 22, 28, October 4, 7, 11, 24, 28, 31 – $59.99
September 29, October 14, 18, 21, 25 – $69.99
October 5, 12, 19, 26 – $79.99
October 6, 27 – $89.99
October 13, 20 – $99.99
It is worth noting that these Express Passes are only good during Halloween Horror Nights (you cannot use them during the day), but they are good at each haunted house as well as the rides that are operating during HHN — one use per participating attraction.
HHN Express Pass changes after the event started
October 24, 31 – bumped from $39 to $59
October 26 – bumped from $69 to $79
October 27 – bumped from $79 to $89
October 13, 20 – bumped from $89 to $99
HHN Express Pass tips – read this now
If you are going to Halloween Horror Nights and you are interested in Express Passes, you need to know these three things.
Number 1 – Express Passes for HHN do sell out all the time, particularly when they are at $79.99 and $89.99. If you know you are going on those dates and you want Express Passes, BUY THEM NOW. And remember, you can purchase Express Passes separately. So don’t worry if you haven’t figured out what admission ticket you are getting.
Number 2 - You are as crazy as the characters in the haunted houses if you go to HHN on a peak night without an Express Pass. It is not a joke that the lines for the haunted houses get as long as three hours for the popular houses. That means you will see TWO houses in SIX hours. I always tell people over and over again: If you are going on a peak night, get Express Passes. Can’t afford them? Either go on another night or save your money this year and go next year with Express Passes!
Number 3 - The unlimited Express Pass access included with staying at the on-site hotels does not cover Halloween Horror Nights (or any other separately ticketed event). You have been warned.
Number 4 – New in 2012, an Express Pass can only be expected to reduce your wait time by half of what is posted for the standby time. So, if a house has a posted wait time of 120 minutes, you can expect to wait an hour even with Express Passes. This is a fairly dramatic shift from prior years, when having an HHN Express Pass meant that you usually could get into any house in less than 20 minutes regardless of how high the posted standby time was.
Frequent Fear & Rush of Fear passes
Frequent Fear passes are essentially seasonal passes just for Halloween Horror Nights. They come in a few different shapes and sizes, including different dates and some that include Express Pass access, so be careful that you are purchasing what you really want and read the small print.
It is important to note that FREQUENT FEAR passes are an incredible value to anyone who can visit in September and who wants to go more than once. For example, the basic Frequent Fear pass is $81.99 plus tax per person in advance, and it includes 15 nights of access Sunday through Thursday PLUS the first weekend. I’m not sure if you noticed this, but a one night general admission ticket is $88.99 — that’s $7 more, and it’s only for one night!
Universal also brought back the RUSH OF FEAR pass for 2012. For the advance price of only $69.99 plus tax per person, you can get access for every single event night for the first three weeks! This is the single best value ticket because you get admission for 10 nights, including weekend nights, and you are going when the lines won’t be insane.
Please note that the numbers included above are advance prices and may go up once Halloween Horror Nights actually starts. Also, the Frequent Fear and Rush of Fear passes can be purchased with Express Pass access included, for an higher price of course.
Where to buy tickets
Admission tickets: You can purchase single night admission tickets and Frequent Fear passes at HalloweenHorrorNights.com/orlando or call 1-888-HORROR-7 (467-7677). Either way, just be sure you buy your tickets at least 24 hours in advance to make sure you are getting the best discounts.
Express Passes: These can be purchased online or by calling 1-888-HORROR-7 (467-7677). If you are going on a peak night, you should purchase Express Passes immediately — they will sell out. If you are going on a non-peak night, there is no rush to buy them.
RIP Tours & Behind the Scream Tours
Private RIP Tours
- You and your party of up to 10 guests will take part in a guided walking tour of a single Halloween Horror Nights event night. As the tour will consist of just your party or group, the choice is yours as to how to spend your evening. Your RIP guide can tailor the tour to the interests of your party to include not only the haunted houses and shows, but select regular park attractions as well. Private RIP Tours depart nightly at 7:00PM and can last until park closing, with a 30 minute break mid-way through.
- $1,500 – $1800 for a group of 10 based on date. HHN admission not included.
Non-Private RIP Tours
- You and your party, along with other RIP Tour guests, will be combined together and experience a structured, guided walking tour of one Halloween Horror Nights event night. During the tour you will experience all haunted houses, 2 regular park attractions and have reserved seating for Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure. Non-Private RIP Tours are at least 2 but no more than 4 hours in duration and combined groups consist of no more than 12 guests* per guide.
- $150 – $175 per person based on date. HHN admission not included.
Unmasking the Horror Tour
- You and your party, along with other Unmasking the Horror Tour guests, will be combined together and experience a guided, informational walking tour providing an overview of this year’s event as well as a “lights-on” walkthrough of three haunted houses with the opportunity to take photos throughout. The tours are at least 2 hours in duration with combined groups consisting of no more than 15 guests per guide. Each guest taking part in the Unmasking the Horror Tour also receives a commemorative Halloween Horror Nights lanyard.
- $55 per person. HHN admission not included.
Arcane Insights Tour
- You and your party, along with other Arcane Insights Tour guests, will be combined together to experience a structured, guided walking tour of one Halloween Horror Nights event night. In addition to your Arcane Insights guide, the group will also be accompanied by members of the Universal Orlando Art & Design Team. As the guide leads the group through the event, the Art & Design team members will provide the group with a unique look into the design and development of this year’s event. During the tour you will experience all haunted houses, visit one of the house’s makeup and wardrobe areas and get to take part in a seated Q&A with the Art & Design team members. Combined groups consist of up to 12 guests and the tour lasts 6 hours, with a 30 minute break mid-way through.
- Availability is extremely limited.
- $225 per person. HHN admission not included.
Learn more and purchase your tour: http://www.halloweenhorrornights.com/orlando/rip-tours.html