HHN 2013 admission guide


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Halloween Horror Nights 2013 online ticket sales.

Halloween Horror Nights 2013 online ticket sales.

When purchasing admission tickets and Express Passes for Halloween Horror Nights 2013 at Universal Orlando, there are a lot of things to consider. We are going to step through all of the different options to make sure you get the best deal available.

I strongly recommend that you read everything on this page — from top to bottom — before you make any final purchasing decisions.

LAST UPDATE: All ticket options, season passes, and HHN Express Passes are now on sale. In addition, the RIP Tours, Behind the Screams: Arcane Insights Tours, and Behind the Screams: Unmasking the Horror Tours (daytime) are also now on sale.

To learn about all the ticket and season pass options, keep reading. Or you can skip down to the tour info.


Separately ticketed event

First and foremost, it is very important to understand that Halloween Horror Nights is a separately ticketed event, sometimes referred to as a hard ticket event. This means, one way or another, you have to pay for separate admission to Halloween Horror Nights. There are many discounts, season passes, special tours, etc., which we will get into. But at the outset, please know that the event is not included with regular admission to Universal’s theme parks like some of the resorts other popular annual events, like Mardi Gras and their holiday festivities.

It is also important to note that single-night HHN admission tickets are date specific. When you purchase a single-night ticket, you will need to select the date of your visit. Be sure to double-check the calendar! It isn’t easy to change the date of a single-night ticket after you’ve bought it — if Universal allows you to change it at all.


HHN 2013 General admission tickets

Halloween Horror Nights 2013 general admission tickets are the easiest ticket option to understand. That’s because these tickets are always the same price for everyone on every night, $91.99 plus tax and fees per person.

But it should only be in very rare circumstances that a guest purchases a full price general admission ticket. In fact, we estimate that only about 5% of HHN tickets sold are actually general admission tickets. The main purpose of general admission is to set a high price so Universal can use it to advertise the savings of all their other ticket options, which we’ll start exploring right now…


HHN 2013 Stay & Scream discount tickets

Stay & Scream tickets are by far the most popular discount Halloween Horror Night tickets sold, and they likely make up the bulk of all HHN ticket sales.

This option allows guests traveling from around the world to purchase discount admission to HHN provided they also purchase regular daytime admission to the parks. In other words, if you purchase a Base ticket or a Park-to-Park ticket to visit Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure during the day, you qualify to purchase a Stay & Scream discount HHN ticket. This is a popular option because so many guests already plan on going to the parks during the day and HHN at night — but it also allows Universal to advertise “stay longer and scream with us tonight!” all over the parks.

So let’s look at the details for HHN 2013 Stay & Scream. With their daytime admission tickets purchased, guests can save $53 on Sunday through Thursday HHN tickets, $38 on Friday HHN tickets, or $22 on Saturday HHN tickets. That means the price of a Stay & Scream ticket will come out to the numbers you see on this October 2013 calendar:

HHN 2013 Stay & Scream discount ticket calendar

Please note that Stay & Scream tickets are available in September too, but the calendar above just shows October dates.

Now here is an example of what it looks like to make a Stay & Scream purchase on the official HHN website, with October 11 selected as our HHN date and a 1-day Park-to-Park ticket bundled in:

HHN 2013 Stay & Scream tickets

There are several important things to note about this transaction:

First, you can see that the general admission HHN ticket price of $91.99 is crossed out and replaced by our Stay & Scream discount ticket at $53.99.

Second, we had to choose a date for the HHN ticket as mentioned above, in this case October 11. But we do not have to choose a date for our regular daytime admission ticket (more on this point in a second).

Third, to purchase a Halloween Horror Nights Stay & Scream ticket online, we are forced to bundle it with a regular daytime admission ticket.

This third point you will run into anywhere you try to purchase Stay & Scream online — you must bundle it with daytime admission tickets. It’s the system’s way of knowing you actually have regular daytime admission tickets too, and thus you qualify for the Stay & Scream discount.

But — super important note — this doesn’t mean there is no way around it for guests who have already purchased their daytime admission tickets, or for guests who are interested in getting their daytime tickets from a third-party vendor. What’s important to know is that any guest with daytime admission tickets can purchase HHN Stay & Scream discount tickets, but if a guest is not able to bundle the purchase as seen above, then HHN Stay & Scream tickets must be purchased on-site at Universal Orlando. When doing so a Universal team member will verify that you already have your daytime admission tickets, thus qualifying you for the Stay & Scream discount. So all you have to do is go to any ticket window at either Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure with your daytime tickets in hand, and they will sell you HHN tickets with the Stay & Scream discount.

If you go this route, know that you can make your HHN Stay & Scream purchase on-site any day, any time — you do not have to wait until the evening you’re going to HHN. (This specific situation is also the only time guests should purchase HHN tickets on-site at Universal. In every other scenario we can think of, we strongly recommend that guests purchase HHN tickets online in advance.)

To close out this point, be aware that you do not have to use your HHN Stay & Scream on the same night as you use your regular daytime ticket. Even if you make the bundled purchase online, buying a Stay & Scream ticket for October 11 and a 1-day Park-to-Park daytime ticket, you can use your daytime ticket whenever you’d like — on October 1, 11, 21, whenever — and use your HHN ticket on October 11. (In fact, you still have to use your HHN ticket on October 11, because single-night HHN tickets are date specific.)


Florida resident discount on single-night HHN 2013 tickets

The next round of discounts for Halloween Horror Nights 2013 is offered to Florida residents. If you can find a valid Coke UPC code and you visit Sunday through Thursday night, you can save $53 per person off of general admission. The discount for Florida residents on Fridays and Saturdays is the same as Stay & Scream: $38 off and $22 off respectively.

Florida resident HHN discount tickets can be purchased on the official HHN website. Although we don’t see it stated anywhere that the Florida resident offer is only available online (which Universal commonly does with Florida resident offers), we recommend that you make the purchase online anyway. Because you can select the Print@Home option, there just isn’t a good reason to wait in line at the parks.

Need a UPC Coke code? We’ll see if we can find some. In the meantime, you can usually order the Florida resident HHN discount tickets over the phone without a UPC code — just call Universal’s Guest Contact Center at 407-224-7840.


The Florida resident workaround that has worked for years

Unlike the Florida resident discount tickets for regular daytime 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, invite them along and have them hook you up with the discount.


Passholder discount for single-night HHN 2013 tickets

If you thought the discount options above were confusing, I hope you’re sitting down for this one!

Annual Passholders can definitely purchase discount HHN 2013 tickets, but the prices change dramatically depending on the specific date you’re interested in. The big deal here is that Universal really wants Annual Passholders to experience Halloween Horror Nights during the first few weeks so we aren’t jamming up the lines when everyone else is paying top dollar for admission in late October.

So Universal offers Annual Passholders $52 off on general admission the first three Fridays (Sept 20, 27, and Oct 4), or $46 off the first three Saturdays (Sept 21, 28, and Oct 5).

The Annual Passholder discount for going Sunday through Thursday runs the entire length of Halloween Horror Nights 2013, and Passholders can get these tickets for $53 off the general admission price.

If Passholders cannot go to HHN 2013 in the first three weeks, they can still get a Friday and Saturday discount later on, which is $38 off and $22 off respectively.

Finally, Annual Passholders may purchase discount tickets for friends and family. This can be done online or by calling the passholder hotline at 1-866-727-7438.


HHN 2013 Passholder Nights

Spend the day at the parks and then stay for the special Annual Passholder Nights at Universal Studios. Join your fellow HHN fans at Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone from 5:00pm – 6:30pm. Passholders and one guest can enjoy:

  • Early access through an exclusive entrance located at the front of Universal Studios Florida.
  • Exclusive passholder early access to three designated haunted houses: The Walking Dead, La Llorona, and After Life: Death’s Vengeance 3D.
  • Early access only for the first showing of Bill & Ted’s Halloween Adventure.
  • Opportunity to purchase this year’s AP exclusive dog tag ($6.95, limited supply, can be purchased during HHN by presenting your annual pass at the main Universal store inside the USF turnstiles).
  • Paid HHN 2013 admission still required.

2013 HHN Passholder Nights: September 20, 21, 27 & 28 (first two event weekends). RSVP required


HHN 2013 Express Passes

Just like regular Universal Express Passes, HHN Express Passes range in price. This year they go from $49.99 plus tax per person to $99.99 plus tax per person. There are no discounts for Florida residents, Annual Passholders, or anyone else. Here is the full pricing schedule:

Sept 20, 26, 29, Oct 16, 31, and Nov 1 – $49.99

Oct 3, 10, 23, and Nov 2  – $59.99

Sept 21, 27, 28, and Oct 6, 13, 17 & 27 – $69.99

Oct 4, 11, 20 & 24 – $79.99

Oct 18 & 25 – $89.99

Oct 5 – $99.99

Oct 12, 19 & 26 – $109.99*

These can be purchased on the official HHN website (but don’t buy anything until you read the next section).

*Express Passes for October 12, 19 & 26 were originally $99.99, but were increased sometime in late September.

Please note that HHN Express Passes are only good during Halloween Horror Nights — you cannot use them during the day. But on a brighter note, HHN Express Passes are valid at each haunted house as well as the rides that are operating during HHN:

Note: Kang & Kodos Twirl ‘n’ Hurl will also be running during HHN, but it doesn’t offer Express Pass access.


HHN Express Pass tips – READ THIS NOW

Whether or not you are considering Halloween Horror Nights 2013 Express Passes, you need to read these tips:

Number 1Express Passes for HHN 2013 will sell out on peak nights. October peak nights for HHN 2013 are as follows: Oct 5, 12, 18, 19, 20, 25 & 26. If you know you are going on one of these dates and you want Express Passes, BUY THEM NOW because they will sell out — often times far in advance. It is worth mentioning here that you can purchase Express Passes separately, so don’t worry if you haven’t figured out what admission ticket you’re 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. Honestly, I should rename the title of this tip and just say “You are as crazy as the characters in the haunted houses if you go to HHN on a peak night. Period.” It is just too, too busy. But by definition peak nights are busy because that’s when most guests decide to go, so inevitably many of you reading these words will still pick a peak night as your visiting date. Just bare in mind that the lines for the popular haunted houses get as long as three hours. THREE HOURS. This means the average guest on a peak night, without Express Passes, will see TWO HOUSES IN SIX HOURS. SIX HOURS!

I always tell people over and over again: Don’t go to HHN on a peak night. If you have no choice but to go on a peak night, you absolutely must purchase Express Passes if you want to see more than two houses. Can’t afford HHN Express Passes? Either go on another night or save your money and skip HHN this year. Please listen to me — I’ve been doing this for a long time.

Number 3 - The unlimited Express Pass access included with staying at a Universal on-site hotel does not cover Halloween Horror Nights (or any other separately ticketed event). You have been warned. It doesn’t matter if you purchase an HHN vacation package, book the hotel on its own, or stroll in an hour before HHN starts.

Number 4HHN Express Passes can only be expected to reduce your wait time by half of the posted standby time. So if a house has a posted standby wait time of 120 minutes, you can expect to wait a full 60 minutes even with Express Passes. This is a fairly dramatic shift from years past, when having an HHN Express Pass meant you could usually get into any house in less than 20 minutes, regardless of how high the posted standby time was. Yet another reason why you are as crazy as the characters in the houses if to go to HHN on a peak night — forget about whether you have Express Passes!


HHN 2013 Rush of Fear & Frequent Fear passes

The Express Pass section above was stressful! Let’s get back to a happy vibe by talking about Rush of Fear and Frequent Fear HHN season passes, the best deal going for Halloween Horror Nights 2013.

Rush of Fear — BEST VALUE EVER!

For the advance price of only $72.99 plus tax per person, you get access for every event night for the first three weeks of Halloween Horror Nights! This is hands down, without a doubt, the single best value you’ll find in an HHN 2013 ticket. Think about it — you get admission for 10 nights, including opening night and a few weekend nights, you will be going when the lines won’t be insane, and you only have to pay $72.99… a full price HHN general admission ticket is $91.99.

Did a light bulb just go off?

If so, then you have realized what us insider’s already know: if you can go to HHN 2013 during the first three weeks, it is actually less expensive to buy a Rush of Fear pass than it is to buy a HHN general admission ticket, even if you’re going for just one night! Now do keep in mind there are other discounts available, so Rush of Fear may not be the best option if you are really just going for one night. But this does illustrate the tremendous value of the HHN 2013 Rush of Fear pass — 10 nights of admission for less than the price of a single-night general admission ticket. Buy online

Rush of Fear + HHN Express Pass

This is the ticket I purchase. In terms of price it’s a decent step up from the basic Rush of Fear pass, from $72.99 up to $184.99, but it includes HHN Express Pass access each of the 10 nights. Considering that a single-night HHN Express Pass for these dates may cost as much as $70, you see how quickly you can make up the price if you’re thinking about buying a stand-alone HHN Express Pass for any night. Keep in mind this ticket option includes both Rush of Fear admission and HHN Express Pass access for those nights.

The point to consider here is that HHN Express Pass access really isn’t a necessary thing to have during the first three weeks. If you’re like me, and you visit many times and are trying to present world-class coverage, then you can imagine how it might be very convenient to be able to get into the HHN haunted houses without waiting too long. If you think you’d like that convenience too, this is a great ticket. On the other hand, if you would rather save the hundred bucks to spend on drinks for a few nights, you can still have plenty of fun with the basic Rush of Fear pass. Buy online

Frequent Fear passes

Frequent Fear passes are season passes for Halloween Horror Nights. They come in a few different shapes and sizes, including different dates and some that include Express Pass access, with prices ranging from $83.99 up to $249.99, so be careful that you are purchasing what you really want. I’m not going to present a full breakdown of each one here because, by this time, I know you’ve already gotten the hang of this HHN ticketing stuff. You can see the Frequent Fear pass options online.

What I will point out is that HHN 2013 Frequent Fear passes are a great value for anyone who can visit in September and who wants to go more than once. For example, the basic Frequent Fear pass is $83.99 plus tax per person and it includes 15 nights of access Sunday through Thursday PLUS the first weekend. Since a single-night general admission ticket is $91.99 — well, you do the math!

Keep in mind that the Frequent Fear + HHN Express Pass ticket option includes both Frequent Fear admission and HHN Express Pass access for those nights.

Be aware: Advance prices & APH discounts

Please be aware that all the pricing discussed in this section is “advance” pricing. Expect it to go up a bit when we get within a couple of weeks of HHN 2013 starting. Also, if you are an Annual Passholder, a small discount on the advance pricing is available for all season passes — learn more.


Will Halloween Horror Nights tickets & Express Passes sell out?

Let’s take a tiered approach to answering this question:

ALMOST GUARANTEED TO SELL OUT EARLY – In this category we put HHN 2013 Express Passes for peak nights, as explained in great detail above. We can also include the Frequent Fear season passes with HHN Express Pass access.

VERY LIKELY TO SELL OUT EARLY – Here we find HHN Express Passes for any Friday or Saturday night. Also, the Rush of Fear season pass with HHN Express.

SOMEWHAT LIKELY TO SELL OUT EARLY – There’s always a chance that the basic Rush of Fear and Frequent Fear passes may sell out, simply because they are such an incredible value.

NOT LIKELY TO SELL OUT EARLY – Despite Universal’s stern warning at the top of their HHN 2013 ticket page that “many nights sell out so buy online now,” the truth is that a specific HHN event night rarely ever sells out early.

In fact, while a handful of nights sold out in 2012, Universal did not stop selling single-night admission tickets for the dates until that specific date’s event had already begun. Here’s another way to phrase it: Last year October 19 sold out. But Universal didn’t stop selling single-night admission tickets for October 19 until around 8:00pm. Since the event started at 6:30pm, technically it didn’t sell out early.

The takeaway here is that, if you are just looking at purchasing a Stay & Scream ticket, Florida resident ticket, general admission, and other single-night options, you really don’t have to worry about a sell out. Of course, things can change from year to year, so if you know you’re going I’d still recommend trying to buy single-night admission tickets at least 48 hours in advance.


RIP Tours & Behind the Scream Tours

2013 information, details & pricing:

RIP Tours provide you with a blood-red carpet journey through a multitude of horrors more ghastly than you can imagine, without having to face your worst nightmare… waiting in line. All RIP Tours provide you with immediate VIP entry to the haunted houses and select regular park attractions.

Private RIP Tours

The chilling choice for the true connoisseur of carnage and chaos! 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 party consists of just your guests, 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 all available regular park attractions as well.

Private RIP Tours depart nightly at 7:00PM and last until park closing, with a 30 minute break mid-way through.

Pricing is date specific this year:

Sept 26, 29, Oct 3, 6, 10, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 31, Nov 1 & 2 – $1,250.00 per party of up to 10, plus tax and event admission.

Sept 28, Oct 17 & 24 – $1,499.00 per party of up to 10, plus tax and event admission.

Oct 4, 11, 18 & 25 – $1,750.00 per party of up to 10, plus tax and event admission.

Oct 5, 19 & 26 – $1,999.00 per party of up to 10, plus tax and event admission.

IMPORTANT: Tour pricing does not include event admission — you must purchase that separately. Also, RIP Tours are not available on the nights of Sept 20, 21, 27 & Oct 12.

Private RIP Tours include the following:

  • Complimentary standard valet parking
  • Access to the RIP Lounge with cash bar upon check-in
  • Unlimited Immediate VIP Entry to all haunted houses and available regular park attractions while with your RIP Guide
  • Reserved seating at Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure
  • Complimentary Photo Connect Star Card package
  • Complimentary coffee and bottled water in the RIP Lounge at the end of your RIP Tour (starting nightly at 11:00PM and lasting until 15 minutes after park closing)

Non-Private RIP Tours

Indulge in an evening of unbridled terror! You and your party, along with other RIP Tour guests, will be combined together and take part in a structured, guided walking tour of one Halloween Horror Nights event night. During the Non-Private RIP Tour you will experience all of our haunted houses (one time each), two regular park attractions, and have reserved seating for Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure.

Non-Private RIP Tours depart nightly at 8:00PM and last up to four hours with combined groups consisting of no more than 12 guests per RIP Guide. (Please note that parties of seven or more guests will be required to purchase a Private RIP Tour.)


Sept 26, 29, Oct. 3, 10, 16, 23, 31, Nov 1 & 2 – $109.99 per person, plus tax and event admission.

Sept 28, Oct. 6, 13, 17 & 27 – $139.99 per person, plus tax and event admission.

Oct 4, 11, 18, 20, 24 & 25 – $159.99 per person, plus tax and event admission.

Oct 5, 19 & 26 – $199.99 per person, plus tax and event admission.

IMPORTANT: Tour pricing does not include event admission — you must purchase that separately. Also, RIP Tours are not available on the nights of Sept 20, 21, 27 & Oct 12.

Non-Private RIP Tours include the following:

  • Complimentary standard valet parking (subject to availability)
  • Access to the RIP Lounge with cash bar upon check-in
  • Immediate VIP Entry to all haunted houses (one time each) as well as 2 regular park attractions while with your RIP Guide
  • Reserved seating at Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure
  • Express Access to participating regular park attractions with your RIP Tour credential following the tour (park hours permitting)

Non-Private RIP Tour guest requests to be in the same party as other Non-Private RIP Tour guests cannot be guaranteed.

Non-Private RIP Tours end once all inclusions (all haunted houses, two regular park attractions, Bill & Ted show) have been met.

Behind the Screams: The Arcane Insights Tour

Spend an evening at Halloween Horror Nights picking the brains of an event designer. You and your party, along with other Arcane Insights Tour guests, will be combined together to take part in a structured, guided walking tour of one Halloween Horror Nights event night. In addition to your RIP Guide, the group will also be accompanied by a member of Universal Orlando’s Art & Design Team. As the RIP Guide leads the group through the event, the Art & Design Team member 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 of our haunted houses, visit a house’s makeup and/or wardrobe area and get to take part in a seated Q&A with the member of the Art & Design Team.

The Arcane Insights Tour departs at 7:00PM on the nights of October 4, 11, 18 & 25. Combined groups consist of no more than 12 guests, with the tour lasting up to 6 hours with a 30 minute break mid-way through.

Price: $239.99 per person, plus tax and event admission

  • The Arcane Insights Tour Includes the following:
  • Complimentary standard valet parking
  • Access to the RIP Lounge with cash bar upon check-in
  • Commemorative HHN Premium Lanyard (one per tour guest)
  • Immediate VIP Entry to all haunted houses while with your RIP Guide
  • Access to one of our haunted house makeup and/or wardrobe areas
  • Complimentary bottled water during the sit down Q&A
  • Reserved seating at Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure at the end of the tour

The Arcane Insights Tour is extremely limited in availability and advance reservations are required.

Should you wish to buy out The Arcane Insights Tour as a private experience for just your party, the price is $2,879.88 per party of up to 12, plus tax and event admission.

Behind the Screams: Unmasking the Horror Tour (daytime)

Pierce the veil and get a lights-on, inside look at Halloween Horror Nights. You and your party, along with other Unmasking the Horror guests, will be combined together to take part in 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. Along the way you’ll learn how Universal Orlando’s Art & Design Team take some of the world’s most popular movie, television and video game properties and turn them into immersive Halloween Horror Nights haunted houses. You’ll also learn how the Art & Design Team create original haunted houses that can only be seen at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights each year. Unmasking the Horror Tours last up to two and a half hours with combined groups consisting of no more than 15 guests.

Due to the intensely graphic nature and lights-on viewing within the haunted houses, the Unmasking the Horror Tours are not recommended for children under the age of 12.

Dates: Sept 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, Oct 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 31, Nov 1 & 2.

Pricing & times:

Morning Menace 10:30am – $59.99 per person, plus tax

Afternoon Abominations 2:00pm – $59.99 per person, plus tax

Take Part in Both – $99.99 per person, plus tax

Orlando Informer strongly recommends the Unmasking the Horror Tours for anyone interested in learning how Universal produces Halloween Horror Nights!

Purchase a tour

Before making a purchase, please note:

  • All RIP & HHN Behind the Screams Tours are subject to availability and advance reservations are strongly recommended.
  • RIP & HHN Behind the Screams Tour pricing does not include regular daytime or event admission.
  • Guests booking an RIP Tour or Arcane Insights Tour will need to have the appropriate event admission to take part in the tour.
  • Pricing, inclusions and benefits are subject to change at any time without notice and additional restrictions may apply.
  • Access may be restricted during certain times at certain attractions and backstage areas.
  • Full payment via credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover) is taken at the time of booking.
  • Refunds: Any changes to, or cancellation of, your RIP or HHN Behind the Screams Tour must be made through the VIP Reservations Office at least three days prior to your scheduled date or 100% of payment will be forfeited.
  • For safety reasons, all guests must meet and understand the appropriate health and height requirements to experience the attractions, no exceptions.
  • Due to the intense, graphic nature of the event, attendance is not recommended for young children and adult discretion is strongly advised.
  • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times while taking part in any RIP or HHN Behind the Screams Tour.
  • All RIP & HHN Behind the Screams Tours involve a great deal of walking/standing so we do urge guests to wear closed toe, comfortable shoes or sneakers.
  • RIP Guides reserve the right to remove guests from, or cease the tour entirely at any time for any reason.

To reserve your tour, check on tour availability or have any questions, please contact the VIP Reservations Office. They are available seven days week, during normal business hours (EST), and can be reached via phone 407-363-8295 or email: [email protected].

Currently paid reservations must be made over the phone, but soon some purchases should also be available online (we’ll update this info when that’s possible).


Gory Getaway vacation package

Briefly stated, the Gory Getaway is the name of the specialty vacation package Universal offers during Halloween Horror Nights. In 2013 the Gory Getaway package includes 3-night hotel accommodations, 2-day Base tickets, 1-night admission to HHN, and a CityWalk Party Pass (details). When you purchase this page, the advertising gives the impressive that somehow you’re saving money by bundling. But you’re not. You can easily book all these features on their own, and with a little research come up with much better prices. (Just one example: Book the DoubleTree across from the entrance to Universal on your own and you can use our 15% discount. Book it as part of the Gory Getaway package and you’ll likely be paying the rack rate.)

What about the “free” CityWalk Party Pass? That’s included with any Park-to-Park ticket purchase, or you can just buy it for like 10 bucks at CityWalk anytime you want — and you’ll likely be able to save far more than $10 by booking the components of your package on your own separately.

What’s written here is a very brief explanation of Universal vacation packages. To read our complete analysis of their packages and to find out if it is ever worth it to book through Universal, visit our Insider’s guide to Universal Orlando vacation packages.

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