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Ramada Gateway's Guide to Universal's Halloween Horror Nights™ 2017

About 2 week(s) ago by Ramada Kissimmee Gateway

Can you believe Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nightsalready here? If you’re a thrill-seeker, or one of your friends is dragging you along for the scare this year, check out some details about the annual event (including some tips to help you survive the terror), hotel deals, and more below!


About Halloween Horror Nights2017

If you’ve never been to Halloween Horror Nightsor were so scared you don’t remember too much about it, here’s a little information about the event. HHN is an annual special event put on by Universal Studios that brings some of the most pulse-pounding moments in entertainment history to life. While you can only experience the terror after sundown (they plan accordingly) on select nights September 15th through November 4th, you’ll be completely immersed and taken aback by how real the monsters look and act. You’ll experience the most horror in the haunted houses and five “scare zones,” but there are multiple “safe” places throughout the park where you can escape and catch your breath. 


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While the scare zones, live shows and rides are some of the best parts of the event, nothing compares to the haunted houses. Each house has a different theme with special effects and professional “scare-actors” out to knock your socks off. The houses are set up like mazes, where guests are sent through the houses in a steady flow and can expect to be inside the house for up to five minutes. The experience feels so real that it’s almost like you’re walking through a movie (which many of the houses’ themes are based on).

#ProTip Number 1: If haunted houses are enough to shake you, avoid the corners of the house. While there are many places the monsters and maniacs like to hide (we won’t share them all), they tend to hide best in the corners, so keep an eye out!

Speaking of themes, the event usually picks a theme and icon (who tends to be the spotlight of the storyline) each year. This year, however, there isn’t an icon. The overall theme revolves around the Festival of the Deadliest. Expect houses themed like the scariest movies and shows of all time, such as The Shining and American Horror Story. You can learn about the nine terrifying houses, five scare zones, shows and rides here! If you’re really brave, you can watch the preview for the houses on Universal Orlando’s YouTube channel here.

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So, when’s the best time to go to Halloween Horror Nights?

While there will be 34 nights to experience the horror (more nights than ever before), there will likely be crowds every night. However, peak nights (busiest nights) are said to be October 7, 8, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28 and 29. Believe it or not, the day before and day of Halloween, the weekend after (Nov. 3-4) and Wednesdays tend to be the least crowded.

#ProTip Number 2:

Spend the day at Universal Orlando and get early admission into Halloween Horror Nights!At 4:45pm, when daytime guests are asked to leave the park, you can venture into the designated holding areas (Finnegan’s Bar & Grill, Hello Kitty and Springfield, USA). Just make sure you’re in line to get into one of the holding areas by 5:00pm. Between 5:45pm and 6:00pm, guests in the holding areas will be allowed to start touring haunted houses. While this doesn’t seem like that much earlier than the general admission guests are getting in, you should be able to get through one or two houses with a short line or no line at all.

HHN Hotel Deal Special

Now that you know the best time to visit Halloween Horror Nightsand how to get in early, it’s time to start planning your hotel stay, right? Enjoy 30% off your hotel room at Ramada Gateway when you book your trip now through October 31st for travel dates between October 2nd through October 31st.

The HHN Hot Deal Special rates are:

  • $49 (plus tax) for a standard double queen room

  • $55 (plus tax) for a standard king room

  • $65 (plus tax) for a deluxe double queen room in the tower

  • $70 (plus tax) for a deluxe king suite in the tower

You can book your hotel in Kissimmee online here, or call us directly at 407-997-6629 and mention this code: LKHD.

So, if you’re ready for the fright of your life this Halloween, don’t miss out on Halloween Horror Nights 27™!



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