As for Halloween Horror Nights, I wrote in my previous post everything I liked about it. There were a few things that could be better. For example, in and around the attractions the police officers seemed more engaging than some of the employees. Many of the haunted houses were set up on back lots which is not where tourists ever go so it's all set up with ropes and stanchions. While the details were good there were times that you don't know if you're going in or out and nobody there to tell you. That or employees were standing there watching you decide what to do and not offer to help. I'm sure they are told this but don't always do it. Also, some of the rides were closed for the night, for example E.T the Extra-terrestrial, is still one of the most popular rides and it was closed. Why? People pay a lot of hard earned money so keep everything open. Right?
If you come next year buy your tickets early but plan for a night because, unlike regular theme park tickets, these are date specific. Ticket prices are cheaper for weekdays, more for Friday, and Saturday is the most expensive. Example for 2011: Sunday-Thursday - $39.99, Friday - $49.99, and Saturday - $59.99. You can also add Fast Pass for $39.99 extra so you can bypass all the lines (except Rip Rocket Roller Coaster). I didn't buy them because I felt it was a waste of money and it was since none of the lines were longer than a 15 minute wait, however, if you chose to buy them, buy them right away as they only issue so many Fast Passes for the night you chose to go. Like I wrote in previous posts, if you stay at the Hard Rock Hotel, Portofino Bay, or Loew's Royal Pacific Hotels your room key is your Fast Pass. Parking this year was $15.00 for general parking but they also have drop off areas, bus drop off, and valet parking if you want to go more.
Like anything, you can spend a lot of money but some people only do this once in a lifetime, or just with the kids because they know we'll pay almost anything for those memories that last a lifetime. Just do your research before buying....and don't hesitate to talk to ordinary people like me. We don't give you the glossy overview. We tell you like relatives and parents the things you want to know. Email me if you need anything. Thanks again for reading. Take care till next time.