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Universal Orlando Packing Essentials

Universal Orlando Resort Essentials

One of the questions I get a lot is what do I pack in a day bag for Universal Orlando? Many want to know what basic essentials are needed for a fun day.

Let’s check out the Universal Orlando Resort essentials you’ll need for a great trip!

NikkyJ

7 Ways to Enjoy the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hogsmeade

Are you planning on making a trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter soon? If so, you should know the best ways to experience The Boy Who Lived and all his wizarding friends. Universal Orlando Creative has done a spectacular job of bringing the novels of JK Rowling to life.

I’ve put together a list of 7 ways to enjoy the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hogsmeade. These tips can be useful in your solo trip or a trip with friends and family.

NikkyJ

Halloween Horror Nights Survival Guide 2017

Halloween Horror Nights Survival Guide!

You poor unfortunate souls. Do you dare to venture out to this year’s Halloween Horror Nights? If so, you are in for more than ghostly encounters. I’ve gathered the best tips to help you survive Halloween Horror Nights (HHN).

1.Get there early

I cannot express this enough. Unless you’re spending your cell phone money on an Express Pass, I would suggest you get to Universal Studios at least an hour early before the start of the event. If you’re lucky enough, you may be able to get into the park early and knock out two to three houses within one hour.

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Universal Orlando Resort Thanksgiving Guide 2016

If your idea of Thanksgiving Day is spending time in Orlando with family at a Universal Orlando Resort, then you’ve chosen the perfect place. Among the coasters, magic, and fairy-tales are some of the best fall festival feasts right here in the theme park capital of the world. 

NikkyJ

Halloween Horror Nights VI

 

Halloween Horror Nights VI Journey Into Fear marketing featured a demented creature lurking in the dark, chanting the tagline in advertisements. The event featured three mazes, one scarezone, three shows, and an all new parade. The event was held for fifteen nights from October 11th to November 2, 1996.

Halloween Horror Nights 1996 was the first year to see the Festival of the Dead Parade, a Mardi Gras-style parade. The Crypt Keeper was not the icon that year; however, he was still featured in the event with his own house and as the leader of the parade.

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Halloween Horror Nights V

In 1995 Universal had to find a way to recreate Halloween Horror Nights due to its popularity. The pressure to top previous years was present with the event creators. This problem led to the creation of a main character to distinguish each year.

Halloween Horror Nights V was the first year an “icon” or single figure was presented, The Crypt Keeper. This icon was from the HBO series Tales From the Crypt where he told creepy stories and life lessons in a not so traditional way. 

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HHN photo source WESH

Halloween Horror Nights 1994

 

Halloween Horror Nights 1994 was the first Horror Nights that added Scarezones to the event. Horrorwood was the first scarezone that featured the Chainsaw Drill Team, the Lizzie Borden Band and more. This new concept provided a safer way of organizing the crowds on theme park streets. Halloween Horror Nights IV was also the last time Robosaurus would appear at the event. The monstrous robot would not make an appearance for another twelve years.

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Halloween Horror Nights 1993

 

Halloween Horror Nights III was marketed as the 3rd  Annual Universal Studios Florida Halloween Horror Nights and was held for five nights. Creators for HHN 1993 brought in consultants, the Elm Street Hauntreprenuers of Irving, Texas, who recommended Universal concentrate more on startling people than grossing them out. Halloween Horror Nights III was also the first year of three different mazes, two with brand new concepts.

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Halloween Horror Nights 1992

In 1992, the event was renamed Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights adding a new maze, The People Under the Stairs, in one of Universal’s soundstages. Many of the attractions this year became “Horror-fied” and added a scary element to them.

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Halloween Horror Nights I AKA Fright Nights

Hey Hipsters! It’s time to relive the ghastly history of Universal’s most anticipated yearly event, Halloween Horror Nights.

Halloween Horrors Nights, created by Julie Zimmerman and John Paul Geurts, began as Fright Nights over in Hollywood, California and was brought to Florida in 1991 for three nights. The original concept of this event was to have a huge Halloween party throughout the Universal Studios Florida theme park. Little did the creators know that this spine-tingling affair would turn into a global phenomenon for over a quarter of a century.

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