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Insider’s guide to HHN 2015 tickets, Express Passes, and RIP Tours

When purchasing admission tickets and Express Passes for Halloween Horror Nights 2015 at Universal Orlando, there are many factors to consider. We are going to step through all of the different options to make sure you get the best deal available!

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

Separately ticketed event
First and foremost, it’s 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, such as Mardi Gras and their holiday festivities.

It’s 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 2015 general admission tickets
Halloween Horror Nights 2015 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, $101.99 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.

HHN 2015 “Add-On” (previously Stay & Scream) tickets
Add-on tickets are by far the most popular discount HHN tickets sold. Beginning last year, Universal has dropped the term “Stay & Scream” and is now using the term “add-on”.

This ticket 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 any type of admission to visit Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure during the day, you qualify to purchase an add-on HHNticket. This is a popular option because so many guests already plan on going to the parks during the day as well as HHN at night.

So let’s look at the details for HHN 2015 add-on. Previously, this ticket was based on the day of the week. The ticket is now purchased based around the date you’re visiting. With their daytime admission purchased, guests will pay:

  • $49.99 plus tax for Sept. 24, 27, Oct. 1, 4, 7, 8, 11, 28, 29, or Nov. 1 HHN tickets (a savings of $52)
  • $53.99 plus tax for Oct. 14, 15, 18, 21, 22, or 25 HHN tickets (a savings of $48)
  • $60.99 plus tax for Sept. 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, or 30 HHN tickets (a savings of $41)
  • $64.99 plus tax for Oct. 16 or 23 HHN tickets (a savings of $37)
  • $76.99 plus tax for Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, or 31 (a savings of $25)

Now here is an example of what it looks like to make an add-on ticket purchase on the official HHN website, with October 9 selected as our HHN date and a 1-day Park-to-Park ticket bundled in:

There are several important things to note about this transaction:

First, you can see that the general admission HHN ticket price of $101.99 is crossed out and replaced by our HHNadd-on ticket at $64.99.
Second, we had to choose a date for the HHN ticket as mentioned above, in this case October 9. 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 add-on 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 an HHN add-on ticket online – you must bundle it with daytime admission tickets. It’s the system’s way of knowing you actually have regular daytime admission, thus qualifying you for the add-on discount.

But – super important note – this doesn’t mean there is no way around it for guests who have already purchased their daytime admission, or for guests who are interested in getting their daytime admission from a third-party vendor. What’s important to know is that any guest with any daytime admission ticket can purchase HHN add-on tickets, but if a guest is not able to bundle the purchase as seen above, then HHN add-on 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, thus qualifying you for the add-on discount.

So if you already have your daytime admission, 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 add-on discount.

If you go this route, know that you can make your HHN add-on ticket purchase on-site any day, any time – you do not have to wait until the evening you’re going to HHN. (This specific “add-on” 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 add-on ticket on the same night as you use your regular daytime ticket. Even if you make the bundled purchase online, buying an add-on ticket for October 9 and a 1-day Park-to-Park daytime ticket, you can use your daytime ticket whenever you’d like – on October 1, 9, 20, whenever – and use your HHN ticket on October 9.

Florida resident discount on single-night HHN 2015 tickets
The next round of discounts for Halloween Horror Nights 2015 is offered to Florida residents. A new change this year, Florida resident discounts are identical to the savings for add-on tickets. The difference between add-on tickets and Florida resident tickets is that add-on tickets require you to have daytime admission, but Florida resident tickets only require you to be a Florida resident.

  • $49.99 plus tax for Sept. 24, 27, Oct. 1, 4, 7, 8, 11, 28, 29, or Nov. 1 HHN tickets (a savings of $52)
  • $53.99 plus tax for Oct. 14, 15, 18, 21, 22, or 25 HHN tickets (a savings of $48)
  • $60.99 plus tax for Sept. 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, or 30 HHN tickets (a savings of $41)
  • $64.99 plus tax for Oct. 16 or 23 HHN tickets (a savings of $37)
  • $76.99 plus tax for Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, or 31 (a savings of $25)

This year, Florida resident discount UPC codes can be found on specially-marked Coke, Coke Zero, and Sprite packaging.

Florida resident HHN discount tickets can be purchased on the official HHN website. Although it’s not stated 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.

Don’t have a UPC code for the discount? 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.

New for 2015: Florida resident tickets can only be used by Florida residents
We have received confirmation from Universal Orlando that this year, you must be a Florida resident in order to use a Florida resident ticket. In years past, only the person making the purchase needed to be a Florida resident.

Annual Passholder discount for single-night HHN 2015 tickets
If you thought the discount options above were confusing so far, I hope you’re sitting down for this one!

Annual Passholders can definitely purchase discount HHN 2015 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.

  • Sept. 24, 27, Oct 1, or 4 $45.99 (savings of $56)
  • Sept. 18, 25, or Oct 2 $46.99 (savings of $55)
  • Oct 7, 8, 11, 28, 29, or Nov 1 $49.99 (savings of $52)
  • Sept 19, 26, or Oct 3 $52.99 (savings of $49)
  • Oct 14, 15, 18, 21, 22, or 25 $53.99 (savings of $48)
  • Oct 9 or 30 $60.99 (savings of $41)
  • Oct 16 or 23 $64.99 (savings of $37)
  • Oct 10, 17, 24, or 31 $76.99 (savings of $25)

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 FREE.

 

HHN 2015 Passholder Nights
Spend the day at the parks and then stay for the special Annual Passholder Nights at Universal Studios. On Sept 18, 19, 25 & 26 (the first two weekends of HHN), join your fellow Passholders at Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Passholders and one guest can enjoy:

  • Early access through an exclusive entrance located at the front of Universal Studios Florida
  • Exclusive early access to three designated haunted houses (The Walking Dead, The Purge, and Insidious)
  • Early access only for the first showing of Bill & Ted’s Halloween Adventure (must arrive 30 minutes before show time)
  • Reminder – paid HHN admission is still required!

RSVP is required for Annual Passholder Nights. RSVPs are now being accepted, click here. September 18 and 19 have reached capacity.

New for 2015: HHN Scareactor Dining Experience
Taking place on September 18, 19, 25, 26, October 14, and 21 Universal will offer an all-new dining experience complete with an all-you-care-to-eat themed dinner buffet, 1 non-alcoholic drink, scareactor photo ops, and 1 free digital download of a photo taken during the dining experience.

This dining experience is $49.99 plus tax, per person (all ages) and is limited to Annual Passholders who have aHHN ticket, daytime guests with an HHN add-on ticket (both must be used the same day), and RIP Tour guests. There is limited availability. To reserve your seating, you can call Universal’s Guest Services 7 days a week, 7AM to 10PM EST at 407 224 7840.

On October 14 and 21, a member of Universal’s Art & Design team will be on hand to answer questions about the event.

2015 Scareactor Dining Experience Menu
Entree Salads: Spring Mix, Romaine/Iceberg, Potato Salad, Bowtie Pasta Salad
Crudites: A variety of cheese & fresh vegetables
Entrees: Oven roasted rosemary pork, slow roasted beef striploin, rotisserie chicken, pasta puttanesca, grilled chicken marsala
Sides: Mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes, rice pilaf, mixed vegetables, broccoli, corn on the cob
Desserts: Warm peach cobbler, warm bread pudding, chocolate layer cake, strawberry cheesecake, Keylime cheesecake

Seating times are 4:30pm, 4:45pm, 5pm, 5:15pm, or 5:30pm. For optimal touring or if you are looking to attend the Annual Passholder event, you’ll want to look towards the 4:30pm seating.

HHN 2015 Express Passes
Just like regular Universal Express Passes, HHN Express Passes range in price. This year they go from $69.99 plus tax per person to $119.99 plus tax per person. There are no discounts for Florida residents, Annual Passholders, or anyone else. Here is the full pricing schedule:

Sept. 18, 19, 24, 25, 27, Oct 1, or 7 – $69.99
Sept. 26, Oct. 4, 8, 14, 21, 28, or Nov. 1 – $79.99
Oct. 15 or 29 – $89.99
Oct. 2, 3, 11, 18, 22, 25, 30, or 31 – $99.99
Oct. 9 – $109.99
Oct 10, 16, 17, 23, or 24 – $119.99

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

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. The rides that will be operating have yet to be announced, but usually include Revenge of the Mummy, Rip Ride Rockit, Men in Black, Simpsons, and more. It’s also unknown if Diagon Alley and Escape from Gringotts will be open, if they it is, they will not accept HHN Express.

HHN Express Pass tips – READ THIS NOW
Whether or not you’re considering Express Passes for Halloween Horror Nights 2015, you need to read these tips:

Number 1Express Passes for HHN 2015 will sell out on peak nights. If you know you’re going any night that Express Passes are $89 or more, we recommend that you buy them NOW because they will likely sell out – often times many days in advance. It’s worth mentioning here that guests 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 scareactors in the haunted houses if you go to HHN on a peak night without an Express Pass. It’s 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.

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 three houses in a reasonable amount of time. Can’t afford HHN Express Passes? We highly recommend you go on another night. Please listen to us – we’ve been doing this for a long time.

Number 3 – The unlimited Express Pass access included with staying at a Universal deluxe 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 beforeHHN starts – your deluxe on-site hotel Express Pass benefit does not work at Halloween Horror Nights.

Number 4HHN Express Passes can only be expected to reduce your wait time by half of the posted standby time. We’ve included this tip because we want to be sure your expectations are calibrated correctly. On peak nights, the popular houses often have wait times over two hours. So, even with an HHN Express Pass, you may still have to wait close to an hour. This is yet another reason to skip peak nights altogether, which we can’t stress enough!

We do want to mention that the speediness of HHN Express Pass access tends to change year-to-year and house-to-house. It is very dependent upon the popularity of the house and the team members working at it.

What are the HHN peak nights? If you haven’t already, you can view them on our FREE 12-month Universal crowd calendar.

HHN 2015 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 2015.

RUSH OF FEAR – BEST VALUE EVER!
For the advance price of only $83.99 plus tax, you get access for every event night for the first three weeks of Halloween Horror Nights! This is, hands down and without a doubt, the single best value you’ll find in an HHN2015 ticket. Think about it: you get admission for 10 nights, including opening night and a few weekend nights,and you’ll be going when the lines won’t be insane, and you only have to pay $83.99… a full-price HHN general admission ticket is $101.99.

Did a light bulb just go off?

If so, then you’ve realized what us insider’s already know: if you can go to HHN 2015 during the first three weeks, it’s 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 least expensive option if you are really just going for one night. But this does illustrate the tremendous value of the HHN 2015 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
In terms of price, it’s a step up from the basic Rush of Fear pass, from $83.99 up to $229.99, but it includes HHNExpress Pass access each of the 10 nights. Considering that a single-night HHN Express Pass for these dates may cost as much as $80, 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 andHHN 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 us, and you visit many times and are trying to present world-class vacation planning 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 – then simply make the most of your time by using our HHN early admission, our HHNtouring plan (which will be published at the start of the event), and/or visiting multiple nights. 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 HHN Express Pass access, with prices ranging from $94.99 up to $297.99, so be careful that you are purchasing what you really want. We’re 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 we will point out is that HHN 2015 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 $94.99 plus tax per person, and it includes 18 nights of access Sunday through Thursday plus the first weekend. Since a single-night general admission ticket is $101.99 – well, you do the math!

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

BE AWARE: ADVANCE PRICES & APH DISCOUNTS
Please be aware that most pricing discussed in this section is “advance” pricing. Universal has already raised select ticket prices now that the event has begun, but they may raise them even more as we get deeper into the event. Also, if you’re an Annual Passholder, a small discount on the advance pricing is available for all season passes – learn more.

Will HHN tickets & Express Passes sell out?
Let’s take a tiered approach to answering this question:

LIKELY TO SELL OUT EARLY – In this category we put HHN 2015 Express Passes for peak nights, as explained in great detail above. In addition, on-site rooms will sell out early for select nights.

SOMEWHAT LIKELY TO SELL OUT EARLY – Here we find the Rush of Fear season pass with HHN Express. Also, there’s 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 that general admission sells out on many nights, the truth is that a specific HHN event night rarely ever sells out early.

In fact, while a handful of nights sell out each year, in recent memory Universal has not stopped selling single-night admission tickets for the dates until that specific date’s event had already begun. Here’s another way to phrase it: if, let’s say, October 24 sells out, Universal wouldn’t actually stop selling single-night admission tickets for October 24 until around 6:00pm. Since the event started at 5:45pm, technically it didn’t sell out early.

The takeaway here is that, if you are just looking at purchasing an HHN add-on 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, we’d still recommend buying single-night admission tickets at least 48 hours in advance.

RIP Tours & Behind the Scream Tours
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 up to two regular park attractions as well.

Private RIP Tours depart nightly at 7:00pm, with a 30 minute break mid-way through. Prices start at $1,399.00 per party of up to 10, plus tax and event admission.

Private RIP Tours include the following:

  • Unlimited, immediate VIP entry to all haunted houses and up to two available regular park attractions while with your RIP Guide
  • Priority seating at Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure
  • Access to the RIP Lounge with cash bar upon check-in
  • Complimentary Photo Connect Star Card package
  • Complimentary standard valet parking

Sold out on Sept 18, 19, 25 & Oct 3.

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 the haunted houses (one time each) 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. Prices start at $139.99 per person plus event admission.

Non-Private RIP Tours include the following:

  • One-time immediate VIP entry to all haunted houses 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)
  • Access to the RIP Lounge with cash bar upon check-in
  • Complimentary standard valet parking (subject to availability)

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 and Bill & Ted show) have been met.

Sold out on Sept 18, 19, 25, and Oct 3.

Orlando Informer recommends the RIP Tours for guests who want to experience the best of Halloween Horror Nights and do not want to have to worry about planning.

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 13.

Pricing & times:

Morning 10:30am – prices start at $64.99 per person, plus tax
Afternoon 2:00pm – prices start at $64.99 per person, plus tax
Take Part in both – prices start at $109.99 per person, plus tax
*BOTH TOURS MUST BE ON THE SAME DAY

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

Arcane Insights Tour
This tour has been discontinued for HHN 2015. You can find a description of the 2014 tour below:
You and your party will join with other Arcane Insights Tour Guests to take part in a structured, guided walking tour of one Halloween Horror Nights event night. In addition to your Guide, the group will also be accompanied by a member of Universal Orlando’s Art & Design Team. As the 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.

Combined groups consist of no more than 12 Guests, with the tour lasting up to 6 hours including a 30-minute break mid-way through.

Price: $209.99 per person, plus tax and event admission.

The Arcane Insights Tour Included 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

Gory Getaway vacation package
Briefly stated, the Gory Getaway is the name of the specialty vacation package Universal offers during Halloween Horror Nights. In 2015 the Gory Getaway package includes 3-night hotel accommodations, 2-day Park-to-Park tickets, 1-night admission to HHN, and a CityWalk Party Pass (details).

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