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Insider’s guide to HHN 2016 tickets, Express Passes, and RIP Tours

Halloween Horror Nights 2016

When purchasing admission tickets and Express Passes for Halloween Horror Nights 2016 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.

All tickets are now on sale for Halloween Horror Nights 26!

Halloween Horror Nights is a 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.

Chance the Clown, the icon of Halloween Horror Nights 26
Chance the Clown, the icon of Halloween Horror Nights 26

Halloween Horror Nights 2016 general admission tickets

Halloween Horror Nights 2016 general admission tickets will be the easiest ticket option to understand. That’s because these tickets are always the same price for everyone on every night. HHN 26 general admission tickets are $104.99 plus tax (3% increase from last year).

But it should only be in very rare circumstances that a guest purchases a full-price general admission ticket.

Halloween Horror Nights 2016 “Add-On” tickets

Add-on tickets are by far the most popular discount HHN tickets sold.

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 HHN ticket. 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 2016 add-on. In 2015 Universal created 5 different pricing tiers (ranging from $49.99-76.99) based on the date you were visiting, this year they’re continuing the same system (ranging from $55.99-82.99, a 8-12% increase). With their daytime admission purchased, guests will pay:

  • $55.99 plus tax for Sept. 18, 22, 25, 29, Oct. 2, 6, 12, 19, 26, 27, 30, 31
  • $59.99 plus tax for Oct. 9, 13, 16, 20, 23
  • $66.99 plus tax for Sept. 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 28
  • $72.99 plus tax for Oct. 14, 21
  • $82.99 plus tax for Sept. 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

New for 2016: HHN Add-On Sunday-Friday Flex Ticket
Guests who do not want to preselect the date they will attend Horror Nights will be interested in this option. This ticket, which is an add-on ticket and requires daytime admission, allows you to attend any one event night that isn’t a Saturday for $72.99 plus tax. Note that based off of the pricing above, guests preselecting their date can save up to an additional $17 by choosing the above option instead of this one. You are basically paying an additional $6-12 for the convenience of not being locked into a date to attend.

Note, to purchase a Halloween Horror Nights add-on ticket online, we are forced to bundle it with a regular daytime admission ticket.

This 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 201

A scareactor at Halloween Horror Nights 2015
A scareactor at Halloween Horror Nights 2015

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The next round of discounts for Halloween Horror Nights 2016 is offered to Florida residents. A new change that occurred last 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.

  • $53.99 plus tax for Oct. 9, 13, 16, 20, 23 (Note: This category is labeled as $59.99 on the HHN site, but comes up as $53.99 at checkout. We expect this to be corrected soon.)
  • $55.99 plus tax for Sept. 18, 22, 25, 29, Oct. 2, 6, 12, 19, 26, 27, 30, 31
  • $66.99 plus tax for Sept. 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 28
  • $72.99 plus tax for Oct. 14, 21
  • $82.99 plus tax for Sept. 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

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

Florida resident HHN discount tickets are now available for purchase 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.

Halloween Horror Nights 2016 tickets
Halloween Horror Nights 2016 tickets

Recent change: Florida resident tickets can only be used by Florida residents
We received confirmation from Universal Orlando officials last year that you now 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 Halloween Horror Nights 2016 tickets

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

Annual Passholders can definitely purchase discount HHN 2016 tickets, but usually 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.

Last year, Annual Passholder discount tickets ranged from $45.99-76.99. This year they range from $51.99-62.99 for the first event nights during the first three weeks of the event. Once you get into the fourth week of the event, the Annual Passholder discount is equal to the Florida resident and add-on ticket discounts.

First three weeks of Halloween Horror Nights 26:

  • $51.99 plus tax for Sept. 18, 22, 25, 29, Oct. 2
  • $55.99 plus tax for Sept. 16, 23, 30
  • $62.99 plus tax for Sept 17, 24, Oct. 1

Other nights of Halloween Horror Nights 26:

  • $55.99 plus tax for Oct. 6, 12, 19, 26, 27, 30, 31
  • $59.99 plus tax for Oct. 9, 13, 16, 20, 23
  • $66.99 plus tax for Oct. 7, 28
  • $72.99 plus tax for Oct. 14, 21
  • $82.99 plus tax for Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29

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 2016 Passholder Nights

The details for the 2016 passholder nights have yet to be disclosed. However if they stick to the pattern of the numerous past years, you can tentatively expect Annual Passholder Nights to take place on Sept 16, 17, 23, and 24 at Woody Woodpecker’s Kidzone from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Passholders and one guest will likely be able to enjoy:

  • Early access through an exclusive entrance located at the front of Universal Studios Florida
  • Exclusive early access to three designated haunted houses
  • 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. We’ll update this page once the RSVP form is available. This passholder event frequently reaches capacity.

Halloween Horror Nights Scareactor Dining Experience

Taking place on every Thursday-Saturday event night, Universal will offer an exclusive dining experience complete with an all-you-care-to-eat themed dinner buffet, 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 requires you have a HHN ticket for the same night. There is limited availability. To reserve your seating, you can call Universal’s Guest Services 7 days a week, 7am to 10pm ET (9pm on Sundays) at 407 224 7840. You can also book online, but will need to call afterwards to confirm a reservation time.

Seating times are between 5pm and 7pm. For reservations between 5-6pm, guests will need to arrive at the Universal Studios Florida side entrance near Blue Man Group.

Atmosphere at Halloween Horror Nights 2015
Atmosphere at Halloween Horror Nights 2015

2015 Scareactor Dining Experience Menu
Note: This menu may change for 2016.
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

Halloween Horror Nights 2016 Express Passes

Just like regular Universal Express Passes, HHN Express Passes vary in price. Last year, they ranged from $69.99 plus tax per person to $119.99 plus tax per person. This year, they range from $79.99 to $139.99 (14-17% increase). There are no discounts for Florida residents, Annual Passholders, or anyone else. 2016 Halloween Horror Nights Express Pricing:

Sept. 16, 22, 25, Oct. 19 – $79.99
Sept. 18, Oct. 6, 12 – $89.99
Sept. 17, 23, 29, 30, Oct. 2, 13, 20, 26, 28, 30, 31 – $99.99
Sept 24, Oct. 7 – $109.99
Oct. 1, 9, 14, 16, 21, 27, 29 – $119.99
Oct. 23 – $129.99
Oct. 8, 15, 22 – $139.99

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.

Halloween Horror Nights Express Pass tips – READ THIS NOW

Whether or not you’re considering Express Passes for Halloween Horror Nights 2016, you need to read these tips:

Number 1Express Passes for HHN 2016 will sell out on peak nights. If you know you’re going any night that Express Passes are $99 or more, we recommend that you buy them as soon as possible 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 select 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 – your 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.

Halloween Horror Nights 2016 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, likely to be the best deal going for Halloween Horror Nights 2016.

RUSH OF FEAR – BEST VALUE EVER!
For the advance price of only $91.99 (10% increase from 2015) 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 HHN 2016 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 $91.99… a full-price HHN general admission ticket is $104.99.

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 2016 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 2016 Rush of Fear pass – 10 nights of admission for less than the price of a single-night general admission ticket.

RUSH OF FEAR + HHN EXPRESS PASS
In terms of price, it’s a step up from the basic Rush of Fear pass, from $91.99 up to $299.99 (30% increase from 2015), 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 $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 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 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 two 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 HHN touring plan (which will be published at the start of the event), and/or visiting multiple nights.

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 $102.99 up to $599.99 (8-34% increase from 2015), 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, we know you’ve already gotten the hang of this HHN ticketing stuff. However, here is a quick overview:

Frequent Fear Pass – Opening weekend, every Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday event night. $102.99
Frequent Fear Pass with Express – $319.99
Frequent Fear Plus Pass – Opening weekend, every event night besides Saturdays. $118.99
Frequent Fear Plus Pass with Express – $399.99

NEW FOR 2016: Ultimate Frequent Fear Pass
Due to popular demand, Universal Orlando has introduced the Ultimate Frequent Fear Pass for 2016. This ticket is valid for all 31 event nights of HHN 26. The ticket will set you back $199.99 plus tax, or $599.99 plus tax for the Express variation. While this ticket price is steep, it can be a great value if you are able to attend every night (which would come out to just under $20/night).

What we will point out is that HHN 2016 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 $102.99 plus tax per person, and it includes 19 nights of access Sunday through Thursday plus the first weekend. Since a single-night general admission ticket is $104.99 – 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 most pricing discussed in this section is “advance” pricing. Universal will likely raise pricing as the event approaches, they also sometimes raise pricing once the event begins. Also, if you’re an Annual Passholder, a small discount on the advance pricing is available for all multi-night tickets.

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 2016 Express Passes for peak nights, as explained in great detail above. In addition, on-site rooms will sell out early for most nights. Finally, RIP Tours & Unmasking the Horror Tours (discussed below) for select dates are likely to sell out early.

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.

UNKNOWN AVAILABILITY – With this being the first year the Ultimate Frequent Fear Pass is for sale, its availability is unknown.

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 22 sells out, Universal wouldn’t actually stop selling single-night admission tickets for October 22 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 sellout. 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 $1,599.00 (14% increase from 2015) 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

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 $159.99 (14% increase from 2015) 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.

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.

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 13.

Pricing & times:

Morning 10:30am – prices start at $74.99 per person, tax inclusive
Afternoon 2:00pm – prices start at $74.99 per person, tax inclusive
Take Part in both – prices start at $119.99 per person, tax inclusive
*BOTH TOURS MUST BE ON THE SAME DAY

September 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, Oct. 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31.

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

Halloween Horror Nights Hotel & Ticket Package

Previously known as the “Gory Getaway.” In 2016 the HHN package includes 3-night hotel accommodations, 2-day Park-to-Park tickets, 1-night admission to HHN, and a CityWalk Party Pass.

A Florida resident variation with 2-night accommodations is available.

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Halloween Horror Nights 2016