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Halloween Horror Nights 2018

When purchasing admission tickets and Express Passes for Halloween Horror Nights 2018 at Universal Orlando, there are many factors to consider. We are going to walk 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.

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 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 resort’s other popular annual events are, such as Mardi Gras and the 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, that is.

So far, we’ve only gotten one piece of ticketing information for 2018 (and what a doozy it is!). We’ll go over that first, and then proceed to our obsessive, comprehensive coverage from 2017, just so you have an idea of what to expect once Universal announces all the rest of this year’s admission pricing.

Halloween Horror Nights 2018 limited-time offer

For the first time in Halloween Horror Nights’s 28 years, Universal is offering a special buy-one-get-one-free ticket deal, and it’s even serving it up in two different varieties.

Buy a Night, Get Second Night Free offer

First up is the stand-alone ticketing option, which works like this: buy admission to any one night (excluding Saturdays), and you’ll get a second night for free (once again, excluding Saturdays). You need to purchase your tickets online beforehand (the cost is $77.99 per person, before tax), and you must choose between these dates:

Sept. 14, 16, 20, 21, 23, 28, 30
Oct. 3, 4, 5, 7, 10-12, 14, 17-19, 21, 24-26, 28, 31
Nov. 1, 2

If you want to take advantage of this special offer, you better do so fast – it ends on Wednesday, June 6.

Vacation package offer

The same deal above can also be incorporated into an HHN vacation package. Here’s everything that this bundle comes with:

  • Four-night hotel accommodations (you get to choose which of the six on-site hotels you’d like)
  • A three-park, four-day, park-to-park ticket
  • Two tickets to Halloween Horror Nights (excluding Saturdays)
  • Early Park Admission to the theme and water parks
  • Access to select live entertainment venues at CityWalk
  • Special access to a dedicated HHN entry gate each event night until 8:00 pm

Additionally, Universal is also allowing guests – for the very first time! – to add on a RIP or Unmasking the Horror Tour to their vacation packages (for information on what these items are, please see below).

The price for this bundle differs depending upon which of the hotels you select to stay at (and, of course, whether you chose to add the extra tour[s] on).  The cut-off date for reservations, once again, is June 6, though you can always book a normal vacation package (that is, without the second-night-free deal) right up until the end of the event.

The vast majority of Halloween Horror Nights 2018 tickets have not gone on sale yet. We’ll update the sections below when they do. For now, the following information is based on 2017, for your reference.

Halloween Horror Nights 2017 general-admission tickets

Halloween Horror Nights general-admission tickets have been changed for 2017 – now called Halloween Horror Nights Flex Tickets, they are broken down into two different tiers:

  • $77.99 plus tax for Sept. 15, 17, 21, 22, 24, 29, Oct. 1, 4, 5, 6, 8, 11, 12, 13, 15, 18, 19, 20, 22, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31, Nov. 3
  • $85.99 plus tax for Sept. 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, Oct. 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, Nov. 3, 4

It should only be in very rare circumstances, however, that a guest purchases a full-price general admission ticket.

Halloween Horror Nights 2017 “add-on” tickets

Add-on tickets are, by far, the most popular discount Halloween Horror Nights 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 Horror Nights at night.

So, let’s look at the details for HHN 2017 add-ons. In 2015, Universal created five different pricing tiers (ranging from $49.99-$76.99), based on the date you were visiting; they’re continuing the same system for 2017 (ranging from $59.99-$83.99, a 1-7% increase from the year before). With their daytime admission purchased, guests will pay:

  • $59.99 plus tax for Sept. 17, 21, 24, Oct. 1, 4, 5, 11, 18, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31
  • $63.99 plus tax for Oct. 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, Nov. 3
  • $69.99 plus tax for Sept. 15, 22, 29, Oct. 6, 27, Nov. 4
  • $75.99 plus tax for Oct. 13, 20
  • $83.99 plus tax for Sept. 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28

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 $77.99, plus tax (6% increase). Note that based off of the pricing above, guests preselecting their date can save up to an additional $18 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 Horror Nights 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 the event. (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 Halloween Horror Nights add-on ticket 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 an one-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 2017 tickets

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

The next round of discounts for Halloween Horror Nights 2017 is offered to Florida residents. In a new change that carries over from 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.

  • $59.99 plus tax for Sept. 17, 21, 24, Oct. 1, 4, 5, 11, 18, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31
  • $63.99 plus tax for Oct. 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, Nov. 3
  • $69.99 plus tax for Sept. 15, 22, 29, Oct. 6, 27, Nov. 4
  • $75.99 plus tax for Oct. 13, 20
  • $83.99 plus tax for Sept. 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28

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-at-home option, there just isn’t a good reason to wait in line at the parks.

Don’t have an UPC code for the discount? You can usually order the Florida resident HHN discount tickets over the phone without one – just call Universal’s Guest Contact Center at 407-224-7840.

Halloween Horror Nights 2016 tickets
Halloween Horror Nights 2017 tickets

Recent change: Florida resident tickets can only be used by Florida residents
We received confirmation from Universal Orlando officials two years ago 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 local.

Annual passholder discount for single-night Halloween Horror Nights 2017 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 2017 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 three weeks of the event. Once you get into the fourth week, the AP discount is equal to the Florida resident and add-on ticket discounts.

  • $53.99 plus tax for Sept. 17, 21, 24, Oct. 1, Nov. 3
  • $57.99 plus tax for Sept. 15, 22, 29, Nov. 4
  • $59.99 plus tax for Oct. 4, 5, 11, 18, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31
  • $63.99 plus tax for Oct. 8, 12, 15, 19, 22
  • $64.99 plus tax for Sept. 16, 23, 30
  • $69.99 plus tax for Oct. 6, 27
  • $75.99 plus tax for Oct. 13, 20
  • $83.99 plus tax for Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28

Finally, annual passholders may purchase discount tickets for friends and family. This can be done online or by calling the passholder hotline at 866-727-7438.

HHN 2017 early access for passholders

Annual Passholder Nights will take place on Sept 15, 16, 22, and 23, near Men in Black: Alien Attack from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm (check-in time is 4:00 pm). Passholders and one guest will 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:
    • Scarecrow: The Reaping
    • Hive
    • The Horrors of Blumhouse
  • 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!

An RSVP is required for Annual Passholder Nights. This passholder event frequently reaches capacity. You can find the reservation form here.

The Repository (virtual reality experience) at Halloween Horror Nights

The Repository Virtual Reality Experience at Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 26
The Repository Virtual Reality Experience at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 26

Note: while The Repository won’t be returning for this year’s Horror Nights, we’re keeping the information up from 2016’s virtual-reality experience both for posterity’s sake and in case it does end up returning for 2018’s event.

All-new for 2016, in this special upcharge ticket add-on you’ll “join a team of investigators [and] enter a centuries-old secret warehouse where mysterious artifacts have been collected and stored for hundreds of years.” The experience blends physical environments, real-life characters, and cutting-edge virtual reality into an interactive paranormal experience.

The price for this experience is $49.99, plus tax, per person. Annual passholders have exclusive access to tickets through August 22; on August 23, they will be on sale for everyone. Reservations are available from 5:00 pm to 1:00 am on select nights between September 29 and October 31. You must have a Halloween Horror Nights ticket in addition to your Repository ticket in order to participate in this additional experience.

If you are an annual passholder, you can purchase and reserve your spot by calling 407-224-7840. Once reserved, you can pick up your ticket at the Universal Studios Florida will-call kiosk using the instructions sent to you following your purchase. You must arrive 30 minutes prior to your reservation time to check-in at the Blue Man Group theater. You will receive safety information and be required to sign a waiver. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Halloween Horror Nights Scareactor Dining Experience

Universal offers an exclusive dining experience complete with an all-you-care-to-eat themed dinner buffet, scareactor photo ops, and one free digital download of a photo taken during the experience. New for 2017, the Scareactor Dining Experience will be held every night of HHN (last year, it was only on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays).

This dining experience is $49.99, plus tax, per person (all ages), and requires you have an HHN ticket for the same night. There is limited availability. To reserve your seating, you can call Universal’s Guest Services seven days a week, 7:00 am to 10:00 pm ET (9:00 pm 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 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. For reservations between 5:00 and 6:00 pm, 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 2017.

Entree salads: Spring Mix, Romaine/Iceberg, Potato Salad, Bowtie Pasta Salad
Crudites: a variety of cheese and 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, key lime cheesecake

Halloween Horror Nights 2017 Express Passes

Just like regular Universal Express Passes, HHN Express Passes vary in price, ranging from $79.99, plus tax, per person to $139.99, plus tax, per person (14-17% increase from 2015). There are no discounts for Florida residents, annual passholders, or anyone else.

2017 Halloween Horror Nights Express Pricing:

Sept. 16, Oct. 4, 30 – $79.99
Sept. 17, 21, 24, Oct. 5, 18, 31 – $89.99
Sept. 16, 22, Oct. 11, 12, 25 – $99.99
Sept. 23, 29, Oct. 1, 6, 19, 26, 27, 29 – $109.99
Sept. 30, Oct. 13, 15, 28 – $119.99
Oct. 7, 8, 20, 22 – $129.99
Oct. 14, 21 – $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, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, Men in Black: Alien Attack, The Simpsons Ride, and more. It’s also unknown if The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley and Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts will be open, but if they are, the ride will now accept HHN Express.

Halloween Horror Nights Express Pass tips – READ THIS NOW

Whether or not you’re considering Express Passes for Halloween Horror Nights 2017, you need to read these tips:

Number 1Express Passes for HHN 2017 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 – oftentimes, 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 hotels 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 of 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 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 2017 Rush of Fear and 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 2017.

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 2017 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 $109.99.

Did a light bulb just go off?

If so, then you’ve realized what us insiders already know: if you can go to HHN 2017 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 2017 Rush of Fear pass – 10 nights of admission for less than the price of a single-night general admission ticket.

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 $199.99, 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 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 and every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday event night: $102.99
Frequent Fear Pass with Express – $339.99 (6% increase)
Frequent Fear Plus Pass – opening weekend, every event night besides Saturdays: $118.99
Frequent Fear Plus Pass with Express – $399.99

Ultimate Frequent Fear Pass
Last year, due to popular demand, Universal Orlando introduced the Ultimate Frequent Fear Pass. This ticket is valid for all 31 event nights of HHN 27. It 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 a night).

What we will point out is that HHN 2017 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 $109.99 – 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.

Please be aware that most pricing discussed in this section is “advance” pricing. Universal will likely raise pricing as the event approaches, and 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 and 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 2017 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 and 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 – since the Ultimate Frequent Fear Pass is still so new, its availability cannot be definitively stated.

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 6:00 pm. Since the event started at 5:45 pm, 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 and 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.

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 7:00 pm, with a 30-minute break midway 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 My Universal Photos package
  • Complimentary standard valet parking

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 8:00 pm 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 walk-through of three haunted houses with the opportunity to take photos throughout. Along the way, you’ll learn how Universal Orlando’s Art and Design team takes some of the world’s most popular movie, television, and videogame properties and turns them into immersive Halloween Horror Nights haunted houses. You’ll also learn how Art and Design creates 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 and times:

Morning tours – prices start at $79.99 per person, tax inclusive
Morning and afternoon tours – prices start at $129.99 per person, tax inclusive

September 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
Oct. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
Nov. 1, 2, 3, 4

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

Halloween Horror Nights Hotel and Ticket Package

Previously known as the “Gory Getaway.” In 2017, the HHN package includes three-night hotel accommodations; a three-park, three-day park-to-park ticket (includes the new Volcano Bay water theme park); one-night admission to Halloween Horror Nights; Early Park Admission to one theme park; and access to select live entertainment venues at Universal CityWalk.

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

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Halloween Horror Nights 2018