Halloween Horror Nights 2018 touring plan

Halloween Horror Nights 2018

There is a single purpose to the Orlando Informer Halloween Horror Nights 2018 touring plan: to get you through the haunted houses – and, ideally, the scare zones and everything else – at Universal Orlando’s most popular annual event with as little waiting as possible.

Does our plan really work? Why, yes, it does:

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September 19, 2018

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Halloween Horror Nights 2018 touring plan – first steps

Halloween Horror Nights general admission entry
Halloween Horror Nights general admission entry

Before we can get to the touring plan proper, we need to lay the groundwork first. Don’t worry, though – this’ll just take a moment.

To minimize overall wait times, we strongly recommend that you take advantage of Halloween Horror Nights early admission. If you do not have daytime access to Universal Studios Florida, then you must arrive at the park turnstiles by 4:45 pm. This is important because the crowd waiting to get into the theme park can be very large, and you really want to be at the front of that crowd. But don’t worry about having to stand at the gates for an hour and a half – Universal starts letting guests in around 20 to 30 minutes before the official starting time of 6:30 pm.

(By the way, if you’re an on-site hotel guest, you have a dedicated entrance to HHN – look to your right as you approach the front gates. Just be aware that this special entrance doesn’t get you into the event as part of early admission, although it will still help you skip some of the crowds you see above.)

Once you’re inside Universal Studios Florida, grab an event map and get ready to visit some haunted houses!

It’s imperative, once again for the purposes of minimizing wait times, that you head directly for the houses and do them in order without stopping at the scare zones, other attractions, or live shows. We know – you’ll really want to check out a zone after you exit the first haunt, but every extra minute you spend straying from the warpath will equal five to 10 minutes more of standing in line.

If you have questions about using this plan, be sure to read through the whole page and then see the FAQs at the bottom. If you want to learn more about each of the mazes, click any of the links provided to visit their individual announcements and our analysis of them. Finally, to assist you in studying this plan ahead of time, view the map of this year’s event by clicking here.


Halloween Horror Nights 2018 touring plan – the touring plan itself

Stranger Things at Halloween Horror Nights 2018
Stranger Things at Halloween Horror Nights 2018

Please note that we’ll be tweaking this touring plan as the event goes on to ensure it’s as optimized as is (in)humanly possible. Keep checking back before your descent into Halloween Horror Nights’s ’80s-themed horror!

1. Stranger Things

Relive the first season of the hit Netflix series step by step, from Mirkwood to Hawkins National Laboratory to the middle school.

It’s imperative that you are towards the front of the group that releases from Finnegan’s Bar & Grill in order to experience this haunted house. If you are not doing stay & scream, you should skip this step and get in line for Stranger Things at the end of the night.

The entrance to this house is across from Monsters Cafe. The exit is near Race through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon.

2. Scary Tales: Deadly Ever After

The Wicked Witch of the West has cursed the land of the fairies, distorting their tales into something frightening and deranged.

The entrance to this house is near Revenge of the Mummy. The exit is at the same location.

3. Trick ‘r Treat

Werewolves, ghosts, and the seemingly-cute-but-deadly Sam are all watching to make sure you don’t break the traditions of Halloween. Proceed at your own risk.

The entrance to this house is near E.T. Adventure, in the back of the park. The exit is at the same location.

4. Seeds of Extinction

With humanity wiped out by a cataclysmic meteor, a new, monstrous lifeform has taken root in its place.

The entrance to this house is near A Day in the Park with Barney. The exit is near E.T. Adventure.

5. Dead Exposure: Patient Zero

The zombie apocalypse has struck 1982 Paris. The good news? There’s already a cure. The bad news? It makes you go blind.

The entrance to this house is located near the Men in Black: Alien Attack gift shop. The exit is at the same location.

6. Slaughter Sinema

It’s showtime at the local drive-in, where you’ll get trapped in a series of fictitious, ’80s-esque B-flicks. Don’t let your head roll along with the credits.

The entrance to this house is located near the Men in Black gift shop. The exit is at the same location.

7. The Horrors of Blumhouse

Journey through two of Blumhouse Productions’s most horrifying recent releases – Happy Death Day and The First Purge – and see if you can survive.

The entrance to this house is located in between Fear Factor Live (Academy of Villains: Cyberpunk during Horror Nights) and Men in Black. The exit is at the same location.

8. Academy of Villains: Cyberpunk

Check your park map for show times and arrive at the Fear Factor Live amphitheater about 30 minutes prior to the next performance.

With a wicked mix of dance, acrobatics, and theatrics, Academy of Villains is back for an all–new performance of pounding synths and neon lights.

9. Scare zones

Halloween Horror Nights 2018 boasts five uniquely-themed environments, with two based on intellectual properties and three spun from original concepts.

The Harvest (Avenue of the Stars, Production Central) – an old barn holds horrors from each of the 10 haunted houses – along with foul and decrepit creatures that are ready for a harvest of blood and screams.

Revenge of Chucky (Hollywood backlot) – he’s back! Chucky has convened a toy fair on the streets of Hollywood, twisting the attendant childhood playthings into nightmarish creatures.

Vamp ’85: New Year’s Eve (New York backlot) – it’s New Year’s Eve, 1984, and as the ball drops to ring in ’85, hordes of vicious (and big-haired) vampires flood the streets of New York to paint the town red.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space (South Street, New York backlot) – the Killer Klowns have landed their circus-tent spaceship in New York and have begun turning those hapless humans in the area into cotton-candy treats.

Twisted Tradition (Central Park) – an ancient evil has been reawakened and has transformed Halloween into an abomination, fusing pumpkin guts with human flesh.

10. Carnival Graveyard: Rust in Pieces

The caramel-coated carnivals of yesteryear have died, but something sinister has festered, waiting to torment those who trespass upon its salvage yard.

The entrance to this house is near Race through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon, in front of Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit’s loop. The exit is at the same location.

11. Poltergeist

Come visit the Freelings’ house, which has become overrun by restless spirits – and the titular poltergeist. Don’t get lost in the light!

The entrance to this house is near Revenge of the Mummy. The exit is near Race through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon.

12. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

It is Halloween night, 1988. The unstoppable Michael Myers has returned to finish the job he started a decade earlier – wipe out the last remaining member of his family.

The entrance to this house is located at the beginning of Hollywood, next to the hat shop. The exit is near Transformers: The Ride 3D.

13. Rides and repeating houses

If you’ve managed to complete all the above and still have time to spare, consider lining up to experience your favorite houses again. You could also hit up one of the rides open during HHN:

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Halloween Horror Nights 2018 touring plan – FAQ

Spingfield holding area at Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights
Spingfield holding area at Halloween Horror Nights

Now that you know your first steps and have looked over your battle plan, it’s time to dive a little more deeply into a few choice aspects of our 2018 touring plan.

What do I need to be aware of if I use HHN early admission?

When using Halloween Horror Nights early admission – which we really can’t recommend enough – you will wait inside Universal Studios Florida as Universal transforms the park from daytime operations to the nighttime event. You will still want to follow our touring plan with one extra instruction: since you will get early access to one or two haunted houses (the specific houses may change from night to night), you will, of course, want to visit these first. When early admission is over and everything opens (between 6:15 and 6:30 pm), simply scratch the haunts you’ve already seen from the list above, then work the list from top to bottom as usual.

Please, please see our HHN early admission page and take advantage of it if you can!

What if I can’t get to the event early, like you advise?

If you can’t take advantage of early admission, buy a Halloween Horror Nights Express Pass. If you can’t do that, be at the park turnstiles by 5:00 pm. If you can’t do that, either, then please go to Horror Nights on a Thursday or a Sunday during the first three weeks, or on a Wednesday during the second half of the season – but, even so, still be prepared to do a lot of standing around.

We have so much more planning advice on our HHN tips and tricks page.

What if I have an HHN Express Pass?

If you have Express – which can only be used once per haunted house, we should make clear – you absolutely still want to follow the list above in order. Remember that Express Passes can sometimes only be expected to cut down the standby wait time in half – so if the Poltergeist house is at two hours, the Express line may be up to a one-hour wait. That’s why, even if you have Express access, we still want you to follow our touring plan and minimize overall wait times.

Also, the general wisdom is not to use your Express Pass if the haunt has a lower wait time since, later, you can visit it again – when it has a longer line – and then use your front-of-line ticket. This is definitely a smart move, but only do it if you are certain you will want to visit the maze again; the posted wait times at Horror Nights houses tend to be a little optimistic, so a posted time of 25 minutes may easily turn out to be 30 or 35 minutes.

That’s all we got for our Halloween Horror Nights 2018 touring plan. Please keep in mind this is only one page in our HHN 2018 insider’s guide. For the most effective planning, please be sure to read through all of our pages, which you can access at any time using the navigation links at the top and bottom.

Did you know that this isn’t our only touring plan? You can view all of our exclusive Universal Orlando touring plans, including our ultimate one-day Wizarding World of Harry Potter touring plan, by clicking here.

Do you have a question about Halloween Horror Nights? Please let us know by posting in our Universal Community Facebook group.