July 2021 Update: We are keeping this page up to date on all halloween horror nights early entry info! Universal has announced the dates for this year’s Halloween Horror Nights (select nights Sept.3 through Oct. 31) but many details for this year are unannounced. The Beetlejuice haunted house is the only announced detail of the event, so other haunted houses, scare zones, and other attractions/entertainment are still TBD. However Universal also recently announce temperature screenings and masks are no longer required out doors and in doors for all vaccinated guests. So that means we could see a very normal HHN even this year! Be sure to check back here regularly for updates!
This blog is your complete guide to Halloween Horror Nights Early Entry! So many of us are beyond excited to be able to start planning our 2021 vacations! With relief from the pandemic being right around the corner, now is the perfect time start planning your 2021 Halloween Horror Nights vacation. Because you know if you’re coming for a fall visit, it’s one of the top things to do while visiting Universal Orlando.
Universal just announced the official return of Halloween Horror Nights for the fall 0f 2021! In this blog post we will give you a quick overview of the Halloween Horror night event as well as Halloween Horror Nights early entry, Universals stay and scream tickets, and Universal horror nights entrances!
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Universal’s 2021 Halloween Horror Night brings the stories of the world’s most notorious creators of horror to life for a few hours each event night. While attending Halloween Horror Nights, you’ll get to see haunted houses from classic horror books and movies, as well as characters and homes from some current cult favorites (such as Beetle Juice). And while the haunted houses and mazes are the big draw (and the main reason to investigate getting a Halloween Horror Nights early entry ticket), there are also tons of other scary (i.e.: fun) things to do at Halloween Horror Nights. It’s guaranteed to be a jam-packed night.
Halloween Horror Nights 2021 schedule kicks off on Sept. 3 and continues on select nights until Oct. 31. This year Universal Studios is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the occasion, which is spookily titled “Never Go Alone.”
Whatever your reason to want to attend Halloween Horror Nights, you are going to want to be able to experience as much of it as possible during your visit. With so much going on (often 10 or more haunted houses, scare zones, special creeps (oops, we mean characters), unique foods, etc.), it can be hard to get it all done in one short night. And while some people might use that as a good reason to attend several nights, if you only have one night to purchase Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights tickets, we’re here to help you find the best way to get the most amount of quality time at the event.
So before we jump into everything you need to know about Halloween Horror Nights early entry let’s break down what time this event starts for regular park guests. HHN officially begins on most nights at 6:30 PM. However we have seen the front gates typically start to let guests in at 6:00 PM. We always recommend to arrive to the front gate around 5:00PM-5:30PM as security and lines to enter this event can be a nightmare. (No pun intended!)
Even more reason why we see so much value in many of the Universal Horror Nights early admission products below!
Halloween Horror Nights Early entry allows you to enter or stay in the park before the other Halloween Horror Night guests arrive. The great thing is you don’t always have to purchase an extra add-on to get access to Halloween Horror Nights early. There are actually several ways to get early access to Halloween Horror Nights.
Once the park begins to close for the night (usually around 5pm on Halloween Horror Nights), those with Halloween Horror Nights tickets will be ushered into one of the park’s Halloween Horror Nights Orlando holding areas. These are designated areas where all early entry guests will wait as Universal prepares the park for a night full of screams and laughter. You simply just need to present your ticket; it’ll be scanned and you’re in!
Depending on how busy the park is, Universal will have two to four holding areas set aside for HHN early entry. The most common areas set aside to contain guests for early admission are Finnegan’s Bar & Grill; the Hello Kitty store; Springfield, USA; and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley. Since you will be waiting in these areas for more than an hour, you might want to try to be stationed in ones that will give you the most comfort during your wait. Let’s take a more in depth look into the Horror Nights early entry points.
A Scream Early ticket in 2019 was an additional $25 per ticket holder. And much like the fact that we know the Halloween Horror Nights 2021 calendar will be different than the Halloween Horror nights calendar 2019, it’s very likely the price for this upgrade will change as well. Keep checking our site often and we’ll let you know as soon as we know for sure.
There are two main benefits to Halloween Horror Night early entry – location and time. Let’s look at how both help you enjoy more HHN experiences.
Our answer is a definite yes, Universal Horror Nights early admission is worth it, especially if you’re not paying extra by either having a day park admission ticket or being an annual passholder. But in many ways, even purchasing the upgraded Scream Early pass is worth it if any of the following apply to you and your group.
Let’s round this off with some answers to quick questions you might have about Universal Orlando Horror Nights.
A: All Universal Orlando tickets sold by The Park Prodigy will allow guests entry into the standard parks one hour early!
A: Yes, some of the more popular rides will be open. This can be a great time to ride with limited wait time.
A: While there is not an official minimum age, Halloween Horror Nights is not recommended for those under 13. It can be quite terrifying.
A: Unfortunately, you cannot leave and re-enter.
A: Costumes, masks (except face masks if the face mask requirement is still in place), and face paint are not allowed in the park for the event.
A: No, the event happens each regularly scheduled night regardless of weather.
We hope this has helped you and your family decide if a fun but terrifying night at Halloween Horror Nights is a part of your future. 2020 was scary enough as it was, how much scarier can Halloween Horror Nights 2021 actually be? You might want to find out!
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