Phil and I made the trek to Orlando to check out Halloween Horror Nights, the theming this year was especially appealing to me because the idea of Fairy Tales gone wrong just sounds so cool.
Helps that my favorite story of all time is Alice in Wonderland and they had a TON of Wonderland goodness (which you'll see later.)
Should you wish to see all the photos I took last night, please visit HERE.
I want to note that I've never been to Universal prior to this night, so it was interesting to see how one of Disney's biggest competitor's handles a theme park.
After finding our spot in the Dr. Suess parking area, I was pleasantly surprised to see the movable walkways leading to City Walk.
City Walk had their own performers walking around for the holiday, most on stilts, it was a neat touch and started the event off well for us.
As we hadn't eaten dinner yet we sat outside at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville and enjoyed the evening breeze. Phil had a taste for wings, luckily they had just what he was looking for.
After we headed over to the Universal entrance and they had Bloody Mary BLARING over the speakers, set the tone really well, was very creepy.
I think the best part was the Scare Zones and the streetmosphere characters they had walking about, I definitely yelped more for them than any of the haunted houses. LOL
Our first course was through the Asylum to Wonderland, JUST loved it, of course, the dark twist to the characters were just fabulous.
Queen of Hearts
Even the White Rabbit was kind enough to let me give a kiss.
The Mad Hatter was wicked creepy, I loved it.
While waiting in line for The Hallows I saw the scariest thing all evening.
The Hallows description per the map...
Samhain, The Hord of the Underworld, has trapped the souls of the damned..and now they call to you.
It was ok, in this house we kind of got stuck in between scares, because it was SO crowded people in front or behind us kept getting jumped at, it was funny to watch though! LOL
Then stopped by Men In Black and had fun with that, it's like Buzz Lightyears mixed with Roger Rabbit's Cartoon Spin. The theming was excellent!
We skipped over The Simpsons because the wait time said 10 minutes but the guy at the door said it was really 90 and it just hadn't updated yet. So we said we would come back, but we ran out of time.
While the queue lines were longer than the Macy's Day parade route, they did give you the option of texting for a choose your own adventure fun while waiting in line.
The next house we went into was "Dead Exposure" which consisted of zombies and strobe lights. I am afraid of two things, zombies and Bloody Mary, so this one was terribly frightening for me. LOL There was one scene we had to walk through with dead bodies hanging from hooks and the zombies would run in and out of the swinging bodies scaring you, they got me really good in there, I couldn't leave fast enough. LOL
Enter a realm where the flash of a camera reveals horrors beyond comprehension as the city becomes overrun with hordes of bloodthirsty zombies.
Next up was Bloody Mary herself, I was so scared to do this one but it was so disappointing, they showed Bloody Mary once as you walked in the door and she appears and disappears in a mirror. The rest was just people jumping out of brokens windows and mirrors, for the key house of the event Phil and I both thought it wasn't very impressive and I so wanted to like it too.
The only way for Dr. Mary Agana to face her deepest fear -death- is to watch the light of life leave your eyes as your soul leaves your body.
Next we checked out Doomsday, which is based on the film.
The Reaper's virus ravages the populace, leaving those left behind after the plague to survive by any means necessary. Based on the blockbuster Unversal Pictures release.
I liked it, they had guys with chainsaws and for those that have seen the movie, the guy who sings at the concert at the end of the scare, singing on a stage. Otherwise it was people with bats and various instruments trying to attack us. LOL
This next one, Interstellar Terror, I really liked as well, it was set in space and people were beyond creepy in it.
The first manned spacecraft to leave our solar system has returned...but with an alien artifact on board that has devastating effects.
The Skoolhouse was probably my favorite scare zone next to Wonderland, it had these little children in masks running around freaking me out. LOL
We had wanted to catch at least one show so we stopped by and saw the magician, Brian Brushwood. He did all of 2 tricks and showed some freaky video, so we were a little disappointed. He was fairly funny though and I'm sure, given more time, he would have been much more impressive.
Our last house and the one I was looking forward to the most, was next on our list. The sign said 10 minutes but it was a good 30-45 before we got in, I didn't care, it was worth it.
Scary Tales: Once Upon a Nightmare: Wind your way through twisted fairy tales where princesses don't get saved, children don't escape the woods, and there is no escape from the rabbit hole!
It had such great scenes! They had another Alice in Wonderland scene with Alice on the tea party table, trying to share the intestines of the White Rabbit that she had hacked up on the table.
Then in the Wizard of Oz scene there was corn rows and scarecrow was running around and he had Dorothy skewered on a post and he was eating her brains at one point.
There was a Cinderella scene where the Wicked Stepmother had Cinderella in the stocks and had chopped her foot off, all the while holding that foot in her hand, showing she got the glass slipper.
There were a bunch of others but those were the most memorable to me.
At the exit again they had more characters, Bo Peep who decided her sheep looked a lot better on her walking stick and Red who wanted to bring her Grandmother something to eat.
Excuse the hair, it was the end of the night and I was exhausted. LOL
I did take some video, but they didn't turn out as well as I'd hoped but you're welcome to check them out.
Overall we had an ok time, I think the waiting in line for the majority of it was what killed us, so next time we will probably opt for the Horror Express and by pass the lines. I'm just disappointed that we just didn't have time to ride the attractions that were open because we spent most of the evening waiting in lines!! LOL