Let's get scaring, shall we? I was able to do everything except Jurassic Park- In the Dark and Chucky.
First off, no pictures. I did take my video camera. Not sure how match material I will actually post.
* SPOILERS ALERT * BEWARE OF SPOILERS *
So, around 5:50pm, got on Universal Studios Property, took a quick look around CityWalk. A new store opened a couple months ago where the NASCAR racing used to be. It's now a candy shop called "IT'SUGAR". Not just candy to eat, but merchandise based on candy brand names.
Universal Studio Store in Citywalk added a cool "Incredible Hulk" prop at the front. Featuring HHN products and horror movie dvds. I liked the shirt design better from last year with Freddy slashing through the black tee. Now you have all 3 characters on front and a list of attractions on back. There's a second gray-shirt... I kinda liked it but didn't buy.
6:20pm going through secruity with metal dectors. MAKE SURE YOU ARE IN THE SHORTEST WAIT. Although most people were waiting at the turnstyle, they have like 10-15 separate secruity lines you could go through. The furthest left may have the shortest wait.
6:35-40pm went to use the restrooms on the right. Interesting they took off the day admission signs and just tossed them on the side near the black gate very visible to guests, not good show.
Head towards the LEFT turnstyles. It has the illusion to be shorter because of the limited space back there. They let people through around this time which was nice. Freddy statue was cool.
I wanted to do something new this year. Instead of heading towards TERROR TRAM, I went left towards THE DARK STREETS OF LONDON and THE BLACK DEATH scarezones. There's a photo-op where they usually have a car display across from ANIMAL ACTORS STAGE. A sunset backdrop with zombie SCARFACE. And then the DEADWOOD scarezone towards TERROR TRAM.
7pm got on the tram. Zombie SCARFACE was there. The tour guides seem to just DRAG the dialouge instead of having a good script to remember. So the video intros you to Freddy and nightmares.
WHOVILLE, they finally got it right by winding THROUGH the sets. Bates Motel fairly the same. Then they got another thing right by taking the path away from the PSYCHO HOUSE and towards the "Camp Blood". Then another thing right getting past Leatherface in a maze of hanging sheets. There's 2 mazes so it's easier to scare (think of it like DL attractions having a duel load station ala Indy and Big Thunder). Norman was still at the house. Then a neat lighting effect with the police lights in the distance towards WAR OF THE WORLDS/ELM STREET. And improvement hear as well. Instead of a continous metal baricades, they string some together and provide better hiding places.
Back on the tram, took a while to get through the Mummy's/Freddy's curse. THE WOLFMAN movie trailer.
7:30pm jumped into NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET: HOME SWEET HELL. 15 minute wait. 1st 1/2 is new. 2nd half after the bug hotel is essteinally the same from last year. I still like the boiler room Beware of the last scare! And scarers in the SHREK 4D pre-show and exit, love it cause people don't expect them.
7:50pm, still had time to kill before 8:30pm BILL & TED. Hoped into FRIDAY THE 13TH: CAMP BLOOD for 5 minute wait. There's a video projected on the old control booth for Wild Wild West. I'm not sure if that was there last year. Essentially the same maze last year. Met a friendly group scared out of their wits in front of me.
8pm, lined up for Bill & Ted. Checked with an employee and found out I was handed the wrong entertainment schedule. Oh well. Met another group in front of me and we sat next to each other for the show. End of the show, "Joker" was kind enough to meet his fans. So if you want to try and get a pic, EXIT TO YOUR LEFT towards THE SIMPSONS. LOTS of the survey being taken for I assume the show. I was the last to leave the theater because I wanted to record the end. I looked down to see LARRY (USH president) standing near me. I thought he was gonna say something about me videorecording. He was there to talk with the show crew. SIGH. Larry actually walks around the park quite often, good for him.
TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: BACK IN BUSINESS had a posted 20 minute wait. Headed down there. The REVENGE OF THE PIGS scarezone had no decor from last year!! I was quite disappointed. I wasn't sure if they were reused for the TERROR TRAM though for JASON VORHEES.
TCM: BIB was getting a lot of people and an obvious increase in wait time. Luckily the group from CAMP BLOOD spotted me and let me join them . Maze is essentially the same as last year. Although secruity was called and ran to the maze. My arm was squeezed hard from the scares Posted wait when we left was 45 minutes.
Group parted ways around Mummy. Exchanged info. Went to the restrooms, but my map "dropped". Picked it up with a scarer/slider running next to me. Some how I felt like the drop was not an accident.
I did single rider MUMMY RIDE, TWICE. Still had to use the free locker for my camera bag. 2nd time, line increased when announcments were made for guests to use Single Rider. They have MUMMY 3 movie posters at the end. Posted stand-by wait time was 55 minutes.
Cruised to THE SIMPSONS RIDE with a posted 55 minute wait. There was about 30-40 minutes of queue video. I luckily lined up when the video was just starting its loop. Felt more like a 45 minute wait. Line moved fairly quickly. The Ride was smooth and gentle compared to the jerky BTTF. I still miss it. Loved the "BTTF tribute" in the queue video. The timing is still off when loading guests into the 2nd pre-show, or there was just a small delay, so I didn't get to see the entire video played. It was an enjoyable ride. Lost my cell, but got it back.
11:30pm. Time to kill before 12:20pm SlaughterWorld. Walked around the shops like K-Mart, Marvel, Silver Screen, Cartooniversal, and just soaking up the atmosphere. Lined up around 12AM.
12:20AM, I suppose the show is a little better than last year. They had some jokes that make fun of themselves which was surprising. I think the newest thing was an exploding head which was cool. The flaming jetskier is always awesome. They didn't blow the boat's horn and set off the climatic fireworks perhaps in consideration of the nearby neighbors... MAYBE.
12:56AM, had just enough time to get into HOUSE OF HORRORS featuring THE STRANGERS to close the night.
People-watched the sliders and chainsaw team. A pigface blows a siren, all chainsaws a go until the siren blows again.
Stopped by Guest Relations to write some compliments. Overhead guests complaining about the nature of the event (drugs, sex, violence...). Yeah, HELLO! Hallowen Horror Nights. Plenty of warnings were given. And these were females in their late 20s or early 30s... a prime target audience right? At least they didn't go to the Chucky show. Disneyland has a family friendly event. HHN is a hard-ticket event not intended for children under 13. I did see a child in a stroller though. Another complained about being harassed verbally by a scarer... I don't know what the conditions of that was...
CONCLUSION: Had a good night. TERROR TRAM improved. CAMP BLOOD same but good. HOME SWEET HELL, 1/2 is new, 1/2 is same. TCM:BIB the same.
NOTHING for ANIMAL ACTORS. I kind wished they did a short version of Sweeney Todd. They had a "freak show" the 1st year was good. Last year's "Black Magic" show was a snore feast. I didn't bother with CHUCKY cause it's essentially the same from previous years. Didn't have my heart set on HOUSE OF HORRORS but was able to make it.
Leatherface & Freddy maze were usually 45-60 minutes wait. Jason is sometimes overlooked because of it's location, but did get a 50 minute wait at one point. Perhaps they should move the entrance to the opening closest to THE DEAD SHALL RISE scarezone. TERROR TRAM typically had a NO WAIT posted throughout the night.
Next year, just hope they bring something for ANIMAL ACTORS. And perhaps a new maze under TERMINATOR 2:3D with queue in the Coke Corner and former AP processing center. Enter down the stairs between these locations. Exit perhaps south between TERMINATOR and GLOBE THEATER. Walking up from the escalator/stairs on that south side of the parking structure then redirected back into the back. This is also where handicap may access the elevator perhaps.
This would provide a bigger draw to this corner of the park in the BLACK DEATH and LONDON scarezones since CHUCKY can't be the only main attraction.
I don't have a problem with CHUCKY. Should keep him. I didn't really need to see it this year (especially when he was MIA at my showtime last year)
TERMINATOR should have a a special 3D horror film I think.