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Halloween Horror Nights 2019 touring plan

Halloween Horror Nights 2019

There is a single purpose to the Orlando Informer Halloween Horror Nights 2019 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:

Last update
August 23, 2019

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Halloween Horror Nights 2019 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 (sometimes still referred to as Stay and Scream). 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 a Universal Orlando hotel guest, you have a dedicated entrance to HHN – look to your left 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 2019 touring plan – the touring plan itself

Stranger Things 2 at Halloween Horror Nights 2019
Stranger Things at Halloween Horror Nights 2019

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. Ghostbusters
Relive the classic 1984 film, from the New York Public Library to the Ghostbusters’ firehouse HQ to Gozer’s temple.

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 and Scream, you should skip this step and get in line for Ghostbusters at the end of the night.

2. Us
The Tethered, a group of doppelgangers of every man, woman, and child in the United States, has risen up to take their revenge against the privileged surface dwellers.

3. Graveyard Games
Skeletal beings, ghastly apparitions, and other sorts of vengeful spirits have been awakened in Ascension Parish Cemetery by disrespectful teenagers playing a round of Ghost in the Graveyard.

4. Universal Monsters
Nearly all of Universal Pictures’s classic monsters have been gathered together and given a modern makeover – to help you meet your demise, of course.

5. Nightingales: Blood Pit
The Nightingales, a race of supernatural banshees, are feasting on a marathon of gladiator games in ancient Rome, and they have now turned their sights on you.

6. Depths of Fear
Parasitic creatures called the Mouthbrooders, who infect humans with flesh-eating acidic eggs, have taken over an underwater mining rig.

7. House of 1,000 Corpses
Rob Zombie’s 2003 splatter film is brought to loving life, including Captain Spaulding’s Museum of Monsters and Madmen, the Firefly family’s home, and Doctor Satan’s subterranean lair.

8. Shows
There are two shows this year at Horror Nights, and we suggest knocking them out back-to-back.

Academy of Villains: Altered States

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 that drags man’s true nature into the dark, gothic streets of anarchy.

Halloween: Marathon of Mayhem

Check your park map for show times and arrive at Central Park about 30 minutes prior to the next performance.

This retro- and horror-filled take on the Cinematic Celebration lagoon show brings the Universal Monsters, Killer Klowns from Outer SpaceStranger Things, and Ghostbusters to life in a whole new way.

9. Scare zones
Halloween Horror Nights 2019 boasts five uniquely-themed environments, with two based on intellectual properties and three spun from original concepts.

Anarch-cade (Avenue of the Stars, Production Central) – an arcade straight out of the ’80s is yours for the taking – if you can avoid the blacklit, chainsaw-wielding neon slashers, that is.

Vanity Ball (Hollywood backlot) – psychopathic cosmetic surgeons have sliced and diced into willing subjects, transforming them into horrific living works of art.

Zombieland: Double Tap (New York backlot) – welcome to the United States of Zombieland! Based off of the 2009 and 2019 films, zombies (and humor) galore will be had in the streets of New York.

Rob Zombie: Hellbilly Deluxe (San Francisco backlot) – Rob Zombie’s seminal 1998 album, along with all of its attached music videos, has brought otherworldly beings, brutal maniacs, and menacing machines to bear on San Fran.

Vikings Undead (Central Park) – a horde of zombified, horn-helmeted Vikings have risen from the grave. Bloodlust never dies!

10. Yeti: Terror of the Yukon
A logging camp in the Yukon has been savaged by a tribe of yetis, and now you must face them in their lair of frigid caverns.

11. Killer Klowns from Outer Space
The Killer Klowns have invaded Crescent Cove! Explore the city, its closed-for-the-season amusement park, and the Klowns’ big-top UFO – where you’ll come face to face with the 18-foot-tall Jojo the Klownzilla.

12. Stranger Things
The mammoth Netflix series is back, this time delivering its second and third seasons. Prepare to face off against a pack of Demodogs and to explore the Starcourt Mall.

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:

We want to hear how your night went!

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Halloween Horror Nights 2019 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 2019 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 Yeti: Terror of the Yukon 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 Express. 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 2019 touring plan. Please keep in mind this is only one page in our HHN 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 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.