Universal Studios Japan now doing full Halloween Horror Nights with mazes.

Universal Studios Japan now doing full Halloween Horror Nights with mazes.

Post by David H.--REMOVE » Tue, 09 Oct 2012 00:04:38


For those who might be interested, Universal Studios Japan's Halloween
Horror Nights expanded dramatically this year.  Something that wasn't on
their English website (at least not before I left on the trip!)  They now
have some full mazes, something they didn't have last year.  So, if you're
planning to be in the area in October in the next few years, you might want
to check it out.  

Apparently, HHH has been WILDLY successful.  As in, today was the busiest
I've ever seen ANY amu***t park.  2-3 hours lines for everything, even
Backdraft and Back to the Future.  3-4 hour lines for the mazes.  Even
single rider queues were like 40-120 minutes!  Seriously!  Two hours for
SINGLE RIDER!  (Although for some reason, single rider for Hollywood Dreams
was VERY short, at least earlier in the day.  I managed to get 6 rides in a
little over an hour, and didn't even need my express pass!)

Admittedly, it's a holiday weekend here.  But, damn!  Thank the gods for
Express Pass, which also sold out early!

If you do come for HHH, I'd strongly advise figuring out a way to get the
HHH guided tour.  It includes all of the attractions and is about the same
price as an Express Pass book.  But their regular HHH Express passes are
only for one of the 4 major haunted attractions!

More next week, when I get back.

 "With the first link, a chain is forged.  The first speech censured,
 the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us
 all irrevocably."  -Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
                     "The Drumhead", _Star Trek: The Next Generation_

 
 
 

Universal Studios Japan now doing full Halloween Horror Nights with mazes.

Post by Surf Dance Chri » Tue, 09 Oct 2012 00:40:10

On Oct 7, 11:04?am, "David H.--REMOVE \"STOPSPAM\" to reply"

Quote:

> For those who might be interested, Universal Studios Japan's Halloween
> Horror Nights expanded dramatically this year. ?Something that wasn't on
> their English website (at least not before I left on the trip!) ?They now
> have some full mazes, something they didn't have last year. ?So, if you're
> planning to be in the area in October in the next few years, you might want
> to check it out.

> Apparently, HHH has been WILDLY successful. ?As in, today was the busiest
> I've ever seen ANY amu***t park. ?2-3 hours lines for everything, even
> Backdraft and Back to the Future. ?3-4 hour lines for the mazes. ?Even
> single rider queues were like 40-120 minutes! ?Seriously! ?Two hours for
> SINGLE RIDER! ?(Although for some reason, single rider for Hollywood Dreams
> was VERY short, at least earlier in the day. ?I managed to get 6 rides in a
> little over an hour, and didn't even need my express pass!)

> Admittedly, it's a holiday weekend here. ?But, damn! ?Thank the gods for
> Express Pass, which also sold out early!

> If you do come for HHH, I'd strongly advise figuring out a way to get the
> HHH guided tour. ?It includes all of the attractions and is about the same
> price as an Express Pass book. ?But their regular HHH Express passes are
> only for one of the 4 major haunted attractions!

> More next week, when I get back.

> ?"With the first link, a chain is forged. ?The first speech censured,
> ?the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us
> ?all irrevocably." ?-Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
> ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?"The Drumhead", _Star Trek: The Next Generation_

When I went to USJ in July 2008, BTTF had the longest line of *any*
attraction in the park. And, unfortunately, was one of very few that
didn't offer single rider (even ET and Jaws did, something USF has
never done with those 2 attractions).

Does HHN at USJ have a Bill & Ted show? I'm guessing "no", but that
sure would be cool to see in Japanese! Anyway, I'm glad to hear HHN is
popular there, too!

 
 
 

Universal Studios Japan now doing full Halloween Horror Nights with mazes.

Post by David H.--REMOVE » Fri, 12 Oct 2012 23:43:15

On Sun, 7 Oct 2012 08:40:10 -0700 (PDT), Surf Dance Chris

Quote:

>On Oct 7, 11:04?am, "David H.--REMOVE \"STOPSPAM\" to reply"

>> For those who might be interested, Universal Studios Japan's Halloween
>> Horror Nights expanded dramatically this year. ?Something that wasn't on
>> their English website (at least not before I left on the trip!) ?They now
>> have some full mazes, something they didn't have last year. ?So, if you're
>> planning to be in the area in October in the next few years, you might want
>> to check it out.

>> Apparently, HHH has been WILDLY successful. ?As in, today was the busiest
>> I've ever seen ANY amu***t park. ?2-3 hours lines for everything, even
>> Backdraft and Back to the Future. ?3-4 hour lines for the mazes. ?Even
>> single rider queues were like 40-120 minutes! ?Seriously! ?Two hours for
>> SINGLE RIDER! ?(Although for some reason, single rider for Hollywood Dreams
>> was VERY short, at least earlier in the day. ?I managed to get 6 rides in a
>> little over an hour, and didn't even need my express pass!)

>> Admittedly, it's a holiday weekend here. ?But, damn! ?Thank the gods for
>> Express Pass, which also sold out early!

>> If you do come for HHH, I'd strongly advise figuring out a way to get the
>> HHH guided tour. ?It includes all of the attractions and is about the same
>> price as an Express Pass book. ?But their regular HHH Express passes are
>> only for one of the 4 major haunted attractions!

>> More next week, when I get back.

>> ?"With the first link, a chain is forged. ?The first speech censured,
>> ?the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us
>> ?all irrevocably." ?-Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
>> ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?"The Drumhead", _Star Trek: The Next Generation_

>When I went to USJ in July 2008, BTTF had the longest line of *any*
>attraction in the park. And, unfortunately, was one of very few that
>didn't offer single rider (even ET and Jaws did, something USF has
>never done with those 2 attractions).

>Does HHN at USJ have a Bill & Ted show? I'm guessing "no", but that
>sure would be cool to see in Japanese! Anyway, I'm glad to hear HHN is
>popular there, too!

No real show at all, other than a stage with roaming monsters and people
shooting them.  

The whole HHN thing is really new to USJ.  They just started it last year,
and it seems it was far more successful than they expected, even though
they didn't even have any mazes at all.  Just theming and roaming monsters.
This year, they really stepped it up, and made a fortune charging for just
about everything, although it WAS part of the regular day's admission.  But
if you wanted fastpasses for any of the 4 mazes, it would cost you $40+
EACH, though it included fastpasses of your choice of the coasters and a
choice of either Jaws or the Waterworld backstage maze..  And for two of
them, that was the only way to see them with less than a 3-4 hour wait. The
other two, they gave out tickets for all day, though no one bothered to
tell me this, when I asked, so I didn't get to see either of them.  They
also themed both coasters to Halloween, though I don't think they really
did anything special.  The spinner was in the dark, and I'm not sure if
they did anything for the B&M, other than close it and offer special
fastpasses for it.  Jaws had a few extra monsters jumping out at you at
some points.  And they used the baskstage area for Waterworld for a maze.
T23D's show space was used for one of the mazes, which was more of a
combination sow and maze.

There were also monsters roaming the park, though not as many as I'd have
expected, considering how huge the event was.  They seriously made a
KILLING off of this!

 "With the first link, a chain is forged.  The first speech censured,
 the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us
 all irrevocably."  -Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
                     "The Drumhead", _Star Trek: The Next Generation_