It's Friday the 13th. For the first time this year in California, it rains. And, of course, it decides to rain, literally, ten minutes before Universal's Halloween Horror Nights opens. Dripping wet, my father and I check into the press check-in for a night of horror and close encounters with the Director.
Since August, Blogcritics has been covering Universal's Halloween Horror Nights. We covered the auditions for the scariest creatures around. We also showed you how to find out about the evil director's plans, which were available on YouTube. Naturally, we couldn't wait until Friday the 13th when it began.
Universal Halloween Horror Nights is open for seven nights. Since two of the nights have passed, you only have five more chances to check it out — October 20, 21, 27, 28, and 31. Tickets are $34-39 per person. The event is in both Hollywood and Orlando.
Universal Halloween Horror Nights begins at seven and keeps some of the best rides open late. The fairly new inside roller coaster, The Mummy, is running. Jurassic Park is open if you want to freeze in the cold (of course, freezing to us California Girls is 60 degrees), but you'll have to ride it in the dark. Terminator 2: 3D is waiting for you. A special maze opens called the Asylum, rumored to have over 20 dead ends. It was supposedly good, but it was an 80-minute wait, so I passed.
Water World AKA "Slaughter World" is playing. Other awesome shows were running — "Chucky's Insult Emporium," "Carnival of Carnage," and "Fear Factor: Dead Celebrity Edition."
Perhaps the biggest thing is that, for the first time, in ninety years, tourists could get off the "Terror Tram" and walk around Universal's backlot.
Overall, I was impressed by Halloween Horror Nights, but the Terror Tram needed work. I like the idea of people being able to get off the tram, but it wasn't worth it. You wait in line for an hour. Finally, you get to the front of the line, and are shoved onto a tram. You aren't even on it long enough to watch a five minute video on the Director.