I was really excited to head to the Universal Orlando Resort for the Premiere Passholder preview of the Halloween fun testing in the park this weekend, and it’s time for some real talk about the experiences you find in both parks!!!
First, let’s talk lay of the land at Universal Studios Florida.
This weekend Universal Orland is testing daytime admission to two Universal Orlando Haunted Houses that are included with your regular admission to the park.
The queue for Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives can be found near Universal Music Plaza.
The Revenge of the Tooth Fairy queue is located just to the left of the Tribute Store.
Queues = Time for REAL TALK
I always like to look at the “worst” park of the experience before looking at the good, and with that being said the queues are BRUTAL!!!!
First thing that you will notice in the picture and feel is that there is no shade in a majority of the queue.
And while wait times could be posted, because of the heat it felt longer than you’d expect.
BUT instead of being a ‘Debbie Downer’…let’s talk about how to combat these two issues!!!
Make sure to pack an umbrella in your park bag to use for shade & inclement weather.
Grab a bottle of water before you enter the queue, make sure your phone is charged, & be patient.
How to be prepared for your Universal Orlando Resort visit this weekend
Step 1: Make sure you’ve downloaded and set up your official @universalorl app by linking your tickets & setting up mobile ordering (you’ll thank me for that last part later)
Step 2: From the house listing on the app, both houses open at 9:00 am – so no sleeping in!!! You’ll want to arrive at the park early to make sure you get in the virtual queue as soon as possible!
PLEASE NOTE: I would absolutely advise getting to Universal Studios Florida before it opens!!!!!!!
Step 3: You heard me…Virtual Line! These houses will be utilizing the Virtual Line Experience only! No standby!
Universal Orlando Resort Virtual Line Tips
- When setting up your app, allow push notifications (you can always change this later)
- As soon as you tap into the park look for the Virtual Line in your @universalorl app!
- Put in how many people are in your party. If this doesn’t match the number in your party, you’re out of luck.
- Only one person needs a Virtual Line time, don’t be that group!!!
Here’s my spoiler-free review of Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives
The house is a solid continuation of the Universal Monster series and had consistently awesome theming.
All safety measures taken didn’t detract from the scares.
Make sure you listen to the story as you’re going through the house!
Here’s my spoiler-free review of Revenge of the Tooth Fairy:
Stepping into this twisted folklore tale with a Steampunk vibe is perfect for those who are new to haunted houses.
Don’t get me wrong, there were some solid scares!
Other Halloween Fun at the Universal Orlando Parks
While you’re at Universal Studios Florida, don’t forget to do the Scarecrow Stalk (video coming soon) until November 1st!!!
The Skeleton Bar (Cafe La Bamba) has some great theming and tasty treats for the entire family.
Near the Tribute Store, you’ll also find a food truck serving up HHN specialties.
And for a ghoulishly good time at Universal Islands of Adventure make sure kids under 12 pick up a bag and go Trick-or-Treating at select stores.
Participating Trick-or-Treat locations have these stickers on their entrances.
Overall we had an awesome time exploring the Halloween fun at Universal Orlando and the Team Members did an awesome job bringing the spirit of the spooky season into the parks!!!
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