I've been attending Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida for many years, so I know how to navigate the event. Here are four insider tips to help you enjoy your experience more and see the event like a pro:
1) Don't automatically get into the first line you see at the front gates. People tend to head right for the middle line because that's where the crowd is and most of us are sheeple at heart. Go to the far left or far right, where the lines are typically much, much shorter.
2) Don't follow the crowd once you get inside. People tend to follow the most obvious path. Then they think "Shiny!" and head for the first haunted house they see. Make a right instead of heading down the main drag and the sound stage houses. Visit the parade building and sprung tent houses instead, where there won't be much of a wait until the crowd finally discovers them.
3) Don't use Express for short lines. Every year I snicker from the standby line as people breeze through the Express line when the wait for a house is 15 minutes, ten minutes, or even less. They seem so proud of going past a handful of people, when they're really wasting a very valuable tool. I have Express, but I don't start using it until the lines get long. In the meantime, I see as many houses as I can via the standby line, which gives me the luxury of doing them again later, when everyone else is waiting an hour or more.
4) Don't see the houses near Bill & Ted when the show lets out. This is another case of "Shiny!" People head out of the theater and right into the first queue line they see. The same holds true of Rocky Horror and Havoc, since the Havoc queue is literally right outside of the theater.
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