Universal Studios Florida offers VIP tours all year 'round. You can sign up for a group tour of the park, and/or Islands of Adventure next door, and enjoy front of the line access to all the best rides.
There's an equivalent for Halloween Horror Nights known as the RIP tour, and it whisks you to all eight haunted houses with no waiting. You also get to see the Bill and Ted show from reserved seating and ride two rides.
Is this tour for you? I experienced one on opening night as part of the media event, so hopefully these four points, based on my experience, will help you decide:
1) Do you want instant access at all the haunted houses? If you wait to minimize your wait, you can always buy an Express pass. However, that still means waiting in line, albeit one that's usually much shorter than the standby wait. On an RIP tour, there's no waiting at all. Your guide takes you right to the entrance and your group heads in.
2) Do you like knowing the back stories? There are plenty of online sources to find the back stories for the haunted houses, but if you don't want to do any research, the RIP tour is a great way to find them out. Your guide sets the scene before each house by telling your the story and tossing in some interesting trivia. To hear this for yourself, jump to this article and watch the video.
3) Do you mind being part of a group of strangers? You can book an RIP tour that's just for your own group, but that starts at $1250 per private group. Most people opt for the non-private tour, which starts at $109 per person. You're paired up with others, with group sizes ranging up to 12 people.
4) Do you plan to stay until closing time? Depending on park hours, if you take your tour in a day when the park is open until 2 a.m., your tour will end well before closing. Then you get to use the Express lines for the rest of the night. Even on midnight closing days, you should still have time to slip in a few extra haunted houses.
If it sounds like an RIP tour is perfect for you, be sure to book ahead of time as the tours do sell out. Call 407-362-8395 and choose option 2 for more information.