A theme park vacation is expensive, so adding on a Halloween Horror Nights visit can really add up. In this article, I will cover four money-saving tips for Halloween Horror Nights that could save you over $100 per person.
Buy Tickets Online
The single best tip for saving money is to buy tickets online before the event. Online tickets start at $70.99 per guest plus tax while buying at the gate will cost $122.99 per guest plus tax. Online tickets can be printed out at home, scanned from a phone, or picked up at will call outside the parks. Personally, I pick up my ticket at will call as it prints out on Universal Studios ticket stock the size of a credit card. This fits nicely in a lanyard or a wallet.
This one tip alone can save you up to $50 per person.
Eat and Drink Before the Event
Theme park food and alcohol are expensive. Want a burger and fries? That’s $12.49. Draft beer? $10.99. Oh, and plus tax. Thank you for your $25.
Instead, grab a bite off outside of the parks or at your hotel. Not only are the prices lower but expect the waits to be much shorter. Same for a pregame drink–responsibly indulge in some beers acquired from a grocery store or off-property restaurant. We recommend Miller’s Ale House on Kirkman and Vineland for a pre-HHN meal and drinks.
Make sure to drink responsibly, though. Universal turns away visibly intoxicated guests.
Grab the Half Price Express Pass
Universal Express Pass reduces standby waits by at least half but at a steep cost: Express Pass ranges from $89.99 to $169.99 per guest plus tax!
If the evening looks like it will be crowded, we suggest picking up the half-priced Express Pass. This pass is only offered in the park on a first-come basis at the start of the HHN event, and is good for the last 3 hours of the event. This means if the park closes at 1:00 a.m. and the Express Pass online price is $120 the pass will be valid from 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m and cost $60 per person plus tax.
Free Parking After 10:00 p.m.
Universal’s Theme Park and CityWalk parking is regularly $26 per vehicle until 6:00 p.m. when it becomes free. This, along with free valet parking for Premier Pass holders, is suspended for Halloween Horror Nights. On those nights free parking starts at 10:00 p.m. instead of 6:00 p.m. To save some money consider attending the last half of the event. It can even save time, since the lines during the last hour are as short as or shorter than the first half-hour of the event.
Do you have any money-saving tips for Halloween Horror Nights? Leave them in the comments below.