Here’s the much requested guide to Halloween Horror Nights 3. These are compiled from my experience at HHN3 during event nights. Please note that they are in no way definite or perfect. Conditions at the park change all the time, and if everyone adopts the same strategy, it would be less useful. Take the information here as general tips and plan your own itinerary for a fun and fear-filled night at Universal Studios Singapore!
Basic Tips and Information
Please be considerate at the park.
For the safety of performers and other park visitors, please do not touch or assault anybody in Haunted Houses and Scare Zones. The scare actors are performers (and not robots) and they will not touch park guests. They are there to scare, and not to be attacked.
If you cause harm to performers and park guests, you will be expelled from the park.
Essentially, please keep your hands/arms/legs to yourself and do not cause trouble. Also, please do not use toy swords/wands/scepters/etc to prod at or hit anyone and anything in the park.
What if I punch the scare actor? Can I hit the scare actors?
You will be expelled from the park.
What if I’m scared and acted on self-defense? I can’t control myself when it happens.
For the safety of all performers and guests, please do not enter the Haunted Houses and Scare Zones.
What if the scare actors touch me?
Performers will not touch guests.
What to wear?
Please dress for comfort. The park is not fully air-conditioned. Right now Singapore is in a (sometimes exasperating) hot and wet weather cycle. It can get very humid and stuffy even in the outdoor areas. Some special effects also make use of warm air, which can be uncomfortable if you are overdressed.
And ladies, for your own safety, please do not wear heels and platform shoes. Most areas of scare zones are dark and haunted houses have rooms with uneven flooring.
Things to bring along
To buy snacks, drinks and stuff like ponchos around the park. Pushcarts will only accept cash.
In case of rain. Much more comfortable than walking around in a poncho.
For your own comfort.
Smartphone, Portable videogame console, etc
To pass the time while waiting in line.
Glowsticks, Glow Wristbands
A soft glow to calm your nerves while in Haunted Houses and scare zones. A lot less distracting than flashing accessories.
Things NOT to bring
Apart from the typical list of items not allowed in Universal Studios Singapore, please refrain from bringing the following:
Guests are not allowed to wear masks or costumes in the park.
Please refrain from bringing these items into the park. Guests are not allowed to use them inside Haunted Houses.
LED headgear of any kind
While the park sells these items, they are extremely annoying in Haunted Houses and affect the experience of other guests. Please be considerate. I’m not saying that you should not be allowed to buy them, but if you must, please switch them off inside Haunted Houses.
What if it rains during HHN3?
During inclement weather, this is what happens:
– Some scare zones may be temporarily closed.
– Some streets may be closed to divert traffic
– Scare actors may not roam at some areas.
– Outdoor rides, such as Canopy Flyer and Enchanted Airways may not operate during heavy rain. The rides will stop operations temporarily if lightning is detected.
– Guests may continue to queue for Adrift, Songs of Death and Possessions, but be aware that the queue areas are not completely sheltered for all three Haunted Houses.
Long lines at the Adrift queue – 8:53PM
Where can I find everything?
Breakdown of attractions in each zone of the park:
– Sisters of Evil (Photo Opportunity Stage)
– Monster Rock Halloween Edition (Live Stage Show)
– Adrift (Haunted House)
– Attack of the Vampires (Scare Zone)
– Lights, Camera, Action! hosted by Steven Spielberg (Park Attraction)
– Transformers: The Ride (Park Attraction)
– Sci-Fi City Chill Out Zone
– Accelerator (Park Attraction)
– Convention of Curses (Scare Zone)
– Coven Celebration Opening Night Ritual (Stage Performance)
– Revenge of the Mummy (Park Attraction)
The Lost World / Jurassic Park
– Songs of Death (Haunted House)
– Forbidden Forest (Scare Zone)
– Canopy Flyer (Park Attraction)
– Possessions (Haunted House)
Far Far Away
– Enchanted Airways (Park Attraction)
– Shrek 4D (Park Attraction)
– Madagascar: A Crate Adventure (Park Attraction)
Are there special meal combos for Halloween?
Yes. Check out Discovery Food Court, Mel’s Drive-In and KT’s Grille for their special Halloween menus. Here’s a peek at what’s available at KT’s Grill:
As for Mel’s Drive-In, the special Halloween combo is called Devil’s Burger Combo. It’s a burger with Chicken Tikka patty. The set includes fries and a drink – all for $15.80.
Halloween Horror Nights 3 Universal Express
What is HHN3 Express Pass?
Express Passes allow guests to use the Universal Express queue lane at attractions. Do note that “Express” does not mean “instant”.
How long is Halloween Horror Nights Express Waiting Time?
There will still be a short wait, but it is usually significantly lower than the normal line: e.g: A 15-25 minute wait instead of 90-140 minutes in the normal line.
Buying Universal Express Pass for Halloween Horror Nights 3?
If you are considering to purchase the HHN3 Universal Express Pass, please buy them in advance. The park has decided to price Express Passes dynamically, meaning the price can increase to $70 even for pre-event sale (which it already did, for 26/10/2013). During event nights, the price may also rise depending on demand (The price was reportedly raised to $70 later at night on 11/10/2013). Express Passes have a limited quota this year, meaning they can be sold out – during (or even before) HHN3 event night.
Where you can use your Universal Express Pass during HHN3:
Valid for one use at each following attraction per pass:
Adrift, Songs of Death, Possessions, Monster Rock, Lights Camera Action, Transformers: The Ride, Accelerator, Revenge of the Mummy, Enchanted Airways, Shrek 4D, Madagascar.
(Not valid for use at Canopy Flyer)
Do you need Express Pass? It depends. If you stay at the park for its full six hours of event time, there should be adequate time to wait for the three houses. But I’m sure you don’t want spend all that time waiting in line. Logically, the key is to enter at the right time – not when the queues are at the longest.
Scroll down for the No Express Pass strategy.
Park Event and Show Timings
Note: Based on observations and information displayed during opening night. Timings may vary; check with park crew for latest information.
Approximate time park turnstiles are open and guests are allowed to enter Hollywood Boulevard.
Commences around 6:50PM
Park Opening Scaremony
Witness the dramatic entrance of the Sisters of Evil at Hollywood Boulevard. The rest of the park is not open until after the show (which takes 2~ minutes)
Commences around 7:00~7:10PM
Delayed Opening of New York and Sunset Boulevard (Hollywood)
I’ve heard that some areas of the park are not available immediately after the park opens. This did not happen on the first night, but it was reported to occur on 12/10/2013. Sunset Boulevard (leading to Mel’s Drive-In, Pantages Hollywood Theater, Adrift Haunted House, etc.) will be blocked and guests will be directed to Madagascar.
Delayed opening period – Around 10 minutes after Opening Scaremony.
Monster Rock Halloween Edition showtimes
Monster Rock is scheduled for three performances each night during HHN3. However, during Peak and Sold Out nights, additional shows may be added.
Off-Peak Nights: 8:00PM 10:00PM 12:00AM
Peak Nights*: 7:45PM 9:15PM 11:00AM 12:30AM
Attack of the Vampires – Shows at New York Library (New York Zone)
Occasionally, the New York Library is used as a stage for two types of shows featuring the Vampires. One of them is called Birth of A Vampire which celebrates the vampires’ reign of power over Whittemore and features the dramatic “first kill” of a vampire (who is brought out from a coffin).
There will be short performances (or “happenings”) at New York Library every night, with about 45-60 minutes interval between each show. For specific event times, please check with park crew.
Sometimes, a bell will chime and the New York Library will be covered with bats. This is the shift change signal for the cast. It’s quite a sight.
Coven Celebration Opening Night Ritual (Convention of Curses)
Catch the Raven Queen and fellow black magic folks, Witness the sacrifice at the Tree of Death. Join in the commemoration!
8:15PM 9:30PM 10:15PM 10:45PM 11:15PM 12:00AM
Attractions (Rides, Shows and Haunted Houses): 1:00AM
Officially 1:00AM, but if the wait time for attractions are too long, the park may close the queue entrance early.
After 1:00AM, the park will gradually close all scare zones. The Forbidden Forest is the first to close at 1:00AM. Guests can walk towards the other two scare zones, which were still filled with scare actors, clearing out eventually. When I was at Attack of the Vampires, scare actors were still around even at 1:25AM.
Sisters of Evil Photo Opportunity Stage
Apparently closed at 1:30AM sharp.
Haunted House Wait Time Data
Night 2 (12/10/2013)
Adrift: No Data | Possessions: 130 | Songs of Death: 70
Adrift: 110 | Possessions: 130 | Songs of Death: 70
9:30 ~ 10:00PM
Adrift: 120 | Possessions: 130 | Songs of Death: 120
Adrift: 120 | Possessions: 120 | Songs of Death: 140
Adrift: 120 | Possessions: 120 | Songs of Death: 120
Adrift: 90 | Possessions: 120 | Songs of Death: 120
Adrift: 90 | Possessions: 100 | Songs of Death: 100
Adrift: 50 | Possessions: 40 | Songs of Death: 90
Adrift: 50 | Possessions: 40 | Songs of Death: 90
Opening Night (11/10/2013)
Note: Wait times are in minutes. Based on information displayed on time boards during opening night (11/10/2013).
Adrift: 15 | Possessions: 15 | Songs of Death: 5
Adrift: 30 | Possessions: 40 | Songs of Death: 25
Adrift: 75 | Possessions: 70 | Songs of Death: 80
Adrift: 30 | Possessions: 110 | Songs of Death: 50
Adrift: 50 | Possessions: 80 | Songs of Death: 70
Adrift: 30 | Possessions: 15 | Songs of Death: 5
Let me give you a tip: Monster Rock will absorb a lot of people during its show time. The waiting time for Adrift will drop before and during the show. There are three of such shows each night at 8PM, 10PM and 12AM.
HHN3 with no Universal Express Pass
$50~70 is a steep amount to pay for priority access to the park’s attractions. However, with the event being extremely popular, it is possibly the only way to experience all attractions.
“No Express Pass” strategy
Like last year, one possible strategy is to skip the park’s usual attractions and hit all three haunted houses as early as possible. The other tactic is to experience the three haunted houses before the park is about to close.
For last year, these strategies became less useful (or even unfeasible) when more people learned and used it. Also, please note that I am not responsible if you are unable to experience all three Haunted Houses. Treat this only as a general guide and be prepared for long waits in line if the park becomes too crowded.
Running around the park is dangerous. Please be considerate of the safety of others. Always stay aware of your surroundings and do not push your way through people. Also, DO NOT run into scare actors, park guests, props and other objects.
Mad queue of 85+ minutes for Possessions – 11:03PM
PLAN A: Early & Rapid Rush of Fear
1. Be at park gates at 6:30pm. Wait for gates to be open and line up in front of the turnstiles. Line up neatly, at the RIGHT lanes (the signs either display “ENTRY” or “HALLOWEEN”).
2. Once the ticket scanning frenzy starts (10-15 minutes before 7pm), get your tickets validated at the turnstile and move into the park quickly.
3. You will have to wait for the HHN3 opening ceremony at Hollywood. This is a show that will take about 3-4 minutes. The entire park will then be open after this show.
4. The strategy splits into two paths here. If New York is closed and traffic is redirected to Madagascar, or if 99% of park guests are running towards Adrift, Head to Possessions instead. The route to New York will usually open 3-5 minutes later.
Head straight to Possessions (The Lost World), running through Hollywood, Madagascar and Far Far Away. You will need to enter the Forbidden Forest. Go straight in, bypassing EVERYTHING.
(After Possessions as First Haunted House)
5. Exit Possessions, walk along the main street outside Jurassic Park towards Ancient Egypt. Stop before Egypt and..
6. Enter Songs of Death. Wait time should be less than 10 minutes.
7. Walk through Convention of Curses and Attack of the Vampires.
8. Enter the queue for Adrift. On off-peak nights, it could be a 25-40 minute wait. On peak nights, there might be a 80~140 minute wait.
This is a risky option because most people would run straight to Adrift as it is the closest Haunted House from the park entrance.
Walk really quickly towards Adrift (New York zone).
(After Adrift as First Haunted House)
5. Head straight to Possessions (The Lost World), running through Hollywood, Madagascar and Far Far Away. You will need to enter the Forbidden Forest.
6. Exit Possessions, walk along the main street outside Jurassic Park towards Ancient Egypt. Stop before Egypt and..
7. Enter Songs of Death. On off-peak nights, it could be a 25-40 minute wait. On peak nights, there might be a 80~140 minute wait.
Too late? Another Option.
If you missed the Park Opening and arrived a little late, one option is to head straight to Songs of Death (wait time should be less than 30 minutes) first and queue for the other two later.
No Express Strategy – Benchmarks
If you are fast enough (and the fates are with you), you will be able to complete the third House at about 8:00PM (Yes, within an hour of park opening!). This has been tested on 11/10/2013. However, as the event is definitely going to get popular exponentially, this will be more challenging for other nights.
On 19/10/2013, the Possessions First strategy was tested. If you can run fast enough and be the leading group at Possessions, it is still a good tactic. Songs of Death had a very short wait less than 10 minutes. If I went on and queued for Adrift, I would complete my tour of all three houses at around 9:30PM.
PLAN B: Final Rush of Fear
After 12:00AM, the wait time for Haunted Houses drastically dropped (Adrift: 30 minutes, Possessions: 15 minutes, Songs of Death: 5 minutes). So consider hitting at least one or two houses before 12AM, then use that last hour for the houses that you have missed (or would like to visit again).
EDIT: For 12/10/2013, wait time for Haunted Houses were stable at (Adrift: 50 minutes, Possessions: 40 minutes, Songs of Death: 50 minutes). This means that if you choose to queue for a Haunted House at the last hour of the event, it is likely to be your final Haunted House.
When it comes to choosing the house (if you can’t decide), go for the one with the least wait time first, so that you can make more time for the rest after experiencing that house. You can still wait in the queues for Haunted Houses even if the park has officially closed, as long as you are in the queue before the park closes the queue entrance (which can be 1:00AM or way before 1:00AM).
Survived the night?
Know something a tip not listed here? Tips and tricks not effective anymore? Please share your own tips and experiences by posting a comment!
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