posted on Oct, 27 2010 @ 04:42 PM
Hi all. Here in FL, we have our share of theme parks, and most all have some kind of special Halloween celebration event. (heck even our zoos do!)
The two biggest ones (other than Disney, but that's kind of more geared for kids) are Halloscream (Busch Gardens) and Halloween Horror Nights
Usually, the wife and I hit both (Halloscream has better haunted houses, but HHN has the Bill and Ted show, which is always pretty fun). This year
though, with the economy the way it is, we settled on just one (Halloscream) as it's the best value of the two (and close, so no hotel stay).
However, there is something about going to these kind of events, that a lot of people don't know about....TOURS.
At first glance or thought, these may seem way too pricey, or something just people with money do. It isn't really, when you stop and think about it.
Here's a breakdown. (our Halloscream)
For Halloscream, tickets are generally about 30-40 bucks each, then you've got parking, which is another 12 bucks, so for almost $100 for a couple,
you're in the gate. Sure, but now you've got an average wait for a haunted house of about an hour or more. If you're lucky, you'll get through
maybe 3 of them, and spend the majority of your time in line.
If you get express passes (that get you in a shorter line, say about 15 min to a half hour wait), it will be another $35 each, so now you are $170 for
a couple, and you're doing better, but still a lot of waiting (for 4 houses, you're still in line for up to 2 hours!). There are usually about 6-8
houses. (and you can likely forget about watching any more than one show).
Now, for $98 each, so total of about $200, you can get a nice tour. It includes the admission, parking, and even drinks along the way at drink
stations. You get walked right to the front of any houses, rides (such as coasters), and reserved seating at shows. So, in 5 hrs, you can see ALL of
the houses, ride each ride (usually even a favorite one twice), see the shows (and have good seats), for not too much more than what you would have
spent even with the express passes!
Just wanted to share this, for those who enjoy this kind of thing. Myself, I hate lines, and at least here, the tour is a real value. HHN has tours
too, but you do pay for the benefit (average about $60 more per person for the same tour, and no drinks). Still, much better than waiting an hour or
so, just to go in a haunted house or ride.