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13 Things We Love About Fall at the Florida Theme Parks

Pumpkin spice, horrors at Universal, wild nights at Busch Gardens, and trick or treating with Mickey are some things we love about fall in central Florida.

A couple of days ago I was riding in the car and for once I was able to have my windows down. There was a briskness in the Florida air that’s always welcomed and desired in this state. This time of year happens to be one of our (ThemeParkHipsters) favorites with the opportunity to enjoy the parks in the fall with fewer amounts of people. We come out of our summer hibernation in Florida and bask in the fall décor both autumn and spooky in nature as it kicks off the holiday season.

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Florida State Fair 2014

Theme Park Therapy: The Moment of Doubt

According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, doubt is an uncertainty of belief or opinion that often interferes with decision-making.

DOUBT. It will affect each one of us in some type of way throughout our lifetime. It may come as a constant, poisonous imprisonment that trickles slowly through your mind just when you’re at your lowest. It perfects its introduction in the mist of your journey when you’re pursuing your dreams, perfecting your craft and working diligently to change the course of your life.

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SeaWorld Pass Member Appreciation Month

Bring a Friend for Free!

Bring a friend for free to Aquatica or SeaWorld Orlando during the month of September.  Pass Members must register online.

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Busch Gardens Pass Member Perks for September

Exclusive 4-Pack Offer for Howl-O-Scream

Pass Members and Fun Card holders can save up to 50% on advance tickets for Howl-O-Scream. The offer is valid for visits on Sept 29-Oct 1 or Oct 6-9 with a 4-pack deal with prices starting at $35.99! Pass members must log into the online account to purchase the exclusive ticket deal.

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Halloween Horror Nights 2016 Passholder Offers and How They Work

Halloween Horror Nights 26 premieres Sept 16, 2016 to theme park guests wanting a terrifying way to begin the fall season. For Passholders, Universal Studios offers many cool discount options that can help with most budgets.

So let’s break down how Halloween Horror Nights discounts will work this year.

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Halloween Horror Nights VI

 

Halloween Horror Nights VI Journey Into Fear marketing featured a demented creature lurking in the dark, chanting the tagline in advertisements. The event featured three mazes, one scarezone, three shows, and an all new parade. The event was held for fifteen nights from October 11th to November 2, 1996.

Halloween Horror Nights 1996 was the first year to see the Festival of the Dead Parade, a Mardi Gras-style parade. The Crypt Keeper was not the icon that year; however, he was still featured in the event with his own house and as the leader of the parade.

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Halloween Horror Nights V

In 1995 Universal had to find a way to recreate Halloween Horror Nights due to its popularity. The pressure to top previous years was present with the event creators. This problem led to the creation of a main character to distinguish each year.

Halloween Horror Nights V was the first year an “icon” or single figure was presented, The Crypt Keeper. This icon was from the HBO series Tales From the Crypt where he told creepy stories and life lessons in a not so traditional way. 

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HHN photo source WESH

Halloween Horror Nights 1994

 

Halloween Horror Nights 1994 was the first Horror Nights that added Scarezones to the event. Horrorwood was the first scarezone that featured the Chainsaw Drill Team, the Lizzie Borden Band and more. This new concept provided a safer way of organizing the crowds on theme park streets. Halloween Horror Nights IV was also the last time Robosaurus would appear at the event. The monstrous robot would not make an appearance for another twelve years.

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Halloween Horror Nights 3

Halloween Horror Nights 1993

 

Halloween Horror Nights III was marketed as the 3rd  Annual Universal Studios Florida Halloween Horror Nights and was held for five nights. Creators for HHN 1993 brought in consultants, the Elm Street Hauntreprenuers of Irving, Texas, who recommended Universal concentrate more on startling people than grossing them out. Halloween Horror Nights III was also the first year of three different mazes, two with brand new concepts.

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Don’t Be Fooled by ARTEGON Marketplace: It’s the ANTI-Mall

I’ve found a not so hidden gem right in the heart of Orlando. It’s called the Artegon Marketplace located on the north east end of International Drive.

I say hidden gem because knowing the previous history of the mall that used to be there, Artegon offers so many surprises around each and every corner in contrast to its predecessor. Its anti-mall theme along with its laid back, Hipster vibe can be felt throughout the place.

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