☠️ Stay and Scream Holding Areas
These are areas for day guests to wait in while the park closes and empties out before the event officially starts. There are two of them, and which one you get in will greatly impact which houses you get to first – so plan accordingly!
☠️ Lines build quick, and waits get long FAST
The good news is, the lines consistently moving. Long waits are never fun, but they are easier when moving!
☠️ The shows are…interesting
We laughed when the announcement was made that it was adult in nature but yall they weren’t joking 🙃😅 it was great though – lots of cool music, pyro, aerial artists, and illusions (and I love a good illusion!). These things fill up so fast. A Team Member gave us the recommendation to arrive 20-30 minutes prior to the next show and he was spot on. We arrive shortly after 9 for the 9:30 show and a crowd had already built up, and it was a packed show!
☠️ Scare Zones
We did all of the Scare Zones and all of them were good, but some were amazing! Our favorite was probably 30 Years 30 Fears, and in my opinion, the weakest was CryptTV (cool concept, just didn’t work as well as the others).
☠️ Haunted Houses
I only did two but the two I did were fab (Scarey: Horror in the Heartland, and Puppet Theater). As mentioned above, the big, showpiece houses attract crowds and the waits quickly inflate to 60+ minutes. Choose your Stay and Scream area wisely, get in line as soon as you can – OR bypass all of the strategy and purchase Express Pass for the event 🙃
☠️ Visit the Tribute Store!
Not only is full of all the horror souvenirs you can possibly need, but it’s got great decor, photos ops, and snacks – it’s just all around a great place to check out.
☠️ Leave the kiddos at home
This event is definitely not for kids. The recommended age is 13+. Obviously, you know your kid best, but this is a SCARY event with a lot of adult themes.
☠️ Beer lines are long
Grab a wristband early in the night so you don’t have to be carded every time you buy a drink, cuts down on a tiny bit of time AND means you don’t have to dig through your bag to find ID