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Well, it's no secret that Florida had some tropical trouble last week. Hurricane Matthew was threatening to stop by, as a category 4 storm. As we all know, the theme parks, including HHN, was shut down for 2 days. Thus, I was not able to attend the event at all last week.
It was actually a nice break. Two days a week, is a lot for me these days. I don't know how some people can go every single day, for a month. Having a break, allows for my mind to reset every week. So, I had an extra break this time. It actually felt like I was going back to the event, for the first time.
With the approach of Matthew, Universal took some preemptive measures. I'm sure you all have seen the photos, of things being taken down. The Chance Scare Zone banner, and a whole horde of other things, were taken down.
When the event resumed last Saturday, some of those things that were taken down, had not yet been put back. Furthermore, in the Chance Scare Zone, lighting had not yet returned. When I attended Wednesday, there was still things that were missing.
The Chance Scare Zone banner, had still not yet been put back, and lighting was still not put back either. The tunnels over in Survive or Die, had also been taken away. They were still missing. A row of food tents across from Fallon, were also gone.
Thursday and Friday, the Chance Scare Zone banner, had returned, and some lighting in the Zone, had also been redone. Still missing, were the Survive or Die tunnels, and those food tents. Given that the tunnels had not worked the way they wanted them to work in the first place, I would not be surprised if they don't return at all.
On Wednesday, every house that we entered, seemed really off. Timing, scares, and pacing, just wasn't there. I have heard some rumors, about a handful of Scareactor's quitting, sometime after the hurricane. I can't confirm this, but it's just an observation.
CURRENT HOUSE RANKINGS
Despite the oddity of Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were really solid nights. Despite this being "Hell Week", it wasn't that busy at all either. Friday, was especially dead. House wait times hovered around 25 minutes, to 80 minutes. Even American Horror Story dropped to 80, after the initial opening.
9. LUNATIC'S PLAYGROUND 3D
7. AMERICAN HORROR STORY
6. TOMB OF THE ANCIENTS
5. THE WALKING DEAD
4. THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE
3. THE EXORCIST
2. HALLOWEEN: HELL COMES TO HADDONFIELD
1. GHOST TOWN: THE CURSE OF LIGHTNING GULTCH
CURRENT SCARE ZONE RANKINGS
I've made my views on the Scare Zones quite clear before. However, I am going to just come out and say it now: the Scare Zones suck this year. They are bad. Bad, may be a bit of a strong term. Let's call them, weak. Very, very weak.
5. A CHANCE IN HELL
CURRENT RATING: 1/5
A gigantic waste of space.
4. DEAD MAN'S WARF
CURRENT RATING: 2.5/5
Yes, it's pretty. However, the actor's have resorted to once again, just lumbering around doing nothing.
3. LAIR OF THE BANSHEES (OR WHATEVER IT IS THEY ARE CALLING IT THESE DAYS)
CURRENT RATING: 3/5
Great atmosphere, but nothing much else.
2. SURVIVE OR DIE
CURRENT RATING: 3.5/5
Fun, but still pales in comparison to other Zones in New York in the past. They added a motorcycle in here as well.
1. VAMP 1955
CURRENT RATING: 3.5/5
At least, people actually attempt to do things in this Zone. Still, saying this is the best Scare Zone, isn't saying much at all.
BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT HALLOWEEN ADVENTURE
Oh, my. How to even describe just how awful the show is this year? Stale. Unfunny, missed opportunity, and sad. This is supposed to be the 25th anniversary. Why didn't this feel like a 25th anniversary show? That is not the problem though. The show just isn't funny. Everything is forced, and none of the jokes land.
The show's biggest sin though, is it's boring. There is no flow to anything here. And it just makes the entire thing drag on. The new Ted isn't the problem, which I hear the die-hards say to try and justify the show's awfulness. No, it's the writers. The show needs some new-blood moving forward.
We get it, Universal likes to take jabs at Disney. However, there is no need to repeat a joke, that is now 3 years old. Fan service for the die-hards, shouldn't be a thing. They ruin the show as it is.
There isn't much more to say. See Academy of Villains instead.
FINAL RATING: 1/5
UNTIL NEXT WEEK
So that does it for me this week. I will once again, return next Thursday. Hard to believe we are rolling to the finish line at this point. However, a wise man once said: "It aint over till it's over."
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