Why staying onsite is a MUST for #HHN26

We wanted to run down the top 5 reasons to stay onsite at Universal Orlando during #HHN26 for whether you’re an international guest, out-of-stater or even a local, there’s always plenty of fun to be had staying just minutes from the horror nights action…



1. Location

Universal onsite resorts consist of Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando, Hard Rock Hotel Orlando, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort and Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.  Some as with the Hard Rock are a mere 5 minutes stroll from the front gates, whereas others are just a shuttle or boat ride away.  Hard Rock for example, often gets filled up at this time of year for weary HHN guests whom after walking and queuing at the event all night need a place to stay which is literally within falling distance.  Others such as Cabana Bay are just that little bit further but can be very cost effective for a night’s stay.



2. Traffic

So with or without express passes it seems that HHN will involve an element of queuing.  Queuing for security, lining up to get in, waiting to get into the houses, waiting in line to buy food or drink, shuffling out of Bill and Ted’s etc.  So the last thing you need is to be queuing either before or after on the I4 or the immediate roads around Universal Orlando.  Staying onsite relieves the pressure of getting their early through the rush hour and it relieves the hassle of battling the cars to get out of the parking garage after the event.  More time seeing the horrors and less time stuck in traffic is always a good thing!


Photo by Travis Terrell

3. Your own entrance!

Onsite hotel guests get the chance to walk through their own dedicated entrance to the event.  It is located just to the right of the main entrance arches and is signposted.  A dedicated security team and turnstiles enable onsite hotel guests the chance to experience the horrors right as the event opens!


Photo by Travis Terrell

4. Express for the day-time.

Depending on which hotel you book you can also get an express pass for you and any of your in-room guests to use in the theme parks during the day or the day after (note: the resort guests resort passes only work during the day and not at HHN).


5. The fun continues at the resort…

Forget Disney’s resorts, Universal’s impressive and ever expanding portfolio of hotels are some of the best in the area.  The newly opened Sapphire Falls is a must stay for any Universal junkie, along with the ultra cool and conveniently located Hard Rock, or take a dip in the relatively new Cabana Bay lazy river – there’s plenty to choose from.  The hotels also get in the mood with creepy seasonal decorations, games for the kids and seasonal menu items that are all HHN inspired!

So there’s our top 5 reasons for staying onsite when visiting HHN – do you stay onsite and if so where?  Let us know in the comments!

For more information or to book HHN specific packages please contact Universal directly.