We booked our Scareactor Dining night for #HHN27! Scareactor Dining was offered on select nights during HHN 25 & HHN 26; however, it returns to HHN 27 and will be available on every event night! It is always such a cool time! It will surely become more popular now that it has expanded to every event night this year!! The experience is held within the Universal Studios’ Classic Monsters Cafe inside Universal Studios Florida. You go to the side entrance of Universal Studios (over by the Blue Man Group Theater) to enter for the dining experience! The park closes at 5:00 PM for Halloween Horror Nights and the Blue Man Group entrance is your way of entering before the event reopens at 6:30. You will need your HHN ticket AND your dining experience ticket to enter!!! They will take your dining ticket and digital photo ticket when you enter the restaurant. You will go through the regular service line. Some items are self-serve and others will be plated by the serving staff. Once you've filled your plates you will be taken to a table by a host or hostess. You will be able to return to the serving line and to the soda machines for refills at any time! (I recommend you load up your tray on the first round in case the line gets long!) Alcoholic drinks are available at an extra charge!
The dining experience is an all-you-can-eat buffet! The food is much better than regular theme park food. The menu is not the same menu offered during the day at Universal Studios’ Classic Monsters Cafe!! You will enter through the main entrance of the buffet.
The 2016 menu was very similar to the 2015 menu and included the following:
Sliced Pork Loin
New York Strip Loin
Key Lime Pie
Chocolate Chip Cookie
You will be able to go to a photographer in the back of the cafe to get pictures taken with featured scareactors. You will get a ticket to redeem a free photo in the front of the park before you exit for the evening! Scareactors will also roam through the restaurant throughout your dining experience. You are welcome to photograph and be photographed with them! There are plenty of fun photo opportunities. On select night during 2016, members of the Universal Orlando Creative Team responsible for creating Halloween Horror Nights attended the dining experience and were available for pictures and chats. They have not yet announced this perk for any of the 2017 dates.
Here is a booking tip! You can book an early dining time and arrive for the first service at the cafe. You'll have plenty of time to finish eating before the event actually opens to the public! Once you finish dining, you will be able to wait in the restaurant's courtyard for a short time. You will be directed to a soundstage house as soon as it opens! (It often happens a little early!) You'll beat the gate crowd to some of the soundstage houses before the lines get too long!!!
We hope you have a BLAST if you decide to give the Scareactor Dining Experience a try! Full official 2017 details follow below the gallery!
Photo Highlights from the Scareactor Dining Experience 2015 & 2016:
Here are the OFFICIAL details as currently listed on the OFFICIAL HHN website (HHN policies and information is always subject to change):
'Scareactor Dining Experience'
"Fuel up for the fear with the Halloween Horror Nights Scareactor Dining Experience™ on every event night at Universal Studios' Classic Monsters Cafe™."
"Get ready for your night of terror at the park with this event-exclusive dining experience at Universal Studios’ Classic Monsters Cafe™. Enjoy an all-you-care-to-eat themed dinner buffet with a special menu, scareactor photo ops and a digital download of one photo taken during the dining experience."
"This dining experience is open to all guests with a Halloween Horror Nights™ event ticket. Halloween Horror Nights™ ticket and Scareactor Dining Experience ticket are required and must be valid for the same day. Reservations required*."
$49.99* PER PERSON, PLUS TAX
Tickets are available online here: http://www.halloweenhorrornights.com/orlando/scareactor-dining.php
You MUST call to reserve your seating after you purchase your ticket! You can reserve seating, check on availability or ask any questions by contacting the Universal Orlando Resort™ Guest Contact Center.
They are available 7 days a week (EST 7:30am - 10pm Mon-Sat; 7:30am - 9pm Sun) and can be reached via phone at 407-224-7840.
Please arrive at theme park entrance by Blue Man Group on the day of reservation before 5pm (or your scheduled check-in time) to be able to attend the dining experience.
IMPORTANT NOTE: IT IS EASY TO MISS THIS STEP! YOU MUST CALL TO RESERVE YOUR SEATING TIME AFTER YOU PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS!
(We purchased our HHN 27 Scareactor Dining tickets online on 7/11. We called the reservations line immediately after purchasing and were able to reserve our time for the date we selected. They required the names of all members in our party. We received email confirmation and texts confirming our date & time! Some individuals have been told to call back 30 days before the purchased date to make seating time reservations. We're not sure if it is a policy change or just the customer service person you wind up being connected to.)