So the strongly rumored theme this year is something like a 'family tree' or 'class reunion' of sorts, where they will be bringing back icons/houses of the past. We've been attending HHN for the past 6 years so I'm personally hoping they pull more from the earlier years I haven't seen before. I was hoping for a whole new theme this year. Wasn't it just two years ago that we had the same 'icons of the past' theme? Oh well, bad HHN is like bad pizza; even when it's bad, it's still pretty good.
Either way I know I'll have a great time - it can't be worse than the year with the Alice in Wonderland area, can it?? Maybe I'm spoiled - my first HHN was at both parks back in 2004 and it really left us with high standards to compare future HHNs. It would've been great to have it in both parks this year, especially with how incredibly creepy Hogwarts could be for Halloween. Hopefully sometime soon. (If JK will ever let 'em do it!)
If anyone from HHN creative is meandering around PTTP we've got a couple suggestions that would go a long way to improve your already great (is legendary too much?) event:
1. Bring back the mainstage icon show! I understand it may already be too late for this year, but next year? It really ties the whole theme of the event together and it feels like something is missing without it.
2. Have scarier scarezones! Smaller, intimate areas are scary-not the vast expanses like the main streets as you walk in.
3. Make the park darker overall!
4. Add a party element with a DJ booth - MIB area would be great since it's an area where people already hang out inbetween houses. (It works for Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens, why not here?)
5. This one ties into the scarezone issue again. Don't underestimate the effectiveness of a cheap scare. Nothing gets someone's heart pounding like a guy in a ghillie suit jumping out from the bushes. Someone jumping out from behind a well placed box with a little misdirection is a close second.
Well, those are my thoughts so far. How about you?