Ok, first I’m not a horror person. So while I may get into the spirit, I would not spend lots of time doing horror things. In the houses, things do jump out at you (but cannot touch you), and eventually, that would get old for me if I did this repetitively. They do keep a steady pace, but if you wanted to slow a couple steps from the person in front, you could. I had one person run ahead afraid in one of the houses, then I got lost in a mirror maze. The creepiest moment for me. You can sometimes see ahead to what’s coming. And there are times when the scareactors seem to get the person in front of you each time (or you in another house). Most of the houses are dark, but I think I was able to “see” what I wanted to. Just try a slower pace.
I went for the first time this last year with a RIP tour, which I did think was totally worth it. I was planning one trip, one night, no repeats. With the RIP tour there are no lines. You start at a heavy snack area with option to buy alcoholic drinks. We then accomplished every house and the last showing of the Bill n Ted show (not returning this year). We walked right in the doors to the houses. Instead of lines, we had pit stops at private potties/bars (off limits to other guests) where you could buy more alcohol. Remember, you cannot carry open containers into the houses (for scareactors safety I suppose) so they had to be consumed by the time you entered the next house. At the end, I watched a little of the dance show, and we were taken back for dessert. Really, you are paying for no lines and snacks enough to count as dinner. And a personal escort.
I also utilized early entry before my scheduled RIP tour out of one of the holding pins and saw two houses before my scheduled tour. This was faster moving line (though lots of people) as express passes weren’t really being used so much at that point, and there was still a 15-20min wait for the houses. But I did get to see two houses w/in an hour and be at my RIP tour for snacks. I would strongly recommend the early entry whether you have the express pass or not.
I would have utilized the AP entry, but that didn’t happen on the night that I was going.
I enjoyed the experience, and would probably have not enjoyed standing in the long lines. I will not return, mostly because I like to do new things. HHN was definitely one of the more immersive haunted house experiences I have done, and the houses were well done. I also enjoyed the scare zones walking around.