A 2021 PTR: HHN30 & More Updated 7/26 HHN Cancellation & Planning for 2021

DisneyLifePapioNe

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I'm very excited for that one! It was a little disappointing to cancel, but not as bad as I thought it would be.



Hope so!



So far we're rescheduled for December! (But we'll be going to California). We're moving Chicago to June too, but we'll have to see how things go before we know if that one's for sure.



You too!
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lvcourtneyy

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Anyone else kind of feel like they're living in a movie?
Yes. 100%. It feels so surreal.

Or that we wouldn't be able to find toilet paper...every store in our area is out :confused3
I just don't understand the toilet paper stockpiling.
I know they're passing things to try and get people paid if they have to be out of work, and where I work hasn't talked about shutting down yet, but I can't really afford to be out of work for weeks at a time.
I hope they work this out for you! I feel for the small businesses who are economically hurt the hardest during this.

I'm really excited for HHN, and would be really upset if things were delayed or cancelled.
Same. My heart can't accept it.
 


vrajewski10513

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But what's everyone's opinion on this? Would you cancel if you had a trip planned the last week of April? Do you think my plan to move the trip is a better idea?
IMO, I don’t think the parks will be up and running by the end of April. Even if they we’re, I’d still be cautious about being around a large crowd of people (which it would still be a crowd even at 50% capacity). I’d rather be safe than sorry.. so I’d reschedule to December.

I’m hoping as well that things are relatively back to normal by September. Even if HHN needs to scale back a bit I’m sure creative could still pull something off that’s worth the trip.

I read an article today that China has finally had a few consecutive days of no new cases. Their first known case was December 10th... so just over 3 months to get to some resemblance of getting back to business. They also have 4x’s the number of people the US has. So I’m hoping that if everyone practices their social distancing and proper hygiene, we will be out of the thick of it by the end of April. But, I’m no medical professional so until then one can only hope!!
 
  • KathyM2

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    Anyone else kind of feel like they're living in a movie? Like when anyone planned their vacation this year did they think a pandemic would cancel it?
    I completely feel like we are living in a movie - Contagion. Scary stuff. It's gotten to the point where regular movies and TV don't seem real because people are acting normally. Ugh. I'm so sorry you had to cancel your trip, but I think it was the right call. You have saved yourself another month of should I or shouldn't I, and it was probably a lot easier to get it done now than closer to the date.
     

    Raeven

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    I just don't understand the toilet paper stockpiling.
    I don't either! I worked with a lady who bought 40 rolls...But we finally found some about a week and a half ago, and it should be enough to last us for another week or two.

    I hope they work this out for you! I feel for the small businesses who are economically hurt the hardest during this.
    Ugh, sadly I have no idea what will happen. We stayed open till the state mandated we close, but after that they laid us all off. They said they'll start operating as soon as they can, but the fact that they didn't give us any guarantees on hiring us back freaked some people out.

    Same. My heart can't accept it.
    Today I saw something from Universal creative that said they're still working on everything remotely. I'd think the actual construction of the houses is a very small part of what they do every year so, so far everything is proceeding.

    IMO, I don’t think the parks will be up and running by the end of April. Even if they we’re, I’d still be cautious about being around a large crowd of people (which it would still be a crowd even at 50% capacity). I’d rather be safe than sorry.. so I’d reschedule to December.
    Honestly, I don't either. Either that or they will have just opened and they'll be tons of restrictions in place. We decided it wasn't worth it.

    I’m hoping as well that things are relatively back to normal by September. Even if HHN needs to scale back a bit I’m sure creative could still pull something off that’s worth the trip.
    Me too. I'm thinking it will be. Universal creative said they are still working on things remotely and everything is still proceeding for HHN.

    I read an article today that China has finally had a few consecutive days of no new cases. Their first known case was December 10th... so just over 3 months to get to some resemblance of getting back to business. They also have 4x’s the number of people the US has. So I’m hoping that if everyone practices their social distancing and proper hygiene, we will be out of the thick of it by the end of April. But, I’m no medical professional so until then one can only hope!!
    Yeah, I've been seeing that. Crossing my fingers!

    Ugh. I'm so sorry you had to cancel your trip, but I think it was the right call. You have saved yourself another month of should I or shouldn't I, and it was probably a lot easier to get it done now than closer to the date.
    Yeah, it made more sense to make that decision then instead of worrying about it. I figured even if things were opened it made more sense to wait, and it would be better to have the money from the deposits for now.
     

    Raeven

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    Chicago Trip-10 weeks?
    HHN/Disney Trip-24 weeks
    LA Trip-36 weeks?

    Since I last checked in obviously things have gotten even crazier, and most people have been stuck inside for awhile now.

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    This is actually my first week inside, because up until Sunday; I still had to go to work almost everyday. Since I work for a small business they stayed open as long as they could, but we were shocked to see the amount of people still coming in just casually shopping during all of this. On Friday the governor decided to close all non essential businesses on Sunday night. I came in for an extra day over the weekend, and we had many, many calls from people angry at us because we didn't have inside info on when the government would choose to reopen things, and many people were having things called "furniture emergencies" that were definitely not emergencies at all. :rolleyes2

    While our state as a whole has the most cases, most of them are in NYC and there isn't many around here, so I don't think people were taking things seriously until everything had to close. While I don't want anyone to be exposed to the virus, and I'd love to be able to stay inside and protect myself; I also wanted to work as long as possible because we don't know how long this will last. Since I worked for a small business we knew we wouldn't be getting paid. And on Saturday they told us on Monday we'd all be laid off.

    I'm sure that was done so we can get unemployment, but it also gave us no guarantees we'll get our jobs back. I think they intend to hire us back (if it's only a short amount of time), but some people started worrying that if it's longer they may not/may close for good because they were in the process of selling and I'm unsure where they were in that process. Because I took some of my time (half my vacation and the rest of my sick days), I'll be getting paid for the next 2 weeks and won't have to apply for unemployment until then (which is currently very hard to do in NY). Part of me feels like I should start looking for another job because I've never been out of work for an extended time since I entered the workforce, and we don't know for sure what will happen with my workplace. (I've had people send me postings for jobs specifically created for this time), but I also feel like I already put myself out there for 2 weeks after a lot of people quarantined, and I'd also like to stay at home and be safe at this time. Josh's work has already closed for the next 3 weeks, but he gets paid through all of this because he works for the town.

    I do want to say though that my boss seemed to think they're speculation about the business closing for good was a bit far fetched, and currently I'm not worried and we're fine financially. I'm just a little anxious not knowing an end date to this, because I have revised our yearly budget to include this, but I obviously can't be sure how long I have to account for. They also told us at work that even if we use our time for this, we can take our vacations (just unpaid) so that's what I plan on doing for the December trip. However if things go on for longer than we think (I'm guessing things will be closed another month/month and a half), we may have to nix the December trip but so far that's on the calendar, and before my job closed I did request to change that week.

    Also we have found toilet paper since my last post. :rotfl:

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    Trip Planning

    Our April trip has been completely cancelled. I cancelled it a few days after I posted on here last. Everything was very easy to cancel or move, except a few ticket related things. I have to call Disney still about our After Hours tickets and moving our 1 day ticket (you used to be able to do it in the app, but mine won't let me now). But I've been putting off calling because I know they must be getting a lot of calls right now.

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    The comedy show we were seeing got rescheduled for August today, and there's no way we can make it to that. For some reason because it was rescheduled they don't seem to be doing refunds, and because some areas of Orlando have closed all non essential businesses there's no one answering the phones for the Hard Rock box office so I can't get through to them and ask. (Ticketmaster doesn't seem to be taking calls either). So we may just have to wait till things settle down to get an answer on those.

    I booked the same hotel in Chicago for the first weekend in June, and moved our flights there. We have quite a bit of credit leftover that I can use when December flights open, and I booked hotels for LA/Disneyland in December. I'm not 100% sure if either of those trips is a go until this quarantine is over, so I'm crossing my fingers.

    September Trip

    We booked our flights for September! They opened recently, and I got an early morning one there, but a not-so-great one for the way home. The only choice for a direct flight on the way home was for the morning, and we usually like to try to stay as late as we can. But we ended up taking that one since there wasn't much to choose from. A co-worker also said they could work Thurs for me, so we booked our flights for the opening day of HHN. (However now with my job being up in the air and not knowing if my co-worker will still be there I'm kind of in a weird position of just hoping they'll honor that when we go back to work).

    I also still haven't booked any ADR's or even have a solid plan for September yet. I did book RPR a long time ago, but might break things up into other hotels depending on if we plan to travel somewhere else in Florida. Obviously with all this going on it isn't something that's really been on my mind, but with the free time I now have I did plan to look at it this week.

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    schumigirl

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    Raeven I am so sorry to read about your job :hug:

    That‘s awful, even if it’s expected. Will keep fingers and toes crossed they take you back on as soon as they can.

    I think you did the right thing with your April trip, hard as it is to do. I wouldn’t want to be travelling April or May yet......of course some will. At least your mind is settled on what you’re doing now.

    And that your December trip goes ahead too......what a shame if you need to cancel that one too......oh it’s dreadful what’s happening to so many people. But, glad to hear you’re doing ok.....it’s just awful.

    I am glad to hear you got toilet paper!!!! There’s always a silver lining.......::yes::

    As for HHN........it will go ahead.......they are carrying on and doing a lot.......plans are all coming together......we WILL make HHN this year........:wave2:
     
  • Raeven

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    Raeven I am so sorry to read about your job :hug:

    That‘s awful, even if it’s expected. Will keep fingers and toes crossed they take you back on as soon as they can.
    Thank you, it's such a weird situation because at this time I've lost my job, but technically I could be called to come back in anytime so I guess I haven't really, but it's all so unsure with regards to how long this could go on.

    I think you did the right thing with your April trip, hard as it is to do. I wouldn’t want to be travelling April or May yet......of course some will. At least your mind is settled on what you’re doing now.
    Yes, I agree I wouldn't feel comfortable either.

    And that your December trip goes ahead too......what a shame if you need to cancel that one too......oh it’s dreadful what’s happening to so many people. But, glad to hear you’re doing ok.....it’s just awful.
    I'm hoping everything is all worked out by then! It's a little hard to plan anything when nothing is for sure, but if we have to put that trip off till the following year we're prepared to do that too. It is awful.

    I am glad to hear you got toilet paper!!!! There’s always a silver lining.......::yes::
    People are getting a little less crazy about hoarding it all and it's been a little easier to find from what I've heard :rotfl:

    As for HHN........it will go ahead.......they are carrying on and doing a lot.......plans are all coming together......we WILL make HHN this year........:wave2:
    Yes! I've heard they are working on it remotely right now. HHN is our for sure trip this year, and I know we will both be there!
     

    lvcourtneyy

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    Today I saw something from Universal creative that said they're still working on everything remotely. I'd think the actual construction of the houses is a very small part of what they do every year so, so far everything is proceeding.
    I saw that too! I was just happy to see anything posted about it because the complete silence was making me nervous.

    I came in for an extra day over the weekend, and we had many, many calls from people angry at us because we didn't have inside info on when the government would choose to reopen things, and many people were having things called "furniture emergencies" that were definitely not emergencies at all. :rolleyes2
    Oy people really have no sense of what an actual emergency is.

    It's so hard for people like us on these boards that are such uber planners in such uncertain times.
     

    Raeven

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    I saw that too! I was just happy to see anything posted about it because the complete silence was making me nervous.
    Yeah I was happy to hear that, and I've seen a few more tweets about them working on things since then. The first speculation map was also released yesterday which is exciting.

    Oy people really have no sense of what an actual emergency is.
    Nope :rotfl:

    It's so hard for people like us on these boards that are such uber planners in such uncertain times.
    It is! Aside from the HHN trip which I feel pretty confident is happening right now, our other two trips this year are iffy so it's really hard to plan anything for them.
     

    lvcourtneyy

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    Yeah I was happy to hear that, and I've seen a few more tweets about them working on things since then. The first speculation map was also released yesterday which is exciting.
    i saw that too! I saw two different ones and one had a Billie Eilish house on it? I mean i have no clue what she’s saying in her song lol but seems weird
     
  • Raeven

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    Chicago Trip-11.5 weeks
    HHN/Disney Trip-22.5 weeks
    LA Trip-34.5 weeks?

    So this week I've made Tiktoks, took a walk on the one day it wasn't raining or snowing (being outside in the middle of the day is weird :rotfl: ), watched the Tiger King, found a section of movies on Netflix that are like Lifetime movies (and are so bad they're amazing), and done nothing on my to-do list yet. :laughing: But I'm pretty sure we still have some weeks to go so I have some time. Josh is already off work through April 15th, and I haven't heard anything from my job.

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    (From our walk earlier this week).

    I saw yesterday that they released the first HHN speculation map. Almost all the guesses last year were 100% right, and this map had Beetlejuice, Gremlins, and Haunting of Hill House houses as possibilities (among others) which I'd be very excited for.

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    Trip Planning

    As you may have noticed the Chicago trip moved again. Flight prices are fantastic for booking into the summer now, but it made me a little nervous that, that might be because they aren't anticipating very much travel at that time coupled with Disney not being open for bookings till June 1st made me think I should push it out. It was supposed to coincide with a comp day at work, but I don't even know if I'd be working on the day I'd get the comp day for or what will be happening with my job if our store is closed for that long so I just pushed it out to my birthday week.

    I still have to call about the Disney tickets, but I did hear back about the comedy show being moved. I couldn't reach anyone so I reached out to the Hard Rock Live's Twitter, and they got back to me and told me to e-mail them about a refund.
     

    Raeven

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    i saw that too! I saw two different ones and one had a Billie Eilish house on it? I mean i have no clue what she’s saying in her song lol but seems weird
    I posted the one I saw in my post and yeah it was that one. That site was 100% right last year aside from one house that I think changed last minute due to a legal dispute. A lot of people were upset about the Billie Eilish house, but I can actually see that being pretty cool. (Although I kind of think like the Rob Zombie one last year it might make a better scare zone just because the songs are individual and not a unified story as far as I know). I haven't seen a lot of her videos, but I guess there's a lot of horror movie imagery in them so I feel like that makes enough sense. I like her music, but it can be hard to understand what she's saying sometimes because some of the songs are so quiet. :rotfl:
     

    missangelalexis

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    I'm so sorry you were laid off. I hope you will be able to maintain your job when this is all over :(

    It stinks that your trips are so up in the air. It's such a tough time and it makes it harder not being sure if you have a trip to look forward to or not!!
     

    schumigirl

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    Chicago Trip-11.5 weeks
    HHN/Disney Trip-22.5 weeks
    LA Trip-34.5 weeks?

    So this week I've made Tiktoks, took a walk on the one day it wasn't raining or snowing (being outside in the middle of the day is weird :rotfl: ), watched the Tiger King, found a section of movies on Netflix that are like Lifetime movies (and are so bad they're amazing), and done nothing on my to-do list yet. :laughing: But I'm pretty sure we still have some weeks to go so I have some time. Josh is already off work through April 15th, and I haven't heard anything from my job.

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    (From our walk earlier this week).

    I saw yesterday that they released the first HHN speculation map. Almost all the guesses last year were 100% right, and this map had Beetlejuice, Gremlins, and Haunting of Hill House houses as possibilities (among others) which I'd be very excited for.

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    Trip Planning

    As you may have noticed the Chicago trip moved again. Flight prices are fantastic for booking into the summer now, but it made me a little nervous that, that might be because they aren't anticipating very much travel at that time coupled with Disney not being open for bookings till June 1st made me think I should push it out. It was supposed to coincide with a comp day at work, but I don't even know if I'd be working on the day I'd get the comp day for or what will be happening with my job if our store is closed for that long so I just pushed it out to my birthday week.

    I still have to call about the Disney tickets, but I did hear back about the comedy show being moved. I couldn't reach anyone so I reached out to the Hard Rock Live's Twitter, and they got back to me and told me to e-mail them about a refund.
    How exciting to see the alleged map......I hadn‘t seen it yet.......have to admit I did have to Google who the darn Billie Eilish was??

    Never heard of her.....I guess I am getting old!!!

    We’ve become Netflix junkies too......tried Tiger King but hated seeing the animals caged up, but jeez......what a weird show!!

    Hope you hear better news about your job sooner rather than later......
     

    KathyM2

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    It's so hard for people like us on these boards that are such uber planners in such uncertain times.
    THIS!!! Seriously, it is so hard not being able to plan any trips...let alone anything about life...for the foreseeable future. I think that is what is hardest right now all around. Normally a lot of my day is spent planning...planning for clients, planning for my own life...planning when to do what, and normally have a 4 month calendar up on my fridge at all times and enjoy filling it in and looking forward to things...and now it's just...blank and more blank other than the occasional Zoom meeting or virtual coffee with friends...oh I guess I can schedule in my dog walks now lol!!

    Hope you are keeping well and sorry about the job!
     

    Raeven

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    I'm so sorry you were laid off. I hope you will be able to maintain your job when this is all over :(
    Thanks, I'm hoping so too. Supposedly we're going to hear something this week.

    It stinks that your trips are so up in the air. It's such a tough time and it makes it harder not being sure if you have a trip to look forward to or not!!
    Yeah, for right now as long as things are open the HHN trip is for sure, the other ones aren't though and that makes them harder to plan for.

    How exciting to see the alleged map......I hadn‘t seen it yet.......have to admit I did have to Google who the darn Billie Eilish was??

    Never heard of her.....I guess I am getting old!!!
    She's newer artist lol (and I think she was probably famous for quite some time before I knew about her). I only recently started listening to her.

    We’ve become Netflix junkies too......tried Tiger King but hated seeing the animals caged up, but jeez......what a weird show!!
    It was a crazy show!

    Hope you hear better news about your job sooner rather than later......
    I hope so too! The person in HR said we're supposed to hear something this week.

    THIS!!! Seriously, it is so hard not being able to plan any trips...let alone anything about life...for the foreseeable future. I think that is what is hardest right now all around. Normally a lot of my day is spent planning...planning for clients, planning for my own life...planning when to do what, and normally have a 4 month calendar up on my fridge at all times and enjoy filling it in and looking forward to things...and now it's just...blank and more blank other than the occasional Zoom meeting or virtual coffee with friends...oh I guess I can schedule in my dog walks now lol!!
    It is! It's a very weird thing to just have nothing at all on the calendar. I don't entirely mind it sometimes, but it's weird to not even know when I can reschedule my dentist appt for.

    Hope you are keeping well and sorry about the job!
    Thank you, hope you're well too!
     

    jnjusoioa

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    Sorry to post on this thread but I know there are a lot of HHN people on here. I am in the same group as all of you, I don't write trip reports but like to follow along on yours Raven and I love to read Carole's and have talked to her. I was planning a trip for May 6-10th and thinking that it is going to have to be rescheduled, even if the parks open May 1st I am thinking there are probably going to be issues, etc. Thinking of going in October, but not a fan of HHN, as I get am afraid, so was just curious as to what the Universal parks look like during the day? Are there signs of the HHN around? I am sure the hours are shorter? Thank you ahead of time for advice.
     

    Raeven

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    Sorry to post on this thread but I know there are a lot of HHN people on here. I am in the same group as all of you, I don't write trip reports but like to follow along on yours Raven and I love to read Carole's and have talked to her.
    Aw thank you!

    I was planning a trip for May 6-10th and thinking that it is going to have to be rescheduled, even if the parks open May 1st I am thinking there are probably going to be issues, etc.
    I'm sorry about your trip. :hug: I do think at this point that things probably won't be open by then, but if they are it probably won't be what we're used to which is why I cancelled ours for around the same time.

    Thinking of going in October, but not a fan of HHN, as I get am afraid, so was just curious as to what the Universal parks look like during the day?
    I've never been in October during HHN only September. In my experience the crowds aren't too bad usually, a little heavier on the weekends though.

    Are there signs of the HHN around?
    Yes, but most the props will be covered up especially if they're gory.

    I am sure the hours are shorter? Thank you ahead of time for advice.
    IOA might be open a little longer, but usually Universal Studios does have shortened hours. I think they usually close around 5pm, because the event starts at 6pm each night it's on. There's no HHN on Monday and Tuesday for the most part though so the hours might be longer then.
     

    jnjusoioa

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    Thank you for all the great advice Raven, it is all very helpful. As much as I wanted to be hopeful, I am with you, thinking it is probably best to cancel the trip at this point, as you said even if the parks are up and running it won't be what it normally is. Just never thought in a million years that we would be living in times like this, like you said I feel like we are living in a movie, I keep waking up each day thinking that it was just a bad dream.

    That is good news about the HHN. I also forget that HHN is only at the Studios and not IOA, I keep thinking it is at both parks.

    I hope things work out for you with your job, stay well and healthy.
     

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