Horror Nights ticket an exception to CityWalk teen curfew

Teenagers at Universal Orlando for Halloween Horror Nights will be able to visit CityWalk by showing their event ticket, bypassing a weekend curfew for minors at the entertainment district.

Earlier this week, Universal confirmed it was imposing a 9 p.m. curfew at CityWalk for guests under 18 on Fridays through Sundays, with certain exceptions. Some young fans of Halloween Horror Nights and their parents took to social media to voice concerns about the policy’s effect on the annual theme park haunt, which starts Sept. 2.

When asked whether the policy was related to a July 23 fight between teenagers at a CityWalk parking garage, Universal spokesman Tom Schroder said it was in place before the pandemic, and the resort was restoring it.

He said Universal employees will be available to help guests under 18 purchase a Halloween Horror Nights ticket if they did not buy one in advance. The event is recommended for visitors age 13 and older due to its intensity and frightening themes.

Schroder said employees will similarly accommodate younger visitors who are seeing a movie at CityWalk’s Cinemark movie theater, one of the exceptions to the policy, after the curfew starts. Guests under 18 are allowed at CityWalk on weekend nights under two other exceptions: if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian or if they are a guest at one of Universal’s hotels.

He declined to say how Universal planned to enforce the curfew, saying the resort does not disclose security procedures.

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