triggernel wrote:I don't know how familiar you are with Mazes and Haunts, but they are generally pretty low capacity. Continuously moving dark ride vehicles move a lot faster than terrified teenage girl legs.
There's no reason a haunted house can't get 1,800-2,000pph if it is designed right.
This. Go to HHN and see what kind of capacity those things have, they can easily easily do 1,500-2,000 pph. Some of your smaller regional haunted houses probably don't get that kind of capacity because they don't send people through in a constant "conga line" like at HHN, but they probably don't need a capacity of 2,000 people an hour through either.
I've always though that for a reasonable price any park could build and empty building, build a haunt inside the building for regular operation during the year, plus the house with more actors and more atmosphere for the Halloween event, then every couple of years completely re-theme it and create an all new house. It would be an easy way to have a "new" attraction for a regional park every couple of years. Universal could probably easily do the same kind of thing, and make it work really well. However I doubt that his will be anything other than a major new attraction instead of a permanent haunt.