Ah, autumn. Beautiful leaves of red, orange, and yellow swirl in cool breezes; the smell of pumpkin-spice lattes and beer; and fog billowing out of Kings Dominion as screams and body parts fill the air . . . ah, autumn, indeed.
Yes, Haunt (and Howl-o-Scream) season is in full gear in the Old Dominion. But how does Haunt 2104 differ from Haunt 2013? I went there last Sunday night to find out.
There's no Miner's Revenge maze in Old Virginia this year, thanks to the controversy it generated last year. Medieval Macabre over in the bumper car pavilion has been replaced with the "return" of the Maze of Madness, which is more like the Asylum maze that used to be what is now the Dinosaurs Alive gift shop. Corn Stalkers and Club Blood have received nifty new facades, and the Doll Factory, Slaughter House, Zombie High, and No Vacancy mazes are back, as are the park's usual scare zones and the Haunted House 3D flick. They also have two new shows, but I didn't have time to see them. Oh, and Outbreak: Evolution in the Flight of Fear queue is still bad, and you can still take a spin on the Blue Ridge Bloodbath car ride.
But even though it hasn't changed all that much from last year, I still enjoyed Haunt. KD's sacreactors tend to be more "in your face" than those at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, and they do pile on the atmosphere. All in all, it was a fun evening hanging out with some of TPR's Virginia members: Steve, Jeremiah, and NIcole.
Here's a look.
As you can tell by the tower's evil boogie-boogie eyes, it's time for Haunt. Well, the sign is a dead giveaway, too.
I think every Cedar Fair park has an official Haunt Hearse.
We were all in deep mourning for the Sky Ride.
Why is the pumpkin so sad?
Because it never got to ride El Dorado, which died at such a tragic, young age.
KD's new ropes course looks like a real killer.
Even Camp Snoopy is terrifying!
Remember--you have been warned!
Look away, lest you go mad!
Snoopy will suck your blood, then eat all your pizza.
Oh, yeah. The kids will love this one.
I don't think we're in Camp Snoopy anymore. Just a hunch.
Each year, the Flight of Fear hosts KD's worst maze. This year is no exception.
Hmm--Maze of Madness is supposed to be a contemporary insane asylum gone horribly wrong. Yet the facade screams "Medieval Macabre."
Candy Apple Grove takes on new charm in the fall of the year.
Yay! Slaughter House is open! Let's go get us some BBQ.
Why, just rub a little Memphis seasoning on him and he'll be right tasty.
"I . . . SEE . . . YOU!"
Thumbs up for red-carpet service . . .
. . . in Club Blood.
These little "fire-nadoes" are kind of cool.
Behold the TWINE OF TERROR!
"Yeah, it's OK sucking blood and stuff . . . but I really wanna direct."
The Club Blood building isn't quite as impressive at its facade. (Good sets and hot, blood-sucking go-go dancers inside, though.)
Good job parking that bus, Steve. Looks like you'll be taking your driving test again.
The boogie-boogie eyes are everywhere!
I wonder if Zombie High has a yearbook committee or an AV club? (This is a good maze. I particularly like the clueless principal on the PA as you enter.)
Hmm--based on the position of the debris, maybe Steve backed the bus in here.
Why do they always close Flight of Fear for a terrible maze? I think I speak for everyone when I say that we'd prefer they leave Flight of Fear open all night. It's one of the more popular coasters in the park.
^It had to do with the theme of the maze itself, which involved vengeful miner ghosts who had been left for dead following some sort of disaster. A group claimed it was "disrespectful" to the families of those who had been killed in actual coal-mining accidents, and this raised a bit of a stink.
Really enjoyed this report! Question, though, are all the mazes the same between years? Aside from two shows, nothing new was added between this year and last year? Do they at least change the layouts or scares within each recycled maze?
Nice TR Chuck. The façade for Club Blood looks impressive! I'm hoping I'll be able to make it out to Haunt this year.
coasterbill wrote:Why do they always close Flight of Fear for a terrible maze? I think I speak for everyone when I say that we'd prefer they leave Flight of Fear open all night. It's one of the more popular coasters in the park.
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