Photo TR: Kings Dominion's Haunt 2014

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Photo TR: Kings Dominion's Haunt 2014

Postby cfc » Wed Oct 08, 2014 4:09 pm

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.
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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.
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I think every Cedar Fair park has an official Haunt Hearse.
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We were all in deep mourning for the Sky Ride.
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Why is the pumpkin so sad?
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Because it never got to ride El Dorado, which died at such a tragic, young age.
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KD's new ropes course looks like a real killer.
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Even Camp Snoopy is terrifying!
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Remember--you have been warned!
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Look away, lest you go mad!
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Snoopy will suck your blood, then eat all your pizza.
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Oh, yeah. The kids will love this one.
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I don't think we're in Camp Snoopy anymore. Just a hunch.
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Each year, the Flight of Fear hosts KD's worst maze. This year is no exception.
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Hmm--Maze of Madness is supposed to be a contemporary insane asylum gone horribly wrong. Yet the facade screams "Medieval Macabre."
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Candy Apple Grove takes on new charm in the fall of the year.
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Yay! Slaughter House is open! Let's go get us some BBQ.
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Why, just rub a little Memphis seasoning on him and he'll be right tasty.
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"I . . . SEE . . . YOU!"
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Thumbs up for red-carpet service . . .
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. . . in Club Blood.
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These little "fire-nadoes" are kind of cool.
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Behold the TWINE OF TERROR!
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"Yeah, it's OK sucking blood and stuff . . . but I really wanna direct."
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The Club Blood building isn't quite as impressive at its facade. (Good sets and hot, blood-sucking go-go dancers inside, though.)
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Good job parking that bus, Steve. Looks like you'll be taking your driving test again.
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The boogie-boogie eyes are everywhere!
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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.)
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Hmm--based on the position of the debris, maybe Steve backed the bus in here.
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Always have pride in your beaver.
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Haunts are better with random fire. More to come.
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Re: Photo TR: Kings Dominion's Haunt 2014

Postby coasterbill » Wed Oct 08, 2014 4:14 pm

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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Re: Photo TR: Kings Dominion's Haunt 2014

Postby cfc » Wed Oct 08, 2014 4:31 pm

Prepare for more terror!
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Look closely, and you may see a spider.
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Again with the boogie-boogie eyes.
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Even the snack bar is cursed!
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Here's a fixer-upper opportunity in the Necropolis. It can be yours for a song and a pact with Satan.
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Hail Hydra!
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Looks like Steve met a friend. Or maybe he owes this guy a soul?
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"I . . . SEE . . . YOU . . . and your car in the parking lot."
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No Vacancy has the best sets of any of KD's mazes. But you'd better be sure to tip the staff, lest your stay be less than pleasant.
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In case you hadn't noticed, KD likes fog.
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I think this is for one of their new Halloween shows--or maybe it was just a particularly creepy wedding reception.
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"Spread out! Hot chick with an ax coming through!"
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The fountains run red--with your blood!
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Cornstalkers has been improved a bit for 2014. The monsters have plenty of hiding places, where they just blend into the corn stalks . . . Oh, I get it--they're corn STALKERS! Oh, how droll.
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It even has a nicer facade than last year.
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Steve bumps into friends everywhere.
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Yeah, yeah, I know . . . you see me.
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The other sign says "Feary" (as in "Feary Tales"), but people kept standing in front of it.
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"Oh, yeah, I am hung like a horse . . . damn! Stupid lie-detector nose!"
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"Yes, it's only your nose that grows, dude."
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Feary Tales was pretty good on Sunday night. Those adorable characters were really aggressive.
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Doll Factory is still one of the standout mazes. I really like the finish.
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I think that guy in the center just wants to hang out.
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When Botox treatments go wrong.
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Only you can help prevent horrible pole-dancing accidents.
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Cannibals have condos?
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These decorations are compliant with the cannibal homeowners association covenants.
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"Watch me pull a rabbit, er, half a rabbit outta my hat!"
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Meet Piss Off, the Clown.
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Er, you didn't mention having a beard on Craigslist.
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This is Blood Drums, only there's no blood at the moment.
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Ironworx is a steampunk scare zone.
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"We are the Borg. Resistance is futile. You will join us. Hey, we have beer. Come back . . ."
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Good night and pleasant dreams from Kings Dominion.
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Re: Photo TR: Kings Dominion's Haunt 2014

Postby cfc » Wed Oct 08, 2014 4:32 pm

coasterbill wrote:Why do they always close Flight of Fear for a terrible maze?


Because it's easier than removing the maze from the queue and packing it up? ;)
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Re: Photo TR: Kings Dominion's Haunt 2014

Postby sspaz1000 » Wed Oct 08, 2014 5:17 pm

Great TR chuck! If I enjoyed haunt type activities I think it would be good fun, but I don't so I'll just keep enjoying pictures. :)
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Re: Photo TR: Kings Dominion's Haunt 2014

Postby KingB24 » Wed Oct 08, 2014 5:21 pm

Loved the captions, as always. Glad you had a good time! Come back and see us again in Zombie High....... :evil:

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Re: Photo TR: Kings Dominion's Haunt 2014

Postby tanthonyam » Wed Oct 08, 2014 6:10 pm

So what was the controversy from that Miner's maze?

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Re: Photo TR: Kings Dominion's Haunt 2014

Postby cfc » Wed Oct 08, 2014 6:21 pm

^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.
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Re: Photo TR: Kings Dominion's Haunt 2014

Postby OrlandoGuy » Wed Oct 08, 2014 6:37 pm

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?

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Re: Photo TR: Kings Dominion's Haunt 2014

Postby mike541x » Wed Oct 08, 2014 6:47 pm

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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