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How should the lines be for Haunt on Saturday's? I'm trying to go for the first time, but I need to make sure there are no conflicts with my soccer, and Sunday's a school night so Saturday's are my only option. Are the lines bad? I won't be going to the first weekend because I'm away, I would think that would be the most crowded days.

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How should the lines be for Haunt on Saturday's? I'm trying to go for the first time, but I need to make sure there are no conflicts with my soccer, and Sunday's a school night so Saturday's are my only option. Are the lines bad? I won't be going to the first weekend because I'm away, I would think that would be the most crowded days.

 

I'm going to be completely honest here. Be prepared for lots of lines! But you can still get a lot done! I highly recommend you actually hit up the back of the park first. You can get Zombie High, Corn Stalkers, and Toy Factory done with very little wait. Everyone's going to jam to the "headliner" mazes which will be CarnEvil, Slaughter House, Dia De Los Muertos...Werewolf Canyon and Madame Marie's are what I call the borderline of the heavy crowds. Eventually crowds disperse afterwards and the lines more or less even out through the park. Are you a pass holder?

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I was just checking out the Haunt site and saw that they are getting the Fun House Express for Haunt. It's so weird to see a 20 year old ride film marketed as "New for 2013." Fun movie though.

 

Yeah, should be a nice addition for some families who attend Haunt. Although I may skip it as i'd rather do the real mazes and rides.

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How should the lines be for Haunt on Saturday's? I'm trying to go for the first time, but I need to make sure there are no conflicts with my soccer, and Sunday's a school night so Saturday's are my only option. Are the lines bad? I won't be going to the first weekend because I'm away, I would think that would be the most crowded days.

 

I'm going to be completely honest here. Be prepared for lots of lines! But you can still get a lot done! I highly recommend you actually hit up the back of the park first. You can get Zombie High, Corn Stalkers, and Toy Factory done with very little wait. Everyone's going to jam to the "headliner" mazes which will be CarnEvil, Slaughter House, Dia De Los Muertos...Werewolf Canyon and Madame Marie's are what I call the borderline of the heavy crowds. Eventually crowds disperse afterwards and the lines more or less even out through the park. Are you a pass holder?

I have a Platinum Pass and so does my mom. Would it be better to go on a Sunday and just not go for the whole night? Or what about a Friday? Thanks for advice though!

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^ I would recommend going on a Sunday. If you don't ride anything you should be able to get everything done in a couple hours, that's including the shows. Although if you have to go on a Friday or Saturday I would recommend the Madame Marie Chophouse meal which includes dinner and a front of the line pass for one maze of your choice. It's $20 with a season pass, after the meal I would go and do the the mazes in the back of the park and work your way back up front, then you can use the front of the line pass for one of the mazes towards the front if the line is long.

 

Info for the Chophouse meal can be found at, Halloween Haunt site.

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Who all is going this weekend? My gf and I will be there on both Friday and Saturday nights. It'll be her first major haunt event, I don't think Fright Fest counts. But anyways, looking forward to running into some familiar faces and maybe some new ones as well. When it's closer to the day, i'll post what for you to look for to find me.

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Did anybody go last night? How was it? We're leaving for CGA in two hours this is our only night and I want to see all the mazes, wondering if it will be crowded enough to need Fright Pass. We'll cover all of the rides this afternoon so we can focus on haunt tonight, except for maybe a nighttime spin on Gold Striker

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Had a great time at Haunt opening night! For an opening night it was pretty crowded, with some mazes reaching 45+ minute wait times.

 

The Good:

-Hanging out with Angry_Gumball and Flagg O'Dim at Madame Marie's Voodoo Chophouse, and meeting Madame Marie herself!

-Consuming more food than Angry_Gumball and Flagg at said Chophouse

-The lake in front of the carousel is now lined with propane-powered flamethrowers that shoot fireballs into the air at various intervals.

-Watching Robman terrorize his victims in the Gauntlet.

-Dia de los Muertos. I wasn't looking forward to this maze after hearing people talk of it being a non-scary hand-me-down from Knotts. I was pleasantly surprised with the maze though, the scenery is very detailed and beautiful, and there's lots of it since the maze is fairly lengthy. This was probably my favorite of the night.

-The Gauntlet, while it didn't seem as populated as in the old days, the talent that works there are all awesome. In my opinion this is hands down the best scare zone.

-Fun House Express was actually a lot of fun! I found it to be a much more enjoyable experience than Happy Feet.

-Huge shocker: Werewolf Canyon was actually pretty good! There's a bunch more talent than last year, and they were all getting into character. The "long periods of nothingness" were almost completely eliminated.

 

The Not-So-Good:

-Massacre Manor, Cornstalkers, and Dead Man's Cove were all missing their theme music. Instead we got heavy metal music, which kind of worked for Dead Man's Cove.

-Zombie High was a big disappointment. After experiencing the wow factor of Massacre Manor last year I had high hopes for Zombie High. While this maze isn't bad, it's just OK. In my opinion it's way too bright inside most of the rooms, and some of the theming fell flat (piling up school desks to make a walkway barrier). The talent in the maze was pretty good though, they're doing great for what they have to work with (a super-bright maze with not too many places to hide).

-The awesome ending to Toy Factory is no more

-Underworld Alley was only a shadow of its former glory, it seemed extremely understaffed, and most of the talent didn't seem too enthusiastic about being there. Hopefully once they get into a rhythm they'll work up the scares.

-The new layout of Cornstalkers wasn't all that great in my opinion. The maze operators now assign you to one of three entrances, which are small walkways devoid of any monsters. These walkways eventually converge together, causing a big traffic jam and some general confusion about which way to go. The rest of the maze is very narrow, it's basically a compressed version of the Cornstalkers we all know and love.

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Many thanks to CGA for inviting me to the Media/VIP event for Halloween Haunt's opening night. The food was great, and Madame Marie's interaction with us was hilarious!

 

In addition to the dinner, being VIPs we were given a one-time use front of the line pass (which we later used for Dia de los Muertos), two pairs of 3D glasses and Gold Striker ERT.

 

After my brother (rjvader) and I checked in and entered the park, we ran into CGA's Roger and Ryan, who told us that Gold Striker was open. It was truly a walk on, no line whatsoever, and I was told to sit wherever I wanted. I chose row 12, which gives great airtime going down the first drop. With the exception of a few people riding in the front, the entire train was empty, a pretty surreal experience.

 

Using our VIP passes, the security guard let us into the area that was blocked off to the public. We headed over to Madame Marie's Voodoo Chophouse, where we met up with Angry_Gumball and his neighbor.

 

Once we watched the opening ceremony, we dashed to the back of the park, which is always a great idea. Toy Factory, Zombie High and Cornstalkers all had less than two minute waits.

 

I say this every year, but it's true: This was the busiest opening night I've been to.

 

As with every opening night, some missteps are to be expected. I was disappointed in the music this year, which is always a high point. With the exception of Toy Factory, Carnevil and Werewolf Canyon, none of the mazes have their songs playing in the queue. This was most noticable with Madame Marie's Massacre Manor. That great, creepy song only played inside the maze, and the line only had the generic heavy metal music that played throughout the park. Underworld Alley's song was too quiet, and Dead Man's Cove's song is gone completely.

 

Some thoughts on the mazes, ranked from best to worst:

 

Dia de los Muertos (x2): This maze stood out above the rest, and after waiting 45 minutes the first time (which was worth it), it was a no-brainer to use my front of the line pass the second time. The level of detail is outstanding. Also, I think this is the first maze to have an elevated section, where you walk up a ramp and look down to the next part. The Club Blood bar scene makes a comeback, complete with a dancer and a new coat of paint. For me, the highlight of the maze was the jungle room. While I enjoyed Club Blood's remake last year, Dia de los Muertos is an excellent replacement. The 3D was a little blurry, but it didn't detract from the great experience I had with this maze. Also, I'm looking forward to streaming the song if Thomas Tissot uploads it.

 

Carnevil (x1): The oldest maze, but still one of the best. Great song, detailed rooms and lots of enthusiasm from the actors, even though it seemed a little understaffed.

 

Madame Marie's Massacre Manor (x1): A year later and I still can't get over how much detail this maze has. Solid maze all around.

 

Cornstalkers (x2): I enjoyed Cornstalkers' new look. The three different paths at the beginning add a new twist that isn't seen on any other maze, even if they aren't staffed. The maze is a little shorter, but I think it's for the better.

 

Werewolf Canyon (x1): Well, look who has moved up in the ranks! While this maze has nothing new, the actors really made the maze with their enthusiasm. Who would've thought Werewolf Canyon would be the most staffed maze in the park?

 

Zombie High (x2): The second of the new mazes this year, and unfortunately it was just OK. Visiting the park last Sunday, I saw many props stacked outside the newly-built shed, and I thought there was no way they would finish the maze in time for opening night. Turns out I was right. The facade they put on the shed looks painfully unfinished, and I noticed one wall of the maze was essentially bare plywood with a few drops of "blood" on it. At times, this maze felt like Slaughterhouse with the lights turned on. Overall, though, Zombie High had a good amount of detail, and I enjoyed the dance floor and the monster on springs. Chairs from the Pictorium were used for the theater portion of the maze.

 

Slaughterhouse (x1): Haunt's newly revamped maze in 2011 now looks outdated and simple, due to the immensely detailed Madame Marie's and Dia de los Muertos. It wasn't bad (the "song" fits perfect and adds so much more atmosphere to the maze). At least it kept its "squishy" part, unlike the next and last maze...

 

Toy Factory (x1): First maze of the night, and everything was going great. The actors were in character, the new rooms gave the maze a fresh feel, the song was catchy and annoying as always ... and then we got to the end. One of the best parts of any maze, the inflatable walls, has been removed, instead replaced with stacks of boxes. My guess is that it was removed to help capacity. Besides this, the maze was good, but the feeling of disappointment I felt leaving Toy Factory makes it end up at the bottom of this list.

 

New in 2013, Fun House Express in the Action Theater is a great addition to Haunt. It's being shown in the left side of the theater, which means Happy Feet is done for the season.

 

For the scare zones, Gauntlet was by far the best.

 

I will let the pictures tell the rest of the story:

 

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We're here at CGA, this time as Haunt VIPs!

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Got our front of the line and Chophouse dinner passes, and we're ready to go.

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Which is your favorite?

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For me, it was Dia de los Muertos.

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But first, we couldn't resist Gold Striker ERT, bringing my lap total to 38.

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The fried chicken restaurant is transformed into Madame Marie's Voodoo Chophouse.

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Madame Marie welcomed us to the reception, and promised to take our souls later.

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Angry_Gumball taking a picture of me taking a picture of him.

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Food! More upscale than Fright Feast (formerly Boofet) which was taking place at the same time.

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Madame Marie's "pets" stayed with us.

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She's got her eyes on you, Angry_Gumball.

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Flamethrowers! This looked amazing at night.

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The monsters have been unleashed.

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It's going to be a busy night.

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Overlord's Resurrection was top notch.

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Eh.

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The surprise of the night: Werewolf Canyon. This werewolf was keeping the line entertained.

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Gauntlet time!

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"Get my good side!"

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Hey, this guy looks familiar. It's TPR member robman!

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It's time to check out Dia de los Muertos, which means some new angles to photograph Gold Striker.

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This 45-minute line was cut to 20 seconds thanks to Fright Lane.

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Hello, Pictorium!

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Carnevil is consistently one of the best mazes every year.

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It looks excessive now, but this will be full in the near future.

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Angry_Gumball taking a picture of me taking a picture of him ... again!

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Blue Fire Guy snaps a shot of Jack.

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So long Happy Feet, welcome Fun House Express.

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Action Theater at night, a first for me. Will the right side ever be used again?

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A short clip was playing on the TV screens.

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Time for our second round of Zombie High.

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The facade is unfinished at best.

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Zombie High's exit leads you through most of Cornstalkers' original layout, but without the cornstalks and scarecrows. The exit meets up with Cornstalkers'. Great views of Grizzly to be had here.

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Not much to see here.

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OK, this is cool.

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Underworld Alley: Now with more fog and less monsters!

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Earlier I said the flamethrowers looked great at night. I couldn't stop taking pictures of them.

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Occasionally, all the flamethrowers go off at once. My camera freaked out, and no, Columbia didn't blow up.

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Thanks to the VIP pass, we were able to get preferred parking, letting me get this shot of Gold Striker that I've always wanted. Good night CGA!

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Out at haunt now! Breeze keeps dispersing all the fog some music and lightingthat I feel may be missing. But other than that another great night! (BTW, here by myself if any TPR wanna meet up?!

Got my Goldstriker swagger on, black and Greg fleece.

 

I'm out here as well...Flight Deck just broke down. I'm also in what sounds like the same fleece jacket

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We had a great time at the VIP/Media day event for Haunt’s opening night at CGA! There have already been some reviews and my review is below.

 

The new mazes and changes to Haunt are great! I agree with the reviews of Massacre Manor and other mazes that didn’t have the music. I hope that it was just opening night issues and I will find out next Saturday when we go again.

 

If you have gone to CGA for Haunt over the past 5 years, their main mazes are still good. In order of Favorites mazes – Carn-Evil is still terrific! Massacre Manor has some changes and I hope it works out some kinks before next Saturday. I don’t know what happened to the ending of Toy Factory, but I wish it would come back. The new changes to the Corn Stalkers maze was good. Slaughter House is still gross! WereWolf Canyon has gotten better too!

 

One of the new mazes, Dia de Los Muertos, was done very well. The 3-D affects and monsters were terrific. I couldn’t stand the line jumping that was happening right in front of security though. There were also people smoking at the entrance and nothing was stopped too. Just a minor rant…the maze is great though.

 

The other new maze, Zombie High, is different. It is very bright in there and you can see everything. Not too many scares, but it is a neat maze. The entrance needs to be labeled better.

 

Scare Zones have always been terrific. The Gauntlet is usually my favorite, but it seemed like they didn’t have as many scare-actors on Friday night. Underworld Alley was good too. I’m also a big fan of Dead Man’s Cove.

 

The shows – What can I say? Overlord’s Resurrection is a great way to start off the night. Blood Drums does a good job throughout the night too.

 

I have to say, hands down, the BEST Haunt show that I have seen is Blades of Horror! If you don’t go to this show, you are missing out. Make time to see it!

 

Let’s get onto the pics!

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The Haunt Vehicle out front!

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They have new flame affects all the way around the water!

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It's a VIP Night!

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First Stop....

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Gold Striker, all by ourselves!

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The new food option was very terrific!

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Shrimp, Bruschetta, Stuffed Mushrooms and Crab Cakes for appetizers!

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Roast Beef carving station

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The indoor seating.

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Dessert area

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The outdoor area

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The Overlord's Resurrection...

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This is an actual spider and web outside the exit to Madame Marie's Massacre Manor

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That's it for now....

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Had a blast at haunt last night: favorite maze was definitely Massacre Manor! Dia de Los Muertos was very cool to look at, but did not strike me as scary, or even really startling at all. I was curious about the building it was in, the Pictorium. What is/was this and when and why did it close? I've seen it from Goldstriker and always wondered, I'm fairly new to the park, but I've visited a lot this year.

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