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Total Damnation was actually pretty good. Of course, the haunting of Eleanor was great.

 

Eleanor is my favorite haunt as well. If you look carefully enough; you can see the ruins of the manor.

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Wait there're good haunts at SFA? I was under the impression that being a low tier SF park the fright fest haunts were all supposed to be crap. Is Eleanor worth paying for?

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I went this Sunday and it was packed because it was the last bring a friend for free day. I stayed for about 6 hours and only did superman, jinx, roar, and 2 mazes. I haven’t seen the park this crowded in almost 6+ years.

 

Rides: operations were pretty good. The best I’ve seen in a while. Every coaster had about a 30-45 min wait with two trains. Also, batwing, minderaser, and of course, apocalypse were closed. IMO, roar definitely has gotten rougher, but it is still bearable.

 

Awakening: it was so much better when it was at the smaller celebration stage. Now that it’s in Gotham arena, it does not have the same effect and sometimes it’s hard to hear. Also, they’re always having mic problems. The show it’s self was better years ago with Eleanor being featured. This show this year just seems like it was last minute and thrown together. On a more positive note, Gotham arena was jam packed, never seen it so crowded before.

 

Mazes: I only got a chance to do two, but I did most of them two weeks ago.

 

Aftermath: 5/10. Decent scares and a slight improvement from last year, but still one of the worst in the park. Also very short.

 

Total damnation: 7/10. A couple good scares. Has potential, only if it were longer with a few more actors.

 

Twisted fairytales: 4/10. I think it’s time to change the “theme” to this maze and come up with a new concept. I went on this maze two weeks ago when it was barely anyone in the park, so maybe they were understaffed, but it was literally 4 actors in there and I did not startle once. Everything was predictable and they didn’t change anything.

 

The crypt: 4/10. Basically the same thing as spider outbreak from last year. Same layout and everything, just take away spiders and that’s what you get. I also went on this when the park was empty so I had the same issue as twisted fairytales, barely any actors. My favorite part was inflatable walls. Not scary.

 

Voodoo curse: 8/10. I always looked forward to this one. They somehow pull off decent scares with the limited amount of space they have with the maze being built on the midway. Years ago this had more of a Mardi Gras theme, but this year it was kinda random.

 

Haunting of Hall Manor: N/A. I have not done this one yet due to limited time. However, I’ve done it every year before and it remember it regressing. My issue last year was that the layout was weird and they made the groups way too big and at some point, you would catch up to another group. It would be 20+ people all together and no one getting scared. Hopefully they made some changes and improved this year.

 

Overall, I don’t understand why they increased the price of the Haunted house passes so much compared to last year. For season pass holders, it’s $18 and for non it is $23. If I didn’t have a season pass, I wouldn’t have bought it. If you do not do all 6 mazes in one night, it is a waste of money. $18 feels like a rip off for the quality that they are producing. The theming is terrible, the costumes look like they came from party city, and the acting is mediocre. The scare zones are also a joke this year. Everything just seems out of place, cheap, and no effort put into it. Maybe I’m just getting older, but almost none of the actors on the streets were scary. I can really tell their costume budget was low. If the park is gonna have 6 mazes open for only 3 hours on a crowded day, the park should stay open at least until 11pm in Sundays and 12 on Saturdays.

 

 

 

Side note: has one been to kings dominon’s hallloween haunt and can they compare? I’m thinking about checking it out but I want to know if it’s worth it or not. I also heard you don’t have to pay for their mazes. Can anyone confirm this?

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^^ Great review!

 

I personally won't go into any haunted attraction at any Six Flags/Cedar Fair park. Now that I have been to haunt events at Six Flags America, Kings Dominion, Dorney park, Six Flags Great Adventure, and Six Flags Fiesta Texas I have lost all faith in any of them actually being good. They simply just send too many people through at once. Not sure how you can scare a group of 10-15 people at once. That is just too many. Yes, I know they have a crap load of people to get through these things. However, it does not state anywhere you are guaranteed to go through every haunted attraction on one visit. I would rather pick one or two ones that have themes I like and be totally scared in them then go through all of them and get a mediocre experience. The theming is usually pretty good in them. Also, the actors rarely have actually jumped out and scared me. They are usually just walking around and get in my face. Not sure how that is supposed to be scary.

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How are crowds generally for the last two weekends? Is it worth coming on a Friday evening?

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Yes, you don't have to pay separately for mazes at KD, or any CF Park for that matter.

 

it's so weird that some Six Flags Parks charge for the haunts, and some dont.

 

at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, the houses are all free.

 

oh sure, you can purchase a "skip the lines" / "Express Pass". . .but one can wait in the standby lines and the haunts are all free.

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How are crowds generally for the last two weekends? Is it worth coming on a Friday evening?

 

Not open on Friday until next weekend. Crowds are pretty hefty, especially for SFA. See earlier pics. A line at Pirate's Flight? What's the world coming too?

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^Thx. Do the Saturdays vs Sundays during FF differ much crowd-wise? Also of the next three weekends of FF is there any recommendation for which to choose crowdwise, or is it unpredictable?

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We went in for our FF fix last night with no threat of rain and not too bad temperatures. We rolled in at 4:45 with a 5PM gate opening. There was only one lane to the parking lot open which was interesting, at first. We figured with the procession starting at 6 we would grab some food and get into the arena for the 615 Awakening. Heritage House seemed surprised they had customers at 5PM. I was asked if I wanted to use my dinner on the dining pass and I responded jokingly by asking if I could use my lunch. Holy Cow that went over their heads and caused a stir.

 

RC and Fliers (The 14 year-old claimed she caught a wind gust and snapped, pretty sure she was messing with me) and a couple of rides on WO and then JJ. WO seemed to be running slower but not as rough. From there we headed into the arena.

 

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The ratio of security to guest was outstanding!

 

The volume was waaaaaaaaaaay toooooooo loud. If you buy a $5 glowy thing you got to sit VIP! Seemed like the same show as last year. I saw a large group enter and it took a few seconds to realize that they were the haunters. Yes, it seems like they went into a Halloween Store after Halloween last year and snapped up all of the clearance costumes.

 

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I entertained myself trying to get a shot of the moon, VD, and WO from the rare inside the arena view. Unsuccessful.

 

We banged a right and headed Superman for a few rides in the sunset / dark. Just cold enough to sting your cheeks. WW backwards was fun and was the longest line I have waited in in a long time. One cycle.

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The volume was waaaaaaaaaaay toooooooo loud. If you buy a $5 glowy thing you got to sit VIP! Seemed like the same show as last year. I saw a large group enter and it took a few seconds to realize that they were the haunters. Yes, it seems like they went into a Halloween Store after Halloween last year and snapped up all of the clearance costumes

 

The volume last year was too low, so I’m glad they turned it up. However, the awakening doesn’t have the same atmosphere or feeling anymore since it moved to the arena. The storyline was much better when it was at celebration stage and when it included Eleanor.

 

I agree about the costumes. The budget for the costumes seems very cheap, almost makes the actors not scary. I asked someone at guest relations why it was such an increase in the haunted house pass this year and they said it’s because of the new maze “total damnation”, but the maze was lackluster and short.

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Has Roar been running well this year? I have not ridden it in 10 years was wondering how it has held up.

 

I have been to the park last month. I have to say the front is decent but the back is rougher. IMO the whole coaster doesn't do anything, it's just there.

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