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P. 766: Haunt Has Risen from the Grave

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Halloween Haunt XII Review! (finally)

 

In the order that I did them (October 5, 2012)...

 

MAZES:

 

Medieval Macabre

Overall Ranking: 6/10

Not bad, not great. Average maze, but because most the others were so good this year, this is in the bottom 3 for me. The outside looks great and I love the new sign!

 

Slaughter House

Overall Ranking: 7/10

LOVE the new outside to this maze. It's the best looking one in the park from the outside now! A few good scares and still some of the best theming for Haunt. Disappointed there were no chainsaws at the end for me.

 

Toxic Plague

Overall Ranking: 7/10

Not as good as last season, but still good. Last year this was one of my favorites, but the competition has stepped up, so they need to also!

 

Club Blood

Overall Ranking: 9/10

THE CLUB IS BACK! I'm pretty sure I hit this on a bad night last season, but it was back up to par (if not better) for me this season. My second best scare of the night was in here. All of the actors were really into it!

 

Blue Ridge Bloodbath

Overall Ranking: 6/10

It's such a long ride, but when you finally get to a scareactor, they sure do their job! It's pretty good for being in an open space and while riding in a car, but doesn't compare to the best.

 

Camp Killauee

Overall Ranking: 7/10

Best experience I've had it since it debuted in the park, but still not fantastic. I love the theme, love the atmosphere, love the scareactors, but the openness and how you can see the scareactors several feet in advance is what just makes this good, and not great.

 

No Vacancy

Overall Ranking: 10/10

By far my new favorite maze in the park. I love the theme, I love the attention to detail, and I love the scareactors' effort. Kings Dominion outdid themselves on this one, it is fantastic. I loved it so much that I went through it once again at the very end of the night! My only change would be to add lots of strobe lights the the television room!

 

CornStalkers

Overall Ranking: 10/10

Great maze. Love the actual "maze-ness" to it and all the effort put in by the scareactors. It is very long too, which makes it even better!

 

The Doll Factory

Overall Ranking: 9/10

Still one of the best! I'd only put it behind the new mazes that have arrived since it's debut. Still one of, if not the, best endings to a maze in the park. The overall theme is still very creepy!

 

Outbreak: The Evolution

Overall Ranking: 9/10

I love how this maze went from being the worst when it was Alien Outpost to being in the top-4 for me now. Theming is great, scareactors are great, and the overall feel of it is fantastic.

 

SCAREZONES:

 

Cleaver Brothers Carnival

Overall Ranking: 8/10

Basically CarnEvil, with much better props and costumes. The props look a lot more permanent and expensive now and even create a nice environment during the day!

 

Necropolis

Overall Ranking: 9/10

Most improved scarezone for 2012! This thing was a Central Stalkway knock-off last year and now it is great with some of the best props in the park! The atmosphere is amazing and so are the scareactors.

 

Feary Tales

Overall Ranking: 6/10

Good, but short. Still love the hanging strobes and the creepy baby laughters. Fits in well being in the kiddie area and with Medieval Macabre being at the end of it.

 

Primevil: The Kuru Curse

Overall Ranking: 8/10

Basically The Ruins, with much better props and costumes. The props look a lot more permanent and expensive now and even create a nice environment during the day! I wish they'd leave some of the decorations up year round!

 

The Lair

Overall Ranking: 6/10

Good, but short. I'd rather see a scarezone in the SkyFlyer/Windseeker plaza than in here. The classic vampire theme compliments the crazy punk vampire theme of Club Blood well.

 

IronWorX

Overall Ranking: 9/10

Still my favorite this year, the overall atmosphere and feeling in this zone cannot be matched! I love everything about it besides the somewhat lack of scares... but the costumes are amazing enough to just take in!

 

SHOWS:

 

Overlord's Resurrection

Overall Ranking: 9/10

As usual, it's a great way to kick-off Haunt! I love the new decorations in front of the fountains and the new song that they use at the beginning. Does anyone know what it is called, PLEASE?!

 

The Night Shift

Overall Ranking: 7/10

Good singing actually and I really enjoyed it! I just wish there was a bit of a plot to it...

 

Uprising

Overall Ranking: 5/10

This needs improvement. I like the stage set-up, lights, and costumes. Maybe a whole new show should just come in?

 

MAZES (best to worst):

1.) No Vacancy

2.) CornStalkers

3.) The Doll Factory

4.) Outbreak: The Evolution

5.) Club Blood

6.) Slaughter House

7.) Toxic Plague

8.) Camp Killauee

9.) Medieval Macabre

10.) Blue Ridge Bloodbath

 

SCAREZONES (best to worst):

1.) IronWorX

2.) Necropolis

3.) Cleaver Brothers Carnival

4.) Primevil: The Kuru Curse

5.) Feary Tales

6.) The Lair

 

SHOWS (best to worst):

1.) Overlord's Resurrection

2.) The Night Shift

3.) Uprising

 

Overall, Halloween Haunt XII is the best year yet!!!

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This weekend I plan on making my first visit to a CF haunt at KD. Though relatively new to the haunt experience (HHN XXI was my first) how exactly should I adjust my expectations for a lesser acclaimed haunt than the ones I have visited (HHN XXII, XXI, and HOS 2011)? Will I be able to hit most (if not all) the mazes without a fright lane pass on a Saturday night? Thanks for any and all help!

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^^ On a Saturday night it might be hard to hit all of the mazes. But the mazes are open from 6 to midnight so you have plenty of time. I would just make sure to be one of the first in line at one when they first open.

 

^ My problem with No Vacancy is that it is way too light inside. They were zero percent chance of anyone scaring me because I saw everything.

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It will definitely be a tad more crowded now than earlier in the month (happens every year), but if you go on a Friday or Sunday night you will be fine and be able to do practically everything. Saturdays during Haunt should be avoided at all costs so you don't have to stand in all of the lines and so you get a better feel of the atmosphere, which doesn't happen when it is packed!

 

I was there for 4.5 hours and managed to do all 10 mazes (x2 for No Vacancy), 6 scarezones, 3 shows, and 5 rides. Then I went back the next day (Saturday) for 4 hours and managed to do 15 rides (10 straight laps on 305) before heading home. The Haunt crowds were arriving though as I was leaving at 2:30.

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Headed to the park tomorrow for the day, and staying for about 3 hours of the haunt. I haven't been to the haunt since 2010, so I don't know how long the lines will get for the new mazes. Last time (I dont remember what day of the week), I never waited more than 20 minutes for any of the mazes (except Blue Ridge Bloodbath), so I'm not really sure what to expect on a Saturday night in late October. Any advice on when to hit things like Corn Stalkers and No Vacancy? I'm assuming it's best to just head to those as the haunt is starting, although I can imagine Corn Stalkers is much better at night. Also, I hope Doll Factory is as good as it was two years ago!

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Lights out Intimidator is amazing. That is all.

 

It sure was. Perfect weather and crowds to get all the haunt attractions in. Love that they have the 4D movie "Haunted House"

I was there last Saturday and I agree the Haunted House 3-D movie is something well worth doing, even if you have to wait a while. Really feels like you are right there. As it was a saturday, it did indeed get very crowded once the afternoon rolled around, and by about 6:30 pm I really had to do some crowd-dodging to just get thru the park. Also 2nd that - after dark rides on I-305 are awesome!

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Does owning a gold pass for King Dominion allow you to buy a regular ticket for a decreased rate?

 

Friday 26th, Sunday 28th - $21.99 (Bring-A-Friend Days)

Saturday 27th - save $25.00 off Regular General Admission every day of the season (one guest per pass). Available for purchase at the front gate only.

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Does owning a gold pass for King Dominion allow you to buy a regular ticket for a decreased rate?

 

Friday 26th, Sunday 28th - $21.99 (Bring-A-Friend Days)

Saturday 27th - save $25.00 off Regular General Admission every day of the season (one guest per pass). Available for purchase at the front gate only.

 

Alright thanks! Now for the Bring-A-Friend Day would I just show my pass when I purchase a ticket at the front gate? Also, are there any time restrictions, and are you limited to only one ticket per pass on the Bring-A-Friend Day? Lastly if only one ticket can be bought per pass, could I bring a family member's pass to purchase another discounted ticket even though the family member would not be present?

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  • 3 weeks later...

 

http://www.screamscape.com/html/industry_news.htm#CedarFair

 

According to an anonymous spy source, Cedar Fair is said to making plans to retire Vortex at Kings Island (1987) and Anaconda at Kings Dominion (1991) sometime in the next few years. Apparently they seem to believe that these two old Arrow coasters may be close to reaching the end of their practical lifespan, mixed with issues like increasing maintenance costs and declining guest popularity.

I have to admit that locally, I’ve heard first hand rumors claiming that Carolina Cyclone at Carowinds (1980) isn’t likely to be around in another five years. Makes me wonder if Cedar Fair may also be looking into removing the Corkscrew coasters from Cedar Point (1976), Michigan’s Adventure (1979) and Valleyfair (1980) and there are progressively fewer and fewer 70’s era Arrow loopers still running.

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It would be a shame if that's true! I always ride Anaconda on my visits to the park, and although I'm not in love with it, it's still a solid ride. It would make sense though, it's not really a draw for the park... but neither are Shockwave and Hurler, two much worse rides than that. Anyone else have any thoughts on this?

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According to an anonymous spy source, Cedar Fair is said to making plans to retire Vortex at Kings Island (1987) and Anaconda at Kings Dominion (1991) sometime in the next few years. Apparently they seem to believe that these two old Arrow coasters may be close to reaching the end of their practical lifespan, mixed with issues like increasing maintenance costs and declining guest popularity.

I have to admit that locally, I’ve heard first hand rumors claiming that Carolina Cyclone at Carowinds (1980) isn’t likely to be around in another five years. Makes me wonder if Cedar Fair may also be looking into removing the Corkscrew coasters from Cedar Point (1976), Michigan’s Adventure (1979) and Valleyfair (1980) and there are progressively fewer and fewer 70’s era Arrow loopers still running.

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It would be a shame if that's true! I always ride Anaconda on my visits to the park, and although I'm not in love with it, it's still a solid ride. It would make sense though, it's not really a draw for the park... but neither are Shockwave and Hurler, two much worse rides than that. Anyone else have any thoughts on this?

 

Anaconda can rot but I think Vortex is actually a really good coaster. Hopefully they reconsider this if it's true.

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Mr. O really is giving the Ax to all these "classic" arrow loopers . As long as its something along the lines of Disaster Transport > GateKeeper, then I wont complain too much. I always thought the Vortex was popular at Kings Island, everyone of my friends who've visited KI said they enjoyed it way more than FireHawk or the Racer. Anaconda though, that just looks like Pain.

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