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Postby USRoadTripper » Tue Jul 26, 2005 10:56 pm

I have a love/hate relationship with dark rides. I love a lot of them, but hate riding them for the first time! I have a horrible fear of being scared and fear of the unknown. Riding Haunted Mansion for the first time, I was petrified...then it was over and I felt so stupid for being so scared! And the first time I rode Snow White's Adventure's at Magic Kingdom...there's a place where the wicked queen is looking in the mirror, then she suddenly turns around and she's the hag...I just about wet myself!!! But after the first time, I knew it was coming and have been fine every time since.
On my last trip, I think I did four new-to-me dark rides...At Kennywood, I did Noah's Ark (hated it), Gold Rusher (was ok, with just a couple of scares) and Garfield's Nightmare (loved it...my kind of dark ride!) and the Whacky Shack at Waldameer (scared out of my mind as I rode, but decided it wasn't so bad once I was done).

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Postby ebl » Wed Jul 27, 2005 12:18 am

coasterdude5 asked: "Do you HAVE to be in ACE to see the diagram?"

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Postby Rastuso » Wed Jul 27, 2005 7:50 am

The same diagram was in a recent issue of Barl of Fun, the official newsletter of the Darkride and Funhouse Enthusiasts. I am a charter member and a frequent writer for the newsletter.

Our website, www.dafe.org, has a complete list of dark rides in North America. Anyone that has some good ridethrough footage, I'd love to trade with you. I have a decent collection, including some walkthroughs that we have had at DAFE events.

Dark rides are having a bit of a Renaissance thanks to Sally. And of course rides like Darkastle and Mummy keep coming out.

As far as a great dark ride park, Rye is full of classic dark rides, with state-of-the-art stunts.

Everyone loves the Knoebels' Mansion, but for a true trip to the past, the Sylvan Beach Laffland (a bit East of Syracuse, NY) is a perfectly maintained classic Pretzel dark ride. It's like being at media day for a Pretzel in the 60s.

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Postby Mystery » Wed Jul 27, 2005 8:02 am

The best Darkride I ever did was in a Museum here in Holland (Yes, in a museum!)

It's just wonderfull, nice theming (Trains, it is in a train museum, so real trains...) and some nice suprise effects, Speedups, vertical drops and heat effects.

There sould be more like that one

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Postby ShannonSomerville » Wed Jul 27, 2005 8:04 am

All I have to say is this. Curse of DarKastle at BGW is awesome. The Spiderman ride at IOA is pretty decent too. But the best one IMO is Scooby Doo and the Haunted Mansion at PKD. My niece always get the highest score everytime we get on. Take care. SES :o

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Postby Ketchup » Wed Jul 27, 2005 8:48 am

A brilliant dark ride on your first go is almost as good as an amazing coaster on your first go, however the novelty starts to wear off on dark rides as they are based around the story, atmosphere and theming compared to the adrenaline and forces that a good coaster delivers.

My favourite dark rides have to be

Hex: The Legend of the Towers at Alton Towers due to the setting and atmosphere even though on some of my most recent rides it has been wrecked to annoying girls screaming throughout the whole ride, which mutes out the brilliant soundtrack.

Phantom Manor at DLP Due to the fact it has so much to look at, and the attention to detail is superb.

and Spiderman at IOA Do I really have to explain why I think this is awesome? The 3D effects used and the fact how all your senses can detect something such as the smell of burning when the villian throws fire
at you to the various unique places and ways you are thrown around whilst on the ride.

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Postby benzo41190 » Wed Jul 27, 2005 9:35 am

Uhhh those arent "dark rides" :lol: . Now they are ROLLER COASTER rides in the dark but not what a traditional dark ride would be. A dark ride would be something like Cat in the Hat @IOA or the Scooby Doo haunted mansions attractions done by sally corp.

Oh i guess your are right. Well then If coasters dont count, then I dont like ark rides.

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Postby it » Wed Jul 27, 2005 9:38 am

I like haunted house rides :D !
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Postby jarmor » Wed Jul 27, 2005 9:40 am

Rastuso wrote:Our website, www.dafe.org, has a complete list of dark rides in North America. Anyone that has some good ridethrough footage, I'd love to trade with you. I have a decent collection, including some walkthroughs that we have had at DAFE events.

I have full ride footage of Monster Plantation @ SFoG, Treasure Hint @ Myrtle Beach, and Haunted Hotel @ Myrtle beach but that footage didnt come out that well it was pretty dark in there.
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Postby Adam_C » Tue Mar 20, 2007 1:16 am

Sorry to re-open a thread 2 years later, but Im new ;)

I like Pirates of the Caribbean, and definately Disneyland Paris' "Phantom Manor"

I used to like Toyland Tours at Alton Towers but it closed and became a new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory thing.

My favourite is probably the walk-thru dark ride Trauma Towers at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. The owner of the haunted hotel invites you to dinner, but the Baronial Dining Hall is on the other side of the hotel, so you have to walk through it, through spooky scenes like the library where the books slide in and out, as well as some general slopy floor haunted fun house style stuff. Then you get to the dining hall, sit around the dining table, and then you realise... it's a Tageda, hehe.


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