Haunted Swings & Mad House Things!

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Re: Haunted Swings & Mad House Things!

Postby Nrthwnd » Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:05 pm

^ I remember that Ice Tunnel very very well. Went through it on the Tram Tour in Sept.1975!
It was created for a (then) Clint Eastwood film that was running, around the world. When we
entered it, we did indeed get rather dizzy, since the end of the tunnel was so far away. :wink:

Our Haunted Mansion at Playland in Vancouver, has a walk through one of those, with black light
colours all over it. Walking through it has it's unsure moments of balance, as well, lol.

Those tunnels are always fun, walking through or riding through them. Thanks for the Universal mention.
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Postby Nrthwnd » Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:11 pm

^^ Dutch Wonder House is in Dutch Wonderland, Lancaster PA.
And The Bug House is in Arnold's Park, Okoboji Iowa. :smile:
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Re: Haunted Swings & Mad House Things!

Postby larrygator » Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:31 pm

I believe the trade name for Mack's version is "Mystery Swing" while Vekoma calls theirs a "Mad House" with Haunted Swing being the original generic name.

These are my favorites
Best Pre-Show - Magic House at Gardaland
Best Storyline - Hex at Alton Towers
Best Surprise - Cassandra's Curse at Europa Park
Best Themed - Le Defi de Cesar at Parc Asterix

Outside of the Houdini's at SFGAdv and SFNE (Vekoma models), I believe the only other ones still existing in the US are the smaller park made Bug House and Wonder House and the one at Clark's Trading Post (also a Vekoma).

The one at Clark's Trading Post had a actor dressed in a Merlin robe and hat give a spiel and lead you into the actual ride.
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Re: Haunted Swings & Mad House Things!

Postby Nrthwnd » Sat Mar 23, 2019 5:08 pm

My Fave 6, from all the tours I've done Thanks TPR!, are these, with the reasons....

#6 ~ Feng jun Palace, Phantasialand, Germany. Best Exotic of all of those I have ridden.

#5 ~ House of Surprise, Hayanashiki, Japan. Best Simple, but effective theming and nostalgia.

#4 ~ Merlin's Castle, Walibi Holland, The Netherlands. Best Location, location, location!
I mean it's on an island (kind of) with a moat around it! :smile:

#3 ~ The Haunting, Drayton Manor, England. Best Total Surprise. Had no idea what it was. Thought
it was a haunt house walk-through but...not to be, I found out! Aliens Attack! Great idea.

#2 ~ Le Defis de Cesar, Parc Asterix, France. Best Humor and use of themeing. From beginning to
end, this attraction was fun, all the same knowing what the ride was going to be. Especially enjoyed the
use of animation screens in the ride! Great idea!

#1 ~ HEX, Alton Towers, England. Best Overall Everything! They put it in a historic castle! And let
you exit out, into the castle grounds, to stroll around a bit. Instant history lesson, it was! <loved-it>
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#6 ~ Feng jun Palace, Phantasialand.
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#5 ~ House of Surprise, Hayanashiki Park.
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#4 ~ Merlin's Castle, Walibi Holland. How it looked when I rode it.
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#3 ~ The Haunting, Drayton Manor.
Photo from themeparkreview.com thank you!
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#2 ~ Le Defis de Cesar, Parc Asterix. Tim, Jeff, Ginny & Ben (and me) in queue for the attraction. TPR 2008 Europe Tour.
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#1 ~ HEX, Alton Towers. My very first Big Time one of these, lol! Loved it from start to finish, and exiting into the grounds.
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Re: Haunted Swings & Mad House Things!

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Sat Mar 30, 2019 5:04 pm

Oh how cool! I had no idea there were so many of these. I've been on Bug House and Houdini, and both are very cool.
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Re: Haunted Swings & Mad House Things!

Postby Nrthwnd » Sat Mar 30, 2019 5:55 pm

^ I didn't know, either! It wasn't until the first TPR Tour I went on (2006), to the UK "and beyond", that I rode HEX for the first time, and really REALLY enjoyed it, including the pre-show, etc. And I've been enjoying finding/discovering them and riding them, ever since.

Here's some more photos of ones I've either ridden, or discovered they exist(ed)! :smile:

And THANK YOU, to all of you who took these great photos
of these various great attractions, outside and (sometimes) inside of them!
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Inner Workings of HEX at Alton Towers.
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Shot of Hanayashiki Park with House Of Surprise in back.
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Overview of Hanayashiki, with House of Surprise's roof, below.
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Noted.
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A well hidden one in Hokkaido Greenland Park. TPR 2013 Japan Tour.
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Entryway looks great!
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I love the outside architecture, put into this one.
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Speaking of Houdini's.... (o;
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