First off, buy your tickets online or over the phone and colect from the automated machines.The lines to buy tickets were about an hour long, and this was an off peak night.
So on to the quick report.Park was packed at 8pm, first and only house I attempted last night was the Wolfman House. All I can really say is that it was decorated well. Good themeing and will be popular for a film that has yet to be released. The Hollywood stage had a screen with clips from the film showing (This was the queue), so it helped people understand it a little.The line was advertised at 45 minutes and it took just about that.
Every other house had queues ranging from 45 to 90, too long for me to attempt on a walk about night.
Only 3 rides were open, RRR wasn't one of them, although that was running, one car at a time, with no lights at all.The open rides were Revenge of the Mummy, 20 mins, Simpsons, 10, and Men In Black, 15.
Bill & Ted was "Excellent", better than last year, but still think there was room for much improvement.
Lots of great spoofing, and glad to see Bruno was included this year (Was disappointed Borat wasn't included 2 years ago).Think the Billy Mays addition was funny, maybe a bit edgy, but thats B&T for you.
Michael Jackson was a welcome addition.
Overall, Bill & Ted was as expected. Fast paced, funny, sexy and current.
The scare Zones left a little to be desired. Hopefully these will get a little better as the event progresses.
One thing I can't understand though, is why Scareactors will pick on, Harass if you prefer, certain people, then seem surprised when they get pushed away by a scared, nay, terrified guest, then immediately jump out of charactor to tell them that they can't do that as its against the rules.
I witnessed just that last night, and while I understand that you can't touch a scareactor, there should be ENFORCED rules that a scareactor CANNOT harass one person throughout a scare zone. Scaring someone, yes, but to the extent that this person is cornered and has no option but to push thier way out?? Stupidity!!
After my false accusation last year I think there needs to be a greater "Handler" concentration to keep an eye on the safety of the guests, as well as the scareactors.
Monster Stomp Revamp is just as good as last year. The show is basically the same as last year except that they did change a couple of scenes from last year. The biggest improvement was at Das Festhaus. Frankenrock is a lot better then the show Festhaus Frightnight which they had the last few years . The show makes up some for there being no Rockin' Eve show this year. Hopefully they will bring back Rockin' Eve next year.
Two new things they added this year are two HOS tours. The first is the Goblins and Ghouls Fear Tour in which they take you to the front of the line to all six Haunted Houses and select shows. The cost for the this tour is $49.95. The other tour is called the Night of the Dead Fear Tour. This tour gives you behind the scenes looks at the costumes, make-up and special effects for HOS. You also get VIP access to all the Haunted Houses and select shows. This tour costs $99.95 and is limited to only 20 people. You can check out BGW's website for more info on the tours.
Scare zones - We walked through all the scare zones. Most of the actors were still getting comfortable in their roles and weren't that scary. The banshees were just silly. I do appreciate that, unlike at HNN, if you're carrying an alcoholic drink they pretty much leave you alone.
Ded House- Very funny, but college girls aren't scary. I liked this house a lot though - there was a lot of attention to detail and gallows humor. I appreciate gallows humor.
Nightshade Toy - Somewhat scary, but mostly just strange.The tunnel at the end throws off your sense f balance. The chainsaw people at the end were neat. It needs more scary actors in the beginning.
Death Row- My favorite house by far. Nice use of lighting, sound, and special effects. I saw more people freak out here than in any other house. Make sure to pay attention to the ceiling in the inmate quarters.
Reconstruction - My 2nd favorite house - lots of gory and weirdness. I'm still not sure why there was a dance party in the middle, but whatever. Are ther multiple exits? My party and I assumed so, but we weren't certain.
Taste of Blood - Much better this year than it was 2 years ago. More vampires, including the event icon, Ms.Vayne.
I did finally get to go through the Saw and Dracula houses.Saw to me was a great looking house, but the scareactors did not have their groove going last night. Rating it with a 3.5 of 5 so far.Dracula was a very nicely detailed house. From the entrance facade to the interesting rooms. The house is 80% brides and I honestly only saw 2 Draculas in there. They all made for some great scares for the group in front of me and I well got to laugh my head off. Rating 4 of 5.
I find it funny to hear your scareactor story Gareth. I have witnessed this in the past and at one point enough is enough, you have to let people get through or they will just hold up crowds watching. And the scareactors who said "It's against the rules to push them, well it's also against the rules for them to go out of character." If they have a problem there is a supervisor standing in or near each scarezone that you as a guest can report something too or the scareactors can report something to. I personally think though the scareactors that push people into corners created the situation by their own fault and should not be surprised when they get pushed.
Oh and note to Robert: My name is spelled with an e. Domenik :) not Dominik :P