Readers' Opinions

From Jay R. on September 27, 2013 at 3:14 PM
Hey Jacob,

So the inevitable question comes up. Which did you prefer Universal or Knotts this year? What was the scariest maze from both parks.

I did both last year, but thinking of maybe only doing one this year.

Also (while this prob doesn't fit into the "theme park guidelines", did you go or have a review for dark harbor at the queen mary?

Thanks!

From Jacob Sundstrom on September 27, 2013 at 3:22 PM
@Jay

For me, Halloween Horror Nights is far and away the better event. If the extra money that Horror Night costs is not an issue, I'd advise you to go there.

Insidious was, in my opinion, the scariest maze at Horror Nights while Delirium took that prize at Knott's Scary Farm.

Horror Nights wins in terms of maze quality while KSF offers five more mazes. Despite Knott's insistence that they're taking a quality over quantity approach (as evidenced by having less mazes this year, I guess) this year's event felt like a step sideways for the event.

I have actually never been to the Queen Mary in any capacity (which I suppose makes me a bad Californian) and I'm getting on a plane to move to Houston tomorrow, so I don't think I'll make it out there this year. I have heard good things about it in the past -- and I don't believe it's particularly expensive.

From Jay R. on September 27, 2013 at 3:46 PM
Thanks Jacob!

Last year, I did all 3 & thought Queen Mary was the best, followed closely by Universal.

Was just curious about this year.

Thanks for the review & enjoy Houston!

From 173.51.118.175 on September 28, 2013 at 4:30 PM
I went on Trapped this year (2013) and I do not believe it was worth it. After reading up on Trapped prior to the opening night, they were promising more rooms and harder interactivity (is that a word?) Anyways, it felt like it was put together in a month and you did not really have to solve anything in the majority of the rooms. I agree, some of the mazes were really awesome looking, but not scary. Knotts also promised on quality, but that should have been focused on scares rather than story. I just want to be scared; I don't really care about story. Enjoy!
From Jacob Sundstrom on September 30, 2013 at 10:49 AM
Disappointing to hear that about Trapped -- I really like the concept and hope it is expanded to other parks and events. That being said, there are plenty of non-theme park affiliated events that do mazes like Trapped already, particularly in the L.A. area.

I think it's possible to both have a story and be scary -- Knott's has done it before, after all; but if they're just going to do one thing, it should certainly be scaring.