King's Dominion's Halloween Haunt - Trip Report

Kings Dominion: I rate on Scare Factor, Scenery, Amount of Actors, and Overall.

From Chase Gray
Posted October 6, 2007 at 2:33 PM
I rate on Scare Factor, Scenery, Amount of Actors, and Overall. Points go 0-10.

I went yesterday night from 7-10.

People: Me
Cousin (Chad)
Cousin (Hailey)
Uncle (Hunter)

TR: When we arrived, the parking lot was literally almost empty. We got our passes scanned, and headed to Berserker. Only Chad, Hailey, and I wanted to ride. Once we got on the boat, I almost slipped (it was drizzling), and the seats were wet, so neither of my cousins felt safe, so we got off. Chad and I decided to scare my mom, and we did. She screamed and jumped, and the group of people next to us cracked up. We then headed to the Grove. We got to the Dodgems, only to find the entrance chained off, but somebody sitting on a stool where they start the ride. Luckily, there were two staff members nearby, and they talked to the girl, and she "forgot" to de-chain the entrance. The staff members de-chained it, and Chad and I ran in. The girl apologized and let us on. We strapped in, and it started. I don't think we hit each other (We were the only ones on it), but it was fun going after each other. We rode again, along with Hailey and a few other kids and a dad. That time, we bumped into others a lot. We got off and ran to get in line again, but our parents said no, so headed to Congo. We then entered VooDoo Swamp. Review:
[b]VooDoo Swamp: They seriously scared me here. My mom sent them after me, Chad, and Hailey. One of the scared me so hard, I ran asfast as I could, and seriously almost slipped. They were dressed up quite freaky.
[i]Scare Factor: 7/10
Scenery: 6/10
Amount of Actors (AoA): 4 = 5/10
Overall: 6/10[/i][/b]
So after VooDoo Swamp, we headed to Volcano. On the way there, it was obvious Tomb Raider was using extra fog. Anyway, there was literally nobody in the station except the operators. I grabbed the front as fast I could. My Dad and Chad took the back and Hunter and Hailey took the middle. It was cool riding in the front at night, but it was extremely rough. We also rode again. Next, Hailey, Chad, Hunter, and I did Anaconda. It was rough, but I could really feel forces in the loop and sidewinder. It was fine. Next, all of us did Alien Outpost. Review:
[b]Alien Outpost: This was the only maze I did, but that'll be explained later. This maze wasn't very scary. We waited about 5 minutes. You queue up in the outdoor switchback.They played the instructions, the girl at the entrance repeated them and let us in. I'm not really gonna spoil it, but watch out at the beginning and end of the maze.

[i]Scare Factor: 7/10
Scenery: 5/10
AoA: 5 = 6/10
Overall: 8/10[/i][/b]
Afterwards, Hailey, Chad, my Dad, and I rode Italian Job. The wait was probably around 15 minutes. The forces could really be felt in the helix. Anyway, we headed out of Congo and to CarnEvil. Review:
[b]CarnEvil: This was just bad. The ScareActors only walked around, they didn't try scaring anybody. The scenery was really good though.

[i]Scare Factor: 1/10
Scenery: 8/10
AoA: A lot = 9/10
Overall: 6/10[/i][/b]
Next up was Hypersonic. Chad, Hailey, Hunter, my Dad and I rode it. We waited about 30 minutes, I think. Alright, this thing has got to go. All five of us hurt our heads on the top hat. I hurt mine so badly I was crying when we got back to the station. We all took Tylenol and sat down for a minute. Hunter and Hailey then left to let their dog out and so Hailey could go to bed. My parents, Chad, and I continued to Sleepy Hollow. Review:
[b]Sleepy Hollow: This was, hands down, the best scare zone of the night. I screamed once or twice, but jumped about ten times. We headed past Blood Shed, and got startled by the Sliders. We also saw the Headless Horseman. We then headed to Blue Ridge Bloodbath.

[i]Scare factor: 9/10
Scenery: 4/10
AoA: A lot + Headless Horseman = 8/10
Overall: 9/10[/i][/b]
[b]Blue Ridge Bloodbath: Best "Maze" of the night. Easily. My mom screamed tons of times, my dad screamed a few times, and Chad and I were startled. The Chainsaw guys were cool.

[i]Scare Factor: 8/10
Scenery: 10/10
AoA: Tons = 9/10
Overall: 9/10[/i][/b]
We then headed up to International Street. I was still feeling bad, so only my mom and Chad did Cedar Hospital. They said there were tons of strobe lights and it was pitch black, plus there were mirrors everywhere AND it was extremely long. They also said they screamed quite a few times. It was around 10 by now, so we went ahead and left.

I hope you enjoyed my trip report!

From Tyler W.
Posted October 7, 2007 at 6:58 AM
Sounds like a lot of fun. How was it compared to BGE's Howl-o-Scream?

From Chase Gray
Posted October 7, 2007 at 11:17 AM
Scarier, but BGE has better scenery.

From Christy Shuman
Posted October 8, 2007 at 2:08 PM
What were the crowds like Chase?

From Chase Gray
Posted October 8, 2007 at 2:32 PM
The park was almost empty. We waited 5 minutes for Alien Outpost, None for Blue Ridge Bloodbath, 2 minutes for Volcano both times, and 1 train for Anaconda. The only two rides we actually had to wait for were Italian Job, which was only 10-15 minutes, and Hypersonic, which was about a half-hour.

From Russell Meyer
Posted October 12, 2007 at 6:38 AM
We went during the first weekend of Halloween Haunt, and were surprised at how small the crowds were. The longest line we waited in was for Bloodshed, which was about 30 minutes because the person controlling the line was only sending people through with their group, so if you were in a group of 3, that's how you went through the maze...Terribly inefficient.

Club Blood (by the Hurler) was built by Cedar Fair and made its debut this year, and was by far the best house of the night. There is a great section of this maze that is a hall of mirrors that was very well done. I had never done Blue Ridge Bloodbath before because of the lines, but this attraction was being run incredibly efficiently, and after a 10 minute wait we were driving. I was particularly surprised at how close the actors were allowed to get to the cars. Most attractions that involve vehicles (trains, cars, and hayrides), the actors are explicitly told not to get within 5 feet of a moving vehicle for safety reasons. There were a number of actors on this attraction that were well within 1 foot of our car, which provided some serious scares.

I was really disappointed in Alien Outpost because it was just so incredibly dark in this maze. This maze winds in and out of the Flight of Fear Queue, and I found myself running into steel cars because I couldn't see where I was going.

From Chase Gray
Posted October 12, 2007 at 7:14 PM
It was quite bright in it when we went.

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