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All 2005 Visitor Reviews Submitted by dott12

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Event Reviewed: The Graveyard Shift (Arcola, Illinois)
Reviewed by: dott12   (Event Visited: Before Oct. 1st @ 7:15 pm)
Review Posted: 10/02/05
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Scare Factor: Low | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: To get to the attraction you drive out into the country and follow signs to Rockome Gardens. Some signs are not lighted or reflective, so are kind of hard to see/read. Once near it though, you can't miss it, since it is the only thing around.

Wait Entertainment: There was no wait entertainment, but since all lines were outside, roaming actors offered scares to those waiting.

Length of Event: There are several attractions to visit while roaming the grounds. The train and hayride were the longest at 10-15 minutes each. The others took less then 5 minutes each.

Actor Performance: I visited on the first night while they were still working out the bugs, including actors. Some of the roaming actors and those in the attractions were excellent, but many were unconvincing.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: In Brimstone Prison, my group had to stop many times to allow the group ahead of us to continue on and the actors reset. Also, we were led through the corn maze by a worker who was afraid it was too dark and children would get lost.

Appropriate Ages: All ages could enjoy this due to the variety of attractions available.

Props / Special FX: The number and quality of props was very bare bones in all of the attractions.

Costumes / Make-up: The costumes followed suit with the props, although some actors did have more elaborate/scary costumes/make-up than most.

Summary: Visiting the first day, I knew that I might not get the best show possible, but I still had a good time. Although not altogether as scary as I would have liked, the atmosphere alone was worth it. You are given a map of Rockome Gardens, when you pay, with the attractions noted on it, however the grounds are too dark to use the map. I ended up roaming around looking for the attractions while being followed and surprised by many actors. This was by far my favorite part.  
I would say this might not be the best bet for people looking for a major scare, but it is a lot of fun, and offers a lot of variety for anyone to enjoy.

 

 

 

 

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