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2008 Visitor Reviews of
9th Annual Extreme Haunted Hayrides At Riverside Park (Springfield, Illinois)

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Reviewed by: pinkoreo   (Event Visited: 10/25/08 @ 8:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/26/08
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Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: great scary, dark roads for the hayride

Wait Entertainment: the entertainment was fun, and you could request songs, which was cool

Length of Event: the ride its self felt like 15 or so

Actor Performance: the actors were good! Ive been going for a while and even though i knew the chainsaws were going to be there i was still really scared!

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: very orderly, the tickets were announced repetedly so you wouldnt miss your turn

Appropriate Ages: I'd say ten and up

Summary: Very fun, atmosphere was great, I ill be going next year again! The bonfires were really nice because it was so cold! All of my friends were scared and had a good time!

Reviewed by: thumphry   (Event Visited: 10/24/08 @ 7:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/25/08
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Great location - long, dark, winding road in a dark woods in a wagon pulled by a hearse

Wait Entertainment: The wait was not bad considering that they had to recover from a rainy afternoon.

Length of Event: I'm guessing around 30 - 45 minutes

Actor Performance: Great preformance by the monsters in the woods!

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Orderly - Great flow using ticket numbers and a holding area.

Appropriate Ages: I took a twelve year old and two ten year olds.

Props / Special FX: Great use of lighting/ and pyrotechnics

Costumes / Make-up: Excellent! My kids enjoyed the variety of characters.

Summary: My kids were pumped after the hayride and wanted to do it again tomorrow night. We enjoyed the chainsaw massacre and the electrocution scenes. There were plenty of surprises along the way to keep everyone on edge! Four thumbs up for the Haunted Hayride!!

Reviewed by: jashuh   (Event Visited: 10/18/08 @ 7:15 pm)
Review Posted: 10/19/08
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Scare Factor: Low | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: Location is great, remote park location outside Springfield Illinois. Somewhat marked from the major roadside and not to hard to find. They have all the surroundings here to have a great haunted attraction.

Wait Entertainment: Great wait entertainment with a live DJ, moving monsters, good food, and two nice warm fires. Lots of nice seating and everything on a call list. A first rate job here.

Length of Event: Lots of waiting here, "speed pass" available. Actual event last around 20 minutes top.

Actor Performance: Actors do a good job, however the numbers get weaker every year.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Hayrack ride makes several short stops throughout the dark park setting. Everything moves along good, just not enough to see here.

Appropriate Ages: 7+ Some light "shockers", mostly loud explosives.

Props / Special FX: Props are very weak and getting more dated every year - same stuff and almost the same locations. No actual special effects, however some would be nice here. Wish more detail and effort would be used here, the setting is great and everything else needs work.

Costumes / Make-up: Costumes are all basic stuff, nothing big here.

Summary: Overall this has all the making for a great haunted hayrack ride however it falls far short. More of the profits need to be put into larger and more attractions. Same stuff used every year throughout. The wait entertainment is one of the best around, however the event falls short. Expect to see more for the $8.00 cover and forget about paying extra for a "speed pass" - keep the money. Hope to see more work put into this for next year.

 

 

 

 

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