|Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Good|
Visibility/Location: There weren't any illuminated signs that we could see around 45 and Center Street at night. It was mostly the fact that DoD hasn't changed its location that we knew where to find it.
Wait Entertainment: There was hardly a wait the night that we went so the line entertainment was really not needed. The large, hulking creature assembling groups into lines was quite a character, though, and there were horror movie clips playing.
Length of Event: 25 minutes or so
Actor Performance: Actor performance was pretty good...no one broke character and they all had energy.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Flow was good..the only time we saw anyone else inside the haunt was in the chain link maze and during the Frankenstein scene.
Appropriate Ages: 12 and up.
Props / Special FX: Loved the detail on some of the scenes like Cabin of Carnage. However, it seemed like a lot less detail went into the halls and transitions between areas. It seemed like a good 25% of the house was dark hallways with drop portraits and the 'Pharaoh's Curse' is a good concept but if not executed correctly, essentially seemed to be a pointless scene.
Costumes / Make-up: Good...lots of black robes and masks the night we went though. The people we did see in makeup (ticket-taker, Dr. Frankenstein, etc.) was done well though.
Summary: Dungeon of Doom is a haunt that is always worth the money to go and check out. It's a large haunt, with a lot of good actors...however this year it seemed like the scenes were just jumbled together...one minute you'd be walking through a cabin in the woods and the next through an Egyptian burial chamber. There was no direct 'flow' of one scene into the next. I loved the new vortex with the mirrors and projections this year...that was a pretty neat feature. I didn't really enjoy the chain link maze, though. It wasn't really a maze, but more like a chain link hallway that you followed to a certain point, and then an actor would very obviously move the wall and tell you to go the other way so that you would go back towards the entrance. Once there, you'd have to rewalk the maze...so that you weren't necessarily getting lost like a true maze, but being forced to walk a long series of hallways over and over. Other than that, Dungeon of Doom did well...they got rid of a scene which I always thought was lackluster (Ultimate Exorcist) and replaced it with a Frankenstein scene which was a lot more entertaining. Although it seemed many scenes were missing details and actors, good job overall.