|Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Good|
Visibility/Location: Can be hard to find if you've never been here before - no large signs posted on the street. We have been coming here for about 4 years now and knew where to go.
Wait Entertainment: As always excellent. One of the reasons we keep coming back is the actors. High energy, always keeping people on their toes...made a 4 hour wait not so bad - unfortunately I had a better time during the wait then the actual house.
The main barn where the haunt is located has some eye candy - large screen playing clips of old horror films and a few props. The new ticket window was an awesome touch, but I was disappointed not to see any detail to the graveyard like they have had in the past.
Length of Event: approx. 20-25 minutes...
Actor Performance: Excellent. We waited 4 hours - by time we actually got in the haunt it was about 2:30 and the actors that didn't leave were still energetic and fun. Still in your face and ready to scare. Thank You!!
Would like to mention one thing, We were rushed through the phone booth scene (opening scene) - even after they pushed one our friends into the booth and then told him to nevermind. I thought pushing was not allowed (?) luckily we thought it was funny...but they may wish to watch that other people may not have thought so...
Some of the actors had left, or they didn't have as many as usual, some scenes did not have anyone working and did not have the scare factor that they would have otherwise.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Surprisingly not so bad - I thought we were going to be rushed...but we only ran into the group behind us at the stopping points.
Appropriate Ages: this year 10 and up...not so scary.
Props / Special FX: Excellent - in the rooms that had any.
This year was very, very disappointing, the rooms were far and few between very dark tunnels and a few ramps.
Usually this haunt has a jam packed haunt - lots of visuals and eye candy and lots of detail..but this year I don't know what happened.
The rooms that were done were great - especially the hospital, which was again way too short.
This could have been fun, for example a few years ago they had an exit under a fireplace that you had to crawl through...fun...but when it's complete darkness for the majority of the house - I could have went to a local haunt to experience the same and paid less...instead I drove an 1 1/2 and waited 4 - very disappointing guys...what happened?!
Costumes / Make-up: Were very good. Loved the clowns and the tall guy - who was probably the best ghoul of the night...funny and entertained us even did dances for us - awesome job!
Summary: Unfortunately I was VERY disappointed in DOD this year. This has been my favorite haunt for several years and the first haunt I visited this year. So anxious to go, we got a good group of 12.
The people in our group who have never been to this haunt really loved it - loved the intensity of the actors that were there and the detailed scenes of the haunt (that were there).
But the members of our group who have been there before (including myself) were highly disappointed.
The detailed scenes were very far and few between pitch black hallways. The dark hallways and twists can be fun, but when they are the majority of the house...they get pretty stale very quick. Most of the time spent at the haunt was in a dark hallway or in the maze.
In the center of the haunt was the labyrinth - which in my opinion should have been at the end of the haunt. It took away from the experience and got stale very quick. It seemed like it was tossed in to make the event longer.
The rooms that were detailed were outstanding and the guys did an excellent job with this. As always I loved Mercy General Hospital - very detailed...awesome! I hate vortexes, but the tunnel with the ghosts was way cool.
The pharaohs curse room could have been an awesome room - very detailed and well done...but the actors must have left for the night so we didn't get the full effect.
If it wasn't for the actors that worked at this haunt, I would have been more upset...but they were very high energy and in your face which made it fun, even at 2 in the morning! I loved the fact that they scared more then just the person in the front or back - but actually worked everyone in our group which was awesome.
I was disappointed that the point of the haunt this year seemed to be "vote for us". I know it's an election year and all..but come on! ;P
Yesterday on myspace there was a bulletin about voting for dod even if you had not visited the haunt this year..and at the end of the haunt again with mentioning to vote for them here.
I love checking out haunts, and I can understand getting the message across to vote for your favorite...but that bulletin was really disappointing to see...especially after going. I'm not sure if I can really vote for them this year as so far I'm mixed about the experience.
I love haunts that can re-vamp things and transform into something completely different..but this did not work for dod this year. What I would recommend is keeping some of the same elements that made your haunt #1 for the last several years and build on that.
I'm not wanting my review to come across as completely negative..it's not - if you've never been - please go check it out! You won't be disappointed and will have a blast!
But for others who have visited over the last few years, like myself...i think dod has lost some of it's "wow" factor this year and was a little disappointing.