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|Reviewed by: jashuh   (Event Visited: 10/17/09 @ 8:00 pm) |
Review Posted: 10/19/09
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|Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: Location is at Marquette Heights baseball parks, about 1 mile outside Pekin Illinois, Can't miss it! Large lighted sign pointing up the hill. Very well marked, just look for all the cars.
Wait Entertainment: The wait is filled with monsters roaming around the grounds, some popcorn, hot chocolate and hot cider served while in line. Nice on cold nights because the wait can easily be over an hour or more. This year added music dancers dressed as zombies and creatures dance to various haunted sound tracks. (Nice touch)
Length of Event: The trail takes around 40 minutes and the MC Haunted Mannor maybe 20 minutes top. The time here is spent waiting in the large line for the trail, I sugggest the speed pass on the trail. I would suggest getting to the event as early as possible because the bigger crowds (young people) start flowing in around 8:00 and after. The trail line could actually take a couple of hours of waiting alone.
Actor Performance: Actors all did a great job and stayed on track throughtout the scare. Every year I think they get better and better and no lack of help here, they have a good supporting cast of creatures throughout.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Some problems here on both attractions, with this amount of people going through the events - troubles like this can't be helped. There are Haunted buildings throughout the trail which require set-up and therefore groups do line up from time-to-time. At several times throughout the trail we were a group of 20 or more, problem here is the timing of the scares gets off as the cast can't handle these numbers. The Mannor attraction only had several times when we saw another group; however the people going through the mannor is 1-to-40 than the people on the trail.
Appropriate Ages: Lots of good scares here, but I still think 8+ is fine.
Props / Special FX: Lots of great props throughout both attractions, the trail is the bread-and-butter of this attraction, so the number of effects are far more here! Lots of animatronics on the trail, this is a first class job of scaring people. The mannor has creatures to look at and things that pop out, but not like the trail. Overall lots of first rate stuff here.
Costumes / Make-up: The costumes are good to great, some first class actors with professional face make-up and wardrobe and others with average to about average masks. However throughout the dark and surroundings it works here.
Summary: This is a MUST SEE!! This is one of the best attractions throughout the state of Illinois and located right here in the central Illinois area. This is a first class job of putting on a haunted attraction event, thats why they continue to have the large number of crowds - great bang-for-the-buck! The new shorter trail this year was the only let down, lets get back the extra trail next year. There needs to be a bigger conclusion to the trail, a large guy dressed in a hunting coat just don't work here - how about some chainsaws.? Both events are well worth the $13.00 cost to get in. I was surprised to see how many people attended the "trail" and not the "mannor" attraction - for an extra $3.00 the "mannor" is a great deal to complete the night. Look forward to see this again next year, as I noted before "A MUST SEE".