|Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: Not good! Not until you hit Sheridan rd are there any signs. It wouldn't surprise me if casual fans show up in Grayslake at the fairgrounds to find NOTHING! There are NO SIGNS in Grayslake stating that they've moved!
Wait Entertainment: Very Good! Usual the wait entertainment early in the season is NON EXISTENT! This year the had LOTS of characters roaming around, including one who threw what looked like a used condom at the dude in front of me! LOL! Cons: No tv's with scary movies like previous years, awful 80's music playing WAYNE CHUNG instead of scary music. Wait area too well lit. A haunted house should be dark!
Length of Event: I chose the Ultimate package for $25 and the length of the actual house itself was appox 45 min! Did not feel ripped off at all at that price for that length!
Actor Performance: Fantastic for opening night! A couple of slightly missed cues, but the DOD ALWAYS has the best actors.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Very good! Did not run into other groups except for Buried Alive and the maze.
Appropriate Ages: 13+
Props / Special FX: FAntastic and very detailed! The phone booth,construction tubes,hellevator,walking through a fridge all great!
Costumes / Make-up: Top Notch!
Summary: I generally wait for October to go to haunts, but I wanted to see the DOD early because of its new location. Overall, the haunt was great a well worth the $25. My only complaints are: the wait room stuff I mentioned above, and a few actors were slightly off cue. I am sure that will be corrected as the days go by. I worry that people won't find this great haunt as most people in line were locals and NOT regulars like myself. I actually miss the old location even though this is twice as big. I though parking in a deserted dark field walking into a creeky barn at the old place set the mood. I also missed the prop of the guy barfing into a garbage can that used to be in the wait room. He's gone! I'm curious to see how well this haunt does this year! I hope the owners didn't miscalculate and move too far away from the regular customers. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this haunt!