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|Event Reviewed: Asylum of Mad Dreams (Cordova, Illinois)|
Reviewed by: lverhulst   (Event Visited: 10/17/09 @ 10:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/21/09
| Overall Score:|
|Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: It was very easy to find this attraction. There was a lighted sign on the road with an arrow to direct cars. There was also plenty of parking space in the wide open field, but there were no lights, so be careful and watch for people walking around. It was also nice that there were port-a-potties available, but there were no lights inside so take a flashlight along.
Wait Entertainment: There was very little wait entertainment. A couple of actors walking around. There was a concession stand that had some items including hot chocolate which was very nice. There was also a fire that you could warm up by.
Length of Event: We timed how long it took us to go through this event - it took an hour. And we kept moving practically the whole time while we were in the event, so this was great! Warning: if it is raining when you go, then the back woods area will be closed and so the event length will be much shorter.
Actor Performance: The actors were pretty good. They had a LOT of scary clowns and one girl in our party has a clown phobia. She was freaked, especially by the one clown that kept following her around and asking for a hug, which the rest of us thought was hysterical. He came out at the end and took off the mask to apologize to her which I thought was really nice.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: The flow inside the attraction was good. We were kept moving at a decent pace. Never had to speed up or slow down too much.
Appropriate Ages: I would not recommend this for children younger than probably 12.
Props / Special FX: They had a lot of nice props, but some of them were hidden by the fact that everything was extremely dark. A couple more small lights in spots would have made things better. That said, they had the awesome rotating wheel room, a constricting wall room, freaky attractions in the woods that reminded us of Deliverance, and lots of strobe lights. And some very neat animatronic items.
Costumes / Make-up: There was one mask that was really cool. A freaky face that just made you want to stare but was too freaky to look at. And the actor would make this weird chattering noise that just made the masq complete.
Summary: In summary, I found this attraction to be very cool and quite scary. They used to run a haunted house in Morrison, IL which I've gone to for years and always enjoyed. This year's attraction wasn't quite up to last year's, but it is probably due to the fact that they changed locations and it takes some time to work out all the issues. And because the old location had things built up from previous years. I still recommend this attraction to everyone I know and I will be back next year.