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|Event Reviewed: The Fear at Navy Pier (Chicago, Illinois)|
Reviewed by: racine28   (Event Visited: 10/03/09 @ 10:15 pm)
Review Posted: 10/06/09
| Overall Score:|
|Scare Factor: Low | Atmosphere: Fair|
Visibility/Location: Navy Pier is obviously very easily seen from most downtown areas, however, this haunted house was located outside of the main entrance, with very few signs inside Navy Pier directing you out.
Wait Entertainment: There really was no wait as I went early in the season on a rainy night, but there were plenty of actors outside attempting to give the few of us there a scare. I would think on a more crowded night, it wouldn't feel so much like a bunch of actors lingering around in costume.
Length of Event: 10 minutes
Actor Performance: Actors stayed in character, but tended to jump for the first person in line and never leave any scares for those in the middle. we only went in in a group of 4 and we were still anticlimactically watching the 2 people in front get all the jumps while we followed behind.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: The night was very slow. there were 4 of us in line and they let us all in at once, so there was no threat of finding other groups.
Appropriate Ages: 12+
Props / Special FX: the final journey through the belly of a dragon was different - kind of gross, but also kind of campy
Summary: Being the 1st haunt of the year for me, I was expecting to be scared by just about anything. Unfortunately, I ended up just kind of strolling through the rooms watching the couple in front of us have characters jump out at them. Unfortunately, it didn't really scare them either. The rooms were pretty bright, and I'm a big advocate of "the less you can see, the better". However, I've been told that the Chicago Fire Department would not allow this house to go any darker. This is the problem with having a big city haunted house. It was also rather short. If you're already planning on being at Navy Pier for dinner, then go ahead and stop by after, but I would definitely not go out of my way for this one.