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2012 Visitor Reviews of
Six Flags Fright Fest (Gurnee, Illinois)
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|Reviewed by: partycentral   (Event Visited: 10/21/12 @ Before 3pm) |
Review Posted: 10/23/12
| Overall Score:|
|Scare Factor: Low | Atmosphere: Fair|
Visibility/Location: Six Flags is right off 294 - you can't miss it. As for Haunted Houses, make sure you look at the map because there isn't spectacular signage for all of the new haunts.
Wait Entertainment: Manslaughter Manor: none
Massacre Medical: none
Dead Line: none
Mausoleum of Terror: 1 actor not in character
Wicked Woods: none
Length of Event: Manslaughter Manor: 4 minutes
Massacre Medical: 4 minutes
Dead Line: 15 minutes
Mausoleum of Terror: 5 minutes
Wicked Woods: 10 minutes
Actor Performance: Manslaughter Manor: It was okay - I didn't have any jumps whatsoever.
Massacre Medical: Not good - I did jump but the characters were not in character.
Dead Line: The train was pathetic. There are no actors at all, except when you get to the end and those actors while scary, weren't interactive by any means and had to stay behind a fence.
Mausoleum of Terror: Worst acting I have ever seen. This was not good. Six flags is going downhill on their terror performances.
Wicked Woods: Could have been better. There was a lot of potential here with the scene, but the actors were just sub par.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Manslaughter Manor: people in back of us ran into us about 1 minute in.
Massacre Medical: good
Dead Line: When you get off the train, you go into a zombie zone, and you walk in with the entire train so there is a lot of cutting and pushing here.
Mausoleum of Terror: Bad, constant pushing from behind, and we had people in front of us.
Wicked Woods: GREAT. They let you in every 5 minutes, and you pretty much think you are all along except that you are in a group of 20 people.
Appropriate Ages: 8+
Props / Special FX: Very basic and family oriented. There wasn't anything special here that I would go "Wow". However, for $20 and 5 "Haunts", that's what you get.
Costumes / Make-up: Very poor - I thought makeup would be a lot more professional. I could tell that their budget was being spent elsewhere.
Summary: Overall, Manslaughter Manor and Massacre Medical should have been combined into 1 haunt with the budget going to a better experience. The problem with both haunts is that the hallways were WAY TO WIDE and not scary because you could see what was coming up. It also wasn't dark enough and there wasn't enough strobe type lighting. Given this is a family attraction and everywhere you go is pretty much Wheel Chair Accessible, it's understandable, but these haunts had poor acting and too high visibility to make it worth standing in line for.
As for the Dead Line I didn't think it was worth it. I came out of it saying "What just happened"? The train ride is uneventful and the conductor keeps repeating the same thing over and over. At the end you go into this Zombie zone where Iron Wolf used to be and the actors aren't really in character - they are more rude than anything. It's also a dirt path so if you don't wanna get your shoes dirty, don't go on this. It is also not wheel chair accessible.
Necropolis was a major let down on our way to Mausoleum of Terror. There were maybe 5 actors total inside Necropolis, where as in past years there have been 30+. The Mausoleum was the biggest let down this year and possibly one of the worst haunts I have ever been in, and for the record, I have been in 100 different houses around the USA and Europe. There was sub par acting and more characters out of character. In fact, in 1 room, we actually saw a girl sleeping. There wasn't loud music, it wasn't dark enough and there use of scare tactics were scarce.
As for Wicked Woods - there is a lot of potential here to make this into one of the top haunts in the industry but they would have to incorporate more land use and build the haunt up to make in longer, thinner, and darker with more actors. You start with a pretty tour guide who takes you to a zone where they have found Big Foot among other creatures and they are in their cages - then all of a sudden, something happens and you are on your own with your group of 20. The problem with this haunt is that the people that are in front, don't get scared. The people come out from the woods in the center and back of the group. I was in dead front, and walked at a very slow pace and didn't get scared even once. But I would turn around every so often when I figured this would be a good place for a scare, and I was right. They would attack the middle (maybe 10 people back). Potential: Yes. This year: Ehh.
Overall, Six Flags in a family park. You should go into the haunts if you have kids - but if you don't have em and you are over 18, I don't recommend it, other than for the Roller Coasters. The haunt pass is $19.99 for all haunts.
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|Reviewed by: estumpf17   (Event Visited: 10/08/12 @ Before 3pm) |
Review Posted: 10/11/12
| Overall Score:|
|Scare Factor: Low | Atmosphere: Fair|
Visibility/Location: Easy to spot and find off of I-294--look for the giant gorilla on top of the skytower ride. Or the huge white wooden helix of the American Eagle.
Wait Entertainment: Some ride lines had TVs showing a loop of the exclusive Six Flags channel, which consisted of ads and teen pop music videos (why?). Definitely ruins the frightful atmosphere for everyone--they should just shut the stupid TVs off.
Length of Event: Depends on when you go--weekends can be a 12hr affair (10am-10pm), but shortened days (Friday nights and Columbus Day) allow a maximum of ~7 hours in the park.
Actor Performance: Hard to say--there were next to NO costumed characters out during the day. Normally they 'come out' at night, but the limited operating hours prevented that. I saw no more than 5 my entire visit.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: With regards to wait time, crowds on this particular visit were light--longest wait was 45 minutes (for the newest ride, X-Flight). On weekends, expect 1hr+ waits for the bigger rides like Batman and Superman.
Appropriate Ages: You need to be old/tall enough to ride most of the good rides; parents, leave your babies at home, a haunted theme park is not the place for them.
Props / Special FX: In the past, they've shined in this area with immense amounts of creepy atmospheric theming. Sadly, it appeared that many props from years past stayed in storage or were discarded and never replaced, leading to numerous 'empty patches' throughout the park where displays had typically been.
Costumes / Make-up: Typically the costumes/makeup are very well polished and put-together. Unfortunately, there were almost no actors out scaring patrons when this reviewer was there. Whether due to a lack of workers because of the day of the week (Monday), or the operating hours (closed at 6pm), costumed actors were strangely absent.
Summary: Let me start by saying this: those who have gone during previous Octobers and expect a similar visit will likely be letdown this year.
-Superstition (the beloved Elvira-themed motion simulator ride) is gone, following the removal of the Space Shuttle America building. This was a Fright Fest classic, and it was sorely missed.
-Blood River (the raging rapids ride whose water was dyed red every October) was drained and a walk-thru haunted attraction took its place. Naturally, a pass for the premium in-park haunted houses costs an extra $20.
-The ‘Boo Line’ haunted railroad was just the plain old Scenic Railway that operates throughout the year. There was very little visible theming along the way. Vanilla and boring.
-Iron Wolf and Déjà vu are no more—so the park is out two roller coasters (but they did put in X-Flight, a fantastic new addition).
-Gate prices are now at an insane $62 per person...this does not include $22 for parking, and the elevated cost of food ($3 coke, $8 burger+fries). A family of four could easily drop $300—online tix are available at a reduced cost.
But despite all that, my biggest gripe with Fright Fest this year was the way they completely destroyed the haunted atmosphere Six Flags set out to create and succeeded so well at in past years. Instead of eerie melodies playing through the speakers, came indie rock ‘hits’. Where there was cobwebbing and hanging body bags once, now were bare treebranches and undecorated lightposts. Many of the rides were lacking in themeing, and the costumed actors were far and few between. Nothing kills a spooky mood more than the feel-good teen pop music videos shown in the wait lines. Absolutely unnecessary. Fright Fest was at its best in the 90’s-early 00’s and has been on a downward slide ever since. This year’s attempt at scary failed miserably—coupling the rising gate prices with lowered-quality visits, Great America’s Fright Fest just isn’t what it used to be. Disappointing.