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2012 Visitor Reviews of
Asylum of Mad Dreams (Cordova, Illinois)

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48 out of 60 people thought this review was helpful.
Reviewed by: Keegs123   (Event Visited: 10/06/12 @ 8:45 pm)
Review Posted: 10/09/12
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Scare Factor: Very Low | Atmosphere: Fair
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Visibility/Location: Luckily we had our GPS, otherwise it would've been a struggle finding this place. We finally found a dimly lit sign that pointed us in the direction of the haunt. However if you live in the town, most people will know how to get to the Cordova Dragway Park.

Wait Entertainment: Our wait took about 30-45 minutes since it was a busy night and we were waiting around the bonfire waiting for the bus to come. There was no entertainment or actors while we were waiting for our numbers to be called to load the bus.

Length of Event: With the bus ride and going through the haunted house, it took us about 30-40 minutes to go through.

Actor Performance: This was AOMD weakest spot. The actors broke character in EVERY single room we went through. A lot of them didn't even make an effort at it. They just told jokes and talked to us rather than scared us.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: This was one of their stronger sides to the haunted house. We never ran into another group, we had to wait to be able to go through each house. This was a good set up though so we would never run into another group.

Appropriate Ages: 8 and up. They also have a kids haunted house which was recommended for younger ages.

Props / Special FX: They had quite a few good props here. Some large, some small, some home-made. They had it all, but some of them seemed to not have been working at all.

Costumes / Make-up: They used masks and really cheesy make-up.

Summary: The Bus Ride and the Clown room was probably the only fun/scary things that stood out. The Bus Ride consisted of riding a bus which had the windows blacked out so you couldn't see anything on the sides and seats that were facing towards one another. The bus ride was awesome because of the bumpy path the driver took and how fast we were going for driving through the woods. Also the effect of the branches hitting the sides of the bus made it really suspenseful. The clown room was really well decorated, also since it was the 3d haunt, it made all the neon paint stand out really well and it added a really cool illusion to the room. 
A really big disappointment was that I felt there weren't enough actors in the haunt and a lot of them almost seemed to have little or no effort. When we walked through the HellBilly Acres area (at least that's what I thought it was) there was probably 2-3 actors throughout the whole walkway area... it was a very long walkway too. The actors also had really obvious hiding spots to where we could see them, so by the time they popped out, we already knew they were hiding there and the scare just kind of died. 
Overall, I was very disappointed with this haunted house, as I have heard many great things about it before. It really had the potential of being scary, but in the end it was a really big let down. 

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Reviewed by: chloe1980   (Event Visited: 10/13/12 @ 9:15 pm)
Review Posted: 10/15/12
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Very well lit and easy to find. Right next to the drag strip. And a big sign with and arrow pointing where to go.

Wait Entertainment: Food consession, selling tshirts, coffin ride, and a fire.

Length of Event: I think it was about 45 minutes

Actor Performance: Some actors were better than others. Lots of workers. Most had either decent makeup or at least a mask. They did a good job of holding groups up when we got caught up. Great scares! Even when we were held up someone came out of nowhere and still got us!

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Everything went smoothly once our group got separated from a really big slow group.got held up again at the clowns but it was well worth the wait.

Appropriate Ages: Any age. I saw kids there that were having fun. Then again saw adults that were freaked out

Props / Special FX: There was A LOT to see. Our group was looking around. So much looked real. And there was so many hidden doors and it was funny once we found it or it was opened for us

Costumes / Make-up: I saw people here and there wear costumes according to where they were. But most of the people were hidden or it was dark enough we didn't see what they were wearing. Lots of masks, blood, and decent makeup. I thought it was enough

Summary: I personally have worked at a haunted house before. Its really hard to make everyone happy. I loved this place. I heard so many screams and laughter that this place is a great hit! Some places could use more people but overall there were a lot of actors. The bus ride was great and the crazy guy drove it last year too. The 3D clowns were amazing! There's good food in the front and a nice fire with benchs. A casket ride was in one of the buildings and they sold tshirts. I can't wait to see what they do next year. One of my favs for years!

 

 

 

 

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