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2013 Visitor Reviews of
Dungeon Of Darkness (Pekin, Illinois)

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7 out of 16 people thought this review was helpful.
Reviewed by: Jashuh   (Event Visited: 10/25/13 @ 7:30 pm)
Review Posted: 10/26/13
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: Across from SuperWal-Mart in Pekin - not hard to find when you see it .. Flashing lights and large display (non-lite) sign on building .

Wait Entertainment: A few crazy clowns walking throughout the lines.. The one clown in black and white is overall the most interacting one and no doubt holds a lot of weight in this attraction, he does a great job.

Length of Event: The length is almost acceptable here, more later.

Actor Performance: Everyone done a average to fair job with the exception of the front nurse, crazy doctor, and the clowns ..

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: The flow moved along ok, no real troubles after you enter the event.. The waiting lines however do move somewhat slower than they should ..

Appropriate Ages: I would say that young kids shouldn't have too much trouble with this event.. They would like to think the event at 10 years old and above, but it just seemed that young crowd could do this .

Props / Special FX: Lots of standard haunted house props with some creative work thrown in - they seemed to have good enough surroundings to pull this event off and yes it works.

Costumes / Make-up: Masks and costumes worked ok, but some actors were done very good and other just weak to very weak and poor, they need to up this event in masks , costumes, and make-up.

Summary: This years attraction is much better than last year event, much improved layout and surroundings improved considerably ! The theme of this years attraction is nice and yes it does start off ok with everything pointed toward that situation, and for a short time it works. 
Now for the event overall, first problem is that this is a $10.00 haunted attraction that is $5.00 overpriced and forget about paying extra for an advanced pass or anything like that, keep your money or wait until the line shortens. They do control line flow to a slower rate to add more line length to sell the event better, we were like 35 in the line and waited over thirty minutes . We enjoyed the new changed here and it was ok, except for a blown fuse downtime, but they still done there best here. Only issue here is do not try to pay off all the new additions in the first year at rasing the rates way too much in the first year!

4 out of 12 people thought this review was helpful.
Reviewed by: spook   (Event Visited: After Oct. 31 @ 7:00 pm)
Review Posted: 11/04/13
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: Across from a super Walmart next to a Halloween store they have a hearse out front and pair of colored strobes on the roof.

Wait Entertainment: Two of the best clown makeups you will see any year. This was after Halloween so wait was not a problem

Length of Event: 15 minutes

Actor Performance: Loud for the most part. The Secretary that sets the mood was fantastic. The Doctor that "Tested you" was very good. The majority of the show was scare tactics and were ear rattlers.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: The group behind us caught up to us because this is a highly detailed set driven haunt that takes a moment if your so inclined.

Appropriate Ages: 11 and up

Props / Special FX: Not many show props but more set created props. What they had they used to maximum effect...lots to see

Costumes / Make-up: They mix silicon, latex, and straight makeup depending in the scene requirements. They have a design theme that runs the entire course of the show and not just variable set designs. It works.

Summary: I had no idea what to expect and I was surprised. Sometimes vacated store locations can become little more than a plywood maze. This was a highly decorated haunt that includes a laser vortex and a traditional vortex. The concept stays true throughout the haunt and they tend to repeat themselves but that isn't a criticism. If you do something well than you should never be afraid to repeat it. The start of the show was the most impressive. I would have liked to see one or two more scenes that included the imaginative performance art displayed there but I suppose it is a matter of flow as well. This was a surprise and better than a couple of more decorated shows that we have been to. It is well worth your effort to navigate through Pekin and find this gem.

 

 

 

 

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