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HauntedIllinois.com's
2010 Disturbia Haunted House Review


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Disturbia
880 W Lake Street
Addison, IL 60101

Visited: 10/03/10

 

Visibility/Location: Disturbia was held in a sports dome, but since is was set off the main road, you could miss it if you weren't looking closely.  To help get motorists' attention, there was an illuminated sign near the entrance that was visible from both directions.  There were also several smaller signs stuck in the grass, along the sidewalk.  All of the signs had black backgrounds, so they blended in somewhat with their surroundings.   The use of white signs would have helped with visibility significantly.  
Wait Entertainment: Since it was early in the season and there wasn't much of a line, there really wasn't any need for wait entertainment.  Even so, there was a character with a gas mask working the queue line area.   Entering through wrought iron gates and walking down a zig-zag path, patrons were immediately attacked by two bloody zombies.  The area in front of the attraction's entrance was filled with a thick layer of spider webs.  A cool visual effect was created by multiple flashing colored lights shining through the webs.  At the entrance, there was a dominatrix girl who entertained patrons, until it was their turn to go inside the house.                        
Admission Price: $18 
Parking: Free
Length:

10 Minutes *  
*
= Since people move through haunted attractions at different rates, your time will vary. Note: The time shown here represents the actual time spent moving through the attraction. Time spent waiting in queue lines or staging areas has been subtracted.

LPR: 1.388
LPR stands for Length/Price Ratio. It represents perceived value of an event, by comparing length vs price of admission. Higher numbers represent more value per dollar. Actual quality and/or entertainment value of an event are not factors in this calculation. Click Here to see how this event compares to others visited this year by the staff of HauntedIllinois.com.
Scare Factor: Medium-High  
Crowd Control: Crowd control was pretty good throughout the attraction.  I only ran into one other group.          

Summary:

Disturbia consisted of a series of scenes, separated by various dark pathways & mazes. A number of the scenes followed a torture theme. In one area there were several beds that had bodies sewn into the bed sheets, with only their faces exposed. Before leaving the scene, patrons were approached by an evil nurse, who taunted them. In another area, a woman was strapped to a slanted table, begging for help, while a man dressed in black tortured her.  In the rest of the attraction, there were also a couple of other similar torture-type scenes.

One of the more unique features of this attraction was the spiral hallway. Along the helical path, there were a number of flashing strobe lights and in the center, there was a raised platform with an actor trapped inside a circular cage made of conduit. As patrons exited the scene, something unexpected happened. Another creative scene featured a girl playing hopscotch on the chalk outline of a human body.

There was also a chain-link fence maze. In this area, several strobe lights were used to disorient patrons and multiple actors attacked from all sides, even from above the cage.  I found their claustrophobia* effect to be a bit of a challenge to traverse, due to actors pushing back and forth, from both sides of the air bags.

The tour ended with a walk down a long, fog-filled hallway with a green laser light effect and a nice scare.

Throughout the attraction, most of the actors had good make-up and many were more distinctive than last years’ performers. They also had higher energy performances. Overall, there seemed to be just the right number of actors throughout the house. Most of the scares were on target and everyone stayed in character, with the exception of one actor who said “that’s the exit” in a normal tone of voice.

Kudos to the Disturbia crew for putting on a great show this year. While it was still priced on the high side, considering the overall length of the attraction, their show had a high entertainment value and was a lot of fun to go through.  There were many improvements over last year's event, including actor intensity and scene detail. I look forward to seeing what they have for us next year.

To find out more about this event, visit:

http://www.disturbiatof.com/

 

* = A "claustrophobia effect" is a pair of inflated fabric panels that patrons have to push their way through.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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