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2012 Haunted Mansion & Asylum 13 Review


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Haunted Mansion & Asylum 13
Bolingbrook Sports Dome
730 N. Route 53
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

Visited: 10/21/12

 

Reviewed By: The Wench     
Visibility/Location: The event is located inside McQ’s Sports Dome, very easy to find.    
Wait Entertainment: No wait entertainment to speak of, just a few plainclothes ticket takers.   
Admission Price: $20
Parking: FREE
Length:

Haunted Mansion: 6 Minutes * 
Asylum 13: 5 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 forward through the attraction. Time spent waiting in queue lines, staging areas, intro scenes, rules rooms and when traffic jams cause patrons to come to a halt, has been subtracted. 

LPR: 1.925
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
Crowd Control: We didn’t run into any other groups throughout, until just before the very end.

Summary:

The night we visited this attraction happened to be one in which we visited two attractions, both located inside sports domes.

Unfortunately, this was the one that just didn’t do it for us.

Entering the first house, “Haunted Mansion”, we were confronted by a large courtyard area with a mansion’s façade and multiple actors to stalk us.  It was, however, wide open, so right off the bat the white ceiling of the sports dome was extremely distracting.

We were led into the first room and told the story of the house – the actor here was extremely funny! – and then let loose into the house.

Right away I noticed – the walls and props were extremely detailed – but the floor was a plastic covering that you felt like you were tripping on the whole time, and there were no ceilings, so it completely lacked any sort of claustrophobic feel.  The actors were all extremely high energy, and original!  Not once did I hear any generic lines, they all had something to say, and they made sure you know what it was! 

Big complaint here?  Room sizes were good, but the props were laid out in such a way that you cut directly across said room very quickly.  It would have been nice to see some things rearranged so that we had to weave through the room, making it appear longer. 

We exited the “Haunted Mansion” portion and were again assaulted with a wide open “yard” of sorts, where the dome was again visible and distracting.  The actress in this area was CRAZY, though!  Running back and forth, herding us the right way without pushing us, very entertaining.  We were then let into Asylum 13.

Again, the detail on props, and walls?  Fantastic!  But the open ceilings and plastic floor coverings almost completely ruined this experience.  Same complaint here about the open rooms – a notable scene was a morgue type scene with 2 big autopsy tables – these could have been used to make us weave around – but we were sent straight past them and couldn’t really get a good look at the details here.

Actors in this area we also fabulous.  Original lines, bouncing off walls.  The kitchen scene was especially gross!  Cannot say enough good things about the actors here – no “get out”, nothing unoriginal, crazy energy.  Great job guys!

Overall?  At $20, I think I would have enjoyed this house more if I weren’t constantly reminded that I was inside a sports dome.  I hate to say it, but it’s true.  The open ceilings were just far too distracting for me.  I know it seems to be a bit much to make that my main complaint, but for a $20 ticket price, I want to admire the detail put in, not be distracted but the puffy white view overhead.      

To find out more about this event, visit:

http://www.hma13.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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