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2014 Trail Of Screams Review
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|Trail Of Screams
Ymca Camp Winnebago
5804 N. Main Street
Rockford, IL 61103
This particular haunt is located at the YMCA Camp Winnebago location.
You’ll want to use GPS in this dark area, but also keep an eye out for the lighted sign. This sign is across the street from where our GPS had directed us to, without seeing it, would have gotten a little lost.
Once on the road, it gets a little tricky with no further direction or guidance. You’ll want to follow the signs for the corn maze, which can be dark. These will take you directly to the attraction.
Parking is directly across from the entrance. Lot is very big – can accommodate plenty.
One last thing I’d like to mention is tickets. Our first instinct when we see a line at a haunt is to get into it. The line here is strictly for the entrance. Tickets are a little further up the trail, off to the side – and there are no signs posting this. Would hate to see anyone lose their place because they’re not ready when it’s time to go in.
A very large creature hobbled it’s way at the end of the line. Birthday streamer in his mouth, he would “stick his tongue” out at those taking pictures of, or with, him – and to the cars he would stop as they’re coming in. Was pretty large – easy enough for him to block traffic.
A very creepy scarecrow and Michael Meyers worked the crowd as well. Dragging their knives on the ground, chasing a few victims, taking pictures. The actors were in character and having fun, terrorizing the people in line and going along with jokes, making it a fun wait while they were out.
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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 stands for Length/Price Ratio. It represents perceived value of an event, by
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.
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After our 2 hour wait, it was decided that they would no longer let small intimate groups go through – instead, more people were grouped together – not allowing better spacing between groups, as they had in the beginning. We had to stay behind in more than one area in the woods in order to keep from catching up with the very large group of 10 that went in before us. And we finally did, a few buildings down – in the maze.
A dark wooded path at midnight, broken flashlight, spooky buildings and evil monsters – sounds like your typical horror movie – but it’s not, this is Trail of Screams.
Located at a camp for Youth Groups, this particular haunt sends you down a wooded trail with a few cabins along the way. Each cabin has it’s own theme and a great façade to draw you in further to the attraction, making it believable that you really are lost in the woods, needing help and encountering these scenes.
When you enter, and work your way over the Troll Bridge, a very distressed woman runs out and begs for help. They’ve taken her daughter! – and she needs you to help get her back. Pointing the way to the “orphanage” – a cabin with a great broken down, boarded up façade – you work your way through the door, wondering what you’ll find inside.
You’re lead into the bedroom, where the little girl is screaming and sobbing on the side of her bed – an upside cross above it – and a great toy selection along the other wall. A very large evil bunny jumps out at you, chasing you out of the room, while another actor waits outside so that he can chase you with a chainsaw after you exit – screaming I did it! Laughing and following you down the trail.
This is typical for the intensity of scares in this haunt.
The infirmary is next. A woman in a wheelchair waits for you to come inside behind the desk. A very nice old phone and typewriter sit on top of it. Pictures of Xrays and anatomical details line the walls, as you go back. Unwilling amputees on the blood splattered floor beg for help while their body parts lay next to them. Working your way through the hallway – old surgical lights help guide the way – you find yourself with the mad doctor himself – who is looking for his next patients.
Back out to the woods and down the trail more – the next building is the Meat Market/BBQ shack. A well fed actor greats you, making pig and grunting noises. Inside, there were many slabs of meat, a freezer and several old authentic style tools – but we couldn’t focus or stay in the building for very long – the butcher was back, and with a chainsaw!
It was after we left this building, that we ran into a pack of coyote. Actors dressed in black, with coyote masks – down on all 4 – jumping and hopping out of the bushes to chase us more.
Zombie outbreak was next. An SS soldier welcomed you while asking if you had what it takes to make it out alive. Very much loved the detailing in this particular room – right down to the gun. Inside, was the maze, and creepy biting zombies. This is also where we caught up to the others – who were lost going through. Sticking to the outside, we made our way through the maze fairly quickly. After to be met with another solider – who informed us that the only way out is death, and ordering us to get in line. Demonstrating how we would be killed by electrocuting this particularly poor soul.
It was here that our group got larger, not used to the pushing and grabbing – felt it took away from our experience. Especially mine, no longer at the front portion of the group, now taking up the back to escape this. And most actors didn’t check to see if I was there. At one point, I was behind the chainsaws that chased the rest of the crowd out of the house.
Next building was a hillbilly shack. More like a fun maze, climbing through portions of the walls – seen a live mouse outside of the entrance here. Planned or not – very much added to the experience.
An actress bent over completely backwards before she asked the group to follow her through to her bedroom – climbing through a few broken boards. This particular house was a lot of fun, as you made your way through the broken boards.
The clown house was next. Not much to see here except a good amount of clowns laughing and trying to grab you. Few glow in the dark props and the entrance had a rounded out doorway – which was very fun to look at.
It was here that the dual chainsaws chased the majority of the crowd out – while I was left behind – watching the actors get back into position for the next group.
Catching up with my group, we walked the trail up to the exit, believing it was over. However, they act on the element of surprise here – and there’s more coyotes and another chainsaw waiting for you further down the road.
Although I enjoyed my time here, did feel that there were a few things they could improve on.
Crowd control could have been better. Do understand that spacing can be an issue at the end of the night – however. To offset that, should make the groups a little larger to begin with. Instead of 2 or 3 – have 5 or 6. This would have not only sped up the line, but also avoided any crowding at the end. The groups still would have been small enough to enjoy the intensity of the haunt and still have fun without complaint.
Line entertainment at the end fizzled. An hour or so in, the monsters were called to either work the attraction or disappeared completely. Got pretty boring there in the cold for a while. My suggestion would be to have some music playing if live entertainment was no longer an option.
Buildings were very nicely detailed and the actors great. Very much loved the coyotes and the character play of the actors inside. There were a lot of great scenes to look at here. For a trail, it’s defiantly not your typical walk through.
The time spent inside the attraction was awesome, and well worth the money. And there’s some great intensity from the actors here.
Believe Trail of Screams to be a very fun and unique haunt that should be experienced. Have fun.
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