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2015 Asylum Acres - Bartonville Insane Asylum Review


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Asylum Acres - Bartonville Insane Asylum
Dead End Of Enterprise Dr
Bartonville, IL 61607

Visited: 10/02/15

 

Reviewed By: Cobwebs
Visibility/Location: There are signs on the street pointing to where you will park. However, the actual haunt is located at the end of the next street over. There are workers in the parking lot who can direct you where to go.
Wait Entertainment: Some folks will be thrilled with the choice of music playing (current hits). It will keep you dancing a bit while you wait. I would like to have heard some scarier stuff thrown in, but overall it isnít bad.

Once upon a time, there was a haunt in Pekin, IL called Dungeons of Darkness. Fans of that haunt will be beyond thrilled to know, one of their favorite line wait entertainers is back in action at this haunt. While he has not decided on his new name, he had several of those in line trying very hard to stay away from him. Itís wonderful to see him back on the haunted house scene.
Admission Price: $10
Parking: Free
Length:

28 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: 9.800
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: Asylum Acres was diligent about not sending groups in too soon. We did not encounter anyone else the entire time we were on the trail.

Summary:

I am going to begin this review with advice. Wear sensible shoes. Preferably hiking boots. If you are on a date and you have dressed to impress by sporting your fancy high heeled boots, you will more than likely either twist an ankle or get stuck on more than one occasion during your trek. There are crude stairs going down hills, up hills, across ravines, etc. It is dark. Pitch black in some places. So much so that more than once we had to stop and think about just where to go. Did you notice the time it took us to get through? 28 minutes, folks. A 28 minute hike. Well worth the $10 admission fee, but I implore you to dress appropriately. You are not allowed to use your phone for light either. So if you have trouble seeing at night, this may not be the right choice.

I should note that we attended Asylum Acres on opening night. We waited in line for 25 minutes. Because patrons have to go relatively slow because of the terrain, the wait time for this haunt could become substantial.

With that aside, Asylum Acres has some hits and some misses. Once again, my preferred section was the Carnival in the middle of the woods. They have this decked out with great lighting, great props and some messed up clowns. This one section carries a lot of weight with this haunt. One clown in particular was quite insistent at invading my personal space. Intimidating stuff. He will be giving many a haunt goer nightmares.

There were a few other spots along the trail where the actors were able to freak us out simply by standing there. Then making us have to approach them. Not always the easiest thing to do when you have to go past someone freaky. And to the character who got my biggest scare of the night, I apologize for what I said to you.

I would like to have seen the stretches between scenes be a little scarier. Those moments felt simply like a hike. Noises from nowhere would have gone a long way to keeping the intensity level up.

The end of the trail just fell flat. We walked for quite a ways with no scares at all until we approached two girls who were ďtied to postsĒ begging for help. Unfortunately, we saw them standing around talking before jumping over to their posts, and what they were begging for help from is beyond me because there was no one else. Seemed like more of an afterthought. Getting that last scare in before leaving is crucial. Itís what your patrons will remember most from the night especially with a haunt this lengthy.

Asylum Acres is good. But it has the potential to be great. It will be interesting to see how they tweak their attraction throughout this season and in the future.

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