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2015 Hayride Of Horror Review


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Hayride Of Horror
Dellwood Park
Rt. 171 & Woods Dr.
Lockport, IL 60441

Visited: 10/23/15

 

Reviewed By: The Gatecreeper
Visibility/Location: We used the GPS, there is only one sign to the entrance which is located on a small hill near the entrance. It's the park's marquee with the Hayride of Horror's details. The turn into the park is very hard to see off of Rt. 171, and if coming from the North the turn in is very sharp and up a hill. I would take this with caution. Signs point to parking and there is an attendant to guide you.
Wait Entertainment: We went just after they opened so there was very little of a line, maybe one group in front of us. There was a Jason Voorhees coming out of the woods, very effective, but as more people showed up. We did see other roaming ghouls near the entrance.
Admission Price: $12 General Admission
$17 Speed Pass
Parking: Free
Length:

22.5 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: 6.543
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: Low-Medium
Crowd Control: N/A

Summary:

I do have to mention a few things...

We had attempted this event a few times only to be turned away twice.
Once on October 10th at 9:05pm we went down the hill to the ticket booth and staff had informed us they were running late and had "young actors" that could not stay out late so they stopped selling tickets for the evening.

And again on October 16th at10:10pm hoping to make it before they close at 10:30pm. Was informed they stop ticket sales at 9:45pm this fact is not mentioned on their website. Only simply states they close at 10:30pm

With that being said...

We were onsite at 10/23 right after they opened. We found the ticket booth which is brightly lit and purchased our tickets, went to stand in line. When it was our turn, we gave them our tickets and returned the stub back. We entered the tent, a staging area before you get on the ride, a ghoul approached the tent along with a few of his ilk, and gave everyone a onceover. When it was time he was given a mic and gave us a small speech about the history of the park. He also instructed our group about the safety rules that come with hayrides. He was a masked character wearing a top hat with a commanding voice and had a very professional demeanor. While he was giving his lesson the random actors that appeared with him were invading the space of other fellow riders. When he was finished we had started our trip and walked down the path to the tractor and trailer. This trailer can hold a decent group of 25 to 30 people. This was one of three tractors. There was a slightly longer wait because they only had one running at the time. I did hear over the radio that there were mechanical issues so only one was working at the time.

The ride took us to several scenes. pretty far spaced between each one. You traveled through a spiders nest, and had zombies following you through the grave yard. After a turn into a large field a couple of irate farmers were trying to run you down. There were a couple of scares, even a bit of an interactive experience when reaching the witches coven. Making it through the hillbilly and clown scenes pretty much ends your experience. I did like the clown section for it's set design and it seemed to have the most actors. The hillbillies script seemed to be the most put together.

The lengthy gap between scenes seemed to take you out of the show for just that moment. By the time we got to the hillbilly station we saw another active tractor so they may have fixed an issue from earlier.

Overall the ride was nice. We did get a few unwanted hitchhikers and random attacks from the side. The actors were all energetic, always in character.

Onsite they also have campfires, and a movie projected on a screen. There are activities you can do while you are on sire and are no charge.

They have a few vendors for treats and light up gizmos. A little added bonus, your ticket stub is also a coupon for a free appetizer (with the purchase of two adult entrees) at the local eatery Embers Tap House.

To find out more about this event, visit:

http://www.lockportpark.org/HayrideOfHorror/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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