Other 2015 Haunt Reviews
2015 Trail Of Screams Review
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|Trail Of Screams
4500 Rotary Road
Rockford, IL 61109
I'm not going to say that this was easy to find by any means, the entrance to the park was lit, and there was a truck at the end by a sign stating Trail of Screams and he had a flashlight waving you into a long (and by long I mean like a mile or so) driveway leading into the woods. Once you've driven down that, there are signs every so often down this path that say Slow 5MPH and then after that you can speed up to 15MPH – this is an active paintball field, there is also a tractor driving back and forth moving patrons around. So the event is not visible from the road, but there is a well lit sign with the event name on it. Once you get up to the ticket area, there is definitely ample parking. I had gotten there kind of late so I had to walk about 100 yds to get to the ticket counter.
There really wasn't much wait entertainment, I'm probably guessing due to the time that I got there. However, the best part, was watching the last group getting off of the tractor running for their lives from the actors in the Screamatorium. Like ran to cars and slipped trying to get into them.
There wasn't really a waiting room per-say, you walked up to the Screamatorium where a teenager reviews the rules with you.
Trail of Screams: $10
Zombie Outbreak: $10
(They were running a special, all three events for $25.00)
Screamatorium: 8 Minutes *
Trail of Screams: 20 Minutes *
Zombie Outbreak: 2 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 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.
to see how this event compares to others
visited this year by the staff of HauntedIllinois.com.
Trail of Screams: Medium-Low
Zombie Outbreak: Very Low
Group Spacing was awesome throughout the Screamatorium and the flow was pretty amazing as well, nothing super jerky, no running into any other groups.
In the end, Screamatorium was amazing because as you are walking through there is an actor singing, and her voice was ethereal and probably one of the most beautiful things I have ever heard in a haunt, which creeped me out even more. There was a single chainsaw inside, which luckily after I told the guy I can't run because I thought I had broken toes the night prior he didn't try to chase after us, and then he offered to remove said toes because I didn't need them anymore. And not to mention there are a few places in there where ducking is a necessity. Then you load up onto a tractor to be taken over to the Trail of Screams.
As Far as the Trail of Screams is concerned, I was not a fan at all, it's called the Trail of Screams: out of 20 or so actors in the trail, I'd say from what I recall 5 of them actually acted vs screaming. To do the trail, they actually load you into a van, drop you off with a flashlight and you are on your way. Huge point of contention: Too many Chainsaws in the buildings. I also had to deal with nausea and lightheadedness from all of the fumes. So to be completely honest, I was thoroughly disappointed, from the lack of acting, to the excessive amount of fumes that almost had me passing out, including having a metal something or other fly by my head and hit the wall next to it. The acting was subpar, but the scenes themselves were set up and looked great. From a home, to an orphanage, a “maximum security” prison and a butcher shop. So kudos Trail of Screams on the scenery zero props for the actors that you had working.
Zombie Outbreak: Would have been much better if the patrons could have been in the enclosure with the zombies shooting at them. This was changed because some guy the prior week had taken out a zombie, the zombie hit the ground and then the guy unloaded his gun on the zombie. So thank you jerkface for ruining the fun for the rest of the well meaning patrons that are there to have a good time. So instead of the patrons going into the enclosure the park had actually set the guns up as more of a turret setup and you have to basically play target practice while shooting zombies. Definitely appreciate them not completely getting rid of the Zombie Outbreak, but changing it so it was safer for all. Not to mention they had found out that I was a pretty good shot with a gun, and albeit didn't “Kill” the one zombie, I lit him up like the 4th of July. That's right, a girl can be a good shot.
I enjoyed the screamatorium, that didn't have too much screaming actually, was disappointed in the Trail of Screams, and really enjoyed Zombie Outbreak.
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