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2007 Visitor Reviews of
Jonamac Orchard Corn Maze (Malta, Illinois)

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Reviewed by: haunt_master   (Event Visited: 10/13/07 @ 9:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/17/07
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Scare Factor: Very Low | Atmosphere: Poor
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Visibility/Location: If you use mapquest, you won't have any problems. It is not very lit up though, so keep your eyes peeled.

Wait Entertainment: Nothing good. The form of wait entertainment was a Sheryl Crow CD BLASTING. I guess this could be good entertainment if you like her. However, not only do I not like her music, I did not find it fit the atmosphere at all. A scary halloween CD would have set the mood a lot better. From the music, I felt like I was waiting to get into a redneck bar, not a haunted corn maze.

Length of Event: 15 minutes, but I walk fast so maybe it will take another person longer.

Actor Performance: There were not many actors, and the ones they had were kind of boring. This is a warning, even though the rules CLAIM the actors will not touch you, THEY DO. If I was a vindicitve person, I could definately sue this haunted house. I understand occaisonal accidents that can happen, but intentional touching is OUT OF LINE in my opinion, if the rules state they won't touch you. See my summary for more details.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Not good. They just let people flock into the corn maze, and figured that it would be big enough to contain them all. Unfortunately, I kept running into people who were lost in the maze. The paths are not that wide, so it is hard to let people squeeze by without getting knocked into. I got bumped aside quite rudely more times than I care to remember. 
Also, the ticket girl let this family cut in front of me even though I was there first (and she noticed me to). I guess she was too intimidated to put the rude, gung-ho dad in his place.

Appropriate Ages: Just about anyone. It is more of a corn maze in the dark than a "haunted" corn maze.

Props / Special FX: There were not many props or special effects. I guess it is hard to generate electricity in the middle of a corn maze. But anyway, there were no special lights, or animatronics either. The only SPX, I guess it could be called, was somebody hiding in the corn field shooting a rifle, which about made me go deaf since I was right by him when he did it. I mean a real rifle, not something fake that doesn't make much noise. I just hope those were blanks!

Costumes / Make-up: Since it was dark, I couldn't really see the actors costumes or make up too well. I could tell a lot were wearing jeans though. I guess they didn't want to get their costume dirty in the corn maze. Would have been cooler if they had people in full costumes or robes. The only full costume I saw was a guy dressed as a GORILLA. I'm not sure what theme that was supposed to fit into. However, seeing a gorilla in a corn maze is about as scary as seeing Jaws in the desert.

Summary: All things considered, I was not impressed with this event. 
What bothered me the most, was that there were two actors who touched me. One actor actually JUMPED on me from a post and injured my ankle. I twisted my ankle from the sudden weight on me and fell down. Did he apologize? Of course not! I even yelled in pain "Don't touch me!" And he just climbed back up his post to scare the next patron. I could not believe this, considering the big long list of rules displayed outside the maze, plus the typical staff speech "Do not touch them, and they won't touch you."  
I found a security team member (a Corn Cop) and politely explained to him what an actor did in the maze. I thought maybe they'd like to give him some more training or something to prevent a future catastrophe. He just looked at me like I was making it up that he jumped on me. "Are you sure he touched you?" he asked me. He didn't even apologize either; he just said they aren't supposed to so... 
Well, I realized I was not going to get anywhere with such apathetic staff, so I decided to warn future patrons what to expect on here.  
Even if I wasn't hurt by an actor, I would still give this haunt a low scare rating. It had a lot of potential, being a dark corn maze, but was probably made more for children and familes. However, since some actors touch patrons, potentially in a harmful way, I wouldn't risk letting my child into this haunt, if I had one.





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