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All 2007 Visitor Reviews Submitted by kevin0715

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Event Reviewed: Trail of Screams (Rockford, Illinois)
Reviewed by: kevin0715   (Event Visited: 10/28/07 @ 7:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/28/07
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Scare Factor: Very Low | Atmosphere: Poor
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Visibility/Location: The haunted house has a very dimly lit sign outside with three letters on it: "TOS." If you were coming down the street at even close to the speed limit and did not realize that they abbreviate Trail of Screams as "TOS," you will likely pass it and end up having to turn around and come back.

Wait Entertainment: There was no wait entertainment. There was one person with a mask on who walked around in the parking lot.

Length of Event: Before I comment on this, please understand that I am more than willing to wait in line for my attraction. However, after waiting nearly 4 hours in line at night in very cold weather, it gets old very quickly. The line did not move, AT ALL. The organization at this event was poor at best.

Actor Performance: Actors did not interact with those in the group. This is because the entrance line moved so slowly (due to poor organization). Groups of 10 and more were walking the path at a time.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Patron flow was very slow. The length of the event was approximately 25 minutes as others have said. However, this 25 minutes of much anticipated "fear" amounted to very little after waiting for 4 hours in the freezing cold.

Appropriate Ages: I would recommend little children do not attend since the attraction does not have any sort of place for children to stay warm.

Summary: In summary, I will never go to the Trail of Screams ever again. I feel as if the YMCA who puts on the event has taken advantage of a lot of people - myself included - by charging $10 a person. Many people were turned away from the attraction after waiting for more than 3 hours. This is because they close at midnight regardless of whether anybody is in line or not. The organization from the very beginning was pitiful. There are two lines that meld together as one. After standing in the "wrong" line for half an hour, many people finally realize that there is also a "ticket line" intermingled within the "entrance line." There are no corrals, and as expected many people line-jumped. There was no authoritative figures around to prevent this. Once in line, you were essentially surrounded by hundreds of people, all pushing and plowing their way to try to get to the front of the line. The line was approximately 25 people wide, and as a result you never actually have a "place." in line. Essentially, whoever pushes the most gets in first. 
In summary, I will not be back to Trail of Screams ever again. Half of my part lost all their ticket money because they will not offer refunds if they shut and you are not able to get in. They simply tell you - come back tomorrow or next year.





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