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2011 Visitor Reviews of
12th Annual Extreme Haunted Hayrides In Riverside Park (Springfield, Illinois)

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Reviewed by: Jashuh   (Event Visited: 10/28/11 @ 7:15 pm)
Review Posted: 10/30/11
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Located in the park on the outskirts of Springfield Illinois, remote location that works good. Not hard to find and marked on the roadside.

Wait Entertainment: Low this year on wait entertainment, one monster girl walking throughout the crowd (no line here, they call out groups) and she wasn't too involved with her character. They usually have several monsters walking throughout the event as they break. They have a DJ doing Halloween music and videos, it seemed to keep people in the spirit as they set around the two fire pits and keep warm. Also; food provided if you need it.

Length of Event: The travel by the hayrack ride around the park takes about 15 minutes.

Actor Performance: The actors done a very good job, others would draw your attention one way while monsters would jump out with chainsaws and explosions to jump you. These guys like what they do and do a great job as they jump on the hayrack with screaming people. Very good job here with impact scares!

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: The flow is seamless because the hayrack ride is controlled and everything is on the mark.

Appropriate Ages: I would say at least 8 or 9 here, with the darkness of the woods and the chainsaws and explosions, too much impact here for little kids.

Props / Special FX: Some interesting props throughout the ride, same things from year-to-year - could use some more props on dead spaces. Interesting props but could use some more pop out automation throughout the trip.

Costumes / Make-up: Too much darkness to make out the detail of the masks or costumes, but what we could see all worked ok.

Summary: This is a very good attraction and has a large draw, but could use a facelift here and there, too much of the same theme every year. Would like to see them up the game here with more props and some jump out automation effects. The only problem we noticed was the poor traffic control people handling this event, the woman with the light directing the main traffic flow was bad, she had no idea what she was doing and it showed. Otherwise, everything moved along very good and we had a good time, we will be back next year.





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