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All 2011 Visitor Reviews Submitted by SuburbanGal

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Event Reviewed: Terror on the Railroad (Union, Illinois)
Reviewed by: SuburbanGal   (Event Visited: 10/14/11 @ 7:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/24/11
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: Terror on the Railroad is located in Union, IL at the Illinois Railway Museum off Olson Road. There's a large illuminated "Terror on the Railroad" sign to show people where to turn near teh entrance and from afar lights can be seen.

Wait Entertainment: There are several people in costume out and about in the parking lot and around the ticket booth. Some are quite aggressive and very much in your face to the point they'll try to block you and keep you from passing. There are even some people in costume out and about near the stationary train.

Length of Event: It took me about 40-50 minutes to do both attractions.

Actor Performance: The actors were performing their roles quite well for the most part. They were pretty creepy although some were almost too low key and one was off on her timing.  
 
There was definitely one really strong performance and that was the girl with the crate on her head on the staionary train.  
 
Overall, the actors did a "knock-out" job. I think many of them were seasoned haunters.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: I was in a group of 5 on both trains and was very impressed with the fact that we didn't run into any other groups. Overall, the flow for the attractions was decent in terms of length of wait time and time to get through each attraction.

Appropriate Ages: I don't think children 8 and under should be taken to Terror on the Railroad. The end of the Screamliner would most likely be too much for a little child and probably make them cry and ask to get off and leave.

Props / Special FX: Strobe lights, colored lighting, fog, and various other lighting effects were used and really help give the trains feeling of being frightened as you moved through each train.

Costumes / Make-up: Costumes and make-up work fit each character and attraction quite nicely.

Summary: Terror on the Railroad consists of two different attractions: a walk-through haunt on a moving train and a walk-through haunt on a stationary train. In each case, several cars are strung together and people walk down the aisles making their way from car to car through narrow passageways that foster a claustrophobic feel. The the motion of the moving train adds a touch of realism to the experience.  
 
Between lunging compartment actors on the moving train and elaborate and themed cars in which people have to duck down to get to the next area or walk through not really knowing WHAT or WHO was there to scare them, it was well worth the $12 I paid for both attractions.  
 
This was the first time I've gone through an attraction like this and it was a very unique experience. This one is a great one to go see. Can't wait to see what is in store for next. Will definitely be going in the future.

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Event Reviewed: Eleventh Hour Haunted House (Elk Grove, Illinois)
Reviewed by: SuburbanGal   (Event Visited: 10/05/11 @ 7:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/23/11
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Average
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Visibility/Location: Eleventh Hour Haunted House is located at Berthold’s Garden Center on Devon Avenue in Elk Grove Village. There's a large lighted sign along the road so bypassing it is almost impossible.

Wait Entertainment: There was little wait entertainment but that was not necessary due to it not being very busy.

Length of Event: It took me about an hour to do all 4 attractions.

Actor Performance: The actors in the attractions came to life. There were some standard scare tactics which were sprinkled throughout each house and the catacombs. Some of those tactics worked, some did not.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: I was in a group of 4 and was very impressed with the fact that we didn't run into any other groups. Overall, the flow for the attractions was phenomenal in terms of length of wait time and time to get through each attraction.

Appropriate Ages: I don't think children 10 and under should be taken to Eleventh Hour. The last and second house, "INTENSITY" would certainly be too much for little children.

Props / Special FX: I expected an actual corn field with a complex maze that would take quite a wile to navigate through and be somewhat difficult, but no. It was corn affixed to wire fencing and easily navigated in about 15 or so minutes.  
 
The first house and second attraction, "ELEVENTH HOUR", had many creative rooms which had lots of work put into them.  
 
There was a lot of dark corridor navigating in the catacombs, but was plenty of skeletons and ofther niffty prop work throughout.

Costumes / Make-up: Costumes and make-up work fit each character and attraction quite nicely.

Summary: It was fun to have 4 attractions in one location. The effort that has been put into the haunted houses and catacombs is clear and makes for a really fun trip. The corn maze will most likely be the most dissapointing part of the Eleventh Hour experience so don't expect it to be the greatest highlight of the night. The simulated drop on an old rickety elevator in the catacombs, which was a jerky and freakishly wild was the best part of my experience.  
 
Patrons should be aware that the strobe lights and intense music in the last and second house, "INTENSITY", could cause heavy disorientation. This heavy disorientation could cause patrons to become easily annoyed and lost thereby repeating their experience. Should patrons find it too intensifying, they can simply exit through several emergency exits.  
 
It's understaffed and there are some lost opportunities to scare patrons. But overall, it was a plesant experience and I'd highly recommend a visit. 
 

 

 

 

 

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