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|Reviewed by: DragonSlayer   (Event Visited: 10/16/14 @ 7:00 pm) |
Review Posted: 10/22/14
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|Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: Disturbia Screams in the Park is located in the MB financial park area which is conveniently located off of I-294. I had a bit of difficulty finding it only because my car's GPS didn't recognize the address or name of the venue but it's clearly advertised as you get closer to the event.
Wait Entertainment: I got here before they even opened so i'm not sure what entertainment there was or would be this night.
Length of Event: Somewhere around 25 minutes.
Actor Performance: Very good and perhaps some of the best I've seen all year in IL! The actors loved their characters and really got into the atmosphere. Some were having dialogue with each other and others were trying to bring you into the scenes they were in. Very top notch performances by all of them!
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: I went on a Thursday and got there before they opened so there was hardly anyone there. I went in with a group of 3 and lost them several times within the haunt and never caught up with anyone and never had a group catch me.
Appropriate Ages: Parental discretion is always best but I think a 12 year old would be fine unless they scare easily.
Props / Special FX: The effects and make up were great. Lots of makeup and the masks were of very high quality. There are also some neat set pieces, animatronics, and cool lighting areas.
Costumes / Make-up: Costumes were spot on as well as makeup and masks. The characters were fully into their scenes and melded well with their specific spot they were in. No complaints here.
Summary: This was my first time going to Disturbia and Screams in the Park which were up to this point two separate haunts. I hadn't heard much about them so I didn't know what to expect.
Disturbia Screams in the Park is a very fascinating haunt with a good mixture of artistic value combined with well placed scares. The sets themselves are worth the trip to Disturbia. My only complaint is not with the haunt but the venue. The haunt cost me 25 to get in but parking was 13 dollars meaning that since I had not done anything else this night at the venue the haunt cost me 38 bucks to get into. Still, the overall value of the haunt makes up for this little inconvenience.
The great thing about this haunt is that they do a great job of incorporating different things not seen in other haunts. Upon first entering you actually are put in a chair that moves to get into the haunt. This is really cool as it makes you wonder whether this is a ride through haunt or walk through haunt. This also sets up the beginning part where patrons are separated from each other while finding their way into the first scene through complete darkness. I really enjoyed this aspect.
The haunt then unfolds into a series of elaborate scenes split up by mazes and passageways. At one point my group was separated and I ended up in an elevator with a character jumping back and forth and having a h--e--double-hockey-sticks (censored) of time trying to creep me out. They did make me a bit uncomfortable which is a big thumbs up to them! Later I was reunited with my group to find out they had already been through a part of the haunt I had not. There is also an elaborate acting job where you are tricked into believing one of the actors is actually a patron. Lets just say I fell for it and it was complete fun all around.
Scenes to note are the swamp, catacombs, elevator, and caged maze area where actors literally come from every angle including the ceiling! Very well done guys. I must say that Disturbia Screams in the Park is so far my favorite haunt this year in IL and I think it should at least get a look at it if you are in the area.