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2003 Dungeon of Doom Review

Dungeon of Doom
Hwy. 120 & Hwy. 45
Grayslake, IL 60030
Date of Review: 10/23/03
Visibility/Location: The Dungeon of Doom is located at the intersection of two major highways, which makes it easy to find; however, the haunted house is not visible from the road and the unlit sign at the entrance could be missed if you weren't looking for it carefully.
Outside Appearance: This attraction is held inside a large metal out-building with two large "Haunted House" banners over the entrance. 
Wait Entertainment: Wait entertainment was great at the Dungeon of Doom.  Outside they had carnival games for customers to play and actors were roaming about, interacting with the crowd.  Inside there was a big screen television playing horror movies. There were also numerous props, animatronics and other eye candy to keep patrons entertained, as well as a few actors scaring the people in line.
Admission Price: General Admission: $10.00

19 Minutes *

* = Since people move through haunted attractions at different rates, your time may vary.

Scare Factor: High
Atmosphere: The nice array of props and actors in the waiting room really set the mood for the entire attraction.  The Dungeon of Doom maintained a spooky atmosphere throughout the house, with the use of detailed scenes, several custom music soundtracks, energetic actors, as well as various pop-out animatronic props. 
Crowd Control: They did very well in this category.  The staff only allowed groups of 4 to 6 people to go through at a time and spaced those groups out adequately.  In my two trips through the Dungeon of Doom, I never ran into another group.  There was a short wait before you were allowed to enter the "Buried Dead or Alive" scene, but overall customer flow was smooth and unencumbered.
Other Customer's
Customers had nothing but good things to say about their visit to the Dungeon of Doom.  By overwhelming majority, the crowd's favorite part of the house was the last scene, "Buried Dead or Alive".    


The Dungeon of Doom added some great new scenes this year, many of which were highly detailed.  The entrance to their "House of Hell" was a realistic looking detailed porch, with skulls on the railing, spider webs, pumpkins and other related props.  I also enjoyed the detailed graveyard.  The twisting path of this scene had a couple of nice animatronic props, as well as many headstones, a wrought iron fence, and real trees.  The added detail to the scenes really enhanced the overall "feel" of the show this year.

The actors were all enthusiastic and very much into their roles.  In this attraction, there were a lot of pop-out scares from actors in undetectable hiding places.  The actors' timing was right on the money and they really kept you off guard the entire time.

The highlight of the show was "Buried Dead or Alive", which was a scene that,  as the name implies, simulates you being buried alive.  This is a very intense scene and is really a great finale for the attraction.

Overall the Dungeon of Doom is a great haunted house.  They really went all out this year, with more detailed scenes, animatronics and motivated actors.  This attraction really has a lot to offer.  I highly recommend it.

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