My journey through the
Dragon's Dome haunted houses began as I was led into a staging
area to watch an entertaining presentation, on a big-screen
television, explaining the rules of the haunted house. As
the presentation ended, something happened that took me by
surprise. From there I moved on through several scenes
with a medieval theme, which was consistent throughout most of
the attraction. A number of the scenes had suits of armor,
swords and other props that followed along with the main theme.
The dining room scene featured animal heads mounted on the walls
and skeletons that were sitting around a dinner table. To
my surprise, as I passed by, the centerpiece came to life.
In another area there was a cauldron containing several skulls
and a green glowing liquid. As I was distracted by the
cauldron, I was surprised from up above. Near the end of
the attraction there was a dark maze with a slow-flashing strobe
light, which was quite disorienting. Some of the areas in
the haunted house had great music playing, while it was nearly
silent in others. I think a few more strategically-placed
custom music soundtracks would have greatly enhanced the
atmosphere. Many of the scenes were illuminated with
strobe lights, while UV reactive paint & black lights were used
to accent many of the props.
As I exited the first
haunted house, a staff member led me to the entrance of the
second attraction, the Dragon's Maze. While not as large
or elaborately detailed as the Haunted Castle, it was still
entertaining. To get into the Dragon's Maze, I had
to push my way through two vertical inflated vinyl walls.
Talk about getting a claustrophobic feeling! Once inside
the attraction there were a couple of great animated
props/effects. In one area, the floor moved beneath your
feet and in another, a huge spider launched forward out of a
large hole in the wall. The main part of this attraction
was a large, open area that was very dimly lit and had a mirror
that stretched along the entire length of the far wall.
There was just enough light to see the fifty or more objects
that were suspended from the ceiling by pieces of string and the
mirror made it look as if the room was twice as big as it really
was. Wandering around the area were a few actors that
would sneak up and scare you, when you least expected it.
It was a pretty interesting scene, to say the least.
Both houses were
adequately staffed with actors. Some were very energetic
and others were more low-key, depending on their role inside the
attraction. With the exception of a couple of poorly-timed
scares, most of the actors did a good job.
Although this event is
advertised as "4 Haunted Attractions under one roof", keep in
mind that only two of them are haunted houses. The other
two attractions, a slide and an obstacle course, are pretty much
intended for young children (unless of course you are an adult
who enjoys playing on the bouncy castle). Because they
provide entertainment appropriate for a multiple age groups, the
Dragon's Dome would be the perfect place for a family outing.
I think the entertainment value of this event is worth the
admission price, so check it out if you get the chance.
here to find out more about this event.