Throughout the Haunted
Mansion, there was a wide variety of scenes that fit in with the
mansion theme, some of which were separated by dark hallways.
In a couple of areas, you had to walk up and down stairs, which
made the tour more interesting. Another thing I really
enjoyed was their use of hidden exits. In one area you had
to push open a black panel that blended in with the rest of the
walls in order to continue through the attraction and in another
area, you had to exit through a bookcase that slid open.
In general, the scenes
were more detailed than they were last year. The kitchen
was dimly lit and had a sink, cabinets and an oven. The
burners on top of the oven were glowing and a man's legs were
sticking out of the oven door, with a simulated flame underneath
them. One of the actresses in the scene asked me if I
wanted to have a bite to eat, since "Bruce" was almost done in
the oven. I also liked the nasty bathroom. There was
a head coming out of the toilet and blood smeared on the tile
walls. What really made the scene great was the girl in
the bloody white dress who had a great scream. In
the bedroom there was a canopy bed with a big surprise and a
very creepy actress. The dungeon was another area that I
liked. It had textured "stone" walls and a skeleton
hanging upside-down from chains. On one side of the room
there was a "living wall". As I walked by, the actor on
the other side made strange screeching sounds and reached out at
me with his/her hands, stretching out the spandex. To
leave the scene, patrons had to crawl through a hole in the
Most of the actors in
this attraction were very interactive with the patrons, but
there were a couple of them that didn't really approach you.
The ones with speaking parts did a great job and were very
creepy. Throughout the attraction, there were a few
animatronic props to complement the actor's performances.
Asylum 13, as the name
implies, was set up as a mental facility. Throughout the
various rooms inside there was techno music playing and in
various scenes there were cages filled with a variety of
"patients", most of which were bloody and dressed in white. In
one area there was a slanted wall, where you had to duck down to
get through, while one of the patients taunted you. I
liked the execution scene, from what I could see of it.
Some additional accent lighting would have helped here, so
patrons could see what was happening in that area. Many of
the caged rooms used mirrors, which made it difficult at times
to see which way you needed to go. The use of multiple
strobe lights also helped to keep you off-balance. For the
most part, the actors in this attraction were more passive than
those in the Haunted Mansion.
Overall, I really
enjoyed this haunted house. Kudos to the Haunted Mansion
crew. They did a great job and made a lot of improvements
over last year's event. Good job. Keep up the great
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