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2008 Dungeon of Doom Review

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Dungeon of Doom & Labyrinth of Doom
Lake County Fairgrounds
50 US Highway 45
Grayslake, IL 60030

Visited: 10/17/08


Visibility/Location: This event could be difficult to find, if you don't know the area.  It was tucked back in the Lake County Fairgrounds, so you really can't see the building from the road.  There were signs posted to lead you to the event, but since they weren't directly illuminated, you could miss the turn if you aren't paying close attention.  After pulling into the fairgrounds' entrance, there were "haunted house" signs leading you to the parking lot.   
Wait Entertainment: This is something that the Dungeon of Doom has always done a good job with.  Outside there were concessions available for purchase, as well as carnival games people could play.  In the indoor waiting area, there was plenty of eye-candy to keep you in a the mood.  The new gothic cathedral-style ticket booth, along with the stone wall facade really helped develop a spooky atmosphere before you even entered the attraction.  To keep patrons in line occupied, horror movie clips were being played on a big-screen television and loud music was playing in the background.     
Admission Price: $15.00

17 Minutes *  
= Since people move through haunted attractions at different rates, your time will vary. Note: The time shown here represents the actual time spent moving through the attraction. Time spent waiting in queue lines or staging areas has been subtracted.

Scare Factor: High
Crowd Control: They did a great job in this category.  I never ran into any other groups.    


The tour through the Dungeon of Doom began with one of their new scenes, called "Phone Booth Enigma".  I don't want to give away too much, but let's just say that what happened had a couple of the people in my group freaked out.  Throughout the attraction, the Dungeon of Doom team incorporated some crowd favorites from previous years, as well as adding some new scenes to the mix.  Separating the scenes in the haunted house were long lengths of very dark hallways.  I liked the "Cabin of Carnage", which was a detailed scene made to look like an old dilapidated cabin.  Outside on the front porch was a corpse on a spit, with a glowing stack of firewood beneath it.  Inside the cabin there was a gruesome dinner table scene that had body parts, blood and guts everywhere.   As patrons walked by the table, there was a great scare that my group didn't see coming.  Also new this year was their "Labyrinth of Doom", which was a dark cage maze.  While walking through this area, there would be an occasional flash of light to help patrons see where they needed to go.  To make things even more confusing, some of the walls throughout the maze had mirrored surfaces.   Going through the maze was fun at first, but after being in there a while, it became quite obvious that one of the actors was blocking the exit, making the patrons go through the same loop multiple times, which transformed the experience in the maze from fun to just plain annoying after a while.  Another one of their new areas was "Pharaoh's Curse", which was a hallway with low-hanging burlap strips.  Multiple mummies were hiding in alcoves, on both sides of the walkway.  While this wasn't one of their most elaborate scenes, it did have a nice pop-out scare associated with it.  Their new "Vortex of Spirits" was interesting.  It was a spinning vortex tunnel with ghosts that appeared on the spinning surface, then disappeared. 

Along with their new scenes, the Dungeon of Doom brought back some of their scenes from previous years.  One of those was the Frankenstein's monster scene.  With its power panels, flashing lights and great sound effects, patrons got to see the hulking monster come to life.  Of course they brought back "Buried Dead or Alive", which has become a staple in this attraction.  This scene simulates the feeling of being buried in an avalanche.  It definitely gives you a claustrophobic feeling!  Another scene that they brought back was "Mercy General Hospital".  This scene consisted of a twisting path, with bloody, stained curtains separating the various rooms.  Throughout the area, there were mad doctors and patients that were equally as crazy.  The operating room, patient's rooms and other areas inside the hospital were all highly detailed with wheelchairs, walkers, backlit x-rays, hospital beds, gurneys and all sorts of medical equipment, to create a realistic hospital atmosphere.  Colored accent lighting added to the creepy feel of the scene.           

For the most part, all of the actors in the Dungeon of Doom had high-energy performances.  Traditionally, the actors at this event has always done well at surprise pop-out scares, with an "in-your-face" acting style and this year was no different.  Most of the scares were well-timed and executed properly.  All of the actors I saw stayed in character the entire time. 

Kudos to the Dungeon of Doom crew for putting on another great show!  I really enjoyed a lot of their new scenes, as well as ones brought back from previous years.  I highly recommend you add the Dungeon of Doom to your list of haunt visits!    

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