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2010 Asylum of Mad Dreams Review

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Asylum of Mad Dreams
Cordova Dragway Park
19425 IL Rt 84 N
Cordova, IL 61242

Visited: 10/02/10


Visibility/Location: This attraction was located at the Cordova Dragway Park, with a well-illuminated entrance.  There was a back-lit arrow "Asylum" sign, to show patrons where to turn in.  A large plywood "Asylum of Mad Dreams" sign was also near the entrance, but unfortunately most of it was obscured by the chain-link fence that was in front of it.   While there was a sign saying "Haunted House Ahead", the attraction itself was not visible from the entrance, because it was set so far off the road (maybe ~ 1/4 mile).  Since the path from the main entrance to the haunted house was completely dark, some additional lighting/signage along the way would have been helpful, so patrons know they were headed in the right direction.        
Wait Entertainment: There were a couple of characters roaming around the grounds and patrons could watch other customers being chased out of the exit with a chainsaw.  Also, patrons didn't have to wait in line; they could get something to eat from the concession stand or huddle around the campfire.  When their group number was called out over the loudspeaker, they could go right into the haunted house.  That is a great system that more attractions should implement!             
Admission Price: $12 
Parking: Free

26 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.

LPR: 5.416
LPR stands for Length/Price Ratio. It represents perceived value of an event, by comparing length vs price of admission. Higher numbers represent more value per dollar. Actual quality and/or entertainment value of an event are not factors in this calculation. Click Here to see how this event compares to others visited this year by the staff of
Scare Factor: Medium  
Crowd Control: They did a good job in this category.  In my trek through all of the attractions, I only ran into one other group and that was because they were going through the haunted house really slow.           


This event consisted of four different attractions, laid out in a sequential path: Chaos Carnival, Hellbilly Acres, Psycho Therapy and Medieval Nitemare.

Most of the scenes in the Medieval Nitemare house followed an old castle theme. This attraction was dark and many areas had gray cinder-block walls. In several areas, there were barred doors that patrons had to push open, to continue to the next scene. A few actors hiding in alcoves jumped out at customers walking by. Overall, the theming was great; however, it was very quiet in some areas. A couple of additional soundtracks in certain areas would have greatly enhanced the experience.

Hellbilly Acres was outdoors, in a wooded area. The majority of the path was very dark, with only a few small, colored LEDs to light the way. In various places in the woods, there were scenes with junk cars, backwoods shacks and trailers. There seemed to be a shortage of actors in this attraction; however, the ones that were there effectively used the cover of darkness to get some great scares.

A carnival fun house was the theme of Chaos Carnival. Throughout the many twists and turns of an inflatable house, evil clowns stalked patrons through the various scenes.

Psycho Therapy followed a psych ward theme. One room had white walls with bloody hand prints. There was a body in one corner and an animated patient in a straight-jacket that rocked back and forth. Other scenes included an operating room and a hallway of hanging body bags. One of my favorite effects was the elevator. After patrons filed in, the metal grate below them vibrated and a strobe light illuminated the pit below them.

Overall, the Asylum of Mad Dreams was very fun and entertaining. Its dark, secluded location is a great backdrop for a haunted attraction. Considering the amount of time it took to go through this event vs the modest admission price, the Asylum of Mad Dreams was certainly a good value. Check it out if you get the chance.

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