As we entered the massive haunted mansion façade, we found ourselves in an elaborate two story foyer, complete with a staircase and fireplace. A maid greeted us and a tortured girl was pleading for us to save her. We were stopped in front of the fire place for the rules of the house, which were conveyed by two lifelike moving and talking portraits. The portrait of Spike, the ambassador of happiness, was simply hysterical. This may have been the coolest delivery of rules that I’ve ever seen. Well done.
We were escorted down, literally downward, a very long hallway into the madness of the mansion. We came into a dining room, where entry to the haunt was very well hidden and access was very well guarded. Be prepared to interact with the characters and be called out in this opening scene. After we were allowed to leave the dining room, we found ourselves in other household rooms; such as a disheveled garage, a polluted kitchen, a nasty bathroom, and a possessed bedroom with another very well camouflaged exit. We were finally greeted by a man that offered us a way out of the madness and led us to an elevator. We boarded the elevator, which we were told would be our life saver. Instead, the elevator malfunctioned and plummeted to the next portion of our tour.
When the elevator doors opened, we found ourselves in a swamp. Our path weaved in between aqueous ponds, mucky skeletons and marshy foliage. We were then faced with darkness, winding pathways, claustrophobic passageways and more darkness. A large dragon was our central hub as we weaved around paths that resembled cave rocks and monstrous teeth.
Once we found our way out of the darkness, we were then presented with the next and final portion of the tour, which was a glimpse into the chaos that may ensue at the end of the world. Lunatic clowns were loitering the street scenes complete with a broken down ambulance and miscellaneous store fronts. We walked through an electronics store that was full of disarrayed televisions playing various movies. We walked through a medical scene wherein one of the actors was very interactive and stopped our group to ask us about our medical history. We walked into a court room where a deranged judge, who was just awesome, judged us aloud, executed a man in an electric chair and sentenced us to prison, which was just beyond yet another hidden walkway. Our walk through the jail was disorienting and perplexing, as it was full of clowns dancing to songs I swear I used to hear at raves a long time ago. We escaped from the prison and found ourselves in a room filled with clowns and body bags, which then led to a labyrinth made of striped circus tent material. Just when we thought we found our way out of the maze, we were faced with an adorable evil clown on a tricycle and a chainsaw wielding maniac. Fantastic.
For years, I have heard and read about how great this haunted attraction is. With this visit being my first to Asylum Xperiment, I now understand what all the fuss has been about. The scenes were insanely elaborate, the makeup and costumes were impeccable and the actors were dynamic. Asylum Xperiment is by far one of the most elaborate and consistently awesome haunted attractions I have ever experienced. If you haven’t done so already, I recommend making the trip to Asylum Xperiment to see what all the fuss has been about, too. I doubt you will be disappointed.
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