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2014 The Fear At Navy Pier: Zombie Containment Review

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The Fear At Navy Pier: Zombie Containment
Navy Pier
600 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

Visited: 09/27/14

Reviewed By: Ben Graverobbin
Visibility/Location: This attraction is located at the far end of Navy Pier. If you know where Navy Pier is, you can't miss this haunt. Following the brightly lit LED parking signs was a breeze, and as soon as you exit the parking garage on the pier, multiple signs point you in the right direction.
Wait Entertainment: There were several actors roaming the waiting area outside the attraction, interacting with patrons as they waited to enter. The facade was set up to look like a military style research facility, which really helped set the mood for the story line that was to follow.
Admission Price: General Admission Night Show, High Scare: $20
Lightning Pass Night Show, High Scare: $25 (You get to skip the line)
Day Show, Low Scare: $12
Parking: $25 for the Navy Pier parking garage

6 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 forward through the attraction. Time spent waiting in queue lines, staging areas, intro scenes, rules rooms and when traffic jams cause patrons to come to a halt, has been subtracted.

LPR: 0.306
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Scare Factor: Medium-High
Crowd Control: With it being early in the season, there wasn't much of a line the night I attended, so I cannot comment on how well they could handle a large crowd. However there were multiple checkpoints throughout the attraction, some of which featured theatrical performances. My group did not catch up to another group during the whole show


This year, The Fear at Navy Pier decided to abandon the "Captain's Cargo" theme as used in previous years, in favor of a post zombie apocalypse containment facility, and boy was that the right move.

As we approached the exterior of the haunt, I couldn't help but notice that not only was the facade impressively set up to resemble a top secret military research facility, but the entire show itself was held on a barge floating in the water. The only way to enter or exit was over a bridge. I was later told that this was to further quarantine the zombie infection from the rest of the population. Brilliant.

I was also pleased with the fact that the actors portraying the "staff" of the facility were dressed in either tactical military uniforms, lab coats, or bio hazard suits, some of them without a speck of makeup, while others had scratches, bite marks, bruises and other zombie related battle wounds. This subtle tactic was really effective in immersing the audience into the atmosphere by making it more realistic, instead of just giving everyone, including the guards and staff, zombie makeup.

As the tour kicks off, you are given a video to watch as an introduction to the story line. The video describes a company called Merikorp, which is involved in numerous top secret research involving the zombie virus. As the video continues, several times it is interrupted by video from inside the facility of some confusion and a "breach." The whole time the actors in the room try to play it off like nothing is going on and everything is completely safe. Afterwards you are rushed into the next area to be read the rules by a doctor behind a layer of glass. He then reveals that you will be sprayed down by a vaccine against the zombie infection. As you are being "vaccinated," something surprising happens to the doctor, and you are whisked away into the haunt.

As you make your way through the attraction, numerous zombies and staff members are encountered. All of the actors were very enthusiastic and really into their roles, whether it was a snarling zombie or a nervous staff member trying to laugh off the chaos. The scenes consisted of multiple zigzag paths through highly detailed medical areas, bio hazard waste barrels, and other various industrial themed areas. The entire show took place inside several shipping containers, thus creating a claustrophobic atmosphere with the low ceilings. At the end you are "decontaminated" by wading through soap suds. So you will get slightly damp!

All in all I was pleased with Zombie Containment. The enthusiastic characters and makeup (or lack therof) made for a realistic and fun experience. My only issue is I wished it had been longer. For the price of admission, plus the Navy Pier parking fees, 6 minutes is just not long enough.

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