Haunted Hayride -
When you purchase your ticket you give them your name to identify your group. You are then instructed to proceed to the waiting area which are boards on top of haystacks to create benches. There seemed like a decent amount of people ahead of us, but in all reality we only had to wait fifteen minutes before our car was available. You board the car, and sit on the hay filled floor. It was quite comfortable, I recommend jeans.
The ride starts off simple with your host found at the front of the car explaining the rules and some safety guidelines. The car is pulled by a tractor so the ride across the street and on the path gets to be a bit jerky which is expected. Now if you want to witness the best possible experience I would say you would need to secure a spot near the last one third of the car and to the left side (your left as you are boarding the car). We enter the trail and immediately come across the home of Freddy Kruger while it's in flames. The host provides a little background during their monologue to involve you in the story. While riding in the car, you may notice various structures and props that may not be the main focus but a nice touch than empty space between featured scenes. One of the first "shelters" has a few scenes with actors and props, all narrated by our host. The actors are very animated and do a great job. The car stops at a scene at the end of the first shelter where they are treated to a scaretronic. As the host mentioned keep your hands inside the car at all times. These actors do more than bang the side of the vehicle.
We continue on the path turning and twisting as the car shakes. We pass Jason Voorhees' campsite and a survivor who does not quite make their escape from some zombies. We head to more shelters and witness a family that could not stand each other. One of my favorite parts is witnessing the Legend of Sleepy Hallow, and a visit from the Headless Horseman. This is a fun and unique hayride experience. I have been to a few the past five years, and this location is still my top on the list. I do not want to discuss this entire ride in detail, I want the visitor to experience the surprises for themselves. Turing your travel along the path there is only a minute of rest in between each notable scene or triggered event.
Once we were guided in, we had gotten instruction to go to the end of the hall and wait for further information. The minor warned us that while in the "elevator" to the bottom of the shaft we may encounter some electrical issues, and not to leave until we were escorted out. I was actually expecting more from this elevator experience, but it was not as bad as some of my previous hellavator encounters which never seemed to get it quite right. Just the same it was absolutely a different experience. As the door opened, with some minor difficultly, another minor guided us out and directed us to go on ahead.
We moved forward, this was a no thrill experience regarding the decoration and detail in the path. What they were lacking in design made up for it in scares. It's a great combination of actor dropdown and animatronics. The somewhat claustrophobic hallway with many 90 degree turns were mostly decorated with false bordered up exits and other bordered up windows, which get you used to the wall layout which hides some great dropdown panels. Many of the actor driven ones I did not see since I was in the front of our group and they were mainly scaring the middle of the line. The pneumatic animatronics' ones were triggered perfectly. The crooked room does have a bypass if the incline / decline is too steep but it's fairly easy to traverse with a little effort, with a creative scare. There were some very young actors who did their part well stalking us and disappeared without any warning. There were a few more surprises found along the path but I'll let you witness it for yourself.
Overall it was a very interesting and creative theme, with basic haunt fundamentals, some top of the line animatronics, and dedicated actors I can see this to be a great scare for the average haunted house guest.
As a side note, we did not learn about this added evening attraction Zombie Hunt until after our hayride which we already bought our tickets and had plans for the rest of the evening. If I had known, I may have budgeted my time to allow us to experience this activity. If you do go to the Haunted Hayride and / or Mineshaft, you are invited to purchase a ticket for the Zombie Hunt attraction at a discounted price.
There is a small concession stand and Port-a-Johns onsite. If you planning on sticking around for a large part of the evening there are also stalls with campfires available for rent, just inquire about prices with staff.
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