Once we arrived at the show we saw that they were easy to find from the road and opted to park in the back of the building where the entrance of the attraction is. It should be noted that they do have ample additional parking on the opposite of the building. Parking at this location is free.
After we parked we were approached by one of the event's security staff who asked if we had tickets, since we had purchased our tickets online we were ushered over to the outdoor queue line. We arrived just after 7PM and saw that there was a sizable line forming already. This is a continued theme with this show, they get very busy early in the evening. Plan accordingly if you do not want to wait.
We waited in this outdoor queue for around 15 minutes; they eventually separated the fast pass and general admission lines to begin loading people into the building to wait in their significantly larger queue area. The time spent waiting at this attraction is consistently long, even for early in the night. We waited in line for around an 1 hour and 15 minutes. What we observed is that If you are in any sort of a time crunch or simply do not like waiting, look into their fast pass tickets, they are definitely worth it. From what it seemed, the fast pass line had to be empty or nearly empty before they would move general admission ticket holders into the show. This may not always be the case with their show, but it should be noted that this seems like how they were doing things.
After our wait we were finally moved into the final waiting area where we waited for an additional 5 minutes, extending the total amount of time waiting to enter the show to 1 hour and 35 minutes.
Once we were waved into the show we were quickly immersed in a wide variety of scenes. This show does a great job with providing a wide variety of scenes with very high detail. There were very few blank spaces in the show and this worked to make the show significantly more immersive.
We moved through and started out in an industrial-like area that continued into the mental asylum/medical area of the show. This area has some great sets and opportunities for scares. We particularly enjoyed the long hallway of prison doors that animated as you went through. This was a great addition to the show.
As we continued through the show we went through their Church of Sin, greeted by a quirky character who requested we confess our sins and this area had some great theming and some fantastic creep factor. This moved into the house/possession scenes matched with a focus on the paranormal. The theming in this area focused on the house and Christmas theming, which added a fun element to the show.
After we got through this area we encountered a wide variety of rooms including a swamp/forest theme complete with a laser swamp and shifting bridges and floor boards.
This continued into their clown area which in years past had much more UV lighting and paint effects, however this year it seems they moved away from that due to the ongoing current events of the world and the need to keep things sanitary.
After we got out of the clown area we were dropped into another industrial area and into some Chicago themed mechanics shop, "L" train stop and elevator. These areas did add a good amount of additional visitor interaction, having you go for an elevator ride with an actor who likes to get up close and personal. He does a great job of working his scene and working the crowd.
When we exited the elevator after a brief ride we entered into another ride type scene, this one was a Chicago "L" car, where we went on a brief ride with a couple actors who had gotten up close and personal with us, working to fill out the scene.
This exited into a city street themed area which eventually led us out of the show and into the giftshop.
This show uses a wide variety of animatronic props mixed with costumed actors. It definitely seemed that this show, like every other we saw this season, was short on actors to fill out the spaces. We did see actors working multiple areas and multiple scare points. This is nothing against the show, but is more of less a continued issue we are seeing at every show we have visited this year.
We were even seemingly being followed by a few of their "icon" characters who we previously saw working in their line area. These actors did a great job of livening up the scenes, adding a personal touch and working really hard to leave a possessive impression. I do sincerely hope they can work this energy into the show for all of their patrons for years to come.
I can say that this show is enjoyable, I can absolutely understand why it maintains its appeal year after year. They do a fantastic job maintaining their sets and have high energy actors who consistently work to put on the best show possible given the current circumstances. I am excited to see what they do to evolve their show over the years to come and it was fun to see them work in areas of their show that not only act as a haunted house during season, but also serve as escape rooms in the off season (which we would also recommend for off season fun).
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