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NightmareAftershockLLC
06-25-2011, 03:34 PM
How do those of you with multiple floor haunts transition from one to the other? Just stairs? gradual ramps throughout?

I am looking at property, and mostly anything in my price range is 18-30k feet but multiple floors...

Thanks in advance for any help =)

Allen H
06-26-2011, 12:28 AM
Ramps if you ever want to be ADA compliant. and the slope needs to be correct also. This site and info has been very helpful to me in the past.
http://www.mobility-advisor.com/wheelchair-ramp-specs.html

Haunted Prints (EOM)
06-26-2011, 08:43 AM
There is all types of creative ways to use multiple floors depending on the theme of your haunt. Start them at the top then send them down stairs into a dugeon or basement. To conceal the transition use dark tamped hallways.

Check out "Edge of Hell" and "The Beast" in Kansas City. They do an amazing transition job in there multiple level buildings.

http://kcbeast.com
http://edgeofhell.com

NightmareAftershockLLC
06-26-2011, 08:51 AM
I don't know if being ada compliant is within my realm of cost for the first year.... however, ramps would make the transition easier...

Allen H
06-26-2011, 09:23 AM
Also you can scare on a ramp, but not on stairs. Going down a ramp into darkness to me feels cooler than stairs, my house has stairs.

NightmareAftershockLLC
06-26-2011, 09:49 AM
Ah yes, another aspect I never thought of...

I need to find a building that doesnt have 10 to 12 foot ceilings between floors then, otherwise the entire haunt would be ramps! lol

jakprintsHAUNT
06-27-2011, 04:26 PM
Another Option may be a lift or elevator specifically for wheelchair access to conserve your space if you dont have the room to ramp them up. This can also be a huge help for hauling materials and tools during construction. It would be expensive, but give you more haunt real estate for scares. You may also want to look into creatively altering the layout of the building if the architecture allows (which walls are load bearing and which can be removed or altered without compromising the structure. If it allows you would only need to basically allow for the width of 2 hallways on 2 sides of the building for the ramps up then down. They can construct on top of one another. All this of course is if you are purchasing the building or have an owner that is going to let you make these alterations. Just some more options to think about. If you need actual scene change ideas you can go tons of different ways. Different attraction on each floor, different theme to each floor, or theme it all together. One of the most unique ramp transitions I seen was on this year's MHC Haunt Tours in which you actually walked down a ram into a claustrophobia. Kind of like walking underground. Hope some of the ideas help or spark something for you!

Mike "Pogo" Hach

Brandon_K
08-06-2011, 11:46 PM
Keegan, being ADA compliant is required to be in your realm of cost if you plan on opening a haunt in PA. PA Dept of Ag (who governs ride and amusement in PA) requires that we are all ADA compliant.

Any new attraction also requires being sprinkled, so keep that in mind as well.