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DarkTikiEntertainment
09-19-2011, 03:28 PM
Anyone been to the King's Island Halloween Haunt? Would it be worth a six hour drive plus a night in a hotel? Just trying to make plans. Thanks!!

RobfromErie
09-19-2011, 04:10 PM
I would go to these instead:


Dead Acres, Columbus Ohio

Factory of terror, Canton OH

Haunted Schoolhouse and laboratory, akron ohio

Bloodview, near akron ohio

FrightProps
09-19-2011, 07:42 PM
A great show and they have put a ton of hard work into this season.
I highly recommend you check it out!

drfrightner
09-19-2011, 10:33 PM
I doubt it. Most of these amusement park haunts are not very good set up at the last minute ... they are NOT even 1/10th as good as as the haunts that got listed. I know several amusement parks do a great job but they do NOT hold a candle to the haunted houses you mentioned. Yes they have rides and we don't but if you are trying to find the best most unique Halloween experiences you'll find them at your local haunted houses.

NO WAY especially if you are trying to compare to something like DEAD ACRES!

Larry

jason
09-19-2011, 11:33 PM
it is not a bad haunt attraction to attend. i look forward to trying to see their show. PLUS you can also check out other local cincinnati/northern kentucky haunts as well like Dent School house, St. Rita's and the USS Nightmare just to name a few.

Boni
09-20-2011, 09:38 AM
I doubt it. Most of these amusement park haunts are not very good set up at the last minute ... they are NOT even 1/10th as good as as the haunts that got listed.

NO WAY!

Larry

Is this true for King's Island? Have you actually been there Larry? or is this just a broad sweeping statement.

Just curious because I was thinking of going there too.

WeAreTheUnion
09-20-2011, 09:51 AM
Is this true for King's Island? Have you actually been there Larry? or is this just a broad sweeping statement.

Just curious because I was thinking of going there too.

I'm guessing it was just a broad sweeping statement. Cedar Fair does a great job with all their parks' haunts. Great makeup, acting, set design and I've always had an overall fun experience at their haunts.

screamforadream
09-20-2011, 12:58 PM
Personally, I've never been impressed with any six flags haunt or lake compunce, the scenery and detail is great but the actual acting and spacing between groups really ruins it for me...just my two cents. I'd much rather see a local show.

drfrightner
09-20-2011, 03:07 PM
No sweeping statement... I'm sure its great but I'm not going there over a fellow haunted houses haunt. Are you kidding me? Additionally we built a haunted house for Kings Island just FYI... so yeah I've been there. I'm not saying its bad I'm saying I'm not going to an amusement park over places like Dead Acrers or another fellow haunts place. There are not amusement park haunts who have a better production than our industires best haunts, and that includes Ohio haunt Dead Acres, and other places like that. Again nothing against Kings Island I'm saying in general picking a haunted house over an amusement park haunt not in a million years.

Remember places like Dead Acrers set up all year around, while an amusement park takes them down and puts them up and takes them down... yes some are aewsome but they can't compete with a place like Dead Acrers.

Larry

freak 'n' stein
09-20-2011, 05:25 PM
Is this true for King's Island? Have you actually been there Larry? or is this just a broad sweeping statement.

Just curious because I was thinking of going there too.

While I am going to a Cedar Fair event this weekend (SCarowinds), I have to say they don't hold a flame to "local" haunts...The haunts at amusement parks have cool themes, good detail (not as EXTREMELY detailed), and sometimes good actors but they just can't do as good of a job trying to pump as many guests through per night as they do. You really get the bottleneck issue and bored actor problem. When I worked at SCarowinds I gave it 110% every night but most actors are just there for a seasonal job and not the love of Halloween. I'd say these events are fun if you're trying to make an evening of haunts. You get the theme park + haunts. I'm going with a group of friends so it's always more fun that way!!

John Coen
09-23-2011, 08:25 PM
ONLY if you go to the park during the day and ride lots of stuff to get your money's worth. The haunts aren't very good.

hauntpro
09-25-2011, 04:52 PM
I went last night and 3 of the haunts were good but very short. wait an hour for a 5min long haunt not really my preferance but good while they lasted. The rest of the haunts had potential but were not very good. It was also VERY packed. There had to have been 10,000 people or more. almost every parking spot was filled we had to park all the way down by their hotel Great Wolf Lodge. I reccomend land of illusion. I went on the haunt tour this summer and thought it was awsome then but went last weekend and was completely amazed at how much they had added and done since then. It was great! It takes a lot to scare a haunter but they got me multiple times the actors did a great job. Also The chambers of horror also in middletown is really good!. Really well set up and great actors!

drfrightner
09-26-2011, 02:56 AM
Okay I guess I was right on that one. HEHEHE... I have NOTHING against amusement park haunts but there is only a handful of amusement parks that go all out on Halloween. I don't really know if KI is one of them, but I do know that for most parks its simply a way to extend the season.

You always want to visit your local haunted house first.

Larry

DarkTikiEntertainment
09-26-2011, 10:35 AM
I'm not happy to hear about how packed it was at King's Island, and about how many people they force through. I understand it, but it doesn't make me want to go. I spent the money last year to fly to Florida to attend Universal Studio's Halloween Horror Nights, and I had the same complaint there... We missed 90 percent of the scares because we were pushed through the haunts in one long continuous "conga line", so we almost always saw the actors popping out at people in front of us. The general park atmosphere was excellent, and the outdoor scare zones were very cool (and the Bill & Ted Halloween show was worth the price of admission alone), but the haunts were basically ruined by the "conga line" effect. It appears like it would be the same situation at King's Island. The haunts aren't open during the week, so I don't have the option of going on a slow night. As such, it sounds like I'm going to have to pass.

Jolly Pumpkin
09-26-2011, 09:39 PM
Why didn't you just get a Fright Lane Pass? It's only ten more dollars and you don't have to wait in line for any of the haunts. If you have 3-4 people it's only $35. The more people you have, the cheaper it is. They even ask you if you want to go through by yourself. I bet you didn't even check their website before you went. Hell, you could have got their buffet and admission to the park for less than $30. I got their Fright Lane pass and was able to get through all of the attractions and had almost 3 hours before the park closed. I guess I'm crazy though.

DarkTikiEntertainment
09-27-2011, 04:16 PM
Why didn't you just get a Fright Lane Pass? It's only ten more dollars and you don't have to wait in line for any of the haunts. If you have 3-4 people it's only $35. The more people you have, the cheaper it is. They even ask you if you want to go through by yourself. I bet you didn't even check their website before you went. Hell, you could have got their buffet and admission to the park for less than $30. I got their Fright Lane pass and was able to get through all of the attractions and had almost 3 hours before the park closed. I guess I'm crazy though.

It's cool if they do that at King's Island.

At Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios (Orlando) we did pay for the Fast Pass, and it make the wait times significantly shorter, but did not help at all with being pushed through the haunts in one continuous "conga line". That was what really detracted from the experience.

Mike Goff
09-27-2011, 07:25 PM
It's cool if they do that at King's Island.

At Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios (Orlando) we did pay for the Fast Pass, and it make the wait times significantly shorter, but did not help at all with being pushed through the haunts in one continuous "conga line". That was what really detracted from the experience.

There will always be this trade off in the Haunt bizz. When you do the kind of ticket sales that Universal and Kings Island does, you lose the intimacy that you get from a small show. You can't really fault someone for selling alot of tickets, but there is much to be said for the personal experience of a home town haunt. This is a good thing for the industry, it is for this very reason that small haunts will always exist... that is, until the largest amongst us lobby for regulation that kills the little guy. It happens in every other industry, so it will probably happen here. Enjoy these small shows while you can.

As for Kings Island, yes it is worth the drive, and the ticket price. I have driven further for less. It is a different kind of show, than some of the haunts mentioned, but still a good time. If you get the chance, go to all of them, they are all great. I go to all of the above just about every year, October wouldn't be the same if I didn't.

Sometimes I go to the Hooch twice, all work and no play takes the fun out of the haunted house business.

RobfromErie
09-27-2011, 07:34 PM
I think you can fault them. By having a maximum number allowed in at once (the entire park).

Open a week earlier, stay open a week later, figure it out. Having a continuous conga line anywhere is unacceptable. 8 should be the maximum.

Mike Goff
09-27-2011, 07:47 PM
The last time that the wife and I went to Halloween Haunts, it was rainy and there were almost no lines. I remember riding The Beast a dozen times or more without ever stepping off of the train. It was like we had the whole park to ourselves. I bet they lost a ton of money that night. Bottom line is, you have to make hay when the sun is shining. You have to make the big money on the nights that you can, so as to cover the nights that you don't.

There are things that we as haunters can do to encourage ticket sales on typically slow nights and things that we can do to penalize people for coming on the biggest Saturdays, but I have never met anyone who could control when people come and when they don't. If someone on this forum has this kind of technology, please share.

The larger a haunt is, the more difficult it becomes to manage these types of things. I'm not qualified to give Kings Island advise on what they should or should not be doing, and I doubt that many on this forum are. If they cut off how many tickets they sold, they would probably have to raise the price, and people would bitch about that too.

RobfromErie
09-27-2011, 08:33 PM
Disney and the parks turn people away during peak season if the park is 'at capacity'.

They can do it on halloween time just the same. People come for the haunts, and if you have a continuous conga line, then you are beyond capacity.

Mike Goff
09-27-2011, 08:58 PM
You're right, they could cut off admission, once they reach a certain number. The last time I went to Disney, I believe a one day pass was $79. If Kings Island were to raise thier tickets from $24.99 on Friday and $29.99 on Saturday to the level that Disney charges, what do you think the cut off should be? 5000 people in the park? 10,000 people in the park? If they charged $79 a person, maybe they wouldn't have to cut off the number of tickets they sell. Maybe their customers would be so mad that it could be a private party for those willing to fork out the money.
We all have our strategies for putting on a good show and making money in the process. I don't like to wait in line, but I applaud Kings Island for making their show affordable. For $24.99 you can go there on a Friday night and see a dozen haunts and ride some pretty good coasters. Is it my favorite haunted place? Not even close, but it is worth the money and worth going to.
I'm done with this ridiculous thread.

DarkTikiEntertainment
09-28-2011, 11:04 AM
You're right, they could cut off admission, once they reach a certain number. The last time I went to Disney, I believe a one day pass was $79. If Kings Island were to raise thier tickets from $24.99 on Friday and $29.99 on Saturday to the level that Disney charges, what do you think the cut off should be? 5000 people in the park? 10,000 people in the park? If they charged $79 a person, maybe they wouldn't have to cut off the number of tickets they sell. Maybe their customers would be so mad that it could be a private party for those willing to fork out the money.
We all have our strategies for putting on a good show and making money in the process. I don't like to wait in line, but I applaud Kings Island for making their show affordable. For $24.99 you can go there on a Friday night and see a dozen haunts and ride some pretty good coasters. Is it my favorite haunted place? Not even close, but it is worth the money and worth going to.
I'm done with this ridiculous thread.

You have a good point, Mike. It does appear you get a lot for the money at King's Island. We paid MUCH more for Halloween Horror Nights.