HAUNT AT KINGS ISLAND
& ADMISSION INFO:
Online ($39.99 at Gate) 6 PM - 1 AM
Online ($56.99 at Gate) 11 AM - 1 AM
|(Park opens at 11 AM. Saturdays/Haunts
|- Fright Lane (front of line) passes
|Fright Feast only $9.99 (6- 7:30
|(in the Picnic Grove)
|DELTA DELTA DIE: Debuting
for 2013, this attraction is themed around a wild Halloween night party
hosted at the DDDie sorority house! Accepting
their invitation to attend, groups are greeted at the door by a sexy "sister"
dressed as a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, and escorted inside where house
rules are explained by the girls' "stepmother," who's disguised as a witch.
Empty beer bottles comprise décor, one of which is utilized as a
weapon for an immediate assault, as exploration commences in a fancy bathroom,
where one of the chicks has passed out in the tub, and a set of shelves
hides a sudden surprise. Laundered clothes, having been hung to dry
serve as a brief maze, and conceal an encounter with a sailor gal, as the
path bends through a corridor of doors that access the kids' living quarters,
one of which shakes and vibrates on its own, and illuminates to reveal
a monster peeking out from within! The party's been crashed by a
frat guy seated on a couch in a TV room dressed in an risqué breathalyzer
suit, where another unexpected startle originates out of the screen.
Provocative dancing takes place beneath a glimmering disco ball, as the
course passes a recently completed game of poker, a mechanical scare popping
out of a desk, and a CGI Asylum Door surprise. Entering the
kitchen unveils a conflict with feminine fiend armed with a rolling pin,
then departure through a refrigerator stocked with body bags and liquor
brings curfew upon Halloween Haunt's newest attraction, Delta
Delta Die. 7 min. 25 Total Characters.
|BOARD TO DEATH: Another
new 2013 attraction explores a world where popular board games come to
life, beginning with everyone's favroite Monopoly, where Park Place
and Boardwalk have been replaced with a collage consisting of Perfection,
Parcheesi, Boggle, Othello, Mastermind, Connect 4, etc., Prisoners
have "gone to jail," and iconic game pieces are alive and well including
the thimble and a wheelbarrow, the latter of which carries its very own
money monster! Other games are visited one by one, including Scrabble
that delivers an overhead surprise, courtesy of the letter K tile; Checkers
and Chess accompanied with living game pieces; Battleship, stalked by sailors;
and Rat Trap. Decks of Cards personify Kings and Queens, then onto
Chutes and Ladders, Candyland, and through blasts of air, honking horns,
and flashing lights into Dominoes. Twister is up next, and gives
way to enlarged plastic bubbles enclosing severed heads in Trouble.
The course concludes with "the wacky doctors game" Operation, featuring
live patients that spring to life off their surgical tables! "There
goes his funny bone," ending the tribute that would make Hasbro and Milton
Bradley proud, known as Board To Death. 5 min. 28 Total Characters.
CAVERN OF TERROR: Last season's
debut maze showcases a wax museum of oddities hidden deep inside a Rivertown
The queue line is elaborately themed and decorated, as is the Madame's
dining room, which sets the stage for entrance into an Egyption tomb-like
catacomb that serves as a storage area stockpiling sheet covered human
figures having ropes clutching at their throats, one of which struggles
for freedom. Crates containing dismembered arms and legs are likewise
part of the inventory. Soon, a trophy room of severed heads is discovered,
some of which are still alive and begging for assistance! Mirrors
and impressive red curtains give way to the sudden illumination and appearance
of previously concealed screaming girl, as navigation continues to a variety
of displays including headhunters, Sherlock Holmes, Billy the Kid, P.T.
Barnum, Garbonzo, and the tomb of King Tut from which an ancient mummy
unexpectedly emerges! Still to come are run-ins with a hooded Executioner
proudly exhibiting a decapitated cranium, as well as the despicable Lizzie
Borden wildly swinging an axe, and even Jack the Ripper!
Persistence leads through an electrician's nightmare of dangling wires
and sparking fuse boxes! "Living" walls lead the way into a wax-coated
zone, where erupting flames accompany the sight of human subjects being
dipped and transformed into was statues, as the hot, melting substance
devours their living flesh inside
Madame Fatale's Cavern of Terror!
5½ min. 24 Total Characters (down from 34 in 2013).
HORROR: This third year attraction
revisits an expansion of Fearfest's 2006 "Fear Zone" by the same
name. Exploration begins in a room of calendar covered walls, where
Lang Syne rings in a New Year. From there, the course parades
through a variety of festive celebrations, including Valentine's Day, Inauguration
Day, St. Patrick's Day stalked by a pair of contemptible Leprechauns, and
April Fools Day highlighted by bending walls, a jovial jester, and drop
down panels that conceal unexpected surprises. April Showers bring
May flowers is up next showcasing signs of Spring; then it's onto the Fourth
of July; Happy Birthday that's celebrated with balloons and blood; Halloween,
honored by skeletons and jack-o-lanterns; and a non-traditional Thanksgiving
of gobbling turkeys that's interrupted by a sudden startle that originates
from within a bed. Last but not least, not so Jolly ole St. Nick
and his wicked elves terrorize Christmas concluding Kings Island's darkened
tribute to special occasions, known as Holiday Horror. 4 min.
17 Total Characters (down from 26 in 2012).
fourth-year attraction consists of a darkened journey through foggy, werewolf-infested
terrain where a mechanical surprise manifests itself from within an old
well, and a multitude of fanged attacks from creatures of the night
stalk a haunted cornfield. A full moon illuminates a spooky cemetery
that houses the grave of a still living soul that's been buried alive in
advance of a wooded area that hides a dilapidated shack decorated with
tires, hubcaps, and license plates, and highlighted by one of the rabid
canines savagely ingesting the intestines of his most recent kill.
A few more animated surprises accompany additional attacks as baying howls
fill the air courtes ov the big, bad wolves! There's nowhere to run
or hide at Wolf Pack. 4½ min. 19 Total Characters.
HOUSE: The exploration of this butcher
shop begins in the presence of severed limbs and body parts being refrigerated
in glass enclosed display cases.
Dimly lit rooms and blood spattered walls categorize
this "chop shop" that immediately discovers a madly thrashing, inverted
skeleton along the entry route into an early conflict with a pair of carnivore
carvers, one armed with a deadly meat hook! Bodies occupy gurneys
along progression into a plasma soaked kitchen where human organs, recently
removed from a cadaver that rests on a counter top with knives protruding
from its midsection, bake in cannibalistic ovens. Refrigerator freezers
preserve the choice cuts as loud pounding, and dense fog, distract continuance
through a boiler room and onto a horn-honking, near-miss hit-and-run.
An innocent victim's midsection is bisected by a murderous table saw as
squealing, snorting pigs and mooing cows escort the path past a rotting
bovine carcass, then by animal head trophies mounted to walls, and into
the clutches of another madman that forcefully tears the arms off another
guiltless subject! The live upper torso of a man that's had his flesh
and skin removed exposing his spine guards a claustrophobic passage, and
air blasting finish to Slaughter House. 6½ min.
26 Total Characters.
This attraction explores a blood-spattered hospital thatís been tainted
by the spread of some lethal, airborne virus. The adventure begins in a
waiting area hosted by a distraught receptionist, and proceeds into a brief
service elevator entrapment, then onto the exploration proper that witnesses
infected admissions seated in wheelchairs and bound to gurneys as plasma-covered
nurses and evil doctors attempt to administer care to the discontented
victims that have contracted the deadly disease. IV saline drips
and clinical sounds point the way to encounters with coughing patients
struggling to breathe, and zombified health care providers en route to
a disorganized X-ray room, and an abandoned center of security monitors.
A wicked surgical surprise introduces desperate blood transfusions, body
vaults, and run-ins with more diabolical medical malpractitioners in advance
of a bloody sheet maze that concludes the epidemic that's spreading like
the plague. If the virus doesn't kill you, fear just might at Urgent
Scare! 6½ min. (up from 5½ a season ago) and 26 Total
TERROR-TORY: (Event was closed due to heavy rain on the
night of our visit. The following recap is the 2012 installment) While
enjoying a relaxing midnight train ride, a unexpected ambush brings the
old iron horse to a sudden stop in the middle of nowhere! Passengers
are forced to disembark, and hike back to civilization through the spooky
woods on foot. Darkness and spooky music set the stage for encounters
with a plethora of undead villains along the foggy terrain, wooden
crates, covered bridges, wine barrels, and severed heads that eventually
leads back to the safety of RIVERTOWN, in this wild-west style train ride
Tombstone Terror-tory. 12½ min (including
5 min. train ride). 41 Total Characters.
for its seventh season, the promiscuous Club Blood finds seductively
clad, fanged girls offering rides on motorcycles, and exotic performers
getting their dance on while propositioning males and couples alike all
to the music of a live DJ! Shirtless dudes, and seductive babes rule
this roost exposing electrocutions, a transsexual with "her" back to observers
standing to urinate, and an aggressive surprise originating from behind
a previously darkened glass panel. A corridor of body bags gives
way to a vampire vixen savagely eating the guts from her fallen human prey,
as mirrors deliver the course through bloody sheets to a sadomasochist
encounter that fades past a bungee surprise into a bar serving blood types
instead of beer on tap. Everyone's just dying to meet you!
So bring your i.d., come in for a bite, and paint the town red at Halloween
Haunt's Club Blood! 5 min. 19 Total Characters (down from
31 a season ago).
A brief mirror maze initiates the exploration of this house of fun and
games that utilizes special 3-D glasses to enhance the view, and bring
to life vibrant, three-dimensional special effects that add a degree of
depth perception to the overall experience. Appropriate carnival
music and sounds compliment a variety of encounters including a cotton
candy surprise, drop-down building block startles, and a heavy concentration
of bubbles. A mechanical monster with a slinky-like neck invades
the route as it continues onto conflicts with several menacing
en route to a "Freak Show" that's highlighted by a fortune teller housed
in a colorful carriage. A polka dot room is still to come, as is a hallway
containing inanimate clown figures that suddenly close in from both sides,
propelling the masked masters of mayhem directly into the path, then a
spinning vortex wraps up this dangerous, fright-fest under the big
top better known as CarnEVIL. 5 min. 15 Total Characters (down
from 22 in 2012).
event wasn't open due to weather conditions. Last year's recap follows.)
Another former Fear Zone now considered an attraction unto
its own features a foggy escapade through a dimly-lit "cornfield" that's
inhabited by evil
Scarecrows and other hidden creatures. Wooden
crates and skeletal remains hanging from crosses add to the décor
giving rise to occasional startles from out of the darkened crevices of
4 min. 19 Total Characters.
"FEAR ZONE" REVIEWS
|These events were unable to
open due to inclement weather. Last year, Fear Zones consisted
solely of various foggy connecting corridors occupied by roaming ghouls
and gremlins. 2011's originator,
Nightmare Alley retains last
season's relocation just off International Street along the entrance
to Action Zone by Kings Island Theater. It's joined
by the 2012's debut of Freak Street that took over the aforementioned's
original location between Holiday Horror and CarnEVIL. Cemetery
Dr. returns near the Eiffel Tower, and Backwoods Bayou
for 2013, and also close to that same central landmark towards the entrance
of Rivertown, between Diamondback and Backlot Stunt Coaster.
Blvd no longer exists in Action Zone.
shows are on tap for this season, each lasting for approximately 20 minutes.
New for 2013 is Ed Alonso's Psycho Circus of Magic and Mayhem, where
clever magic tricks are performed, and enhanced with a bit of sarcastic
humor. A few card tricks, assistants that seemingly materialize out
of thin air, and a rabbit that has the ability to vanish from one place
and reappear in another are included in the presentation. You might
remember Ed from TV's Saved by the Bell fame. His enticing
demonstration joins Hot Blooded that returns with its adult-oriented
song and dance at the SHOWPLACE THEATRE, featuring a zip line entrance,
waterfall, pyrotechnics, provocative vampires and blood that explode onto
the stage for some seductive after--life Rock-n-Roll, and a killing or
two! Blood Drums earns an encore performance, but shifts its location
from Action Zone to a more centralized spot near the Eiffel Tower
and International Street
fountain, and the punk rock percussion
exhibition promises to mesmerize and energize! Graveyard Shift
is also back for its second season at Festhaus, where the likes
of Medusa, Scare, Johnny Be Dead, and Dr. Funkenstein
entertain with musical spoofs of such classics as
(He gets knocked down, I DIG him up again)!
Each activity is conveniently re-enacted at several times each night, and
gives visitors a chance to sit down and relax for a bit while enjoying
|HALLOWEEN HAUNT - OVERALL EXPERIENCE:
Haunt is an unmatched seasonal EVENT. Just as the doors are ready
to open, monsters charge out to greet and "attack" customers waiting in
line. From that point on, scares continue through 11 haunts, 4 Fear
Zones, 4 live shows, 20 thrill rides, and persists until the park is
ready to close hours later, and an intimidating voice orders everyone to
"Get out!" Walks and paths between attractions are elaborately decorated
with chilling sights of cemeteries, skeletons and death, while fog and
impressive lighting amplify the mystique of the overall experience.
Hidden, undead creatures haunt the midway, and come crawling, sliding,
and roaming from all directions at the most unexpected moments! Attractions
are short, but designed to accommodate enormous crowds, thus the courses
can't be too lengthy or complex. Rides don't influence the actual
"haunted" aspect of the event, but their contribution to the overall experience
can't be ignored. When considering the event offers 7 hours of seasonal
entertainment, it scores much higher as a whole, than any of the individual
attractions otherwise would if considered individually. One could
easily spend $25 to $40 at just a couple of haunted houses and they'd be
over in less than 20 minutes each. For the same investment, the fun
Halloween Haunt lasts all night long!
Overall Event Analysis:
LENGTH - 10, Everyone's DYING to get in, and the fun
lasts the entire night! The event is unmatched from an entertainment
ACTORS - 8, Character intensity and dialogue has improved
in comparison to past years. Delivery is still often abrupt, but
they're heading in the right direction, and costuming is strong. Tombstone
Terror-tory features the largest cast size, and rightfully so as it
is the lengthiest attraction, while CarnEVIL has the fewest.
A dominance of professional theatrical make-up creates legitimate looking
monsters - overpoweringly bloody and gory in appearance, and not easily
forgotten. Wolf Pack earns honors for having the most improved
acting, as the werewolves are now savagely eating people, etc.
SCARINESS - 8, Excellent soundtracks and lighting enhance
and personalize every haunt.. Tombstone Terror-tory boasts
the spookiest music. CarnEVIL
remains weak and cries out for
more threatening clowns. Scares are often limited across the board
by the short durations of the attractions.
DESIGN - 8½, The transformation from fun-filled
amusement park, to demented Halloween Haunt is masterful., and each
haunt, has its own unique theme. Transition zones between scenes
are appropriately of minimal length, while the mazes themselves are intentionally
short by design in order to accommodate enormous crowds. The net
result nestles scenes closely together, thus delivering a high ratio of
scares per square foot. Soundtracks, and quality of lighting are
major assets. Madame Fatale's Cavern of Terror remains most impressive
from a decoration standpoint. Delta Delta Die and Board
to Death freshen the event with their debuts, as do Backwoods Bayou
and Ed Alonzo's Psycho Circus of Magic & Mayhem. Elevator
makes a triumphant return to Urgent Scare, "living grave" is an
impressive addition to Wolf Pack, and the use of fire is an outstanding
feature at Madame Fatale's. Other noticeable achievements
include the CGI at Delta Delta Die and the crashing letter K in Board
Games. Massacre Manor, Mysteria, and Cut Throat Cove
are now memories, but their replacements create a livelier atmosphere.
On the down side, mystifying spray of blood has been lost from Slaughter
House, and "hit and run" auto continues to be misplaced in that attraction
as well. Club Blood shouldn't have electrocutions, and the
series of dressing room doors belonging to some well known circus performers
have been lost from CarnEVIL, and 3-D glasses continue to cost extra.
Finishes are way too weak and unimpressive in every single attraction.
The event's popularity challenges its ability to score much higher because
of huge crowds, and even longer lines.
PROPS - 8, Most of the haunts are especially detailed,
but lack impressive animatronics. The debut of the Delta house brings
CGI technology to the event, but the overall lack of jaw-dropping, mechanical
scares hurts the score.
VALUE - 10, For the second consecutive year, pricing
is up a dollar or two depending on which night you choose to visit, and
the method of purchasing tickets. Buying online offers the greatest
savings. By all means consider the "Fright Lane" front of the line
option in order to fully appreciate everything Halloween Haunt has
OVERALL RATING: 9, Other haunted attractions
just can't compete with Kings Island from an EVENT perspective.
The inclusion of 20 "thrill rides" can't be ignored when looking at the
overall picture. The haunts continue to improve every year, with
more elaborate and realistic décor, and the quality of costuming
and acting gets better as well. Halloween Haunt's atmosphere
in a class all to itself, and can't be duplicated elsewhere. Madame
Fatale's Cavern of Terror, Club Blood, and improvements at Wolf
Pack, Urgent Scare, and Slaughter House make them all
strong attractions. The new Delta Delta Die and Board
Games are both uniquely themed, and nicely compliment the overall experience.
While visiting KINGS ISLAND, don't miss the opportunity to enjoy Fright
Feast in the picnic grove - an all you can eat meal consisting of fried
chicken, pulled pork, hamburgers, potato salad, baked beans, ice cream
treats and unlimited soft drinks all for just $9.99! Purchase includes
a one-time, front of the line admission pass to the all new Board to
Death attraction! Darkness falls, evil rises at Halloween
WARNING: Not recommended for young children!
Haunt includes graphic scenes, suggestive themes and intense imagery
that is intended for mature audiences. Parents are encouraged to
choose Trick of Treat with the Dinosaurs, or Soak City's
all new Howl-O-Palooza for a more family friendly atmosphere (11
AM - 6 PM Saturdays and Sundays).