Visibility / Location:
We used GPS to find its location. Once you get close on Rotary Rd. you find yourself in the middle of a cornfield with a very bright marquee sign directing you to Trail of Screams. This narrow two way road surrounds you with corn on a simple (slightly curved path) so please pay attention and drive cautiously you or the other car may have to pull a little into the shoulder when you come up to oncoming traffic. Parking is on the sides of the road, so look for cars leaving if you want to park close to the event. It seemed to combined parking for employees and guests. If you are parked further away there is an option to be dropped off closer to your car after your experience.
While we were there the only wait entertainment was what I call Halloween related music, 70-80's metal and hard rock. Cooper, AC/DC, Sabbath...
$20 General Admission
$35 RIP Speed Pass (skip the line)
Admission gives you three attractions The Screamatorium
, Trail of Screams, and Zombie Paintball
Screamatorium: 8 Minutes
Trail of Screams: 19 Minutes
Zombie Paintball: N/A
LPR Score = 3.915
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Trail of Screams: Medium-High
Zombie Paintball: Very Low
When we arrived we were joined by another group right before entering there were no others in line we all went together. Their crowd control seems to be done well, this was easily managed on how they work their attraction. There was only one time we saw another group and that was at the very end of the Zombie Paintball Experience.
When we first got there we were lucky to find a spot close by as guests were leaving, parking is alongside the narrow road that leads to the attraction and there is no conventional parking lot. The ticket booth also houses a snack shop and small gift shop.
We went around the corner to the section called the Screamatorium and waited in queue line. There was the Gatekeeper standing in a full black hooded outfit holding a large candle, pacing back and fourth. The entrance facade resembled a church front, complete with large vaulting doors and windows that glowed red inside. There was a fairly long wait to go in. Not sure of technical issues or the previous group or maybe both. The gatekeeper kept looking at their watch and a cast member with a gasoline can went in and out the main door a few times. When we were allowed in, the gatekeeper gave us the rules before entering their sanctum.
We entered and in front of us was an alter with a demonic priest, once we were all in the priest started his incantation to summon a dark deity. His followers scattered around us in this church and this was done well. The priest pulled off a great performance and there was an impressive amount of support actors. Here we were led into their version of a hellevator, with some unexpected guests.
The dark maze was next. This was the biggest setback. This completely dark maze (populated by actors wearing black morph suits) ate up most of our time, since we were not moving much due to the other guests roaming around finding a way out and us running into the same dead ends, time was deducted from this experience. Meanwhile as this is happening multiple actors in the morph suits would whisper cryptic or non specific clues. The only one might have been "wrong way" as they blocked our path which I gather was misleading due to our egress in that same hall.
We entered the rest of the haunt which was well planned out, found a brother and sister in need of human flesh and a victim of a very gory ritual (not suited for children or those with a weak stomach) a confining spiders lair and a few overjoyed clowns. Here we made our way out and followed a path outside around the corner and met up with a sign instructing us to wait at that spot. A white windowless van pulled up and a person wearing an AHS Twisty outfit opened the back doors and told us to get in.... seems legit....
The whole group got in the windowless van driven by a possible murderous clown, because that's what you do, he drove us down the same road we entered from and dropped us at a trail entrance in the middle of the path. One of the members of our group were given a flashlight and we were all instructed to stay on the path and follow the markers.
As we walked the other half of our group were making jokes amongst themselves. as I can tell some of them were already nervous walking in the dark woods. We were approaching a building, resembling a movie theater we entered and were greeted by the deranged owner. He invited us into the theater, surrounded by horror movie icons. This was a very interesting set on how the owner would interact with the group, we were escorted again in a another claustrophobic situation and once again released into the dark woods.
As we went from building to building the woods around us, had some sort of structures just outside of the perimeter of our path and seems like it's utilized for paintballing. Nevertheless it added a creep factor as we made our way forward. Next was the north pole. Santa and his elf helper were there to greet us. This Santa was not as jolly and very mean, I don't think he had enough guests to eat and was getting cranky, as with the theater owner we got very personal and interacted with each guest not only breaking the fourth wall but there was no way to repair it after that.
A candy like building gingerbread house if you want to call it. An unidentifiable character came up for a scare but not much after that. Next was the Doctors Office / Asylum, not as interactive but was a lead in to the Funhouse. This circus themed building was decorated well and populated with a few actors. As our walk came to an end I could not help but think how many various scenes there were, a self guided walk through the woods and the interactivity of each set was engineered close to perfection, even coming over the bend or a slight incline approaching each building you can hear music planned that would set the mood for what you are about to experience.
Our third and last part of the attraction was the paintball, where this fell a bit flat as an experience. We had to go in groups of four, since this is how many guns that were made available at a time. This could not have been measured in a time frame and was omitted entirely as part of my visit. You are escorted to a blind where you get to shoot a paintball gun pre loaded with 10 shots. The concept is you would shoot at a canvas with a projection of zombies' (shadows) playing [see AtmosFX Zombie Invasion] with a live target "roadie running" back and fourth every once in a while. You can easily spend your allotted amount of ammo before the actor darts across the field.
After that we return to a pick up point just outside of the paint ball gallery where we meet Twisty once again for the return trip. He's not all bad... If you parked a bit far away from the ticket booth. He will cordially drop you off closer to your car.
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