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Skellington Manor was pretty easy to find. GPS took me right there. The attraction is located inside of a multi-level brick building on 18th street in Rock Island. They had a ghostly video playing in one of the front windows of the building, to help grab the attention of passersby. There was also a large "Skellington Manor" sign on the side of the building that was indirectly illuminated by street lights.
Outside of the building, there was music playing and I also saw an actor interacting with customers. After entering the building and making a quick stop at the ticket booth, customers walked through a winding path to the huge indoor waiting area. Along the way, there were some static prop displays and also a surprise or two. In the main queue line area, there was a tall "Death" character on stilts interacting with customers.
$15.00, VIP Fast Pass $20.00
LPR Score = 3.617
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Crowd control was pretty good.. There was only one time about 2/3 of the way through the attraction when we caught up to the group ahead of us. Other than that, we didn't see any other groups throughout the haunted house.
Skellington Manor consisted of numerous highly detailed scenes with various themes. Throughout the attraction, they had some great high-end props, animatronics and special effects. Both lighting and sound effects were done well throughout, to create an immersive experience.
In the Insane Asylum hallway, there was a row of cell doors that had great visual effects displayed on CGI screens. Further on, there was a medical area with hospital gurneys that had bodies in various stages of dissection. This area, like many others, was highly detailed. One of the other memorable areas was a freezer scene with frozen bodies hanging from the ceiling. The room was also cold, which was a nice touch.
In another room, 1950s nuclear preparedness films were being projected on a large screen, opposite rows of theater seating. Filling many of the seats were characters wearing gas masks. Walking through, I was waiting for something to happen, but nothing did. It was an entertaining scene, but it would have been better had a scare been incorporated.
The doll room was one of my favorites. A twisting path was created by the placement of numerous bookcases, each of which were filled with a plethora of dolls. In fact there had to be hundreds of dolls in the room. The music box soundtrack playing in the background, along with the battery powered tea light candles really enhanced the creepy atmosphere of the scene.
The largest and most prominent scene was the house was the "City of the Dead Cemetery". The cemetery had a winding path bordered by white picket fencing. Behind the fences were tombstones, trees and various displays, including a rotting bride and groom that rocked back and forth. Before exiting the area, customers were guided through a large mausoleum. Inside, there was a great talking skull illusion, a casket and a girl playing a violin (not just a soundtrack). Toward the end of the scene was the Phantom of the Opera playing an eerie tune on a pipe organ.
In the jungle scene, customers were completely surrounded by trees and vines. Green accent lighting was used and appropriate sound effects could be heard as we walked through. There was also a surprise or two that I didn't see coming.
Most of the actors in the attraction had theatrical performances, although there were some creatures of the pop-out variety. Everyone stayed in character and played their role well.
Overall, I had a great time at Skellington Manor. Be sure to add this attraction to your list of haunt visits this year.
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