Visibility / Location:
This event offers ample parking in and around the event, the bulk of the parking is available in the Hollywood Casino Aurora parking garage. It was free to park for the even this night, however your experience may vary. Other nights, visitors have been charged $15 for 1 hour of parking.
The event itself is easy to find and does have ample signage to identify where the show is.
The show was visible from the road with signs, there is also a very large tent with what appeared to be carnival games on the corner and you were able to tell you were at the show.
This show offers ample wait line entertainment, There was both a live DJ as well as many costumed actors who were entertaining people and giving away all kinds of Basement of the Dead Swag.
General Admissions was $24.99.
They do have additional ticket types available including VIP and an Immediate Access pass. There are a whole range of discounts, deals and offers on their website along with their social media.
There are also a couple of other attractions including an optional escape room, and Zombie Carnival, these come at an additional cost but are all posted on their website for tickets.
Limited free street parking. If you park in the casino's parking garage, the charge may vary.
Basement of the Dead: 17 Minutes
Shattered 3D: 12 Minutes
Since people move through haunted attractions at different rates, your time will vary. Note: The time shown here represents the actual time spent moving forward through the attraction. Time spent waiting in queue lines, staging areas, intro scenes, rules rooms and when traffic jams cause patrons to come to a halt, has been subtracted.
LPR Score = 3.365
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Crowd control at this show was decent but could have been far better, we did continue to run into a group of people in front of us, however it did seem that it was simply them taking their time to move through the attraction over too many groups stacking up. Obviously this did impact us and the groups behind us. At one point we were stacked several groups deep with little effort by the cast to split up our groups.
Upon arriving at the event we were able to find ample parking available in the casino parking garage and the event itself was pretty easy to locate. There was ample lighting, entertainment and noise to tell that you were indeed at a haunted house.
When we did arrive we did see that the general admission line was very long and at 10PM it was at least a couple hours long at minimum. We ultimately opted to purchase VIP tickets to allow us to bypass the super long line. Our wait time was cut to about 15 minutes. My suggestion here is to get this this show early, it is a popular show and if you are on a tight schedule this is your best bet to get in and out early.
This location does have multiple attractions, the two haunted houses are included with your ticket price and there are some additional add-ons for an escape room and Zombie Carnival at an additional cost.
While waiting in line there was a massive amount of in line entertainment, there was a live DJ, countless costumed actors interacting with people and even some points where they were giving away Basement of the Dead Swag. Their wait area is very high energy and it grabs a lot of attention to get the crowd into the mood for the show. This was done very well.
Once we did reach the front of the line we were given a very brief rundown of the house rules and as soon as the door opened we were ushered inside and down the stairs into the Basement of the dead.
Upon entering we were greeted with a large variety of scenes and a large mix of characters. Some that stood out to me immediately was their medical ward and their Silent Hill nurses that made a positive impression, Acting was good and they had some very effective scares. They matched the scene well, actors here had a large variety of locations they could perform in and managed to scare several people in my group.
As we continued through the house we encountered several different themes and rooms, many of which seems to have a dilapidated and decaying industrial look, again playing with being in a basement.
Moving through these areas we did see a lot of great scares, this show really likes their pneumatic air hammers and air cannons. While these are effective scare points and easy for actors I did feel they were a bit overdone and honestly became more annoying and damaging to the ears than anything. I did see many people jump because of these but they did feel like cheap scares than something that was done with skill.
While in this show we did see that we were continually running into a slow moving group of three guys, they seemed to be really taking their time to move through the show and this in turn did slow down our groups to the point where we had several groups stacked in a line. This was mostly the fault of the group in front of us, however I do feel that the staff was lacking in crowd control. I do understand it is a busy night, but at the same time they should be breaking up groups regardless as it ruins the experience when you have to stand in a room with an actor that has no idea how to handle the situation and seems kind of lost.
That being said and as we continued through the attraction we were met with a lot of great scenes. Another that particularly popped out to me was their Occult / Church scene. They had some awesome props and animatronics in this room that were effective.
Over all I feel this side of the show was a bit short staffed and over all the acting seemed to be a little low energy, granted it was a very busy night, but it felt like the actors were not pacing themselves or trained on how to do this.
Over all we were in this first attraction for about 17 minutes and this was absolutely impacted by the fact that we were running into another group constantly.
After getting through the first attraction we were met with the line for the second attraction as soon as we exited the first. We were handed 3D glasses and blacklight flashlights while we were waiting. This second attraction is a clown themed UV paint show where you are navigating through the haunted house with a blacklight flashlight and wearing 3D glasses to allow the details to pop more.
This is a very effective show, and the concept does work well. This year they added some elements from the Killer Klowns From Outer Space movie. This did make this side a bit more fun, however I felt that this show has gone widely unchanged and is the same thing year after year.
In this show I cannot say any scenes in particular stood out to me, they all were themed the same and did not offer a huge variety. Also again, it seems that the show was very understaffed and did not have a lot of energy that I would expect from a clown centered show.
Throughout this show we also continually ran into the same group of people where there was little to no crowd control in the show. It felt very rushed.
We were in this attraction for about 12 minutes in total, and some of that was spent slowing down our group or stopping due to slow moving groups.
Overall, I can say my experience at Basement of the Dead was positive, I feel that while the show did have some rough points and did feel rushed at times that it is a good show at its core, but has some early season issue to work out.
The scenery was consistent and well done, everything was well decorated and looked great, you can tell that a lot of effort goes into this show year after year and they do fit a massive amount of stuff into a rather small space.
Makeup and costuming all looked good, all of their characters were dressed in the part and their makeup did look good, some makeup jobs were a little sloppy, however this is to be expected on a show when under time constraints to get makeup done in time to open.
I can absolutely say that I will continue to visit this show year after year and will see how it evolves.
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