Visibility / Location:
Google Maps takes you directly to the location. There is a sign with flashing lights and plenty of people to guide you where to go. There is plenty of on-site parking. Very easy to find. We came through Rochester and there were some signs on different roads pointing to the direction of the haunt as well.
There are covered waiting areas for both the Trail of Lost Souls and the Haunted House. There is a TV that plays a video with the rules before going on the Trail. There is also some rock music playing, I believe there was a DJ but we were among the first people there and they weren't set up yet and by the time the music started, there were so many people lined up that we couldn't tell if it was a DJ or a stereo. The wait area for the haunted house was different than last year; it was outside but it was covered.
Mr. Sprinkles walked around with his bloody ice cream cone scaring the patrons. His costume was very creative and impressive!
$17 for the Haunted House and the Trail of Lost Souls
Trail of Lost Souls: 12 minutes
Haunted House: 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 = 5.647
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Crowd control for the Trail of Lost Souls was not good at all. We were the second group of the night to go through and they sent us right after the TV cycled the rules, which was less than a couple minutes. We ran into the crowd ahead of us and the couple behind us also caught up to us. This really ruined the scares for us. Even some of the actors made comments of how fast the people were coming through. Just over half way through, we ended up finishing the trail with the people in front of us and the people behind us.
Crowd control for the Haunted House was a little better, but we still caught up with the group ahead of us and the group behind us. At one point, we were put in a makeshift jail cell and a couple groups behind us were also put in one. I think they were trying to slow the groups down by leaving us in there, but it seemed we were "locked in" a little longer than what was supposed to be. When they finally let us out, they somehow put us backstage and we quickly realized we weren't supposed to be there. We walked around trying to find where to go, eventually an actor opened a door and said we weren't supposed to be back there, but it was the same one that sent us that way.
The overall crowd control for both haunts was very disheartening. I would have thought that since it was their second open weekend, they would've had all the kinks worked out already.
For the Trail of Lost Souls, there didn't seem to be as many jumps scares or actors as I experienced last year. The pathway was roped off making it easily navigated, except for the when you walked into a cloud of fog. There seemed to be an abundance of fog, which made it difficult to see some of the scenes, also making them unmemorable. I mostly recall a car wreck scene and a few actors coming out of the trees as you walked the trail. The only characters I can vividly remember were the pig with a chainsaw and a voodoo woman sitting in a chair. There was also a starved horse corpse that was pretty wicked, that's embedded in my mind. The mausoleum was still there but seemed the same as last year.
After leaving the Trail, you get in line for the haunted house. You enter the building and a TV has some Twilight Zone stuff going on. You're only in there for a short time and the first thing you enter is a spinning fluorescent tube. I recommend closing your eyes and holding the rails and walk fast! The props throughout the house were amazing to look at. You walked through a wine cellar with moving racks and the smells for each room changed and none of them were pleasant (which I love, really adds to the scare factor.) They had a lot of cool hanging props like dangling heads, huge climbing spiders and fishing line to caress your face as you walked through. I really liked the mannequins they had, and they had quite a few. They were very realistic and were hard to tell that they weren't real people. Sometimes it felt like you were in a basement and other times in a prison. I also had a clown bring me some poop from a toilet! A crazed prison guard locked us (my group and 1-2 other groups) in cells for longer than what seemed like he should have. He walked away for a bit and sounded like he was talking to another actor, it seemed like they weren't very organized and we actually thought we were left alone and tried to find our way out but everything was locked. The back of the "cell" opened and an actor let us out but he put us back stage. We quickly figured out we were in the wrong area and the same actor opened a door and let us back in and pointed us in the right direction. We also got lost in a striped room but the clowns were purposefully misleading us. The kitchen area was the best part, they had two small kids screaming and coming at you that you don't notice the rest of the actors getting in your face in the room.
My overall experience this year was disappointing. I don't know if they had an actor shortage but the actors that were there were all great but seemed few and far between, especially on the Trail. I really missed the waiting room with the electric chair and the elevator inside the haunted house. They definitely had some great high-tech props throughout both haunts. This was only my second year coming to this haunt so hopefully it was just a bad night because I know they are amazing and can put on a great show.
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