Visibility / Location:
There is a lighted sign as you approach from the east that turns you onto the road leading to the Woods. I saw no evidence of signs coming from other directions. This was the only sign till you reached the site. The site is well off main roads and you will have to place quite a bit of trust in your GPS to locate the Woods.
There are actors tending a campsite in the waiting area as well as a screen showing videos. The wait time was only a couple of minutes so the entertainment was not critical. There is a food truck located at the entrance with snacks sandwiches and drinks
$5.00 fast pass $10
Parking was free. The parking is located along the road leading to the Woods.
It took 11 minutes to walk through the entire Woods.
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LPR Score = 11.334
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Medium. Mostly jump scares and a few animatronics
The groups were separated by enough that groups did not meet. Actors along the way seemed to have a few spots where they could control the speed of movement. In at least one spot I found myself in a dead end where all the doors seemed to be locked but then someone started pounding on the back of one of the doors and another actor opened the door.
The experience of the drive to the Woods was actually interesting in that it supports the backstory provided by the Haunt's Website. The haunt appears to be located in a rather isolated area and travelling over the roads at night is a bit eerie. Based on the strong backstory I expected a single theme carried through the Woods but instead there was a variety of different scenes. One of the better scenes was clowns and included several higher end animated props. Although it was hard not to ask how clowns fit into the overall story. The trails through the woods are generally marked by rope lighting. When the rope lighting is not present there are a few spots where it is hard to follow the trail but usually an actor is nearby to put you back on the path. The greatest asset of the haunt is the woods themselves. The area is very dark and it is hard to adjust your eyes to see hidden actors and animatronics. Slight rustling in the woods could be the sign of a coming scare or just something to make the patrons nervous. One of the best scares was likely an accident. It looks like two individuals were trying to repair a static prop and the head fell off and rolled across the trail directly in front of us. The unexpected location of the movement and the noise from the disturbed leaves allowed our imaginations to run wild. I suspect any small dark object dragged across the dimly lit path would have the same effect. The walk begins with two creepy girls. Who come along for a while and tend to make patrons uncomfortable. There are actors hidden in the woods and the darkness makes it very hard to anticipate their appearance. The lead member of the group is provided a glow stick when they enter. Presumably this makes is much easier for them to find you. There was a squeeze tunnel along the trail that was extremely tight. I think some small children and individuals who are not in good physical shape may actually have a hard time navigating this obstacle. They nicely mixed in real actors with static props so that groups would begin to relax and then suddenly one of the "static" props would move. They also had a tent that included a fog and laser swamp. This proved a very effective place to hide an actor. Towards the end of the trail, the average age of the actors went down. The result is that many of them were simply screaming at the groups in an attempt to startle the patrons. This was not nearly as effective as the earlier stealthy attacks.
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