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XGatorHead 8904

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  1. I'm not sure that it would have been better that way, at least to me. I'm more of a fan of in-your-face scares. With the distance that would be required keeping the actors away from the trains, those wouldn't be possible unless they stopped the train at each scene, which could potentially make the wait time in line unbearable for a busy Haunt night. Although on the other hand, the train does have a high capacity and they did use it for Tombstone, but that was only one stop. Riding by scenes and not stopping would be good for people who like tamer attractions, but I think a lot of your typical Haunt patrons may be disappointed with that.
  2. I'm not sure if the electric chair on Torture Tower is the exact same one, but if it isn't it did the same thing. I only did that attraction once, when I was able to get away from working the front gate one of the first few weekends (later weekends, it was so crazy busy that there was no escaping my post in Admissions). While it was cool being up on the tower, the attraction overall was kind of lame. Terrible capacity and too short. I'm not a big fan of attractions with obvious hiding places like walls or stacks of crates and that's basically what it was. That's why Tombstone Terror-tory was never one of my favorites. Walking along WWC's exit path... ooh, there's a stack of crates, someone's behind it... ooh, there's a stack of crates, someone's behind it... ooh, there's a stack of crates, someone's behind it... repeat over and over. I know some great scareactors that worked that attraction, I just didn't like the setup. I only went through The Freezer once too. It was a tent near the Eiffel Tower and if I remember correctly was a chain link fence maze. It was well done and I always considered it to be the inspiration for Maze of Madness/Death Row in later years. I don't know if they pumped cold air into the tent because I went through on a chilly night. I remember because it was the same night I did Terror Tower and it was cold up there.
  3. Got to ride this in February, once during the day and once at night. Great ride, especially at night with the headlights on the bikes!
  4. Another item to consider is staffing. July & August are when auditions for both Haunt & WinterFest are held. To audition and hire performers, make-up artists and park decor people would be a lot of wasted time & effort only to decide later not to have it, so in my opinion now was the right time to make the call. That was new this year. Haunt had been open until 1:00 a.m. in the past but when the original park schedule came out pre-Covid, it was listed that Haunt would close at midnight each day.
  5. It may be me, but I always think that saying something is wrong with a ride when there actually isn't is a bad idea. Saying that there's danger ahead, beware of The Beast lurking in the woods, don't go in the shed etc. is fine. Just a fine line. Even during normal years and even on slow nights, groups that are well spaced at the beginning of the house WILL catch up to each other. If I'm visiting a haunt and leading my group, I'll slow down if I see the group ahead of me, just because I don't want to be jammed up in a conga line. Plus, it's illegal for minors to work past 11:00 on a school night, and many of us non-minors have day jobs too. WinterFest's long stretch of open nights is alright, but Haunt is more strenuous and rest on Sundays is always appreciated by my weary bones before I have to go back to the main job on Mondays. Being Sam the Butcher is definitely more of a workout than being Mr. Tannenbaum! They've tried expanding to more days in the past but attendance was light. In addition to no reasonable parent letting their child work then, no reasonable parent would let their child go as a guest then either. Plus, guests having to work the next day cuts it down too. Adulting is hard.
  6. Nice! No, I was not involved in this boat sinking, however, I was at MK a few weeks earlier on February 14th, chaperoning my daughter's band trip there. We had a FastPass for Jungle Cruise first thing, but as we were getting off the bus and headed towards the ferry, my daughter asked me if I could add one more friend to our FastPass plans for the day. I was already in charge of lining up FPs for eight people, what was one more? I told her I would try but it would be doubtful. I kept trying to add her on to Jungle Cruise with no luck by the time we got to the ride, so I let her take my spot (I later found out something that would have gotten her on with us without me sitting out, which I used a few days later for Tower of Terror, but I'm not posting what it was). I used the time to rework our FP times to get her added on to everything else that day. So, the closest I came to the ride was right outside the exit. It wasn't me!
  7. They have a 1:1 scale train display in Rivertown that you can actually ride! But seriously, that would be a nice addition. "Holiday Sing-Along" is, I assume, in Brewhouse. I know they had it there in 2017.
  8. Carowinds is doing one this year. https://www.carowinds.com/play/winterfest/attractions/wonderland-parade I've talked to several other KI WinterFest performers and they (and I) would love to see that here too, but it's up to The Powers That Be. Who knows what the future holds...
  9. ...and sweaters/sweatshirts, and long pants, and gloves, and hats. Unless you're malem.
  10. I agree with this. Cavern is one of the best decorated haunts the park has and with the current setup it's hard to tell. Same with Hexed at Cedar Point, which is one of the best decorated up there and it's Lights Out too. They tried that years ago and having worked it then, those nights were dead. However, Cedar Point has their indoor ones open on Sundays. My old body can only stand working Haunt two days a week though.
  11. I remembered another one from this past weekend: I / Sam the Butcher was letting groups into Slaughterhouse and a couple with two small children, about 3 and 5 years old, came up with the children wearing No Boo necklaces. I told the mom, "Just to let you know, the No Boos aren't valid in the houses and you have to turn them off." The mom proceeded to turn the daughter's No Boo off and told her "Don't worry, they won't scare you, they'll still be able to see it." I told her "No, they WILL scare anyone who comes into the house, the No Boos don't work in there." The mom then told the girl again "No, they won't scare you." I let them in... I said "Well, I warned them..." to the two groups of guests that were next in line in the regular and Fright Lane lines. That then started a conversation between us about the No Boos. We don't purposely target those with No Boos, we target everyone, but a lot of times we'll go easy on the little kids. However, with the pop scares it can sometimes be impossible to tell who you're popping out at in a group. Needless to say, the kids came out crying.
  12. I was The Bouncer there in 2008. I loved Club Blood!
  13. I was... um, I mean, Sam was... the host of Slaughterhouse on Saturday, counting out the groups and letting them in the door. As she was going into the door, the last woman in a group asked Sam, "Didn't this building used to be Tomb Raider?" Sam asked her back "Does this building really look tall enough to you?" The guy at the front of the next group started laughing and Sam said "Just look at this building..." (pointing to Slaughterhouse) "...compared to THAT building!" (pointing to Madame Fatale's/The Crypt/Tomb Raider).
  14. ^ You are correct. 25 operating days last year and 26 this year.
  15. ^Hmm... I thought he was. He should be!
  16. ^ I believe Don Miller was as well, but I could be wrong, he may have retired by that time. Another person I would like to see inducted: Doug Kramer.
  17. All of the haunts are designed to be wheelchair/EVC accessible.
  18. I remember hearing/reading comments from guests about that area being too bright with the lights from Drop Tower and them reflecting off the fog, but whether that's the reason I don't know.
  19. CornStalkers never used the drained Congo Falls area. The years it was in Action Zone it used the Timberwolf walkway next to Congo Falls. It moved there in 2008 & was there for at least the 2009 season too according to this History of the Haunt post. I've circled that area in red in the picture below. I'm not sure exactly where the entrance and exit were as I was busy working Club Blood & Slaughterhouse's original location those years. Cedar Point's CornStalkers uses their drained Thunder Canyon ride area. Slaughterhouse has had the compression tunnel (air bags) for the past 11 years. CP's Slaughterhouse has nice scenery. I especially like their freezer room.
  20. Im bak this yeer butt onlee on saturdaze n sum frydaze cuz gator haz 2 go 2 futbal gamz 2 c gatorgrl n tha marchin banned! -Sam EDIT: What Sam is trying to say is that despite me saying last year that 2018 would be my last year working Haunt for a while, I will be back on Saturdays and some Fridays. This will be GatorGirl's first year in marching band so I plan on going to most/all of the home games and maybe some away ones too. They don't bring the full band to all of the away games, and I'm still waiting to see which weeks those are to determine what Fridays I can work. But yes, Sam the Butcher is back in Slaughterhouse!
  21. ^The Tomb Raider building is used for Madame Fatale's Cavern of Terror and Action Theater (Days of Thunder building) is used for Urgent Scare.
  22. ^You are correct about the queue. You entered from the left of the coaster, went under the lift, the main queue area was cramped, surrounded by a brown fence, and then you went upstairs to the station. I always wanted to go up into that operator booth looking down on the station, but sadly I never got the chance.
  23. Jaws was one of my favorites. I rode it several times each trip in 1997 and 1999. The last time I went to Universal Orlando was in 2011. I spent a lot of time beforehand preparing my then-6 year old daughter for one of my favorite rides, telling her to just keep remembering that the shark that would be attacking us was fake. The day finally came and as she was playing at the Curious George play area, I pulled out the park map and saw the notice that Jaws would be closed for maintenance starting the day of our visit; if I had known that ahead of time, I would have switched our Magic Kingdom day (the day before) with our Universal Studios day just to ride it. Then, before we ever got the chance to go back, it was announced that the ride would be closing for good. So, I'm very sorry that GatorGirl never got to experience one of my favorite rides by ONE FREAKIN' DAY!!! As far as King Cobra goes, I loved that ride! It was the best stand up coaster that I've ever ridden and I was very sad when they took it out. I got to ride SkyRider years later (in 2014), but when I went to Kings Dominion in 2001 I skipped Shockwave because at the time we had the same coaster at KI. That was before I was a credit hog!
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