KIghostguy Posted October 13, 2022 Share Posted October 13, 2022 I got the chance to visit Haunt this past weekend for my first time this year. Pros: Hotel St. Michelle had great set design and the actors were all very enthusiastic. I was impressed! Some really great scares in here. Lots of sliders out and about on the midways. I definitely jumped a couple times! Slaughterhouse, Madame Fatale's, and KillMart were "the usual"--that is, all really good. Cornered is much improved in its new location over last year. Still nowhere near as good as Field of Screams, but definitely an improvement over when it was in Tower Gardens. Night rides! Everything was running really well this weekend, particularly on Sunday night. I had my best ride ever on Orion. Wasn't able to catch the full lightshow, but from what I saw it looked great. Cons: CHAOS was really good its first year, but I think the past two years it's been the weakest maze by far. The mirrors are all smudged now and the path is obvious, which really weakens that final act. The loss of Blackout and Wolf Pack without replacements is not good...I understand staffing is an issue, but it's hard for me to fathom that we went from 9 mazes in 2019 to almost half of that with 5 in 2021. I'm really glad that Kings Island replaced Urgent Scare this year, though! The dance party in Coney Maul has got to be a new low for this event. I'm sorry, but there is nothing scary or creepy or eerie about the Cupid Shuffle--unless you have traumatic wedding and/or school dance memories. It doesn't fit Haunt at all. Less decor than in years past. For instance, anyone remember the severed heads in the giant pumpkin in Pumpkin Eater's old location? What they had out this year looked really good, I just wish there was more like in the past. Lack of fog has already been pointed out and discussed on here many times. Overall, I felt that Haunt just didn't have that immersive Halloween spirit that it had in years past. There's still some fun to be had--you can't ever go wrong with The Beast at night!--but I was disappointed. The Coney Maul dance party in particular just totally kills the mood and atmosphere. Cedar Point really elevated HalloWeekends this year, and while I felt that Kings Island had a much better event in 2021, I don't think Kings Island's Haunt touches Cedar Point's this year. 7 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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