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The Haunted => Member Reviews - 2013 => Topic started by: Badger on October 07, 2013, 02:05:09 PM



Title: Scarowinds
Post by: Badger on October 07, 2013, 02:05:09 PM
Scarowinds
Attended 10/4/13

I decided to take my 12-year-old daughter to Scarowinds for the second year in a row, even though last year we did not go through any mazes.

Scare Factor: 2.75/5 -  Now that Carowinds is open until 10:00pm during the summer months, the novelty of riding coasters in the dark has slowly worn off.  It is still impressive though to walk up to the front gate and see all the fog and lights rising up from the gloom.  We went through four scare zones but only four mazes and only rode a couple of rides.

Actors: 2.25/5 - Because of the corporate nature (and liabilities) of amusement park haunts, they can't be particularly scary and Scarowinds is no exception.  The sliders lurking in various spots were doing their jobs with enthusiasm and they impressed my daughter with their acrobatics.  There were a few good actors in the mazes but the sound made it harder to hear any dialog and there was a lot of "Get outs" and unintelligible screaming.  They would get into your ear and scream which caused my daughter a bit of annoyance.  I think if the actors were to get some serious training it could really up the scare factor a HUGE amount.  As far as the scare zones go, there were almost too many actors at London Terror, although they didn't do a lot and mostly stood around waiting for the right moment to yell in your face. The Feeding Frenzy  had a good mix and was probably my favorite zone. the Playground was pretty creepy even though it's been there a few years and rarely changes. We were unimpressed with Scary Tales as we only saw ONE actor the entire time we were there.  Take some actors from London Terror and put them in Scary Tales.

Sets/Props/FX 4.75/5 - Being a corporate haunt they have money to sink into their sets and it shows.  Most of the haunts that we went through were perfectly themed with a good combination of props, acotrs, and animatronics.  My daughter was particularly impressed with Last Laff and Silver Scream Sinema.  I thought The Fury had a good story and was well-themed and that the Asylum could be placed anywhere in the US as a stand-alone haunt and would be successful (if it were a bit longer).

Length: 4.75/5 - You come here and stay for the night.  Period.  While the haunts themselves are rather short, the combination of haunts and rides can make this a 5+ hour long evening.

Value: 1.5/5 - Even though there's a long to do, it will cost you, beginning with parking and admission which can literally run over $100 for a family.  If you're a season-ticket holder, it's a GREAT value as you bypass the parking and admission fees.    All the food and merchandise is pricey as well and frankly not that great.  I've been a season ticket holder for over 10 years and have yet to spend a dime inside the park during that time.  Take my advice; carpool, find discount coupons, and eat before you go.  You will spend several hours there.

Overall: 3.2/5 - Yes, it's Scarowinds.  Yes, it's expensive. Yes, it's got a corporate mentality that prevents actors from going wild, but it IS a 100+ acre theme park with a dozen cool haunted attractions plus riding roller coasters at night is pretty cool.  I have seen 2+hour waits for rides during peak season and crowds over 20,000 are not uncommon.  My advice to to go early in the season and after 9:00pm as the first wave of haunt-goers start to filter out.  We were fortunate not to wait more than 5 minutes at any ride or haunt.  I won't be able to say that in 2 weeks.  If you're a season-ticket holder, go multiple times.  If not, it's worth it to go at least every couple years if you can afford it.