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Title: Midway Wicked Woods - 2014
Post by: NCHadmin on October 19, 2014, 01:14:31 PM
Midway Wicked Woods
submitted by: packbacker
Date Visited: 10/18/2014

Scare Factor: 5/5
Intense is the best way to characterize this trail.  You don't get to warm up slowly; it starts with a bang (literally).  After the wagon ride the queue line is no hiding place either.  If you flinch it's "game on" for these actors.  The opening house is claustrophobic and frenetic.  Things are falling towards you with actors coming at you from all sides.  Escaping the house you get a little more breathing room space wise but not scare wise.  Freddy, Jason, and Michael Myers all make appearances as well as a crew of zombies, clowns, chainsaw wielding hillbillies, and some props that could make you pee your pants.  The 3D area while visually creative could use one actor terrifying the hallways and I keep hoping that the trail could end with a bang.  The maze is disorienting and fun but imagine a chainsaw waiting outside that building......     

Actors: 4.5/5
I had one actor break character twice so they get dinged a half point here but as far as intensity I have yet to find a haunt that can beat these guys.  The queue line actors and folks inhabiting the first house are the strongest and will be in your face in a blink of the eye.  The chainsaw wielding actors later in the trail take a demented glee in chasing those guests who run when they rev up their weapons.  I had to smile at their gruff chuckles as one friend went running off trail into the middle of the woods in fear.  Another young lady near the cemetery could scream with the best of them.  Bottom line- intensity. It's their trademark.

Props/Sets/Fx: 5/5
Fireworks, flames, chainsaws, and a clown car....and that's in the first 5 minutes.  Midway's Clown Car continues to be my favorite prop I've encountered. The props don't stop there, though.  The initial house features falling props, pneumatics, and a twisty corridor leading into a freakish laser room.  The remainder of the trail continues to impress with some fantastic lighting effects, impressive 3D, and a variety of animatronic / pneumatic props.  I loved the hanging man and the descending clown body as well as the bubble machine.  Even without the larger props there are some great looking things- the moving coffins and static cemetery sets are chilling.  The netting walkway, however, is very difficult to navigate if you are 6 feet tall or taller.  There are holes in the netting that will claim your hat or your head....I literally had my head stuck out of the thing and it was not easy to disentangle.

Length: 5/5
Plan on at least 30 minutes to meander through the trail....maybe longer if you get lost in the maze which is easy to do. 

Value: 5/5
At $20 Midway is one of the higher priced North Carolina trails but I feel it's worth every penny of that asking price. I did see some discount cards held by some people in line but don't know what the coupon was worth.  VIP tickets are $27 and may be worth the money on busy nights.  Lines are slow moving due to small group sizes and spacing through the trail.

Other:
NOT free parking. A $2 parking fee per car is new this year.  At the end of the trail is a full concessions stand.  I didn't peruse the full menu but hot dogs, fries, and barbecue are all options at reasonable prices. 

Overall: 5/5
Midway Wicked Woods has been my number one for several years running and are geared to take that spot again this year.  It's intense, fun, and at times downright beautiful.  Take a minute to glance through the woods at the neon sets ahead of you or glance backwards at Michael Myers standing backlit in the fog with a knife and his head cocked sideways.  I got chills.  The actors can be downright relentless and the props are both amazing but well placed and utilized appropriately.  The whole thing is like a little haunted wonderland tucked away right off the highway. 


Title: Re: Midway Wicked Woods - 2014
Post by: NCHadmin on October 19, 2014, 01:17:18 PM
Midway Wicked Woods
Submitted by: Screaming_Diana
Date Attended: 10/17/2014
 
Scare Factor:  5/5
Weeks ago, when I heard my friends say we were going to Midway, I started trying to prepare myself for it.  What I discovered is you canít prepare for this.  The trail starts out with a wagon ride to the trail entrance.  Just imagine youíre riding along, all is calm, they make you feel like itís the Fourth of July, and then boom the wagon is invaded!  Suddenly Iím on my knees halfway under the wagon benches, screaming, and covered in urine.  Weíre 3 minutes into the haunt and I already know this is going to be one horrifying night.
 
Actors:  5/5
The actors feed off of fear.  Scream and they will find you.  They are very intense, in your face, and wonít back down even if you beg.  They get very close and even brush up against you at times.  The actors with chainsaws are brutal.   The chainsaws were so close to my feet I could feel them vibrating while trying to use my friend as a shield.  Simply waiting in line was traumatic from the constant harassment by the clowns and other monsters managing the line.   These are some of the most intense actors Iíve ever met at a haunt, especially Biscuit the clown and the gas masked army guy.  Those two would not let up no matter what.  Once inside the haunt the actors are almost as unrelenting as the line monsters.  The graveyard zombies were well hidden but once they emerged they held us hostage.  Itís really hard to escape with a moaning zombie in your face blocking your path.  The bottom line is these actors are very skilled and know how to bring out your fears.
 
Set Design/Props/FX:  5/5
As always Midway looks amazing.  The whole layout of the haunt is well done and scares are very well executed throughout.  Youíve got a terrifying wagon ride, a wait line full of menacing monsters, an extreme walk through woods and various structures, and a fun vortex.  Thereís one laser room that I almost refused to enter.  I could see bodies shining through the laser lights but I couldnít tell if they were alive or not.  I was forced on through so I closed my eyes, covered my ears, and bolted through as quickly as possible.  I made it but have no idea what actually happened in there.   Theyíve got some pretty cool animatronics but I was so busy trying to survive the monsters I barely got a chance to look at them.  The 3D Clown Town looks spectacular glowing through the trees from afar.  The actual clown house looks great but lacks in monsters.  It gave me a chance to catch my breath and see all the great 3D visuals so I was happy for a quick break.  I loved the bubbles and for a brief second they made me smile.  Be prepared to crouch down and get very low in some places.  The maze continues to confuse my group year after year.  Itís so dark you canít see anything except for the occasional monster that popped up in a flash of light.  I dropped to my knees screaming each time he appeared.  Needless to say it took my group a while to get through.
 
Length:  5/5
With the wagon ride and the trail itís a long haunt.  Plus the wait in line is just as scary as the actual trail which makes your whole experience much longer.
 
Value:  5/5
Itís $20 plus tax and worth every penny.  Itís not very well noted on their website but parking is $2 this year.
 
Other:
If you attend with a large group of friends split up going through the haunt.  Take the wagon ride together, stand in line together, but go through the trail in smaller groups.  If you go through as a large group youíre certain to miss a lot of scares.
 
Overall Impression:  5/5
I screamed, cried, urinated on myself, and ran off the trail multiple times but I survived.  I found myself crawling on my hands and knees, hugging the ground, and praying the chainsaws surrounding me would soon run out of gas.  This haunt continues to impress and terrify me year after year.  The vortex ending could possibly use one final scare but by the end Iím not sure I could have lived through anything more.  I left exhausted, traumatized, and proud that I survived another year at Midway Wicked Woods.


Title: Re: Midway Wicked Woods - 2014
Post by: NCHadmin on October 20, 2014, 03:50:47 PM
Midway Wicked Woods
Date Visited: 10/17/14
Submitted by: jonesm

Scare Factor: 5/5
Everyone and everything at Midway is designed solely around the mission to scare you.  It starts quick, is absolutely relentless in line, and goes all the way through the trail.  Pop scares seem to suffice in most haunts, but here they're just the beginning.  Some scares obviously work better than others on some people, but if you make it through this entire haunt without even a little jump, you should probably quit going to spook trails, cause you clearly don't like them.  This place is downright scary, period, full stop.

Actors: 5/5
Along with Hacker House, I can't think of a place where the cast takes more delight in your scares.  I used the word mission above, and I think that accurately sums it up.  These guys want your screams, and they'll have them.  I saw the best chainsaw handling I think I've seen on this trip, and some of this year's best screamers.  Anything else and I'll be giving stuff away, but top to bottom this is best trained and most intense cast of monsters in the area.

Sets/Props/FX: 5/5
First thing we saw was something questionably legal in NC, so that was cool!  The clown car, the flaming dragon, that unbelievably cool laser roomÖMidway just does it all so well!  And the 3-D house, I almost forgot!  Great location, great sets at every turn.  Bonus points for finally putting a bubble machine in a spook trail.  I've been calling for that for years, and I knew there was place for them in a haunted setting!

Length: 5/5
Good, long trail.  Length is solid at this haunt.  Plus the campground location makes any waiting pleasant and mood-inducing, and you'll probably get stuck in the maze for goodness knows how long!

Value: 5/5
It's up to $20 now, which puts it with the premium haunts, but honestly there's not much Midway could do that I wouldn't say was worth it.  It's been my #1 haunt for the last two years (too early to tell this year!), and it's totally worth the money.

Overall: 5/5
The absolute gold standard for haunts in NC, hands down.  But whether you end up liking it as much as I do, I think most anyone will agree that it's one of the scariest, most fun, and well planned haunts around.  I really like a lot of trails in the area, and there are definitely some that are better at one aspect or another than this one, but whenever anyone asks me which haunt to start with, I always say Midway.  It's just what you're wanting when you think you might want to check out a spook trail.  If you haven't been, you should absolutely go!


Title: Re: Midway Wicked Woods - 2014
Post by: NCHadmin on October 21, 2014, 07:22:35 AM
Midway Wicked Woods
Date attended: 10-17-2014
Submitted by: krb187

Scare Factor: 4.5/5
If there is one goal for the folks at Midway itís without a doubt to scare the living hell out of you. Every aspect of this trail is geared towards extracting every last drop of fear you have in your body, and then some. They will assault every sense you have ruthlessly, high, low and everything in between to make sure that your experience there is as terrifying as possible. The overall ambience itself is likened to a backwoods slasher flick and they play off of that perfectly. The props, sets, and actors all work in perfect harmony to achieve the maximum scares possible. Iím usually pretty hard to jump, but even I was got by a perfectly timed and placed actor, make that actress. I do however feel that there should be a scare waiting at the end of the maze, as the walk from the maze to the tunnel is a little anticlimactic.

Actors: 5/5
These guys and girls are probably the most believable actors of any haunt in NC (rivaled only by Hacker House). You really feel like you have accidently stumbled upon a hillbilly cannibal family somewhere in the woods and now youíre left in their realm to be succumbed to whatever horrible plans they have for you. The actors here are oozing with intensity and are absolutely relentless. It doesnít matter if youíre young, old, crying, peeing yourself, or having a stroke, they are going to be very much in your face and tormenting you until theyíve had their fill. The costumes this year have been greatly upgraded from previous years with one chainsaw wielding actor having the coolest mask Iíve seen in a haunt in a very long time. The line actors are stellar and the quality remains constant throughout the entire trail. We went through as the very last group of the night and they were still full of energy and intensity and it really shows that they love what they do.

Set Design/Props/FX: 5/5
Iíll start off by saying this: apart from the stunningly painted and designed 3D clown house, donít attend Midway expecting large movie quality sets or larger than life animatronics. Midway is dirty, rustic, backwoods, and absolutely perfect. As I said before, you feel like you have fallen into a redneck gore flick and it creates an atmosphere that is almost unrivaled. That being said the sets are expertly detailed, from the filthy tools and book pages littering the walls and floor of the house, to intricate pipes in Freddyís boiler room, to the old tattered sweater draped across the shrine to Jasonís late mother. There are some very good animatronics like the hanging man and the giant tarantula, but the real star of this category is just the overall ambience of being deep in the woods surrounded by decrepit buildings and old vehicles.

Length: 5/5
Midway is a longer haunt, taking around 30-45 mins to go through if you walk at a reasonable pace, providing of course you donít get completely lost in the mazeÖ

Value: 5/5
Tickets for Midway are $20 with coupons being available at various locations (you can usually pick these up at the gas station right off the Midway exit). Fast passes are $27 and could be helpful on the busier nights.

Other:
A parking fee of $2 per car has been added this year. There is also a concession stand at the end offering everything from can drinks to a full menu of food that is cooked per order and fairly priced.

Overall: 5/5
Now I must admit that I do have a pretty long history with Midway Wicked Woods. Iíve been a customer since I was around 11 or 12 and was involved with the trail for a few years. This being the first year that Iíve had no involvement at all I was a bit worried that some of the magic would have gone away since I have seen behind the curtain so to speak. This was absolutely not the case and they managed to surprise me and deliver scares and entertainment that I did not see coming. Midway is an old-school spook trail and in my eyes exactly what a haunt should be: scary.


Title: Re: Midway Wicked Woods - 2014
Post by: NCHadmin on October 21, 2014, 06:16:05 PM
Midway Wicked Woods
Date attended: 10-17-2014
Submitted by: weresheep

Scare Factor: 4/5
 There is a great use of variety here that keeps you on your toes from the very beginning. You canít even get to the line without being chased with a chainsaw.  The beginning of the trail is very close quarters and intimate, allowing you to get up close and personal with your environment. Donít let your guard down for a second because you never know whatís next. I loved how you had to become involved with your environment physically, almost having to crawl on the ground in some parts. When concentrating on that itís hard to be aware and the actors can easily frighten you. However there are a few parts, like the 3D area that could use some more scares.
 
Actors: 5/5
I think the actors here are my favorite part. You can tell all of them have fun but they stay in character and actually act until the very end of the night. They just do not let up! From the very start they are involved with the crowd and stay that way. Donít show any fear or they will be all over you. The actors in the trail are even more intense. A certain girl in an outdoor area of the trail screamed so loud I had to cover my ears just to be around her, very unsettling. These guys are intense and they take a very in-your-face approach.

Set Design/ Props/FX: 5/5
I love the variety of sets and props, there are so many different parts and they are all pretty memorable.  That laser room always gets me, itís very disorienting.  A few of the props are just creepy as hell, including the guy hanging himself, a very loud upside down clown and that bloody shower curtain! Loved the bubble machine, the bubbles looked great and they were fun to run through for a second. I have to say, this isnít a trail you just walk through. You have to bend over, almost crawl, squeeze through places and paw your way around a dark maze. Beware the maze! Iíve been through it a few times now and I get lost EVERY time. Could use a scare or some creepy prop after the maze, leading up to the fun vortex tunnel, but other than that there is a great variety.

Length: 5/5
The trail is broken up pretty well which adds length. Be prepared to spend some extra time in that blackout maze. It feels like your experience begins the minute you get on the trailer, which makes it feel a bit longer.

Value: 4/5
Tickets are $20 and its $2 for parking which makes it a bit more expensive. However if you donít like that I believe discount tickets are available.

Overall: 4.5/5
Iíve been going to Midway for a few years now and it seems that they get better and better every time I go. Itís an up close and personal sensory experience close to home in a creepy location. The actors are fun as hell and there are plenty of different things to see. Itís an intense haunt and definitely one of the best.