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2011 Reviews

Please note: this review is for the 2011 season rather than the current season.

Trail Of Terror

by majorXpsycho (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at about 5 p.m.

Fun Factor: High Fear Factor: High

Review

Oconto Jaycees Trail of Terror is a frightening HANDS ON experience. What I like the most about smaller town haunted attractions, such as Trail of Terror, is that they do not rely on the use of popular animatronics and props. All of the props at Oconto Jaycees Trail of Terror are original and appear custom made. Trail of Terror is a lengthy guide through a very dimly lit forest located about 20 minutes North of Green Bay. They are located right off of 141N on Cty Rd J. You will know you have arrived by the roaring bonfire and numerous vehicles parked on the road. The Trail of Terror is probably one of the longest Trails in the State of WI and YES you can EXPECT the actors to fall from the sky and grab you at ALL times.

Signage / Visibility / Location


They are located right off of Hwy J, which is a simple left off of HWY 141N. About 20 - 25 minutes North of Green Bay. The setting is in a very spooky and LARGE forest. There is a sign proclaiming the location and you can not miss all of the vehicles parked on the road.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


In the Wait area you can enjoy refreshments around a HUGE bonfire along with tons of ghouls wandering about.

Actors' Performance


Trail of Terror has by FAR the MOST amount of actors I have ever seen at a haunt. You should expect to be grabbed, caressed, and jumped on by at least 3 - 4 actors at a time. The actors are really what MAKE this haunt frightening!

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


All of the sets and scenes are original and custom made. You will notice REAL dead animals (careful those who are afraid of blood). There are several unique scenes set throughout the entire trail.

Length


The entire trail from start to finish took us an HOUR to complete, making it one of the LONGEST trails (and attractions) in WI!!

Crowd Control


You are led by a very SLOW moving guide, so you will never run into other attendees ... you will only hear their screams in the distance!

Most Memorable Moment


There were several memorable moments, but the most memorable was an actor that literally fell from the sky and felt like he almost landed right on me ... I still have no idea how he did it, but it still gives me chills!

Summary

In conclusion Oconto Jaycees Trail of Terror is for those who are looking for an "original" Haunted Attraction that allows the actors to touch and grab you. If you live in Northeastern WI, this is definitely a Haunted Attraction you will want to attend!

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Green Bay Fear Haunted Attractions

by majorXpsycho (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 8, 2011 at about 4 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: Very High

Review

Green Bay Fear is the haunt that everyone is talking about this year!  The Beja Shriners have done a great job marketing the haunted house from the very creepy commercials ran late at night on TV to the very cool T-shirts I see past victims wearing out and about.  The commercials were so professionally done that the anticipation of attending Fear was almost as great as the scares once you arrive.  When you arrive at the haunted house you have the option to purchase a general admission ticket for $15 or a RIP/VIP ticket for $25.  The house itself is great and well worth the $15, but for $10 more you can't afford NOT to go RIP.  You get to skip the lines, socialize, eat smores, have unlimited hot cocoa, sit around a cozy bonfire and listen to an AWESOME live band on a creepy stage.  There were people of all ages hanging out in the VIP area.  The outside of the haunt with its large structure and broken wooden fence help to create a frightening atmosphere.  As you enter the haunt, a creepy actor helps instruct you to put on the 3d glasses that are not NEEDED, but definitely compliment the haunt perfectly. 
Green Bay Fear is a MASTER in 3d effect.  Most haunts rely on the heavy luminescent colors to create scares, but Green Bay Fear using the 3d effect to enhance the already very scary sets and props.  The detail in each room is very realistic and the actors are very well placed, I'm not even certain if some of the noise coming from the actors was human.  It has been a LONG time since a haunted attraction has made me scream, but Green Bay Fear accomplished this goal not once, but TWICE. 

Signage / Visibility / Location


Fear is located right off of Hwy 41 and Shawano Ave.  (on the corner of Taylor on Bond St in Green Bay).  There are signs guiding you to the entrance as you get close, but not until you get closer.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


There are two different options for the wait area ... RIP (VIP) or general.  In the VIP area you can experience a HUGE stage with a live band playing ghoulish tunes, unlimited hot cocoa, bonfire, smores and much much more.  For only $10 more this is the BEST VIP in the Midwest!!  My only concern with the VIP is that eventually EVERYONE may want to go VIP style and the wait for VIP may become long.  This was not the problem at ALL for us when we attended, but I can foresee it possibly happening in the future. 
I walked over the general admission area and I believe I saw they had a PSYCHIC doing readings in the wait area along with other entertainment.  The wait is outside so please be conscious of the weather! 
As you begin to the haunted house there is a very awesome haunted trail that is dimly lit with torches.  The trail lasted about 12 minutes and the ghouls are very well placed for maximum scare. 

Actors' Performance


The actors did a phenomenal job.  They climbed up walls and dragged their bodies on the ground.  There was never a moment any actor was out of character, they had great follow through and managed crowd control perfectly.  The costumes and makeup were above and beyond and helped complete the entire experience.  I also loved that the actors didn't only go after one person in the group, they had no favorites ... everyone got scared!

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


From start to finish there is not a single area that hasn't been decorated in great detail.  The fluidity from room to room was perfect and the 3d effect is definitely their forte.  Most haunts that do a 3d effect focus on just the fluorescent colors, but FEAR combines detailed sets with just the right amount of luminescence to help compliment the overall effect.  

Length


The walk on the trail leading up to the house/vip area lasted about 12 minutes.  The house lasted around 25 minutes (perhaps longer), at one point you are led outside and then redirected back into the haunt for MORE scares!

Crowd Control


Crowd control was great, the actors entertained you while they made sure you never ran into another group. 

Summary

In conclusion all I have to say is that Green Bay Fear is a must see this year and if you like being entertained and scared then you can not afford to miss Fear this year!

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Terror on the Fox

by majorXpsycho (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at about 4 p.m.

Fun Factor: Medium Fear Factor: High

Review

Terror on the Fox is back again with their 15th year of fear!  Located at the
National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Terror on the Fox is home to 4
separate haunted attractions, including the ONLY haunted train ride in
WI and perhaps the Midwest!  It is the haunted train ride and large
collection of ghoulish props that keep visitors (including myself)
returning  every year.  I have been attending Terror on the Fox every
year since they first opened and it is great to see fan favorites such
as the vortex, claustrophobia, and giant room sized animatronics
returning each year.  There were quite a few "hiccups"  (lack of actors,
no 3d glasses, and props that were not working) when I attended this
year, but I am assuming that is because it was opening weekend.  

Finding the Terror on the Fox should be easy even to the foreigner as
there are huge billboards off the interstate boasting their existence. 
Parking is free and they have a very LARGE selection of souvenirs
available for purchase (including a haunted house night light).  I
purchased a hot cocoa and a LARGE cookie to enjoy while we waited  ...
but since the line was so short, we were asked to toss our beverages
before boarding the train.  Most of the wait is uncovered, so make sure
to dress weather appropriate and wear shoes that may get muddy.  While
you wait there are large projection screens displaying numerous ghoulish
videos to entertain you. 

The train is an old double decker passenger car and visitors can choose
to ride up top or on the main floor.  Smoke and strobe lights fill the
aisles while ghouls appear from beneath and above.  Passengers leave the
depot never to be seen returning.  The train ride lasted about 15
minutes and it takes you along the river, through a woods, and past
several antique train cars.

Once you exit the train, if you purchased a combo pass you are guided to
the entrance of "3rd Dimension of Fear", if you purchased general
admission you will do a brief walk through the woods and head straight
to the main house.  We chose combo and headed for the "3rd Dimension of
Fear". 

The wait was not long and soon we were inside the "3rd Dimension of
Fear".  I'm not certain if they were out of 3d glasses or if they had
not come in yet, but we were not given any 3d glasses.  The fluorescent
paints, props, and costumes looked harmless without the 3d effect.  The
"3rd Dimension of Fear" had a very creepy circus theme, but lack of
actors (only 2) left more to be desired.  If this particular attraction
had been in 3d and had more actors it would have made the extra $7 well
worth it!  The "3rd Dimension of Fear" lasted about 12 minutes.  As soon
as we exited the "3rd Dimension of Fear" we found ourselves entering
the "Void". 

The "Void" is exactly as it sounds ... completely void of anything but
darkness.  You will find yourself walking, arms stretched out, in a maze
of complete darkness.  You may even find yourself trapped and having to
retrace your path to find a way out.  The "Void" took us 9 minutes to
complete.  Once we exited the "Void", there was a brief walk through the
woods up to the main haunt, "Ominous  Sanctum".

Ominous Sanctum is the main attraction and worth far more than the $13 general admission.  The amazingly realistic design make this portion of the haunt seem as if you just stepped foot in to your worst nightmare.  The rooms are laid out perfectly and there is no "down time".  Every actor was right on cue and even when we got close to their face, we couldn't tell what was real and what wasn't.  You can clearly tell that years of hard work have gone into this haunt and it is time well spent!  The entire house took 25 minutes to go through and there wasn't a single repeated room or blank spot on the wall.  Ominous Sanctum definitely puts Terror on the Fox at the top. 

In conclusion, the total time it took us to complete all the attractions collectively was just over an hour.  I would probably skip the extra haunts and head straight to the main event, at $13 you can not find a better bargain for such a well planned house!  Although for an extra $7 if 3rd Dimension of Fear has 3d glasses and more actors I would definitely consider spending the extra money.  15 seasons and Terror on the Fox keeps getting better, I already can't wait to see how much they grow in the next 15 years!

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