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Please note: this review is for the 2009 season rather than the current season.

ANARCHY, presented by the Wisconsin Fear Grounds

by earthangel129 (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Friday, October 9, 2009 at about 3 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: Very High

Review

Arrival to the haunt was effortless, all the directions were excellent and we made it there quickly.  Once there, make sure that you follow the smaller signs to the correct parking area, because there are more than one parking areas and we originally ended up in the wrong one.  Not the haunts fault, we did not follow the signs, we just saw a bunch of people and followed them.  This would have been great if we wanted to attend the high school dance that was going on, but we ended up going back to the car and going to the correct area by following the signs.

Once there it is very easily labeled, there is a ticket area, concessions, and bathrooms all right away when you walk up.  They have a cool hearse decorated in the parking lot.  We walked up to buy our tickets and were warmly greeted on a cool night.  We were given our wristbands and some instructions on how it will work and we were on our way.

Once in line, the first wait was about 10 minutes and they have a television showing highlights of some of the best scares they have created.  You can watch several people so scared they fall over or grab onto one another.  It is pretty funny, but just because you watch the feed does not mean you will not jump at the same place-I did.  At the front of the line they take your group and lock you up in a horse pen.  There are ghouls walking around and popping up heckling you.  They let you out of your pen and into the first haunt, Morgan Manor.  This haunt is about 15 minutes long and full of props that are everywhere.  The details in this haunt are very impressive.  I love looking at all the different scenes.  The props and decorations are definitely the highlight of this haunt.  There are fewer actors in this haunt and it relies more on sounds and sights to create the eerie feelings.

Next, after what was really at most a five minute wait, we entered Morgana's Torment.  This was my favorite of the three houses.  It is pitch black and you can see nothing.  They have some great terrain effects like foam bags that you have to push through to get to the next room.  Really panic inducing for anyone who has claustrophobia.  There were several actors who called out from inside the darkness.  They also work to seperate your groups so you are isolated.  This totally freaked me out, to the point, where I was almost on the verge of tears.  Wow, tears-way to go!

Finally, when you finish Morgana's Torment you head to the newest of the Wisconsin Feargrounds attraction, Unstable.  While you are in line you are greeted by one of the greatest creatures I have seen so far.  He is approximately 10 ft tall and has horns and makes a baa noise.  It is hilarious.  Once inside you are subject to tons of live actors, most of them seemingly insane.  My favorite character was a chap who seemed to be part chicken and part man.  He had some of the funniest one liners I have heard all season and really got up in your face.

Overall, a great set-up, extremely fun, well executed, and definitely worth the trip!

Signage / Visibility / Location


Very easy to find.  Follow the directions and you will arrive directly at the fair grounds.  Once there make sure you do pay attention to the smaller signs that guide you to the correct parking lots because my friends and I were almost ready to attend a party of some type held in another building.  

Actors' Performance


Actors at this haunt are awesome, they are funny, scary, on-task, and in character.  One of my favorites was a guy that was dressed up like a chicken-man.  He was hilarious, in our faces, and all around entertaining.

Length


Approximately 15 minutes per haunt for a total of 45 minutes if you  choose to attend all three: Morgan Manor, Morgana's Tourment, and Unstable.

Crowd Control


Well controlled, there were police and several workers around to help out with any concerns.  There was also roped lines and rails to guide lines.

Most Memorable Moment


When my group was split apart from me and I started calling out to them in complete darkness and the actors heard one of my friends say my name.  Then all the actors started whispering my name and gathering around me, blocking the way towards my friends.  I will tell you honestly, I was feeling serious panic!  Great job!

Summary

This haunt is one you should not miss, I loved the intensity of Morgana's Torment, and the crazies in the all new Unstable.  Fun, Fun, Fun, and also frightening!

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September 19th, 2019 9:30 a.m. CDT 1.14