Please note: this review is for the 2010 season rather than the current season.
Submitted: Sunday, October 17, 2010
I have routinely attended the Dominion of Terror year after year for approximately the last 5-6 years.
My thoughts upon my first few moments into the house this year were, "my how you've grown up".
The Dominion has been at its current location for several years and has been entirely redone from last year's version.
I did not recognize one familiar scene from last season and that was very much appreciated after visiting some houses familiar to me and seeing recycled material and scenes.
For this year's version of Dominion, visitors will pass through a restaurant and kitchen with items you won't find on the Food Network.
There is also a carnival midway with a carousel, a margin of woods with a waterfall, an elaborate medical and dental clinic you will visit among numerous other scenes and can expected to be aggressively welcomed into all of those areas.
The sets in the Dominion are elaborate and detailed down to minute elements like a gruesome dental set that actually smelled of clove oil. Those little factors enhance the experience, nicely.
As we waited for our visit, we were seiged by aggressive clowns who startled inattentive guests and sniffed and growled at those who noticed them.
Dominion features a small concession stand and several portable toilets.
Make up and costuming are solid.
Special acknowledgment goes out to the athletic performer in the padded cell who apparently had some digestive problems before we visited and the two rednecks in the leather shop who affected their characters nicely.
The Dominion's location provides a lot of natural ambiance for a good scare and its sets are well lit so that visitors can appreciate details of the props, make up and costuming.
My pacing was fairly good, but it is difficult in a haunt of this size not to catch groups in front of you that may lag.