Please note: this review is for the 2013 season rather than the current season.
Submitted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Abandoned Haunted House Complex was everything I had been anticipating and more when I visited last Saturday night. Abandoned is a huge two haunt attraction that reeled me in the moment I saw it. We arrived at about 9:15 p.m. There were bright inviting lights with a large parking area, with many signs and people guiding you onto the grounds. The minute we stepped out of the car, I could not wait to get into the haunt. As you walk up from the parking lot you see a clearly labeled ticketing area. There are also a few areas that are decorated and a really great little store front that has sweatshirts, T-shirts and other cool Abandoned gear. Also featured prominently are some amazing masks that are for sale as well. We walked right up and purchased our tickets. As we made our way around the grounds we quickly realized we were not alone when we decided it was a great night to visit Abandoned.
Once you walk around the side and to the back of the ticketing area, there is a huge waiting area and on Saturday it was packed with people chatting, laughing, eating concessions they had just purchased at a vendor on the grounds, and many were watching a myriad of macabre and other entertaining video clips playing on the complex’s huge movie screen which has an explosive secret. The lines seemed organized and controlled
and there were plenty of employees and security around if you needed to ask a question.
We walked around to the area where the FastPass ticket line began, and we were extremely grateful to have our FastPasses when we heard that there was a significant line wait of two or more hours without the FastPass. I must state that if it is a chilly night or you don’t feel like waiting, I believe this is the way to go. We walked into a covered
waiting area where a few other groups of people were waiting in the Fast Pass line. We waited in the Fast Pass line for approximately fifteen minutes where we were kept company by either an extremely funny grounds crew worker, or an actor in a janitor-type outfit, who was conversing with a group behind us in line. Either way, kudos to you sir, you were funny and helped keep my mind off of the cold! We made our way into another smaller enclosed winding area where we walked through and found our way to the entrance of the first haunt, Hysteria.
This was the first of the two haunts I experienced at Abandoned. It greets you with
haunting cackles and eerie laughter, creating an ambiance true to the haunts name. As we made our way through the amazing and mind-bending haunt I was surprised, terrified, and thrilled. In this haunt I was delighted to find many different areas with a variety of themes and marvelous sets. While I walked through the haunt I realized that the walls of the haunt had turned from dark creepy passage ways to walls with vegetation growing and cave walls that appeared moist and textured. Other walls in this haunt seemed to shake along with the floors under your feet. The sets and props are professional, realistic and unique. I have been attending haunts for many years now and I saw
set ideas I had never seen done before in any of the haunts I have visited. The variety of different areas is excellent. Hysteria offers so many things tricking and treating your senses I feel it has something for everyone. The actors were highly interactive and really worked on getting you to jump by creeping up on you when you least expect it. I really enjoyed the tactile and visual effects of this haunt. This haunt also seemed to last a long time but every moment of that time I was filled with a great sense of wonder. I remember thinking, “What could be coming up next?” I was elated by how much fun I had in this haunt. However, I didn’t have much time to contemplate this thought because we walked out of Hysteria and through a short passage way and we were entering Ambush.
Ambush was the second haunt that we visited. This haunt begins with a lot of
dark foggy passages with loud disturbing noises coming from everywhere around you. I really got the feeling that my senses were being assaulted, thus proving Ambush to be a fitting title for the second half of my journey at Abandoned Haunted House Complex. Ambush gave me the feeling that I was under attack and I was slowly loosing myself in the haunt. The actors are coming out of nowhere from every direction. This provides an atmosphere of chaos. I heard some pretty chilling
screams during my time in Ambush. I jumped numerous times and became pretty nervous when I realized I actually might be under attack. I found this haunt worked on my nerves and made my heart race. If surprises around every dark corner and a chilling sense that something isn’t quite right, gets you rattled like me, than this haunt will frighten and thrill you.
As I exited Ambush, I was quickly greeted by the chilly autumn air again. Around the area where you exit the second haunt is an area with items for sale and one of my favorite characters of the entire evening to greet you at the end of your journey. I even had my picture taken with this actor. Overall my journey at Abandoned Haunted
Complex was one of my most favorite trips so far this haunt season. I had an amazing time and you should too, shouldn’t you?