2007! We're in store for a great year! The maze lineup has been released,
the shows have been announced and all of the monsters are gearing up to
scare thousands and thousands of people! With this first update for the
2007 season on Ultimatehaunt.com, we thought we would bring back a feature
we debuted last year that people really responded positively to and have
requested we bring back.
Now that the information has been posted, we thought it might be fun to provide an analysis on the new mazes and shows, etc. before the event begins. Don’t worry…we will still provide our October update for you once we have been through the mazes and attractions, but for now, perhaps some thought put into the event prior to attending may assist those of you who are planning to attend at the beginning of October.
Now, please realize, the information below is simply our opinions and definitely do not reflect Knott’s Berry Farm. We do make predictions but these are truly guesses. If they happen….cool….if not, oh well.
So, let’s go ahead and get started…..
KILLER CLOWN KOLLEGE – XCELERATOR - PREDICTION
Hmmmmm….well, the clowns are back by popular demand, right? In Haunt Maze Designer Daniel Miller’s interview, he did indicate some “favorite themes” will once again rise. What can we expect from this maze? Well, we predict that the maze will be a mish-mosh of Carnival of Carnivorous Clowns in 3D and Hatchet High. But will it kick butt? Perhaps….
There is something regarding the design of this particular maze that makes it very, very unique. We can’t tell you about it now, but perhaps we’ll tell you later on in the future. And no….it’s not the fact that the maze location is underneath Xcelerator.
Speaking of which….the clowns return to their little corner of the Boardwalk. You may recall that the debut of Carnival of Carnivorous Clowns in 3D was housed underneath the defunct “skeleton” of a roller coaster. It will certainly be interesting to see the magic of Knott’s Berry Farm put the space underneath Xcelerator to good use. So, what can we predict? Not too sure other than….keep an open mind. There’s a chance that this may be a dark horse.
REVIEW - Hey! This maze was FANTASTIC! We loved it! The space was used great and this maze (at least to us) had a very "old school" Haunt feel to it. Yes, props from both Hatchet High and Carnival of Carnivorous Clowns were used, but so what? Many other new rooms and props were created and absolutely killer! AND the monsters were AMAZING!! We loved them! We won't go into too many details for those of you who have not been through the maze yet, but definitely make this a MUST SEE!! We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
THE DOLL FACTORY - WILDERNESS DANCE HALL - PREDICTION
Ahh, the Doll Factory. A brand-new maze from scratch! For starters, if you’re afraid of dolls, this may not be the maze for you….However, what about the rest of the audience? If the maze depends solely on the sight of dolls for the impact, we’re not sure that the maze will be a huge success. On the flip side, if disturbing imagery and crazed monsters are part of the final equation, perhaps this maze will be a real punch in the face!!
At this point in time, the Doll Factory is such an “x” factor, it’s very difficult to predict where Knott’s will go with the theme and what angle they have decided upon. This one is one in which we’ll sit back and wait to see what unfolds...but if we had to decide a winner sight unseen, this might be it.
REVIEW - One word to describe our experience through the Doll Factory: WOW. This maze has it all!! It's crazed, twisted, creepy and the talent were on fire!! We know that throughout the month of a particular run of Halloween Haunt, a maze can (and usually will) have its ups and downs. We were very fortunate to have witnessed the Doll Factory what apparently is "on their
game". In our "pre-Haunt" preview/prediction, we asked the question as to whether or not those who were fearful of creepy dolls would be affected by this maze. The answer is that we feel that if you are not afraid of dolls, this maze will still kick your butt. And for those of you out there reading this who have a doll phobia....well......you set foot in this maze and you're pretty much going to be cooked.
PYROMANIAX - LOG RIDE - PREDICTION
Good-bye Red Moon Massacre and hello Pyrmaniax!
Ever since first coming to Haunt as a guest, we’ve always been HUGE fans of the Log Ride. It is SO great to have a new theme inside the Log Ride for the 2007 Haunt and we’re really excited about it. Let’s dig in and talk about Pyromaniax…
Going off the name alone conjures all sorts of fun ideas as to what might be taking place inside the mountain this year. Obviously the first thoughts that come to mind are regarding the lighting and fire effects. I bet we can count on a ton of fog and red and orange lighting. As far as the fire effects, what can we expect? Perhaps effects like we see in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean…? Who knows?! It’s anyone’s guess at this point.
What about the characters/victims? Plenty of burn victims, right? How about the backstory of what happened to bring the flames to the maze? Very, very interesting and this new idea/concept for the 2007 Log Ride has certainly peaked our interest! The question is: Will it be better than Red Moon Massacre?
REVIEW - A bunch of hillbillies making moonshine with the wrong ingredients and BOOM...the mountain is on flames. The fire department is doing their best to save the mountain and in doing so, they unfortunately fall victim to the flames and become undead and stalk around the hills. The idea is killer! A couple of awesome things are present with this attraction and a couple of very, very disappointing things are present as well.
Let's start off with the positive....the Log Ride is at least open!! Maintenance has been working long hours to open the Log Ride up as it has been closed for months. It is now open and it's nice to be able to go back onto the Log Ride. Another positive factor is the concept....A couple of very ambitious props are located in this attraction that are very cool!! We won't ruin anything...but we do have to say that the helicopter is really, really cool! Lastly, the monsters were great and looked really creepy!!
Now with the bad...Apparently, due to the delay of the Log Ride functioning correctly, the theming for Pyromaniax is far too light to stand up as a Haunt attraction. It simply doesn't cut it in our opinion. We understand the problem(s), but that does not change the fact that compared to the last 20 years, the Log Ride is the weakest we have ever seen it in theming. Oh well. You should still go on it just to go for a cruise through the Log Ride!
INTO DARKNESS - THE LAKE - PREDICTION
Hmmmm.....this is VERY weird to review. It is sort of bitter sweet.
There are some definitely cool things about this maze and some weird
things as well. No matter what, this maze is GOOD.....We're just not
sure if it's GREAT.
CAVERN - MINE RIDE - PREDICTION
Great!! We loved the sets and the spiders!!! If you hate spiders....you
HAVE to go through this attraction!! You'll beat your phobia and have
a great time losing it! Definitely hit this attraction early as the lines
will be very, very long!!
LORE OF THE VAMPIRE
- BALLOON RACE
Vampires....time to GO!!! Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse....!!
We love the Vampire Queen and we love the devoted Vampires who have put
so much heart and devotion into this maze over the years. This review
is not directed to the monsters.....it's directed to their home. We feel
it's time for the Vampires to get a new home!! Keep your fingers crossed.....err......maybe
we'll stay away from the crosses and just hope, hope and hope some more
that the Vampires are relocated next year.
- GHOSTRIDER 1 - PREDICTION
REVIEW- Could this maze kick any more butt??? We were once blown away by the Asylum!! The monsters were amazing and the layout was different (or at least it appeared different) than what we have seen in the past. We're not too sure about the building that houses the maze now because it takes away the ominous look of the Asylum, but once you're in, it's amazing. It's our opinion that some of the other mazes can take a close look at the Asylum to learn from....the Asylum has some sort of magic to it that simply clicks year and year! GREAT, GREAT & GREAT!!
BEARD'S REVENGE - MAIN GATE -PREDICTION
REVIEW - There is good news and bad news about this maze. The bad news first: It's basically the same 'ol maze that just sort of keeps tickin' along. The good news is that the monsters in the maze are the BEST we have ever seen in this attraction!! For that alone, definitely give this maze another try. If you have never been through the maze, well....you're in for a treat.
TALES - GHOSTRIDER 2 - PREDICTION
13 AXE MURDER MANOR
- MYSTERY LODGE
REVIEW - We were right about one thing: Not very much changed at all! However, the monsters were very agressive and having what appeared to be, a great time! This maze is now an oldie but goodie and should not be missed!! Enjoy!
REVIEW - Very cool!! Nothing has changed within the sets of the maze, but that's okay! The monsters are totally creepy and very scary! Do not miss this one!! You'll have a blast!
VEGAS - BUMPER CARS - PREDICTION
- We know that Knott's Scary Farm Halloween
Haunt was voted best Halloween attraction in 2006. However, even the best
can miss every now and then. Lost Vegas is a miss. Some people we have
talked to have liked it while others have hated it. Which camp are you
in? Apparently you either love this maze or hate it.
|There ya have it, folks! Those predictions have been made and published on September 18, 2007. The reviews were made on September 29th, 2007. We hope that our reviews and predictions helped you in planning your trip. Let us know what you think!! Do you agree? Do you disagree? How about after you attend the event? Let us know what you think then as well! EMAIL US and let us know!|