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 Review of Dantes Dungeon @ Moreys Piers
1 Rating Posted by: Fetch251 on 8/10/2004 4:56:00 PM
Im not basing my review of Dantes Inferno on the fact that its one of the only dark rides left. I think Dantes is awesome, its probably my favorite ride in all of Wildwood. Even when Castle Dracula was around, Dantes was like the underdog I had to root for. First of all, the facade is really cool. Many dark rides have big monsters protruding from the front, but "Dante" has got to be one of the coolest- huge wingspan, breathing his boogers on the line below, and his tremendous pitchfork (Im not exactly sure if the pitchfork is still there). Plus the two moving three-headed dragons on the towers. The painting is brutal, although I think I remember it being more gruesome years ago. The upside-down demon face with the moving eyes, and the chilling "abandon hope all ye who enter here" message scrolled across the entrance way. Plus it has two levels and crash doors which lead you outdoors a number of times. My favorite part as a kid was the strobe-lit "techno room" (as I called it), right when you re-entered the ride after the downhill outdoor slope. There is always the threat that a live actor may be wandering around in there as well, keeping you on the edge! Dantes is an over-looked classic. Im excited (and slightly nervous) to see what Moreys has done to "re-theme" the ride for the 2004 season. Guess Ill see this weekend!

UPDATE- What happened? I went to Wildwood last weekend and checked up on my favorite ride. While I knew renovations were made on the ride I didnt expect what I saw. First of all, the entire facade has been re-painted. No real complaints here, except its new and will take some getting used to. One of the 3-headed dragons on the towers was missing (hopefully just getting repaired) which was a slight eye-sore. But the interior had been changed drastically. It seemed like half of the stunts had been removed, and others werent working. The glow-in-the-dark airbrushed lift hill at the beginning was completely dark (and boring). What was only a year ago a great darkride chock full of stunts and visuals is now a shell of its former self. I hope the renovations are still in progress and what I witnessed was not a final product.
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