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 Review of Haunted House @ Yorks Wild Kingdom
0 Rating Posted by: Canobie Coaster on 7/27/2005 3:13:00 PM
Back in ’05 during my visit to York’s, I encountered this creepy-looking Haunted House, which the park was billing as an incredibly frightening experience. Well, its exterior definitely created a spooky ambiance like it was intended to thanks to the combination of the ride’s dreary paint scheme, cobwebs scattered about the house, and the horrifying man out front who frequently pukes out blood. I always have heard “not to judge a book by its cover;” however, this attraction was far from creepy or enjoyable once I entered.

Never having a wait, I can always walk right on in. Now I had been anticipating a unique walkthrough attraction, but instead I was treated to a long, dark walkthrough down a narrow passage with almost no scenery or theming whatsoever included. I mean sure my first time the attraction was sort of creepy since I was just expecting something to pop out at me, but nothing happens. The only good part is the superb finale, consisting of a really well-executed strobe effect that is accompanied with an incredible effect that always makes me jump. But other than that, this attraction is just a let-down in my opinion.

The Haunted House definitely looks spooky and like it should provide a good fright from the outside, but once on the inside I was shocked by how poorly executed the ride was with the exception of the aforementioned strobe room, which is really cool. Now I know this is a portable attraction, but still there should be more included to make the attraction entertaining than just a long, dark passageway. Really this is a passable attraction like most of York’s attractions, but it’s worth experiencing once if you have time primarily for the finale.

Review Comments

mrceagle on 7/27/2005 3:18:27 PM said:
I felt about the same I think if they want to keep carnival rides they shoudl remove this and get an actual ride dark ride.
Canobie Coaster on 7/27/2005 3:23:11 PM said:
I agree. They should buy an old Haunted Pretzel ride from a defunct park.
mrceagle on 7/27/2005 3:24:22 PM said:
I think the one from Pirates playland(Salbary Beach) is still on site. that woudl be a great addition.
Canobie Coaster on 7/27/2005 3:25:04 PM said:
Yeah, that would be a great one.
mrceagle on 7/27/2005 3:38:59 PM said:
Teh effects are likely on site stil also. not to mention the classic ride would be a good thing to advertise. "our new ride is an Old Clasic."
Canobie Coaster on 7/27/2005 3:39:48 PM said:
That would be a funny headliner. I would love to see that ride at York.
mrceagle on 7/27/2005 4:04:10 PM said:
You like that I got a million of them. I thik the intire place need a slight face lift but the park side needs allot of littel emprovments.
Canobie Coaster on 7/27/2005 4:06:35 PM said:
One of them, is that they need a family coaster. Maybee a steel wild mouse, or a L&T systems family coaster would be a great addition.
mrceagle on 7/27/2005 4:59:17 PM said:
They had a Fliter a while back but it was roting. i saw an indoor Ziere coaster once that woudlhave done well. I think they shoudl use som of the picnic land if not all of it for more ride space.
Canobie Coaster on 7/27/2005 6:29:14 PM said:
They should destroy the batting cages and put in a coaster. Yorks Wild Kingdom is a family park, so it would have to be a family coaster.
mrceagle on 7/28/2005 3:26:18 PM said:
Though they couldnt aford to move and fix it up I woudl love to see theM get Whaloms Flyer Comet. it woudl give them one of two wood coasters in main and woudl help attendance allot.
Canobie Coaster on 7/31/2005 4:31:10 PM said:
I would love to have the Flyer Comet here, because I never had a chance to ride it. The park however, couldnt aford it most likely.
mrceagle on 8/1/2005 12:28:26 PM said:
It would depend on investers. If they could set up some sort of ownership thing. say 100dollar a share for park of the coaster then place a plaque or sign saying who help move it. your likely ownly talking a 2-3 million project. they might be able to pull a grant from the city or state for sucha project since it woudl promote turism.
Canobie Coaster on 8/3/2005 6:47:52 AM said:
If the Flyer Comet cant be opened, the could move the Roller Coaster from Joyland in Kansas. It could run by the perimeter of the park. That would be a marvelous investment, because they ride only costs $75,000, and the coaster will pay for itself in a few years. The park would get an increase in attendence, and the ride would look great on York Beach.
mrceagle on 8/3/2005 5:06:38 PM said:
Were dose it list. also it will cast them far more to ship anything form Kansas compared to MA-ME.
Canobie Coaster on 8/9/2005 8:45:53 AM said:
I saw it listed on rcdb.com under the ride at Joyland. RCDB.com, also says the Flyer Comets lift has been taken apart for parts, and it says its unlikely it can operate again.
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