At long last fall is here and with it the first of many haunted attraction reviews. On Friday September 21st most of the haunted attractions in the tri-state opened their dark doors releasing the horrors inside. Kings Island which is the largest haunt in the tri-state was also our first stop for the season. It’s our understanding as it was explained to us that each themed attraction inside the park is given to a member of management to oversee its development. The newest attraction KI unveiled this year is called “Madame Fatale’s Cavern of Terror” and is operated inside the old Tomb Raider/Crypt Raider motion ride. It was by far the most elaborate and mood setting. The queue line is surrounded by a richly themed environment adding a horrific atmosphere to soak up and enjoy while you senses anxiously await the overload of what lies inside. The scenes and layout inside are reminiscent of other attractions inside the park; broken down into smaller rooms you walk through while actors hide in the shadows waiting for the right moment to surprise you. The cavern is a great new addition to an already awesome line up of previous haunts inside the park. Our favorite attractions inside the park are The Cavern of Terror, Wolf Pack, Urgent Scare, Club Blood, and the Slaughter House. There are a few haunts inside the park which we are not fans of but that is the one thing that makes Kings Island such a delightful destination is its wide variety of things to choose from. If you don’t have a season pass it’s 25.99 on Fridays, and 31.99 on Saturdays. The haunted attractions in the area range from 14 to 18 dollars so for a few dollars more you can enjoy an entire night of rides, and haunts rather than a single walk through an attraction. Hot Blooded is a returning show along with a new dark punk band called “Blood Drums”.
The full list of haunts inside the park along with the walk through zones which are scattered about include; “Holiday Horror”, which is a dark twisted spinning mix of Halloween jumbled across and through other holidays. “Mysteria” which is an indoor chain link maze formally known as Death Row. The loud sirens and flashing lights have been replaced with a darker ambient track and characters dressed in spandex bodysuits. “Carnevil” which is one of the oldest returning haunts inside the park features a dark carnival style filled with evil clowns and 3d paintings. “Club Blood” which opened a few years back is themed after a club area filled with Vampires. “Massacre Manor” is loosely based on a haunted house for sale which features several uninvited inhabitants. “Slaughter House” is a tour through slabs of meat, and crazy carnivorous cooks. “Urgent Scare” is an attraction themed inside a hospital after a plague has been set loose. “Wolf pack” which utilizes the train platform of Son of Beast is a attraction themed to look like sections of dark woods and cabins filled with what else but werewolves. “Cut throat Cove” is a quick walkthrough section filled with undead pirates. “Tombstone Territory” is a dark walk through the queue line of Whitewater Canyon in the woods filled with all things which go bump in the night. “Madame Fatales Cavern of Terror” which is KI’s newest attraction built into the only tomb raider/crypt raider motion ride. Since it is the newest attraction for the season we recommend visiting it first as it’s line is by far the greatest. Fright Passes are only a few dollars more, and if you are in a hurry are highly recommended.
Kings Island also unveiled an additional meal plan in addition to its returning fright feast called “Dead Inn Feast” which we were luckily enough to sample. It’s filled with wonderfully delightful higher end foods which offer more of a dinner experience over burgers or fast food. Some of the menu items include Chicken Marsala, Beef Tenderloin Medallions, Mashed Potatoes, Pastas, etc. It’s an all you can eat plan which gives you a great opportunity to fatten yourself up for the slaughter when you venture into the dark. The Fright Feast Meal is also returning featuring pulled pork BBQ, Chicken Breast, Corn Dogs, and other fast staple foods. More information on ticket prices, and meals are available on Kings Islands official website at www.visitkingsisland.com.
Kings Island is a sinfully savvy destination during Halloween which offers a one of a kind experience filled with horrific sights to see, and screams to be had for all. We would like to thank Kings Island for providing us with a fast pass and meal plan so that we could experience for ourselves all that Kings Island has to offer.