The Knott's Scary Farm Halloween Haunt MC MEET
Note: This Trip report contains pictures of gory Halloween set pieces that some may find offensive. If you are easily offended consider yourself warned.When the MC'ers get togethr to have some fun in Disneyland it's great fun. When they visit other parks it's no different. For those brave enough there was a MiceChat Knott's Scary Farm meet held to kick off the Halloween season here in Southern California.
Other Note: Due to the nature of the mazes and out of respect for the actors in the mazes I refused to use flash unless specifically given permission. So please forgive the poor quality of most of the maze photos.
Many Mc'ers attended the meet (about 40 total).* Better still a few MiceChat folks were working the event! So we had a few friends hiding in dark corners to jump out and give us a good scare.
We began the evening by checking in for our V.I.P. Prescare dinner reservation at 4:30.
Slowly everyone showed up to the meeting area and I gave out everyone's tickets and Dinner stickers.
Dusty tells Kenny, "You gonna be scared!"
PirateMunkee ready for the scares
Dusty tells Kenny, "You gonna be scared!"
PirateMunkee ready for the scares
Afew peeps were running late but it was okay they let the rest of the group in, no worries.*
Walking into dinner
Walking into dinner
The Buffet dinner was a little crazy at first but it mellowed out.* The service was great and the monsters were a ton of fun.* One even hopped onto MCow1's lap.
Soon enough it was time to venture out into the fog and wait to be released into the park. Monster's worked the crowd into to a frenzy of anticipation. They were great! The chain was dropped and we ventured out into the thick fog of Ghost Town.
Paige and, uh... yeah.
PirateMunkee led us to our first destination; PYROMAIAX, aka The Log Ride.
Throughout this Trip report I give my rating of each Maze or Haunted ride on a scale from 1 to 10. 1=Terrible and 10=PERFECT
Furthermore, if you want to go to Haunt totally spoiler free, you may just want to skip this Trip Report. Otherwise, read on!
Deeogee'sMom eyed by a monster
The Gang in line
Dusty ready for the scares
Pyromaniax was really very good. Pretty much the same as last year but still wonderful.
First timer's loved it.
On to The Mine Train.
BLACK WIDOW'S CAVERN: 5
This one was a little weak this year. The effects were actually very good, the talent was fine, but the usually climactic race through the tail end of the ride was pretty anti climactic.
So we met up then with Chernabog and his boyfriend, B.J. We all decied that since we had one hour before the hanging that we would begin the Maze tour by hitting the first new maze of the night, Quarantine. We also knew that our pal Kritter was working this maze and we wanted to say hey to him.
Princess626 and I both have a horrible fear of Zombie's and Zombie like behavior. Hence, this maze was the one she and I feared the most.
THIS WAS ONE SCARY MAZE. It is based on the New film Quarantine. The story of the film turns the conventional Zombie film on it's ear. In the general Zombie movie people are trapped inside while the Zombies are outside trying to get in. However, in Quarantine a group of people are trapped inside an apartment building WITH the zombies. If they try to escape the building the police are ready to shoot them onsite. What caused the outbreak and how can they escape?
The Maze began with a very poorly staged opening bit. A female reporter explains the setup to the crowd via a live actress lip synching to a prerecorded voice over. Once this bit is over the crowd is released into the maze and all heck breaks loose.
Through the screams and hysterics we found our dear Kritter and he took a picture with me. Even though I knew who he was, I was terrified to even look at him.
Kritter gives me a zombie hug.
It took the average guest 7-10 minutes to get through this maze. PirateMunkee clocked Princess626 an I at about 2 minutes 30 seconds.
After gaining my composure the group decided that, to calm me down, we would visit the next maze in the circuit; The KILLER CLOWN COLLEGE.
KILLER CLOWN COLLEGE: 7
This was another great maze. A few changes from last year, but basically the same. Those clowns could smell blood.
LOST VEGAS: 7
Next was Lost Vegas in 3-D. Solid. The talent in this one was consistantly STRONG and FUN. It was just as much about having fun with the crowds as it was scaring them. AWESOME.
Paige makes another friend
It was now about 7:45-ish and time for the Hanging. Little did I know what surprise would await me, and really all of us when we got there.
I pulled out the wonderful magical light up sword Dusty bought for me and led the group to the Hanging.
We got there and low, two of our favorite people, who originally said they wouldn't be able to make it, were there. MickeMaxx and Rixter!
This was awesome! As I waved the sword to signal other MC'ers more showed up.
Soon Jon Autopsy showed up to say hello!
Jon and the Gang!
Then the show began.
THE HANGING: "Oil's Well that ends well": 8
Javier Bardem showed up
Michael Phelps gets one too many medals
Wall-E showed up
The Joker played a big part in the show
Daniel Day Lewis screaming that he'd drink our milkshake
Of course nothing is sacred during the Hanging and it was pretty dang funny. The talent was amazing and the energy was off the charts. Great, great show.
As the crowd dissipated I waved the magic sword and a few more MC'ers showed up. We quickly headed off to the next in the grand circle tour of mazes, Corn Stalkers.
CornStalkers was a ver creepy, very atmospheric maze. many of the switrchbacks of the maze were built with cornstalks which gave the impression you were in the middle of no where and crazy scarecrowes were popping out from al over the place.
Rixter and MickeyMaxx about to go into their first Maze
A very impressive new maze. The Monsters were hoppin, the setting was spooky and the scares were consistent.
The end of CornStalkers landed us in Camp Snoopy. After a quick bathroom break we made our way across the front of the park and to the next Three NEW mazes, Labyrinth, The SlaughterHouse and Alien Annihilation.
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This was a brilliantly inventive maze that is based on storybooks and fairy tales. Clever reuse of some of the elements from last year's Fear Tales in the old spot of Lore of the Vampire made for a romantic, macabre, mysterious wandering.
The Talent was TOP NOTCH. Just amazing. This one needs a little more massaging but is solid, especially for fans of fantasy
THE SLAUGHTERHOUSE: 5
The set up of a cannibalistic meat house is promising. But there seemed to be problems in this one. There were long stretches of walking through shredded cloth. The talent tried, they really did. But I think the problem in this one lies somewhere in the neutering of the execution. It had the promise of being really scary but simply wasn't.
ALIEN ANNIHILATION: 5
Alien Annihilation is an upsale 3D/Lasertag maze. We had the glasses from Lost Vegas maze but nobody opted for the guns and it was enjoyable all the same.
It was then that I heard from Larasound and his wife. They were waiting in front of the Ghostrider Roller coaster to join us on the maze tour. We got to them and headed off to the Tandem mazes, THE ASYLUM and the new CLUB BLOOD.
Crazy Bird lady
THE ASYLUM: 6
I have never been a fan of this maze for some reason, although this year was much better than last year's incarnation. Thing is, I am creeped out by the whole Sanatorium idea. But the scares never seem to come. It's all gross out stuff with nothing more than a few good jolts if that.
CLUB BLOOD: 7
A visit to a vampire night club and a tour, inexplicably through the maternity ward of a Vampire hospital are the two big highlights of this maze. The Themeing was GREAT and the Monster's were FABULOUS. There isn't a team that matches the passion and mystique that the vampires has. The Vampires love their job and it shows. Alurring and sexy and scary. Fun stuff.
Skywaygrl enjoys herself
We only had two more mazes left.
So we took a quick break for bathrooms and caffine before heading off to The DOll Factory and 13 Axe Murder Manor.
Hey there good lookin'
THE DOLL FACTORY: 8
Always a solid maze, The Doll Factory is the only maze that comes close to matching the Vampires as far as passion for the scare. The Dolls in this maze are creepy and they KNOW it. The wonderful Doll girls are back and are truly AMAZING. This one had zingers throughout and built up to a brilliant end. ANOTHER GREAT JOB!
SunnyGirl laugh's through the screams
13 AXE MURDER MANOR: 5
I wish I could say that the last year of this brilliant maze will be rememberd as it's best. Sadly I cannot. The first half of the maze through the house is AWESOME. Dusty brought up the point that this was actually the ONLY maze that was an actual Haunted House. The haunted house part of it was GREAT. The second half through the graveyard left a little to be desired.
And that was it for the Mazes.
At this point the group divided into smaller groups to go off and do different things.
SOme wanted to go catch the show in the Charles Schultz Theatre called "FANGS!", while others wanted to try out the new POny Express roller coaster.
I joined the POny Express group and gave this new ride a whirl. After about a 20 minute wait we were on... and off.
The ride's seating is the gimmick. Nothing else. Interesting enough but the ride lasts a mere 30 seconds which is slightly less than Montezuma's Revenge.
While the group was still in the Fangs show we all then moved on to repeat a few things that MickeyMaxx and Rixter didn't get to do. We headed back to the Log Ride.
Rixter didn't like a haunted RIDE as opposed to the mazes because, as he said, "You can't get away from them" on the rides.
We then made him go through the Quarantine Maze. He seemed to really like it. This also gave us a chance to tell Kritter goodbye for the night and thanks for the scares.
It was time to go. Anders, Sunnygirl, Paige Dusty and myself headed back to the car and piled in filled with the wonderful memories of a frightful evening.
This year's MC Haunt Meet was WONDERFUL. Everyone was such good sports during the Maze Death March. Like troopers we all trudged through tirelessly to get the crud scared out of us and it was AWESOME!
Thanks to all who showed up and joined in the fun. And most of all THANK YOU to the AMAZINGLY talented Monsters that work the haunt for next to nothing because the LOVE to scare people up a screaming good time. You are all royalty in my book and you make my year. Thank you so much for showing our group such an amazing time and for going particularly hard on the Haunt virgins
Again, THANK YOU!!!
(spot the hidden mickey)