Castle Dracula may rise from ashes after fire

Posted Wednesday, January 23, 2002 6:45 AM | Contributed by Rob Ascough

The owners of the Castle Dracula dark ride at Wildwood, which recently burned to the ground, have decided to rebuild the ride after hearing from fans. The ride is not expected to be open in time for this season.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2002 6:48 AM
this is good news. i rode it during the ACE convention at wildwood and it was a long ride. it also had people in there to scare you in the dark. it was a separate admission.
Wednesday, January 23, 2002 7:01 AM
I hope that the old mill/dungeon boat ride that was under the castle will be park of the plan!
Wednesday, January 23, 2002 8:38 AM
Of the two attractions... Dracula's Castle and the Dungeon Boat Ride... the Boat Ride was the creepiest of the two.  It was just down right spooky going through there.  For the most part it was silent with just a few sounds of dripping water.  The dimly lit scenes, while mostly static, were morbid and gruesom (the one with the bodies impaled on spikes would have even made old Vlad himself proud).  I too hope that any rebuilding would include the Dungeon Boat ride.

Inside, the castle was very disorienting with its different rooms and passages, however, its from its outside apperance -vs- what you saw inside, it seems like a good bit of it was not utilized (though this could be just my imagination... like I said, it was very disorienting).  The live actors, while good for "story telling" and "naration", were not extremely scary.  No one really jumped out at you etc... they just gave you more of a "guided tour".    It would be neat if a rebuilding would incorporate more "surprises"... more gruesome scenes, more dark and winding passage ways, and a little less in the way of live actors doing "scenes" (some of those were just a little hokey and not really "scary").

Wednesday, January 23, 2002 9:14 AM
looks like Sally Dark Rides will have some work to do
Wednesday, January 23, 2002 10:00 AM
YAY!  An excellent walk-through haunted house will mkae it's triumphant return!  Thank the lord!
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Wednesday, January 23, 2002 11:16 AM
Actually, there is a Sally Dark Ride (Den Of Lost Thieves) about 200 feet from the site of Castle Dracula.  Its been there for 4 or 5 years if my memory serves me correctly...
Wednesday, January 23, 2002 11:18 AM
And if I am not mistaken, you could buy tickets for Dracula's Castle, Dungeon Boat Ride and Den of Lost Thieves all at the same ticket window.   At least I think you could... we only bought for the Dungeon and the Castle... passing on Den of Lost theives for some more ride time on Great White later in the evening.
Wednesday, January 23, 2002 11:22 AM
Ya....but sally also does rehabs....just look at The Old Mill at Rye Playland.
Wednesday, January 23, 2002 12:42 PM
Yeah its great to see that they are going to rebuild that popular wildwood landmark. I did enjoy the boat ride much more than the castle as well, but they are both fun.
Wednesday, January 23, 2002 2:25 PM
do they have insurance to pay for the rebuilding of the ride?
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Wednesday, January 23, 2002 9:09 PM
I thought a Phoenix rose from the ashes! :) Honestly, I don't want that great name duplicated. This is great news. Even though I haven't been out there, I love dark rides and to see the park respond to everyone's outcry is overwhelming.
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Thursday, January 24, 2002 6:25 AM
Good for them.  I just hope Six Flags keeps La Ronde's dark rides and builds one at Worlds of Adventure.


Thursday, January 24, 2002 8:09 AM
Sorry Alex, I forgot all about that!  When someone mentions Sally Dark Rides to me, all I think of are the interactive ones.  Perhaps if Sally gets to rebuild Castle Dracula, that will change and their name will become synonymous with more traditional dark rides as well.

Or perhaps the Nickels family could "borrow" a few of the folks from Knoebels, and take advantage of their ability to create a wonderful haunted house? *** This post was edited by Rob Ascough on 1/24/2002. ***


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