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IMO all parks need more spider webs, which are very cheap.
Take all the trash or ride parts that don't work and spice up the working rides.
Make the park(s) look run down.
Find a part of the park where people are use to "just walking by" and scare the crap out of them there or make them look and have a feeling about it.
LOTS of fog...CP use to do this but cut WAYYyy back now (with the exception of Fright Zone.) But the whole park use to have it.
MUST have scary sound effects everywhere. Kennywood and SFWoA do that best.
GET RID OF THE WHITE LIGHT CP!!! It makes a HUGE difference if the park changes all their light bulbs (or at least some). Make them red, green, orange, etc. Just look at what it did for Kennywood. White light makes it like any other summer night.
Halloween food. Sumores/Hot Cider/etc. This year CP did a pretty good job at that.
As for the haunted houses themselves I have been to well over 200 of them now, and know quite a bit from the good and the bad. There is 1000's of things parks can do but in short I would say get away from the average human behavior. Most people stick their arms out in front and just walk and look around. MAKE the person go up, make them go down, make them smell, make them feel things, make them crawl. When a haunted house does that, THAT is when people come out going "WOW!!" PKI actually started to get a good feel on that this past 2003 season.
Soooo many things Sooooo little time to scare people.
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Maybe you need to head to Orlando in October.
I'm sure most parks can say, "Well we don't have that kind of money." But there are SOOoo many ways to be creative at Halloween and have just as good if not better of an experience.
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Since you've been to so many haunted houses, what is your favorite house or Halloween theme park event? Thanks.
I agree on the lighting and the fog, but keep the scares to the haunted houses and trails. The whole world doesn't enjoy being attacked by something oozing blood and guts ...
One major reason CP's haunts aren't great is that they are sometimes understafed. It's no fun when you are traversing winding corridors awaiting to be startled and nothing jumps out at you.
I don't see much wrong with the outside decorations and scenes. They really add a nice touch.
Last I was there was '99 and 2000. I remember there being a lot of colored gels over the white lights (heck, I remember putting them there, as I was on the decorating team). Has they not been doing this recently?
Having designed and worked in my local haunts in my younger years, and being lucky enough to be able to work at CP's "Toxic Tunnel of Terror", and Universal's "RUN", I can honestly say that CP's haunts are well done but just not the best. It would do them some good to go to a few haunted attractions to get some ideas.
Egyptian aliens do not scare me.
I will balance the last statement with, toxic sewer monsters do scare me. Don't think for one second that I am bashing CP.
His layout is good, but the scares and length of his designes are terrible.
Trust me, I know first hand about this.........Ive worked with him.
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