I'm supposed to plan for a bus trip for 30-40 college kids on Halloween weekend and I'm not sure which place to go.
I've heard positive, but limited feedback on Haunted Graveyard and would really like to hear more. Also, I've not encountered anyone that's gone to SFNE's FrightFest before, but have been to many others.
Any advice or input on either? How much time do you think a group could really spend at Haunted Graveyard? Is SFNE really that much better at Fright Fest? Thanks guys...
Unlike most parks that have a variety of haunted attractions, the graveyard is one big haunted attraction that takes about 45 minutes to experience. When you buy your ticket, you are given the option to pick your time (provided its still available) and in the style of Disney's FastPass, you are told to go to the graveyard within a certain period of time. You'll likely still wait in line but at least this system keeps things somewhat neat and tidy. You can only go through the graveyard once but the majority of the park is open from 5 to 11 so it's not like there's a shortage of things to do.
I've never been to SFNE's Halloween event but if it's like other Fright Fests, I'll take The Lake's event over that any day.
I think the "one huge haunted house" concept works very well. Not only does it feel like an adventure but it's also very well-done. I can't begin to imagine the work that goes into it each year.
I've only done it once and there were a handful of really good moments. I think it partially depends on what kind of group you are in.
Long live the Big Bad Wolf
Also, note that if you're a passholder, FrightFest is a pretty good deal since it's not an extra charge like a lot of other places, but you tend to have lower expectations because of that. SFNE's Fest has been significantly better done than GAdv's in recent years (although they spread their workers and theming too thinly, and having less would greatly improve what they have), but they both try to cater to a family-friendly event, which weakens them compared to haunts that are strictly designed for the older crowds, particularly the Universal Studios HHN event.
From the sounds of it, LC should be the better deal with the crowd you mention.
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