Kings Dominion haunt attraction offends families of miners

Posted Monday, October 28, 2013 9:00 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Kings Dominion's "Miner's Revenge" haunted attraction has drawn criticism from the families of miners who have lost relatives in recent years due to accidents. A representative of United Mine Workers of America also criticized the attraction. According to the amusement park's website, Miner's Revenge is based on miners who died trapped in the underground coal mines, seeking revenge when their rescue was deemed too dangerous.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013 4:43 PM

OMG, KD announced they are doing away with the miners haunt next year due to outcry of it being offensive. Seriously, KD grow a pair. SMH

People actually started a petition to have it shut down. Ridiculous. I say we start a petition to shut down the petition against shutting the haunt down.

Thursday, October 31, 2013 2:48 AM
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Did someone say petition? I'm kind of an expert in that.

Last edited by Vater, Thursday, October 31, 2013 2:48 AM
Thursday, October 31, 2013 2:59 AM
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At least it wasn't based on dead minors.

Maybe it should be...

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:50 AM

The La Llorona haunts at Halloween Horror Nights feature plenty of dead children.

Last edited by TimChat2, Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:50 AM

"Thank the Phoneticians!"

Thursday, October 31, 2013 9:38 AM
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How could you build a haunted attraction without offending someone?

Strange. I recall about a year ago, I was daydreaming about building an amusement park here in WV, and I thought about themes for a darkride shooter. The ghost mine idea was my favorite, themeing it to a collapsed mine that was haunted by dead coal miners. I saw the problem with that even before this Kings Dominion story came out. I knew that it would offend some people. I must be psychic.

Friday, November 1, 2013 6:13 PM

What I don't hear in any of these stories, is that "Miner's Revenge" Haunt Attraction was created at the Cedar Fair corporate level by a central creative team that comes up with the ideas, concepts, and themes for the Haunt Attractions for the 10 out of the 11 Cedar Fair parks that have Halloween events. (Whether these folks are based in Sandusky or Knott's, or spread between those two locations, I'm not sure. They could include folks from other parks in the chain as well).

"Miner's Revenge" premiered at Canada's Wonderland in 2007 and ran for 6 years before being retired there and then rotated to Kings Dominion for 2013. Many props for this maze were passed on to KD to use in their version. (Course, most parks have to customize and build the haunt attraction to fit on/in the site/structure the park has chosen for it).

From my understanding, no mass complaints were filed against Canada's Wonderland for having "Miner's Revenge" running for 6 years in a row.

To be honest, what true haunt story is not based off of some tragic event?

Last edited by mwh28, Friday, November 1, 2013 6:17 PM
Friday, November 1, 2013 7:10 PM
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I'm offended by Black Diamond at Knoebels, and I'd like it re-themed.

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Saturday, November 2, 2013 2:45 AM
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Saturday, November 2, 2013 2:47 AM
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^People like that guy are what's wrong with society.

Saturday, November 2, 2013 8:40 AM

Until he says "black" and the guy on the other side of the counter gets offended by it.

Saturday, November 2, 2013 11:03 PM
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^^Yes. Certainly not the wage gap or poor education or politicians in the pocket of big business.

Edit: or a poorly informed, apathetic, divided populace who thinks the small issues are the big ones... ;)

Last edited by ApolloAndy, Sunday, November 3, 2013 8:39 AM

Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."

Sunday, November 3, 2013 9:21 PM
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Also, that's a cartoon and not a real guy.


Sunday, November 3, 2013 11:14 PM

I am a very sensitive person in some aspects. I can see, for instance, why people were disgusted because Pennhurst opened a haunted attraction when so many people there were abused, tortured, raped, probably murdered, etc. It seemed in very poor taste to capitalize on such deplorable events. I get it. MWH has the idea though: these attractions ALL capitalize on blood, gore, tragedy, fear, etc. Really, unless you are offended by all things haunt, how can you be offended by just one? And again, if you don't like it, don't go in it!

"Look at us spinning out in the madness of a roller coaster" - Dave Matthews Band

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 4:37 PM
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If corporations are people, why aren't cartoons also "people"?

P.S. The only color that really matters is green - the rest is diversionary tactics.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 7:32 PM
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bunky666 said:

And again, if you don't like it, don't go in it!

But I should be able to go anywhere at anytime and not ever be offended by anything!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 8:42 PM
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Meh. I don't really buy that argument. There are certain things that are simply wrong, whether or not I choose to patronize those particular businesses. I mean, you could defend segregated restaurants by saying, "If you don't like it, just don't go in."

Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."

Thursday, November 7, 2013 7:11 PM

Well, yes, that is true to a degree, Andy. However, I think it is a little different to use the argument to defend human rights violations than to use it in terms of an entertainment venue with content that could be deemed offensive.

"Look at us spinning out in the madness of a roller coaster" - Dave Matthews Band


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