-Donald, Owner/Webmaster, KIExtreme.com - The In-Depth Guide to Kings Island
PKI's FearFest the good and the bad:
The ONLY bad thing I can say is that the park needs to be DECKED out. PKI could EASILY be one of the best in the World if they decorated the park. Throughout the time you'll see just a handful of decorations. If you want more info on that stuff I wrote a detailed trip report somwhere back awhile on the place.
The GREAT is that their haunted houses are AWESOME they have one of the best mixes of styles I have seen anywhere. Try to hit everyone...if you can.
The problem with trying to hit everyone:
PKI is almost ALWAYS packed for this! I've tried every way to avoid the crowds, and they still are there. The ride lines are bad, but the mazes can get rediculous. Last year at one point the haunted mazes were 2 hours average. You do the math in how many haunted houses you can do.
My best suggestion would be try to do any of the inclosed ones as EARLY as possible (even if it's light out)and then try to hit the outdoor ones as soon as you can when it is dark.
People down in S. Ohio seem to love their haunted houses.
I do wish PKI would do an all day thing or open some of their stuff up during the day (much like CP has some indoor haunted houses open during the day.)
If you can, try to go on Friday night (most Ohioans are enjoying thier football) then go to PKI the next day for the thrills. Though I do know you said you're going on the 30th.
As for the 30th, I don't know how mush PKI has being doing their advertisement for this thing, but if worse case, I found it's usually the best to go on their first day of any haunted thing.
And remember..unlike other parks...PKI park goers come out rain, shine, hail, tornado, snow, earthquake, world ending, etc.
Last year, most of the indoor houses open around 3 PM. If you are looking to do as many as you can, get to your top pick around 2:30-2:45 and get through one fast. By night, lines can become crazy, 2+ hours. Also, last year there were a few attractions with fastpass, this ended up saving my family at least 2 hours. We ran around and got all the passes. Saved SO much time. We actually got through every single house before the end of the night! Definately take advantage of that, but they go fast!
Also, it seems they have 3 walkthough haunted areas which so be interesting to see what they do with it. Last year the "scarecrow" area was kinda lame. My favorite house is The Asylum (I think that is what they call it). It has tons of smoke and mirrors and stobes. The rest are decent.
As with when to go, I'd think Friday would be by far the best. Plus it only costs $20. Not a bad deal. Make a trip, you'll enjoy it.
Friday nights are key! Just as mentioned above. There are probably 10-12 schools in the area and they all have their games on Friday nights, and the park is pretty empty most years.
I just wish they'd bring back the psycho ward they used to do on top of the Eifel Tower. That was so awesome! A haunted trail through the ward 300ft. above the ground!
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