KI's Haunt - No entry for passholders?

Wednesday, September 26, 2007 12:55 PM
To be fair, I had pretty low expectations. But, they *were* exceeded.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2007 1:10 PM
The KI site also goes on to say this...

"CAN I USE MY 2008 SEASON PASS THIS YEAR?
No. 2008 Season Passes will not be valid for use during the remainder of the 2007 season.

WHEN CAN I USE MY 2008 SEASON PASS?
Your 2008 Season Pass can be used on any public operating days from April through October in 2008 (excluding Halloween Haunt).

IS HALLOWEEN HAUNT INCLUDED IN A SEASON PASS?
Halloween Haunt is free with a 2007 Season Pass but there will be a separate admission for this event in 2008."


William W. Gray, CuratorWhitewater Valley RailroadConnersville, Indiana

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007 1:18 PM
boblogone's avatar Haunt tickets for Knott's are $26/$29 with coupons sent to the pass-holders. Limit 60, 30 of each price. ;)
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Wednesday, September 26, 2007 2:04 PM
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Brian Noble said:
To be fair, I had pretty low expectations. But, they *were* exceeded.

Heh. I'm pretty easily amused. They should have no problem distracting me with shiny objects.


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Wednesday, September 26, 2007 2:05 PM
eightdotthree's avatar They had cool characters, the music is freaking catchy, and they have these little pumpkin cars that ride around that are cute. Its for kids, its a fun little thing.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2007 2:09 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

Its for kids...

I just happen to have a couple of those lying around here somewhere! :)

Silly fun for kids? I'm in.


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Wednesday, September 26, 2007 2:36 PM
Since those Halloween events get pretty crowded, I'd have no problem with parks charging all people, including season pass holders. If anything, give those people a small discount, a second day one-half off or something like that.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2007 2:39 PM
Yes Halloween Haunt will be a up charge next year, but the price will not be as high as what most people would think. :)

This year will be amazing in comparison to years past.


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Wednesday, September 26, 2007 3:06 PM
The music of the CP parade is darn catchy, and an original piece, besides. The "rock dude" float was also pretty cool.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2007 3:48 PM
eightdotthree's avatar "Right Here! Right before your very eyes! Right Now!"

Its still stuck in my head.


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Sunday, October 7, 2007 2:58 AM
Lord Gonchar's avatar OK, so I just got back from the Haunt at KI.

I'll spare the full-blown review, but let me just say they're gonna have to step it WAY up if they expect me (as a passholder) to pay to attend in '08.


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Sunday, October 7, 2007 9:49 AM
Just thought I'd throw this in, as Wonderland has always had thier Halloween event be ticketed seperately.

The park is open to the GP (passholders free of course) from 10-5 on Sat and Sun in October. It then closes and re-opens 7-midnight for Halloween Haunt. Haunt costs $26.95 for GP and $21.95 for passholders provided you buy online ahead of time. That's half the price of the usual gate admission ticket.

One more reminder, your season-pass parking will work for the regular part of the day from 10-5, but is not valid for parking during Halloween Haunt.

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Sunday, October 7, 2007 9:54 AM

Lord Gonchar said:OK, so I just got back from the Haunt at KI.I'll spare the full-blown review, but let me just say they're gonna have to step it WAY up if they expect me (as a passholder) to pay to attend in '08.

Thats what my brother said Gonch, He said it was a joke compared to the FEAR FEST which was actually scary sometimes. No way he'd pay extra for that.

Chuck

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Sunday, October 7, 2007 10:50 AM
CPLady's avatar So if one were to go to KI for the day and expected to stay for the haunt, they'd have to leave the park at 5 pm for two hours and then come back and 7 pm?

I'd rather die living than live like I'm dead

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Sunday, October 7, 2007 12:37 PM
^That hasn't been decided yet but it is a possibility. The other possibility is that they do a wristband system (like Disney does) where at a certain time you would not be allowed into the ride queues without them and sometime later (usually an hour) security would start actively escorting the wristbandless out of the park.

2020 Trips: Canceled by Corona

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Sunday, October 7, 2007 12:59 PM
Kick The Sky's avatar I have been to Haunt out at KBF one time and if they do even half of what they do at KBF at KI, it will be worth the upcharge. I do not know how KI will handle it as it is a seasonal park, but KBF is usually open to passholders during the day. None of the Haunt characters are out during that time.

What you are getting in the upcharge at Knott's is three special shows, about ten different mazes, and you get the best wandering spooks I have ever seen anywhere. You also get a few rides that are modified for Haunt, like the Mine Train and log rides. They also had a haunted queue for Jaguar!.

I see the upcharge Halloween event becoming a norm in the amusement industry. Disney, Universal, and now more and more Cedar Fair is doing it. (Is Busch doing it too?)

Bottom line, though, is the residents of Southern Ohio should be really excited because this could be really good for the park.


Certain victory.

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Sunday, October 7, 2007 1:06 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

Bottom line, though, is the residents of Southern Ohio should be really excited because this could be really good for the park.

Yeah, that's what I thought too.


I have been to Haunt out at KBF one time and if they do even half of what they do at KBF at KI, it will be worth the upcharge.

Apparently, they're not. :(


What you are getting in the upcharge at Knott's is three special shows, about ten different mazes, and you get the best wandering spooks I have ever seen anywhere.

I think KI was claiming 13 attractions (7 mazes, 3 zones and 3 shows).

There was a serious lack of wandering characters and the ones that were there did pretty much nothing but wander.

If what I saw last night is what they plan on charging for next year....well.....ugh.


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Sunday, October 7, 2007 6:17 PM
Knotts requires the services of literally hundreds of actors during Haunt. They are not volunteers,and they are not cheap, not to mention the scores of makeup and wardrobe artists. It is no small feat putting this on every year as they have had for the last 35 years. It becomes essentially a second gate, because the experience is totally different than what you would have encoutered during the day. It is not unrealistic that they charge seperately for Haunt. As far as having to leave the park and then come back in, the time is needed to "flip" the park, as many of the effects are concealed or backstage during the day.
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Sunday, October 7, 2007 6:24 PM
If they upcharge next year, there will almost certainly be a major boost to the event quality as well.
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Sunday, October 7, 2007 7:04 PM
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Dutchman said:
Knotts requires the services of literally hundreds of actors during Haunt. They are not volunteers,and they are not cheap, not to mention the scores of makeup and wardrobe artists.

Not to mention one of the largest local markets for out of work actors and makeup artists in the world!!!

Certain victory.

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