Things were taking a turn for ominous even at the gates of Adventureland Park as daylight waned and the media waited for a sneak peek at the theme park’s new Phantom Fall Fest.
“The gates are closed,” said Tammy Hansen, director of marketing for Adventureland, as she searched for keys.
Anyone here knows ‘goose bumps’? Andrew Fuller asked, Nexflix Show Season 1 Winner “Is This Cake?” And one of the invited to preview the new festival. He referred to the “HorrorLand” entries in RL Stine’s teen horror book series.
Gate keys were never found and Fuller and the other media were asked to enter from behind.
Fuller told the Des Moines Register once inside the theme park, “It was really my life’s dream to be trapped in an abandoned amusement park. So bringing… my love for Halloween and theme parks together, it’s just an absolute dream come true.”
What is Ghost Fall Festival?
New seasonal programming for Adventureland’s Phantom Fall Fest, 3200Adventureland Drive in Altoona, opened for the first time this weekend.
Palace Entertainment, the organization that Adventureland was purchased from the original owners Late last year, she held these fall festivals at her owned theme parks nationwide.
This family-friendly event will see the park take on a spooky tone from 6 to 11 p.m. Fridays, 1-11 p.m. Saturdays and 1-8 p.m. Sundays through October 30. Attend the event on Saturday, October 1, as a guest celebrity.
“One of the exciting things about Phantom Fall Fest is that we are going to be opening its doors later than ever,” said Alex Payne, PR Manager at Palace Entertainment. “The LED lighting package in most games, which will be on.” If you’ve ever experienced daytime riding It will be a completely different experience at night.”
What can I see at the Phantom Fall Festival?
The festival includes Halloween-themed food, a vampire DJ from Metal Metal, four haunted houses and three “scary zones,” and outdoor picnic spots around the park.
Although the Phantom Fall Fest is family-friendly, it is recommended for those 13 or older. The event also comes with a companion policy that requires anyone 17 or younger to have a companion who is 21 or older.
Haunted homes throughout the park include “mAlice in Wonderland,” “The Corn Stalkers,” “CarnEVIL,” and “Spirits of the Swamp.” According to Payne, the approximate walking time for most of these maze-like sanctuaries is five to 10 minutes depending on how long the attendees choose to move as actors and nighttime fears spread around them.
“We have hired a large number of our own people and have also worked with Gaff Box, (they are) innovators slaughterhouseas well as Binx Entertainment to be able to run some homes.”
Horror zones scattered throughout the park have themes of “Death Metal Vampires,” “Arachnophobia,” and “MasqueRAGE: The Phantom’s World.”
“The areas of fear will be mist and pillars and people will appear as you walk around,” Payne explained as he led the media into the park. Terrifying actors aren’t supposed to frighten you.”
Those interested will be able to access most of the festival’s features simply by paying for the standard park admission.
“The cool thing is that this year it’s a kind of introduction,” Hansen said. “People are going to feel it and it’s going to get bigger and better from here.”
What kind of terrible food is available?
Fun Foods, The Cone Shop, and Doc & Leon’s Diner within the park will have a variety of delicious foods for thrill seekers.
As Hansen and Payne explain, most Halloween-themed items are candy and pastry foods—with popcorn and cookies served in glow-in-the-dark buckets. Visitors can also purchase alcoholic beverages such as red wine served as “blood bags” and jello shots with the “injection injection” theme.
Also on the menu are pumpkin-flavored mini donuts and creepy candy apples, as well as an array of home-made candy in flavors like spider cotton candy, caramel apple pie and killer sweet corn that Fuller noted was one of his favorites.
“mAlice in Wonderland”: through the glass or down the rabbit hole
The staff worked to finish off other haunted houses and scary areas, so theme park officials only revealed that “mAlice in Wonderland” was the haunted house visited by the media.
This special attraction, titled Lewis Carroll’s classic novel “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” charges an additional $5, though platinum pass holders will be able to get free for the first two weekends and gold card holders will get free on the first. . weekend.
“It’s a more experimental home,” explained Bill Lintz, general manager of Adventureland. “
The house stands in the shadow of the Dragon Slayer in a spot that once housed the remains of the dragon, Journey replaced by Dragon Slayer in 2021.
Participants face Alice early and choose to take left through the looking glass or get stuck right down the rabbit hole. Depending on the path attendees take, they will encounter different scenes and fears before exiting and – if they dare – to pass again.
These actors are top notch.
Although there are haunted houses with similar themes across other Palace Entertainment properties, the dozens of actors working on “mAlice” are able to make the experience unique.
Rebecca Moews, assistant director of Binx Entertainment, which runs this house, explained: “All of the ‘Alice in Wonderland’s are rented from RWS, so you can use costumes (and) you can add them to them. The look is going to look different, especially for our main characters, because we’ve added stuff and changed the makeup. …so we added stuff. No other site has Bunny Binx. No other place as far as we know the Cheshire Cat.”
Binx Entertainment is a local variety entertainment company launched earlier this year by Amy Nichols, a performer who has worked with the magic show in Adventureland for years. Nichols’ character, Bunny Binks, has also been a part of The Slaughterhouse Haunted House in years past and has also managed to get into really well on the “Alice in Wonderland” theme.
Nichols said in a costume that mixes a wizard’s assistant and a man out of a bunny hat. “I will also be up front at the entrance to the main line to meet and greet and take pictures with people.”
Fuller, who has fought “mAlice” twice, had a great time and looks forward to making a comeback when Phantom Fall Fest opens to the public.
“‘Alice in Wonderland'[is]my feeling, it’s all,” Fuller said, “so I was expecting to be a little sad, a little more cold…but there were some actual fears that drove me.” These actors are top notch and the set design is amazing.”
For those interested in purchasing tickets, which start at $39.99, or learn more about them adventurelandresort.com.
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