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Howl-O-Scream 2015

08/02/15 at 11:47pm in Howl-O-Scream 2015
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Although Cornstalkers is a good maze, I would hardly call it an original idea. As long as Busch Gardens makes it their own, and is successful, I see no issue. I am a little bit concerned about how far the park will go by using Root Of All Evil as a template for "Cornered".

It is a very versatile layout, but if it is too similar to ROAE, it will suffer from "Zombie Mortuary syndrome". That means the maze could be only two years old, but in the view of regular guests, it would seem much older. That being said, I think the storyline (if there is one) could be much more cohesive an understandable as a corn maze. That way, guests don't have to be confused about what the creatures are supposed to be.

I don't expect too much from the "Unearthed" maze, because it sounds like an icon house. Icon houses in Tampa usually have only lasted for one year in the past. Also, the Europe in the Air building lends itself to the theme already. It could be a near-repeat of "Cavern of Darkness", which had very little extra scenery. I hope they use the building to it's full potential so that we don't end up with another "repeat effect" like with many other re-purposed mazes. I hope I am wrong though. The park still manages to surprise me all the time (whether it's a good or bad surprise).

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08/02/15 at 11:55pm in Howl-O-Scream 2015
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It wouldn't be BGW's first rodeo(no pun intended) with a corn/scarecrow themed maze either. The third outside house in Festhaus park(the name escapes me at the moment) in 2009/2010 was themed to scarecrows and corn. I do have some good memories of that maze. For an outside maze in an open field, I found it to be considerably scary given its setting, and obvious low budget.
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08/03/15 at 07:32am in Howl-O-Scream 2015
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Are we gonna be able to do all 7 houses in one night?
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08/03/15 at 07:55am in Howl-O-Scream 2015
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I don't see why not if you know what you're doing. The first few weekends will be easier than the last.

By the last few weekends, its probably going to be better if you have quick queue though. :/ Which is a shame for people, like me who don't want to spend that sort of money.

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08/03/15 at 09:05am in Howl-O-Scream 2015 (Latest Edit: 08/03/15 at 09:06am by CastleOSullivan.)
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(08/03/15 07:32am)Rob28 Wrote:  Are we gonna be able to do all 7 houses in one night?

I think that would be a difficult task, if at all possible. I would suggest that you watch the shows in the daytime, because you probably won't have time for both after the event starts officially. My strategy for Howl-O-Scream is as follows: First, I head towards Bitten. Bitten has shorter lines when it first opens, because people usually take longer to get to that area. I assume that rule will also apply for the new "LumberHack" maze, since it's in the same general area.

Right after you are finished in Festhaus Park, go to to "Cornered". That will have a long line before it opens, but they usually get the flow going after half an hour or so. After that, it would be a good time to backtrack. Although Catacombs is the closest maze, it will have the longest lines in the middle of the evening, so wait to do that later.

Instead, go to either Cut Throat Cove or Deadline. I would start with whichever maze you want most between the two. Cut Throat Cove should be dark enough by now, and the line should be moving at a good pace. If you have to buy a single-house quick queue ticket, buy it for this at the Tempesto/Apollo's Chariot gift shop.

Now that Cut Throat Cove (if you opted to do that maze) is out of the way, head over to Deadline. This line usually moves very fast even if the queue looks full. Once this is over, you should still have some time to spare.

Since you have to go through Ireland to finish the last two mazes, check if the wait time for "Unearthed" is still long. If so, go towards Catacombs. The line for Catacombs is usually dead (no pun intended) at the end of the night.

By now, your time will probably be running out, so hurry (don't run) to "Unearthed." The line may still be long, depending on the popularity and other various factors during that night. However, once you are in a line for something, they will not kick you out. I know there have been many cases where employees have had to leave the park at 2 AM due to the excess number of people waiting in line for mazes in that building.

Now, if you were successful, congratulations! You have completed all of the haunted houses in one night! Remember, the shows are also very good, and definitely worth seeing, but try to do those mostly before 6 PM, or you might not have time to do all of the houses without sacrificing one or two.

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08/03/15 at 10:35am in Howl-O-Scream 2015
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I've successfully completed all the mazes at KD in one night, many times, without a fright-lane pass.  I know their event is 2 hours longer than ours, but most of their houses do not open until 7pm, really only making their event 1 hour longer than ours and they had 9 houses last year.
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08/03/15 at 03:21pm in Howl-O-Scream 2015
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I've never had any problem at either event, but I never watch the shows and I always get QQ/FrightLane.

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08/03/15 at 09:40pm in Howl-O-Scream 2015 (Latest Edit: 08/03/15 at 09:41pm by Eric.)
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Looks like there is going to be a haunted house in Europe in the Air this year. It was closed today and a sign near the attraction said they were preparing for howl-o-scream.


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08/03/15 at 09:45pm in Howl-O-Scream 2015
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Did a certain admin ride it all day like he promised? Or did he just wait for it to close and weasel his way out of it...

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08/03/15 at 10:42pm in Howl-O-Scream 2015
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I don't think there was ever any conclusive evidence proving that the new ride wasn't a flat Joe. Thus providing Zachary an out.

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08/03/15 at 11:11pm in Howl-O-Scream 2015 (Latest Edit: 08/03/15 at 11:12pm by Zachary.)
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08/03/15 at 11:32pm in Howl-O-Scream 2015 (Latest Edit: 08/03/15 at 11:33pm by Matthew.)
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Well, I'd like to bring up the topic about the Fright Feast/Blood Banquet situation. Just a recap of this eventful emotional roller coaster we've been on over the park's HOS dinner theaters: From first looks it seemed that Fright Feast was cut and Blood Banquet was going to be the only one returning, but then we heard that Blood Banquet would also be cut. Then I released some info that said Blood Banquet would be returning in more of a Fright Feast form to the Vampire Point Hotel. But then we were told Fright Feast would remain in its location(Castle O' Sullivan) and just be renamed to Blood Banquet. But I have found evidence today that says otherwise.

A permit has been filed for a "performance platform in Germany" which points to the stage being built in front of the Willkomenhaus, like it was last year for Blood Banquet. The description for the permit can be found below:

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But I went seeking to double check the evidence I just found. So I went looking for an almost identical permit that was filed last year for Blood Banquet, and sure enough, I found it. Here's the 2014 version of the permit description for the Blood Banquet Stage:

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So based off the evidence I've collected here, my consensus is that Fright Feast will be more or less "moving" to Vampire Point Hotel, in Rhinefeld, and the dinner theater experience will be called "Blood Banquet."

Do I believe that statement will stay 100% true? Well, no. With the seemingly infinite amount of curveballs we've been thrown about this situation, I wouldn't be surprised if the situation changed yet again.
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08/03/15 at 11:56pm in Howl-O-Scream 2015 (Latest Edit: 08/03/15 at 11:57pm by redheadtanman.)
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Official applications for permits

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08/04/15 at 12:27am in Howl-O-Scream 2015
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new leads for fiends and night beats this year - major changes to night beats
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08/04/15 at 12:31am in Howl-O-Scream 2015
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(08/03/15 11:11pm)Zachary Wrote:  It will be done... eventuallyTM!
Well be that as it may.
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