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Wings

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It's been eleven years of Howl-O-Scream there have been alot of different attractions, which was your favorite? Why?

Mine would have to be Masquerage because I liked the way they seperated you at the end to go through those long strobe Hallways. It was a very unique tactic and I wish they tried it again.
 
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I've only been 3 times, but I have to say that I loved it when they used the train as part of the scares. It wasn't too scary, but it was scary enough and great!
 
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EASY! Back in 03 or 04 (maybe both) the train ride was the story of the headless horseman coupled with several scary areas (mainly at the stations and in some of the open areas along the way) where employees milled about with chainsaws and the like. I loved that ride eventhough it wasn't overly scary because they captured the the employee's best decorative and acting efforts and it was clearly the largest scaled effort theyve ever undergone as it spanned the entire park and certain parts of the show along the railway had to be timed perfectly for certain characters or people on horses or in carriages to run or ride by.


Ever since that year they've slowly dumbed it down by removing the story, then later removing the real people along the way, to it not even being an attraction this year. Very sad!
 
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Wolfpack017 said:
EASY! Back in 03 or 04 (maybe both) the train ride was the story of the headless horseman coupled with several scary areas (mainly at the stations and in some of the open areas along the way) where employees milled about with chainsaws and the like. I loved that ride eventhough it wasn't overly scary because they captured the the employee's best decorative and acting efforts and it was clearly the largest scaled effort theyve ever undergone as it spanned the entire park and certain parts of the show along the railway had to be timed perfectly for certain characters or people on horses or in carriages to run or ride by.


Ever since that year they've slowly dumbed it down by removing the story, then later removing the real people along the way, to it not even being an attraction this year. Very sad!

I too STILL talk about the headless horseman they had riding along the train. I'm not sure if it was that year or not, but sometime around that, the train actually was pretty awesome and it seemed like a lot of work went into it. There was a hurricane scene (right after Isabel through...hmmmm...so it was pretty scary for a different reason) and when you went over the bridge you could hear the supports popping (which was super scary to me). I miss the old train.

I'm a show snob, so I've got to say that Monster Stomp is the best HOS thing going. No matter how the mazes turned out, Monster Stomp has always been consistantly good. Fright Lights was fun, the second season of Aaron Radditz (when it got scary) was interesting, and the Festhaus show three seasons ago with the Frog Prince and the 'dolls' was fantastic.

Jessica
 

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I agree, there is pros and cons of them taking away the Nightmare Express. It did give you a very cool themed ride to go on, but with it not running, you get the train to transport yourself around the park, not just before 6PM.
 

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Wings said:
I agree, there is pros and cons of them taking away the Nightmare Express. It did give you a very cool themed ride to go on, but with it not running, you get the train to transport yourself around the park, not just before 6PM.

Ya, I though about that when I was there last night. It also allows people who don't particularly like haunts to get around the park easier (like the person I went with yesterday). Also, I noticed something interesting while on the train last night. One of the recordings still called it "Jack's Nightmare Express".
 
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the train hands down when it was spooky but yet i like the new version too, me and my lil sis singin along to halloween songs, oh and of course jack is back has got to be my fav show there and i guess my fav maze of all time would have to be wicked woods i lurved the theme of it
 
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Yeah, I loved Wicked Woods, too! That was super well done- I wish they would bring it back. That butcher scared me to pieces...
I loved Jack's Nightmare Express, I REALLY hope that they bring it back this year, it was one of my faves from when I started going there back in 2003, when I was 6.
 

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That isn't the only thing though... It makes getting around the park (what the train is for) much, much harder. Maybe if they only did the section from Festa to New France it would be ok.
 
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yeah i guess that would be a problem, but i like your idea about havin a section of it scary, but theres also the skyride that people can go on
 

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I'm sorry, but the skyride as a transport ride is a joke. Most days it has a longer wait then most of the coasters.
 
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well i like the skyride and i haven't really been in a long line for it, but i see your point sorta, but it is a good way to see the park from above and it does transport you to different parts of the park
 

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I agree that it is a great ride in the park, but having it as the only transport ride is not a good idea. Especially seeing that they don't let people stay on.
 
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No, I like the idea of the sky ride as transport- what I feel like is that if you don't wanna be scared, then you don't need to be there in the first place. I really want them to amp it up and make it so no where is safe- bring the kids in the summer time, and the older folks can go then, too, but for the people who actually want it to be scary, they need to make it as big as possible this year- it is Howl-O-SCREAM.
 

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As much as I want that to happen Erin, it wouldn't. Though I refuse think its a "Kids Park" really in the first place. Busch Gardens needs to look on the business side so that people can still go and experience the normality throughout the operating hours of the park. Its kind of like you going to a pool party, but you don't want to go in the pool. But in order to go to the party, you have to go in the pool.
 

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Well put Wings. I know people who refuse to go to Busch during the summer because of the heat. What about them?
 
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Swiftman said:
Well put Wings. I know people who refuse to go to Busch during the summer because of the heat. What about them?
They can go in the Spring, or in the fall from 10-5. Easy.
 
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