When this attraction first opened, it looked like it wasn’t going to survive through the season. Guests were left alone to roam the Variety Arts Theater, taking away any opportunity for the haunt to tell a story. Emergency steps were taken after the negative reviews rolled in. Ticket prices were dropped and a narrative was developed in a very short amount of time, with barely any rehearsals before hand. We didn’t know what to expect, but were surprised with the outcome and found ourselves with a sudden rush of adrenaline, having just witnessed the quick-pace and suspense of The Purge: Fear the Night.
When guests first enter they see a television broadcast talking about the events with a presentation from a newscaster who they’re about to meet. Lucky visitors will be given a special security badge which will make their experience different from everyone else. Don’t worry if you don’t get one though because there are other opportunities for guests to participate in, such as having to get a key and security card to shut down the New Founders system or helping to deliver a baby.
We were a little confused throughout the event as sometimes we thought we were being taken hostage by the New Constitutionalists and at others being saved by some anti-government establishment, in the end having to sacrifice one of our own to take down the New Founders. If it sounds confusing it was. But the main thing was it was fun.
Being a special delegate we got separated from the group and brought into another room where we were asked by a lady to help her find this guy (I don’t know if we ever found him or not). Then we got taken hostage and were forced into a shower stall where we were commanded to perform a task. Eventually we caught back up with our group and from there we ran into different situations such as being forced into the back of a truck and having to find an item item on the body of a dead man (who turns out not to be so dead).
What makes this haunt work is the reality of the actors who were convincing especially when they were barking out orders like to face a wall. The sound effects and sets were also exceptional as was the pace. Perhaps we were the only ones confused as we had not seen the movie and everything moved so fast. But that’s also what made it so real.