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Park News - (9/30/13) A reader took on this year’s Terror in the Wild haunt at Wild Adventures and shared their review of the event and it’s haunts for everyone.
I am going to start out the review for Terror In The Wild by saying they actually did a lot better this year with some of their haunts. I would like to rate everything in the event using my Scare-O-Meter which basically gives the haunt either a rating of 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 scare rating. Now first are going to talk about Haunted Houses and Trails and then we will talk about all the Scare Zones that they had throughout the park.
Ashkra The Witch Is Back - I found that this haunted trail was definitely a lot more better than it was in many other years with the atmosphere being much more darker with a lot more detail put into the creepy buildings they used. I also loved that the scare actors were a little more creepy looking especially some of the ones that reminded me of the girl from The Ring with them also having a good amount this year and them definitely hiding a lot better causing extreme scaring when they jump out. The part that definitely scared me the most was going inside the witches home that had a closet with a clothes rack that had feet under it and they expected you to walk through it but of course everyone being so scared refused to. With that in mind they had a hoard of people attacking you including a guy crawling out from under the clothing rack after you and creatures coming out from different corners behind you. After you make it through that you end up walking through a sheet maze that has a few evil things waiting for you when you move some of the sheets out of the way. Either way this offered a very gothic eerie environment with lots of creepy twists and turns with also people jumping out of unexpected places which is why I rate this a scare rating of 5.
House Of Oblivion - I actually enjoyed the new House Of Oblivion haunt because it had many confusing twists and turns with some pretty unexpected things that happen in it. The atmosphere in this house was nothing but darkness everywhere because it was actually a pretty dark haunt with as I said before many confusing twists and turns with the use of darkness and a strobe light. I actually felt there was a slight bit lack of scare actors in this haunted house but there are some pretty good spots where they do have scare actors that blend in pretty well allowing for an all out scare. I especially loved the caged area with the dude who comes out of no where and starts making sparks come across the cages which definitely gave a pretty good scare to me and most of the group. The big thing that really freaked me out in this haunted house would be the last part where they actually require you to get down on your hands and knees and crawl through a completely dark never ending maze not being able to see where you are going at all. After all that the maze basically ends but having to sit there and crawl through a completely dark tiny squeezed maze it definitely gives a whole new level to claustrophobia so I will give this haunt a 4.
The Ghost Train - I definitely have to say The Ghost Train was a bit better this year but definitely could have used a few more scare actors cause I felt there was a bit too many empty spaces. The atmosphere for this was basically a mix of zombies and dark spirits that come from the grave which I definitely felt was the most awesome part of The Ghost Train experience. This year they used a lot more props and things for the train which they had not done the previous year including some crashed trucks with zombies eating people and jumping out at you. Also they included a creepy gothic graveyard this year that had a pretty disturbing looking evil spirit that showed itself from behind the darkness of a tombstone and came after everyone on the train. I also definitely enjoyed the part where the train slows down and then a whole herd of guys with chainsaws come out and attack everyone which is pretty scary. Now the part that was really my favorite but I did not feel was scary was when they head the Headless Horsemen come riding out on his black horse which I felt was pretty cool. With all this being said and done the train did a bit more better this year and I cant wait to see more come from this so I rate this a 3.
The Savage Yard - This was definitely an interesting trail that ended up turning out to be more of a more intense scare zone than anything with the other thing being that it was actually behind the Boomerang instead of being where Mr. Swiley's use to be. The atmosphere for this was of course a yard full of savage with tons of parts and things everywhere with a few good scare actors hiding in certain places. This was definitely a cool idea for a scare zone but really a scare zone none the less and was not really much of a trail but I still found it pretty cool to walk through and enjoy. I definitely enjoy walking through this but as I said before I got only a scare zone vibe out of it but it was still fun being chased down by a guy with a chainsaw and being scared a few times in it. So mainly I would say that The Savage Yard is not a trail but more a more intense scare zone that is still pretty good so I will give this a scare rating of 2.
The Scare Zones - All of the scare zones this year were not really that good accept for maybe the Carn-Evil which had some way creepier looking clowns than it did last year. Now I would like to say that Zombie Crash basically was no good with not much of a scare factor and also the new Aisle Of The Dolls which I actually felt could have been way better than it ended up being. Also when it comes to Screamerton Cemetery it had a great look but it just was not really scary enough for me and was definitely not very big at all. So I would like to say I give all the scare zones a 1 accept for the Carn-Evil which gets a 2.
(9/16/13) Terror in the Wild at Wild Adventures has updated their website, showing off this year’s spooky attractions on the park map.
(8/13/13) Wild Adventures has made a small update to their Terror In The Wild Halloween website. New this year will be a new haunt called House of Oblivion. The event will feature 5 scare zones and 4 haunted attractions and run from Sept. 27 to Oct. 26.
2014 - Nothing is known at this point in time...
Previous Future Concepts - The following are possible new attraction ideas that the park has asked their guests about in various surveys. While none of these may ever be built, they do represent a great idea about the kinds of attractions the park was thinking about building in the future at the time.
(6/25/12) Wild Adventures has been sending out some future attraction concepts to guests in an online survey lately. New ideas under consideration include a ‘New Area For Kids” that would feature four new kiddie rides, a Disk’O flat ride, a new kiddie water play area in Splash Island.
And… that’s it. No mega thrill rides… and no new coasters even being considered for the park at this time. Looks like they are trying to focus between adding a family friendly flat ride or more kiddie stuff in the theme park or water park. While it’s been a good number of years since I last visited Wild Adventures, I seem to recall the park being very over populated with kiddie rides already, but that was under the original owner way before they built the water park and long before Herschend bought the place. If your interested, I’ve kept a list of previous attraction ideas they’ve surveyed guests about in years past below.
(3/25/10) Wild Adventures has sent out a future attraction survey to many of their passholders this week. The five ideas being asked about include: Dinosaur Expedition (a walk-through attraction with lifesized Dinosaurs), High Seas Diving Stunt Show (Pirates themed), Casper’s Ghost Blasters (Interactive Dark Ride) and Two Giant Family Tube Slides for the waterpark and a Jungle themed area with a Zamperla Disk’O.
(6/1/09) Wild Adventures has been taking a survey about some new ride ideas lately. According to our source they ask opinions about four new attraction ideas: Mammoth River (Family Raft Slide), Racing Slide (4 lane mat racer), a collection of new Family Thrill Rides (Junior Coaster, Orbiter, Screamin’ Eagles, Fireball as well as a new animal exhibit) and finally Night Fire, a new Nighttime Spectacular that would mix lasers, projections, lighting effects and fireworks. Looks like the new owners are looking at almost any and all possibilities right now, except for adding a large new coaster.