To start off I would like to state that we got there a little before rope drop, yet there weren't any real big lines. There was just a small group of people ready to go in. Actually, the whole park wasn't that busy at all. I kind of felt sad because I was thinking that Knott's Scary Farm as a whole might be becoming VERY unpopular compared to the likes of HHN (where I hear reports of 1-1.5 hour waits) However, NONE of the mazes at Knott's Scary Farm even exceeded 10 minutes. With the exception of Trick or Treat and Pinnochio Upstring, all the other mazes had a 0 wait time. Before I go on with the review however, I will only be reviewing the new mazes and rides for the KSF 40th Haunt.
Evil Dead: I HIGHLY RECOMMEND going here FIRST thing once rope drop occurs. There was a small line but still, the line took forever to move because of slow loading. But other than that, I don't remember that much of the past overlays but I did like this one. We had actually a lot of scares. It also seems like the monsters appear in different locations because we got jumped at about 5 different places than the last ride we went through. My friend was literally freaking out as he was in the front of the log, the whole ride was dark and entertaining. I did however, hear that the ride broke down later in the night, so I felt really sorry for those who missed it that night.
-Pros: Lots of unexpected scares, dark spooky sets, and total wetness!
-Cons: Nothing really, wish I could have rode it again.
Calico Mine Ride: Oh my god, I can't believe that this is not promoted at ALL in the KSF map. The ride had A LOT of new animatronics and the theme was spectacular. I truly loved how they tied in the Witches curse with the calico workers. There were even some animatronics that puffed air out to scare guests. I was frankly scared with some of the animatronics that popped out of nowhere and screamed in your face. I HIGHLY recommend not missing this, because the ride is truly different from the regular one. The new witch spiel they play really sets the mood of the ride. I am glad I did not miss this since I did hear a few people say that nothing really was going on in this ride. Of course, there were no live actors, but still I wouldn't miss this.
-Pros: Really great story line, new animatronics, has it's scare factor.
-Cons: Would of course have been better with live actors.
Pinnochio Upstring: We TOTALLY loved this maze. Most of the people in my group put this maze on top. The sets were amazing, the actors were SUPERB! I really felt like they were possessed. The way they moved like an actual puppet, my god, seriously one of the best mazes in Knotts. I mean, the scare factor could have been a bit more serious, but I was actually glad that I wasn't paying attention to any monsters that tried to scare me because looking at the set pieces were really amazing. The story behind the maze, and our personal favorite, the animatronic at the end, which was amazing! I totally loved this maze!
-Pros: Brilliant story line, SUPERB actors, cool animatronics.
-Cons: Should have had more saare inside the maze.
Trick or Treat: MY PERSONAL FAVORITE! This has got to be the BEST maze I have ever been to. Because it was not just a maze, the green witch INSIDE the maze interacted with you. There were actually 2 witches. One in the beginning, in the library room, and the other during the end. The one in the beginning was talking to me and how she will curse me and my friends, the room itself even interacted with her as the "statues" moved as well. The lights changed and flickered as she pointed and screamed at me! SO COOL! So glad that she picked on me. Also during the end, we watched the Witch talk to us during the dinner table which was pretty cool too, with the chandelier falling on the table. Loved this maze, HIGH QUALITY and excellent acting. Hated the annoying tricksters to be honest.
-Pros: LOVED the interaction with the green witch, maze looked expensive!
-Cons: Nothing, I would have gone 5 times if I had time...but the tricksters should LEAVE there mask on to be.
Dominion of the Dead: Umm...I really did not get scared here at ALL. I mean the actors were good, but like, it was seriously BORING. I loved some of the sets, the color scheme, and the whole unique theme to it. Other than that, I can't really say anything else. At least they had good music in the maze. It felt more like a museum to be honest.
-Pros: Music and actors and set pieces (looked cheap when compared to ToT or Pinnochio Up string.
-Cons: Everything else
Hanging: Prior to the show we did get to see Elvira. All she did was give a speech for about 5 minutes then she told everyone where they can meet up. Did not really know her so did not really care, but a lot of people were enthusiastic that she was there. There also seemed to be a very long line to get her autograph or photo at the haunt museum! I still think the 2010 show with the world of color parody and justin bieber being hung was still the best for me. Although, this year they DID ADD AN EXTRA SCENE were Justin Bieber throws up while performing baby. If you haven't seen the clip, watch it on youtube! It was very recent.
Tricksters: They were so annoying, thank god they didn't bother us. I don't even know why I am even grading them. The only interaction we had was when one was up in my face saying in a ghetto tone "What you scared?". The witch was FABULOUS though, loved the sheman witch to be honest. S(he) was so hilarious. I saw her talking all ghetto to another black girl saying "DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM? I AM THE GREEN WITCH, YEAH KEEP WALKING UGGS". I literally laughed along with others!
Tricksters- Grade: F
Witch- Grade: A
TRAPPED: Oh god, this was the most BEST EXPERIENCE OF THE NIGHT I HAD. But seriously, the ending could have been wayyy better, because for me and the other two in my group, we were like THATS IT? Those who volunteered during the brutal finale thought that what happened to them was WELL WORTH THE MONEY. However, me and the other two were just escorted out of the building, nothing happened to us, we didn't get scared and they just escorted us to the photo room. We were really frightened by our other friends who were trapped and were screaming for mercy. We though something worse was going to happen to us, but nope. Nothing. The "eating scene' actor was AMAZING. S(he) who was also a man, was very fierce and rude to us. Loved her sassiness and how she forced ALL OF US TO EAT whatever we had to. The first scene, we were just scared as hell, then some guy jumped and screamed at us to hurry the hell up. At times, I felt like they rushed us through the maze. All I can say is, it was well worth the money, especially THOSE WHO PARTICIPATE IN THE FINAL SCENE (which is the morgue). There is also ONE FINAL SURPRISE AT THE END, where my whole group was not expecting, it really scared us. I would definitely do this again, if it is different the next year. It would be a tradition
Pros: ALMOST EVERYTHING
Cons: Short, and should have a scary finale for everyone in the group.
Overall, I had great fun. From 7PM-1AM
We got to go on ALL THE MAZES, watch the hanging, and ride A LOT OF RIDES with 0 waits.
We rode: SIlver bullet, Montazoomas, Ghost rider, Pony Express, and Sierra sidewinder. Well worth the measly 36 dollar admission fee.
Now just letting you guys know I have NEVER been to Universals HHN, so I can't really compare the two.