We then went to the Dome to experience The Cage
Originally Posted by wumbology
It's all relative really. The VOTD maze could take as little as five minutes if you were hustling through but that would be a crime.
Anyway, back to the report.
So a few people texted me telling me to let them know what I thought of The Cage after going through it for the first time. Oh goodness. Was this some big joke? Was it really that bad? The Cage
Escape . . . if you can.
The Cage, is located in the DOME, and is filled with monsters and other gruesome creatures locked in cages. As you walk around YOU WILL GET LOST in the endless corridors of chain link and mirrors, so choose your path wisely. Finding your way out is like winning the lottery, enter the wrong path and you'll scream your lungs out.
We entered the dome and realized the scope of this maze was something we were not prepared for. The entrance into the maze is like stepping into your worst nightmare. The path leads to the base of a large screen on which nightmarish images spin and twirl.
The entrance screen
Once inside black curtains hang in misleading arrangements. There is no single way to go through this maze as there is no real path.
Lost in a maze of black curtains and lasers.
Where the heck do we go?!?!?!?
The maze evolves into a path through chain link and monsters that is exposed to the expanse of the dome. Loud distorted music blares from every angle as we navigated through the inventive maze. This was the first maze I have been through in ages that felt unhinged. It seemed that some serious #@!* was going to go down and it was amazing. The Cage was a full on assault on the senses that I couldn't get enough of.
So much so that upon exiting I made a U-Turn and got right back in line. This may be my favorite maze of the year.
We then took a brief look at the night mariner's bar and lounge.
Okay, onto the two other mazes on the ship, Submerged and Hellfire.
A full bar is available
and the prices are reasonable
A nice lounge too.
Feel your spirit sink.
Submerged is the maze that will have you drowning in fear. Water pours in around you as you try to escape a sinking ship and an angry crew. If you have a fear of drowning this is one of the scariest mazes. If you make it you will reach the ship's swimming pool, which is truly haunted by spirits, and normally closed to the public!
Submerged is a water themed maze on the ship that again features beautiful set pieces and a great soundtrack by MiceChatter Jon Autopsy.
a ghostly tricycle enters the light
The maze features set pieces with fountains of water
One of the highlights of the maze leads visitors through one of the most haunted areas of the ship, The Pool.
A ghostly animatronic hovers above the misty pool.
Submerged was really a very inventive maze with the right mix of mood and scares. The walk through was just long enough and the talent was exceptional.
Now onto Hellfire
Your fears ablaze.
Hellfire is a maze on the ship that's so hot, the steel melts. Be sure to wear sun screen because you'll head into the Queen Mary's boiler room as it explodes in a ball of fire. Descend deeper into the ship and you'll approach the Gates of Hell in areas of the ship normally off limits!
This fire themed maze plumbs the depths of the Queen Mary's corridors and leads to a stunning Boiler Room finale.
Dark Harbor is a must do for Haunt fans. This years incarnation of the Queen Mary Haunt is a jaw dropping spectacle of top notch design and presentation. Not a single maze is bad, not one. Even the maze like entrance was impressive.
The actors in this maze are all up to par and the set pieces are adequate. The shortest of the maze offerings, Hellfire more than makes up for its length with it's ending.
What was so brilliant about the mazes on the ship was their use of the passageways on the ship. Winding in a seemingly endless labyrinth of riveted corridors a real sense of reality is established.
The food offerings are fine, but I'm no fan of festival food. I will say that the bar and lounge were great and the prices were not overly pricey.
Wait times for the mazes grow as the night goes on. If you get to the event at opening you will have minimal wait times for the mazes on the ship and roughly 10-15 minute waits for Village of the Damned and The Cage. The box office is empty at this time as well. Wait to show up any later and the the lines grow. As we left at about 9pm there was a large line of people simply waiting to buy tickets to get in.
The Box Office at 9:15pm
Tickets are $35, but if you want the front of the line access you will have to fork out $55. Still for the money even the most expensive option is TOTALLY worth it. That would break down to about $10.20 per maze with unlimited access. Damn good deal.
Go HERE to get tickets.
GO TO DARK HARBOR NOW!!!!!! I cannot urge fellow Haunt fans enough to go experience this amazing, revived haunt venue.