Sunday October 17, 2010 / 7:00pm - MidnightThe Queen Mary's Dark Harbor
How was your experience?
I had read a review that said this is the best Halloween attraction in southern California, well… we’ll just have to see for ourselves. Turns out it was really, really good. The did a hell of a job in creating an atmosphere that is perfect for the location. With so much fog (good thing the smoke machines pump out coconut flavored smoke), next to the water, you really get the feeling that anything could jump out at you at any time. Once we got in, my wife and I hit up the 3 mazes inside of the Queen Mary. They do something very different in that once a line forms (for the first 2 mazes, we got there early enough that there were no people in line) they actually make you stop and wait for there to be a gap between people walking in to the maze. This is in stark contrast to the Knott’s or Universal experience (well, to be fair, there is so many people at those parks that it would take all night to get through a line). What this means is that your party walking through the maze is alone. So the good: You walk though some parts of the ship that you probably have never been in. The sets are well done, the lighting (when there is lighting), is just right. You actually get scared. Yes. I said it. It was too freaking spooky at some parts. And this is in stark contrast to Knott’s or Universal. The bad: There are some parts where it is SO DARK, we had to use our cell phone light to let us figure out which way to go. REALLY. One of the mazes is inside the dome. This is a real maze. In other words, if you are stuck, you are stuck. I honestly don’t know how my wife figured out where to go because I almost gave up during the first minute or two. After we got to an area that we could actually see, I lead us out.