Fright Dome has held it’s own as being one of the most exciting destinations for Halloween in not just North America, but on the other side of the world in Hong Kong, lies an extension of what Fright Dome has made successful for over a full decade. The attraction scares the ever living crap out of thousands of attendees during the month of October and horror icons such as Sid Haig, Elvira, Linda Blair and George Romero have made appearances at the haunted attraction over the past years. Hailed as one of the top 5 haunted houses in America and predominantly featured on the Travel Channel, Fright Dome owner Jason Egan took some time out of his extremely busy schedule to give iHorror the lowdown on what to expect for the highly anticipated 13th anniversary of the infamous dome of fear located inside Circus Circus in Las Vegas:
“This is a big year for us and were teaming up with some pretty exciting people. I’m really trying to think outside the box with this one with less show and tell and more interaction than ever. I want the guest to actually be immersed in the experience. We’re working on an exciting elevator experience where you get locked in and it appears as if you’re dropping 13 floors with an unpleasant surprise at the end. It’s the kind of thing you may have seen go viral on YouTube but now you can experience it yourself.”
Fright Dome Owner and Creator Jason Egan
That my Halloween loving friends, is just the very tip of it. October 2nd, 2015 marks opening night for the vastly praised horror attraction with six sick and twisted haunted houses, zombie scare zones and the newly added Friday The 13th 4-D: A Deadly Experience ever so appropriately commemorating the 13th year. Partnering up with SimEx-Iwerks Entertainment, Fright Dome will be the first to exclusively feature the iconic 80’s slasher that we all know and love as a 4-D show! Fans of Jason Voorhees will experience the very terror of that from the film as the Crystal Lake slasher slaughters his way through 13 kills in 13 minutes. Guests participating in this newly added attraction just may end up in a stare down with our special, special boy.
Another exciting new feature is The Insantatarium. The brainchild from Egan who’s bringing the horror to a new level by bringing a real haunt into this attraction:
“We’ve had actual pieces shipped from one of the most haunted hospitals in the country The Norwich State Hospital, they tore it down so we picked up some pieces from there such as morgue doors, bathtubs, sinks, wheelchairs and all kinds of fun stuff. All these items will be in the Insantatarium to make the experience come to life. I actually got the idea from my buddy Zak Bagans (Ghost Adventures), and I thought, what a neat idea!”
Guests begin by checking into the nurse’s station to be voluntary committed into the Insanitarium. The Morgue portion will include each guest being placed on the slab and be pushed through the morgue doors into freezing body lockers, so if you’re the claustrophobic type, you have been pre-warned! You will be forced to participate after being locked in, similar to the way a typical escape room works. You will have to fight the time clock and escape the hellish halls of this madhouse by attempting to figure out your way out of each room in order to move on. All while being targeted by one seriously disturbed doctor they have dubbed The Surgeon.
The surgeon is the main protagonist in this haunt gone completely psycho. Horror FX maestro Gary J. Tunnicliffe (Hellraiser, Halloween, Candyman, Scream) had his hands in creating the final make-up and special effects for the character and project whole. The back story created for this character entails the twisted doctor performing weird surgeries for his own sick pleasure resulting in the murder of his “patients”. The families of the victims eventually catch up to him, corner him and cut his hands off in the hopes he will never perform any more procedures. But of course, as with any good horror tale, it can’t end there. The Surgeon made himself new hands, one of which pertaining to a circular saw blade, and the other a large machete. That’s one committed doctor. Don’t you agree?
In addition to these exciting new attractions, one of the many scare zones will be a 5 stage Freakshow incorporating the look and feel of an old-time side show, almost to the tune of what you may have seen in last year’s American Horror Story, with rotating acts from exciting performers such as Miss Firefly, one of the smallest girls in the world, sword swallowers and the amazing half girl Hannah. The Freakshow will coincide along the Midway where one can play carnival games and win some not so fluffy prizes.
Among the scare zones, haunted houses and various demented clowns popping up behind every corner, the arena offers up seven different thrill rides one of which includes the new gravity defying roller coaster, El Loco; While the other coaster the Canyon Blaster, will twist and turn you upside down into a dark fog giving you one hell of an adrenaline rush for you theme park thrill seekers!
Regular admission to the arena runs to the tune of $39.95 with an option for a fast pass (which I recommend to avoid wait times) for an extra $20. Fright Dome’s Black Carpet Opening Night Gala falls on Friday, October 2nd and is open for terror on select nights through the 31st. For a list of the complete schedule and ticket information, you can visit the official website by clicking here. The Dome is also hiring Halloween enthusiasts for the 2015 season, so if you’re into making grown men soil their pants and sweat tears, check out the news broadcast below with more information!
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