Knott’s has been second placing second to the mighty Universal Halloween Horror Nights event for years now. That might change with this being the 40th anniversary of the first haunt. Read on for the official news and more on the Evil Dead log ride we teased.
Five new mazes have been added this year plus an exclusive VIP maze that promises “more scares” for your buck.
The 40th annual Knott’s Scary Farm will start on Sept. 21 and run on select nights through Oct. 31.
13 mazes in all this year plus scare zones throughout the park. This could be fun.
As part of the 40th anniversary celebration, Knott’s entertainment supervisor Jeff Tucker promises higher quality mazes with more scares and better set decorations.
New Knott’s mazes for 2012:
Trapped — The VIP maze, a first for Knott’s, will allow up to six visitors through at a time, promising an uptick in the frequency and intensity of scares. Pre-sale reservations will be available, with $60 tickets sold online in advance and the price jumping to $75 for walk-ups on the day of the event. At least one member of the party must be 17 or older. Visitors will be issued a specific start time for the maze and access to a VIP waiting area. (Located in the Laser Tag area)
Evil Dead — Based on the 2013 remake of the classic horror movie, the maze takes visitors through the woods to a deserted cabin where a horde of demons unleashed from the “Book of the Dead” await. (Located in the Timber Mountain Log Ride)> Dominion of the Dead — The revamped version of the late 1990s vampire maze returns with visitors entering the shadowy world of the undead. The tour through the twisted museum of irresistible art and music will include three sections: the Gallery of the Damned, the Dark Courtyard and the Inner Sanctum. The off-kilter art and statues will come to life as visitors proceed through the museum. (Located backstage near Ghostrider, replacing Lockdown: The Asylum)
Pinocchio Unstrung — Pinocchio embarks on a wild killing spree after the Blue Fairy denies him his final wish. An army of murderous marionettes seeks the flesh of maze visitors to cover Pinocchio’s twisted, wooden body. (Located inside Wilderness Dance Hall, replacing the Doll Factory)
Trick-Or-Treat — The terror-filled maze takes visitors inside a witch’s house on Halloween night. For a fee, visitors will get a mask, souvenirs and candy at stations throughout the queue in another first for Knott’s. You can tour the maze without paying for the up-charge candy option. (Located backstage near Ghostrider)
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