Today we've got our review of The 17th Door which is back for it's Sophomore year.
This was one of the breakout events of 2015 and so far it seems that it's just as popular in 2016, if not more popular. If you want to experience this event be sure to get your tickets online, you can find out more about The 17th Door here.
We've attempted to give as few spoilers away as possible, but if you'd like to go in with fresh eyes you may want to read this once you've experienced The 17th Door.
Written by Rose Costello
Pictures courtesy of The 17th Door
Let me start off my review by saying that for most people The 17th Door will affect them more than it did myself and my husband Matthew Nelson. We have gone through "extreme" haunts and experiences so to us this just wasn't as intense. I would recommend buying the "Speed Pass". Unlike most places you have an hour window which to arrive. Also the "Speed Pass" did take us 30 minutes from the time we walked into line to the time we actually went inside.
You will need to sign a waiver. Read it because most if not all of the things it mentions does happen to you or one or your group. There is a safe word you can say and you have a choice of exiting the room or actually not wanting to finish. There was no way I was going to say the safe word. Once you sign the waiver you turn it in and get your hand stamped before walking into the appropriate line
The 17th Door is NOT and I repeat NOT your typical haunted house walk through. No you will be touched, asked to do various things or at times the entire group will. I was disappointed that this year they claim there are 6 more rooms so to me that would be a total of 23 rooms and a mini escape room. However there were only 18 numbered rooms with the last being a photo op of your entire group not just those who you came with so bad move there since I do not want to buy a picture with strangers in it.
Ok onto the actual experience. This year is the second year The 17th Door returned. We follow Paula once again this time in her Sophomore year of Gluttire University where she is pregnant. The 17th Door touches on her drinking, bulimia, sexual abuse/molestation and various other subjects so be warned.
The mini escape room is fun except you only get 2 minutes yes 2 whole minutes to accomplish 4 various tasks. We did not finish in that time mainly because it's hard to see and just not enough time. Now if we had 5 minutes that may have been enough time to solve all 4.
I don't want to give away much for those who haven't gone. Let's just say there are definitely bugs. So if you or anyone in your group is afraid of bugs this room maybe where the "safe word" is said. A couple of the rooms have nothing to do with the story line and felt "out of place".
However the acting was excellent and I felt like I was more in an interactive play in most rooms than scared or anything else. There are at least it seemed to me more pigs than last year. I kept waiting for more things to happen/do with each room but unfortunately the most intense happens early on.
Also it seems that a lot of the rooms only one or two people get picked to do something. There are rooms the entire group does. The beginning is intense let's just say I will leave it at that. Also I got picked in one room because I was laughing. I should mention that you will be touched. It is part of the experience.
Overall I would say that they need to eliminate the repeatable rooms from last year. Make it fresh. It's the second year. No need to have the same theme in the room. The story line is great though. I am curious if they will continue with the theme of Gluttire University for two more years but I would personally like to see a fresh new story line. I would say if you haven't been to The 17th Door to not miss it if this is something you'd like to experience. There were a lot of first timers there last night. If you've been last year I'd still say go because you will see the differences and similarities. Anyone who wants to really know what happened can ask but I just don't want to give anything away.