Knott's Scary Farm kicked off last night with yet another incredible media event and even something totally unexpected which we'll detail below.
In addition, we got to go through the all-new Infected, and we absolutely loved it. Not to be missed, but get there early as we'll detail below.
The park kicked off this years Scary Farm with an incredible Opening.
The Tricksters were out in anticipation of the "Opening Moment".
Suddenly the Green Witch rises up out of nowhere and invites us all to experience what is inside Knott's Scary Farm.
But beware, part of the park has been "Infected".
That's when a Helicopter, yep, arrives to help secure the area. It was pretty awesome and totally surprised everybody. Obviously they aren't going to have this every night, but it was pretty cool. (Sorry this was the best picture I had of it).
Once the opening moment was done, it was time to enter the fog.
The park held a great media reception in Fiesta De Los Muertos.
it was kind of weird/cool to be chilling out having snacks where Windseeker once stood.
We are going to do a run-down of the mazes and Skeleton key rooms in the most non-spoiler way possible. Keep in mind, these are just our rankings and also keep in mind this was opening night.
Skeleton Key Room: 0/10
The Skeleton Key room wasn't working both times we visited so unfortunately we weren't able to experience it.
This was one of the mazes we walked through during Scare School, so it was great fun to see the evolution of the talent, which is really great.
The Witch's Keep
Not technically a maze, but a fun experience nonetheless. I personally never felt the Mine Ride worked with the talent inside the maze, so for me it's not a huge loss. This is more of a "storytelling" than something that's going to actually scare you.
Skeleton Key Room: 8/10
Just a great intro to a great maze. Great attraction hosts and some pretty freaky things going on if you don't know what to expect.
An all around great tribute to Black Magic with amazing sets, amazing talent and probably one of my favorite scores of any maze.
Skeleton Key Room: 7/10
Definitely one of the more surprising Skeleton Key rooms but nothing really "scary"
I LOVE the idea of a maze themed to the Old West, I mean, it's Knott's afterall. But while the maze is great to look at, there's nothing really "scary" here.
Exceptionally creepy and a great testament to the brilliance that is Poe.
Trick Or Treat
Stylistically I think this is probably my favorite maze, but I think they were possibly having some technical problems in the final room because there was no sound. And if you've been through this maze, that is one of the most awesome things in the entire maze.
Skeleton Key Room: 10/10
Not giving anything away, but the Skeleton Key Room in Voodoo was pretty much the only time all night I actually got "scared". It takes a lot to freak me out, this did it.
Visually stunning. The "choose your own path" thing is unique as it allows you to see a couple of different show rooms. Parts of it remind me a little bit of the classic "Blood Bayou" but this is serious Voodoo.
Dominion of the Damned
Skeleton Key Room: 9/10
Last week when we did Scare School one of the highlights was seeing the Renfield's working on their character. To see that come to fruition last night was truly awesome and it's a great performance all the way around.
I think we all pretty much know what to expect out of the Knott's vampire mazes at this point. That said, this one is visually stunning and the talent is great.
Daniel Miller is one sick and twisted individual. And I mean that in the most awesomely loving way possible. It takes a LOT to give me the creeps. A LOT. But this maze from start to finish was just incredibly creepy, the talent was spectacular and it was just all around gruesome. Not to be missed as I think I walked through about half the maze with my jaw dropped, which probably isn't the best idea when the Tooth Fairy is lurking about.
Trapped: Lock and Key
Unfortunately we didn't get reservations for Trapped in time to experience it. Not that we'd be able to tell you anything about it anyway. =)
But from everything we've heard, it's amazing this year.
Special Ops: Infected
None of us were really sure what to expect from Infected. I had heard prior to arriving for our 8:00 slot that there were some issues with issuing tickets for guests and a bit of confusion. Being that it was opening night I think we'll look past it for now and hope that they get the kinks worked out for tonight.
As for the experience itself, it was a lot better than I could have imagined. Great fun all the way around, shooting Zombies is more fun than you'd think and the talent on both the "Special Ops" side and the "Zombie Side" is great.
I have every bit of confidence that they will work out the kinks for the sign-ups but if you want to do Infected, GO THERE FIRST!!
We are going to try and review The Hanging and show some pictures in the most non-spoilery way possible. WE DO NOT REVEAL WHO GOT HUNG!!!
From looking at the stage it's already kind of obvious where they are going this year.
But that doesn't mean the show isn't great fun. In fact, I think this is the most irreverent Hanging in years.
Are you ready for a Hanging!!!
That's going to wrap it up for our look at Opening Night of Knott's Scary Farm. We'll definitely be back before the end of the season but we are still trying to solidify our Halloween Season plans.
Did you attend opening night? Share your thoughts below.