Its the third year we have visited this attraction and it continues to not disappoint. they did change a few things up this year, but the atmosphere is incredible. Since we went on a Saturday late in the season, we purchased VIP for this event. Good thing we did because the line was extremely long. However, VIP was very short and given a night like tonight, its amazing more people don’t purchase VIP. Walking through the old campus is creepy enough, and that’s before you even get in the attractions. Since it was extremely crowded, we had to park in a different area that was not as creepy to walk up to the ticket as the other parking lot. This haunt will continue to be a must visit every year.
Fear Factor: 4
Attractions – 4.5 out 5 Stars
Pennhurst Asylum has 3 attraction and a Ghost hunt. All of the attractions are centered around the old administrative building, except for the Ghost Hunt which takes place inside the Mayflower building. All attractions were attended, so there will be a review for each. Here is the rundown:
1. Pennhurst Asylum
The old administration building is the center of all of the attractions except for the Ghost Hunt. This attraction walks you though an intake of a patient into an asylum that is run by the inmates. The actors in here are phenomenal as they interact with everyone in the group. It is very loud in here with a lot of commotion. There are scares around each corner and the actors really bring this place to life. They use animatronics very well in here as it provides the distractions for the actors to pull of their scares.
2. Dungeon of Lost Souls
This attraction is in the basement of the administration building and continues with the theme of the inmates running the asylum. The actors in here are interactive with everyone and they truly bring each scene to life. Animatronics are used in here as well, but mostly for effect. There is always something going on in each room. It is very noisy and there are a lot of distractions.
3. Tunnel Terror
The tunnels at Pennhurst are very unique. They were once used to transport patients between building. However, it has been transformed into a lengthy walk through. This year, the first part of the attraction seemed to be shut down as it was just dark and there was nothing happening. Once through, the tunnel continues through the same scenes as last year. Nevertheless,, the actors are very good within the tunnels providing the scares needed.
4. Ghost Hunt
The Mayflower building is very notorious for actually being haunted. It has been investigated by both Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures, each documenting evidence of the paranormal. The Ghost Hunt is a little different as it includes a museum as well as an open walk through of the first and second floors. You are free to take as many pictures in here. However, if you are a fan of any of the shows above, you know that paranormal activity is near non-existent when there is a large crowd of people walking through. You will most likely not capture any paranormal evidence through your camera phone or digital recording device.
Atmosphere – 5 out of 5 Stars
Unlike Terror Behind the Wall, this is a whole campus of building in semi-ruin states. Each building on campus is scary just looking at it from the outside. Even the Administration is intimidating just looking at it. Just being on location is breath taking and you really feel a part of the history of the place. Nothing says scary like run down buildings in the dark.
Fear Factor – 4 out of 5 Stars
When you combine an eerie atmosphere with fantastic actors, you get a haunted attraction that really delivers on the frights. This is one the scariest places to visit. The presentation of the haunts, combined with fantastic actors, truly brings out the scares.
Actors – 4 out of 5 Stars
The actors are what makes Pennhurst stand out from the rest. They are interactive and provide the fear necessary to pull off a scare. With the assistance of animatronics to provide the distractions, the actors play out every scene well. You can really tell the difference in the quality of using professional actors, as opposed to hiring kids to act out the parts of a scene.
Fun/Value – 5 out of 5 Stars
VIP is always more expensive, however, Pennhurst is nearly double the normal rate. Given how long the lines were, going with VIP was absolutely worth it. The price of admission is well worth the added cost. This is truly a great place to visit and it is highly recommend to visit this place.
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