Sunday, October 7, 2007

leave the world of mortals, to walk into the mist, to stalk unto the other side

More from Killtower--the last two rides.

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First up: never one to let a concept that works for them slip by, they also have an indoor log ride. This one, the cars are much wider, can seat many more people, and the ride itself is less Matterhorn and more Pirates of the Caribbean--in that it's less the water-ride version of a roller coaster, and more the water-ride slow tour....through haunted space.

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The interior was a dead black. The water--I'm fairly sure it was water--ran through a channel with bits painted red, to appear more ghoulish.

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The paintings and the attractions both were large, jumping out from the black background at regular intervals.

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Several sections had a vintage 'diorama' feel, small tableaux set around the corners of the ride.

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On occasion? This ride, too, featured cars leaving the track. I'm fairly sure that's not intentional.

All in all, the best of all such tour-style rides--excellently well done, the sound of the water calming, with occasional gentle spooks and chills along the way. I am definitely going back through.

Finally, we have the last attraction--ride-based, at least--at Killtower, the Black Maze.

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I'm not kidding, the Black Maze was black. Very nearly unrelieved black. The goal was to travel, glowing pumpkin to glowing pumpkin, seeing the haunts along the way.

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But many of the 'haunted areas' were laid out in a--deliberately!--similar style. I can't count the number of purple ghosts we saw. And really, about the third purple ghost/glowing pumpkin combo we saw? We began to fear we'd started walking backwards!

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It was also not always easy telling where the next glowing pumpkin was...at times I became severely disoriented, and at least once started actually walking the maze backwards!

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After a while, we started counting off 'ghosts' we'd seen--"Okay, purple ghost, painting next to it--woman and child? Two women? Man in a top hat? Okay, we're going in the right direction..."

Fun? Yes. Nerve-wracking? Also true.

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Would I go back, even to the Black Maze? Absolutely.

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