After an hour of driving we arrived at the Odeum Expo Center and was immediately confronted with $5 parking fees. I have searched through the difficult to navigate and glitch website and nowhere on the website is this fee mentioned. Including the convenience fee ($3) of purchasing tickets $36 transformed into $44 dollars ($45 is the cost of purchasing the same tickets at the door.) I was frustrated before I left my car.
When we entered the building staff coasted us off to the side and gave us tee-shirts. If you do go for the tee shirt package I suggest putting it on. Several people lost their shirts along the way. The VIP lines did quicken our journey significantly. Due to how few people purchased the VIP 2 we moved as fast as we would have if we purchased the third tier tickets. Costumed dudes and chicks wandered through the waiting lines, talking to people and posing for photos. The general ticket line wrapped longer through the building, I’d estimated an hour to an hour and a half wait if not longer. To keep those folks entertained there was several other performance art pieces were positions to entertain.
Exiting the Salem house we were staged in another waiting lane. VIP status was irreverent at this point. The quick line was only for entry into the first house. As we waited a chick dressed up as the Sheri Moon character in the film posed and keep the line moving with good humor. In the Beasto house we were given 3d glasses and sent through a set of bright and colorful 3d rooms costumed characters chasing and taunting us. Great effect. Overall the Beasto house was too bright and absurd to be scary.
So I can understand the complaints from suburban residence about the Gacy room.
The Great American Nightmare was a fun experience. Although, the hidden fees were an annoyance. The Lords of Salem house, stole the show for me. The atmosphere was great, and the house most resembled some of the best parts of the film; sound and aesthetic. If you’ve got the stomach and wallet for the experience I recommend Rob Zombie’s The Great American Nightmare. Although, if you are a guy you might be short changed out of scares. Bring a hottie. Get some laughs.
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