|This Haunt display greets visitors just inside the gates.|
|Clowns, Crazies, Zombies, Pirates, Ghosts and more!|
|Different than the makeup counter at Macy's, indeed.|
This space is busier than busy on Haunt nights, processing the monsters is a big game of scheduling and efficiency and starts hours before the first guest arrives.
|No, the clown will not do your make up thank you.|
|These guys are just resting.|
|This too is what your office looks like, right?|
|Work underway for some new Haunt scenery.|
|Note the scale here, these set pieces are huge!|
|Creating a new monster not found in Jurassic Park.|
|This guy is not done yet, but you can see the changes already.|
With Dinosaurs Alive! utilizing a heavily wooded section of the park that spelled trouble for the T-Rex during the storm. A large tree happened to fall on him, actually destroying him beyond repair. But that's one of the great aspects of the Haunt, according to Mr. Schneck - they take great pride in reusing old objects from the park in Haunted attractions. In this case that meant that by using the broken dinosaur the park could have a giant dragon for Age of Darkness. Take that Sandy!
If you look close you can see that Jim's team is using the skin from the smashed part of the creature to create scales, and claws from the feet are now horns on its head. Eventually when complete the plan is for the Dragon to breath out smoke, have glowing eyes, and still move using the remaining parts of its inner mechanics.
|Ever wonder what's underneath those rock walls?|
The photo above is of a rock wall set piece that had arrived but was awaiting its paint. Once Rich and the team get their hands on it an authentic looking castle wall will be created out of paint - but safely, he points out. The set piece is flame retardant, as is much of what goes into the haunted attractions. Safety is key when it comes to designing the Haunts, and to achieve that it takes the cooperation of so many departments at Dorney Park. Carpenters, painters, designers, electricians - the list goes on and amazingly all the work is performed in house.
|These have that rustic feel, you know?|
|Freshly painted horror!|
Many thanks to Mr. Fehnel for taking me around the park, and to both Jim and Rich for taking the time to speak with me. I'm looking forward to Haunt VI, and can't wait to see all these goodies in their final placement as the screams begin!