Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Horror Comes to San Francisco with Merlin's Dungeon

I've never been able to visit one, but I've always thought that the "Dungeon" attractions that Merlin Entertainment operates throughout Europe seem pretty interesting.  A mix of horror comedy based on history, the attractions are like mini-parks that have a couple experiences that tell the dark stories of the area's past.

Now, I might have a much better chance of visiting one as Merlin has announced the San Francisco Dungeon, set to open in summer 2014.  The attraction will be located in the famous Fisherman's Wharf area, already a popular tourist destination.

"The San Francisco Dungeon highlights 200 years of San Francisco’s past with tales from the early missions of San Francisco, through the Gold Rush and to the beginning of Alcatraz. As a 60-minute experience, it will guide visitors on a walk-through journey of nine actor-led shows, featuring dozens of authentic local stories, 360-degree theatrical sets, special effects and an underground boat ride. The attraction is designed to make guests laugh and jump in a live action journey featuring stories spotlighting the “underbelly” of the city’s history, with tales of Shanghai Kelly, Miss Piggott’s Saloon, Gangs of San Francisco and Alcatraz."

“Through a storytelling journey, The San Francisco Dungeon sheds a whole new light on San Francisco’s rich and authentic history,” said Adrea Gibbs, General Manager.  “Against the backdrop of vibrant sets, authentic costumes and detailed make-up, our actors will portray characters from specific periods in history to tell the stories of San Francisco. It will not only deliver scary fun, but provide a walk into the Bay Area’s unique past,” added Gibbs.

It sounds as if this opening is a bit of a test for the American market - if successful I would expect to see plenty more Dungeons open up in cities across the nation.