Haunted Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor; Haunt Review 2015
Haunted Ship and it’s frightening past thrill those seeking Halloween fun!
Haunt Review: Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor – By Steve Rowin “The Haunt Reviewer”
In the Long Beach harbor sits the RMS Queen Mary, a massive steam-liner in it’s day. During the month of October creative staff turn up the ships haunted history into an exhilarating Halloween time experience called “Dark Harbor.”
I had the chance to check out this year’s Dark Harbor and it is definitely not to be missed! The only Haunted attraction that is based on real ghost encounters; it’s dark old hallways along with it’s vintage 1930’s smell are enough to make the hair on the back of your neck stand up!
Immediately upon arrival the exciting carnival atmosphere is festive and a spectacle to see! They’ve got a freakshow on one side, rides, food, fire blasts, a stage with music, a half dozen or so haunted mazes and new for 2015 a paintball shooting gallery! With a fair priced ticket to boot they pack all of the action into a pretty compact space so your feet won’t hurt at the end of the night.
New for this year is “Lullaby”, a Maze onboard the ship, based on real ghostly sightings of a little girl at the first class pool. For the Haunt our infamous apparition is introduced as “Scary Mary” and seems to be a devilish, yet lonely little girl. All throughout the maze she appears in the most unexpected places demanding we play a game with her! With all her time alone in the ship, she has collected many stuffed animals of which she has ripped the heads off. There must be hundreds of child passengers that are missing their dolls! “Scary Mary” is very
vocal and speaks to you all throughout the experience, taunting you all the way out of the ship. This maze was one of my favorites and I did jump a few times. The concept that we see the same ghost over and over under the premise that she will not leave us alone is a fresh concept for a haunted maze and I liked it.
Also new for this year is Curse of Anubis: Paintball Adventure. This was more fun than I thought it would be, mainly because I popped the mummy right between the eyes twice! This attraction is a classic shooting gallery concept themed as an egyptian tomb. The detailed set is impressive visually and full of targets to shoot at. You don’t score points but you do get to target a couple real life mummies that run between pillars during your round. The paint ball guns are attached to the deck and swivel much like the water balloon popping guns on the carnival midway. Each gun has approx. 30 paintballs and when you’re empty it’s over.
Notable mention. B340 maze, based on the extremely haunted room B340 on the ship, said to be so haunted that they no longer rent that room out because of complaints. This maze is crazy creepy! We dive deep inside the mind of a passenger named Samuel the Savage. He scribbles B340 thousands of times all over the walls and hacks up passengers leaving the walls covered in blood. One of my top 3 mazes for this year and definitely not to be missed!
Circus Big Top of Terror, returned this year with a new twist I’ve never seen before, at one point in the maze we had to walk through a giant pit of plastic balls, yes those kind for kids that are usually off limits to adults! It was a surprise and hard to get through. Some other physical tricks in this maze were the spinning tunnel and a hall with random sliding floor plates. It’s rumored that this is the last year for Big Top and although some of the elements like the mirror maze are tired and worn out, this is a classic with plenty of Haunted House surprises.
With the other returning mazes, Soulmate and Voodoo Village there is a full night of fun at Dark harbor! I really have come to look forward to Dark Harbor because it is so lively and upbeat. While other attractions keep it dark and creepy, Dark Harbor is the opposite, it’s amped up, “county fair” like experience is unique in the Southern California area and packs a big punch in a smaller yet adequate space next to the RMS Queen Mary.