We had the pleasure of getting invited to California’s Great America for the opening day for their Haunt. There is a lot to talk about, including the mazes, Skeleton Key rooms, and the new Demon: Reignited! So without further adieu, let’s get started!

So the first thing we did was get checked in, to receive all our media credentials, including the awesome Skeleton Key.

Next thing we did was take a lights on tour of the new maze: Backwoods. It’s kind of weird seeing a maze with no monsters (excluding the props of course), but cool at the same time. Look for a full walkthrough of the lights on tour on YouTube page coming soon.

After that, it was time to eat at the Great America Pavilion. And they really did not disappoint with this either, they had great variety and quality. But it’s Cedar Fair, so do you really expect any less? 😛

After we all enjoyed a nice meal provided by the awesome California’s Great America team, they did a little presentation, talking about Haunt, WinterFest, and their new upcoming Railblazer coaster coming in Spring, 2018. There was also a surprise appearance by the actor who played Max on that old show Saved by the Bell, who was there because of his new show, which actually used to be at Knott’s Berry Farm.

Once the little presentation ended, they took us to the front of the park for the opening ceremony. And, also, if I can find the time, look for the video on that as well.

Also, a main focus of this year’s Haunt is the fact that they’ve been doing it for 10 years. Which is a huge milestone for the park.

Then of course, after that, it was time for Haunt! Here is a brief review of all the mazes and Skeleton Keys, and we are going to keep it brief so we don’t spoil anything.

Let’s start with Wax Museum Chamber of Horrors.

Score: 8.6/10

The reason I liked this maze so much was because of (and yes, I will steer clear of spoilers) all the references to murderers, criminals, you name it. I just really found it to be interesting, and cool. One of my favorites.

Next up is Roadkill Roadhouse.

Score: 7.8/10

This one was really fun because of all the ways they implemented roadkill into the maze. See, often people might ask, “which is better, Cedar Fair Haunt, or Six Flags Fright Fest?”. And I think if someone asked me that, i’d have to go with Cedar Fair, cause there was just so much theming and little Easter eggs everywhere that make it THAT MUCH better.

  • NEW FOR 2018 ‘BACKWOODS’

Score: 9.2/10

Okay, wow… where do I start with this one… how about that the whole maze is supposed to  be like you’re standing above water. So that’s awesome in and of itself, but when you take into account the theme of the maze, and just the overall premise, you just get yourself an awesome maze (I could say more, but I want whoever is going into this to have the same experience I did.

Chaos House:

Score: 7/10.

Chaos House is just one of those regular mazes. If you have ever been to Six Flags Magic Mountain, I’d compare this to Lecter’s Slaughter House, and Vault 666. Now, those are both great mazes, and this one is no exception. But, nevertheless, it still is just one of those typical mazes. So there’s not much I can say about it.

Zombie High

Score: 8.3/10

I really enjoyed Zombie High. Because on one hand, you have zombies, which most of the time if Zombies are a crucial part of the maze, that ends up being one of the best ones. And same goes for scare zones. And on the other hand, the maze is based at Bayside High School. Now, I don’t know if it’s supposed to be at THE Bayside from Saved by the Bell, but it’s still cool nonetheless

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Toy Factory:

Score: 8.7/10

If you’ve ever tried out Toyz of Terror at Six Flags Magic Mountain, and liked it, you’ll love this one. Toy Factory has some of the most unique jumpscares in all of the mazes at California’s Great America. And this one is definitely a must if you visit the park.

Cornstalkers:

Score: 7.8/10

Cornstalkers was definitely one of the more unique ones at California’s Great America. Throughout the whole maze, you’re pretty much in a cornfield the entire time. I’d say definitely check out this one cause it’s definitely one of the cooler ones.

Madame Marie’s Massacre Manor:

Score: 8.2/10

I enjoyed Madame Marie’s Massacre Manor a lot. It’s filled with great jumpscares, Easter eggs, and it’s just an all around awesome maze.  Definitely in my top 5 mazes.

And next up we have the Skeleton Key rooms. Now, I love the mazes, but these were definitely some of the most fun at the park.

Post Mortem:

Score: 10/10

Wow.. where do I start with this one? This is by far my favorite Skeleton Key. I wish I could say more, but I really don’t want to spoil anything.  What I’ll say was this one is a MUST when you visit the park. Seriously. Check it out. You won’t regret it.

Witch’s Lair:

Score: 9.3/10

This one I also really liked as the actors were very funny, and realistic. And it was one of the better Skeleton Keys for sure.

A51:

Score: 8.2/10

This one was short, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t good. I enjoyed A51 a lot. But, like I’ve said, I want you guys to experience it without knowing much about it. So all I’ll say is definitely check out A51. It’s worth it.

Aftershock:

Score: 7.6/10

Aftershock was like A51, short but sweet. So I can’t really say much without spoiling it, but this Skeleton Key has a really good jumpscares, and I highly recommend it.

Panic Room: Escape:

Score: 8.4/10

Wow, okay.  This one was definitely a challenge. I think this one speaks for itself so I’ll just say this: you have to escape a room through various challenges. And it’s definitely one of the more challenging Skeleton Key’s at the park.

And, last but certainly not least, we have Demon: Reignited!

I think Demon: Reignited was a fantastic addition to Haunt. Before Demon was a ride you’d probably skip, but now it’s smooth, and has some awesome effects, and now it turned into a MUST when visiting the park!

And that about wraps it up! Thank you for checking out our article for California’s Great America Haunt! It’s a definite MUST! Highly recommend it! And thank you again to California’s Great America, Roger Ross, and the whole team for inviting us out and providing a FANTASTIC night!

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