The Blood Asylum was our first stop of the night. Waiting didn’t take as long as I imagined, there is just this feeling of being cattle or sheep all being herded to slaughter. As we waited with the rest of the sheep, we partly watched a video that couldn’t be heard over the excitement about the “Creature”, a killer that escaped from the asylum along with other inmates. But I never got to see who or what the “Creature” looked like. The way the maze is structured made me feel closed in and the fumes from the chainsaw at times felt a bit suffocating. As I slowly walked through the maze— giving other guests time to catch up so that I wouldn’t be scared to death— the other patrons screamed and the sounds of opening and closing trap doors were more than enough to build up the horror. What I loved most was the character who sits at the front of the maze. He really fit the part for someone who belonged in an asylum with a bed pan in hand smearing what appeared to be fecal matter on his face, which may or may not have been a "satisfying" chocolaty treat.
Timbuktu (the area where I worked), where I briefly caught them wrapping up the end of the show at Dr. Freakentein’s university, where each monster was a professor in several subjects. I couldn't pass the eye-candy on stage for all guests to see, and I’m not just talking about the show’s naughty nurses.
Poe things My last stop for the evening was Nevermore, an Edgar Allan Poe-based house, which kind of has a Tell-Tale Heart vibe to it. However, what I was concerned most about were the patrons who exited the haunted house. Several were complaining about being grabbed within the haunted walls. I personally know that this is a major no-no for anyone who works for Busch Gardens and the thought of being grabbed by some stranger almost deterred me from making my way, stumbling through the my own Poe experience. I’m not sure what happened with other guests but I safely made it through without one hair on my head being touched, maybe it was Poe himself reaching out to guests with sunken eyes and a sullen face whispering Nevermore.