Legends: A Haunting at Old Town is a year-round haunted house in Kissimmee, Florida’s Old Town. It’s about 10-15 minutes away from Walt Disney World in Orlando.
You might think that a year-round haunted house would be a small afterthought. You would be wrong. When these guys moved into Old Town a year ago they redefined the game. I had the opportunity to review them on their opening week and even then with, not everything fully installed, they impressed us.
The facility is built up into a house facade. Inside is a gift shop with T-Shirts, cups, and various Halloween merchandise.
When you enter the attraction you actually enter through an exterior funeral parlor doorway. The funny part is that if you are on the street you can sort of see inside the window for one of the rooms. I’ll bet this has amused countless families thus far.
The story revolves around Mr. Ashdown, the funeral director. You start out with a pre-show and a guide but you are then left alone to get through the rest of the house. Many of the pieces inside the haunt are real artifacts. Yes, the embalming table was actually used as such. There’s a lot of Easter eggs inside the haunt that I will talk about in part 2 where I will review their Ghost Tour.
But I digress.
Each room in here could be textbook examples of how to properly stage a haunt. Not only does it display a phenomenal understanding of psychology but they managed to get so much space out of this attraction. The entire haunt feels big because of how it was set up.
The actors – some veterans from the now defunct Terror on Church Street as well as Skull Kingdom – really know what they are doing. This means you aren’t going to have any amateurish screaming into your eardrums just to make you deaf happening in here.
From the phenomenal body bag room to the massive church room and beyond – the flow is perfect. The visual elements build a world around you that can hold its own with Universal Studios and Busch Gardens. The key difference is that A Haunting at Old Town might be scarier than all of the above.
This is what happens when someone who knows what they are doing sets up a haunt. It’s something to behold. Neither Harknell or I can think of anything negative to say about this attraction. If you are in Orlando and are a haunt fan you are doing yourself a disservice if you don’t do this one.
Stay tuned for part 2 where I will review their Ghost Tour. I have some surprising things to say about it.
Oni Hartstein is a Los Angeles-based CMO and entrepreneur that is obsessed with progressive rock / metal, marketing, and nightlife. Please direct all business inquiries or review requests to the "Contact" tab on the top nav bar.
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