The Queen Mary, known as one of the top 10 most haunted places on Earth by “Time Magazine,” has unveiled their re-inspired and intensified “Ghosts and Legends” haunt experience, which will open to the public on Friday, Oct. 20. [Read more…]
By Gavin Hatch and Patrick Santos
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By Kimberly Button
There may be a few visitors who simply refuse to leave Titanic – The Experience on International Drive. Spirits of the passengers and crew of the Titanic are said to inhabit the attraction, which showcases authentic artifacts from the fatal voyage.
Whether those pieces recovered from the ocean brought with them a presence from the past is a matter of debate. A paranormal investigation organization from Jacksonville has tested Titanic – The Experience and found evidence of activity. For over a decade, the staff of the attraction have been witness to strange noises, unusual events and other occurrences they just simply can’t explain.
In October, guests will have the unique opportunity to take a ghost tour through the attraction and decide for themselves whether or not it’s the site of ghostly activity. Actors who portray passengers from the Titanic in daily guided tours will lead the ghost tours and share their own personal experiences. Tours will be held at 5 p.m. on Oct. 17, 24 and 31, 2013.
During a media tour held recently, Jac LeDoux, floor manager and director of actors for Orlando’s Titanic, led a ghost tour through the rooms that recreate life onboard the ill-fated ship.
Jac started the tour in the lobby and explained what to possibly expect as we walked through the attraction. Having worked there for many years, Jac said he has had multiple encounters with ghostly passengers from the Titanic that still seem to be around.
Jac stressed that the people – she does not call them spirits – are not evil and have never done anything that was malevolent. She recounted stories of a little girl named Catherine that seems to be present in the building and is especially active. The staff even bought her a Raggedy Ann doll to amuse her – it’s on the shelves behind the registers where tickets are purchased.
As we walked through each room, Jac stated whether or not the location was a hotbed of activity. Some rooms seemed to have no paranormal activity, and investigators have agreed. Other rooms, though, such as the grand staircase, engine room and outside deck, seem to have the most paranormal encounters.
There definitely was a spooky feeling in some of the rooms. Whether or not it was because we had been told that there was a high amount of ghostly activity in those areas, I don’t know. One fellow guest actually felt like she was moving on water as we stood on the recreation of an outside deck underneath the night sky.
Nothing seemed to happen during our ghost tour, but the paranormal activity can’t be scheduled, obviously. Guests and staff often see and hear weird occurrences during normally scheduled tours. The ghost tour is a chance, though, to learn about the staff’s long-time interactions with the spirits of passengers who sailed on the Titanic and seem to have never left.
For more information on the tours, visit titanictheexperience.com.
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The LaVene Family Trail of Nightmares in downtown Celebration, Fla. is a surprisingly fun small-scale Halloween haunt. While it doesn’t come close to having the same big budgets used to create Halloween Horror Nights and Howl-O-Scream, this haunted walking trail does have a unique personal touch.
Dr. Daniel LaVene (pictured above) is a real doctor, currently practicing medicine at Central Florida Regional Hospital In Sanford, Fla. For the last 25 years, Dr. LaVene has been building up this home haunt and has now donated it to Celebration to benefit charities as it has simply grown too large for him to handle on his own.
On the Trail of Nightmares Web site, LaVene writes, “I do it for the kids and to see their faces….the awe of it all; and for the adults as well.” While Halloween Horror Nights and Howl-O-Scream are intended for older audiences, the scares found within the LaVene Family Trail of Nightmares are recommended for children 12 and older, though adults may bring children of any age through the experience.
To give you an idea of the level of scares found within the LaVene Family Trail of Nightmares, our cameras followed a group of young girls through the experience. This video shows the hauntingly hilarious results:
If you don’t think you’re up to visiting one of the bigger, scarier Halloween events around Central Florida, the LaVene Family Trail of Nightmares may just be the perfect Halloween event for you. It costs just $12 per person or $10 per person with two non-perishable food items to be donated to Help Now of Osceola. Celebration Residents can receive a $2 discount with a valid ID. And after you’ve walked through the trail once, you can opt to go around again for just $2 more.
You can visit The LaVene Family Trail of Nightmares from 8 to 11:30 p.m. this Thursday, Friday and Saturday (Oct. 29, 30, 31). It’s located in Lakeside Park in downtown Celebration. In addition to the Trail, food booths, a kiddie hay maze and some bounce houses are available. You can find more information and directions at trailofnightmares.com.
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