A new, completely contactless Halloween experience is coming to Central Florida this fall. Titled “The Haunted Road,” this experience hopes to satisfy the need for fear with safe social distancing measures.
A group of Orlando-based creative and themed entertainment professionals teamed up to reimagine the traditional haunted house experience, developing a new kind of haunt. The entire event was designed with physical distancing measures in mind, from contact-free check-in by license plate, to immersive drive-in scenes.
The haunt’s original storyline presents familiar characters as you have never seen them before. As guests drive through each scene, they’ll be immersed in an untold version of “Rapunzel” as she travels into a world of nightmares, faces terrifying creatures, and plenty of scares.
Here’s a preview:
A family-friendly version of the event will be available during the daytime on select weekends, and will feature an adaptation of the immersive scenes and storyline, but trading screams for Halloween fun that everyone can enjoy.
“With the arts and entertainment industry at a standstill, and an increasing need to find new, safe outdoor entertainment, we knew it was the perfect time to develop a unique Halloween experience so everyone can enjoy a dose of horror this upcoming Halloween season, from the comfort of their car,” said Jessica Mariko, executive producer and creative principal for The Haunted Road.
Mariko is leading a team of creatives that have worked on shows and attractions to develop an original storyline and immersive theming for The Haunted Road.
She is known for bringing to life other experiences in Orlando, including DRIP, a theatrical dance/rock show known for its full sensory environment.
UPDATE: 08/17/20, 12:02 p.m. – The Haunted Road has announced an on-sale date for tickets, as well as the dates the drive-thru haunt will run. The event will be offered on select nights from Sept. 25 – Nov. 7, and tickets will go on sale starting Wednesday, Aug. 19.
This experience is recommended for guests ages 13 and up. However, on Nov. 6-7, the team behind the event will dial up the intensity for “The Haunted Road: Unrestricted,” featuring even more gore and horror for guests 18 and up.
The event will take place in East Orlando at 15239 Lake Pickett Road, at the same locations as Corn Maze Orlando and the Painted Oaks Academy.
A “Beyond the Road” upgrade will be available for $79 per vehicle for both the nighttime and daytime event. The nighttime add-on includes priority viewing at each scene, access to an exclusive bonus scene, and a digital photo taken during the experience. The daytime upgrade will also include priority viewing, a digital photo, plus a customized live greeting for kids and a rainbow car wash.
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