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California’s Great America Needs to Demonize “the Demon” during Halloween Haunt

It seems like a match made in heaven…err, HELL perhaps.

Since California’s Great America began their annual Halloween Haunt, it has missed out on what would be the EASIEST haunted attraction – ever. That’s right, I’m talking about the Demon.

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Photo Credit: Kris Rowberry. All Rights Reserved, 2015.

If you were ever looking for an excuse to bring back some of the older theme of this classic Arrow Development ride, wouldn’t Haunt be the perfect opportunity?

Let’s start with the queue line. By now, every park fan has probably heard of the infamous “Demon Song” – a nearly twenty-six minute loop of a custom theme song for ride, coupled with skits between. And there’s no need to look for it, CGA – here it is…in it’s entirety:

This “demon-itization” could also include sprucing up all the accent lighting around the ornate rock work. And you know what, why not throw in some zombies on the other side of the fence just to make things interesting?

Now, let’s get to some of the most contentious, yet easiest to accomplish items, if you use a little creativity.

 

1.) Fog in the Tunnels:

Photo Credit: Kris Rowberry. All Rights Reserved, 2003.

We can all see the light sockets are still there from the 1980 season (check out how amazing it was, too):

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…and while they’ve just been DYING to be reused (couldn’t resist), why not do a much cheaper alternative for now by just throwing some white (or red strobes) inside the tunnel, with two of those Haunt fog machines at the entrance to it? The train will naturally draw in the fog into the tunnel and the effect will be both disorienting and amazing at the same time.

 

2.) The Bloodfall:

Photo Credit: Kris Rowberry. All Rights Reserved, 2004.

Photo Credit: Kris Rowberry. All Rights Reserved, 2004.

This one is arguably more complicated. We’re guessing the pump may have gone out a few years ago and it isn’t too easy to get out to be replaced. But – that doesn’t mean you can’t fill the pond below with that eerie red liquid for effect or throw some more strobes and fog out there…

.2.) The Demon Himself:

Sadly, last weekend when I stayed until closing, the head wasn’t even lit up. Not even the eyes. Too bad, because when he is – it’s awesome:

Photo Credit: Kris Rowberry. All Rights Reserved, 2004.

People give the Paramount-era at this park a bad rap – most of the lighting and water effects WORKED during this time (sans the big tunnel).

Need we remind everyone the 40th park anniversary is coming up in 2016 next year. With nostalgia a BIG seller these days, what better way to throw it back, then to finally see a return of our terrifying Demon…

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