In the month of October different haunted experiences pop up all around So Cal. Over the weekend I visited the Queen Mary Dark Harbor with some friends. If you remember my post from the Toei Kyoto Studio park (blog post here) then you will remember that I am a HUGE CHICKEN. When it comes to spooky things I am not a fan. So, going to an old boat filled with various scary mazes wasn’t my ideal Saturday night.
Tickets to the Queen Mary Dark Harbor range in cost from about $24+ plus a lovely $7 service charge when you book online. You can also expect to pay $20 for parking. I would recommend getting to the Queen Mary early, there will be traffic getting off the freeway and then waits for parking and park entrance. Once inside the park the setup is very fair like. There are various booths selling food and booze ranging from nachos to pizza, beer and various cocktails. For whatever reason I think the beer at the event didn’t agree with the 3 of us that indulged in it and we all ended the night feeling pretty ill.
Like I mentioned earlier I would highly recommend getting to the event as early as you can, lines for the various mazes get progressively worse as the night goes on, so take advantage of shorter lines with either an upgraded pass or getting in line as soon as possible!
Along with the mazes there are some attractions such as a swing ride available for an additional $5. There are free shows going on that I would recommend watching. Our group watched the Slider show that happened around 9:30 pm and we all enjoyed the performance. I have to say one of the best parts about the experience was all the characters/monsters. There is quite a bit put into costumes and makeup and the people working in the mazes and running around really get into character, adding to the whole spooky vibe.
I think the Queen Mary Dark Harbor would be a fun experience for couples and those who enjoy Halloween experiences. I believe it was comparable to Knott’s Scary Farm in terms of spooky fun with mazes, characters and junk food.
Oh, and don’t forget to take a selfie with some of the monsters…