Disturbia: Screams in the Park
Reviewed on: Sunday, October 11, 2015
As many of us who have been around for a while know, Rosemont has already been the center for trade shows and conferences. But, in recent years, new avenues have been paved and trendy endeavors have been established. Including a high-end bowling alley, country-musician named bar and grill, breweries, indoor skydiving, trendy hotels, a brand new outlet mall and even the offices of one of the power-house NCAA conferences! What else does that combination need? Well, give yourself a gold star if you said haunted attraction!
Buried deep underneath the MB Financial Park is Disturbia: Screams in the Park. To get there, you actually have to take a REAL elevator and press the down button! (Oh yes, this sets the tone.) But, then exiting into the darkness is just the beginning.
From the very first opening scene, we knew the “ride” was going to be a wild one. After a short, incredibly well-choreographed fight scene, we were split apart and whisked away in to the darkness!
One of the big highlights that no other attraction has the ability to work with, is the fact that the tour is actually built inside of a parking garage. Using the outdoors to their advantage, rooms are filled with a new raw and unstable sensation, and a host of new smells that “indoor” attractions don’t have. But, don’t think there is any lack of detail. The crew here does an outstanding job of making the fantasy real. They even add dirt and different textures to the floor, to keep even your feet guessing!
Beyond many of the incredible traditional house and crypt scenes, one of our favorites is one filled with clear-plastic lined walls and mannequins from wall to wall. And when some of them started to move, our group had the hair stand up on the back of our necks… and all at the same time!
Some of the acting highlights include, “Jimbo” in the zombie crypt room. (Let us tell you this bag of bones can move!) And then there is “Big Hoss” who carries around a real ax, and even demonstrates by sticking it into one of the support beams!
The Bottom Line: This is a solid haunted attraction that is worth every bit of your time. Come for fun and the screams, but don’t forget your running shoes!
Entertainment: 17 out of 20
Scare Factor & Fright: 8 out of 10
Acting: 8.5 out of 10
Sets & Room Detail: 8 out of 10
Costumes: 4 out of 5
Make Up: 4 out of 5
Sound: 5 out of 5
Lights: 5 out of 5
Props & Special Effects: 8.5 out of 10
Originality & Story Concept: 8 out of 10
Management & Owner Presentation: 5 out of 5
Website: 5 out of 5
Total: 86 points out of 100 points possible
– Official Haunted House Chicago Review Team Review