5933 American Way, Orlando 32819
Admission: Day show (all ages) $9.50; night show (over 8 only) $14.95
Hours: Daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to midnight
Location: Across from Wet ’n Wild
The art of stylish entertaining may be dying elsewhere but it’s alive and decomposing at Skull Kingdom where gracious ghouls invite you in for a tour of their decrepit digs on I-Drive.
If you’ve ever been to one of those haunted houses that spring up as fundraisers around Halloween, then you have a pretty good idea of what awaits you, although the experience here is probably a good bit more elaborate. For those new to the genre, the experience goes something like this: Once a group of likely victims, er guests, congregates, the doors open and the group is sent on a leisurely 20-minute stroll through two floors of mazes and cavernous rooms past all manner of yucky surprises. Most of the creatures you encounter are mechanical dummies but some are scarily real, and the living (or at least undead) entertainers carry off their tasks with great aplomb. If it’s any consolation to the squeamish, the unwritten rule of the game is that the performers never actually touch you. Skull Kingdom also has a spiffy new building, a brooding castle with an enormous skull shaped entrance, and it uses a bit more technology than similar attractions elsewhere — film, mechanical monsters, voiceover recordings, and the like.
Nearby: SkyVenture, Wet ’n Wild, Universal Orlando.
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