Ghost Ship 2011 Debut

Ghost Ship poster verticalDates: October 14-15, 21-22, 28-29
Location: 2901 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA 92663
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Description: Ten Thirty One Productions - creators of the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride, one of our favorite Halloween events in Los Angeles - set sail on a new adventure, a ghostly cruise in Orange County. We're not talking about a mock-boat and make-believe sailing; this is the real thing: a 75-minute tour on the high seas that is anything but a pleasure cruise, with guests allowed to roam from deck to deck, encountering horrors guaranteed to send shivers down the spines of all who dare face them.

Alcohol and snacks will be served on the "Shock Therapy Deck." I.D. required.

Ghost Ship is not recommended for children under 12, or for people with heart or back problems, pregnant women, people prone to seizures or seak-sickness. No outside alcohol permitted. Leave all metal objects in your car. No costumes allowed.

Tours may be cancelled due to weather; check website for info (unfortunately, the official website is as slow as coagulated blood).

Hours: Ship sets sail nightly at 6:30pm, 8:15pm & 10:00pm

Tickets: $59

FROM THE PRESS RELEASE:

Los Angeles, CA / Orange County, CA – From the creators of the popular Los Angeles Haunted Hayride, Ghost Ship is the first haunted attraction in the country to take place on a ship that sets sail into the dark, open ocean at night. Departing from Newport Beach, California and comprised of three levels of highly interactive content, Ghost Ship (www.ghostship.com) will send guests on a 75-minute ride of pure terror where not one corner of this ship is off limits.

The plot behind Ghost Ship starts in the early 1930’s when the state of California became responsible for the residents of Psych Ward 7. These were the most dangerous inmates in the country, so dangerous that no walls on land were considered adequate to keep society safe. It was decided that these inmates were to be housed on a ship anchored over 100 miles off shore that was to become the country’s first floating asylum. One fall night in 1939, without so much as a cloud in the sky or a ripple in the water, the ship disappeared off the Coast Guard’s radar and has never been found…until now.

The gut of the ship will bring guests through the abandoned hallways of what once was the treatment deck for those in need of Electro Shock Therapy, Hydrotherapy, and Sleep Disorder Rehabilitation as well as the old examination rooms and morgue. The middle floor will appear to provide a moment of calm where patrons can grab a cocktail and take in the old ballroom vibe of the 1930's. However, appearances can be incredibly deceiving as this may just be the most disturbing floor of the ship with some severely twisted surprises that guests will never see coming. Lastly, the top deck will bring gluttons for punishment through an interactive execution experience that just may make them wonder "who" is actually getting executed. This will be an experience you will not want to miss if you are someone with a high tolerance for fear. And, we must warn you that once you have stepped onto Ghost Ship, you are fair game.

Once guests enter the ship, they are able to move through the floors at their own pace. Melissa Carbone, Executive Producer of Ghost Ship states that “Obviously, content is very important to haunted attractions, but I believe that of equal importance is the environment in which you place that content. That’s what makes Ghost Ship special. It’s another exercise in isolation…this time in the ocean. And that to our knowledge has not been done before.“

Ghost Ship has also adopted a “Fur Free” policy prohibiting guests from bringing garments made of fur onto the ship with an apropos slogan for the season of “We have enough blood and guts inside, NO FUR PLEASE.”

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