Something was missing from the Queen Mary Dark Harbor's attractions for Halloween 2015: some kind of special up-charge event to replace the disappointing "Encounters" from last year. Well, that changed today with the announcement that the Queen Mary will offer an "Anubis Paintball Adventure," in which guests will wage a 3D paintball battle against the Egyptian god.
Paintball and/or airsoft attractions seem to becoming an increasingly prevalent part of Southern California Halloween attractions, appearing first in Haunted Hollywood Sports, then the Knotts Berry Farm Halloween Haunt, and now at Dark Harbor. The appeal is pretty obvious: it's a chance to turn the tables and fight back against the monsters, instead of passively running away in fear. The self-defense aspect also solves a problem apparent in many haunts: the monsters get up in your face but do not actually attack you, leaving you to wonder why. Now we know why: because you can make them eat lead!
Dark Harbor will run at the Queen Mary on weekends in October, starting on the first. Get more info here.
Read the press release:
The Queen Mary's Dark Harbor Unveils the New Anubis Paintball Adventure
Over 200 Monsters, Mummies & Freaks Will Find Their Way On Board the Infamously Haunted Ship
LONG BEACH, Calif., (August 26, 2015) –Fear lives here at The Queen Mary's Dark Harbor as the torrid history of the haunted ship rises from the deep October 1 - November 1, 2015. In addition to Dark Harbor's horrific new maze, Lullaby, that tells the tale of the ship's youngest soul, Scary Mary, the annual fright festival is thrilled to unveil the all-new Anubis Paintball Adventure.
Those who dare will venture into the tombs of Anubis, the Greek Egyptian jackal-headed god of mummification and the afterlife. In Anubis' underworld, guests will test their skills in an LED 3D paintball battle against the most terrifying gaggle of mummies, monsters and myths.
The brand new Lullaby maze will take guests on a frightening voyage with Dark Harbor's youngest soul, Scary Mary, who has haunted the Queen Mary ever since her horrific drowning in the poolroom in 1952. Dark Harbor will also welcome the new Side Show of Freaks and Oddities and the Side Show Bar that will bring guests up close into the grotesque world of freaks.
The Ringmaster, The Captain and their band of spirits including Samuel the Savage, Graceful Gale, Half-Hatch Henry and Scary Mary will be joined by over 200 grizzly monsters and ghouls that will be plotting terrifying tricks and treats throughout the season of fear. Dark Harbor's signature haunts Deadrise, Soulmate, B340, Circus and the Voodoo Village will be wrought with more horrific monsters than ever before.
Dark Harbor brings the true torrid tales of The Queen Mary to life, offering one of the most authentically terrifying experiences available. The annual event begins October 1 and continues to inflict fear on select dates through November 1. Ticket prices start at just $20 online, with Fast Fright, VIP Passes, and lodging packages available. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit www.queenmary.com/dark-harbor.