Location: The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA 90802
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Description: The Queen Mary Dark Harbor returns for 2012, with six mazes and five new characters. This year, the annual Halloween attraction exploits the venerable Queen Mary’s own haunted history, offering frights based on allegedly documented events. The Queen Mary’s annual October event has long been one of Hollywood Gothique’s favorite ways to enjoy Halloween in Los Angeles, but we have occasionally regretted the reluctance to utilize the many real-life tales that recounted in the floating hotel’s year-round “Ghosts & Legends” tour. Tapping this rich vein seems like an excellent way to inject new vitality spooky ship’s Dark Harbor.
This year’s cast of new characters includes five ghouls and ghosts that supposedly roam the dank corridors of the Queen Mary. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, the aura of authenticity should lend an extra layer of unease to one of the most atmospheric of Los Angeles Halloween events:
- The Captain – Captain of the Grey Ghost during WWII, he’s still protecting his undead troops.
- Samuel the Savage – Locked in room B340 after a violent outburst, Samuel was later found ripped apart in his room and is now locked forever in Containment – or is he?
- Graceful Gale – This classic beauty boarded the ship in 1939 and then disappeared without a trace. Now Gale haunts the dance floor looking for a new partner – for eternity.
- Half Hatch Henry – A young firefighter who was crushed by hatch #13, Henry roams the ship’s mazes looking for action.
- Scary Mary – The ship’s youngest soul has haunted the ship since her drowning in the pool. Mary’s always looking for a new playmate.
In addition to five returning mazes ( Submerged, Hellfire, Containment, The Village of the Damned, and The Cage), 2012 sees the debut of Deadrise, named after an escort ship that guided the Queen Mary (then known as the Grey Ghost) through enemy waters in World War II – until a fatal crash sent Deadrise to the bottom of the ocean. This year, the Captain of Dead rise emerges from his watery grave, accompanied by his dead crew, as they seek control of Dark Harbor.
Dates: Oct. 5-7, 12-14, 18-21, 25-28, 31
Hours: 7 p.m. to midnight
Prices: $24 for General Admission; $20 each for Groups of 15 or more; $20 “Happy Hour” tickets (available online only), valid for entrance before 8pm.
More information from the press release:
Often cited as one of the most haunted places in the world, the Queen Mary announces the return of its annual Dark Harbor event this Halloween season. A new maze and new characters inspired by some of the ship’s most famous spirit inhabitants adds a new dimension to the Halloween experience that blurs the lines between paranormal and reality.
Beginning October 5, Dark Harbor returns for 15 nights of terror offering a completely unique and unpredictable experience as guests venture through six fright-filled mazes haunted by more than 250 monsters, ghouls and sprits. The event also features live entertainment, food and beverages.
New for the 2012 Halloween season is the petrifying maze, Deadrise, a WWII escort ship that helped guide the Queen Mary, at that time known as The Grey Ghost, through enemy waters until the two ships had a fatal collision. Since 1942, Deadrise has been resting in its watery grave, but The Captain has called the ship and its sailors to escort him and his ghosts and monsters as they battle against the living to reclaim Dark Harbor.
“Each year we try to expand the Dark Harbor event, and up the scare factor for our guests,” said JJ Wickham, production designer and art director of Dark Harbor. “Utilizing the well-documented haunted history of the ship for this year’s theme promises to provide guests more terrifying twists than ever before.”
“Dark Harbor is unlike any theme-park haunt with its history of documented paranormal activity,” said Erika Frost, psychic paranormal expert. “Queen Mary staff members, countless guests and paranormal tour participants have experience and encountered the spirits firsthand, and as you make your way through the six mazes, you will find yourself questioning your own reality.”
Dark Harbor is not only the most unique haunted experience in Southern California but also the best value with ticket prices starting at just $20 online, with FastFright, VIP Passes and lodging packages also available. Dark Harbor will be open October 5-7; 12-14; 18-21 and 25-28, 31 from 7 p.m. to midnight. For more information, or to purchase tickets online, visit www.queenmary.com/dark-harbor.
More in this series:
- The Queen Mary Dark Harbor 2012
- Queen Mary Dark Harbor 2012 Review