By E.M. Fredric
Long Beach, CA (The Hollywood Times) 09/30/2018 – Dark Harbor Nights returns at the Queen Mary and reigns deliriously supreme as what Time Magazine dubbed one of the “Top 10 most haunted places on Earth.” As you await outside for admission – the Captain yells: “OPEN THE GATES!!!” (https://youtu.be/tpDeQ3W8AI8) Then you will be met by over 200 nefarious monsters as you travel into the depths of decay with six terrifying mazes to conquer amid with an evening that promises the most intense season of LA County’s Halloween attractions and a screamingly good time.
Dark Harbor promises its most sinister season to date as you dodge these insidious entities who remain – artfully dead but swiftly mobile – at every turn. If you survive the mazes – seek out the hidden bars, imbibe on intense concoctions indulge in wickedly delicious and colorful fair treats. 3 Ring Concessions and IScream satisfy your sweet tooth – fiendishly. The El Diablo, Poison Pizza, Forge Grill, The Shack and Mess Hall annihilates the most monstrous of appetites.
Spirits can be found in abundance at the Ice Cave, Last Drop, Barrel Room, Rusty Nail and Pier and Gallows and other surprise pop-up bars on the ship.
There are restrooms strategically located and in abundant supply with even a smoking area after visiting the Haunted Hookah that has sweet flavored tobacco amongst the mayhem in the midway or you can sit with a man who drives a nail into his face. (https://youtu.be/yEZthjDyU3M)
The Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch Sinister Swings (https://youtu.be/L8Gh7pzTiSs) lift you high into the air with an aerial and dizzying view of the variety acts and other live entertainment. Slider Alley showcases the Dark Harbor Slider, a one-of-a-kind stunt show with two shows nightly at 9 and 11p.m. Other main sideline attractions the Sideshow, Village Stage, The Pyre, Priestess Perches and more surprises will satiate even the bravest of souls.
To be on board the Queen Mary – whether you’re seated in the theatre that throttles one’s senses at the Panic 4-D experience or crawling and screaming through mazes while wandering amongst the vagabonds – her history is felt down to the marrow of your bones. The majesty of the vessel – rich in maritime history provides mesmerizing views of the Pacific Ocean and city skyline. It has been said that, “at the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built.”
The nights are devilishly diverse, sinisterly savage and one you that will haunt you to return if not this year – the next. It’s addictive in the most fiendish of ways. Dark Harbor’s sinister allure drags your spirit to remain with theirs… long after your depart. You will come back… if you survive the countdown: 6 blood curdling mazes, 5 terrifying weeks, 3 new secret bars, 2 magnetizing states and 1 exit… if you make it. It’s a bone-chilling, electrifying and insanely creepy experience that will saturate and bloody your senses.
Dark Harbor open from September 27, 2018 – November 2, 2018 at the Queen Mary is located at: 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, California 90802. Story Photos By E.M. Fredric
Phone: (213) 906-0110 or (800)437-2934
Tickets, parking and shuttle information: www.queenmary.com
Additional discounted tickets can be found on www.goldstar.com and at Costco