- Aileen Stein
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Castle on the Hill Opens with Two New Attractions in Pigeon Forge, TN
Castle of Chaos and Hannah's Maze of Mirrors Intrigue Guests of All Ages
PIGEON FORGE, TN (JUNE 21, 2012) - Haunted house aficionados, video game buffs, and Pigeon Forge visitors who are ready for a thrill will now find a whole new kind of entertainment at Parkway and Showplace Boulevards in Pigeon Forge, TN. The Castle on the Hill contains two new attractions that get the heart racing while offering interactive family fun.
Castle of Chaos merges the technologies of 3D films, amusement park rides, and video games to create an eerie 5D adventure. Guests are beckoned to explore the potential supernatural occurrences inside and find themselves in a multi-dimensional battle against evil. Once securely seated in armchairs with 3D glasses on and pistols ready at their sides, riders are spun into a harrowing adventure including sequences with total darkness, wind, water, smoke and foul scents, among other effects. Each player racks up thousands of points shooting at targets that react in real time. Bonus levels can be achieved by hitting such items as candles, paintings, bugs, bats, and rats. The top five scorers are shown on screen at the end of the ride.
"Castle of Chaos is such an engrossing experience because it is the first ride in the world to incorporate so many multi-media and interactive technologies in one attraction," says Tej Sundher, Kuvera Attractions Partner whose family also built the new Hollywood Wax Museum next door.
"We introduced this attraction in Branson, MO in 2010 and are pleased to open the latest version here in Pigeon Forge," he says. "We've found that the competitive element really adds a level of engagement that you don't get in other haunted house-type attractions."
On the lighter side, Hannah's Maze of Mirrors challenges guests of all ages to enjoy the magic and mystery of mirrors as they attempt to save the once-vain Princess Hannah of Savannah who has been trapped by Hetty the Witch (otherwise known as Ugly Hetty).
Guests find themselves spellbound as they discover 288 potential turns among hundreds of mirrored walls and archways developed by the world's foremost maze designer, Adrian Fisher. The British maze mastermind incorporated special lighting effects, an infinity drawbridge, rotating floor, Ugly Hetty's vortex, and other elements that add to the illusion and the fun.
According to Sundher, "Visitors are really part of the story, from being welcomed to the Castle of Savannah by Queen Emmy to taking on the quest shared by Wizard of the Golden Globe. We've seen kids yelling for Hannah as they walk through, teens playfully arguing over who is actually 'The Chosen One', and baffled yet smiling people of all ages really enjoying the challenge."
The modern fairy tale and its characters were created by Kuvera Partners based partly on the impressive exterior of the castle. The towers are sculpted representations of the witch and wizard that guests meet inside.
Castle of Chaos and Hannah's Maze of Mirrors are now open 365 a year in the Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center (110 Showplace Blvd., Pigeon Forge, TN 37863). Pick Your Fun discount passes are available at the box office or on-line for both attractions, as well as the Hollywood Wax Museum. For tickets, visit http://www.hollywoodwaxmuseum.com/pigeon-forge/tickets.htm. For hours and additional information, visit http://www.HollywoodWaxEntertainment.com or www.facebook.com/HollywoodWaxEntertainment, or call (865) 428-5228.
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