Review of The Haunted Hydro Haunted Attraction

Review of The Haunted Hydro Haunted Attraction

Review of The Haunted Hydro Haunted Attraction

The Haunted Hydro

The Haunted Hydro is a Haunted Attraction located in Fremont, OH.

1333 Tiffin Street, Fremont, OH 43420
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Haunt Type(s):

Multiple Haunts1EscapeRoom1HauntedTrail

Links:

The Haunted Hydro Facebook PageThe Haunted Hydro WebsiteThe Haunted Hydro on Instagram

Contact:

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Features:

Free Parking, Restrooms/Porta Potties On-Site, Handicap Accessible, Food/Concessions, Gift Shop/Souvenirs, “Old-School” (Low Tech), You will NOT be touched, Original Characters, Covered Outdoor Waiting Line, Indoor/Outdoor Attraction, Family Friendly


Team Horrific Epiphany reviewed this attraction on October 6, 2017.

Final Score: 8.21

Summary:

The Haunted Hydro resides in a decommissioned hydroelectric dam in a secluded farming area of Fremont, Ohio. They are celebrating their 27th season this year with the addition of 3 high-speed escape rooms in addition to their two enormous main attractions. The Hydro’s main attraction this year was called “Quarantine” and their 2nd attraction, The Woods, ran under the name “Infestation.” The themes were evident immediately upon entering the courtyard, where a very…gooey nurse walked us through their medical shack to make sure nobody in our party had been contaminated before entering the Hydro’s courtyard. A photographer was ready to take a family photo of us before we went to explore the Hydro’s many entertaining offerings. It was suggested to us by the staff that we explore the Woods first and then the Hydro for maximum enjoyment.


Cast: 7.46

The Haunted Hydro has a huge cast of actors, many of whom are quite interactive. The “river rebel” who greeted us at the entrance of The Woods: Infestation offered the youngest of our group one last opportunity to chicken out, saying she could stay in one of the dog cages he had set up at the entrance. She declined the offer. Inside, ravenous hillbillies crept up on us from every angle, and one especially hungry infected jumped and rolled towards us before climbing a fence to try and get a taste of our delicious brains. When he didn’t succeed, he whined and looked at us so despairingly, we ALMOST wanted to give him another try.

The Hydro’s main attraction, Quarantine, carried on the theme of the first one we visited. Crazy Bob greeted us at the entrance, explaining that the Hydro has been transformed into a fort, protecting those who have (probably) not been infected by the mysterious outbreak. We however, weren’t warned of the terrifying hijinks the denizens of the Hydro were up to within the Quarantine. Twisted nuns, cannibal lunatics and even a masochistic gimp all wanted to greet our party- and they were VERY enthusiastic about the opportunity.


Costuming: 8.75

Costuming was very appropriate for the wide range of characters involved. Makeups were well done and details like grungy teeth, wild eyes and lived-in looking costumes really brought the look of the cast together in a believable way. The Hydro’s makeup team deserves a big congratulations for covering a huge cast of actors in such detailed makeups.


Customer Service: 9.13

We did not see any billboard advertisements, or hear any radio ads for the Hydro on our way to the attraction, but our GPS took us straight to their front door. They are located in the middle of a vast farming area, so when we saw the giant skull façade lit up like a beacon, we knew immediately that we had come to the right place. Their parking lot crew handed us a coupon flyer for their local sponsors and directed us immediately into a spot. They even let me know that one of the backup lights on my car was out. The ticket staff was very friendly and helpful in assisting us with organizing our wristbands and telling us where to go. When we got to the courtyard, we were greeted by Mama Jen, a security staff member who gave us suggestions on which attractions to go through first, and even found some interesting places for our hesitant boy to pass time while the rest of us took our tour. Actors in the haunt knew exactly when to back off the younger members of our group and took care not to cause any REAL trauma. Francesca spoke very knowledgeably on the history of the Haunted Hydro in their little museum trailer and invited us to pick our favorite photos from the many photo shoots hosted there for an art contest they are having. Overall, we were so very impressed with the Hydro’s customer service. Their support staff is every bit as passionate about the work they do as the actors are and they made our visit such an enjoyable experience.


Atmosphere: 9.17

The haunt has a very lived-in feeling from their many years of operating in the same location. A live DJ has a booth set up in the courtyard and plays current rock music to amuse the patrons waiting in line. Each attraction had its own separate façade and the gift shop, food truck and face painting stations were all decorated with similar signage and delightfully Halloween-y imagery. The rustic feel of the courtyard was definitely carried on through each of the haunts and created a cohesive look throughout the entire attraction.


Special Effects: 7.81

While the Woods attraction relied mainly on ambient noise for its sound effects, the Hydro attraction had eerie soundtracks playing in many different rooms throughout the haunt. Sound effects were not over-used and were playing at a good volume in areas that they were used. They saved the most spectacular special effects for their grand finale, which we won’t spoil here; just trust us when we say it was one of the hottest effects we’ve seen all season.


Theme: 6.85

From the haunt’s website: “HAUNT-O-POCALYPSE 2 – We are continuing the storyline we rose from the DEAD last year… WHY… because it was absolutely amazing, patrons requested it and the cast and crew demanded it….!”

The Hydro stuck pretty well to its contamination theme through both main attractions. Contamination is a theme we’ve seen done many times- it is a straightforward classic. The haunt building itself looks as if it could be made into a fortress and was very fitting with their backstory for this season. There were a few scenes though that maybe didn’t fit in. They were well done, but we didn’t understand where clowns fit into the theme. What is a haunt without clowns, though?


Fright Effect: 8

The Hydro doesn’t really go for all-out terror. If you meet the owner, Crazy Bob Turner, who was working the entrance to the Hydro side of the haunt, you’d understand. He has a passion for the more fun-loving and spooky side of Halloween. With that being said though, they do manage to garner screams from their patrons. They do a pretty good job of not just focusing on one or two members of the group and have tactics for visitors of all ages. The Hydro crew also has distractions down to an art form. If there isn’t a prop being used as a distraction, then the actors play as distractions for each other.


Value: 8.5

Our trip through both attractions took us about 25 minutes but, that really depends on how long the actors want to “play” with you inside each attraction. With a general admission ticket price of $20, which includes both attractions, that puts their Minutes Per Dollar value at 1.25, which is just under the average of 1.5. However, with the additional entertainment provided in the central courtyard such as: roaming actors, photo ops and their gallery, we feel that you definitely get your money’s worth. They have done a great job of using the spaces available to them and we would highly recommend this for a family visit.

Pricing:
General Admission: $20
VIP/Fast Pass: $10 additional
Combo: $25
Escape Rooms: $5/per person


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Guest Reviews
Guest Average: 0 out of 10

Sarah – 10/10
Challenge Accepted was awesome! Me and my boyfriend were looking for escape rooms in our area, and …show more as poor college students, price was a big factor. Despite being only two small locations in the mall, they have multiple rooms, at 20, 40, and 60 minutes long, with the 20-minute rooms being only $10 each! We’ve been back multiple times, and loved every one! Staff is very helpful and enthusiastic about their job, and is thrilled to explain all the little secrets after you escape. Will be back every time they make a new room!

Norma – 4/10
We visited this attraction on the last night of their 2018 season I believe. We did show up late …show more (about 20 minutes before they closed) and it was dead in the waiting line. Regardless, every group that was in the haunt somehow ended catching up to one another. We walked as slow as we could knowing there wasn’t anyone behind us but we still couldn’t stay away from the group in front of us. They had one teenage female that was petrified of everything so all the monsters kept taking advantage of it, cornering her every chance they got. They also followed her through multiple scenes that weren’t theirs while our group tried to stay behind some and there were no entertainers around because they were all following her. When they would stop and turn around to go back to their base spots (if they even have them there), some of them just walked passed us without any effort towards scaring us. It was a disaster. This chic’s name was Lauren and by the time we got to the exit of this thing, we were relieved that we didn’t have to hear her name called out over and over and over anymore. She had to of been extremely annoyed by it herself. It took all of the fun out of it. Actors even stopped us in some of the maze portions so the other monsters could entertain their group for quite some time and they would just be staring off into outer space. The only way we knew they could talk is because they said Lauren’s name already. Besides that, costuming was mostly store-bought quality. Nothing different to look at here. Scenes were the same. Some looked as if they had been built out there in the woods for years and they’ve sat through the seasons and no one’s ever gone back to touch them up. Parts of the maze where there’s a lot of plastic and wood seem to possibly be a danger. We didn’t see any actors for quite some time in them bc they were following Lauren and if someone ignited one of these things, I’m afraid it would have taken us a long time to find the exit. Some spaces were very tight for us, if those were to fill with smoke where there are roofs, I don’t think that would be good at all. At one point, we didn’t know where to go at all so we weaved through these pipe-like things and found a hole and we started walking on this really dark path into the woods. There were props and things out there but 0 lights. Come to find out, it looked like a previously closed portion of the trail because when we got to the end of it, there was no way to get back into the maze. We had to crawl under caution tape to get back in. That right there tells you that no actors were paying any attention to our group. We paid full price for our tickets that night and we honestly should have just passed this place up. We’ve been here before too and it wasn’t that bad. The highlights of the trip were the gentleman that introduced us to the park and gave us the rules before we went in. There was also one clown (Pickles, maybe
?) that actually put effort into scaring us but he was mostly one of the only ones. In one of the mazes there was a chainsaw assailant behind a door and we could hear the saw and see him through the crack of the door but we couldn’t get in. When that door finally opened, holy shit! That was the best scare in there for sure! Also, there are places where you will need to duck down, tight corridors as mentioned above, uneven terrain, and a lot of walking (especially if you’re bad at mazes) so be prepared for that.

Norma – 6/10
Maybe we just went on a bad night but we weren’t very impressed with this haunt. We had heard many …show more good things about it and we ended up with a free Saturday night so we gave it a shot. We showed up at probably 9:30 at night. Waited in line maybe 15-20 minutes so that wasn’t bad. We really didn’t have problems with spacing inside the haunt except for a few times but we were able to slow down and it helped when there wasn’t anyone behind us. I will say, there were a lot of unique things in the haunt portion. One interactive set was very different and unnerving. Some of the characters were really into their roles while others were bland. One was sitting on top of a washing machine and he jumped down and we were thinking, “Oh shit” but he didn’t do anything, he just jumped at us a little and said, “What?” In the outdoor portion of the haunt it was a bit too dark to see the characters, especially the Creeper. Our favorite part was the alligator! They know how to utilize this now, commonly-seen prop to the fullest for sure! If you are likely to pee your pants, you just might lose it on that one! I would give the house itself a 7 out of 10. Now we were under the impression that the corn field was haunted too. Although it was a good maze, there were three scareactors in it and they were terrible. No lights, sounds, sets, nothing but mud and corn and the dark. At first it was creepy but after we walked and walked and nothing happened, we were aggravated and ready to find our cars. The last actor that we came across could have hidden well since they were in all black but they didn’t, they stood in the middle of the trail acting like they couldn’t see, whispering to us as we walked asking us if we were customers. Wow. Don’t upgrade to the corn if you’re expecting a fright in there, it won’t happen.

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