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haunted-adventuresIf you go to the Gatlinburg area and are into all things creepy, spooky, and scary (like myself) then I definitely recommend
Ripley’s Haunted Adventure

Ripley’s Haunted Adventure takes haunted houses to the next level. Live actors lurk behind every corner of this creepy renovated mansion, just waiting to “welcome” you to their home.

That high pitched scream you hear…yea that’s you. But remember, you must be at least 6 years old to enter, if you dare!

If you are looking for a scare for a reasonable price I highly recommend it. This is, by far, the best Haunt in Gatlinburg. From the old-fashioned lift at the beginning to the “shock ending” everything is themed very nicely. The transitions between the scenes are virtually non-existent but each room is themed spectacularly with great gags throughout. It may not be the biggest, scariest, or fanciest haunt out there, but it elicited several jumps from this hardened haunt goer so I can imagine what it would do for the uninitiated.

As great as it is, there are a few cons. Due to this being a year-round haunt, staffing, and customer volume your experience will fluctuate.

"Stumpy" a comedic character who greets during select times.

“Stumpy” a comedic character who greets during select times.

It depends largely on staffing and the effort of the scare actors. Also, a great deal of the attraction relies on animatronic props and motion activated gags. Naturally, if these are not operating correctly, you experience will be diminished. I’ve gone through this and had it terrifying and on point but I’ve also seen it so-so and lackluster.

For the price ($14.00 or $36.00 paired with two other Ripley’s attraction) it really is the best haunted bang for your buck in Gatlinburg.  If you are looking for a more realistic ghost tour they have that as well (and I will write about it in another review). But for what it is: a fun, 15 minute experience. I feel it is definitely worth it.

HOURS

January — February: 11am to 8pm
March — Memorial Day: 10am to 9pm
Memorial — Labor Day: 10am to 11pm
Labor Day — New Year’s Day:11am to 9pm
Open 365 days a year!

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