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    Lightbulb Haunted Maze Design

    Hey everyone. I'm working on putting up a maze this year and I would like to get yall's feedback on it. This is just a prelim design. I only have 10ftx35ft to work with. The entrance and exit both have to be on the same side. (as you see in the paint drawing.)

    How does this design look? Any Tips or changes? There are 2 "rooms" in it as you see. Each will have a actor.

    Thanks for the help!

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    Most halloween "mazes" are just windy corridors with rooms for displays and maybe hidey holes for people to jump out of. There is only one path to follow.

    With your dead end, your maze is a real maze. You'd need to make sure to space groups out so that people walking back from the dead end don't run into more guests coming in. That's my thought at least.

    I find traffic control to be one the hardest things about a haunt. You don't want people to pile up at bottlenecks inside but you want enough flow to avoid a huge line outside.

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    Looks good. What are plans for it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GraveyardGus View Post
    Most halloween "mazes" are just windy corridors with rooms for displays and maybe hidey holes for people to jump out of. There is only one path to follow.

    With your dead end, your maze is a real maze. You'd need to make sure to space groups out so that people walking back from the dead end don't run into more guests coming in. That's my thought at least.

    I find traffic control to be one the hardest things about a haunt. You don't want people to pile up at bottlenecks inside but you want enough flow to avoid a huge line outside.
    Yea I understand that but I really don't think I will have much of a issue about that due to the fact that I usually don't have a long stream of people. They usually come in small groups. (2-5 people) I'm not big enough for there to be a big hold up. I plan on having it controlled by only letting 1 group go at a time. then when I hear my actors do their thing I will know they are almost done so I can send the next group in.

    I think at max I have about 100-200 people come the whole night. (hoping I get more this year due to adding a lot of stuff and more advertising)

    Thanks for the input! Still contemplating the design and will keep you all in the loop as I go about building it.

    Mal
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sleepersatty99 View Post
    Looks good. What are plans for it?
    I'm going to make one of the rooms a "mad scientist" type and then I was debating whether or not to either do the other room a "polka-dot scare" room or a Fortune tellers room. Not sure yet...
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    Okay Did some thinking and I think it would be WAY to short to just have what I have now. Done some remodeling and this is what I think I will end up doing.

    In the Backyard I will set up fog Machines and a graveyard. Plus maybe a few more "scares."

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    The second one doesn't work because the two parts are separated. Just putting an opening above the orange blocked-off doorway won't work because the section right above it doesn't go anywhere.

    The best thing to do is get some graph paper (you can make it yourself with a ruler and pencil, or probably make one in Paint and print a bunch out) and then pencil out some different layouts before deciding on a final design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Screaming Demons View Post
    The second one doesn't work because the two parts are separated. Just putting an opening above the orange blocked-off doorway won't work because the section right above it doesn't go anywhere.

    The best thing to do is get some graph paper (you can make it yourself with a ruler and pencil, or probably make one in Paint and print a bunch out) and then pencil out some different layouts before deciding on a final design.
    Well My thoughts on the second one is they will enter the Maze walk through it until they get to the Exit in the back "to backyard" then walk around a path I make in the backyard then reenter the maze again in the "from backyard" part which they will then walk to the end of the maze.
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    So if your walls are solid you could add a couple of drop panels that would double your actor exposure...

    Even if all the walls can't be solid if a couple could be it would work....

    Also, it would place the actors in a position to scare the TOTs forward through your attraction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Palmdale Haunter View Post
    So if your walls are solid you could add a couple of drop panels that would double your actor exposure...

    Even if all the walls can't be solid if a couple could be it would work....

    Also, it would place the actors in a position to scare the TOTs forward through your attraction.

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    I didnt even think of drop panels. yea my walls are going to all be solid wood. Thanks for the tip!
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