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10-11-2009, 12:10 PM #1
An Interactive iPhone Theme Park?
Image via Shocktoberfest
If you're unfamiliar with Shocktoberfest, it's a haunted theme park in Pennsylvania now in its 15th year of operation.
With attractions that include Hollywood-style computer-controlled special effects and a smorgasbord of horror-themed rides, Shocktoberfest is like Six Flag's "Fright fest" on crack.
But only beginning Tuesday will the theme park be cool enough for me to actually want to visit. Shocktoberfest is going interactive, thanks to the iphone. And personally, I hope this development sparks a dominant trend in all amusement and theme parks.
Shocktoberfest, Pennsylvania's Premier Haunted Theme Park announces Tuesday their new iScareYou attractions for the 2009 Halloween season.
One of the best ScareZones is found along the queue line of The Toxic Asylum Haunted House. The line winds around a blind corner where an animatronic zombie prop hides just out of sight. A press of the "Boo Button" on an Apple iPhone sends lights flashing and the zombie into the air towards its victim.
"There's definitely an aspect of voyeurism here," says Patrick Konopelski, Executive Producer of Shocktoberfest, referring to the power that the customers hold in their hands, adding, "to give a customer the ability to scare the wits out of someone else through their cell phone is almost magical."
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10-11-2009, 12:24 PM #2Shocktoberfest is like Six Flag's "Fright fest" on crack.
10-11-2009, 12:38 PM #3
Man that sounds cool. I wish I was close to one I would go just for the iphone fun. I hope this is a hit.I have enough money to last me the rest of my life, unless I buy something. -- Jackie Mason
10-11-2009, 12:44 PM #4
Now Knotts has to hop on board!I always feel sorry for the guy in the iPhone commercials. He always gets a call right in the middle of trying to do something
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10-11-2009, 12:55 PM #5
I live in Pennsylvania, does anyone know where in Pennsylvania this is?
10-11-2009, 01:29 PM #6
Sounds awesome, I want to go there.Asking for help is different from being stupid. Fanboys can rot in @#$%!
10-11-2009, 01:53 PM #7
10-11-2009, 02:31 PM #8
That's bad ***. So how does it work? Is it an App or a website?
10-11-2009, 02:41 PM #9
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10-11-2009, 02:57 PM #11
thats cool but imagine controlling the roller coaster ur on from ur fone that would b amazing and a lot of ppl will loose there fone
10-11-2009, 03:27 PM #12
so, how long til things break cause like 100 iphone users in the same line are trying to make things jump out at people?
10-11-2009, 03:56 PM #13Yeah, you'll be the coolest person in the room when you pull one out and show it around, but that gets old fast when three other people have them and one person somehow has one that glows in the dark.
John C. Dvorak
The American columnist and broadcaster in article 'Rethinking the iPhone' in PC Magazine.
10-11-2009, 11:34 PM #14Sounds awesome
I live in NYC and I am going to take a week off from work to visit all these haunted attractions. To be honest I never heard of Shocktoberfest until a second a go when I read this.
Interactive iPhone haunts? Awesome! This means they are putting some serious money into this park. Haunted parks are cheesy as hell, but if these people are trying so hard it must be 'cause that's what is exactly happening... and I am interested.
I am visiting the Penitentiary one, Bates motel and now...this one.
10-11-2009, 11:42 PM #15
10-11-2009, 11:43 PM #16
Wish it wasn't so far away from AZ, sounds cool for sure.
10-12-2009, 11:28 AM #17
10-12-2009, 02:07 PM #18
this sounds cool i wonder how it works tho, and how many people will be trying to do it at once, i live in the lehigh valley NE of reading, i see brochures everywhere but ive never been to shocktoberfest. i might just have to make a stop by here before this runs outOriginally Posted by ??????
10-12-2009, 07:44 PM #19
Might have make a trip to the East Coast (Just have to find a way for it to be a tax write off or have the employer pay for it)
10-12-2009, 08:37 PM #20
Cool, cool, cool...This is getting a lil' ridiculous...