Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor returns with The Captain and his horrific armada of ghosts to give new life (or death) to a haunted carnival. The Captain invites you to cross over when you reach the main entrance. Don’t be scared, my pretty! He only wants your soul. As you cross over, a new evil character, The Ringmaster, hauntingly greets you with a snide smile and evil laugh. As you enter the carnival, more spooky characters reach out from the beyond to make contact by grunting, growling, and staring into your soul.
After crossing over, the energy drain made us a hungry for flesh. Dracula’s Pizza had giant slices of pizza, garlic battered corn dogs, garlic fries, and garlic chicken kabobs. Flesh freshly grilled on the large bbq pits in front. I didn’t feel like scaring off the vampires so I went to the next stand, Creepy Tacos. Now, this is what I’m talking about – brains, cheeks, and tongue. The zombie in me wanted brains (sesos), but due to the unpopularity of this menu item for the first couple of weeks, they decided not to offer it. I was a little disappointed, but they did have the cheeks (cachetes), tongue (lengua, one of my favorite taco meats), and I replaced the sesos with al pastor. The portions were good, but the flavor was just not there. It’s like they cooked the meats to perfection, but with no salt. The meats were very bland. By texture, I could tell the lengua from the cachetes, but flavor wise, they tasted exactly the same. The green salsa didn’t help as it also was very bland, but it, at least, added a refreshing acidity to cut through some of the fat. The al pastor had a little more flavor, but still on the bland side. Bring on some salt and these would be perfect!
With my carnivorous fever unsatisfied, the next stop was Body Parts BBQ, serving up deep fried gizzards, fat baby legs (turkey legs), shredded butts (pulled pork butt sandwiches), human ribs (pork spare ribs), stuck hearts (beef heart on a stick), and Killer Kabobs (huge chicken kabobs). And, of course, due to the unpopularity, they did not have the beef heart on a stick (which pained me like a stake through my heart) and deep fried gizzards. We ended up getting the Killer Kabob which could feed an army of flesh eating zombies. It had to be at least half a chicken, deboned and skewered with zucchini, onion, and bell pepper. Chicken was tender, juicy, and flavorful. The vegetables were caramelized perfectly with a perfect bit of char flavor from the BBQ. The hungry hubby ate most of it and he was full the rest of the bloody night.
As we scurried about, they even had a Hookah Lounge available next to the bar. Creatures of the night were relaxing with beer and cocktails from the bar and puffing away as ghosts started to appear before their very eyes. A few even made an appearance in some of my photographs.
The hour of the wolf was at hand and the bright full moon shone bright. I wanted to entice my sweet tooth. Grim Reapers served up ice cream, caramel & candied apples, cotton candy, and Æbleskiver (Danish pancakes in a spherical shape). The cooking method is very similar to Takoyaki, by spinning the batter at precise cooking times to keep the ball shape. They literally tasted like pancakes in ball form. I went for the Works which is Æbleskiver topped with chocolate, caramel, strawberry sauces, and whipped cream. It was a decadent dessert, but I should have just gone with one flavor. At the end, it became too sweet for me. This would even have been great with maple syrup and whipped sweetened cream cheese too.
With my hunger fulfilled, I was ready for the mazes. Containment has a back story. After a violent outburst, Samuel was locked away in room B340. During a prisoner check, they found Samuel violently ripped apart and dead. His soul now fights to escape Containment. It feels like you’re headed toward the boiler room of the ship. It is hot, dank, and dimly lit. Worn plastic drapes your way through the maze as lost souls frightfully mumble whispers into your ear and eerily sway their way in front, to the side, and behind you. Once you’re out, a cool breeze from the ocean awakes you from your nightmare.
Circus is the big top horror encased in the dome that once held the magnificent Spruce Goose. Step right up and face your fears with a clown the swallows you whole, house of mirrors (yes, some folks actually scared themselves with their own reflection), big top acts gone awry, and lost souls acts that keep performing as if they are lost in time. The décor is gory and well imagined. There were a lot more screams in this maze. As you escape the big top, ghosts try to keep you in. Use your will to overpower them.