This past Friday, I was lucky enough to be invited to the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor for their opening night and media event. The event was held in the RIP Lounge, a VIP lounge where maze goers can relax on comfy couches as well as enjoy some food and alcoholic beverages while overlooking the entire attraction. I would definitely recommend getting passes for the RIP Lounge to anybody planning on going to Dark Harbor this year. After enjoying some cocktails and snacks, we were told about the new monsters and maze that they had added to their repertoire this year, then we were led downstairs to watch the running of the monsters. It felt like watching a scene from The Walking Dead as hundreds of zombies and creatures came rushing around the corner charging into Dark Harbor while chasing some unfortunate few.
After a few more rounds of cocktails, obviously to boost my courage, we were led around in groups to several of the mazes, the first being Dead Rise, their newest attraction. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but what I can say is that the monsters and scares at Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor are thoroughly frightening. My favorite part of the entire attraction is being able to go onto the Queen Mary. The idea of being on a supposedly haunted ship makes it all the more creepier, not to mention the smell…old, musty, and dank. Everything about that old ship just adds to the tension of even being on it.
If you find that you’ve got a sore throat from screaming too much, you can grab yourself a drink at one of many stalls located in-between the mazes. You can also grab some greasy treats from a variety of different food stands if you feel the need to calm your stomach. And, if you need to take a break from walking around and dealing with monsters getting in your face every five seconds, they have live music and a large seating area for you to enjoy your food and beverage while listening to the sweet, sweet sounds of a screeching guitar. I obviously had to sit and listen to amazing guitar solos as I helped myself to more food and drinks before I continued my exploration of what the Queen Mary had to offer me.
All in all I can say that I had an extremely great time, maybe a little boozed up by the end of it, but a great time nonetheless. If you’re on the fence about going to check out the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, I’d say just go for it. You will not be disappointed.
Photos: Michael Di Dia