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The park has two exclusive dining opportunities for this year’s Howl-O-Scream: Fright Feast and Blood Banquet. I opted to experience the latter last weekend and, after reading people’s thoughts about Fright Feast on our forum, it seems I made the right choice. By all accounts, Fright Feast is, basically, awful and should be avoided at all costs.
Now, why does something being awful suddenly justify a front page post? Well, it isn’t just a matter of Fright Feast being terrible- it’s also that the park is advertising the upcharge experience in a very misleading and maybe even flat-out dishonest way. When customers go to book a Fright Feast ticket, they’re greeted with a picture of the Doctor and Igor from Fiends, the wildly popular Abbey Stone Theatre show, alongside the following description: “The laboratory lights are on and the electricity is crackling. Dine with the surgeon, his assistant and their kooky monster at Freakenstonia Castle. The slab is just as hot as the food and the drinks are flowing faster than an I.V. drip in this riveting, entertaining and live-action experience. Plus, when you purchase online, get a one-time priority access pass to 13: Your Number’s Up.”
That description, the picture mentioned above, the fact that it includes front of the line passes to a Howl-O-Scream house, and the fact that Fright Feast takes place right next to the Abbey Stone Theatre all seem to imply that Fright Feast is a Fiends-themed dinner show much like Celtic Dyne was to Celtic Fyre during the main season. Unfortunately, this is anything but the case. Fright Feast has nothing to do with Fiends– the only thing they share in common is that they both loosely tie into the Frankenstein story and have a few characters by the same name. An actual picture from the show (thanks ChickenKing!) can be found below. Additional pictures can be found on our forum as well, here.
This misadvertisement is made even worse by the fact that guests are being told that Fright Feast is the more adult-oriented of the park’s two dining experiences this year further implying the Fiends connection. I’ll say it again, Fright Feast has nothing to do with Fiends. I won’t sit here and judge the quality of the show itself as I have yet to see it in person, but I will tell you that the people who have don’t seem to be fans… at all. If you’re curious about reading these people’s thoughts first hand, check out this post, this post, and lastly, this one as well. Also, in addition to those two posts, one of our members actually recorded the entire show’s audio which can be found here. After listening to it, if I paid $25 to experience that, I can’t imagine I’d be a happy customer.
All that said, if the park wants to have a thoroughly mediocre family friendly Frankenstein-themed dining experience, more power to them- if it weren’t for the misleading (or even false) advertizing, this post wouldn’t exist.
Fortunately, though Fright Feast seems to be an atrocity in a class all its own, I am happy to report that Blood Banquet, the other premium dining experience at this year’s Howl-O-Scream is anything but. The Blood Banquet thread on our forum is overflowing with praise and admiration for the entire experience and, having done it personally, I can say that it is well worth your time and money.
Basically, the gist of this post is that you should be giving all your cash to Count Vlad over at Blood Banquet and not wasting your time and money with Fright Feast, a more expensive and, by all reports, far less impressive dining experience. Long live Count Vlad!