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The Newport Beach Ghost Ship Halloween Haunt Is Incredibly Bad.

I've been going to Halloween haunts for as long as I can remember, and no matter how cheesy or low budget they can be, I always enjoy myself a lot. That all changed last weekend when I went to a brand new haunt that I was more excited about than any other event (aside from Halloween itself) this October. So come with me on a tour of something that should have been absolutely amazing, but instead, turned out to be absolutely disappointing. Come with me for a full review of the awful Ghost Ship of Newport Beach. We begin with the promotional ad that drew us all in:

The Newport Beach Ghost Ship looks NOTHING like this. It's actually quite horrible.

Looks great doesn't it? I thought so too. They certainly put more money into advertising the Ghost Ship than on the Ghost Ship itself. When I saw this ad and found out it was a haunt that actually takes you out to sea, I was instantly sold on it. Sure, it had a whopping $60 price tag, but the chance to go on a completely unique haunted ship with a bunch of friends is something I wasn't about to pass up. We bought our tickets early and were anticipating our ghostly voyage for over a month. October 15th finally rolled around and we couldn't wait to see what the ship was going to look like in person.

This is what the Ghost Ship REALLY looks like. It's a yacht. A yacht with no decorations whatsoever.

Wow. None of us could believe how normal it looked on the outside. Look, I didn't expect this thing to be rusty and have holes on the sides 'n all... the thing obviously needed to be seaworthy, but no decorations on the outside whatsoever? Come on! Spray it with some fake blood and cobwebs; drape it with some old torn black netting; hang a few skeletons off the side to use as boat fenders... anything! It was even docked next to some other luxury yachts that had big yuppie cocktail parties going on, and frankly, the only thing on the outside of the ship that distinguished it from them was a banner hanging off the back with the Ghost Ship logo on it. Of course, the banner itself was partially covered up by an American flag... I mean... a spoooooky American flag. The ghost pirate LeChuck would have their heads for such an offense.

None of us thought this was a good sign, but we bit our tongues and boarded the ship, hoping that the inside experience would make up for our completely lackluster introduction to the Ghost Ship.

He did no welding whatsoever, so why wear the mask?

When we boarded the ship, we were directed to the top floor, where we entered a dimly lit room filled with chairs facing a stage area with a spotlight on it as we felt the vessel pull away from the dock. Once we were all seated, a man with a welding helmet walked into the spotlight and began introducing three prisoners whose executions we would witness aboard this "floating asylum" that we were on. One guy was rolled out on a dolly cart and you could clearly see that he was sitting on top of a skeleton. Then they shut the lights off and pretended to melt his bones off with acid, but it wasn't even that dark, so you could easily see the guy running off to the side of the stage as the audience collectively groaned. Then, when the lights came back on, only the bones remained on the cart. We're talking total amateur hour here, folks. The welding helmet guy even struggled to remember his lines, so we were left wondering whether he was an actor or an actual welder who they handed a few lines to read at the last minute. To conclude the show, they had a few guys run down the aisles with cans of compressed air that they shot into people's faces - one audience member even complained that it was shot into his ear saying it hurt. And no, it wasn't scary, cuz you could see them coming with cans in their hands... it was just plain stupid and I heard lots of people in the crowd saying the same thing.

After the painfully bad stage show ended after a whopping six minutes, we were then free to head downwards to one of the two remaining levels. The middle level was a bar area and the bottom level was a haunted maze you walked through. We went straight for the maze, but much of it was pitch black with very little to see, you just kind of felt your way through some inflated walls... nothing particularly memorable. It didn't last long at all either; we made it through the whole thing in under five minutes and it felt like a neighborhood yard haunted attraction at best. The longest part of the maze was waiting in a small hallway that had virtually no air being pumped into it until we were allowed to enter.

And that's when it hit us: in roughly ten minutes, we had already experienced all the major attractions the ship had to offer. Now we were all starting to feel a bit seasick, but it sure as hell wasn't because we were out on the ocean, it was because we were duped into believing this would be a scary, professional, and fun haunted attraction.

Excuse me, somebody left their dirty sheets on the couch here.

We headed up to the middle floor to check out the bar / lounge area, hoping that there would be something of interest. See that white sheet haphazardly tossed onto the couch there? Yeah, that's about as far as they went with decorations... a fog machine and a few sheets on couches. I could make a trip to any local Halloween shop, spend 20 bux on some fake cobwebs and other decorations, and I could make that ship look a hundred times better than it did. That's no exaggeration... it was that bad.

What was really sad is that the actual crew members didn't even dress up for the event. Sure, there were some paid actors wandering around in cheap costumes they bought at Target or something (I saw one guy in a Leatherface mask and a hospital gown, I shit you not), but the actual crew was dressed in standard sailor attire. Kinda kills the effect of being on some haunted ship when the members of its crew didn't even dress up for the part. The best thing in the lounge area was a skeleton-butterfly hybrid woman doing a quick burlesque performance followed by a corny magician who had almost as much confetti on hand as Rip Taylor. I don't really drink, but they didn't even have good names for the libations at the bar (which, I might add were not complimentary, despite the high ticket price). You're on a Ghost Ship for chrissakes... call one of the drinks "Ghoulish Grog" and toss a few skull-shaped ice cubes in the cup! It's not rocket science.

So there we were, with an hour left to go on our Ghost Ship voyage, we all sat around in the lounge area, bored to tears and wondering how anybody could screw up such a great concept so badly. Oh yeah... they only cared about taking people's money, that's how. A lot of customers started leaving negative reviews for the Ghost Ship on its official Facebook page too, but the organizers of the ship quickly started deleting them. On top of that, they're claiming that other local haunts were responsible for the negative reviews. Nice business, eh? I'm pretty sure I'm not a local haunt, nor were any of the other disappointed customers that night.

But at least we were out in the ocean, right? That had to be kinda creepy, right? WRONG.

Wow, what a terrifying view of the Crab Shack restaurant!

This was our view the entire night on both sides of the ship. The ship puttered around the local harbor area which had plenty of shops and homes lit up along the shoreline which we were only a few hundred yards from at best most of the time. We didn't have any feeling of being out in the middle of nowhere with no land in sight... we hardly traveled anywhere that night. "The only haunted attraction in the country that sets sail into the dark, open ocean at night for a seventy-five minute ride of horror." That's a direct quote from the official Ghost Ship web site. Open ocean my ass. Talk about false advertising...

Oh wait, it's Christmas? Doh! I thought it was Halloween!

You know what else would be a good idea for the Ghost Ship? How about not having white Christmas holiday rope lights lining the entire thing. It's really not hard to find orange Halloween rope lights and they cost the same. It's a sad day when Ghost Ship the movie is better than Ghost Ship the haunted attraction.

I've been to countless haunts and reviewed many of them on this site over the past 13 years or so, and I've never been to a haunted attraction that had put so little effort into it to where I had to give it such a negative review. It felt so incredibly lazy that we all believed it was blatant, and by the end of the night, everybody couldn't wait to abandon ship. Keep in mind, none of this is the fault of the actors aboard the ship, they were just working with what little material they were given, so I applaud them for trying. The fault here lies completely with the people who run the Ghost Ship and here's hoping they're held accountable, because they sure aren't offering any refunds or real apologies. When the captain is a moron, it's time to mutiny, and some people have. Some unhappy customers have already started reporting them to the BBB, so I guess that's another first for a floating haunted attraction.

I really wish I ran this haunt myself, cuz I could easily do so much more with it it... I certainly have the experience. But hey, even though I don't work for the Ghost Ship, I decided to be a good sport and lend them a hand by parodying their promotional ad to reflect the experience more accurately:

At least now people will know what to expect - their hopes and wallets will end up at the bottom of the sea in Davey Jones' Locker.

Much better.

If you're anywhere in our around Southern California, please do yourself and your wallet a favor and do not take a ride on the Ghost Ship. The sad, simple truth is that it's an absolute waste of a great idea and your money. For that kind of cash, you can enjoy a wide variety of other professional haunts all over the state who actually care about giving people the scares and fun they're looking for.


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Fathom Zero on 10/19/2011 6:47 am

I saw that you were so excited for it, too. BUMMER, MAN.


Kitten (Guest) on 10/19/2011 8:51 am

Ugh...what a piece of shit! I can't belive they made you pay 60 effing dollars just to chug a few feet out into the harbor and bore you to death with cheesey acting and TOTAL LACK of effort towards decorations.

It should be a flat out CRIME to do that crap to unsuspecting patrons, sorry you and your friends got ripped off RoG!


Halewijn (Guest) on 10/19/2011 10:34 am

Nice to see they've been "inspired" by Bioshock.

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puppetgeneral39 on 10/19/2011 12:52 pm

@Halewijn RIGHT! Wonder what they payed their graphics crew (Captain's nephew) to swipe that?


zack (Guest) on 10/19/2011 1:42 pm

I left an honest review on their Facebook page and it, along with the tons of other disappointed reviews, were deleted.

A secondary page was made by a patron to express our thoughts freely and he was subsequently threatened with legal action and ordered to delete the page, as it may distract from their profit.

Lastly, there is no other haunted attraction in OC slandering this company - it's the taken-advantage-of unhappy customers. The "competition" is a fabrication to help Ghost Ship deal with their hundreds of complaints.

Ghost Ship (now deleted from their FB page) EVEN went on to insult their tricked customers by commenting on their lack of grammar and spelling skills, as if that would detract by how upset we all feel. Regardless of a customer's education, they all managed to pay $60 apiece.

Shame on Ghost Ship and how they are treating the general public who wanted nothing more than an attraction remotely worth its absurd price and hype.

I don't even want to go to a Haunted House for the rest of the season, this was such a bummer.

I've never seen a more unprofessional and, simply, mean, company. The attraction was an insult and their subsequent handling of legions of upset customers is borderline abusive and certainly offensive.


John Huthmaker (Guest) on 10/19/2011 1:50 pm

Ghostshit - Terror sets fail!!!

See the entire execution on this video:


SadSadBoy (Guest) on 10/19/2011 1:52 pm

I'm a fellow Ghost Boat survivor. I'd like to add some bits. What offended me most about Ten Thirty One's (the production company behind this mess) response was that they called people liars and threatened to sue them for "slander" even said they've already contacted their lawyers. That's the level of intelligence at Ten Thirty One. They threaten customers and don't know legal terminology so how could they have pulled off this cruise? They do the Hayride though and I heard that's great. Too bad, now that I know who they are, I would never buy that ticket.

And on to the boat! RoG completed everything in 10 minutes? Not me. I spent most of the voyage jammed into the hallway leading to the maze, just standing and trying to breathe. We had just enough time to catch the horrible show upstairs.

The show upstairs was horrible. ROG covered the first execution. Man holds jar of acid that he will use to dissolve mental patient. Lights go off, mental patient walks away, light come up, man holds up jar, "He's dead!". Slow clap. Here's the thing. That jar is still sealed and still full. Ghost Ship is that kind of operation. Second execution is the same level of illusion except, when the lights go off, I got sprayed with water. Thanks, Ghost Ship. How do you top that? With the third execution, the one with the canned air that got sprayed into my head at close range. Thanks for the burn, Ghost Ship! At least it wasn't in my MOUTH like another guy behind me. C'mon, what was merely stupid crossed into stupid and dangerous.

Here I go, making this as long as RoG's original review but I still have more to add. As you wait to board the undecorated boat, a guy explains that you cannot touch the goons. "Do not touch the goons and they will not touch you." Warning: ALMOST EVERY ACTOR/GOON TOUCHES PEOPLE. On all three levels, actors touched me, pet me, grabbed me, and ran into me. Not cool. Hospital Gown Guy on the second level moves in very close, makes contact, and breathes in people's faces and I ain't into that. Each time, I would shove them off me but girls take this a little differently. You've been warned.

Ghost Ship, fuck you. Crappy delivery all the way around and the company's response has been crazy. At least I got to go to Portillo's beforehand. YEAH! Delicious.

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A-bomb on 10/19/2011 2:14 pm

That is just abysmal. For $60 they should have put more effort into it, and charging for drinks on the boat is just adding insult to injury. I've been to some bad haunted attractions, but at least they tried to put on a good show and they sure didn't charge that much.


Tony (Guest) on 10/19/2011 2:46 pm

I can't keep this gem to myself anymore...

I was there with a group of 6 other couples last Saturday night and on the walk back to our car (that was $10 to park with no other options being made known), I let my group walk ahead and quietly stopped to ask a security guard if a lot of other people seemed disappointed by Ghost Ship and she said to me, "All we keep hearing all night is it sucked, they want refunds..." she laughed and shrugged.

I wasn't too concerned until now because it was SO BAD across the board that I just naively assumed I could get my money back. Or a comp to their haunted hayride, at least. I thought surely they'll make it right. Nope.

I called Monday morning and emailed and was finally told they were sorry but no refunds. That was surprising. You can't advertise a 75 minute horror movie and then show a 12 minute comedy and expect consumers not to react.

My nephew made a "haunted house" with his friends (he is now 13 years old) in his garage last year and I want the world to know, without exaggeration, that experience was much scarier and had more innovation, jumps, and thrills than Ghost Ship. This is the truth and I am an unbiased consumer.

A true shame they turned defensive instead of apologetic.

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Kitsa on 10/19/2011 2:55 pm

Looks pretty stupid. I couldn't even get all the way through the video.

They used to have listings for this kind of work in the back of Audition News.

I would have given them points if they made the yacht more like the cruise in Jason Takes Manhattan.


Leanne T. (Guest) on 10/19/2011 3:14 pm

Do you enjoy your first amendment rights? Here is a Ghost Ship forum on Facebook where comments are not actively censored and deleted in favor of the production:



Alex (Guest) on 10/19/2011 4:15 pm

thanks for the review! my friends and i were those you mentioned, who were blocked, censored and threatened by the people who run Ghost Ship. everything but the marketing of Ghost Ship was an abysmal disaster -- including their handling of the situation. the way they have insulted and mistreated us only makes me want to get my refund more. if they think they can rip people off and bully them, they've got another thing coming.

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Tacobot on 10/19/2011 5:47 pm

Sorry RoG it sucks to hear how lame this thing was but thanks for the PSA that's a lot of money.
I can't believe they couldn't even spend a few bucks and a little imagination to create some atmosphere.
I wonder what the initial cost is to put on one of these events.


ColdFusion (Guest) on 10/19/2011 6:26 pm

Man, you can't have an american flag on a pirate ship, that's offensive to americans and pirates!
Sorry you got ripped off, Big R. The really sad thing is how good this COULD be, if they put some work into it. Am I right? I bet they took some guy's good idea and tried doing it on zero budget.


Mike (Guest) on 10/19/2011 6:42 pm

Maybe contact one of the local TV stations' ombudsmen? With November sweeps coming up, I'd think some of the local news stations (or even the Orange County Register) would LOVE to send someone to do an undercover (no pun intended) story about this.

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Aries on 10/19/2011 7:44 pm

To those who were threatened with legal action for their facebook page: You are protected by the 1st amendment. There is absolutely nothing they can do to you. Keep it going.

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dextire on 10/19/2011 7:59 pm

Man, what a horrible rip-off. I really hate this if for nothing else than it might turn people off to haunted attractions in general. :(


Dono (Guest) on 10/19/2011 8:32 pm

All the photos they used, that amazed patrons, come from other sites. Most are swiped from wallpaper sites or PhotoBucket accounts. I wonder if the ones that made the photoshops were notified...
I doubt Amazon and HBO were notified, though.
Here are the comments I left on the FB page.

1)This scary nurse will not be on board, she IS available to purchase at several Desktop Wallpaper websites. Here is one you can downloaded for free, though.

2)This picture was created in 2010 by scary jesus on As this is Photoshopped, I doubt she will be any where real. Please note, the Ghost Ship does not say she would be on board.

3)'Let Me Out' is a desktop wallpaper that is not part of the Ghost Ship experience, and may be found at

4)Christopher, this disturbing picture is not part of the Ghost Ship experience. She is a logo from this web site.

5)Evil Clown is a free picture online from Better check it's commercial usage though.

6)Monica, if you love it this much, it may be downloaded from this web site.

7)This picture should be taken down as it is an actual ad for an HBO series called True Blood.

8)Dear Ghost Ship, if you would like this picture in a large format and one that doesn't have that pesky logo in yellow, try this free one and leave a thank you to the creator / author. I'm sure he wouldn't mind you using his art to make some money.

8)Buy it on Amazon where this pic is hosted.


John (Guest) on 10/19/2011 8:52 pm

If they are charging for drinks on the boat, don't they have to have a liquor license? Do they own the lot where they are charging $10 to park, or are they using a public lot and 'commandeered' it because it was after hours and can charge what they want? There are rules about haunted houses that should be followed - one is NEVER touch anybody nor use something that MAY cause harm. It sounds like they also did no research on how to create a safe (and scary) haunted house.


Karen (Guest) on 10/19/2011 9:03 pm

I went to this insult ripoff last week and have been creeped out ever since by how much physical contact the cast made
with me even after i asked them to stop. Anyone else?

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Zombie-Man on 10/20/2011 12:10 am

Bummeeeer dude! I'm glad to see honest reviews by a true horror fan like you Rog! I'm planing on going to USA at some point in my life, specially to go trick r treating for the first time ever ( I'm over 21! ) So I'm glad seeing this kind of reviews, it would really really suck if I wen't to some crappy attraction like this one on my first time in the U.S! Not mention the money that could have been spend in those amazing halloween candies that you people sell in october!


Douglas (Guest) on 10/20/2011 1:44 am

I am DYING to go to the LA Haunted Hayride and maze but the Ghost Ship rep was so obnoxious and unhelpful when I pleaded for my money back, I just can't bring myself to give the same company money. plus, $60 is a lot for me and I'm just so bummed I wasted it on what is basically a bait and switch scam. How is it okay to lie to and ripoff so many people?
The pictures in the ads have nothing to do with their embarrassing "attraction."

I mean, come on! Does the general public have no rights???

Are they REALLY gettting away with this?

You can't advertise a 75 minute horror movie and show a
12 minute comedy and expect people to be satisfied. F u, ghost ship.


Dave (Guest) on 10/20/2011 2:24 am

You claimed that the BBB has been getting negative reviews, and yet a search of the BBB in both LA and Newport Beach reveals the company in both places with no complaints.



Guest (Guest) on 10/20/2011 3:06 am

I can't explain your search results but I filed with BBB on Monday and they responded earlier today.


Douglas (Guest) on 10/20/2011 3:20 am

thanks to Dono & Tony for your solid reviews, I used your reviews to formulate mine! I totally agree with both of you! In fact, I agree with all these posts!

I've had muffins that were scarier than GHOST SHIP.


Carolyn R. (Guest) on 10/20/2011 3:50 am

i was literally TERRIFIED cuz my boyfriend made me go to Ghost Ship. i had panic attacks, i couldn't sleep like that whole week.

i almost didnt even go on.

then, we went on, and i have never been so bored in my life. i feel like if that's scary, i can handle anything scary. but judging from people's posts, it's worse than an average haunted house? i don't know, for $60 you'd think it's the best out there and i'm telling you guys- it was lAME.

My cheerleading squad did one as a fundraiser one year and no joke it was more clever than Ghost Ship.

Are they offering refunds of WHAT? If so, please contact me. They won't get back to me.



Dono (Guest) on 10/20/2011 6:22 am

Leanne... did they get FB to boot the fan page? That's pretty far reaching.

She said: "Leanne T. (Guest) on 10/19/2011 3:14 pm

Do you enjoy your first amendment rights? Here is a Ghost Ship forum on Facebook where comments are not actively censored and deleted in favor of the production:



Winterface (Guest) on 10/20/2011 7:32 am

What struck me first is that the logo is a DIRECT rip off of the "Bioshock" logo.

Just look at the Bioshock logo:

Its the same thing, they just replaced the text. Its even in the same font.

The promo image for it is even almost identical to some of the Bioshock promotional advertisements that got put together before its release.


Debbie (Guest) on 10/20/2011 10:01 am

I came across this page by accident, and was saddened to hear what a bad experience people had. I love Halloween, and cannot imagine how unfortunate it would be to spend so much money, and end up with a bad experience. THEN, I got angry when I learned how much this company is willing to threaten, harass, intimidate, and otherwise attempt to stop people from posting bad reviews.

The Facebook page listed above is gone; apparently, the "Ghost Ship" people were successful in having it removed. It sounds like other people were threatened with legal action for daring to post a negative review of this rip-off. Thankfully, this page (as well as Yelp) is still up and is able to let people vent their frustrations and reveal the depths to which this company is willing to sink in order to make money. Considering what they've done, I'm hoping everyone is able to get their money back, AND able to tell the truth about what a pathetic bunch of people it is running this thing.


soupconthecat (Guest) on 10/20/2011 10:45 am this company so stupid that they've never heard of "going viral"? These days of the Internet mean that companies cannot get away with this s*** anymore!


baculum (Guest) on 10/20/2011 11:35 am

When restaurants drop the ball it is possible to reverse charges on the credit card. Contact your bank and see if they'll do that. Also bash them on yelp.

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MarioRPG on 10/20/2011 12:23 pm

Wow what a let down... That's just half-assed.


Beth (Guest) on 10/20/2011 3:43 pm

According to their FB page, they are offering free rides on their "new and improved" ship. Please oh please do it and tell me how much better it is not.

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monster_movie_night on 10/20/2011 5:37 pm

um why so many comments on a dissapointing ghost ship?And who the fuck are you guests people?


Michael (Guest) on 10/20/2011 5:54 pm

I was multi-slacking at work reading FARK and I saw this post that had Newport Beach in the headline (I used to live there). WOW! What a bummer that everyone's evening was ruined. Sorry about you all getting ripped off. But I really appreciate your pointing this scam out to the GP.

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blood_panther on 10/20/2011 6:09 pm

so apparently their offering "do over" rides. they say they've updated the thing based on reviews. email them at if you wanna take their offer.


Guest (Guest) on 10/20/2011 9:04 pm

Yes, please, someone, let us know if they even respond to email sent to that address. I'm curious.

Do we know if they zapped the "fan" Facebook group? It would be nice if that was allowed back and if they unblocked everyone from the official Facebook group.

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Gix on 10/21/2011 2:14 am

i would sue,imo


biscuitbrigade (Guest) on 10/21/2011 1:23 pm

Wow, this reminds me of a really bad corn maze I went to where half of it was closed and the guy running it refused to say why. Of course, he waited in a location where people had already paid before telling them about it (-_-)


Is Ghost Ship Guilty of False Advertising? | (Guest) on 10/21/2011 4:55 pm

[...] where did they come from? Here’s an interesting theory posted over at i-Mockery, in response to their very thorough and very honest review of Ghost Ship. A reader named Dono [...]


“Advertising and Imaging” | (Guest) on 10/21/2011 5:03 pm

[...] misleading ad campaign… Apparently, many of the images are stolen from other sites.  A reader at i-Mockery wrote an excellent and exhaustive post on the origins of Ghost Ship’s plagiarized ad campaign. [...]

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Protoclown on 10/21/2011 6:32 pm

Holy shit, that sounds fucking lame as hell!


ColdFusion (Guest) on 10/21/2011 7:33 pm

well now, this is interesting, if they're offering redos.. That only makes sense if you accept the premise that they were originally half-assed on purpose, instead of by way of incompetence. The sad thing is it's probably both.


Ghostship Boss (Guest) on 10/22/2011 6:05 am

Dear customers of Ghost Ship!
We from Ghost Ship corporation want to say something about you people:

It was a very funny time for you on our ship!
You had a lot of fun. But instead of paying me 40 dollar more (as thanks) you all just want your money back (very greedy). Better take back your words against our shipadventure or I will use the cans of compressed air on your things of reproduction!
Want to have fun? Give us more money. Like 100 dollar. Then we can speak about it.
Please, please, please, dont come to my ship if you dont bring your own decoration.
If you do not I will have the hospital gown guy eat garlic and come very close to your face and breathe it into your nose until you die.
That said, bring me more money, dont be greedy!
Or do you have fear of losing your money?
Try to visit us and see if you can face your doom!

(I am not the ghostshipboss, just made fun)

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RedCometXIII on 10/24/2011 9:45 am

Glad to see I wasn't the only one who noticed the BioShock-esque logo.

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SewnonSmile on 10/24/2011 1:19 pm

-RoG- I have NO doubt that you could create a better Ghost Ship attraction then this crap!! I'm willing 2 bet all of us commenting here would walk out afterwards, satisfied & having to change our underoos from your perfect mixture of comedy & horror...If such an event should ever take place I'll be the 1st in line...sorry you & yours got ripped...LOVE your parody by the way!!


Chick4Change (Guest) on 10/24/2011 1:33 pm

Ghost Ship Terror? That's parking, standing in
line for most of the 75 minutes, walking up and
down countless stairs to see NOTHING, paying $7 for a lousy drink and spending time in the
Ballroom from the 30s (their words!) that looked
more like a rundown bar in a seedy neighborhood,
complete with blood stained sofas (how scary).
This Halloween wannabe is depressing, corny and
abominable. And to think we paid $60.50 apiece
for this horrific experience. And not to mention
(but I did) someone sprayed me with water in the maze and I was soaking from my hair down to my waist--not a good look and a terrible experience.
These people who created this big dud should be

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-RoG- on 10/26/2011 2:20 am

For the record - I have no interest in going to check out the Ghost Ship again for free. They claimed to "improve" it and more awful reviews poured in after last weekend. Just doesn't sound like it's worth the trip down there. So, rather than go on something I've already seen, I'd rather try checking out another random Halloween haunt this week if time permits. Like most of the other customers, I'd rather just have a refund, which is the one thing their representatives seem to be unwilling to do.

Anyway, if any of you have been on the Ghost Ship recently, feel free to continue to share your stories.

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Jaimas on 10/27/2011 6:38 am

I think, dear -RoG-, that Pickleman must visit the Ghost Ship. In Comic Format.

As is the fate of all who defile Halloween.


Lurdiak (Guest) on 10/28/2011 2:51 am

Considering the behavior of the people behind this event, it sounds less like a half-assed disappointing event and more like a genuine scam. False advertising, suppressing customer complaints while insulting and threatening them, price gouging... I bet the people behind this run tons of similar scams year-round and probably have real contempt for the people they steal from.


Nick R. (Guest) on 10/29/2011 7:57 pm

Wait a minute. Hundreds of customers can't be wrong. False advertising. No response to my calls & emails. Worst haunted attraction in America & I go to average 3/yr for over 25 yrs now. How do I get a refund? $130 including parking for just my wife & myself, not including the two hour drive or gas costs or excitement factor. And still really no chance of refund? So wrong. Immoral. Unethical. They sure got us.


EboMike (Guest) on 11/14/2011 5:29 pm

I've been following this case for a while, googling news and websites and all. All I see at this point is one resolved BBB complaint (why only one? I suppose that the BBB won't allow multiple complaints ver the same issue?).

Ever since this article was posted, I wondered - are they going to get away with this? How does a blatant rip-off fare in the day and age of social media?

Appears that it really is still possible to get away with this. It looks like they made lots of money without repercussions.


Brie (Guest) on 11/25/2012 2:23 pm

I found this promo for the ship on YouTube. Did they improve, or just save the best for the tv cameras?

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-RoG- on 11/25/2012 5:09 pm

From what I heard, they never really improved. Combine that with all the complaints they were receiving, and it's no surprise they didn't return for the 2012 Halloween season.


Phil (Guest) on 11/10/2014 3:56 pm

This company just got a $2m investment from Mark Cuban on Shark Tank. They were pitching mostly expanding their Haunted Hay Ride and Camp Horror, but it's the same exact company.

I have to admit, this is indeed a great concept, but this sounds like a disaster. The company needs to use that cash to rent something like the SS United States, or any old, dilapidated merchant ship, even if it's not sea worthy, and they'd have a ready-made set.


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