In order to give guests a complete sense of immersion within his Fright Dome experience each year at Circus Circus, owner Jason Egan must exponentially accelerate the scare factor by a figure of 666. Err, six – we meant six. At any rate, it’s a process that is much more involved than simply turning off the lights and playing spooky music. Each year, Egan changes up the script and delivers a fresh new perspective on a truly frightening and fun Halloween experience.
This year, Fright Dome is celebrating its 14th anniversary by teaming up with Scottgames, the creative genius behind the Five Nights at Freddy’s video game series to theme one of its six haunted houses. Beginning Friday, Sept. 30 Fright Dome takes over all five acres of The Adventuredome theme park at Circus Circus, transforming it into an interactive, twisted and horrific experience featuring haunted houses, scare zones, rides and more. FrightDome has been ranked as one of the top 10 haunted attractions in the nation by USA Today’s 10Best and recognized as one of the nation’s best haunted attractions by Travel Channel.
“This year has been a whirlwind for myself and my team, from launching a new feature film to creating another haunted attraction in Boston,” said Egan. “Through it all our fans are the ones that keep us going. The support that we have received over the years is incredible and I hope it continues for years to come. Teaming up with Scott Cawthon to design a Five Nights at Freddy’s themed attraction is a tremendous opportunity and the scenario that we are creating is sure to be a fan favorite.”
Five Nights at Freddy's is a series of horror-themed video games in which players take on the role of an overnight security guard at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, a family restaurant and arcade. At night, the restaurant’s life-sized animatronic characters, including Freddy Fazbear, Bonnie, Chica and Foxy, wander the restaurant. As the security guard, the player must keep a close watch over the premises, as surviving to 6 a.m. may prove to be the most difficult part of the job.
Also new for the 2016 season, Egan has again teamed up with Hollywood FX guru Gary J. Tunnicliffe to darkly transform Christmas in the all new Krampus’- Not So Silent Night haunted house. Guests will enter the dark world of Krampus- the legendary horned demon counterpart to Santa Claus known for terrorizing and holding captives in his lair. High above The Adventuredome floor this house features high-tech FX, customized characters, snow and memorable Christmas smells. Over the years Tunnicliffe has been responsible for the makeup, props and special effects for more than 60 feature films including franchises such as HELLRAISER, HALLOWEEN, CANDYMAN, EXORCIST, BLADE, SCREAM and many more.
Guests upgrading to Fast Pass or a VIP tour this season will be granted entry into the isolation-style haunted house Ouija. Entering the séance with others the illusion of safety will comfort visitors until the house separates them from their group. The abandoned hospital is seemingly harmless until guests realize all of the spirits – good and bad – have been awakened within.
This year at Fright Dome, prepare for immersion of the highest degree. Fright Dome is open from 7 p.m. to midnight, Sept. 30 through Oct. 31 on select nights. General admission tickets start at $36.95 with additional fast pass upgrades starting at $20 allowing express line entry for all six haunted houses. For more information, call (702) 794-3939