20th anniversary of Atlanta, Georgia’s great haunted warehouse.
By Hope S. Philbrick
If you’re lucky, you’ll never actually have to endure circumstances to reveal or confirm whether, when faced with danger, your natural instinct is fight or flight. But around Halloween, you can immerse yourself in a virtual nightmare at Netherworld in Atlanta, Georgia.
I’d have bet a hefty sum that I’d react with flight, but last night when strolling through the over-the-top, high-tech haunt that is Netherworld, at some point I realized that my fists were clenched. Every time a monster, mummy, witch or skeleton jumped out in front of me I literally had to stop myself from punching the actor in the face. Fortunately, since things are scary yet at the same time perfectly safe, no one was harmed during my visit to Netherworld.
It was just one self-discovery of the evening. The other is that my legs readily adapt to wobbly surfaces.
Netherworld—one of Atlanta’s best tourism venues (even if it is only seasonal)—routinely scores national accolades and lands on top haunt lists, including:
- “#1 of the Top 13 Haunted Houses in the Country” – 13TopHauntedHouses.com
- “#2 Top Haunt,” “#2 Best High Tech Haunted House,” #4 Best Haunted House/Crew” – HauntWorld.com
- “Reader’s Choice Nominee for Best Extreme Haunted Attraction” – USA Today’s 10BEST
- “#3 Best Haunt” – AmericasBestHaunts.com
- “Top 25 Haunts in the Country” and “One of the Top 23 Scariest Haunted Attractions in the World” – Buzzfeed.com
- “One of the South’s Scariest Haunted Houses and Attractions” – Southern Living
- “15 Scariest Haunts in the U.S.” – The-line-up.com
- “Top 10 Haunted Houses in the Country” – BAEdaily.com
Some eye-popping new scenes, characters and special effects have been added this year. A spinning floor, dropping elevator, slanted floor, swinging bridge, and other unexpected surfaces will test your footing. Several ‘under the sea’ elements take the fear to new depths. Darkness made some areas more challenging to navigate. If you had a favorite character or scene in years past, you may see it again, but perhaps displayed in a new way.
MONSTERS is the longer of the two walk-through haunts this year. It’s packed with experiences that weave from one scene to another, lots of spooky actors, and several mazes and potential traps. But don’t skip the shorter VAULT 13: MELTDOWN, which packs several surprises and ends with a tunnel of foam. Inside the gift shop there’s a new FEAR MACHINE survival escape game.
I’m always thrilled to see my two favorite special effects incorporated into the new haunts: a bridge that appears to tilt and spin through space and a swamp in which you’ll find yourself neck-deep without getting wet. New favorites include a second tilting bridge and a swirling floor. Personally, I’m all about the special effects…no surprise since my instinct is to punch out the actors: DO NOT DO THAT!
Don’t miss your chance to see the two new haunts, MONSTERS and VAULT 13: MELTDOWN, before the season ends!
Opt for a Speedpass. Same boos, less teens. A Speedpass ticket costs more than general admission, but is totally worth it…unless you’re fond of waiting in line where the odds of being surrounded by teenagers is extremely high—an experience slightly less enjoyable than getting gnawed by a flesh-eating zombie.
Netherworld is not recommended for anyone who is pregnant, has a heart condition, is sensitive to strobe lights, or is in general poor health.
Odds of Encountering Children: High, but once you’re inside the haunt there are too many distractions to care. Officially, Netherworld is not recommended for children under the age of six–though we’d give the place a PG-13 rating and caution parents accordingly.
Now open nightly through October 31 & the first weekend in November
Tickets range from $23 to $55.
Parking $10+, cash only.
Off I-85 on “Furniture Row” at 6624 Dawson Blvd.
– Photos courtesy Netherworld
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