Event Preview: Dark Harbor at Queen Mary

WHAT:
Dark Harbor, Southern California’s most authentically terrifying haunt, returns to the Queen Mary on select nights Sept. 28 – Nov. 1 with MORE monsters, MORE nights, and MORE mazes than ever before. All-new maze, FEAST, and Dark Harbor’s newest resident spirit, Chef, will make their horrific debuts along with the return of the infamous spirits of Iron Master, Captain, Samuel the Savage, Graceful Gale, Half-Hatch Henry, Scary Mary, Voodoo Priestess, Ringmaster, and hundreds of their bloodcurdling henchmen.

WHEN:
Public Opening: Thursday, Sept. 28, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Dates: Select nights, Sept. 28 through Nov. 1

WHERE:
The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802

NEW EXPERIENCES:
Swelter with fear in FEAST Maze, 4th maze onboard the ship, for a terrifying journey into the legend of Chef
Venture into the frozen depths of Chef’s Meat Locker for a unique 7-degree ice bar experience
Stumble upon the secret hidden sidebar inside one of Dark Harbor’s mazes for a one-of-a-kind experience

NEWLY-INTENSIFIED RETURNING MAZES:

INTREPID: Meet the mastermind, the creator and now the protector of the Queen Mary, Iron Master.
CIRCUS: Step right up as the Ringmaster startles with disorienting illusions, maniacal magic acts, and a cadre of sideshow freaks.
DEADRISE: Captain and the dark vessel’s crew have risen from the deep for a battle against the living.
SOULMATE: Escape the gloves of Graceful Gale as she feverishly searches for her eternal mate.
B340: Descend into the insidious mind of Samuel the Savage to face his worst nightmares.
LULLABY: Hush Hush don’t cry; Scary Mary is just looking for her next playmate

ADDITIONAL ATTRACTIONS:

SIDESHOW: Step ‘backstage”, rub elbows with resident freaks, take in a show or a drink at the secret bar
CREEPY CABANAS: Host a private soiree, order a freak show, enjoy instant access to Sideshow & Swings
R.I.P. LOUNGE: Hover above Dark Harbor at the exclusive ghost-eye-view VIP bar with all-you-can-eat tacos
SINISTER SWINGS: Take a spin on the infamous Neverland Ranch Ride
MAINSTAGE: DJ spins between a variety of nightly entertainment shows, plus special guest performances.

TICKETS:

General admission tickets start at just $24 online. Fast Fright, VIP and the Ultimate Scream Experience are available. Purchase tickets: http://queenmary.com

PARKING:

$40 for Premium Parking located in the Queen Mary parking lot
$15 for all-new Dark Harbor Express, 6pm – 1:30am
Board the Dark Harbor Express boat service (operated by Aqua Link) at Shoreline Village at the Aquarium of the Pacific for your short boat ride over to the Queen Mary. Round-trip fees on the Dark Harbor Express are $8 per person and the parking structure is located at 248 W. Shoreline Drive in Long Beach. Cash only.
$15 for parking at Long Beach Courthouse, 6pm – 1:30am
Board a shuttle bus for your complimentary ride over to the Queen Mary located at 101 Magnolia Avenue in Downtown Long Beach. Cash only.

Below are my thoughts on last year’s Dark Harbor:

Event Review: The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor

 

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Boo! At the LA Zoo

Yesterday, we were invited to the attend Boo at the LA Zoo.  This Halloween themed event took place right inside the LA Zoo. There were stations of different insects from around the world, caves you can walk through that lit up with insects and snakes on the floor.  We weren’t too excited about that…so we ditched the cave.

The kids enjoyed Halloween themed puppet shows, pumpkin carving presentations, and a corn maze (pictured above) that wasn’t shy of scarecrows.

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The best part to me was how they didn’t exclude the Dinosaurs Extinct Exhibit from the Halloween fun.  I wonder what type of tour this guy was on…

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This guys just hanging around (the guy in the tree tent) …I wonder which dinosaur go to him.

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Then there was these flys or wasps….just big ass bugs.

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We also got to enjoy the zoo because admission into the zoo automatically gets you into Boo at the LA Zoo. Who doesn’t love a BOGO?

Happy Hauntings!

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Event Review: The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor

Yesterday, I made the mistake of thinking I was prepared for what was waiting for me behind the gates of The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor.  I thought, last year, I went behind these gates and eventually came out with all my limbs in tact. So this year should be a little easier on the fear ‘o-meter!  Nope! That’s what I get for thinking.  This year the mazes were scarier than last year.  By scarier, I mean the mazes were full of great detail but I can tell they limited some things from last year & added new effects.  Which is good because who really wants to see the exact same thing over & over? Change is good.

I took my Hubby this year thinking he would be my muscle for the night. There I go “thinking” again.  He was trying to scare me more than the monsters! Whose side are you on Mr.?

When we first got there of course we took our picture with the green screen. Our scary face (well his more than mine) was hilarious! I vowed not to show that picture to anyone LOL. But, I can be swayed.

We…well I, decided to play a new game they were introducing called ZTAG.  They give you, the “Witch Doctor”, spirit meters to clip on while you collect the secrets behind the evil eight (8) by scanning your hand as you encounter each spirit…I think?…anyways, it wasn’t working and no one knew what to do with it so maybe by the time you go it will be operating without a hitch.  Mostly everyone, including me, were on red so we were all evil spirits.  Good thing I was able to expel the spirit by drinking yet another potion. Whew! What an epidemic that was.

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We stopped and purchased a tubal potion…I mean cocktail-shot from these beauties (I mean ghoulies) on our way to the VIP Lounge.

The VIP Lounge offers a great view of the park (and fire show) & is the best way to lounge and sneak away from the terrifying sliders.  However, It doesn’t stop all the ghouls. So always watch your back!

The VIP Lounge also has a bar and a delicious taco bar. It was a huge hit! There were chicken, carne asada, & steamed pork as meat options with all the fixings to take your taco to the next level. I had carne asada & steamed pork due to an accidental switcheroo between the hubs & I but I enjoyed both.

I didn’t get an opportunity to enjoy the Creepy Cabanas and Paintball this time. I didn’t see PANIC (which I think is new this year) so that was a bummer.

I loved all the mazes and can’t say I have a favorite…

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The haunting detail in B340 are incredibly gruesome.  I suggest everyone hold hands on this one.  Even the toughest ones squeal at some point.

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If you read my last review, you’ll know Lullaby creeps me out the most.  There’s something about Scary Mary & her horrible story that makes all my hairs stand tall. OR…Maybe it was her asking me if I want to play ” Hide & Go Die”. Um…no thanks Mary. I’ll have to pass.

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I remember Graceful Gale having a buffet of eternal soulmates last year & this year I was hit by hanging body parts. I believe something mentioned eating me alive? enough said.

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Ok…so Circus scared me straight.  Balls…clowns…mirrors…oh my! The mirrors! We got stuck in the damn mirror maze! That shit scared me. You’d think one of the clowns would’ve said…this way cry baby.  Hell naw! They lured and lured us in all the wrong directions. Argh!! I think the hubs got a little freaked out in this one.

The Balls… we had to walk in the balls…past her…

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Excuse me, ball lady…point me in the direction of the exit please & thank you.

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Intrepid was the newest maze which included the “Iron Master”.  When first entering we had to duck-walk through a small ass tube. Say what? That got my attention.  I was the fastest running duck on the grounds.  Picture someone scary behind you while you duck-walk through a damn pipe.  Yeah…that part.  Anyways, we got lost in here also.  Again, none of the masked men was helpful in pointing us toward the exit.  Only in circles. GEESH! Then one of the masked men decided it was best to chase me OUT the maze.  That’s a hell-of-a scare tactic.

There was one final maze/ sinister spirit I didn’t get a photo of (but I did encounter) so I will not mention it. You just have to go see for yourself! You have until October 31st to do so. When you do, visit each of the experiences I missed, then come back here and comment your thoughts.

Fear Lives Here! ( That couldn’t be more accurate)  Click here  for more information or to purchase tickets in advance

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Event Review: Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor

I am a big scare-dy cat.  I know this. Not only do I NOT watch scary movies, I typically don’t go to any type of freight fest & scary mazes. But this year, I decided to put my big-girl panties on and check out the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor event. By the looks of this picture, I’m totally smiling on the outside and running from this Ghoul on the inside.

However, I must say I was very impressed with the cast {Freaks, Oddities, Monsters, & Sliders. Oh yeah! The sliders take it to a whole new level}. They were all true to character and played their roles very well. My worst and favorite was Scary Mary. Yikes! I couldn’t force a smile, but Mary gave me her best cheese!
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During Media Coverage, we were able to receive first-hand experience of:
The Freight Pass – where there was literally no wait in lines.
The VIP Experience – The R.I.P. Private Lounge sits high above Dark Harbor where you can view the entire park. We were able to enjoy cocktails, music, delicious pulled chicken and pulled pork sliders with a side of homemade chips. There were private scary encounters (the best one was our special visit from Graceful Gale & one of her “Soulmates”.

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Our Experience also included a souvenir light-up cup {we’re just grown kids, right?} which we received inside VOODOO VILLAGE

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& a private CREEPY CABANA full of delectable treats.

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Then there’s this guy {I suggest avoiding him if possible}…

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I must be honest; I wasn’t thrilled about (1) going on the Queen Mary and (2) walking through dark mazes. Coincidentally, there were 3 mazes that were on the Queen Mary and of course they all were in the dark: LULLABY {featuring Scary Mary & her “best friends”}, B340 & Soulmate {featuring Graceful Gale}.

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Let’s just say we held hands the entire time.

There were 3 mazes inside the Dark Harbor park: CIRCUS {which really made us feel like kids again with the Chuck-E-Cheese balls} LOL. DEADRISE {which I ended up not liking because one of the vengeful ghouls decided to “make it rain” on my fresh hair press…argh! I can laugh now, but I wasn’t a happy camper after that.
VOODOO VILLAGE, where you’ll find the FREAKS & ODDITIES SIDESHOW didn’t disappoint. You want to see freaks & oddities, that’s exactly what you will get.

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The slider show was absolutely wonderful!

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All in all…I recommend you go…go & be joyfully frightened.

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Event Review: 5th Annual West Coast BBQ Classic at The Queen Mary

Event Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016

Event Time: 11:00am – 6:00pm

Location: The Queen Mary, Long Beach, CA

It was such a carnivorous pleasure for my husband and me to attend the Queen Mary’s 5th Annual West Coast BBQ Classic.  My Husband is such a BBQ fanatic so he appreciates good BBQ.  He was waaaay more excited than I was LOL.  I, on the other hand, love it, but am very critical of BBQ.  The meat must be cooked to perfection (not underdone, tough, or chewy).  It must be well-seasoned and the sauce MUST catapult the intensity of the meat.  If it doesn’t do that for me, it’s a waste of time.   

To top off the day, the weather was wonderful!  It was a little overcast so it wasn’t too hot. 

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Upon arrival I noticed the lot was nicely sized.  It was large enough to really get you excited about the event but it wasn’t over-whelming.  The price was $25 for admission with (5) tasting tickets, $40 for VIP admission with (5) tasting tickets (VIP allowed you take advantage of attending an hour before general admission & a spectacular lounging area).  If you were like me and needed more tasting tickets, they were $10 for (5) tasting tickets.  With each Pitmaster charging 2 tickets for Ribs & 1 for sides, (5) tickets dispersed quickly. 

When we first entered, we did an entire walk-through to get an idea which we wanted to sample first. 

We were a little dejected as many of the places were already out of ribs when we arrived.  The one’s we did try didn’t give us the WOW factor we came for.  We’re not a fan of pulled pork & candied bacon so we ate brisket.  Our first stop “Rooftop BBQ” we shared a brisket sandwich.  It had caramelized onions mixed with the brisket, on a soft bun, and the BBQ sauce was so lip-smacking good.  I was kind of sad we shared but I didn’t want to “appear” greedy – Although, I did come hungry.

There was live music, a DJ, scheduled games & activities for the kids (although I left mine with their granny). There was face-painting, and a bounce house.  That made the event family very friendly.  

We over-sampled & purchased a delicious Peach-Pecan Cobbler from Heavenly Delights.   It was over-priced for the size but it was deliciously worth it.  We took it home and smothered it with Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream…

 Under the shaded VIP lounge there were sofas for those of us who wanted to relax, listen to the band and or DJ, take in this gorgeous view of Downtown Long Beach…

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And drink a Dos Equis 🙂 It was my first one and really good! 

Check out this corn I got from Smokin Hart’s… 

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We used our (2) People’s Choice Award tickets to choose our favorite Pitmaster of the day, which also turned out to be the PEOPLE’S CHOICE WINNER OF THE DAY! It was none other than *drumroll*…

OUTTA GAS BBQ

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Not because the service was exceptional & they stuffed us with some really good watermelon as we waited line…

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But because EVERYTHING we sampled was beyond enjoyable.   It was borderline sinful!  I undeniably needed an entire plate of their baked beans, mac & cheese, short-rib tacos (oh! the tacos!), and their refreshing apple cobbler something…whatever the name…I was happy about it.  Their ribs were ok. They took home 7th place for their ribs.  Unfortunately, whichever Pitmasters took home 1st – 6th place, I’m sure we didn’t get to try.   

Overall it was a great event.  For anyone thinking they are coming to pig out, think again.  The samples were bite-sized & often left you wanting more.  In the end, with all the tastings, we left full & satisfied.

I give it  ⭐⭐⭐

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Photo Credit: NWR

 

 

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