Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, which is conveniently located in downtown Gatlinburg near the Space Needle, is a multi-million dollar haunted house. The haunted attraction uses live actors, special effects, and animatronics to scare its visitors.
Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, which only lasts 10-15 minutes, is set in an old two-story casket company. Your tour of the dilapidated building starts with a ride in an old coffin cage that resembles a mine-shaft elevator. Once you reach the top, your tour begins in a creepy funeral chapel and you are instructed to form a single-file line with your hand on the shoulder of the person in front of you. If you don’t know the person in front of you, placing your hand on them in complete darkness can be a bit awkward…
Since this is a permanent haunted house in a high-traffic area, Ripley’s has spent substantial money on the décor and overall appearance – it looks good. Everything from the funeral chapel to the fake body bags looks and feels authentic. Although Ripley’s Haunted Adventure has good special effects and a well-trained staff, the attraction primarily depends on people’s fear of the dark and the unexpected.
If you are afraid of the dark, this attraction is definitely not for you. The majority of the attraction is set in a pitch-black environment with people proceeding single-file and simultaneously experiencing special effects. The attraction allows children 6+ to participate, but we feel it is too intense for most children under 8. If you are brave, the best spot to be scared is at the front of your group.
Ripley’s Haunted Adventure is located near the Space Needle in downtown Gatlinburg. If you drive towards the National Park on the Main Parkway, the attraction is located on the left side immediately past the Space Needle (Traffic Light #8) between Ripley’s Motion Theater and Hollywood Star Cars.
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