During our travels we were able to swing by a local haunt in Jacksonville called “Warehouse 31 Unleashed” for their special Valentine’s Day themed haunt, and boy were we glad we did…
Welcome to Warehouse 31
Continuing on our “Haunts Around the US” series, we find ourselves on Beach Boulevard, in a seemingly innocent shopping plaza. Here lies Warehouse 31 Unleashed, “North Florida’s largest haunted house.” We happened to be in the area doing other things this particular Saturday night and read about this haunt so we just had to check it out. This turned out to be one of our greatest decisions thus far in 2018.
Just driving into this place got us excited when we saw all the decorations, the huge amount of fog looming over the entire area, and great looking scareactors roaming about the parking lot.
4 Haunted Houses For The Price of One!
Before moving on, I must explain: This haunted attraction is actually 4 haunted houses that are connected together into what is effectively one long maze with 4 queue areas. Each house exits into the next house’s queue. Groups are sent into each house individually, which in our case it was just us two in there. Staff allow one group inside at a time, and allow the next group in many minutes later (luckily for us there was only one group ahead of us and one group behind us, so there was no waiting). Our entire walkthrough experience took 40 minutes, though we could have been in there longer if we walked slower than we already were, which was definitely slower than your typical HHN haunted house. Anyhow, after purchasing our tickets, we entered the harmless looking shopping plaza. We were greeted by a clown in a kissing booth and a somewhat large queue area. The entire area was quite dark and filled with fog, in fact it was a bit tough to see. This was the entrance to the first haunted house, which had a circus theme and was full of clowns.
Something that really made this haunt stand out is it’s incredibly numerous actors in it’s cast, and all very talented. In fact, I was told there were 65 actors inside on the night we went, and between 7 and 8 “roaming” actors in the queues, outdoor areas, and photo op section. Many of the actors will speak to you, tell you where to go, and even give you tasks to complete to continue. They can get quite face to face with you, and even block your path and not allow you to proceed. These interactions were all highlights of the overall experience. Let’s not forget, though, that on top of this huge cast, there are a number of animatronics, all very well placed and effective.
The second house of the walkthrough was called “Voodoo” and contained New Orleans swamp lands and black magic themes, the third house was a butchery and meat packing plant called “Mr. Tasty’s”, and the fourth was called “Fear Lab,” a sort of asylum where experiments are conducted on humans.
Besides the great acting and overall tone throughout the whole walkthrough, another thing to note on this haunt is the impressive make up. The masks all fit well, all prosthetics were quite convincing, and all the actors with just make up on looked great to boot.
Warehouse 31 Unleashed is receiving our stamp of approval, and along with that an incredibly strong recommendation for our readers to go and visit. Smiling from ear-to-ear throughout our entire experience, I can definitely say we haven’t had this much fun and scares at a local haunt since Mysterious Mansion in Tennessee (see our review here)We will definitely be returning for any future special events throughout the year as well as during the Halloween season.
VISIT NOW IF YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS BLOODY VALENTINE BEFORE ITS GONE
There are still two more nights to check this out. Tonight, Sunday February 11, and Valentine’s Day itself, Wednesday Feb. 14. This is a really fun and scary attraction that, if possible, haunt fans should come check out. You can visit Warehouse 31’s website here.