My buddy Kirk over at Secret Fun Spot posted this article on Trimper's Haunted House in Ocean City, MD, and it got me thinkin'; how cool would it be to travel around the country and visit every dark ride there is?!? I could even do a big, glossy coffee table book on my adventure with tons of pics and the full history of the "Dark Ride". And I'm not talking about the walk-thru rides with actors, but the classics that were part roller coaster and all soil-your-britches full-on TERROR! While the walk thrus' are scary, there's just something about being strapped into a cart and not being able to slow down or stop that really scares the crap out of me! That, and the fact that I don't like to be touched by strangers. Here is a scare by scare journey through Trimper's classic ride;
I can remember being 4 or 5, going to the Fair, and staring up at the massive metal haunted house with garish colors, terrifying art depicting vampires, werewolves and zombies covering every square inch of the exterior and monsters popping out of windows, daring you to come closer. I remember trying sooo hard to summon up the courage to get in line, then chickening out just before they took my ticket, then getting back in line and finally taking my seat in one of the carts. At this point, I was practically jumping out of my skin, but that didn't compare to that horrible feeling you got when those metal doors slam shut behind you, the darkness engulfs you and you realize that you may have just made a horrible mistake. After emerging alive yet terrified, with your adrenaline coursing through your veins, I knew right then and there that I was hooked for life! Eventually, I would love to design my own dark ride and open it to the public and rent it out for parties. How cool would that be?!?