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Mystic Motel is back for Halloween 2014 & we need your help to make it bigger & better than last year! Pledge for some fun rewards!
Mystic Motel is back for Halloween 2014 & we need your help to make it bigger & better than last year! Pledge for some fun rewards!
16 backers pledged $1,038 to help bring this project to life.

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Mystic Motel is a dark ride Halloween Haunt we designed in our garage at home in Ladera Ranch.  Last year the response was off the charts, even adults enjoyed it!  This year we want to make the experience longer by adding a walk-thru themed motel that leads to the basement (the ride portion).  

Last year we were fortunate enough to have Ladera Times (a local newspaper here in Ladera Ranch) put us on the cover of their paper.  Also, Theme Park Review (a company that records on ride videos) showed up and did a POV video and review of Mystic Motel on thier website:  http://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=66513.  When watching the video please take in mind it was our first year.  We have already spent most of the summer completely revamping the ride with new props, paint, and much more.  The ride still keeps the same theme, but is 100 times better!  

Front page of Ladera Times 2013
Front page of Ladera Times 2013
Click on logo to visit our Facebook Page
Click on logo to visit our Facebook Page

Fictional theme story behind Mystic Motel

I'm a game designer by trade, so this helped with the theme of the ride.  I love branding products, so I even went as far as to search and file a US Trademark too.  Now the fictional story... 

Mystic Motel was a motel built in 1955 located in the sun bathed and cactus infested desert along route 66.  A hot spot through the 1970's, the motel was eventually abandoned and forgotten until Jack Turner (fictional character) purchased it for its mysterious activities.  Jack knew he could make a buck off folks daring enough to take a ride through it's mysterious basement.  With parts of the motel actually caving through the basement ceiling, some of the motel's visitors have never left.  Jack kept one of the original maintenance workers (Charlie) on staff to scare off any vandals.  Only riders of Mystic Motel will figure out why Charlie has gone so crazy!   

Pre-ride newscast video:  http://youtu.be/fK-EfZmrkuk

Why we built it

My son Ashton and I have always wanted to build a ride.   For years we talked about it.  He always asked, well Dad why don't we build one in our garage?  After a few years, I finally said yes and there you have... Mystic Motel.  Last year we started building it in the summer and finished just in time for October.  It was a great experience for all of us, especially for Ashton who wants to be an Imagineer someday.  

Video of my kids and I building it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vD2ZesPJ2c&feature=youtu.be

Goal

Our goal in this Kickstarter Campaign is to build a second ride car and add the walk thru motel portion to the ride.  Our long term goal is to get Mystic Motel in a public location and make it a longer experience, be it an amusement park, family fun center, or a warehouse.  

We appreciate all of our backers.  If we reach our $1,000 Goal we will add the walk thru portion, which will allow visitors to walk-thru the abandoned Mystic Motel and end up in the basement for the ride / basement tour.  If we exceed the $1,000 Goal, we will add a second ride car to shorten the wait time or additional props for the walk-thru portion depending on the amount funded.

We don't want to ruin the scares we have in place for this year, so here's some finished pictures of Mystic Motel in 2013 from Theme Park Review:

Mystic Motel sign, covered line area with TV playing pre-ride news cast with Jack Turner
Mystic Motel sign, covered line area with TV playing pre-ride news cast with Jack Turner
Fast Pass and line signs.  This year Fast Pass line will be replaced with a Kickstarter Line for our Kickstarter Backers only!
Fast Pass and line signs. This year Fast Pass line will be replaced with a Kickstarter Line for our Kickstarter Backers only!
The ride loading area
The ride loading area
Last years first rider, sporting a Mystic Motel T-shirt
Last years first rider, sporting a Mystic Motel T-shirt
The first room, Charlie (the motel maintenance man) and his dog Rocket with "fix my room" requests all over the wall from Mystic's lively guests . This room has been completely re-done...
The first room, Charlie (the motel maintenance man) and his dog Rocket with "fix my room" requests all over the wall from Mystic's lively guests . This room has been completely re-done...
In room 2 the ceiling is collapsing through into the basement and a lady can be seen in her motel room rocking her baby.  This room has also been completely redone for 2014.
In room 2 the ceiling is collapsing through into the basement and a lady can be seen in her motel room rocking her baby. This room has also been completely redone for 2014.
Another room, which has also been redone, shows a simulated fire ball coming from the furnace room.
Another room, which has also been redone, shows a simulated fire ball coming from the furnace room.
A motel guest reaching to grab you through the basement ceiling, another room that has been completely redone...
A motel guest reaching to grab you through the basement ceiling, another room that has been completely redone...
Mystic Motel lighted sign up close
Mystic Motel lighted sign up close

Risks and challenges

We don't see any risk, last year was a huge success and everyone was happy. This year we have invested more time and money to make Mystic Motel better- we painted the walls and ceiling black, removed everything and installed all new props including a custom built furnace prop and furniture. We truly cannot wait to see the reaction our fans will have this year! We are 100% prepared to SCARE!

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    One Guest List Admission in KICKSTARTER Line... Thank you for your support! This Reward includes (1) Admission to Mystic Motel valid once anytime we are open in 2014 (except Behind the Scenes Tour, Sweets & Ride Night Oct 29). The KICKSTARTER Line (similar to Disney's Fast Pass line) will be shorter since these passes are only available through our Kickstarter Campaign. Makes a great gift!

    2014 Days of Operation are: Saturday 10/25/14 - 7PM to 9PM, Thursday 10/30/14 - 7PM to 9:30PM, Friday 10/31/14 - 6:30PM to 10PM, Saturday 11/01 - 6:30PM to 9:30PM

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    Behind the Scenes Tour, Sweets & Ride Night Wednesday October 29, 7PM to 9PM...
    Thank you for your support! This Reward includes Admission for (2) to our Behind the Scenes (lights on) Tour, Sweets (Krispy Kreme Donuts, hot chocolate, and coffee) enjoyed during a round of Q & A with Mystic's creators Scott & Ashton D'Avanzo inside the Mystic Motel. Also includes a few rides with Minimal line- we are not open this night, so this event is ONLY for pledgers of this reward. Get in the Halloween spirit early in this unique kid friendly experience.

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    T-Shirt... Thank you for your support! This Reward includes (1) Mystic Motel T-Shirt. This years shirts will be screen printed and much better quality than last year. Available sizes are Small thru XXL. Includes shipping in US.

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    Sponsor...
    Thank you for your support! Halloween in Ladera Ranch is a HUGE EVENT with hundreds of children and adults. We will put a lighted sponsored by sign with your company logo, services, and phone number at the entrance to be seen by all. This Pledge includes printing of the sign, your option to set up a small booth / table during our operating nights. This is a great opportunity for any business (local real estate agent, restaurant, or shop). Includes (25) Reward #1 for your clients, (4) Reward #2, (4) Reward #3, and (4) Reward #4.

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