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!
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
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:
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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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