Queen Mary's Dark Harbor Announces 2016 Season

DARK HARBOR AT THE QUEEN MARY

We're less than 100 days away from Halloween, so while spooky autumn times are the last thing from most people's minds, for those who plan, operate, and market haunted attractions, it's already time to start getting the word out for this year's events. 

 (Image courtesy of Dark Harbor.)

(Image courtesy of Dark Harbor.)

Earlier this week, Dark Harbor announced what to expect for their upcoming 2016 run.  This attraction has been one of my personal favorites over the years for its combination of truly ghostly settings, intimate scares, and ambitious scope considering its resources.  What do we have to look forward to this year?  Well...

The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor Returns to the Infamously Haunted Ship September 29 for 22 nights of fright

Queen Mary’s Newest Resident Spirit and Maze To Be Unveiled July 30

LONG BEACH, Calif., (June 22, 2016) –The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor will once again rise from the deep torrid history of the infamously haunted ship September 29 - October 31, 2016. Dark Harbor will unveil new grotesque creatures and features at Midsummer Scream in Long Beach on July 30. Tickets are on-sale at QueenMary.com.

 Graceful Gale and The Captain greet guests at last year's Dark Harbor opening night.

Graceful Gale and The Captain greet guests at last year's Dark Harbor opening night.

 Ghoulish spirits, old and new, will descend upon The Queen Mary in Long Beach for the most anticipated twenty-two terrifying nights of the year. Dark Harbor’s Sinister Seven Spirits: Ringmaster, Captain, Samuel the Savage, Graceful Gale, Half-Hatch Henry, Scary Mary and the newest malevolent resident will haunt the grounds of Dark Harbor nightly. 

 Fan favorite The Ringmaster returns for another year of scares and debauchery.

Fan favorite The Ringmaster returns for another year of scares and debauchery.

 Another Dark Harbor icon, Samuel the Savage, last year.

Another Dark Harbor icon, Samuel the Savage, last year.

Ringmaster promises to unleash her band of misfit monsters under the gruesome big top of Circus - a maze that continues to disorient with horrifying illusions, death-defying acts and spirited thrills. Dark Harbor’s youngest soul, Scary Mary, who has haunted the ship since her mysterious drowning in the first class pool in 1952, will leave fear-seekers gasping for air in the enhanced Lullaby maze. DeadriseSoulmate and B340 mazes have been re-engineered to deliver a darker descent into the depths of Queen Mary’s sinister past.

 The Circus maze from last year.

The Circus maze from last year.

 Scary Mary poses outside her maze, Lullaby, which premiered last year at Dark Harbor.

Scary Mary poses outside her maze, Lullaby, which premiered last year at Dark Harbor.

This year’s Paintball Shooting Gallery sends guests on an other-worldly adventure and Sideshow grants “backstage” passage into the macabre underworld of the traveling circus. Haunt-fanatics can even double down on this year’s new double-sided small tops to host a private soiree featuring close-up freak shows with instant complimentary access to SideShow directly from a private Creepy Cabana.

 Deadrise was redesigned last year and better than ever!

Deadrise was redesigned last year and better than ever!

 Soulmate told the story of Graceful Gale's more sinister origins and will return this year.

Soulmate told the story of Graceful Gale's more sinister origins and will return this year.

Take in a mesmerizing fire show on the main stage, have a spin on the Sinister Swings, and toss back all-you-can-eat tacos in the exclusive R.I.P. Lounge. But get the party started early and arrive during Happy Haunting Hour to down a happy hour potion in the all-new Voodoo Brew.

 B340 had a fantastic debut in 2014, continued success last year, and returns this year as well.

B340 had a fantastic debut in 2014, continued success last year, and returns this year as well.

 The most terrifying attraction at the event--Michael Jackson's actual Never Land Ranch swings!

The most terrifying attraction at the event--Michael Jackson's actual Never Land Ranch swings!

Dark Harbor brings the true haunted tales of The Queen Mary to life, offering the most authentically frightening experience available. The annual event begins September 29 and continues to scare those who dare through October 31. General admission ticket prices start at just $20 online, with Fast Fright, VIP Passes, and lodging packages available. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit www.queenmary.com/dark-harbor.

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