When Scarowinds begins its 15th season Friday night, Overlord, master of the underworld, won’t be in charge of the more than 500 monsters.
Scarowinds officials announced Thursday a new monster will rule over the park.
“Overlord has been stripped of his powers,” said Carowinds spokeswoman Julie Whitted. “While he has been dethroned, he’s not going quietly into the night.” A fight for control of the park’s underworld may be in the making.
The new monster will rule over an even bigger kingdom this year. More mazes and scare zones have been created at the Carowinds amusement park for Scarowinds, the annual transformation of the park into a series macabre mayhem where every sense is not just affected, but attacked by ghosts, goblins and creatures with globs of gore – the more gore, the better.
Mazes are contained in buildings while scare zones are in outdoor areas of the park.
The newest maze is “7th Ward.” It’s a hospital filled with incurable, demented patients. “It’s the most intense maze this year,” Whitted said. In all there are seven haunted mazes, including a clown’s demented version of terror and a toy box that’s teeming with terror.
“Blood Yard” is the newest of five scare zones. It’s an urban waste land of junk and graffiti inhabited by a gang of “very thirsty” vampires, Whitted said.
Scarowinds operates on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights in September and October and closes Nov. 1. Online single night tickets start at $27.99 and a Haunt Pass which allows unlimited access to Scarowinds is $55. For an additional charge there is a Fright Lane pass which gives patrons access to the front of the line, as well as a “Skeleton Key” which allows patrons access to unlock private rooms and additional scares within participating scare zones.
Scarowinds may be too intense for young children. No costumes or masks are permitted in the park.