Don’t you want a balloon..? IT Experience Chapter Two Does.
In 2017, Warner Bros. erected a pop-up activation on Hollywood and Vine to promote the upcoming IT movie. The spooky Neibolt House was an enormous success, so much so that the wait in their stand-by line averaged over 2 hours. Needless to say, I didn’t get to experience it, much to my chagrin. However, the Neibolt House made a triumphant return during WB’s Horror Made Here event, which I did get to attend, and I loved it. When Warner announced this year’s IT Experience Chapter Two, the Derry Canal Days Festival and Funhouse, I reserved my free tickets immediately. I couldn’t wait to see what Warner had come up with this time!
The IT Experience Chapter Two welcomes guests into Derry’s local carnival, complete with several free games, a moving (non-ridable) Ferris wheel, and a carnival Funhouse that leads to less family-friendly fare. A carnival barker leads groups of around twenty guests through an enormous and ominous clown’s mouth, through a spinning tunnel, and a hall-of-mirrors only to arrive at the darker underbelly of Derry where something sinister hides in the shadows. The group stays together as the barker guides them through the maze; our barker enhanced the experience by acting confused and frightened about the happenings around us.
Seeing as the IT Experience Chapter Two has a Warner budget behind it, the production design is simply stunning. From the titular Funhouse to Mrs. Kersch’s living room to a Chinese restaurant to the famous sewers of Derry, every detail is eerily magnificent. While the set pieces may not be as iconic as those in the first film and the Neibolt House (floating children, anyone?), the film combined with the memory of this experience may help solidify them into our memories. After all, the inclusion of impressive moving sets, use of technology, and several well-placed scare-actors are sure to delight any haunt fan. Additionally, the keen observer might notice that Pennywise might just be watching you from the moment you step into his domain…
The IT Experience Chapter Two lasts around thirty delightful minutes, not including the brief time to play the carnival games. While the introductory gaming portion could have been longer to allow more people to play, spending too much time there would make the wait time even longer for guests outside. If guests do get to try their hand at one of three games and win, they receive a red ticket to be turned in for a chance to spin a wheel of prizes… if they survive the Funhouse, that is.
With massively impressive sets, clever scares, and stunning technology, the IT Experience Chapter Two is a fantastic precursor to the film as well as the Halloween haunt season. Try your luck at the carnival, brave the Funhouse, and witness the end of IT. I hope you’ll float too…
The IT Experience Chapter Two runs now through September 8th; find more information and reserve your tickets here. Make sure to subscribe to our Event Calendar for more haunted attractions throughout the year.
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