Saturday September 23rd, 2017 Netherworld Haunted House Located at 6624 Dawson Blvd, Norcross, GA 30093 (last year at this location)
Just when I thought this season could not get any better, Netherworld Haunted House comes swooping In bringing the experience of a life time! For your reference, this is the last year Netherworld will be in this location. They can be found in an old abandoned strip mall. There is one parking lot that is free to park, and several others lining the strip, which charge $10 to park. At 6:50pm when we arrived, the free parking lot was about 75% full already. Being it was opening weekend we didn’t think being early was very crucial, but lucky for us we were prompt. We had no idea the turn out we were about to see.
As we made our way to the grounds of Netherworld, being early I took this time to photograph all the amazing animatronics, and props they had on display. There was already a line forming for their main haunt “Primal Scream”. This line was for individuals who pre-purchased their tickets online. With the way things went that night I would HIGHLY recommend purchasing your tickets prior to arriving at Netherworld.
As it began nearing 7pm, lines had not started to move yet and there were no actors to be seen on the grounds. I began to walk around and take more photographs of the surrounding area. There were 2 food trucks that were open on time. One was for dessert type food (fried Oreos, funnel cakes, etc) and the other was for drinks (lattes, coffees, bubble tea, etc). There was another food truck I was told that would not be opening until later, which served hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, water, sodas, etc. 7:15pm rolls around and still nothing is moving. I decided to walk over to the gift shop where I found SO MANY ITEMS for sale. Shirts, hoodies, men/women/children! Oddities of all sorts, stuffed animals, statues! Everything and anything you could think of and they had it. The prices were decent as well! I made sure to take pictures of everything for your reference.
By 7:30 I had officially taken pictures of everything and decided to head down to the ticket booth; where a large line had formed. The ticket booth was still closed. We all waited on line until about 7:45. Since the line was long at this point it took about 15 minutes to purchase our tickets. Keep in mind if you plan on using your card they check ID. I forgot mine in the car so fortunately I was with someone who spotted me the cash. Play it safe and bring cash! At this time, actors started to come out and wander the grounds. It was getting dark and the spooky vibes really started to set in. I made sure to take pictures of the ticket Prices for you. The package for both attractions cost $28.
After purchasing the tickets, we jumped on line for Mr. Grendel’s 3D Funhouse of Horrors. The line was a decent length but moved quickly. We were in line for maybe 10 minutes. There is a clown on line handing you 3D glasses. Make sure you keep your ticket in a safe place they check it for both attractions. Upon entering, they let your groups go in one at a time. We had a group of three, and I did not take notice of the group in front of us but we did not run in to them once during our walk through. Upon entering this attraction, I was immediately BLOWN AWAY. I won’t give any spoilers, but I must say this was hands down the best put together 3D haunts I have ever been to. If you have a fear of tight spaces, moving floors, loud noises, sudden startles, CLOWNS.. Then this is not the attraction for you. There has yet to be a place that I have experienced any of these special effects in. The attraction overall took us about 30 minutes to get through. I walk at a snail’s pace for your reference. HIGHLY Recommend this haunt. Make sure you wear something you don’t mind getting dirty. Your shoes and possibly your pants can get wet.
At this point it was 8:15pm and I was dying of thirst and very hungry! We walked over to the food booth which was now open. Unfortunately, their card machine was down, so we had to wait 10 minutes to get water and some food. To put things in perspective it was extremely hot outside and the water was very crucial for me as I felt myself getting dehydrated. Luckily their machine got back up and running, I purchased my things and we began heading over to the main attraction Primal scream.
Now at this point of the evening the line was wrapped all the way around the building and zig zagged through several lines. We hopped on line around 8:25. We did not get into the attraction until a little after 10pm. There was no entertainment for the line; most people were restless or playing games on their phones. I was dripping sweat and super uncomfortable.
Not only did we have to zig zag through several lines but then we walked along the building to another set of lines that led to zig zags and then again into the building where they have their museum. Now upon entering the building we finally had a little AC, and the sights to be seen were AMAZING. It was as if we were walking in our own little horror museum. There were horror movie props everywhere! There were Giant skeletons of all sorts of animal, Creepy painting and props. Animatronics galore! We walked through all of this for another 15 minutes until we finally got into the attraction.
Let me just tell you, it was without a doubt 100% worth the wait. Primal scream was unlike any attraction I have ever been in. The attention to detail that goes into the houses at Netherworld is beyond compare. You feel as if you are being immersed into a movie scene. I will warn you there are times you will get wet; you will be faced with extreme conditions, movie floors, moving rooms, extreme claustrophobic conditions, disorientation, etc. This is the haunt to do to for over the top animatronics and props. The actors were amazing; dressed very well! They always stayed in character. There were SO MANY SURPRISES to be had at Netherworld. I couldn’t possibly rave enough about them.
I will say it was a rough night, things did not start out on time, we spent a majority of our night waiting on lines but when push came to shove we were given one of the best shows I ever could have imagined. I really enjoyed myself. The only thing I would mention is I wish there had been more actors outside. I wish they interacted with the guests more; especially during those super long lines. The wait time was the worst part about my experience. If that changes as the season progresses I have no doubt customer satisfaction will be even higher than it is now!
Netherworld is 100% a MUST SEE for your 2017 haunting season. As mentioned, just don’t forget to plan ahead. Purchase your tickets online before hand, if you can’t make sure you bring cash, be prepared to wait on long lines, and get there very early to avoid having to pay $10 to park. Either way, with all this being said; I would not have changed anything about the night. Netherworld did not disappoint!