We board the Queen Mary to brave what “Evil Lurks Within” for a night of thrilling, terrifying, and imaginative mazes inspired by a dark history.
Locals in Long Beach, California have undoubtedly heard of the Queen Mary. The towering structure was constructed in 1930 at the John Brown shipyard in Clyde, Scotland. She began cruising the waves in 1936 and catered to the rich and elite. Much like the Titanic. She also carried a bevy of sailors, war brides and their children, and troops.
Eventually the Queen Mary retired, and in 1967 she was sold for $3.45 million to the city of Long Beach — and here she is permanently docked. The decks of the Queen Mary are still furnished with the original decks. Thousands of guests have walked through the colossal floating structure. But some have never checked out.
Over the past 60 years, it has been reported that the Queen Mary has been the site of over 49 deaths. The ship has had a rich history of hauntings and spirits, and with it comes the return of a Halloween tradition: Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor.
The Queen Mary herself and surrounded areas are transformed into a smoky filled event that is full to the brim with Dark Harbor Monsters, haunting mazes and sinister shows. Step into our review, we promise you won’t be disappointed. We explored all the mazes and indulged in a spirit or two.
The newest attraction is Feast. Step aboard to The Queen Mary herself as you journey through parts of the vessel that have yet to be explored. What is really unique about this maze is that you can enjoy an adult drink right inside the maze before you explore the dark side of The Chef. My favorite aspect of this maze is meeting The Chef himself, as he details his favorite recipes and how he can’t wait to have you for dinner. But be careful, you have to go through the chef’s oven to get out and there is no turning back.
I am a sucker for the classic ringtop maze. Clowns, ringmasters and jesters gives me a thrill. Circus will have you thinking twice about where you are going and who you are with. Nothing is what it seems and this is the horrifying appeal as you struggle to get out. But beware of the carnies, they are out to get you.
Naturally, The Queen Mary would desire a protector: The Iron Master. Explore Queen Mary’s roots dating all the way back to 1930. In this maze, you are exposed to the most deadliest diseases that the Scotsman suffered from while trying to make it out, engulfed in a deep and dark haze.
Explore the sunken ship Deadrise that has been resting in its watery grave. Get transported back in time where the Queen Mary served as a military vessel, the “Grey Ghosts.” Guests find themselves immersed with the surroundings of angry spirits.
This was my personal favorite. I love anything with a good ghost tale and deadly dolls. Have you heard of Scary Mary? Well, now is your chance to meet her. And, she is looking for a lifetime friend. The story is that a young girl died in the ship’s swimming pool. Now, she has returned to play mind games with you.
There is no doubt in my mind that many souls have gone crazy while residing in Queen Mary’s hull. Guests are plunged into the soul of Samuel the Savage, and you literally have to crawl out of his mind in order to get out. Room B340 is said to be the most haunted room in the ship. Rumors of suicide and guests going mad have circulated from the room.
Meet Gale, a lost soul who yearns for love. She is beautiful and has a sultry appearance that is charming to say the least. But Gale has a secret, and you won’t want to find out what it is. But, you will.
What makes Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor such an enchanting Halloween treat is the rich history that surrounds the event. You won’t find any franchised monsters or familiar movie faces; all the characters here are purely imaginative. From ringmasters to hillbillies, to that shy looking girl who resembles a doll; sinister frights and creeps are the main theme here. Many of the mazes here actually invoke fear.