KISSIMMEE, Fla. – A first-of-its-kind attraction is taking you inside the drive-in theater.
So as we enter this very unusual Halloween season, some of the heavyweights in the theme park industry are ramping up the haunts in a way like never done before.
Here are five things to know about Scream n’ Stream.
1. Scream n' Stream is just weeks away from its September 25 kickoff, but rehearsals are in full swing. “We started thinking about what could we do to let us experience Halloween, as we know it, in a safe way,” production manager Chris Louis said. He has been part of Universal's Halloween Horror Nights creative team, but he needed a new haunt this year after Universal canceled the event due to COVID.
2. So Louis had a solution: to transform an RV campground at Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures. “So every 50 feet,” he said, showing us, “we have a power outlet and a water outlet.” That means the scare-actors you experience – six feet from your car – have hot mics.
3. The storyline is set back in 1997. As you drive through a “screen,” you're actually driving into a horror film. Kaylene Sheikh works at Disney World, but, in this experience, she is a cheerleader covered with blood. “The one thing that I could definitely bring to the table was how loud I could be,” she said, as she demonstrated her pipes and blood-curdling screams.
4. Cars can punch up 91.7 FM for a spooky soundtrack during the ride. “You're experiencing scenes on the left and right of your vehicle,” Louis said. “Sometimes you'll be brought to a complete stop using a red traffic light.
5. As for the trick-or treating component, characters will stand back and hold a long pipe, rolling down candy in “Easter-type” plastic eggs. Scream n' Stream has family-friendly hours and grown-up time.
Visit screamnstream.com for details and ticketing. It all starts September 25 at 2001 E. Southport Road in Kissimmee.