It wasn't too hard to navigate through dark areas, especially as the actors stepped in to help whenever they needed to push us in the right direction. However, one of the tight passageways was a little too tight, and two of the members of my group opted to actually crawl under the compressing barrier rather than push their way through it. The spinning light tunnels are always fun to walk through, but it might have enhanced the experience if an actor had also been on or near it.
While the typical rule to not touch anything or any actor does apply, the guests are still able to interact with certain areas. For example, at the end of one area, there was a bulky door to open, but among my favorites was a maze of patterned solid walls and curtains, one of which led to the door to our next destination. My group became extremely lost within it, and a creepy jester intermittently appeared, disappeared, and reappeared again to offer advice and direction that we weren't sure whether was right or wrong, but was always entertaining.
Approaching the end, we found ourselves in a room with many doors, but before we could leave, we were interrupted by a clown who ran from behind us to slam the door shut. We weren't so close to the end as we thought! He lunged to stab me, and the lights went out, which from my perspective proved to be very effective timing.
While the scenes are often set up very well for the best effect, there are some spots that seem too bare or pieced together with animatronics or props that don’t fit an area, and the quality is at times questionable. But these details are easily overlooked, given the exceptional performance of the actors. The actors are the heart of the attraction, and they make the experience unforgettable.
Gates of Misery gets 4.4 Bats out of 5!