Once inside the building your group is stopped and they’ll take a picture that you have the option of buying later, and then it’s to the ticket counter. They also have concessions and souvenirs and if you had been waiting in line for the past 2 hours and had to pee for the past hour and ½ they have a bathroom also. Another line forms to get into the elevator in groups of about 15 -20 that takes you down into the caverns, at the bottom of the caverns you’ll wait again as they split you into smaller groups of around 4-6 people. I am not trying to sound critical of the wait, there is likely no easier way to herd several hundred people into a cave 26 stories underground, just be prepared for the slow moving entry process. But now the real fun finally begins.
Right away we had an enthusiastic young woman named “Marie” (“not Mary not Murray”) jump out and welcome us to the haunt. With our new BFF’s Kelly and David, our group of 4 was given a small glow stick and sent into the pitch black cavern and to the mercy of the things lurking in the dark. I realized that the dimly lit glow stick wasn’t for our benefit but for the poor lost souls of the Haunted Cavern, sort of like a dinner bell to alert them their victims were on their way. The actors here use the lack of light and the environment to their advantage. Barely able to see, we fumbled our way through the caverns while an array of well-trained actors did their best to entertain, amuse and frighten us - and succeeded in every way.
At the end of the tunnels our small group had merged with 2 other groups and we were all then put in a van. Things got a little awkward here, as we all sat in silence in the air conditioned van not sure if there was more to come or if it was over. Lucky us there was more to come, oh joy!
We arrived at what was left of the old Carrion Ridge settlement and were greeted by yet another enthusiastic and entertaining young lady, a psychic who warned us of the negative energy that still existed in the town. We were then split back into smaller groups and sent through. The setup of the town was amazing, great sets, great props and absolutely amazing actors, especially the actress who stalked us through the corn field in the beginning. I wished we had been able to move a bit more slowly through theses sections so we could admire the detail they put into it as it was a great story that was extremely well executed. A lot of credit goes to some of the best haunt actors I have seen and the Ladies of Carrion Ridge, especially. Usually female actors are relegated to roles of screaming victims in a haunt, but here they were star attractions who did amazing jobs at bringing their characters to life. Be sure to check out the website www.hauntedcavern.com for the story behind the haunt and get some background on the characters. You can also preorder your tickets online for a discounted price. Scorecard for Ruby Falls Haunted Cavern is 4 out of 5 bats. The only thing that stopped it from being perfect was the awkward bus ride between the 2 sections of the haunt, and the chainsaw actors who swung their props just a little too close to our faces.
I wish we lived closer because this is definitely a haunt I would want to revisit.