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Transworld Haunted House / Escape Room Tradeshow Changes Dates
Tue, December 29, 2020
NOTICE FROM TRANSWORLD about new dates Haunted House Tradeshow 2021.

 

Hello everyone-

It's hard to believe during these challenging times that the holiday season is here already! As we all scramble to come up with creative ways to safely celebrate with family and friends, we want to update you on the status of our 2021 show. Due to the spike in numbers regarding COVID-19 we have made the difficult decision to push back our show dates from March to May. Our new dates are May 6-9, 2021.

Please know that TransWorld is very committed to producing the best show we can in 2021. To deliver on that promise, we are working hard to run the show in accordance with the current COVID guidelines from the CDC, the State of Missouri, the City of St. Louis, America's Center, and our hotel and vendor partners. Guidelines may change and we recommend that you frequently review the "Health and Safety" page on our sites for updates. The health and safety of our exhibitors, buyers and staff is of the utmost importance to us.

We understand that this has been a very frustrating process for everyone. We truly appreciate everyone's support for our shows in such uncertain times. We are looking forward to seeing all of you in St. Louis May 6-9, 2021 for an exciting event that will bring you products, seminars and networking opportunities to jump start your business for the 2021 season!

Regarding booked hotel rooms:

We are currently working with the hotels on a smooth transition of room reservations. It will take a few weeks for the reservations departments to move the reservations as well as send emails to you, if appropriate. In addition, it will take the hotels a few weeks to send TransWorld updated information for our travel page (new deposit dates, cut off date, booking links, etc.) Please give the hotels a few weeks to implement the changes in your reservations as outlined below.

All current hotel reservations for the 2021 March show dates will either be rebooked or rolled over to the new May 2021 dates by the hotels. Hotel procedures differ at each property. If your hotel reservation has been cancelled and rebooked you will receive a new confirmation number via email. If your reservation has been rolled over, you may not receive a new confirmation number. If you have any questions please contact the hotel directly.

Please review the list below to determine whether your reservation is being rebooked or rolled over.

Hotels Hotels that will roll over your reservations for you:

  • Holiday Inn
  • Courtyard
  • Hampton Inn
  • Magnolia
  • Lumiere
  • Hotel St. Louis

Hotels Hotels that will rebook your reservations for you

  • Marriott
  • Four Seasons (or they will call you)
  • Embassy Suites
  • DoubleTree

Hotels: Hotels that will either rebook or roll over your reservations for you.

  • Drury Arch
  • Drury Convention Center

If you need to make a change to your reservation or cancel it entirely, please contact the hotel directly. Hotel information can be found at https://haashow.com/travel/hotels/

We wish you the happiest of holidays and we look forward to seeing you in St. Louis in May, 2021! As always, please feel free to call us with any questions you may have,

Warmest regards,

The TranWorld Team


For information about TransWorld's shows visit

www.TransWorldTradeShows.com


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Haunted Hayrides are Converting to Haunted Trails due to Covid 2020
Sun, July 26, 2020

Haunted Houses are finding it challenging  dealing with social distancing.  We've written several times already that it's totally IMPOSSIBLE to social distance at a haunted house.  Anyone who owns or operates a haunted attraction knows the customers go in and because they get scared they stop walking, and then the next group runs into them.  This will happen every single night no matter how far apart you space out your customers.  So what should you do?  Really simple, just put the customers in the door and keep them going in, have your actors scare forward.  This isn't the year to have talking character actors who slow down customers, just jump scare them forward you can't do anything else.  Oh yeah other people write about how you can social distance in a haunt but we all know it isn't going to happen.  But wait you say what if you limit how many people can enter, but wouldn't that defeat the purpose of being open?  Now you're limiting people so why even open because you will lose money remember your expenses are REAL!  Just opening costs you money staffing, marketing, taxes, security, utilities, not to mention rent and or property tax.   I'm hoping you have workers compensation and we all know that is really expensive, as is liability insurance.   Oh and don't forget once you close for the season you need enough money to pay all the bills until you can open again! 

What a mess! 

There is only one way to open this year GO WIDE OPEN  and hope enough people come to save your business until Halloween 2021.  You can't limit customers, because even attempting that isn't going to stop people from banging into other customers.  Futhermore some polls show as many as 50% say they won't visit an amusement park this summer.  Haunted Houses in my view count as something they probably won't visit so why would you limit anything, it's already going to be limited for you by the customers who don't come.   You should sell tickets online yes but don't go online only that would be a tragic mistake, you need a box office for customers who come on the spur of the moment.  The old saying is beggers can't be choosers and if attendance is way down you can't be a chooser.  Give your customers ALL options of visiting in 2020 but be prepared to whisk them into the attraction!    Once you open at 7pm keep people going in, pick up the pace this year, so people aren't waiting around out front of your haunted house.  Your actors need to do their best work this year and keep customers screaming forward end of story. 

Out front of The Darkness we're going to add washing stations so guests can wash their hands, we'll have masks for those who don't bring them, each night we'll spray disinfectant through out the maze and we're going to make sure our actors work inside scarezones!  There is all kinds of little things you can do but when it comes to even the attempt of social distancing inside your haunt that just isn't ever going to happen so SCARE FORWARD!  



This brings us to haunted hayrides how do you social distance on a hayride?  If you're a big haunted hayride like Headless Horseman it's TOTALLY impossible unless you DOUBLE the number of tractors you're operating which would be out of the question.   At Creepyworld our hayride is an upcharge so maybe 50% of the guests ride the hayride anyway so for us this won't be an issue.  But again how about those attractions where the hayride is this 20 minute ride thru the woods?  Really simple give up the hayride and change your hayride into a haunted walking trail. 

With a big giant hayride people have plenty of space to move around, separate and distance themselves.  It won't work flawless because  you still have people getting scared they will run into other people but this is a smart option.  Turn your haunted hayride into a trail is a smart move with some possible drawbacks.  Your hayride was never created to have people roam freely around and yes people are going to accidently get off track, off the trail and end up in the woods.  You will either need to add more barratries for trouble spots, or add a lot more security or both.  Furthermore turning your hayride into a trail might require a lot more actors because now people will walk for long stretches without seeing sets or actors.  Adding more actors in the non-scenic spots might be essential to avoid a lot of negative reviews. 



Keep in mind one of the most successful haunted houses in the country 'Haunted Overload' could easily be a hayride, but it choose the route of a haunted trail.  Haunted Hayrides simply aren't scary because actors can't interact with customers the same way as a haunted trail.  A Haunted Trail might have some other upsides other than just being MORE scary such as more affordable to operate.  Operating all those tractors is very EXPENSIVE, you need tractor drivers, loaders, and the thru put process is SLOW! 

Getting back to how I started this article open up the facet and let the customers in you can do that with a TRAIL but NOT a hayride. 

All is NOT lost for you hayrides out there switch to a trail and who knows your customers might enjoy the experience a lot better so much so 2020 might kill off the hayride forever!  Who knows.

Good luck in 2020! 

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Create Animation Control Room - Haunted House How to
Wed, June 03, 2020
  Secrets Revealed:  The House of Torment Control Room
By Jon Love and Daniel McCullough from House of Torment 
                                                                                                               
 
Back end procedures tend to vary from haunt to haunt depending on size, location, and attraction type.  Operations for a 10,000 person/year single attraction haunt differ than that of a 70,000 person/year multi attraction scare park.  Despite the differences between events one thing is universally certain:  smooth behind the scenes operations are a critical part of any successful haunted attraction.  For our business, the House of Torment in Austin Texas (a two attraction haunted house serving 40,000 + patrons/year) we created a centralized command center that is the beating operational heart of our event.  From it we activate all of our props, visually monitor and record every room in our haunted house via infrared cameras, control sound levels, operate lighting and fog controllers, maintain air supply, and coordinate communication with our entire 100+ person/night staff.  We call it the “Control Room” and we are going take you through our theory behind its use and the benefits it has brought our business.
 
The Idea Behind it all
 
From the start we wanted to have the best timing possible with our props.  We wanted customers, even if they spotted a prop, to be stunned when it activated when they least expected it.  Year one we researched other haunts, builders, and electronics manufacturers and discovered that by combining the use of infrared video security technology, custom switch boards, and some minor wiring techniques we could run prop triggers and video feeds to a central station with monitors and activators.  We could then sit back, watch the show, and at the perfect time flip a switch giving customers a scare they’d remember. 
 
Early on after building out our first camera station and prop trigger board we decided to run our audio controllers back to the same area to keep them out of the fog filled haunted house. The room we were using was also somewhat removed from the attraction so it ended up being a good place to store our compressors as well.  That first year our control room was equipped with a 4 camera monitor unit with VCR, a small compressor (compared to the ones we have now), a few CD players and a handful of radios.  It was a modest version of our present command center that has since been through tens of thousands of dollars of upgrades, expansions, and improvements.  We now use digital video recorders, dozens of commercial grade night vision cameras, MP3 players, DMX lighting and DMX fog controllers, better communication units, and much larger compressors. 


 
What was supposed to be a timing technique quickly turned into operational gold for us becoming a core element of our business and over the years the control room has in a way become our brainchild.  Finding ways to broaden its capability and increase its function have become staple parts of our off season as each year we continue to face growing demand, and improving haunt technologies.  So far, we have identified 4 major categories of benefits the control room provides our business (they are list below in no particular order).  In the future however there will undoubtedly be more, but for now these are the main reasons we use a control room to operate our haunt.
 
 
Benefits
 
 
Safety, Liability, & Security
 
One of the main features of our control room, the camera system, allows us to have eyes and ears everywhere in the haunted house which increases haunt safety and security while reducing liability.
 
During the course of a season inevitably some incidents will occur as people walk through or work in our attraction.  It’s a dark, loud, chaotic environment and while we take every safety precaution known to man to ensure our customer’s and actor’s safety sometimes things happen.  Clothing may get torn, personal items may get lost, sets may get trashed, or even worse, every haunted house owner’s nightmare, someone may get hurt. 


 
Our camera system not only allows us to monitor activity inside the haunted house in real time, it records the footage on to hard drives.  Whenever we have an incident we never end up in a “he said she said” situation.  We simply pull the footage from the drives and watch to determine what really happened, and where the fault, if any, lies.  To no surprise we have found that over 99% of incidents occur when people, whether it’s a customer or an actor, don’t follow the rules and guidelines of the haunted house. 
 
In addition, because we can see everything in real time, we are able to track potential “problem” customers we think may be aggressive towards our actors or sets.  They may have had a bit too much to drink or they may seem a little too hostile or afraid.  Whatever the case may be when we identify a potential “problem” customer we have a security officer monitor their trip through the haunted house in our control room and at the first sign of trouble, escort them out.       

  
 
Timing & Prop Activation
 
Because we can see everything in our haunt during operation we don’t time our props, rather we time our customers.  Our control room operators are experts at timing groups and using a group’s personality to understand what will be the best time and way to activate props and effects.  Sometimes that means blasting a group twice with an air shot, or waiting until the big guy in the front has passed the Skele-rector, or even letting some one think “It’s not going to move,” and then surprising them out of their shirt (it has happened).  Each group acts its own unique way and monitoring them on camera lets us learn something about them and then tailor their experience accordingly.  Our props are essentially extensions of our control room operators and whether the effect is the misdirection for the actor or the actor is the misdirection for the effect, having props manually timed and activated adds another layer of depth to our event.
 
It is also beneficial to manually activate props from our control room so there are never step pads or sensors for customers to find.  Sometimes with “in haunt” triggers customers will stand in one place and continually activate an animation over and over again killing throughput, bogging down operation, and draining air supply.  Customers may also get too close or end up somewhere they shouldn’t be making a prop activation potentially hazardous.  Putting the power of activation in the hands of a trained professional prevents those problems from arising keeping the show safe and moving along.      

  
 
Centralization of Systems
 
Our control room is much more than a camera and prop activation station.  While visually monitoring our event and manually activating our props provides a plethora of advantages, having all of our core functions in one place is key.  We monitor and control lighting, fog, communication, audio, and air supply all from one location.  Coupled with our camera system we are able to instantly adjust almost any element of the attraction with the press of a few buttons.  We are able to know what systems are up, at what intervals they are running, at what levels they are operating, and what if any need adjusting.  We always have a good idea if our customers are getting the experience they paid for because we can simultaneously monitor all the critical functions of our attraction.  In the event something needs tweaking it is very simple to diagnose what is going on when everything is right in front of you, coordinate with the appropriate staff member, and address the issue.  We also store our tools alongside a variety of spare parts in our control room to have quick access to anything we may need in an emergency maintenance situation.  Overall, centralizing the control of our haunted house is the fundamental theory we have used to develop and run our back end operation.  It’s the basis on which the control room is built.     


 
Refinement & Training
 
One of the biggest benefits the control room has offered us, the ability to see what works and what doesn’t, has made for some of our most exciting and humbling experiences.  Because we are able to constantly watch our props, effects, actors, and customers we can see when our ideas work better than we ever expected and when they fail to even be noticed.  What ever the case may be the control room has enabled us to continually refine our event.  We watch to see if scares provide the impact we want, to pin point areas that create flow problems, and to monitor our actors to make sure they are doing a good job.  When something doesn’t work we change it until we get it right and in doing so grasp a better understanding of what will invoke the best reactions out of our customers.    
 
In addition, similar to the way football teams that watch film of competitors to understand what they’ll be facing in an upcoming game, we show our actors videos of customers.  We show them what works, what doesn’t, analyze customer types and study the footage together with our team. It’s great to be able to show our staff how making slight changes can create huge differences or how something on one side of the haunt affects something on the other side of the haunt.  Overall, monitoring and recording haunt footage night after night has made a huge impact on the quality of the event we produce.      
 
 
In conclusion our theory of having a centralized area to control the critical systems of our haunt has worked out to our advantage and fit our model well.  It has helped us produce a product that we haven’t seen replicated in our market.  It has given our business significant advantages and provided us with an operational infrastructure allowing us to smoothly sustain exponential growth while forever bettering ourselves and our attraction.  It has provided us with a priceless wealth of knowledge about our customers and how to be really good at what we do.  We understand the control room won’t fit everyone’s model and recognize that each event has its own way of running back end operations.  No way is right, no way is wrong.  Our way works for us and we hope that you may be able to take something from that.  Thanks for reading and good luck this season!  For more information about the House of Torment please visit www.houseoftorment.com
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