HO-LY. WOW. We just experienced THE best Halloween/Scare attractions, not only in Hawaii, but any where else we have visited. Call your friends and bring your families; everyone will really enjoy it! I can foresee this unique style of scare rapidly growing locally. From the creative minds of Haunted Plantation, “The Outbreak Experience” is a 30-minute theatrical zombie, live interaction event. Crowd participation was highly encouraged (experience may vary on your reciprocation) and almost forced once immersed into the post-apocalyptic hell hole. Immersion didn’t begin when the doors opened: it began as soon as you stood in line. Unbeknownst to visitors, the actors were roaming outside speaking to guests, warning us, intimidating us, and blending into the crowds. It immediately transported us into a parallel future.
The Outbreak Experience is located at Ward Village, behind Ward Farmers Market (Marukai Market Place). The setting took place in a warehouse which I found to be a great location with ample room.
Take advantage of the group sales! Invite everyone you know, it will not disappoint.
Location: 1020 Auahi St. Bldg. 3 Honolulu, HI 96814 (Ward Village, behind Ward Farmers Market/Marukai Market Place)
October 16th – 18th
October 23rd – 25th
October 28th – 31st
6:30p Nightly, Shows run every 15 minutes
$20 for general admission, available online and at the ticket booth, which opens at 6pm on event nights.
$40 for VIP combo ticket, available online. VIP combo tickets includes front of the line to Haunted Plantation and The Outbreak Experience!
Tip: Free parking on location! Must be 14 years of age or older to be admitted, no exceptions. Guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled start time. Late arrivals will not be admitted. Enter at your own risk! No refunds or exchanges.
For more information about The Outbreak Experience, visit here.
***DISCLAIMER: SPOILERS AHEAD DO NOT READ BELOW IF YOU ARE WANTING TO GO WITHOUT KNOWING ANYTHING***
We were fortunate enough to be apart of the very first round of this event. First people to ever experience the outbreak so we completely understand some kinks along the way but it was an overall great experience!
As we waited in line, Mary became very anxious when an actor came running out frantically asking where his wife had gone. Our first reaction was that he was just a random crazy guy and only realized he was an actor once he ran into the warehouse. What’s really awesome was the camaraderie that formed between strangers BEFORE the event even began – breaking the ice was easy when everyone was intimated by actors outside the show.
A group of about 13 (including us) entered the warehouse and went up stairs. Tarp blocked off most of the area making a small hallway which led directly to a room with only one door to enter or exit. The door closed behind us and a small TV was on a cabinet playing an emergency broadcast/back story – this set the pace. No one knew what to expect so our awareness was at its peak. Strange noises and screams were heard as we loss attention to plot. The individual was no longer existent as we all huddled closer and closer together with random strangers. All of us veered clear away from the door.
The door swung open and slammed abruptly as a soldier entered – armed only with a handy flashlight, gasping for breath.
“WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?! WHY ARE YOU FOLLOWING ME?!”
He then led us outside and lined us up against a wall asking us to raise our hands to make sure none of us were infected. It was pitch black and suddenly heavy-gurgled breathing was heard. Immediately to my right was the source of the breathing. ALL of us instinctively moved away! (Side note: her acting was amazing!)
She had black eyes and started to contort.
A door behind the guy leading us opened up with infected rushing in after a lieutenant – BANG! BANG! – blanks or something came out of the weapon and what made it more realistic was the smell: gunpowder. Yeah, it sure felt real.
With one girl transforming into a zombie, another breaking in, and one running to attack our leader, shit got chaotic as gun fire erupted!
In the next area, we then came across the professor with a bat who told us what happened with the virus and how to contain it. He was too scared to go back to his lab for some reason which led us on a mission to retrieve the data.
Entering another room, an old infected lady was on a chain trying to get us but her husband (alive) told us not to harm her. He then gave us information on where to go. Right as we were leaving, a zombie rush blocked and killed one of the soldiers protecting us – we had to run pass them as he was getting attacked in a hallway. It was intense because half the group got separated and unfortunately, we were the ones left behind. haha.
I decided if we stayed, we would be next, so as the zombies were occupied, I grabbed Mary and the few others stuck with us and RAN! (even though we weren’t supposed to)
We made it.
Our lead soldier sprayed some anti-zombie spray so they wouldn’t be able to smell us for a short amount of time. This was crazy because after this our group pieced off as a slow zombie circled us. It was eerie. Alarms went off, chaos ensued, and we were then again picking up the pace into a room with a map.
The soldier told us to gather as much information as we could as he would fend off the zombies and return quickly – he was serious. One minute later he came in to gather us and leave.
We barely knew what to gather but it was obvious where it started and where a safe heaven was in which we needed to reach.
Through here, we then went into a garage with cars and zombies all over the place, as if we we’re on set of The Walking Dead! Shit got chaotic again as they started to chase us but we exited outside and was met by a different soldier. He asked us what we gathered from the lab. I’ll just say that we weren’t the best information keepers. haha
It was the end. Abrupt but again, it was their first run through and it was just a sample of what the event is supposed to be.
Just want to give a HUGE shout out to Noa: You and your team are doing great! This was such a unique experience and I can see this type of attraction getting popular throughout Hawaii because of you. We spent 30 minutes outside just talking about how awesome it was – we were in awe. Great job and great performances were had. 10/10, 5/5, A+, Pass!