Barely lit from below, this scene left riders wondering if they
were indeed making a trip to that unholy place. Combined with
all the racket generated in that room by the dual chain-lifts'
machinery, any screams for help were soon obscured from the outside
world. Nothing left to do but throw your head back and hold on
tight as you plowed onward and upward, your car's steep ascent
almost over. After your vehicle abruptly levels off, more Grade-A
classic dark ride stunts are awaiting you on the castle's second
story. The first was Tracy's Torture Chamber scene, where a masked
torturer stretched a male victim on a rack while a damsel in chains
screamed hysterically and another male victim, bound to the ceiling
by his feet, watched helplessly.
back inside, you were quickly confronted with the poor soul
hanging from the gallows - his neck extending as you passed
him. Then, your little electric car was yanked down the opposing
lift hill, to the first floor, back to the place where this
all began. Just when you thought you were finally headed for
the door, the vehicle sharply veered to the right - away from
the ride's entrance and what you knew was the outside world.
Sorry, but there were a few more twists and turns awaiting you
in the back half of the first floor. An unintended scare occurred
when the ride ops occasionally left the light on in the electrical
room here. The disconcerting sight of all those switches and
power meters left you wondering just what you were doing inside
Bumping through double doors you returned to more twisted Tracy
torture. To your right as Tracy's controversial damsel on the
table saw scene, otherwise known as the Saw Mill stunt.
To your left was a victim leaning over a rail vomiting into
a bloody waterfall - clearly a modified rendition of Tracy's
pirate heaving over the deck scene. Next to him was a poor soul
with double trouble - he met his fate by being hanged and stabbed!
it was on to a graveyard scene where the two coffin occupants
just can't seem to keep a "lid" on it. Maybe because Tracy's
famous, voluptuous, scantily clad Vamp figure standing between
the two coffins, made them rise to the occasion.
the graveyard scene was arguably the most innovative trick of
its time, the Viking stunt. As you banged through the double doors,
you encountered a burly Viking some 30 feet straight ahead, guarding
his fortress (a cleverly illustrated wall behind him). The Viking
tried to alert intruders by blasting his wicker horn, but you
didn't heed his warnings. Instead, your car sideswiped the Viking,
pushing him off to the right.