Madame Tussaud began crafting wax likenesses in 1770s Paris, and a sense of history clings to her wax museums around the globe today?according to the Travel Channel?s Ghost Adventurers, the location is haunted by unsettled spirits. By day, the collection of wax sculptures fills the serene exhibits with characters ranging from daredevil Evel Knievel (complete with his original Harley Davidson and good-luck teddy bear) to Lady Gaga and Whoopi Goldberg. A Hugh Hefner figure, wearing the Playboy magnate?s signature smoking jacket, reclines on a bed, and a nightclub-themed section of the museum honors Las Vegas?s entertainment history with a waxen Elvis and Wayne Newton.
Velvet ropes no longer cordon figures off from the public, granting guests up-close-and-personal photo ops. As the world's best-known wax attraction, guests can experience the glitter and fame of their favorite stars first-hand by walking down the red carpet, striking a pose for the paparazzi, getting on stage with pop stars, addressing the world alongside famous leaders, or challenging legendary athletes in faux competition. Madame Tussauds Las Vegas honors its spooky roots with special late-night Scream events, a shriek-inducing tour through a maximum-security prison set interspersed with ghoulish wax figures and live actors. Today, visitors can experience the wonders of Madame Tussauds in Hollywood, Las Vegas, New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and beginning in 2015, Orlando.
By day, your city is a bustling, cosmopolitan tourist destination. But at night, when the sky grows dim, the guides of Haunted City Tours set out in search of the towns' ghostly denizens. Your town is as rich in history, culture, and politics as any, but it has a sordid past filled with dark secrets that runs much deeper than you would ever expect. Haunted City Tours whisks guests to all of these eerie places and hotbeds of ghostly phenomenon during guided tours that include historical tidbits alongside tales of paranormal happenings.
It's never pretty when a lurid government secret is revealed. The Project X Haunted Attraction stands on the site of a clandestine government research center, where a disgruntled employee has taken over the innocuous tours to show the seedy establishment's underbelly. Brave and curious visitors follow their tour guide through rotting bunkers and mazelike corridors as they're confronted by the results of experiments gone awry: crazed patients, undead scientists, and monstrous beings in greasy protective gear with rusted hooks to snag unwitting victims or the last slice of pizza. The doors open at dark, and those who've visited in years prior should still keep their courage in check for new chills that the staff spent the whole year developing.