Sometimes, it only takes one family to ruin a neighborhood. In the case of the Voodoo Bayou in 1901, Baron Michael Verdun and his wife, Lady Cassandra, were the ones to blame. The psychopathic werewolf and his vampire bride set about building a menacing Antebellum-style mansion atop an old cemetery, where they began creating twisted human-animal hybrids. Enraged, the townsfolk set the mansion aflame, burning its inhabitants in the process. But the Baron and his wife never truly left.
Today, their spirits still inhabit Thrillvania Haunted House Park's nearly 50 acres, which encompass four distinct haunted attractions. A giant brain controls the clowns who rule Cassandra’s Labyrinth of Terror, a twisting maze of black-lit hallways and neon colors. Monsters roam outdoors at Sam Hain’s Trail of Torment, and Mortimer Thorn continues to perform cruel experiments within the run-down church known as Thorn Hall. However, the epicenter of terror remains Verdun Manor, the decaying—and occasionally flame-throwing—mansion.
Spooky origin stories aside, the manor is actually the invention of the late human Lance Pope. Mr. Pope grew up fascinated by old mansions, monsters, and haunted houses. So together with a design team—including former Disney Imagineers—Mr Pope built a sprawling park with more hidden scares than his childhood self could have imagined. His creations have garnered many fans and led to ample media attention, including a feature on Travel Channel's America’s Scariest Haunted Attractions.
Everything that needs to be said about The Victorian House is in its name. The home exudes the elegance of the bygone era, with its steeple-roof chapel, historic architecture, and expansive lawns. It's frequently the host of weddings both simple and extravagant; besides the chapel, there's a vast reception room for post-ceremony parties, and an outdoor gazebo features prominently in many of the wedding parties' pictures. Private dressing cottages hide the bride from the groom as they prepare for the ceremony; the bride donning her dress, the groom fixing his tie, and the priest preparing his t-shirt launcher. The chapel, where most ceremonies take place, boasts three large arched windows behind the altar where light filters into the room, and large candelabras fill the area with dim, intimate light.
The staff at My Spa & Boutique aim to beautify guests in a relaxing atmosphere. Massage therapists incorporate fragrant aromatherapy into candlelit couples massages and technicians combat signs of aging during facials with ?minence Organic Skin Care products. The team's tool of choice for tightening lax skin or removing hair is the Soprano XL laser, whose skin-cooling tip and gradually heating IN-Motion technology minimize client discomfort. The device can disable follicles on any skin type, be it pale, tanned, or made of plaster.
In the salon area, experienced stylists craft custom cuts and colors and perform specialty services such as feather extensions. Tiled floors, arched doorways, and soft lighting from ornate sconces give the space an ambiance reminiscent of a Spanish hacienda.
The technicians at Progas perform a kind of everyday magic, calling forth flames from grills and summoning hot water directly from the tap. Instead of spell books, they draw their power from a more natural source—propane. The shop’s service crew brings their versatile fuel, which is clean, nontoxic, and odorless, into residential and commercial spaces. They specialize in tank installations, leak checks, and appliance conversion, ensuring that old-fashioned home accessories that run on wood or feathers from passenger pigeons can finally join the 21st century.
Although Dr. Andy Chang practices the full range of general and family dentistry, he excels at restoring and repairing damaged and missing teeth with prosthodontics—a skill that requires an additional two to three years of training for most dentists. Over his 15 years of experience, he has combined his skill in bridges, crowns, and implants with cosmetic services including whitening and veneers. To further augment the restorative process, Dr. Chang’s office also keeps a ceramist on hand—a luxury afforded to just one percent of all dental practices—who does in-house crafting and color-matching of all dental prostheses. During treatments big and small, patients stay relaxed and comfortable, listening to music or daydreaming about stopping a bank robbery armed with nothing but their smile.
Blue Sea Adventures' two SDI Five Star scuba-training facilities bustle with seasoned dive instructors and dive masters who incorporate online training into their courses. The varying curriculum touches on an array of basic, intermediate, and advanced skills, including open-water scuba diving, underwater photography, and rescue know-how from the FEMA-approved Emergency Response Diving International Program. Additionally, Blue Sea Adventures’ certifications are recognized around the world. Swimming, scuba diving, and snorkeling gear is available at Blue Sea Adventures’ stores, which feature expansive showrooms and professional repair technicians who can fix simple or more complicated problems, such as cleaning out the strawberry milk shake so often caught in snorkels.