"Okay, now that we're out of the area and headed to a late dinner, time to talk about @13thfloorden Valentine X!
This haunt had gotten great reviews for it's Halloween season in the past few years, but we had never gotten around to coming up here for it. Thus, I was very excited to find out about the two-night only Valentine X. Outside, the Bear Butcher and one of his minions scared guests in line to set up the maze a bit. The line out front was quick, and after a quick photo op, we were sent in. The first portion of the house was a mashup of the Bear Butcher's victims (or, that's what I was lead to believe) all telling us to go back, or to not go any further. This section was all actors and all massive, well designed sets, and the only thing I didn't like here was the long inflatable tunnel you had to squeeze through. I was very impressed with the actors, and the variety of scares they could put into a house. (I especially loved the girl who was pulled up into the ceiling, and the skidder girl.) Also, with only one group sent in at a time, it allowed for great moments where we could lag behind and interact with the victims, and for actors (most notably, skidder girl) to come around out of sight and scare you again a couple scenes later. Then, we hit a second, much shorter queue after the first part. The music and lighting set the mood well for a haunt. Then, we were ushered into a simulated "elevator" where we went down to the 13th floor, where the Bear Butcher awaited is. Now, we had four more people added to our group in the elevator, but there were still less than ten people in our group at all times. The second part was not as clearly themed to Valentine X in parts, but there was always an actor or something to give that missing link. The minions were convincing, each scene flowed into the next, and the animatronics were pure incredible. I very much got startled by the woman who flew above us on a zipline-esqe setup, and I loved it. The only bad thingg, again, was the room with the bumpy, oddly slanted floors, where none of us could see and we fumbled around trying to get out for a good few minutes. The end was fun, but just a bit (cont. in comments!)"