Saturday, February 11, 2012

Laff in the Dark: Behind the Scenes of an Amusement Park Dark Ride

For those of you who have fond or fuzzy memories of the former Rocky Point Park's House of Horrors dark ride (1963-1995), WSBE Rhode Island PBS is airing a documentary produced by George Lacross (also promotion specialist at The Providence Journal) about an old-school operating dark ride.

More than a decade ago, George took his love for writing ProJo TV commercials to the next level by committing to a second career, producing a series of DVD documentaries with business partner Bill Luca. Laff in the Dark is the first DVD documentary (released July 2008) that George produced with Bill.

Laff in the Dark is about the Haunted House dark ride at Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg, PA. The ride is similar to the former local House of Horrors with its low-tech scares. Laff in the Dark will air as part of the WSBE ongoing series, Rhode Island Stories (air dates and times below).

Knoebels Haunted House has been thrilling dark ride fans for more than 30 years. In Laff In The Dark, you'll walk the track through the eerie corridors of this classic ride on a guided tour led by Knoebels Haunted House supervisor Dave Wynn. Also featured are interviews with park president Dick Knoebel, who shares details about the design and construction history of the Haunted House, and
John Fetterman, designer of Knoebels Twister coaster and one of the first operators of the Haunted House ride.

You'll also learn about the cars and sound effects, and take two full rides - first, in the dark and then with the lights on.

So, if you have ever wondered what's behind the scenes of an amusement park dark ride, tune in to Laff in the Dark:

WSBE Rhode Island PBS (36.1)
Saturday, 2/11 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, 2/12 at 11:00 p.m.

WSBE Learn (36.2)
Thursday, 2/23 at 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, 2/25 at 4:00 p.m.