Bela Lugosi VIP ‘A’ Reserve Dinner & Show Experience
We are standing outside a haunted house across the road from Pacific Fair at Broadbeach, waiting in line ready for the "VIP experience".
I am talking to my partner and suddenly a door opens on my right hand side and all I can hear are loud voices screaming out random comments. They make their way around, entertaining people in the lines, while we wait outside freezing on this cold winter night.
Once it hits 6:30pm, they start letting VIP customers in groups of about 10 to 15 people, leading you into an old coffin surrounded elevator. A machine operated old man goes through the night and you are then let out into the souvenir shop and led up a couple of flights of stairs.
Waiting to greet you at the top of the stairs is a vampire who actually scared the living daylights out of me!
You are offered a glass of champagne and canapés and surrounded by a large range of entertainers, who are keeping the night interesting.
As we were waiting for some friends, we waited around for a good 45 minutes but you can head towards the Ghost Train after about 15 or 20 minutes. They take a group photo of you, then direct you to a door that looks like it leads to the basement.
After going down a couple of flights of stairs, you reach the ghost train. Now I am not much of a person for horror and thrill rides, so I went onto the train nestled close to my partner, hoping he would protect me from anything that jumped out. Admittedly, by the end I do not know why I was so scared, as only a few things jumped out and a few loud noises.
We were then led into a large theatre with room for about 200 – 300 guests, we were directed to our seats right up the back of the theatre. All meals were served very efficiently and there was defiantly no complaint in the area of customer service. The food was of a good standard and to be expected for the amount you pay for the night.
The show itself was very entertaining and even though we were in the theatre itself for a few hours, the show had quite a few breaks which allowed for bathroom breaks, drink orders and talking.
From start to finish, I would say we were there for about 5 hours. Which seems a long time, but it went really fast!
For the time and quality of the entertainment, I believe that for $129 per person it was well worth the money. Though it is important to keep in mind that drinks are not included in the package and so budget a little extra into that amount for your drinks for the night.