The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor has been canceled due to coronavirus


Like other major events affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic, The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor has been canceled this year.

Epic Entertainment, which organizes the yearly Halloween event, along with a similar one in Florida, announced the cancelation of the event on its Facebook page Monday morning.

“It is with heavy hearts that we can now confirm the 2020 seasons of The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor (Long Beach, CA) and Dark Horizon: Point of No Return (Orlando, FL) have officially been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and in line with federal, state and local guidelines. As always, maintaining the safety and security of our guests, actors and crew is of the utmost importance. With the uncertainty that lies ahead in the coming months, these unfortunate decisions could not be avoided. We look forward to the 2021 haunt season and will share more about the future when we are able,” the statement read.

The Queen Mary, which includes a hotel and multiple restaurants and bars, suspended operations as of May 7 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Officials for the ship did not offer further comment about Dark Harbor beyond Epic Entertainment’s statement.

With six mazes on and off the ship, plus a carnival with hundreds of monsters walking around the surrounding grounds, Dark Harbor is the Queen Mary’s largest event of the year, attracting more than 120,000 people during its more than month-long run.

  • Lots of colorful and scary characters entertain and frighten guests at the opening of the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor in Long Beach on Thursday, Sep. 26, 2019. (File photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor in Long Beach, shown here in 2019, will not happen this fall due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. (File photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

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  • Half Hatch Henry is one of the ghosts of the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor in Long Beach, shown here in 2016. Dark Harbor will not happen this fall due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. (File photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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The mazes are inspired by real stories that happened aboard the ship, which has long been rumored to be haunted.

The mazes include attractions such as B340, which was inspired by a passenger who went mad and mysteriously died on the ship and Feast, about a chef who was murdered on the ship decades ago.

The popular attraction celebrated its 10 year anniversary last year and marked the milestone with a new maze called Rogue, which was inspired by a giant wave that almost capsized the ship during World War II.

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Source:  https://www.dailynews.com/2020/06/29/the-queen-marys-dark-harbor-has-been-canceled-due-to-the-pandemic/



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