Ghost Hole

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The Ghost Hole's Graffiti-style exterior.

The Ghost Hole is a horror-themed dark ride on Coney Island operated by 12th Street Amusements, a division of Li'l Sassy Anne, Inc. [1] It is located at West 12th and Bowery Streets, Brooklyn, New York.

The exterior of the ride is painted in graffiti-style imagery and two animated figures, a devil stirring a pot and a large growling demon. At one time, a morass of three serpents was another animated figure on the front of the ride,[2] and other animated figures have been there previously. The serpents were absent for the first part of the 2007 season, though they later returned in greater quantity, though the two on the right come too close together, rubbing off the foam rubber eye of the rightmost serpent. A greenish vulture was also added to the leftmost window. In front of the ride, a glass case holds an animatronic figure who simultaneously vomits and defecates while hunched over a toilet.[3] The ride's cars are like bumper cars, similar to the Dante's Inferno at Astroland, although they are in multiple colors and have heavier protective guards that are lowered over riders. As of April 2009, there are two virtually identical vultures on the exterior of the ride, the serpents are again removed, and the vomiter/defecator has been given a female likeness, including a long blonde wig and a black skirt.

The ride opens with a long trek up a slope similar to a roller coaster. A halved man hangs from the ceiling over the car, and the first full stunt passed is of an electric chair execution. After a brief U-turn outside, one is greeted by a bulging eyed bellhop and a plunge down another slope past several strands that make contact with the rider. At the bottom of this dark passage the more traditional dark ride elements begin. These include torches, horror-oriented familial groups sitting together, torture victims, Tiki creatures, a snapping alligator, and another vomiting man (both have vomit that is obviously water spayed hard and wide), among others. Some of these lean threateningly toward the rider. This last and longest part of the ride is not a complete building, but housed in black tarpaulin.

As far as sound effects, aside from thunder, there is a lot of gunfire, although no guns are shown.

Current admission price is $6.00.

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