Get ready for the weekend because the all-new and frightfully-fun Ghosts and Legends attraction opens today at The Queen Mary. That’s right, the haunted and historical liner puts a new twist on the legendary tour—and unleashes its resident spirits for the return of the “revived” Ghosts and Legends tour, with bigger scares, spectacular special effects and more areas to explore!
What’s good Gab got a sneak peek of the all-new attraction at Media Night last night, and had the opportunity to hear from Brian Luallen, the Queen Mary’s Director of Events and Entertainment, along with the Queen Mary’s Captain who both shared the inspiration behind this exciting new experience and talked about the ship’s haunted history and resident ghosts.
Ghosts and Legends of the past
Brian Luallen: “Originally tour guides would have guided you through the experience, stopped, and picked up a microphone and told you about the haunted history—and the lights would have gone off. Some things would have happened but they really didn’t happen to you, you weren’t granted agency, you weren’t a part of the experience.”
The inspiration behind the new interactive tour
Brian Luallen: “Our goal is to create an environment where you’re stepping into a bit of a horror film, as part of that you’re the STAR of the attraction. You’re going to be exploring as much of you do as one of our late night Paranormal Tours; you’ll be given a flashlight to help you explore and as part of the experience, things may or may not happen. Those flashlights may or may not work at times.”
The resident spirits
Brian Luallen: “There’s three very famous ghosts—and those ghosts you’ll experience them moving things around you. Some of the special effects that we’ve created for this tour are truly one-of-a-kind, you’re not going to be able to see them anywhere else in the world.
Now if any of you are afraid of ghosts, don’t worry, there are a couple of devices that as part of the tour, you will learn, were created to help protect you back when the ship first came here in the sixties. These haven’t been used for a really long time so now we’re going to “fire” up some of these devices for the first time but I’m told that they work very well—and hopefully they’ll keep you safe!”
The Captains message
The Captain shares that guests of the new attraction “will be scared in a real fun kind of way. The special effects are truly amazing—in the last 17 years, compared to when we opened in 2000 a lot has occurred—so we were able to do different and BETTER special effects this time around.”
The new Ghosts and Legends tour is a frightfully-fun immersive experience that’s visually stunning—and it will give you thrills and chills! You will be led by a tour guide and given a flashlight to explore, but beware, because as we experienced on our tour, the flashlights have a mind of their own and each turn on and off individually and at different times. At times they worked and lit up the dark corners of the ship, while at other instances our flashlights went berserk and would either flicker, shut off, or leave us in complete darkness.
The tour uniquely brings the stories of 3 resident spirits to life: a little girl named Jackie (whom the Captain once saw in a porthole), a crewman who died on the ship, and a lady in white seen at the piano. You may or may not come across these spirits, but believe me, if you do come face to face with ghosts like Jackie—you WILL scream with dreadful-delight as we did! The new Ghosts and Legends tour also incorporates many mystifying and almost magical special effects that our eyes had never seen before along with sounds, props, and visuals that give you a full-on experience for the senses.
There are contraptions that evoke spirits with fog projections featuring state of the art CGI specters, a tesla coil firing 3.4 million volt bolts of lightning, rooms that come to life, massive water effects, and more areas to explore. That’s right, the new Ghosts and Legends tour is double the space than the original attraction, and we were able to explore areas that are normally off-limits to the public like the boiler room. As you explore the areas of the ship, you will come across apparitions, eerie sounds, and you may even experience your own unique encounter to share with family and friends!
The re-inspired Ghosts and Legends tour is a MUST-SEE attraction for thrill-seekers and scare enthusiasts alike that brings the Queen Mary’s haunted history to life with all-new special effects that will give you goosebumps, so test your fears and find out if you will survive!
Find out what makes The Queen Mary one of the top 10 most haunted places on Earth and be sure to make plans to experience the Ghosts and Legends attraction and explore for yourself!
Ghost and Legends haunted experience aboard the Queen Mary opens today, November 12. The year-round attraction will be open daily and runs every 30 minutes starting at 11 a.m., accommodating up to 30 guests per experience. Tickets are $10 per person and are available here.
The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach.
For more information, including hours or to purchase tickets online, please visit queenmary.com.