Today we take an exclusive behind the scenes look at the Haunted Mine at MGM Grand Adventures, a very short lived dark ride that opened with the rest of the park in 1993.
Guests entered a queue that was set up like a museum dedicated to an Indian Tribe that once lived in Southern Nevada, where the mine now stands.
The queue featured several dioramas of how Indians once lived off the land. Pictured above, Indian women are preparing a meal above a campfire. The quality of the dioramas was extremely well done and could easily belong in a real museum.
Guests left load in ore cars that moved along a flat track that has similarities to Snow White’s Scary Adventures in Disney Parks.
After leaving load, the dioramas of Native Americans continued throughout the first few scenes.
As the oar cars rode deeper into the mine, the scenes got progressively darker.
The jewels are guarded by a curse! Those who defy that curse…. you know the rest.
Turns out a medicine man is guarding the mine in the form of a projection on a scrim. After warning guests not to enter, he throws a tomahawk at your vehicle, which spins over your head in the form of a “real” tomahawk.
After ignoring the warnings and dodging the tomahawk, the caves glowed through the use of black lights.
Technifex created this attraction from design to fabrication.
Lexmark provided all the scenic backdrops and caves for the Haunted Mine at MGM Grand Adventures.
Many thank you’s go out to Rock Hall of Technifex for providing these amazing images of the former attraction, including these rare behind-the-scenes photos seen below.
Come back next time when we continue our series on MGM Grand Adventures, where we will showcase the biggest attraction in the park, Grand Canyon Rapids!