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Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Louisville

(3.9/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web)
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  • My Partner and I planned much of our road trip of the southern states of the USA around my hobbie of being a paranormal investigator which I've done for the past 10 years. And being in the field waver...  more »
  • Waverly Hills itself, is AWESOME!! Long hallways, stories of death, suicides and the "body chute", where the deceased would be lowered down a long ramp by an electrical winch, to an awaiting hearse. T...  more »
  • I grew up in Louisville and spent many hours here as a teenager. This place is beyond any place I've ever been in terms of creepiness. The long since closed facility still echoes with the suffering of...  more »
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  • Truly a jewel of the city, my review is in three parts, based on the different events I have experienced at this facility. SEASONAL HAUNTED HOUSE: Class act all the way. There are many "grade-A" haunted houses in town and this is one of the good ones. From parking and tickets, to the queues and port-o-pots, the staff is running a very well oiled and efficient machine. The characters and special effects experienced while waiting in line creates a fun atmosphere. Once in the haunted house, all the makings for a professional haunted house are there... jump scares, scary scenes, crazy lights, dark mazes, long halls, and everything else one would expect. And of course, this haunted house has something the other's do not... the abandoned Waverly Hills Sanatorium. Again, it's a class act all the way and highly recommended. 2-HR PARANORMAL (NIGHT) TOUR: Spooky, spooky, spooky. I'm not as fascinated with paranormal activity as I am old, abandoned buildings. I enjoyed being able to experience this building hands-on. When navigating around the corridors in the midst of a 30-person tour group, I found some comfort, but when I ventured slightly away from the group, the hair on my neck was standing at full attention. IMO, the tour guides lay the paranormal stuff on a little too thick. It almost becomes corny and takes away from the atmosphere that is spooky on its own.** 2-HR HISTORIC (DAY) TOUR: This was my favorite tour. This tour touches on ghosts a little, but this tour is mostly about the building structure and its history. Obviously, there is much more light which makes for good snapshots of the building. You can certainly see much more during the day.** ** Both "two hour" tours may actually end up being much longer or shorter than two hours. And, both tours may or may not include the "death tunnel." I think it depends on the mood of the tour guide... of if the tour is on schedule. Both tours visited a little on each floor, including the roof. The two hour tours are an excellent way to experience Waverly. CAUTION: For those wanting to experience an *old abandoned building*, you should know that, little by little, they are improving and restoring the structure. At some point in the future, there may be more new than old--in a way, that is a good thing--just be aware.
  • Waverly is amazing! We have been to the haunted house two years in a row and it is always amazing out of all the haunted houses this is the best I have been to. We have also went to the christmas light show three years in a row(sometimes more than once in a year) it is AWESOME! Both are well worth the money!
  • If ghost are you thing And history is to this is a great place. Plan on a line for haunted house but they do it right. The Mimi tour is good but because of time restraints you will get to see the areas but hard to experence it. Worth the haunted price! VIP has some perks like skipping the line. But hard to justify
  • Let me begin by saying that I'm a die heart Halloween fan. I live for October when haunted houses are finally open again. For the past two years I've been coming to Waverly for their haunted house. And I wish I had rated them last year because I would have given them a 5/5 because it was absolutely amazing. Unfortunately, this year was a major disappointment. First, I noticed a lot of changes in the haunted house this year, which don't get me wrong isn't a bad thing. It's nice to keep things new to keep customers coming back. It's one of the reasons I've return for three years. I think Waverly was trying to be too "hip" with some of the changes that they made this year. There's a Purge themed section along with a Suicide Squad themed section. Neither were scary. What happened to the mad surgeon performing experiments on patients? Or the room full of Freddy Kruegers? The room of the seven deadly sins? The military tank that sounds like it's shooting at you? And the life sized dinosaurs? You know, things that are actually scary. Second, I feel like the actors in the haunted house weren't even trying to scare anyone. As i walked by some were trying to give me a high five. Really? How about you try to scare your customers instead of getting high fives from them. I also noticed a lot of them just standing around. Third, if my memory serves me correctly the last I came to Waverly they had smaller groups go through the haunted house at a time. This year they had groups of ten go through. Which in my opinion is too many. I understand that there are tons of people waiting in line to go through but having such large groups go in is just too much. I feel like being in such a large group made the haunted house lose what little scary effect it had. Lastly, I'm just very disappointed in Waverly this year. My friends and I drove three hours round trip to visit, paid $20 for a ticket ($60 in total) to end up not being scared at all; not even flench once. That's too much time and money wasted. I just hope that next year Waverly will step up their game and become scary again. But I'm not sure if I'm willing to make the trip again to see.
  • Extremely long parking line (over an hour waiting in your car). They parked us halfway down the exit and we had to walk up the hill (and back down, after the haunt, in the dark, alone). The man who parked us was yelling and rude. We were there almost four hours, over three of which was sitting or standing in line. The haunt itself was fantastic. I would do it again, but would try to get there earlier.