Sandusky, OH, USA (September 27, 2016) — Cedar Fair has closed FEARVR, a virtual reality horror experience playing at Knott’s Berry Farm, California’s Great America, and Canada’s Wonderland, for the duration of Halloween Haunt and Knott’s Scary Farm. A Q&A with FEARVR producer David Love can be found here, along with a link to photos of the attraction taken by photographer Joseph Gutierrez for InPark Magazine. Cedar Fair has supplied the following statement to InPark regarding the closure of the attraction at California’s Great America:
California’s Great America is proud of its popular annual Halloween Haunt event. For nine years we have delivered unique and immersive haunted experiences to our fans and loyal guests. Our evening attractions are designed to be edgy, and are aimed at an adult-only audience. Over the past week we have heard from a number of people expressing their concern that one of our temporary, Halloween attractions – FearVR – is hurtful to those who suffer from mental illnesses. Contrary to some traditional and social media accounts, the attraction’s story and presentation were never intended to portray mental illness. As it is impossible to address both concerns and misconceptions in the Halloween timeframe, at this time we have decided to close the attraction.