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This Should Be a Theme Park: Mazes

Oct. 2013 104

A few weeks ago, my husband and I were enjoying our annual Halloween tradition of going through a corn maze.  We were talking about how surprisingly creepy a corn maze is at night, when I was reminded of one of my favorite childhood movies. Labyrinth.  (Yes, that was one of my favorite movies as a kid.  Still love it.)  It would be so awesome if someone actually made that labyrinth and let people go through it! There are scenes in movies that I would love to get to try out myself (and I’m sure other people have had that thought too!) and that maze is one of them.

So that got me thinking about other mazes.  You know, this really should be a theme park.  Instead of rides, the park would be a bunch of famous mazes, each one with meticulous detail for an immersive role-playing experience.  Presenting:

Enigma

The Maze Theme Park

Labyrinth

Of course, this would have to be represented.  This maze would be full of creepy animatronic goblins and other creatures.  It would have moving walls to keep visitors confused.  And, of course, “invisible” passageways, arrows on tiles that turn around, and a foul-smelling swamp.  (But not too foul, otherwise no one would want to visit!)  The two doorkeepers leading to the helping hands would have to be there, too, but with new riddles.  I’m not sure how the theme-park makers would make the helping hands, but it sure would be cool!

The Minotaur’s Labyrinth

Of course, there would have to be a maze to represent the original labyrinth from Greek mythology.  The story goes that Queen Pasiphae, wife of King Minos, became smitten by a bull and, after the exercise of some ingenuity, became pregnant with its child, which was the minotaur.  Embarrassed, (who wouldn’t be?), Minos had the minotaur locked up in a giant maze designed by Daedalus, afterwards locking Daedalus and his son, Icarus, up in a tower.  Every nine years, Athens sent Minos tribute of seven young men and maidens, who were all sent into the labyrinth to be devoured by the minotaur.  Theseus successfully navigated the labyrinth, with the help of Minos’ daughter Ariadne, who was madly in love with him.

This maze would be created out of stone walls, and should be suitably impressive looking.  It would also need a suitably terrifying-looking minotaur in the middle!

Laser Beam Maze

Another movie scene I would love to try out is the laser beam maze.  The heroes must navigate a maze of laser beams, contorting their bodies to avoid the slightest contact with one of the lasers, at risk of setting off an alarm.  The lasers in this maze would function the same way as they do in laser tag.  Each time you touch a beam, you would lose points.  More points for time spent avoiding beams and speed through the maze!

Tri-Wizard Tournament Maze

The walls of the maze are enormous hedges.  All sorts of monsters would be here, jumping out at visitors.  They could be projections or animatronics.  It probably wouldn’t be a good idea to torture the people who go through the maze, like Viktor tortured Cedric.  There would have to be a Sphinx, also, whose riddle must be answered correctly before allowing visitors to proceed.  The questions might need to be multiple choice, though.

Related Articles:

The myths of Minos and Theseus

The Tri-Wizard Tournament

What else should be included in Enigma?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

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