Oddly one of the most profitable attractions for their overall costs was
the Hereafter exhibit; that enticed people's curiosity of what's was beyond
life. Essentially, this was a classic dark ride.
A huge mirrored archway greeter visitors as they were guided them into Hades through a 40 foot gallery of mirrors. Sounds of screaming and moaning from the undead echoed through the gloom.
The attraction was divided into two sections. Hell, (or Hades), inspired by Dante's Inferno, and of course Heaven.
After the mirrors, visitors found themselves in a large room named- Cafe' of the Dead. The tables were made out of coffins, the chandeliers- out of human bones. A startling rear-projection illusion was created so that one patron could not pick up his plates and utensils. With no beer at the table, an angry waiter approached, desiring to hit the patron over the head with a bottle. Right before striking the man's head, the waiter and table disappeared. It was all an illusion.
After a simulated elevator ride downwards filled with howls
and groans, the spectators found themselves in the bowels
of Hell. Aboard Charon's boat, they floated on the River
of Death, underneath sharp stalactites. Once in a while
a skeleton would drop down on the unexpected.
Guides recited all of the punishments of Hades as they were
illustrated from Dante's Inferno. Many of the scenes
showcased grim but bloodless torture. A man who was
sticking his nose into other people's affair was sentenced
to have his nose clamped in a vise, as he cried out his
errors in life. Another depicted a successful robber with
a bagful of loot, could not spend it in hell.
Many moral-plays ensued depicting the guilty getting their
As the boats entered Satan's throne-room a skeleton jumped out at someone. Just like the works of Dante, illustrated by Gustave Dore' Satan was viewed among the writhing and damned sufferers. Billows of smoke erupted from the ground as the Lord of Darkness threatened the boat riders.
After descending down a small water slide, the watercrafts called through the beautiful and colorful Daphne's Grove.
The finale of the ride was Paradise, which featured the birth of the Star of Bethlehem as well as passages and visuals from Milton's "Paradise Lost." Angels ascending into heaven ended the attraction.