San Francisco Gets a Dungeon
By Carolina Quijano
There are various places around San Francisco that could be referred to as dungeons, but now, the city is getting an official one. Merlin Entertainments, the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, which created the Legoland Resorts and the Madame Tussauds celebrity wax attractions, has negotiated to open the first "Dungeon" experience in San Francisco. Currently only in Europe, The Dungeons is a live-action ride/show based on a city's "hysterically horrible history." The San Francisco Dungeon (and Madame Tussauds San Francisco) is scheduled to open Summer 2014 at the former SF Wax Museum location on Jefferson Street in Fisherman's Wharf.
The San Francisco Dungeon will highlight more than 200 years of the city’s history, including its beginnings at Mission Dolores, the Gold Rush, the days of Alcatraz, and more, reenacted by a cast of nine actors. Visitors will experience the show via a 60-minute tour on an underground boat ride. The site claims that visitors will see "52 authentic local stories" on 360-degree staged sets. Imagine something like Pirates of the Caribbean meets the Renaissance Faire, but set in San Francisco.
The San Francisco Dungeon will operate year round. Looks like there's a new place your out-of-town friends might drag you to this summer. And, in case you're looking for a job, they're currently hiring.