CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Virginia amusement park, now closed for the season, recently drew sharp criticisms over a mining disaster-themed Halloween attraction.
The Kings Dominion amusement park in Doswell, Va. ended its 2013 "Haunt season" on Sunday, Oct. 27.
But in the days leading up to its seasonal shutdown, both the United Mine Workers of America and the Washington Post harshly criticized the park for a maze attraction dubbed "Miner's Revenge."
The park's website formerly included a macabre description of the maze, but it has since been removed. A cached version is still available via Google, however.
"Alone in the darkness, the only sound is the pulsing of your heart as the searing heat slowly boils you alive. It was reported to be the worst coal mine accident in history," the site read.
"The families of missing miners begged for help but it was decided that a rescue was too dangerous. The miners were left entombed deep underground."
In this Halloween maze, frights came not from ghosts and goblins, but victims of a coal mining disaster.
"Lamps at their sides and pick-axes in their hands they are searching for the men who left them to die...waiting to enact their revenge," the description read.
To many, the attraction stirred up memories of the 2010 disaster at Upper Big Branch mine that killed 29 workers