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Face the Fear

 
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Scary
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Adults & Teens
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Charity / NOT For Profit
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Haunted Houses, Safe Trick or Treating, Other Events
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Wheelchair Accessible, Snacks & Refreshments, Outdoor Event(s), Indoor Event(s), Covered Wait Area, Touching Not Allowed, Free Parking
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ICU - International CLOWN University

Face the Fear:
In 1967 a forgotten piece of history in Central Florida took place. A train derailed in the city of Longwood, Florida. Losing its brakes before arriving in the station the train skipped the track, crashing through the station and coming to rest in an open field (which today is the Sun Rail parking area.) Fortunately on that night, no one was hurt, but the passengers on that train were the clown core of the recently closed down Seven Brothers Circus. With no place to go, with no money, they silently moved into an abandoned building near the crash site and began to rebuild their life.

The circus life and clowning was all they knew so they opened the first ever International Clown University (ICU). Things did not go well for ICU. Due to weak vetting, a poor application process, and failure to administrate their program successfully, the ICU became home for many who had no place else to go, were attempting to hide, or were trying to escape their past. In an environment where their true identities could be hidden under grease paint, the ICU became a place for a less than respectable band of people. The group that infiltrated were not inclined to entertain or teach history, instead they used the university to pursue their own interests.

After a series of criminal Clown Capers in Seminole County, city officials attempted to close the university. Eventually clowns were banned from public appearances if they were not licensed under the National Clown Compliance Laws of 1977. After some mysterious events occurred at the International Clown University, the public outcry to have the facility permanently closed reached a fever pitch. In an agreement with government officials, the university would be closed and the contents and displays would be made available for public viewing for one month every ten years.

The Clown Capers were never solved. The clowns who banded together to take over the university reportedly all left the area. The mysterious events and odd happenings within the museum were never explained, investigated, or explored.

Under a special contract with the creators of Face the Fear, in 2017 the remnant of the International Clown University is once again open to the public. Every precaution has been taken to insure that none of the previous inhabitants of the university have returned for the ten year reunion, although Face the Fear officials have made it clear that it is difficult to know who is under the smiling face of a clown.

It is time to face your fears once again and step into the world of CLOWNS at the International Clown University! Email Haunt Owner
Make sure you visit the Historic District of Longwood on Sunday afternoon, October 29th at 3:30 for Trunk or Treat. There is so much to do, the trunks are all themed, plenty of candy, and additional activities. This event is done in partnership with the City of Longwood. It is a family friendly alternative for younger children who really won't enjoy Face the Fear
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Hours of Operation: 8pm - 11pm

Admission Costs: Adults: $13
Children (10 and under): $6

Payments Accepted: Cash, Credit Cards, Debit Cards

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Event last updated 11 days ago. Please confirm dates on haunt website before you go.
 
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  • You are kidding me, right?!

    Clowns, clowns, and more clowns. If you aren't afraid of clowns you should be. Face The Fear has taken your scariest dream and made it real. I was totally surrounded by clowns of every kind. The perfect blend of effects, dark places, a creepy funhouse that you can't escape, and did I say anything about CLOWNS! Loved it, the wait was longer than I wished but the people who run it were great, they entertained us, the food was good, and I can't wait to see what they do next year. Thank you Face the Fear!

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  • Meticulous detail fun for all ages

    This wasan awesome experience well worth the admosdion. My 12 year old was scared and I am an Army Veteran with a few combat tours under my belt and there were a few moments that gave me a startke. The actors truly gave it their all. Props to tbe historical society ladies for interacting while we were in line and setting the stage for what was yet to come. I will return with my family next year. We brought a group of young boys and we even left with candy!

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  • High energy scares and great fun

    I am amazed at the unique experience my family had at Face the Fear. it was fun, a great show, a great story (that started while we waited comfortably and informally to go inside). Once we got inside, the building was great, it was nice to see inside the haunted hotel, and the scares were fun and creepy. Be warned. If you want a cut them up, blood and gore, and easy nasty gross out event. This is not your event. But this is a smart, exciting, and well told scary event. The true test for us is that we talked about what we had seen, heard, liked, and what made us scream all the way home. And that means it was a fantastic event.

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  • Email Verified Awesome haunted house

    Great story line lots of scares

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  • Not enough scares

    It was a creative idea and theme, but there was too much talking to develop the story and not enough scares. They talk to you outside for the hour or so wait. Then they prep you on the way up to the entrance. Then there's a dialogue right inside the door. I think that one was way too long. Then your tour guide talks to you for another few minutes before you even go upstairs for the tour. They lost my attention at that point. The room with the lady at the desk seemed a bit useless. I will say that you didnt really know what to expect from each room you went to so that was good. Overall, just not very fun this year.

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  • Email Verified Horrible waste of time

    Waited an hour and half for nothing. Such a waste of time and space of what could have been a great experience. My neighbors garage based haunted house was by far a much scary experience. I wish I would have stayed and continued to watch texes chain saw massacre.

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  • Longwood is haunted

    Getting amped up to visit the most haunted location in Florida. I can't believe they are letting the team from Face the Fear actually make a haunted building a haunted attraction. Year after year, Face the Fear has some of the smartest story telling you can find for these type of experiences. They do it so well and I have never been disappointed. This year the location is an added bonus. Can't wait to get scared and face my fears.

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  • Loved it

    This haunted event was great. It had different elements. The house and maze were awesome. We loved the entire haunted event. Thanks.

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    Posted October 2015

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    3 out of 4 found this review helpful

  • Dolls were creepy

    Went last year, enjoyed it with my son. This year went again with a few other dads/sons and everybody enjoyed the doll exhibit. Very creepy, but as a parent I like the 'no blood or gore' offering for my son. Great job by all involved.

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    2 out of 3 found this review helpful

  • Viral - Virus - Terrifying

    Visited this amazing scare fest and screamed my head off. Smart storyline, fantastic cast. Great effects and great attention to detail. The terrifying maze at the end where the digital infected stalked me was more than I can handle. So glad I took my family and can't wait to see what these twisted scare machines dream up next

    Posted November 2014

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    2 out of 3 found this review helpful

  • Bigfoot

    This was something I never expected and so original. The production was amazing, I was really blown away by it; especially for a small scale local haunt. The actors were definitely the star of this haunt. I cant wait to see what they do next year. So excited.

    Posted October 2014

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  • Was ok.

    We went last year, It started out good with all kinds of things about big foot, then just died out, the walk in the woods was ok, we were trying to have fun and get involved but not much to see and they were just pushing us through even though we were the only ones there. May go again one day just to support Sanford.

    Posted September 2014

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  • We had a great time!

    Everyone from the second you enter the parking lot at this haunt is in character. Tons of work went into the event which I really appreciated. Great theming, detail, thought prep went into this haunt. All of the volunteers were great and the fact that it was a lengthy walk thru made the experience even better. This haunt is much better than some so called professional haunts ( Clay County ). This haunt was worth every bit of the $10 admission. You must check them out. Be sure to talk to the "tree huggers" picketing by the road! HAHAHA!

    Posted October 2013

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    1 out of 1 found this review helpful

  • Lovin' It / Scared me!

    What can I say? I knew it wasn't real but when I saw the protesters I found myself swallowed up in this incredible world of Bigfoot Hunting where as I expected things went wrong. As I walked out into the very dark woods I knew what to expect, but it was so much better. I love the details they included. I love the actors. I love the fact that I was scared and surprised. I love the fact that I was not insulted by some random screamfest but instead was a part of some great story tellers telling a fun, spooky, and scary story.

    Posted October 2013

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  • Can't Wait

    This group does an amazing job in terrorizing people each year in a fun and safe way. The bigfoot live experience is going to be incredible. I have been watching as the construction of this event has taken place in Seminole County and can't wait to get inside to check it out. This scare team does the best, the very best event in Central Florida each year and this year promises to be no exception. I am ready to Face my Fears and it might look like BIGFOOT this year

    Posted October 2013

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