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Adults & Teens
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Charity / NOT For Profit
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Drive-Through, Haunted Houses, Haunted Hay Rides
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Outdoor Event(s), Touching Not Allowed, Free Parking
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2020 Face the Fear returns with a specially created - CDC compliant - Coronavirus Social Distancing event that you will love to be afraid of. You will travel with your group through this ride through experience. You will be safe from the virus but not from the terror. In a year where many events have needed to close down, the creators of Face the Fear have created an outdoor event that you will remember for years to come. Make plans now to join us - 4 nights only - you can experience... The Gator King

Storyline:
The Gator King
The City of Winter Springs incorporated in 1972 but the history of the city and the Lake Jessup area twists and turns back through the corridor of time to an era where the history of the State of Florida was struggling to emerge. History reveals and reveres the name of Moses Levy, a wealthy merchant from New York as the first owner of the Lake Jessup region.

Later, Henry Gee and his son John Henry Gee, in an agreement worked out with the governor of Florida, Richard Call was granted the rights to the area and as a result, the Gees became the new owners of the land known today as Winter Springs. Henry Gee was a doctor during the Seminole Indian Wars of the late 1830’s and 1840’s. He and his son immediately began to develop and expand the region. In a bitter legal battle, a federal court abruptly reversed the land development agreements and returned the ownership of all the properties the Gees had acquired and developed back to the Moses Levy family.

To this day, Gee Creek and Gee Hammock bear the name of Dr. Henry Gee. In the years that followed : The Lake Jessup Steamboat Company kept the area alive and moved goods from the area across the State of Florida that encouraged settlers, businesses, and development to take place.

A name lost, except by those who dabble in the unknown and unspoken, is associated with a darker, mysterious, and questionable era of Lake Jessup history. The name is Mordecai Henry Mitchell.

Mordecai arrived in the Lake Jessup area in the early 1920’s and began purchasing plots of land that he promised he would bring new life into the area. A self-proclaimed doctor, he set up an early medical practice that he ran from a wagon. This traveling doctor’s office made house calls, would set up shop on a rotational basis at various places along Lake Jessup, and featured a variety of ointments, liniments, and elixirs promising a cure for many ailments.

Dr. Mordecai Henry Mitchell became known as “The Gator King” because of one of his bottled potions, Mordecai’s Alligator Tonic, that was reported to be made from boiled alligator fat and other additional secret ingredients.

Although much of the history and story of Dr. Mordecai Henry Mitchell has been buried in the dust of time, it was reported that he spent a great deal of time in the Gee Creek area. Rumors emerged that he had discovered a spring, which he suggested was a “fountain of health” and anyone or anything that drank of the spring would find new health, longevity, and new vitality of life.

The doctor proclaimed this water to be refreshing relief from the Florida heat, a burst of winter in the sizzling sunshine, as a result, he proudly called his water source – Winter Springs.

Mordecai’s Alligator Tonic came under scrutiny, when it was discovered that Mordecai Mitchell was a descendant of Dr. Henry Gee and had developed much of his medical knowledge based on the research of his relative recorded during the Seminole Indian Wars. His return to the area had been prompted by a desire to reclaim what was stolen from his family. It was believed that his alligator tonic contained a lot less gator than people had been promised and in fact, he was doing research on alligators attempting to develop what he believed was a source of eternal youth – the waters of Winter Springs.

Eventually area founders discovered the doctor was testing his “tonic” on a variety of animals, was bringing in creatures from all over the country for testing, and there were rumors of human experimentation.

Under the cover of darkness, land owners from the Lake Jessup area drove Dr. Mordecai Henry Mitchell, along with his Alligator Tonic away from the Winter Springs area forever… fearing that his true desire was to seek revenge in the name of his family legacy. His name was erased from most public records and over time, lost in the mist of memory.

But – that is only a story….
Still a few lingering items remain in the mystery surrounding his life and endure to this day….

His proclamation of a burst of winter in sizzling sunshine water source eventually evolved into the actual name of the city – Winter Springs.

The location of the spring, reported to be somewhere along Gee Creek, was never documented and never found.

It was after his reported research and experimentation on alligators that the population of gators in the Lake Jessup area exploded, making it one of the most gator populated bodies of water in Florida.

The Gee family never regained a foothold in the area, although the creek and hammock that bear the name of the family remain. Most residents are not aware of where the name came from.

The area where Dr. Mordecai Henry Mitchell did his work and research has remained undiscovered – until now, 100 years later as a local church began getting ready for an expansion project and began to carve into previously undeveloped land – the startling discoveries they made are not only unsettling, they are enough to frighten and scare you.

Mysteriously an original bottle of Mordecai’s Alligator Tonic was discovered in an old abandoned shack. This discovery is the only concrete proof that the legend of Dr. Henry Mordecai Mitchell and his questionable creation ever existed. During the global pandemic a team of archeologists and researchers went deeper into this rich, undeveloped, wetland. The team never returned.

Now during the 2020 Halloween season – the creators of Face the Fear are offering tours into the long lost and forgotten world of Mordecai Henry Mitchell – The Gator King. What you will see -will give you nightmares. Email Haunt Owner
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Hours of Operation: 8 pm - 11 pm

Admission Costs: $13.00 per adult
$6.00 per child (10 and under)

Payments Accepted: Cash, Credit Cards, Debit Cards

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  • Email Verified Must See Haunt!

    Went with my 4 kids. Youngest 14 and oldest 19 and we all LOVED the haunt. It was our first time visiting and we Highly recommended checking it out. The hotel venue really adds too it. Great job guys.

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    Length of Event: 11-20 minutes
    Time Visited: After 9PM
    Would Recommend: Yes
    Suitable For Kids: Yes
    Posted October 2019

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    Face the Fear - replied Sep 21, 2020

    Thanks for joining us - make sure you check us out again this year...we will be open and you can visit the website to see our new location and our plans for COVID-19 restrictions. Thank you again!

  • Email Verified Best Halloween Experience Ever

    This was by far the most fun I’ve ever had at a haunted house. It was amazing. The people were friendly and kind and the clowns were around every corner. The fact that it’s so personalized to your group and they don’t just try to push you through is so great. The take time and care with every group to make sure the customers adds satisfied with their experience. The makeup and masks were very realistic and horrifying. I can’t remember a time that I wasn’t screaming. It was so much fun that it was scary. Definitely worth the money. Going to make this a yearly Halloween tradition for sure. Thank you Face The Fear!!

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    Length of Event: 21-30 minutes
    Time Visited: After 9PM
    Would Recommend: Yes
    Suitable For Kids: Unsure
    Posted October 2017

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  • So good ! so fun!

    What can I tell you? Loved it! I’m scared of clowns . I screamed , I laughed , and had the best time I can imagine getting scared . Highly recommend this haunt , too much fun. Also loved the DVD you get as an exit prize. How to deal with fear in the world today is very timely. This is a experience not to be missed

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  • Email Verified 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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    Posted October 2016

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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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    Posted October 2016

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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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    5 out of 6 found this review helpful

  • 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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    Posted October 2015

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  • 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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    3 out of 4 found this review helpful

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