Going Down the elevator shaft
This year I plan on adding a dark maze (Buzzsaw's Basement) to go along with my Dr. Buzzsaw's Haunted Hospital.
I want to make the sensation that they are going down an elevator or a shaft of some sort.
First, is the elevator idea overdone, or is it necessary to give the illusion of being in a basement.
Second, how do you make a realisitic fake elevator.
Old Orchard Park's Haunted House and Hayride
I created a "Hellivator" several years ago out of a big cart (6'x8') we had for moving large floor mats. The frame of the cart was made of 2" square box steel tubing. It had four heavy duty caster wheels, one on each corner. Under the cart, we bolted a piece of steel seawall to be used as the main piece to lift on. On top of the cart, in order were:
*2x4 frame. Much like the walls of a house, 16" on center, 8'x8' and bolted to cart
*3/4" O.S.B. (floor to stand on)
*8'x8' ceiling fastened to the walls
The walls were built in pieces and the hooked together by two large bolts on each side, two through the floor and one through the ceiling. I choose to do it this way because I could then dismantle it and put it back together in exactly the same way every year. There were three full sized walls and two short ones. The two short ones(one inside and one outside for the front) were spaced apart to make a "pocket" for the door to slide into. We used a large car jack to lift the whole thing off the ground once everyone was inside, only about an inch. After about a minute or two, we would drop the whole thing and it would thud on the floor, making most people scream. Some of the ways we made it feel real were: adding a fan that blew air up from the floor, cutting a small "window" in a side and using a treadmill(painted as bricks or rocks) turning slowly for guests to see from inside, and playing clunky mechanical sounds through speakers in the ceiling. Depending on our theme, we would either let it rock between all four wheels, or make a track from the floor to ceiling so that it wouldn't rock. Most importantly, we used wooden blocks underneath, in case the wheels of the cart failed.
Hope that some of these ideas will help you!