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Guests Summoning the Dead During a Séance. (Photo Courtesy of The San Francisco Dungeon)
PEOPLE OVER 60 WITHOUT PHYSICIAN APPROVAL BANNED FROM THE SAN FRANCISCO DUNGEON’S HORRIFYING HALLOWEEN SÉANCE
Physicians Fear the Interactive Experience Too Terrifying for Advanced-Age Individuals, Orders The San Francisco Dungeon to Limit Elderly Patron Access
SAN FRANCISCO (October 2018) – The San Francisco Dungeon, the frightfully fun attraction dedicated to the darkest side of Bay Area history, has banned patrons over the age of 60 from its guided Halloween séances unless they have a note from their attending medical doctor. Dr. Jeff Foster, the Dungeon’s consulting physician, fears the literally ghoulishly interactive experience will be too disturbing for those with a weak heart.
The average adult heart beats between 60 and 90 times per minute, but the immersive attraction could get heart rates racing up to a thumping 200 as the fear factor sets in. Taking advice from medical experts, show managers have opted to err on the side of caution and not allow entry to older patrons, who are more likely to have a higher risk of heart failure.
“A mild adrenaline reaction is healthy, however, as we age we are more likely to develop other medical problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, or high cholesterol,” said Foster. “Therefore, if your resting blood pressure is higher, or your heart is weaker from previous damage, the adrenaline stimulation of a fright may be enough to stimulate a full-blown heart attack or stroke.”
To stave off catastrophic heart events, the entrance to The San Francisco Dungeon’s Halloween séances will be manned by team members trained to spot those at higher risk of heart failure, with a focus on looking out for guests over the age of 60. If over-60s want to attend, they will need to be able to prove they have a healthy heart with a doctor’s letter. They will also need to sign a liability waiver form.
Happening now through Nov. 4, the Dungeon’s séance experiences provide guests an uncanny glimpse of the spirits lurking beneath historic Fisherman’s Wharf. In an atmosphere conducive to spirit conjuring—think creepy décor and an all-knowing crystal ball—the séance is included with general admission to The San Francisco Dungeon, so guests will have ample opportunities to encounter the dead.
Dr. Foster explains, “We want people to use their head when it comes to their heart. What better way to encourage people to think about their heart health than at a time when their heart is, literally, about to jump out of their chests.”
“We want everyone to visit The San Francisco Dungeon, but the health and well-being of our guests is paramount,” added Dalia Goldgor, general manager, The San Francisco Dungeon. “These seances are no joke—they are our scariest Halloween show yet—meaning our visitors’ heart rates are likely to elevate exponentially! While heart-pounding, scary fun is thoroughly enjoyable by most, it can have dire consequences for others. Providing those over 60 can prove their heart health, we encourage them to enjoy the experience just like everyone else.”
Click here for more information about The San Francisco Dungeon’s Halloween séances and to purchase tickets.
ABOUT DR JEFF FOSTER
Dr. Jeff Foster is a GR with an interest in men’s health. For more information about his work, head to: drjefffoster.co.uk.
ABOUT THE SAN FRANCISCO DUNGEON
The San Francisco Dungeon is the ultimate live action journey through the city’s murky past where the audience is part of the show. This is the first attraction of its kind in North America, bringing to life the stories of the Bay Area from the last 100 years with a full theatrical cast, special effects, gripping storytelling, 360-degree sets, an underground boat ride and the city’s only underground drop ride, Escape Alcatraz. The San Francisco Dungeon is fully-ADA accessible and located at Fisherman’s Wharf at 145 Jefferson Street next to Madame Tussauds San Francisco. The attraction is open 365 days a year. Find on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: @TheSFDungeon and www.YouTube.com/User/TheSFDungeon.
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