UPDATE: Controversial 'Miner's Revenge' Halloween Attraction Discontinued

By: Associated Press, Jennifer Rizzi Email
By: Associated Press, Jennifer Rizzi Email

UPDATE 10/29/13 @ 6:30 p.m.
RICHMOND, Va. (WSAZ) -- A controversial Halloween attraction at Kings Dominion theme park has been discontinued following public outcry.

"Miner's Revenge" won't be coming back next year after many called it disrespectful to fallen miners and heartbreaking for their families.

The attraction showed ghoulish miners haunting subjects as victims of a mine tragedy.

Those who watched real tragedy hit close to home say the amusement crossed the line.

"It's a slap in the face to coal miners," said LaDonna Foster as she visited the UBB Memorial in Whitesville. "It's making fun of them. Especially the miners that lost their lives in the coal mines."

Petitions against the attraction surfaced across the country, and one of them started in West Virginia.

Hannah Stanford of Beckley created a petition on change.org that garnered more than 100 signatures.

"What is next?" she wrote. "Are you going to choose to promote an attraction about military personnel or victims of a shooting? Where do you draw the line?"

Kings Dominion told the Associated Press in an email statement that the attraction was not designed, nor intended, to depict a specific situation.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The union representing America's mine workers is speaking out against a Virginia theme park's Halloween attraction that depicts an underground mine disaster.

The United Mine Workers of America is raising concerns about Kings Dominion's "Miner's Revenge" Halloween Haunt attraction.

The Doswell amusement park's website describes it as miners that were left entombed deep underground following a mine disaster searching for the men who left them to die and get revenge.

In an email statement, union spokesman Phil Smith said the attraction is an insult to the memories if the thousands of miners who have died in America's mines.

Kings Dominion said in an email statement that the attraction was not designed, nor intended, to depict a specific situation.

The Halloween Haunt event began Sept. 27 and ends Sunday.

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