A few weeks ago I got to go on a date. It has been forever since I have had the chance to go out with the kids and do something new. For our date, we wanted to tour Seattle’s underground and grab a bite to eat at Merchants Cafe and Saloon, Seattle’s oldest restaurant. When I went looking for tickets there weren’t any available at the time of night we needed other than the paranormal experience one, and since I’m a believer of ghosts and spirits I thought, why not?
We bought the tickets online for $30 each and got free parking downtown because it was after 6 p.m. After walking a short distance in the rain (this is Seattle after all) we arrived at Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour. We handed a lovely ticket checker our printed tickets, and she told us to go to the security guard. At that point, I was a little nervous. Why do we need a security guard? Are we dealing with demons or something? She didn’t say what was going on and I was growing more suspicious of the deceivingly tiny woman. She lead us outside and few doors down where she unlocked a door cage. She advised us to watch our step as she escorted us down a set of stone stairs. We walked through a vacant shop that had white tile floors and was sure we were about to get chopped up Texas Chainsaw Massacre style. After walking through another half of an empty shop, we were led into a run full of people. I have never been so happy to see a stranger in my life. After writing our names down on a piece of paper, we had to give up a credit card and our drivers license in case we broke their expensive paranormal equipment.
And this is where the date starts. After everyone showed up and sat down the two tour guides gave us a short history lesson on the Seattle underground and how are nifty equipment worked. I’m not going to lie, right off the bat it felt corny and fake. The tour guides were like a bad Halloween act. Then they had us watch 20 minutes of a T.V. show called T.A.P.S. Where they came out and investigated the underground city of Seattle. Nothing from the show was, and I felt like that was 20 minutes of my life I couldn’t get back or maybe $5 that should get refunded to me because I could have stayed home in my pajamas for that.
After that, we headed outside into the rain to go to the first underground building. When we got inside, and underground the two guides proceeded to tell us how women had more experiences underground then men because of all the prostitution that went on down there. We continued to stand in this building while the female guide asked the air questions in hopes we’d hear a response. No response was given, and we moved forth to the next building.
Once in the next building, they had us go off on our own to explore the one giant room and small walkway that was once a sidewalk. We spend an hour walking around this one room with our ghost-busting equipment out to find we were just in a giant dirty room underground with no ghosts or even electricity. It was cold and wet, and I felt like I was getting peed on from above. I think the most fun of the whole date was making fun of all the other people who were so desperately trying to find dead people and watching the two tour guides try to sell the other people like me on this.
All in all, it was cheesy and mediocre. It may have been more interesting if we had gone to more than two building and if the tour guides weren’t so damn cheesy about everything. We aren’t 12-year-old kids that are going to get freaked out by your ghost stories. Maybe if they had made it more professional but a little less severe it would have been more fun. I would have enjoyed going on this tour with some real paranormal experts or someone who had experience in that field so that it felt more authentic. If I were you, I’d save your cash for just the regular underground tour unless you have $30 you need to waste.05:00
Better luck next time Bill Speidel you’re getting two out five stars.