Monsterland in Mesa Won't Re-Open
Grab a shovel and heap some extra dirt onto the grave of Monsterland -- it turns out the horror-themed Mesa venue apparently won't be resurrected. Nope, despite previous proclamations to the contrary, it seems the defunct haunted attraction and event space, which closed in January, will stay dead and buried, as owner Kevin Wynn reportedly has other plans.
Benjamin Leatherman Monsterland RIP . . . for realz this time.
An unsigned post (which we assume was from Wynn) to Monsterland's Facebook just before the recent holiday weekend states that he has "decided to accept an offer for the building" and the new business going into the place isn't keeping all the ghouls and goblins around.
"Unfortunately, the new business will be changing to a corporate and wedding venue," Wynn states. "It will keep a castle theme, but, I will be selling the props and animatronics"
He adds that the various monsters of Monsterland (a majority of which were created for its original role as a haunted house and horror film museum) will be sold off during an open house from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10, at the building.
[UPDATE: In a final twist to Monsterland's tragic tale, Wynn posted to Facebook on on Tuesday night that the open house/fire sale has been cancelled as he sold every single prop, animatronic creature, and freaky-looking fiend in one giant lot to the skeleton crew over at competing Halloween attraction 13th Floor Haunted House. Hope you didn't have any designs on owning that giant swamp monster or yeti.]
Wynn, who owns the two-story property that housed Monsterland, declined to comment or provide more details about the "offer for the building" (specifically, whether it involved his selling the structure to a new owner or simply leasing it out to another business venture). Whatever the "offer for the building" will entail, the result is the same: Monsterland will stay six feet under.
However, Wynn did tell us that the creatures and props available during Wednesday's open house will be sold via either silent auctions or for a flat price. Oh, and it's also a cash-only affair. Update: Or maybe it's not.
Wynn stated in his Facebook post that he came to the decision after "a tremendous amount of consideration and soul searching" and ended the post with an apology to those who were fans of the place.
"Thanks for your support," he wrote. "Sorry I couldn't make this work as a profitable business."
So much for Monsterland's "Resurrection Party," which was announced to much fanfare almost a month ago and purportedly was going to reopen and rechristen the place as an event space for occasional theme parties and geek events.
As we reported at the time, Marco Regalado, owner of Tempe's Pop Culture Paradise, and several other unnamed individuals had formed a production company with plans for putting on such events at Monsterland.
Obviously, said plans must have fallen through sometime in the past month.