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2020 Face the Fear returns with a specially created - CDC compliant - Coronavirus Social Distancing event that you will love to be afraid of. You will travel with your group through this ride through experience. You will be safe from the virus but not from the terror. In a year where many events have needed to close down, the creators of Face the Fear have created an outdoor event that you will remember for years to come. Make plans now to join us - 4 nights only - you can experience... The Gator King

Storyline:
The Gator King
The City of Winter Springs incorporated in 1972 but the history of the city and the Lake Jessup area twists and turns back through the corridor of time to an era where the history of the State of Florida was struggling to emerge. History reveals and reveres the name of Moses Levy, a wealthy merchant from New York as the first owner of the Lake Jessup region.

Later, Henry Gee and his son John Henry Gee, in an agreement worked out with the governor of Florida, Richard Call was granted the rights to the area and as a result, the Gees became the new owners of the land known today as Winter Springs. Henry Gee was a doctor during the Seminole Indian Wars of the late 1830’s and 1840’s. He and his son immediately began to develop and expand the region. In a bitter legal battle, a federal court abruptly reversed the land development agreements and returned the ownership of all the properties the Gees had acquired and developed back to the Moses Levy family.

To this day, Gee Creek and Gee Hammock bear the name of Dr. Henry Gee. In the years that followed : The Lake Jessup Steamboat Company kept the area alive and moved goods from the area across the State of Florida that encouraged settlers, businesses, and development to take place.

A name lost, except by those who dabble in the unknown and unspoken, is associated with a darker, mysterious, and questionable era of Lake Jessup history. The name is Mordecai Henry Mitchell.

Mordecai arrived in the Lake Jessup area in the early 1920’s and began purchasing plots of land that he promised he would bring new life into the area. A self-proclaimed doctor, he set up an early medical practice that he ran from a wagon. This traveling doctor’s office made house calls, would set up shop on a rotational basis at various places along Lake Jessup, and featured a variety of ointments, liniments, and elixirs promising a cure for many ailments.

Dr. Mordecai Henry Mitchell became known as “The Gator King” because of one of his bottled potions, Mordecai’s Alligator Tonic, that was reported to be made from boiled alligator fat and other additional secret ingredients.

Although much of the history and story of Dr. Mordecai Henry Mitchell has been buried in the dust of time, it was reported that he spent a great deal of time in the Gee Creek area. Rumors emerged that he had discovered a spring, which he suggested was a “fountain of health” and anyone or anything that drank of the spring would find new health, longevity, and new vitality of life.

The doctor proclaimed this water to be refreshing relief from the Florida heat, a burst of winter in the sizzling sunshine, as a result, he proudly called his water source – Winter Springs.

Mordecai’s Alligator Tonic came under scrutiny, when it was discovered that Mordecai Mitchell was a descendant of Dr. Henry Gee and had developed much of his medical knowledge based on the research of his relative recorded during the Seminole Indian Wars. His return to the area had been prompted by a desire to reclaim what was stolen from his family. It was believed that his alligator tonic contained a lot less gator than people had been promised and in fact, he was doing research on alligators attempting to develop what he believed was a source of eternal youth – the waters of Winter Springs.

Eventually area founders discovered the doctor was testing his “tonic” on a variety of animals, was bringing in creatures from all over the country for testing, and there were rumors of human experimentation.

Under the cover of darkness, land owners from the Lake Jessup area drove Dr. Mordecai Henry Mitchell, along with his Alligator Tonic away from the Winter Springs area forever… fearing that his true desire was to seek revenge in the name of his family legacy. His name was erased from most public records and over time, lost in the mist of memory.

But – that is only a story….
Still a few lingering items remain in the mystery surrounding his life and endure to this day….

His proclamation of a burst of winter in sizzling sunshine water source eventually evolved into the actual name of the city – Winter Springs.

The location of the spring, reported to be somewhere along Gee Creek, was never documented and never found.

It was after his reported research and experimentation on alligators that the population of gators in the Lake Jessup area exploded, making it one of the most gator populated bodies of water in Florida.

The Gee family never regained a foothold in the area, although the creek and hammock that bear the name of the family remain. Most residents are not aware of where the name came from.

The area where Dr. Mordecai Henry Mitchell did his work and research has remained undiscovered – until now, 100 years later as a local church began getting ready for an expansion project and began to carve into previously undeveloped land – the startling discoveries they made are not only unsettling, they are enough to frighten and scare you.

Mysteriously an original bottle of Mordecai’s Alligator Tonic was discovered in an old abandoned shack. This discovery is the only concrete proof that the legend of Dr. Henry Mordecai Mitchell and his questionable creation ever existed. During the global pandemic a team of archeologists and researchers went deeper into this rich, undeveloped, wetland. The team never returned.

Now during the 2020 Halloween season – the creators of Face the Fear are offering tours into the long lost and forgotten world of Mordecai Henry Mitchell – The Gator King. What you will see -will give you nightmares.
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Hours of Operation: 8 pm - 11 pm

Admission Costs: $13.00 per adult
$6.00 per child (10 and under)

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  • Email Verified Out of this world scary

    I am a huge fan of face the fear. I love what these guys do each year. This year the scares are out of this world. Aliens and clowns. What could be more scary? I also love the attention to detail. They put you in a haunted hotel, I heard Come Sail Away playing as I entered (a real alien song), there were cast members disappearing, sudden surprises, and so much to see and experience. The DVD was great as well. Getting ready for next year - don't ever miss Face the Fear

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    Time Visited: 5PM - 9PM
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    Face the Fear - replied Sep 11, 2019

    Most people don't realize that the price of admission includes a DVD as well. This is all part of the fun and you get to take a piece of the experience home with you.

  • Best haunted house!

    We are haunted house fanatics and have been looking for something other than the Halloween Horror Nights scene. We've been to a lot in the central florida area and this was by far the best! Highly recommend! The entire experience was fantastic.

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    Face the Fear - replied Sep 11, 2019

    We are thrilled and so honored you would join us and spend your time with us in Longwood. Join us again this next season.

  • Email Verified They are here

    Face the Fear has returned to the Longwood hotel that is truly haunted. I loved the treat they gave us by taking us upstairs and giving us a look inside of it. Of course the real thrills are found in the wickedly funny, cool, and scary story they are telling us. An alien invasion has occurred and been covered up. I know this because of the historical marker in the yard of the hotel (yes-they put up their own historical marker-loving the detail) Great fun. I was smiling and then screaming. This is a great family haunted attraction. My young teens had a great time as well. I love the push back against the demonic and appreciate they don't cheapen it with the slasher gore. Worth the wait, the time, and the trip. Planning on catching it again with some other friends. Check it out. The aliens are here.

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    Time Visited: 5PM - 9PM
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    Face the Fear - replied Sep 11, 2019

    The haunted hotel in Longwood is the perfect place for this event. Once again in our new season we will be taking guests back inside the place they have heard about but now get to see for themselves!

  • Email Verified Scared me big time

    Aliens are a little freaky. So when I heard about an alien attack in Central Florida I had to check it out. I nearly wet my pants. I screamed, I laughed, and want to come see it again. Then if the aliens (and there were aliens everywhere) wasn't bad enough - then I saw a clown. Aliens and clowns in one night was enough to send me over the edge. I had a great time. The people that produce this show are some of the nicest and best out there. I also enjoyed watching the DVD that they gave to each guest. Some nice little horror films and some very practical advice on facing fears and scary moments.

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    Time Visited: After 9PM
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  • Email Verified Out of this world

    I didn’t know what to expect but was not disappointed at all. Great atmosphere, great cast, great fun. This is a mix of old school haunted house and smart storytelling. Each guest becomes part of the narrative I so appreciate what these guys do. I like the charity that benefits. Still screaming from the maze. The aliens are real. They walk among us. I have seen them

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    Time Visited: After 9PM
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  • Email Verified Loving it!

    I gotta tell you I love Face the Fear. I love the aliens, I love the scary actors, I love the food, I love the creepy hotel , I love the maze , and I love the story! The Face the Fear crew take the science of scaring people to another level. They drop their guests into a scary world with a great gun story. They don’t cheapen it with slash and hack, but drive you through an exciting expert I also love the DVD you get as a guest. So worth the wait and cost, will go back next weekend and next year. I love it and can’t wait to see it again (I do miss the clowns)

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  • Email Verified Aliens

    What an awesome experience. Had a great time, and got scared, freaky aliens, what else could you ask? Great storyline and a great group of people who put on this event. So glad we came, we will come back next weekend.

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  • So much fun we came back the weekend after!

    The whole thing was scary and fun! A great thing for the whole family if you can handle being terrified. The maze was incredibly disorienting. It was such a blast. I was invited my my friend’s family. I loved it so much I took my family the next weekend.

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  • Scared of clowns

    This is good old Halloween fun. The story designers of this Fear house take a good background story and make it scary and fun. No blood or gore fest - just an old school good time. Great family environment and creative beyond description. As you are planning your fall events, make this a must visit. We did and will be back.

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  • I'm Just Saying Clowns Make Me FREAK!

    Absolutely over the top insanity! Face the Fear has let the clowns out and nothing will ever be the same. The international clown university is a training school for clowns that has gone horribly wrong. The weird creep you out backstory of the train wreck, the clowns establishing a new life, and the mystery of the clown capers (never solved) were enough to get me scared. But then I got inside the house and it was well - terrifyingly fun. My entire party was screaming, the clowns had a blast scaring us and did a great job at it too. I absolutely loved it and the fun house at the end was a never ending series of twists and turns (and I should mention there were clowns inside!) All in all a great experience, a great haunted attraction, and tons of fun. We will return. Get there early to beat the lines, you will have to wait. The reason I think they often get sold out is because they allow this to be a small group, small tour experience. That makes it scarier and is so much better than the long lines of people that stream through these kind of things. Thanks for not compromising the experience because I am sure there are some that will complain because they have to wait. My wait was well worth it.

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  • Crazy Clowns!

    Face the Fear has rocked it with the International Clown University! It was crazy and scary. This is the way that haunted houses are supposed to be. Fun, Frightening, and Full of surprises. This one did not disappoint. I thought the story was great. I got as chance to read the backstory while I waited eating a funnel cake. The wait was reasonable for this type of event (1 hour) I am sure they sold out because people kept coming to go in. Once inside, it was dark, spooky, and the clowns made it real. I was terrified and thoroughly entertained. The DVD they gave us had a spooky little movie on it as well, so there was great fun and take home swag. It was a great end to our weekend. Get ready to have your fear of clowns brought back to life again. ICU is the place for you.

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  • Clowns are Crazy

    I wasn't real sure if I wanted to go - the title about creeped me out. However, what I always love about face the fear is that these guys have a good time and let their guests have a good time. I was scared. The clowns were everywhere. Birthday clowns, rodeo clowns, historical clowns, and circus clowns were scary fun. The back story this year was less complicated than the previous year, I liked that as well. It made sense, allowed me to suspend belief, and then scared me with no cheap blood and gory thrills, instead, real fear. The DVD and the clown magnet were a nice gift when I was done. Great value, great fun, great time, and lots of screaming. Headed back next weekend.

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