I just returned from Catalina and the Ghost Tour was an unexpected highlight. Our guide, Scott, was highly informative and relayed intriguing facts, maintaining our interest. We did not perceive the information to be sensationalized at all, but relevant to Avalon's history.
On my last day in Avalon, I toured the Casino Theatre and was expecting some affirmation of the paranormal activity that was suggested on the Ghost Tour, but was disappointed when my Casino Tour guide, speaking on behalf of herself and a coworker who's worked there for 17 years, said that she didn't believe in ghosts. Another employee present during the Casino tour happened to scoff regarding the existence of ghosts, too. So it's strangely interesting how diverse opinions can be within a tourist community that promotes its historical value.
I've had personal experiences, but have not yet determined if they were paranormal or psychological in nature. The human brain is complex.
Nonetheless, I highly recommend the Ghost Tour especially at the beginning of your stay if you are staying multiple nights as it gives you a different way of looking at Avalon for the remainder of your time there. You will also be presented with a variety of theories to consider rather than an embellishment of data.
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