Nutty Man wrote:
Hi, never been to a scarefest but seen some previous posts talking about Extreme mazes and Alone mazes. What do these mean? Also where was Sub Species Lockdown based?
You should definitely give Scarefest a try one year, Alton do have some great mazes!
Some years Alton Towers offer "extreme" versions of their mazes, as well as occasionally, and more recently Face-it-Alone (Alton Towers) or Brave-it-Alone (Thorpe).
Both of these are based on getting a more intense experience in the maze, with Face-it-Alone seeing you entering the maze by yourself and making yourself the sole focus of the actors' attention, with the extreme also offering a heightened experience, which often more involves more contact/instruction. These have typically run after the mazes close, although, on occasion, before. Tickets are more expensive than the standard prices - typically £15-20 per maze.
The definition of extreme does vary, and has always proved a difficult balance to get right. From scare enthusiasts who seek ever greater intensity, to members of the public who might not be aware of the strength of some attractions/personal limits.
Also important, is how you add intensity within the context of the story, and how you balance scares against what some would see as rough or degrading handling. Alton have typically been much stronger on the need for context, with the increased intensity of the "normal" mazes, with the likes of Sub-species and their corporate family branding, there isn't huge scope to really push much harder.
Extremes do seem be only offered at late notice before the start of Scarefest, normally after much requesting on Twitter for the Resort to offer them. But they are a product that is not always handled well and can either cause issues for guests in being to mild (enthusiasts) or strong (general public).
The Resort has often struggled to convey the offering in marketing and the handling can be problematic.
In previous years the extremes have been pull after leaving a lot of enthusiasts underwhelmed.
When holding our ScareMazing events we have had both normal and high intensity versions of the mazes, but that is dependent on some of the factors above, particularly the increasing strength of the base attractions.
Operation Lockdown was set within the Sub Species maze, as well as an additional themed room, which was where the initial briefings where conducted. The challenges saw you traversing the maze, to specific points where they had been incorporated into the standard maze.