Despite not having a full day at scarefest, I am just leaving the park in the queue for the monorail as I type this... Managed to ride Th13teen, The Smiler, Oblivion and Nemesis... As well as that I did all 5 scare mazes as well as freak show, and to say the least, I am impressed with all of them! TotT this year felt much much shorter compared to previous years, and it also doesn't have the stair scene any longer, however, the new entrance and (I'd say) new route is really good, and still very strong. Would defo recommend this as a 'first' maze for newbies, and I also had many more scares than usual in today's run through. Next was HoM which was pretty much identical to last years, but had a few set changes and new set pieces in the scare-section at the end - overall very impressed, and hope to see some new scenes added for next years event! Next was Sub-Species, which did feel weaker compared to previous years, but still very very strong. Also, adding to that, the maze does feature two endings like before, so next time I'm on the park I hope to go through it again! The theming at the exits are also great, and do add to the experience, especially for people watching their mates run out!! The actors, however, we're still putting there all into it, and the baby in me came out several times!! After that we went straight onto AMT, and was genuinely impressed by it, Alton has definitely made it feel more complete and this year I got many more scares, and it wasn't as physical as last year, which was a plus for me - as I'm not too keep on having my hair grabbed, giving people piggybacks etc... There also appeared to be more theming than last year, or maybe I just didn't see it, as all my run-throughs last year were VERY VERY smokey. Also, the ending was much better and wasn't as abrupt as last years, overall, thumbs up from me!! Finally, The Welcoming!!!! This, to say the least, blew my socks off and I definitely feel "chosen". I don't want to give much away, but the theming is incredible and very immersive and is more like a theatrical experience yet really scary at the same time (think the Dungeons, but many many more jumps) also, the costumes were absolutely fantastic as well - some of which very gruesome. The flame effects were also great, and definitely make me believe they will be used in some way, shape or form on SW8. I went through this maze twice this evening and had multiple jumps both times, and this may be due to the fact that they have nailed the timings on this maze, unlike some of the other mazes! I also do feel that £8 is expensive per run-through, but it is actually worth it, if you do enjoy theming, scares and a theatrical experience. This maze makes me very excited for SW8, and also to add, the hooded section of the maze doesn't last too long, so it doesn't take from the entire experience, overall, a very solid experience and look forward to (hopefully) seeing it again next year! Then for Freak Show... It was a very solid scare-zone as per usual and I also loved the fact that there were many more scare actors, as well as some new theming from The Flume and CoS! Would like to see some more scare-zones next year, but overall a very very strong event, and probably the strongest scarefest to date! Looking forward to returning in a few weeks time!
credit to sam!