I would expect it to return, just in a different location. They don’t spend money on great theming to use for just a year!
Now... I’ve just came back from Scarefest and done 2 mazes, Mine Tours and The Welcoming. I’ll give a spoiler free and a spoiler filled review below!Mine Tours
Last year this made became my favourite maze across the board, and did it deliver in its second year? Not really. Whilst the maze is still fantastically themed and the story is still (mostly) there, it seemed to lack something this year that made me love it previously. That being said the headlamps are now far more noticeable and are really disorienting this year. I still adore this maze and so I still really enjoyed it, just a shame it didn’t stick to the standard of last year!The Welcoming: Be Chosen
This is by far the strangest maze I’ve done, and whilst the theming and costumes are brilliant there isn’t really an clear story behind this maze. I don’t quite get what was supposed to be going on and at one point something happened that still has me scratching my head! Overall it’s a good maze, but for me I think if it’s going to return, it needs a bit of a rethink!
Below are my spoilers reviews...
Mine Tours remains relatively unchanged this year, although there are a few subtle changes. The first one is the initial scene with the skin snatchers break in is no longer done this way, and the start of the maze is very confused. You are essentially told to run out the lift into the skin snatchers home by a miner?
As said the majority is the same and so this is great for me because I loved it last year! However, the ending is now very different - and honestly it’s worse. The new ending sees you enter a room that’s supposedly a gift shop, and for some unknown reason there’s a person firing a gun at you with a skin snatcher trying to make you jump. The scene makes absolutely no sense to the story and it doesn’t really resolve anything, I hope they turn back to the exploding the mines route, just adding more theming...
The Welcoming: Be Chosen
Im not sure where to start with this one, so I’ll stsrt with the beginning. The beginning of this maze was actually pretty similar to the start of the Ghost Train preshow, with an audio track getting louder before the lights go out and it’s silent. Here a villiger invites you into some kind of festival where there was a lot of chaos really. No one knew where to go and this added to it a lot, not to mention the skull from the pirate show now has flames coming outs it’s eyes! There are some scenes in this maze that were pretty outstanding, such as the hog roast scene and blind psychic scene and these really carry the rest of the maze. An issue I had with this is there are so many switchbacks, to the point I got slightly dizzy!
This made also features a hooded section, it’s in the centre although you’re given your hood to hold fir the entire maze until this point. I thought that this was a bit unprofessional and took away from the idea of the villagers leading you somewhere quite a bit. The hooded section I had was quite honestly incredibly boring, nothing happened for a good minutes until, out of no where an actor clucked like a chicken in my ear. Why they did this I don’t know, is SW8 about demonic chickens?
Finally the last section of the maze is again hoodless, with the hood whipped off your head by actors. The finale of this maze is honestly pretty bad, for some reason the finale seems like it should be the start, and the start feelsvlike it should be the finale.
Overall whilst it has its flaws I did enjoy it, although it does need a clean up around the edges. I also really think that the 5 pumpkin rating is overkill, as it really isn’t on the same level as Mine Tours!
Both the mazes I did were really good, but for some reason neither seemed to match the standard of Mine Tours 16, so I hope over the next few weeks things change!