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Re: Howl-o-ween

Posted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:28 pm
by Burniel
I took 12+ as a Fright Nights level attraction, as that's the number thrown around with a lot of those scaremazes. I'm no expert on such attractions, so I assumed you were referring to a high level maze, which would be far too much.

Again, I think Haunting In The Hollows was about right for an "older" attraction, provided you had enough of a lineup below that to keep the younger audience satisfied. Hollows, Hocus Pocus and Trick Or Treat Wood would probably be the ideal lineup for Chessington in such a case, as that provides one high-quality attraction for each of the park's three bat ratings used to rate the intensity of their attractions.

Re: Howl-o-ween

Posted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:18 pm
by lewis97
Full details of the 2017 line-up have been added to Chessington's website, confirming the addition of two new attractions.

'Creepy Caves Unearthed' is said to be the resort's "scariest attraction yet" with it given a 10+ age rating. It will also incur an additional charge of £6 (or £4.80 for annual passholders), and timeslots can be booked for 15 minute intervals from 12pm.

No one knows why the famous reptile and creepy crawly exhibit in the Zoo closed its doors at the end of 2016… until now.

Secret Agents will lead you through the quarantined attraction for your exclusive look at the newly discovered plant species, found in the snake enclosure.

But, with Zoo Keepers missing and strange things happening, who knows what powerful properties might be unearthed.

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Also new is 'Room on the Broom Spooky Story Time', which is another of Julia Donaldson's stories following the opening of The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure earlier this year. These new attractions will feature alongside returning attractions 'Curse of the Lost Tomb' and 'Trick or Treat Wood'.

Re: Howl-o-ween

Posted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:26 pm
by Owen
That's more like what I was thinking. It sounds quite interesting! Almost like a baby Sub-Species :lol

There is also a decided Creepy Caves Unearthed website which can be found here.

Re: Howl-o-ween

Posted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 1:26 pm
by ThemeCrafter264
Woo, I was right about it being in Creepy Caves. It certainly sounds interesting and hopefully will help to create a better line up for the whole family.

Re: Howl-o-ween

Posted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:12 pm
by Burniel
This looks fairly promising, and means that the park actually have one of the strongest lineups they've had for a while now.

I'll be interested to see how well this sells, considering that the park has never done paid halloween attractions before. It will also be interesting to see how the relatively short layout of Creepy Caves is used enough to justify the £6 price tag. However, perhaps the main flaw I see is the lack of space at its entrance - they'll be prebooking, eliminating the need for a long queue, but there will still undoubtedly be a lot of activity outside the entrance. Given its close proximity to Sealion Bay (which I'm assuming will still be open and running its afternoon shows), the crowds will need to be very carefully handled.

On the whole though, exciting news! :)

Re: Howl-o-ween

Posted: Sun Aug 06, 2017 7:28 pm
by hursty
Burniel wrote:
I'll be interested to see how well this sells, considering that the park has never done paid halloween attractions before.

Creepy Caves doesn't have a lot of space, so I wonder what could feasibly be achieved, that a family would find reasonable value.

Alton definitely went to some considerable effort to create House of Monsters, which was around this price level.
That was a really decent offering - something that I could see at Chessington in the future if they have the space.

Re: Howl-o-ween

Posted: Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:54 pm
by Burniel
Yeah, as I said, I don't really know how they plan on doing that. I know I go on and on about the past lineup, but I think bringing back The Mystery Of Hocus Pocus Hall and charging for that would have been a better shout, or even Haunting In The Hollows. Both were much longer attractions for which an upcharge would be more justified, and had (I assume) higher throughputs, so the park could sell more tickets and potentially make more money? I don't know, the whole concept of using Creepy Caves seems a bit desperate to me, which is odd, given the number of other suitable locations. I'm trying to stay open-minded though.

Re: Howl-o-ween

Posted: Sun Aug 06, 2017 10:05 pm
by hursty
Building plan for reference

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Re: Howl-o-ween

Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:04 pm
by Luce
I quite like the sound of Chessington's line up and I'm tempted to go back to their Halloween event this year as I haven't been for a few years.

Re: Howl-o-ween

Posted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:58 pm
by Dom
The following image was posted onto twitter earlier today with the following caption - 

Don't touch the plant...

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Now, i'm going to speculate that the story of this will be that a plant has taken over the creepy caves, although i'm not quite sure :lol

Re: Howl-o-ween

Posted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 12:09 pm
by jackf1tz
Who you gonna call? Plant Busters!

:lol