General park operations were a bit of a let down today, with the park overall not feeling like it was ready to start after the late closing yesterday.
The main gates were very late opening, causing the crowd to clog up security, as the area before the gates was completely full of people. When they did open at 9:50, for whatever reason they only opened a single gate and two turnstiles for season pass holders only.
Several rides weren't ready for operation on time, notably Colossus and Stealth took another 30-40 minutes to open. Nemesis Inferno only had one train in operation, which I managed to get the first ride of the day on, but ended with my hand covered in grease. Strangely, Stealth didn't have any wrist bands at bag drop, so you had to remember the number instead.
Nearly every construction change I saw from last week's trip, had changed again. The archway from the Platform 15 exit had been moved to Zombie Hunt, along with the full tunnel. The bamboo around the Loggers site may have been put there as part of the Zombie Hunt queue, although there are temporary trees on the other side of the fence, which I'm sure are screening for Loggers. Whilst the site next to I'm a Celebrity
had changed from what was a dumping ground for site works, into the exit for Zombie Hunt and one of the most themed areas I've seen in the park! So they had been very busy this week getting it all set up!
Could see a little bit of Loggers Leap from Saw. It's still there, but the old tunnel section is completely overgrown into the Loggers channel. I haven't found a spot in the park where you can see the drop anymore.
Team Edit: Zombie Hunt topic merged to existing topic
Speaking of Zombie Hunt, I got my first run through on it today, coincidentally in the first group of the day too! Overall I found it to be one of the most lovingly crafted attractions in the park. They've been able to create their own distinct style, thrown in a lot of Easter eggs to the history of the park, employed some great actors and built some fantastic sets. Unfortunately, I found the chances to use the laser guns they gave out were fairly limited and that it was perhaps a missed opportunity on some of the interactive side.
The guns they give out are pretty sophisticated, with holographic red dot sights and some form of reload mechanism. Disappointingly these aren't pointed out and it took me a while to guess that the gun was reloading rather than just simply not working. It was also a disappointment that they weren't doing photos on this attraction, as with the guns and some aviators, you could make some fantastically cheesy pictures!
I absolutely love the style of the attraction. The zombie actors are also brilliant, but I just wish there were a few more things to shoot. It works well during the day, but I really think an evening version with more targets, some great lighting and smoke effects, could make this one of the most fun attractions in the park.
I'll put my thoughts from inside the attraction in spoiler tags.
The cheesy, tongue in cheek style I found was brilliant. It was maintained throughout, with the final brother (substitute for sister I believe on some days) making me laugh with his comment about a chainsaw weilding zombie.
The Easter eggs were brilliant. Laughed out loud at the old mascot Mr Rabbit appearing on the missing person's wall. One of the brothers had a quip about the old Canada Creek Railroad being 7 years delayed, as he went off to get us tickets.
I'm not sure what the yellow box targets were for, beyond the initial target practice. We were told to shoot anymore we saw, but I only saw one more in the rest of the attraction and it didn't even register my hit. It definitely felt like there should have been more things to shoot, especially down some of the otherwise empty "corridors" between scenes.
The final area was really well themed with the wrecked car. Slight shame that management were having a meeting with staff in the same area, in a bit clearly visible as you enter and pretty distracting.
I've seen other people talk about scores, but we got our guns taken off us and nothing else said, other than go ride some rides, bye.