Funny that the queue lines are 10x scarier than the actual ride... But they were absolutely fantastic. I was shaking by the end of it. We were at the end of the group let in to the corridors, so I think the flashing red lights were turning off before we got to them, and it was especially dark but I thought that really added to the experience. My mum and I kept looking back because we were thinking that we would see something, like an actor or even just a silhouette, but there was nothing. I thought that was kinda a missed opportunity, but then again I was so scared anyway that I think it might've been overkill.
The little nod to X as the truck's license plate really melted my heart, and the set design was really something admirable. I really loved it. I mean the set design that wasn't in ride. The entrance and the exit of the ride stations had a beautiful look to them, and managed to make it so that even tho you're held there for a bit, there's so much to look at and discover. And so many easter eggs!! That said, I think the Canteen (exit) scene could have really used an animatronic tho... But then again almost everything in the ride could have used an animatronic.
X as a coaster is fun as always, but I really don't think those 'zombies' (mannequins with poundland halloween decorations) added all too much. I wasn't exactly impressed with the 'additions' to the actual rollercoaster. I think the theming and additions before and after were fantastic, but the weird cheap looking halloween decorations just didn't work. I think they were assuming that because of speed, you wouldn't be able to notice them, but as soon as you started thinking back on the experience, it becomes quite hilarious. My mum brought up a theory that I actually quite like. She thinks that the zombies were purposely campy as to recreate the charm of the original X, and that it was intentionally done this way. I think it might be a jab at Alton Towers for their dreadful zombie costumes in Duel maybe. We both thought it was weird that they were using screens but didn't bother to use animatronics, something that might've been more scary in a situation like this. Also, I noticed the exact same fog machines and lights as Wicker Man in there. Rather disappointed with that, since I think it takes away the effect from the Wicker Man's ones (which were used much more effectively - these felt like a cheap after thought). And from what I could tell, they looked as if they were trying to copy that final scene from the Mummy Ride at Universal, where you pull into a fake station, only to be 'attacked' by the mummy at the last moment. I thought that because the advert made it look as if that was the case, but I really hope it wasn't because the corresponding scene (that part near the end where you stop and some voice starts talking about power and how the cart has broken down and stuff) really lacks in my opinion and was subpar.
But, back to being positive, that final corridor is probably the most scared I've ever felt at Thorpe Park. Personally, I have a huge fear of the unknown and the darkness (two things those corridors really played on), and I had no idea what was going to come. Unlike scaremazes or rollercoasters, you have a general idea. You can either see the track ahead of you, or know that at some point there will be an actor. But not here. I didn't know if there would be actors, or animatronics, or anything. It was just pure blackness, and they didn't even use music so it felt even more eerie, since there was a strange quiet to it all. That final corridor has always given me the chills, even when it was still X. And I can't believe they managed to make it even more terrifying and use it this affectively!! Even on the same ride that has those cheap 'zombies'! It's really something to be fearful of (and proud if you're Thorpe Park). With every time I saw the plastic dividers that Thorpe Park uses, I felt a mixture of dread and hope, dread that it might be worse than the last, hope that I might see the light again and be free. It was really, really great and very, very clever in my opinion.