I know you guys value honesty and constructive comments so I want this review to be as open and as honest as I can be.
It was absolutely wonderful to see everyone again. Having last seen people at Chessington, it really was THE highlight to see so many wonderful people again. I met some new people and saw some people I hadn't seen in years too which was awesome! Getting to spend the whole weekend or 5 minutes with people who genuinely mean the world to me is always such a glorious thing and it is because of TTSP and the events that I got to meet so many wonderful people.
The Nemesis ERT and maze access went down well and we got what we paid for. The Q&A was a nice chance to sit down and chat all things scary and it was nice and so was the costume contest. All that being said, I can't help but feel that out of all the Scaremazing's that there have been, this one may have been the weakest of the lot. I'm not saying it was a bad event. Yes it was nice to finally have a coaster on ERT for Scarefest, but I feel that it came at the cost of what makes Scaremazing, well, Scaremazing. To me, Scaremazing has always been, to me, the exclusive runs on the mazes meaning smaller, more intimate groups that created a scarier experience in the mazes. The behind the scenes tours of the mazes gave each attraction a bit more substance and made the runs that much better. Its always been the defining event for TT for me and this year it just felt a bit flat compared to previous years.
The costumes this year were incredible and everyone should be so proud of their creations and congrats to Sarah and Jay on winning the costume contest. And I hope these will be just as big next year as they are this year. This little touch made the whole thing feel a bit more interactive and offered something slightly different. It was a nice little touch.
I think I would very much prefer TTSP concentrate on holding 1 event at each park and making them spectacular. Like really going all out to make the events totally memorable and having things planned through the entire day as opposed to first thing and after park close. I know Scaremazing works slightly different given the later opening times, but even so, I think encouraging people to stay with the main group is something the team could work better at. I need a reason to want to stay with the main group, especially when its at a park i hardly ever visit.
All this being said, I've been attending events since Scaremazing 1 and as far as I'm aware I've never had anything 'constructive' to say about the events. I've seen the events expand and become bigger and bigger and I think its only right that the events continue to expand to be bigger and better than ever before. This event was the first time I really noticed that it wasn't what it used to be and it was just a wee bit disappointing and I would much rather tell you honestly how I felt than bottle it up. Sorry if I hurt anyones feelings.
Dom, your feedback is always welcome - let me make that clear.
Being quite honest, the Resort would not offer any behind the scenes tours or exclusive run-throughs this year. The park forecast a huge gate figure that day, so operationally, things were really tight as is.
As a team, this was not a challenge we expected, so had to figure out what would still work for us.
The last thing we wanted to do was cancel it as we know how many of you had already made plans, including hotel stays etc. The Nemesis ERT hopefully compensated some of the loss, but we appreciate that we can have ERT any time of the year.
We made the best it could be considering what we had to work with. Hopefully everyone who attended experienced that.