After just getting back from a weekend at Towers, I shall give a brief overview of my opinions on this years Scarefest and the mazes.
The park is looking great this year, they have really gone to town with all the coloured lighting around the park and some of the rides. The only downers are the huge floodlight that envelopes Dark Forest in light (note the irony there :!: ), and also X Sector. Thirteen queueline is very good though, being well out of the way of the main floodlit area.
Towers street is awash with theming, and although it may be lacking elsewhere, once darkness falls, the whole park is given a complete transformation thanks to all the lighting, and there is a fantastic atmosphere.
For the mazes, Terror of the Tower is much the same as last year. On my first trip through yesterday I thought the first 1/2 was rather poor, with the actors there giving 1/2 hearted scares, the ending though was great. Today, now things have settled in to a routine a bit and the actors have settled in, it felt much better. Great atmosphere inside the mazes, and the ending scenes certainly help push it towards being the better of this years 3 mazes.
Boiler House, though much better than last year, I felt was the poorest of the 3 again. A couple more actors, and a few more scares, but the ending was really poor. another, "Oh we're outside again, is that it?"
Carnival Of Screams. The highlight was probably to see John Wardley in the first room introducing the maze, though I would imagine that was purely a one off for that evening, so don't everyone get their hopes up that he will be there on a daily basis :P )
The most bizarre maze, the first scene is just freaky. You know what will happen, but you think, for reasons better suited to the spoiler topic, that it can't. The whole maze was just, well, weird and freaky, but was really enjoyable. Has a great ending scene, which took many by surprise.
Skelvins Adventure, which is this years answer to Duel Live, had been derided by a few as being rubbish. I thought it to be really good though. The initial video playing in the queueline is quite bad and over intrusive, which didn't really get things off to the greatest of starts.
The ride itself was fine. Nice soundtrack, with plenty of actors. Even though we would know where they are most likely to be, and things that are different from normal Duel, most people wouldn't, so any sudden movement from something that appears to be a static prop would no doubt scare. Even so, a couple took us by surprise.
Overall, this is looking to be a great Scarefest. If the first weekend can be as good as I found it to be (and normally the first weekend in previous years has been noted as being rather poor), then things can only get better.
Well done Alton Towers
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