Not sure if it has been mentioned elsewhere, but heard from a number of sources who stated there were over 30,000 guests passed through the turnstiles yesterday.
Late afternoon queues for Th13teen were 120mins, 180 for TOTT, 80 for Nemesis and Air. Cars were parked on the field car parks, as they were on Friday, when Th13teen queue reached 3 hours.
Certainly the most succesful Scarefest so far, not only in terms of visitors, but the fantastic effort that has been put in to the whole event. I had my doubts, fearing that a big chunk of the budget would be cut, in favour of the Fireworks, but this has proven unfounded.
Terror of the Towers opened early yesterday at 10.30am. Probably the best walk through of this I have ever had. Simply amazing. Plenty of actors who gave plenty of coverage, making sure the whole group got some scares.
The Boiler House again was the weakest maze for me. Leading the group, I only saw 2 actors. They seemed to be concentrating on the back 1/4 of the group, hence only seeing an actor twice when at the front. Very poor when paying quite a lot of money to go through it. Would be nice if more of an effort had been made with the group coverage.
Stopped in the Scarerooms last night, or as they are referred to, Room 13. These need a lot of improvement for next year. I was assured that things had drastically improved since the opening weekend, when some TTF members were less than impressed with them.
The initial build up in the first hour was good, with the phone ringing, knocks on the door etc, and the actual scares can not be faulted. They were really good, and the actors spent some time with us. The problem was there were only 3 scares in the 3 hours. The first hour was the build up, which is fine as it gets you in the frame of mind to be terrified. But after the first scare there was a gap of almost an hour, so any fear factor was quickly lost. Again between the second and third scare, a large gap.
The 3 scares there were had been vastly improved on since opening weekend, but the overall experience was rather weak. There need to be more actors giving more scares throughout the three hour time slot. You can't fault the actors though for the effort they put in, and the long hours they have worked over the last two weeks, with little support, to make the Room 13's happen.
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