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Re: Scarefest 2011: General Discussion

Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:53 am

Are they doing Fast passes for TOTT this year?

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Re: Scarefest 2011: General Discussion

Tue Oct 18, 2011 9:47 am

"Mattchu_19" wrote:
Are they doing Fast passes for TOTT this year?

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Yup, £5 a time.

(I still reckon that it should be £6, considering that's how much you pay for the other two mazes, and get to walk-on)
 
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Re: Scarefest 2011: General Discussion

Tue Oct 18, 2011 10:28 am

I went Scarefest yesterday, overall was a good event, but lighting wasn't a touch on last year, and the writing on the towers looked bad one side it was zigzagging across the wall, other side was also at slants with on been upside down. x-sector looks good in nice blue lights, and there was a spotlight on the drop on oblivion. As for the mazes, they are better on park, however the carnival i felt let down with, went in the dummy in the box which was at the start last year, there was just the empty box this year, the invisible man also wasn't there, just went through an empty room. the boiler house fitted brilliant in the tent, the whole theme worked brilliant. the zombie scare-zone was really well themed, and was an amazing addition. My MAIN problem was duel! nothing was going on around the area, the outdoor queue all lit up, but its not needed. There was no queue later in the day when people realised it was same old duel, they need actors like it was back in 2008!
 
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Re: Scarefest 2011: General Discussion

Tue Oct 18, 2011 11:14 am

"D4n""][quote=""Mattchu_19" wrote:
Are they doing Fast passes for TOTT this year?

Matt :)


Yup, £5 a time.

(I still reckon that it should be £6, considering that's how much you pay for the other two mazes, and get to walk-on)[/quote]

Great! I'm not a fan of these fast passes as it holds the main Q up! I remember last year we didn't move for ages because people kept turning up with them!
 
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Re: Scarefest 2011: General Discussion

Tue Oct 18, 2011 12:58 pm

I'm off to the park tomorrow. Thought it would be quiet mid-week but loads of people seem to be saying they're going tomorrow. :P
Remember to follow me on twitter www.twitter.com/coasterollie as I'm going to try and do live updates from the Scare Room via Twitter providing that my phone battery doesn't die. If it does or it's low then I'll note down the times and what happens so those that don't want to do a Scare Room or can't afford it can still read about what happens and see pictures and stuff. :)
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Re: Scarefest 2011: General Discussion

Tue Oct 18, 2011 1:58 pm

Alton Towers have added some pictures to their Facebook page

http://www.facebook.com/#!/media/set/?set=a.10150428025336201.406269.21765316200&type=1

Of interest it seems they have changed the sign at the entrance to boilerhouse

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And the Room 13 Scareroom corridor looks amazing

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Cements my feeling that the only part of the resort making big leaps this season has been the hotels, maybe they need to get the hotels director on park sometime :)
 
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Re: Scarefest 2011: General Discussion

Tue Oct 18, 2011 1:59 pm

Who is the hotels manager, what is their name?

I think the time has come to openly advocate his/her promotion to park manager. And get the current manager out.
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Re: Scarefest 2011: General Discussion

Tue Oct 18, 2011 2:24 pm

ok so from seeing the pics of the boiler house they seem to be still adding finishing touches to the park. Not great planning but they could still have a few objects or stuff to add :) Also WOW to the scare room hallway. That is some seriously well done themeing!!
 
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Re: Scarefest 2011: General Discussion

Tue Oct 18, 2011 2:39 pm

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sorry guys but TTF are really starting to pee me off a little with how harsh you really are being on the towers.

yes the lighting wasent as good but it was done in house and for them being told this and with the resorces they have i think they did the best job they could.


Perhaps when they looked at in house and realised they couldnt compete with last year they should have hastily brought back last years company. Cosy saving is fine if there is no impact on experience, this obviously has been a big bug-bare with ttf.
Saying its the best they can do really isnt a good argument, if next year they put even less effort in will that be ok 'because its the best they can do?' and the year after when it gets worse again 'they cant do any better'. Perhaps for a small local independent park this excuse is semi-reasonable, for Alton Towers, nah.



all 3 mazes were quite oviously a big improvement on last year. the boiler house had a much better atmosphere and some very very good scenes and scares. COS was much bigger and had alot more humor and a few decent scares but thats what this maze is, a humor maze unless your terrorfied of clowns of corse and TOTT had alot of improvements around the scenes and especially the opening scene.
the one big plus was the actors as they all did a fantastic job even to the point where the first one in the boiler house was oviously loseing his voice.

While Ive not yet been on them (going Sunday), the general opinion is quite poor, Im more likely to believe the majority of reviews rather than the minority. ToTT seems to be its normal great self, BH seems to be hit or miss, and CoS seems to be taking a hammering.
While having funny elements on a scaremaze is often very effective, having a scare maze based purely on comedy kind of devoids the point of having a 'scare'maze.
Im sure they actors are trying their best, they like most alton staff are very enthusiastic and passionate, but they can only utilise what they are given.



people saying "the scare rooms are to expecive" oviously havent been in one this year so STFU because unless you experience it you dont know how compleatly worth every single penny it is. the scare rooms were fantastic with many scares lasting a long time and happening between every 10-15 mins with a fantastic finarly and again some amazing actors that did an absaloutly wicked job.


I assume you mean 'expensive' and I agree they are, they used to be a £50 extra charge a few years back they are now £150 - for the same experience - how is that justifiable?
Id expect a pretty good experience for paying that on top of a £200+ room rate for the night. £350 is ridiculous for a 1 night stay, Ive just checked hotels.com for next saturday the May Fair hotel is £292 in comparison (a 5*, in central london) not a 3* in stoke.
Again Im sure they actors are wonderful, but at that price Id want them to come in and service me.



stop being so unececelery harsh on the towers because it was better than last year and they have done a fantastic job all weekend fron the operations, tweeking the mazes oviously from the 1st to the 2nd day and the ftaff have been fantastic in tackling all the trouble on sunday.

I dont think its people being unnecessarily harsh, its people being honest an event that has removed the whole resort entertainment and placed it into the park purley for financial gain and removing more and more of what makes the event special.
I think you need to take a more balanced look without the rose-tinted glasses.

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As for the hotels manager, he has played a blinder for the past 18 months - I bet he was gutted to have lost the mazes to the park, but seems to be pushing the hotels more to make up for it. Good for him, he really is a shining star at Alton at the moment.
I dont think I want him to go to the park management tho, he's excelling too much in the hotels.
 
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Re: Scarefest 2011: General Discussion

Tue Oct 18, 2011 3:23 pm

The Hotel product such as the Scare rooms are largely driven by the same Entertainments and Marketing teams that produce the parks Scarefest additions?

Also - Remember the Scarerooms now include priority entry to all three mazes and 13 Fastracks - which is nearly £100 of extra product in itself!
 
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Re: Scarefest 2011: General Discussion

Tue Oct 18, 2011 3:31 pm

Wow that theming looks world class reminds me of the first time they go to Diagon Alley on Harry Potter when the wall parts.
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Re: Scarefest 2011: General Discussion

Tue Oct 18, 2011 3:57 pm

The two paid-for mazes are such a massive rip-off for the length they are.

If you buy a combo ticket, then that's £6 per maze. I work that out as roughly a £2-a-minute rate for the entertainment.

For less than £2 a minute you could hire out the beautiful Jasmin as an escort. She's 22 and 5'7". She currently lives in the Marble Arch area and is available for incalls.

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Beautiful escorts in London - cheaper than Alton's mazes this year! :D
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Re: Scarefest 2011: General Discussion

Tue Oct 18, 2011 3:59 pm

Well, I know what I'm doing next year!
 
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Re: Scarefest 2011: General Discussion

Tue Oct 18, 2011 4:09 pm

We are going to Scarefest on Sat...gutted though there the Hotels are completely booked up for Saturday night. Shouldn't have left it as late as we did to decide to go though...:)
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Re: Scarefest 2011: General Discussion

Tue Oct 18, 2011 4:11 pm

"Sam" wrote:
The two paid-for mazes are such a massive rip-off for the length they are.

If you buy a combo ticket, then that's £6 per maze. I work that out as roughly a £2-a-minute rate for the entertainment.

For less than £2 a minute you could hire out the beautiful Jasmin as an escort. She's 22 and 5'7". She currently lives in the Marble Arch area and is available for incalls.

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Beautiful escorts in London - cheaper than Alton's mazes this year! :D


Or you could just learn how to attract women and treat them right so you get the entertainment for free, rather than paying for it!

So that makes Let Down Towers an even bigger rip off!
 
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Re: Scarefest 2011: General Discussion

Tue Oct 18, 2011 4:24 pm

Comparing Scarefest prices to Escort prices?


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Re: Scarefest 2011: General Discussion

Tue Oct 18, 2011 4:27 pm

Trying to keep some balance to all of this "if" Towers have brought SF set up in house then it is not to save money as its well known the budget this year was increased. I am dissapointed with the on-park stuff this year (excluding the kids stuff which is superb) but if they have bought the lighting rather than hired they can improve on this every year so it may just be a small blip due to the new way of doing things.

And can we stop posting pointless pictures in this thread we have a margs topic for that :)
 
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Re: Scarefest 2011: General Discussion

Tue Oct 18, 2011 4:31 pm

"Dormiens-Dave" wrote:
Trying to keep some balance to all of this "if" Towers have brought SF set up in house then it is not to save money as its well known the budget this year was increased. I am dissapointed with the on-park stuff this year (excluding the kids stuff which is superb) but if they have bought the lighting rather than hired they can improve on this every year so it may just be a small blip due to the new way of doing things.

If this is the case that the budget has increased, then someone should be fired for this colossal cock-up. So basically, the budget has increased but the quality has nose-dived. Clearly there is some completely incompetent management going on here, and these people are simply squandering away money.

It really isn't very good when you consider Merlin are the second biggest theme park company in the world, and Alton is their flagship park. The lighting was absolutely unacceptable. At Europa, Disney, Universal or even Busch, people would be fired for this event.
 
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Re: Scarefest 2011: General Discussion

Tue Oct 18, 2011 4:38 pm

I agree. Unfortunately I cannot say what I really want to say about Alton's management any more.
 
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Re: Scarefest 2011: General Discussion

Tue Oct 18, 2011 4:41 pm

"oldgitBEN" wrote:
but at that price Id want them to come in and service me



quote of the week :lol:
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