"coasterollie" wrote:Here's what I think Alton need to do.
Two surcharge mazes need to stay on Park. There's so little to do when TOTT was the only maze. Just scrap the additional charge to them.
TOTT: Main maze that Scarefest is known for. Keep it but alter scenes and the story each year.
BOILER HOUSE: Scrap completely. Been too long and needs a complete change. Industrial/space themed. Aliens anyone? Also make the maze much larger and longer to fill the tent more.
Carnival of Screams: Keep the clown theme as it adds variety to the mazes. Just change some scenes each year and improve or change scenes that don't work as well as others. Put maze inside the old Ice skating tent.
Nemesis Maze: With the new attraction next year and the fact Forbidden Valley doesn't get any attention during Scarefest they should do a small new maze themed to Nemesis here. Maybe use the small arcade building. Theme it to being stuck in the catacombs and you come across people who worship Nemesis and want sacrifices etc.
ScareZones: The one this year works well and adds nicely to the line up. Just needs one or two more. Maybe a Th13teen themed one on the path between the Q info Board by Hex and Th13teen and another on Haunted Hollow path.
Duel Live: This NEEDS to be used. It's the horror themed area of the park yet it's being forgotten about. I know people complained about the guns but if you cover them up and turn off the lights and advertise it's a different ride then it should be fine.
Lighting: Lighting is essential to create atmosphere. Last year looked amazing so revert it back to that then work on the lighting in the Dark Forest.
Themeing: Yes, I know it's only a two week event but why only theme Towers Street? Make Scarefest loner and add more park themeing. Look at Port Aventura and other parks for inspiration.
Shows: This is a MUST. Whatever happened to all the shows at the Merlin Parks? Remember the Halloween Ice Skating shows? People do watch the shows and the seats fill quite quickly. Maybe add a Halloween parade or something.
Needs a couple of mazes here. They can have an additional charge but they need to be free for Hotel Guests.
-Use the field again. Maybe not for another Field of 1000 Screams. But an outdoor corn maze would be good.
-Another maze. Either outside next to the field of inside the conference room where Room 13 was.
-Scare Rooms need to be cheaper. £350 (minimum) for ONE night is daylight robbery. Nothing like that can be worth that amount of money.
Other quick notes:
-More actors. There's nothing worse in a maze than a long period where nothing happens. More actors means more changes to get scares and makes mazes more intense.
-Street Theatre. Or roaming characters. Things like Musical Ruth and people dressed up interacting with guests as they walk round the park.
I know none of this stuff will ever happen and would cost a lot but the park need to work on improving the event each year. Adding new things to make people come back and not removing attractions and doing a half arsed attempt at themeing and lighting.
I just wish I could be in charge with what happens to Scarefest and had a large budget. :P
Let me know what you all think. Will be interested to hear what you think of my ideas. :)