Had 3 goes on Sub Terra today. Never really had anything more than a 20 minute queue despite the information boards suggesting rather higher
Any, on we went, with much anticipation over the improvements which had allegedly been made to the attraction. I had feared the worst, but alas, I came out the other side very impressed.
Siralgenon has covered what is changed a few posts above, though will just give my own thoughts on the changes he has mentioned.
The scanners are rather annoying if anything with the beeping. Bearable as a guest listening to the beeps maybe over a few ride cycles. Must be annoying for the staff though. To note, the right hand scanners beep was not working.
The blackout blinds placed on the doorway you enter the pre-lift area help darken this area and give a little bit more of an intimidating feel. Good to get a bit of a back story before you enter the lifts. At least this now sets the scene for the following scenes. The entry lifts also feel much better than two weeks ago.
Worth noting that staff outside were not shouting like they were two weeks ago, but rather walking around, staring intimidatingly at guests through darkened glasses. Inside they were still barking orders. Though I think on one occasion they came close to overstepping the mark of what could be deemed acceptable. On the whole though it worked well.
Main ride area, when the egg starts to come to life, you are plunged in to darkness, hear the cracking of the egg, then sprayed with the water effect. Hear some alien like howls. Didn't witness any issues regarding the lights not going out before the egg 'hatched'. When the lights come back on, the egg has hatched, and you can hear the alien close by. When you eventually drop, you get prodded in the back and the back of the legs. Giving the impression the alien is running around you. The following 'evacuation' is much better executed, with the 'remain in your seats' bit removed. Much less rushed, but still rather intense.
The final lift is much more violent, and are plunged in to darkness when the alien tries to get in. Also very loud, and thus, rather intimidating.
Overall the changes seem to of had a positive effect. Two weeks ago guests were coming out saying 'Is that it', 'That was rubbish', and other phrases which could not possibly be written here
. Today, when people come out nervously laughing, it kind of figures that the whole experience has done what it initially set out to achieve, and that is to scare people. Listening to guests giving their views to the staff doing the surveys, on the whole, they were very positive. Two weeks ago, they seemed vastly negative.
The drop may still not be fantastic, but in pitch blackness, with all that noise, and knowing the alien has already hatched from the egg and escaped, it does seem to work alot better, as some fear has already been placed in the minds of those riding.
I still think it wont be to everyones tastes. However, it is much less rushed, but still has the intensity there to give a good overall experience. I hope that this eventually settles down to be a reasonably decent experience.