I am grateful - look, im not being negative here, its good that Alton have listened and gone back to revisit the ride, I guess I just find it amusing that instead of going to all the expense of SubTerra, they could have saved a few million and just put a scare maze there, because lets face it, if they didnt have the scare maze there, people would probably still rate the ride as average.
My main concern is how long will actors remain in the maze to scare people, I bet that towards the end of the year (except scarefest of course), the maze will be empty apart from strobes and the odd noise here and there, especially if Merlin are trying to cut costs.
But not being negative here, but maybe from the very outset they should have just put a scaremaze there?!?!
Sub-Terra solely being a scare maze I think would be just as bad, if not worse. Thorpe has proved year round scare mazes just do not work in the UK industry.
I agree with that people would still rate the ride average without the scare maze. However something
had to be added to the end of the ride, to give it an ending. The mini scare maze does the job, it finishes off the story (given it is still a bit disjointed - but just needs some polishing out), lengthens the experience and leaves guests feeling like they have just come of of a completed attraction.
All actors are contracted to work till November this year. So for now we need not to worry about that. Next year however I agree, it's slightly worrying of if they will keep the actors in further years. Although I would guess they will keep them, they are a part of the experience and removing the actors would end up leaving guests confused and make that part of the experience feel less full of life.
As I said though, it being a scare maze would not work. Sub-Terra is not meant to be treated as a ride but as an experience, it's telling guests a story, taking them through it. Without the drop element there would be no story, in fact it would have to be a completely different story given that the whole point of Sub-Terra is going underground to view an egg found in a series of caves...
For me at least, Sub-Terra is a full package now. It's like a meal, it had the starter and main course, it was missing the dessert. The dessert has now been added and the experience feels complete.