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Re: Scarefest

Thu Aug 31, 2017 2:40 pm

Work has now started on The Welcoming!

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Re: Scarefest

Thu Aug 31, 2017 3:14 pm

Unlike SW8 I hope they are able to quickly cover stuff up to avoid potential spoilers.
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Thu Aug 31, 2017 6:19 pm

I'm sure they'll cover it up before placing any interior objects in.
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Re: Scarefest

Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:01 pm

Liam.W wrote:
Work has now started on The Welcoming!

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Taken just after 9AM today (31/8/17) with all of the panelling still stored under the shelter ready to be put up. Impressive to see what they had managed to get done just a few hours later with a large proportion (or all of?) the maze being laid out. Could we perhaps see rapid construction on the maze over the next coming days or is this generally how quickly the layout of a maze is constructed?
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Re: Scarefest

Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:09 pm

Impressive of them to fly it up so quickly. Probably difficult to have 2 ongoing major constructions in the same kind of area and keep our eyes away from it all. Maybe they could use the maze to actively distract from the SW8 construction site somehow :lol
 
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Re: Scarefest

Fri Sep 01, 2017 11:42 am

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Interesting to see the construction of 'The Welcoming'. I do wonder if it will have an outdoor theme with a similar feel to 'I'm a Celebrity', especially with the later opening time. I can see the central section becoming more of a cabin and the climax to the maze!
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Re: Scarefest

Fri Sep 01, 2017 6:25 pm

With The Welcoming: Be Chosen being constructed in Mutiny Bay Courtyard, one thing I am wondering is if we are only going to be seeing this maze for one season. With the new F&B outlet being constructed for next year surely this means that The Welcoming will not be able to go in the same location for next year. 
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Re: Scarefest

Fri Sep 01, 2017 6:42 pm

I thought the same, Lakey.

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If that is the location then you are very likely to enter from Towers Street side and exit opposite the SW8 site. The location may also indicate that The Welcoming: Be Chosen will only be open for one year due to the redevelopment of The Courtyard. There is nothing of course stopping them moving it in 2018 though.
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Re: Scarefest

Fri Sep 01, 2017 11:12 pm

Perhaps they might build it so it is compatible with the new design of the courtyard. 
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Sat Sep 02, 2017 5:08 pm

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Re: Scarefest

Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:06 pm

In that last picture, zoom in on the very top of the pirate stage (above the skull) see the weird wicker, dream catcher type things?

That's a bit interesting sure, but I'm more interested in the supports holding them up.
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Re: Scarefest

Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:28 pm

Those did catch my eye before, but I couldn't figure out what they were. However, now that you've mentioned them, it's pretty clear they are the runic symbols for 'S' and '8' respectively, and in the following image posted by TowersStreet you can see what looks to be the symbol for 'W' added in between them. I guess this suggests the stage may be used in some way for the maze.

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Re: Scarefest

Mon Sep 04, 2017 5:03 pm

I'm not that well versed on mazes, think it looks quite short?
 
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Re: Scarefest

Mon Sep 04, 2017 5:48 pm

Would they really use the stage area as part of the route, or will it just be the skull lit up with it being visible from inside the maze?
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Re: Scarefest

Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:23 pm

Justin wrote:
Would they really use the stage area as part of the route, or will it just be the skull lit up with it being visible from inside the maze?

With it being called The Welcoming: Be Chosen I'd probably wager an actor will be on stage where the group congregates to perhaps listen to some story thing or w/e.
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Re: Scarefest

Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:24 pm

Aidan Lowe wrote:
Justin wrote:
Would they really use the stage area as part of the route, or will it just be the skull lit up with it being visible from inside the maze?

With it being called The Welcoming: Be Chosen I'd probably wager an actor will be on stage where the group congregates to perhaps listen to some story thing or w/e.

Yeah i could probably see it maybe being a preshow scene? It's looking very exciting and promising so far
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Re: Scarefest

Mon Sep 04, 2017 10:46 pm

Aidan Lowe wrote:
Justin wrote:
Would they really use the stage area as part of the route, or will it just be the skull lit up with it being visible from inside the maze?

With it being called The Welcoming: Be Chosen I'd probably wager an actor will be on stage where the group congregates to perhaps listen to some story thing or w/e.


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Re: Scarefest

Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:09 pm

Just wondering if anyone else can help me on this. I've noticed when booking the scaremaze tickets. It stipulates you must complete all three mazes within two hours. In the past it has always been 45 minutes hasn't it? Just wondering whether this is a error or whether they've done this so people don't feel rushed any more.
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Re: Scarefest

Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:39 pm

I've never found it achievable to do all mazes within 45 minutes unless you queue prior to them opening and do them early on while its still light. 2 hours for the 3-4 mazes is probably about right.
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Re: Scarefest

Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:36 pm

Some more information has came out about The Welcoming...


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The woods surrounding the village of Alton harbor a mysterious group, which until recent sightings were unseen by the modern world. Whispers around the village say that the group are angered by people abusing the world’s natural resources and the rapid advance of technology. Every year the secluded group host a festival to celebrate their own interpretation of Halloween – paying homage to the earth and celebrating the crossover between the living world and the dead. The group have recently infiltrated the Alton Towers Resort and for the first time are allowing outsiders to celebrate with them. But what part will you (‘the outsiders’) play in this ritual? Is this really an initiation?
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