I've finally caught up with all the Scarefest announcements having been away in the US when everything was announced. It's certainly good to see a number of new additions to the Scarefest line-up, not just in terms of a new maze, but also to the family line-up and general atmosphere across the park.
It will be interesting to see exactly what Project 42 turns out to be, and if its story has any links to exisiting Towers attractions. Given the high standard of Towers' additions in recent years, I am confident that whatever the storyline, it will be done to a high standard.I'm glad that The Welcoming is making a return, whilst it wasn't the scariest of Towers' mazes, it was a beatifully constructed maze with lots of detail, and really immersed you in the word of The Beronen. I'm sure we will see some changes to it this year so I'm looking forward to getting the chance to do it again. Sub Species is becoming somewhat of a staple of Scarefest now, I personally found it to be one of the better mazes last year, espcially wth the return of the multiple endings, so I'm sure it will be good again this year so long as there is something different in there - if they just leave it the same as last year then it will run the risk of falling flat. For me, Altonville Mine Tours was the weakest maze last year. Yes, the ending was improved, I will give it that, but the rest of the maze just felt flat and on my runs I had little to no interaction. I'm not sure what, but it needs some significant changes to bring it back up to its full potential.
It is a shame to see Terror leave, it had become Towers' signature maze so it will be strange to have a Scarefest without it. That being said, I think the 'What Lies Beneath' story had run its course and if the Resort were not going to introduce a new storyline then it probably is the right decision for the maze to make its departure.
I love that we now have Gretyl the Witch joining the characters to make the Feaky Four the Freaky Five. It is the perfect way to refresh the family entertainment and I'm sure the new shows will prove a hit with families. It's also good to see that CBeebies Land is getting some new entertainment for Halloween which means that Towers will have some Halloween fun aimed at every guest who will be visiting the Resort.
I am intrigued to see the new additions included under 'Scaremosphere'. What I hope is that it means we'll see much more atmosphere across the park as in previous years there have been areas of the Resort which have felt flat. I do like how we have the return of the Pirates - perhaps having them as Ghost Pirates is a somewhat subtle nod to those fans who have been calling for the return of the Pirates of Mutiny Bay.
Given that there are a number of new additions this year I do have high hope for 2018's event. It very much seems like the Resort have gone to great lengths to take on board some of the feedback from last year and have acted on that with some of the new additions, particularly with regards to the park wide atmosphere.