I've got to say Morgan, I love your enthusiasm towards Scarefest 2018 already
I think that TOTT could do with an overhaul and redesign but still think the focus on it being a conga line maze. I feel it is a good starter maze and that if you take away the conga line (even if it is at the end), it might intimidate some guests to so put them off if they are new to scare attractions. But yes I do agree it needs redoing from what I heard from previous years and doing this years.
If I was being honest, I would like 3 mazes and 2 scare zones. I feel like it could be a great build up for new guests. Starting with the scare zones, coming face to face with actors is great to build the confidence. Next following up to a maze similar to (if not) TOTT. Finishing with a maze with free flow features and contact, as well as another, more intense Maze.
The Welcoming I really enjoyed. It was something different to what I experienced this year. Obviously with where it is situated now being taken up next year, I could maybe see The Welcoming being scraped or relocated (ideal place would be haunted hallow in my opinion) I would like to see this return as it would be great to have both together this and SW8 for Scarefest as well as it offering something different to other mazes
Sub Species and Mine Tours pleased me but work needs to be done on both, just general rework and altering to make it different from previous years.
I would definitely keep House of Monsters. Even though I haven't experienced it, the reception it recieves is great and it is a good attraction for families. I'll be sure to check it out next season as the Behind the Scenes look of it was great!
General improvements for Scarefest would be to have the full light set up all across the park ready for the start of the event. There was as a major difference from the first to the last weekend of the event. It makes such a difference to the feel and atmosphere for the day. As well as this, keeping the atmosphere and improving on it to keep the Scarefest feel. More theming around some areas would do great for the Halloween effect.
Besides this, Scarefest 2018 should be something to look forward to