We went yesterday, in a relatively large group and on the whole, had a good day up until about 6pm.
Did the mazes in the day to avoid the queues which worked perfectly.
Project 42 was terrible. Bumped into about 6 actors the whole time we were in there. Felt exactly like I was walking through an abandoned ride with some disgruntled staff members. Just a bit meh to be honest.
Altonville was the best maze by far, even if we did go the wrong way and end up going through a behind the scenes curtain the find an actor having a drink from his flask. Haven't done this one before but it topped the Sanctuary
Sub Species had a great build up, group members being dragged through the doors etc, however ultimately once inside there were no actors at all. Won't spoil the ending, but the guy at the end was also the least enthusiastic person I've ever seen..
The lack of scare zones like the carnival and roaming actors though was a bit of a let down. Felt more like AT in the dark rather than Halloween if I'm honest
Ride times were pretty good throughout the day, didn't queue for more than an hour on any of the main rides, but didn't manage to get Smiler done, or WickerMan in the dark.
I'm convinced that the ride times are manipulated to control crowds in the park and get people out before they and queue up at 20:55 for a final ride though.
Got in the queue for Wicker Man at 60 minutes at 6pm, ride broke down 20 minutes into it and we were still at the cattle pen inside the corner which. That's well over an hour's queue to go.
We ditched that and went to The Smiler, 80 minutes queue, ride broke down and Wicker Man said 60 minutes. Headed back to Wicker Man at 7pm meaning we could ride it and get back to the smiler before park shut. 2 hrs 30 minutes later, were stood at the station gates and the ride breaks down with no idea of when it'll be back up.
By the time we actually got back to the car it was 10pm so a waste of 4 hours. Get that rides break down, but an better estimate of queue times would have stopped us from wasting so much time. On a positive note, we did also notice the reverse which further proves that the ride times are a load of rubbish. A few examples of our queues throughout the day
13 queue changed to 65 minute as we walked up to the queue - we were on in 20 minutes
Ritas queue said 60 minutes - we were on in 30 minutes
Nemesis said 45 minutes - we were on in 15 minutes
Air said 41 minutes - we were on in 15 minutes
Oblivion said 5 minutes - we were on in 30 minutes
Hex said 0 minutes - we walked out after 20 minutes
As others have mentioned, operations need to seriously up their game. At about 8pm we counted there was 1 train going around the wickerman every 3 minutes, for about 20 - 30 minutes and LOADS of empty single seats. Noticed the same single seats on The Smiler, and also on Nemesis, however queues for the latter are quick so it doesn't really have much impact.
Food wise, next time i'll bring a packed lunch. Several of our group had food from various places and it was vile, standards have definitely dropped since the last time I was there. Cold rubbery burgers for £10 is not good
All in all, we had a pretty good day minus those few issues and it wasn't really too busy for the 31st during half term.