I have a few questions...
What mazes (if any) may they run this year? I bet they will do Darkest Depths and The Attic as there was quite a lot of space in those mazes for distancing etc... however AMT and Project 42 are very cramped mazes (especially after the re-do of Project 42) and therefore may not be suitable. Sub species relies on the touching so I'm not sure how that would work either. Yet that only leaves us with two mazes, which isn't very many.
What improvements would you like to see in mazes? I'm really interested to see what people want to be improved.Personally I'd like to see The Attic dialled up a little in intensity. I found that the atmosphere and theme they created was amazing; the use of monochromatic colours really brought this out, and the story was great (although a little difficult to follow along with at times), however it didn't really reach a climax. The demon was scary at the end, yet it felt like there needed to be more. Not necessarily a longer maze (which would be very difficult to do), yet I believe it needs to paced differently. As I said earlier, the story is a little hard to follow along with, and I believe that this is partially due to the pacing of the maze. At first, we see children, then dolls, then the governess, and all is going well and the story is understandable; and then BAM. Suddenly there is children rising from beds, an argument with two people going 'Oh ma gosh it's yah fault' and all of a sudden we're in a burning fireplace with a demon running around. Don't get me wrong the story of the second half is great; but it all happens a little quickly. I believe this was probably to do with trying to the dial up the intensity by increasing the speed of the events of the maze and story but this lead to the maze getting slightly all over the place and ultimately getting to it's climax too quickly. If there was a longer build to the fireplace finale then it would probably feel more like an ending and not just an intense moment. Still, I believe it is an exceptional attraction and I'm being picky. (Also you don't have to agree with me here; it may have just been my run-through).
The thing is, Scarefest is Alton's number one money-making attraction and Corona has literally caused their profits to lower this year. They will absolutely 100% want to do Scarefest this year as it will bring them in a lot of money. However, Alton knows that Scarefest was very popular last year; more popular than ever, and the general public who visited in previous years will expect to come back in 2020 to similar mazes and experiences. If the general public come and all Alton have is a lit up garden then people will probably not be happy; so Alton will almost definitely try and make as many mazes open again in 2020 (as the mazes also bring them a lot of money). This is why I believe that Scarefest will probably go ahead with mazes; even if the actors in the Attic have black and white masks. So I think it's worth starting speculation around what might happen, what people want, and what people are hoping for in terms of improvements. Who knows; maybe some employees read this forum? So it's worth letting them know what some potential improvements to their mazes could be. Either way, I'm excited to see what happens.