With regards to The Haunting, I would put money down that this is a mirror maze. They are used in Dungeons to control guest flow as the exit is a mirror door which gives the illusion that it is a dead end until they are ready.
Well this explains a lot. I was in group that did a full loop of the mirror maze in London, then staff had to come get us. I assumed it was because we messed up, sounds like they just weren't ready for us.
I am expecting the ride system in Charlie to be used as part of The Alton Towers Dungeons to be honest. It would be the second boat ride system in The Dungeons portfolio, but different enough to keep The London Dungeons, the original, unique!
My real hope is that we get a ride that can be nicknamed Pirates of the Alton Towers Dungeons
. Not having been in that building since it was Toyland Tours in 1994, I have no idea what space they have available. Would the entire attraction have to be just the boat ride if they didn't extend the building? Or is there already space for a Warwick Castle sized attraction?
Part of me wonders whether the Dungeons really were what Alton was referring to, when getting feedback on interest for a year-round paid-for scare attraction. Surely the project must have been sufficiently developed that any information gained couldn't be used to adjust whether it was designed as a paid-for attraction or an inclusive one. I wonder if something like House of Monsters might be used to add additional capacity during peak times, like how Saw: Alive and Living Nightmare have both been used as a simple cost-effective way of adding temporary attraction capacity at Thorpe.