I have to be honest and say that, on the whole, I was really impressed with the Dungeon.
There was a good mix of humour and scares, and over the two runs that I had, I thought that the actor quality was very, very good. I believe that the success of a Dungeons attraction relies quite heavily on the strength of the actor, so it was good to see the the actors were up to the mark straight away, especially after the traditional issues that Towers have recruiting actors for.
One gripe for me is that:
the corridors between the different rooms are just black MDF walls, which does spoil the immersion somewhat. In other Dungeons that I’ve done, the corridors have been heavily themed, so I was disappointed that Towers have opted for the plain, black look. Hopefully they’ll do something to dress the walls up but I’m not sure what they could do at this stage.
We also had something happen in the final room on our run through yesterday, which I’ll put in spoiler tags for those not wanting to know details:
At the end of the finale, where Molly Leigh appears and provides 4 jump scares, she must have misjudged her position in relation to the door she enters/leaves through, or got her timings wrong, as when the lights came back on, she was only just leaving the room, and we all saw her run out
Then we were all sat there for a couple of minutes, before a different actor to the one who tells you the story about Molly Leigh (it should be the same one) entered the room through the door that guests enter through, and delivered the script about your journey through the Dungeon being at an end.
There was a suggestion amongst our group that the actor playing Molly had mis-judged where the hidden door was and ran into the wall, or the two actors had got in each other’s way. If they did come together, I hope that neither of them hurt themselves.
All in all, the Alton Towers Dungeon is a solid addition to the Resort’s line-up, and while I still don’t think it’s what the Resort needs, and I won’t be doing it on every visit, I think it’ll prove popular among guests.
9/10 from me.