Yesterday,i visited Halloween Hocus Pocus at chessington with a group of 3 others, and i'm not really sure what to make of it. On the whole we were all pretty disapppointed. However, we left the park feeling quite happy with the last few hours of dark riding, but looking back today it wasn't too great.
The park was open, like thorpe park, from 10 till 8. The special events were Hocus Pocus Hall walk through, which we felt was really dissappointing and not at all scary. They also had the Enigma show on the main stage at 5, 6 and 7, no joke the 7pm show had 3 people watching it, not 3 families, 3 people in one family!! We just looked at it for a couple of minutes and it was ok but was the sort of show which kind of relied on an audience of more than 3
It had been advertised that the park was open till 8 and there was no mention of it closing early but because the park was so dead pretty much all rides did close early. The whole of the Mystic East and Forbidden Kingdom areas closed at 5, the Safari Skyway closed at 6, and Beanoland closed at 6:30 i think. All the other remaining rides closed at about 7 and in the last hour, literally the only rides open in the whole park were Dragon's Fury, Rattlesnake and the Carousel. Everything else closed early. Vampire was also closed all day, but i guess that couldn't be helped.
And to be fair the park was stupidly quiet all day, which makes me wonder why they bothered running their halloween event this week when all the kids are still at school. There were no queues all day and even in the last half hour with just 3 rides open they were sending round empty cars. We noticed that there were some people who were riding Fury and Rattlesnake over and over, so there can have seriously been nobody left in the park by that point.
Dark riding was really good on Rattlesnake and Fury but we were really disappointed that we couldn't ride Ramases and Vampire in the dark as thats what we'd been looking forward to.
All in all the event itself was ok, and i had 2 visits to fright nights last week which was truly amazing, so i guess chessington are going to have a really hard job living up to the high standards thorpe park have set. For me it was my first halloween visit to chessington, and it was ok but next time i think i'll give it a miss and just goto thorpe fright nights instead. Has anyone else been to haloween hocus pocus? What do people think of it?