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Re: Chessington's Halloween Hocus Pocus 2009

Fri Oct 16, 2009 6:57 pm

Yay! I won the Halloween Hocus Pocus game! :D
 
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Chessington's Halloween Hocus Pocus 2010

Tue Aug 31, 2010 7:03 pm

I was just curious about what attractions will be held at Chessington's Halloween Hocus Pocus this year. And in previous years, if their any fun/good?
 
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Re: Chessington's Halloween Hocus Pocus 2010

Wed Sep 01, 2010 6:25 pm

Chessington hold quite a fun Halloween event. Loads of witches and wizards around the place, a few fun costume characters and a great atmosphere around the park.
The themeing that they put out across the park is very noticeable and gives a family friendly view out.

They also have:
Hocus Pocus Hall: Bewitched, this is a fun filled live action maze made child friendly. It still has a few jumps which even I jumped at. Skeletons, Witches and Goblins are in this maze, the Goblin at the entrance as you go in which gives the instructions is quite funny.

I didn't go to the event last year but they had a new thing called Black Forest Haunt.


Just looking at the site on Chessington, and the park is open 10am-8pm during the event, which is normal, the attractions will be.

Hocus pocus hall: Bewitched
Courageous visitors can banish the witches by writing their own spells or take on the naughty goblins bewitching Hocus Pocus Hall, a live 4-D attractions with surprises around every corner.

Trick or Treat doors:
headless visitor will lead fearless souls to the trick or treat stables in Market Square for some scary games and frolics.

Black Forest Haunt: The vampire bites back
the immortals are in charge in Transylvania where the Black Forest Haunt: the Vampire Bites Back walk-through route takes human prey on a journey through the deep, dark woods...
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Re: Chessington's Halloween Hocus Pocus 2010

Mon Oct 25, 2010 11:48 am

Took a trip to Chessington yesterday to sample their Hocus Pocus offerings.

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Whilst it is not anywhere near on the scale on Scarefest, theres plenty of Halloween theming dotted around. Also at night the park really comes to life. With lots of coloured lighting, a lot more colourful than Altons offering, and also plenty of smoke effects.

Hocus Pocus Hall is more or less the same as always, but obviously live actors, dressed as Witches. The intro scene is different to normal. Though the walk-through is obviously going to be tame compared to other Scare attractions, due to it being aimed at Children, the actors do improvise somewhat. In our group there were some teenage girls at the back, and they tended to get picked on, and followed rather a lot.

It was also great to see the staff there getting in on the whole experience. It is great when you see staff who seem to be genuinely enjoying themselves and making for some great guest interaction. The staff on Vampire being an example, especially the girl in the ops cabin in the evening, who could be heard cackling over the loud speaker. (Though she probably should hold the loudspeaker a bit further away from her as it was ear splittingly loud :lol: )

Though the place was fairly busy, everything was run to capacity. Vampire had a 90 minute queue at opening, but soon dropped to 30 mins, which was the norm for most of the day.
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Re: Chessington's Halloween Hocus Pocus 2010

Mon Oct 25, 2010 12:36 pm

Can I just say that the lighting on Vampire after dark was simply breathtaking.

If you thought Nemesis at Scarefest was amazing, it pales in comparison to the transformation made to the sprawling Vampire! Hundreds of lights, all different colours and all in different places and smoke effects gave the ride a mythical grandness at night. Stunning.
 
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Re: Chessington's Halloween Hocus Pocus 2010

Mon Oct 25, 2010 9:14 pm

Damn I wish I could have stayed later, Vamp must have been on a par with Nemy after dark. (got to work at 6, only to be told we had nothing to do until 8:30 :evil: )
 
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Re: Chessington's Halloween Hocus Pocus 2010

Wed Oct 27, 2010 11:00 pm

Just got back in from the event and i have to say it, once again, was loads of fun :hlol:
The lighting used throughout the park was stunning, it just had such a jolly atmosphere to the place!

Hocus Pocus Hall was evacuated at around 2.45 though and then police were coming out of the exit as I joined the queue at around 5! Apart from having a low ride count, lowest yet - 7!, and giving up on my costume as the heavens opened as we arrived. I had a really good day! Halloween's just so good!
 
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Re: Chessington's Halloween Hocus Pocus 2010

Thu Oct 28, 2010 12:38 am

Oh. My. Good. Gawd.

Words cannot describe how breathtakingly stunning Vampire looks (and rides) in the dark. :shock:

...so pictures may have to do instead. These are just a few of my best from tonight - a full trip report + more pictures will come soon, but I thought that those who cannot make it down to Chessie this Hocus Pocus may like to take a look now:

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I mean, wow. I saw it last year, and it was truly excellent then, but this is a new level entirely...
 
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Re: Chessington's Halloween Hocus Pocus 2010

Thu Oct 28, 2010 9:08 am

I visited yesterday, and Vampire did look truly breathtaking in the dark. The majority of the park was lit up really well to, with Black Buccaneer being the obvious example.

I've now visited all three Merlin's parks take on Halloween and I think, in terms of general park theming and atmosphere, Chessington had it in the bag. They combinded Alton's use of lighting and Halloween theming and Thorpe's general sound-effects and different music, which I think Alton missed a trick on.

Also the Black Forest Pass walkthrough is very atmospheric at night, after several run-troughs that wouldn't even scare five year olds.

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Re: Chessington's Halloween Hocus Pocus 2010

Thu Oct 28, 2010 7:59 pm

The 'V' lights have come out really well on those photos, and they capture how amazing the ride looks at night wonderfully. What also caught my attention when I was there on sunday was how impressive the ride looks in general when running 3 trains and two pass each other - joining the queue and seeing two trains swooping overhead is a visual that few coasters I've ever been on can come close to matching.

I've always thought Chessington is by far the most pleasant of the UK Merlin parks, and they've easily put on the best show for halloween. Alton have done OK, but the compact nature of Chessington means the same amount of theming and lighting goes a lot further, and the extra theming and lack of generators is noticeable.
 
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Re: Chessington's Halloween Hocus Pocus 2010

Thu Oct 28, 2010 8:32 pm

^Couldn't agree more John. Vampire on 3-train operation is stunning enough in the day, but at night...

Something that's not really been mentioned in this thread is the audio around the park. Now, I didn't know that Chessington (like Thorpe and Legoland) had a 'Project Link' audio system, whereby audio throughout the park can be controlled from one location, but I reckon they must do:

The theme music that they were playing (which was excellent - anyone know if it can be downloaded?) had perfect continuity right across the park. You could walk from the Lodge Gate, past Hocus Pocus Hall, around Transylvania, through Market Square and across to Wild Asia and the music was continuous, and perfect. It gave the whole park such wonderful atmosphere, it was just brilliant. After the words-cannot-describe-how-awesome-it-actually-is lighting, the audio was probably the second most important thing that 'made' the night for me.

I'll definitely be trying to return on Saturday :yes:
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Re: Chessington's Halloween Hocus Pocus 2010

Thu Oct 28, 2010 8:54 pm

After leaving Transylvania at 6:10pm the darkness was already upon us, the visual effects and the music (although somewhat same-ish) went rather well. The chasing lights in the tunnel of the Vampire always look amazing with the fog, sound and general atmosphere. So to stop this from being a review, I guess anyone still wondering whether to go or not, well hopefully that answers the question with a big fat yes.

I didn't manage to go through the 'Black Forest' Haunt, but saw some awesome actors near the entrance of the Vampire scaring anyone who dared to enter.

The rest of the park could somewhat lack the halloween theming, but only two or three small areas, which when come to think of it, would be quite hard to.

So to conclude, three cheers to Chessie this year for putting on another fabulous show.

Hip Hip!..


For me it's a big old 9/10 for a haunt/halloween season due to the dedication.


Oh, and Spike the Dragon's been given a strobe and smoke, hopefully it will be to stay :D
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Re: Chessington's Halloween Hocus Pocus 2010

Thu Oct 28, 2010 10:31 pm

Get me to Chessington. NOW.

I only visited Chessington for the first time at the start of this month. It rained a bit, but that kept the queues down and it proved to be an utterly fantastic day. I found that the park feels perhaps even more special than Alton, and did I mention how surprised I was by Vampire's awesomeness?

I immediately started eyeing up Halloween Hocus Pocus, but dismissed it on the grounds that I'd've needed to organise time off sooner. This comments and photos above change everything though. I'd need to be mad to make the journey south again, but utterly insane to miss out on it! Vampeh at night is too much to resist!

I'll give it some last-minute thought...
 
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Re: Chessington's Halloween Hocus Pocus 2010

Fri Oct 29, 2010 11:07 am

Just wanted to back everyone up and say that Hocus Pocus was phenomenal this year :D

Vampire and Buccaneer in particular looked outstanding. :)

I have done a TR from my trip on Tuesday if you wanted to check it out. :)

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I was amazed to find out that because of the weather, not all of the parks lighting was being used, which is amazing considering how brilliant it was anyway.
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Chessington Halloween 26th october

Tue Aug 21, 2012 10:53 pm

Gey guys any idea how busy this day will be? It's the first day of the Halloween celebrations and think the kids break up that day or day before. Andy x
 
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Re: Chessington Halloween 26th october

Sun Sep 16, 2012 9:12 pm

Not sure how busy it will be, but the new 2012 line-up includes Vampire: The Haunting of the Hallows, Burt and Bilge’s Big Bad BOO and Spook Factor:

http://www.themeparks-uk.com/chessingto ... pocus.html
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Halloween Hocus Pocus 2014

Sun Jan 19, 2014 8:17 am

We have a topic for Zoo Days 2014/15, we have a 2014 scarefest topic, here's a topic for Chessington's Halloween Hocus Pocus 2014. The dates have been revealed (18th October-3rd November).

For some spooky family fun, rides in the dark, Zoo and SEA LIFE centre and spine-tingling Halloween attractions, head to Chessington, there will be surprises around every corner. Have a fun day out with the kids during our spooktacular half term event


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Re: Halloween Hocus Pocus 2014

Sun Jan 19, 2014 8:22 am

I will be visiting the Hocus Pocus event this year, fingers crossed.

I think they should keep the park open longer. 7pm is a bit early for a Halloween event in my opinion.
 
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Re: Halloween Hocus Pocus 2014

Sun Jan 19, 2014 8:25 am

The park will be open until 7 from 24th October to 3rd November, and only until 5 from 18th to 23rd October! It is pretty poor, I'd like to see 18th-23rd at 6pm and 24th onwards at 8pm.

It's a family park and it's term time until 23rd anyway.
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Re: Halloween Hocus Pocus 2014

Sun Jan 19, 2014 8:28 am

I understand that it will close early until the 23rd because of kids still being at school etc. But after that it should stay open longer. Alton Towers are open until 9pm, AT is a family park. So why can't Chessington?  :(
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