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.