So, Creepy Caves After Dark. That was... something.
After the announcement in the summer, it seemed safe to assume that Chessington's attempt at an "extreme" attraction was going to be more akin to a run through of Sub-Species, but what was on offer was far more intense! Entering, we found out that this really wasn't something you'd expect from a family park. Right from the word go, everything is crazy, with constant contact and a very sweary dialogue. The next 10mins was a constant onslaught of terror, and really gave a taste of what hell might be like. Nothing was off the cards here- the contact was far more extreme than anything I've encountered. To give an example- I was shoved into corners, forced to wear a hood and slapped. It was insane.
I really, really enjoyed this experience. I wouldn't say it was scary, but just pure fun- I was in stitches! It was so crazy to see that of all the Merlin parks, it was Chessington- the family park- would offer something so hectic and wildly innappropriate. The nature of the aggresive and continuous contact certainly means it's not for everyone- but if you enjoy things like Sub-Species, then you're bound to love Creepy Caves After Dark. I think my only concern is that the age restriction seemed very low- it was a little concerning that you only had to be 13 to enter, when it felt like something that should've been restricted to an adult audience. But as long as you read the waiver carefully and are prepared to be jostled and bitten, then by all means go for it.