Me and 3 friends from work went, and expected it to be heaving. To our delight, despite getting there at 11 the park was incredibly empty and we didnt have to queue to pick up annual pass tickets etc.
Atmosphere during the day was good, mainly because the 3 people i was with had never been to fright nights before and were ridiculously excited! There were travellers on park all day though so every 2 seconds you had girls walking past you wearing little more than bra and pants!Park theming:
I have to say, i was expecting more. The website made it sound like the whole park was in "prison lock down" which during the day excited us because we kept seeing posters saying "reward if you find this person" with a picture of a criminal so we were making metal notes as we wanted to win a prize or something! All day we waited and waited to see them and eventually they appeared at around 6.30, but the ones on the reward poster was not there!
The prison actors were very good however, posed for photos if you asked and if you didnt they tried to scare you. All of them were very enthusiastic and very
Other than that, no other theming really stood out. Noticed a few audio changes on a few rides, Loggers Leap and Deternator were the best, and not all rides had a music change.Queue times:
Not including the mazes, longest queue for a ride was colossus at 90mins. This was mainly due to it breaking and only running one train. We avoided this ride all day because it just keep breaking and the queue built up and up. All other rides practically a walk on
Longest was Saw, 20 mins max.The Curse:
Started with this maze as last year it was my least favourite.
Queue 15mins (walked past it several times throughout the night and at one point only around 10 people were in the queue!)
Not a great maze. Too much fog meant you couldnt see anything, and to be honest i think it meant the actors couldnt see us!! Not a good beginning, middle or end, and to be honest the whole line just kept stopping wondering if anyhting was going to happen. Never a good maze when you have to find the scares yourself! Also at one point we ended up walking at the fire exit by mistake as the pure amount of smoke meant we couldnt see which way to go and so the leader of the group accidently went the wrong way!
Overall maze experience: 4/10However
a special well done to the actors. We saw them walking to the maze at 10 to 3 in full costume and all in character. One sailer was dragging his legs along the ground and was particularly fantastic. Just a shame we couldnt see any of them in the maze itself!Saw Alive:
Very long queue for this, 45mins. Wouldnt normally mind but the maze was not worth the wait.
The rooms were very well themed as usual and the actors were enthusiastic. However, its a saw maze and thats all about torture etc and the acting didnt reflect that, they were trying to get in jump scares and it didnt work.
In the first room youre in some manky old bathroom (not a fan of the films so dont know what saw film its from) and the actor was cutting his own foot off. This was great to begin with as he made it seem very realistic and it was some uncomfortable viewing. However he ruined it by then jumping up and running to the other side of the room screaming.
I think the maze would work better if they followed through with whatever torture they were meant to be doing (so dont "cut" your foot off and then leap up and run arund on it trying to make a "jump" scare) Had the maze had continued with the torture elements it would not have been scary as in "woah i just jumped out my skin" but create unease and discomfort.
They never seem to get this maze right: 4/10Experiment 10:
Queue time 20 mins, later that evening signs said 70mins, it was so good we wanted to do it again and the queue was only 15mins max so dont be fooled by the queue time update signs!
This was a huge let down for me last year as the ending was pathetic, so i was looking forward to the new twist this year!
The girl outside the entrance who was setting the scene did a great job, really freaked out some younger girls infront of us and created a good atmosphere.
We then went into the first room where a doctor introduced herself and explained we were new test subjects. She was fantastic, and when some traveller started swearing she was very stern and srict, remained in character, and said "Gobby, want to stop that language or leave now? you might have volunteered to be a test subject, but i make the final pickings and you might not make it past this initial test!" Good on her!
Anyway, moved onto the "gas/cleansing room" and were in it for much less than last year. A bit of smoke, lights off, lights on and then BAM, doors slams open and this guy comes rushing in, yelling "Hands on yer heads! Hands on yer heads" Literally grabbed people and chucked them towards the door. (At this point you either get to go left or right, we went on twice and went on both sides so i'll break this into 2:)Right side
Get shoved into a little booth and locked in. All my friends had a different experience here, personally i was locked in, and water was being pretty much chucked at my feet whislt someone was hammering the life out of the door. It was quite intense. Different variations from my friends, Sam was shut in with another theme park guest and metal chains were being dragged along the floor outside her door whilst a light kept flickering through a hole in the door, Paul was shut in with an actor, who kept proding him and whispering in his ear, and finally Boy was alone like myself, but he had water flicked on his head and his door flew open to reveal a dead person before quickly slamming shut again.Brilliant brilliant brilliant!Left side:
Bit of a let down compared to the right, in my cell i was with another guest and we just had a chat as nothing happened, Sam was by herself and just had banging on her door, Paul was in with a guest and they had water splattered on them, and Boy was with another guest but his room had latches on the walls and arms kept poking through to grab them.
After being realeased form your cell (either left or right) youre marched down into a very small dark room with a scientist who tells you where to go next. You either go down a tunnel or a corridor.Tunnel
Not as cramped as i thought it would be, and rather short, but you felt the need to rush through as someone was yelling at you to "move move move" and people behind you were in such a panic you just had to zoom through! It was pretty fun, but where some people had gotten wet the tunnel floor was also quite wet so your knees got soaked!Corridor
Pathetic. A fake arm sticking out the wall, and a sheet above you that brushes on your head.
Tunnel or corridor, you make it out into another room were you can all regroup with your friends.
You then go into another well lit room that is like a hospital ward, not particularly scary, but the actor did a convinsing job that he was in pain, and one other guy tried to stop us going past by blocking the way in his wheel chair.
The go into another room with a tv screen. It shows a patient losing it with a saw, killing her doctor and then part of her bed. She then leaves the screen, and youre all left wondering what happnes next. We all stood around puzzled and she then burst through the door and chased us out with her saw.
The next part was the ending, running from the saw lady we forgot that others may lay wait infront of us so we had many jump scares and to be honest it was brilliant.
9/10 (could be improved in places, like more consistancy in the cells and a better corridor if you dont get to go through the tunnel)The Passing:
We were all nervous about this one, but didnt have long to wait, only 5 mins (we had tickets for 7pm)
As we were only a group of 4, a couple joined out group to make a cosy group of 6. This worked well.
First room was a fantastic actress pretty much telling us we were going to be killed for the crimes we had committed. She told us our rights, and seemed to be on her side, but the BAM she laughed, said she didnt care and said she hoped we rot in hell. She then turned nasty, yelled at my friend for smiling, pushed me around for not standing with my hands by my side and was just truely brilliant.
Next room was not so good. Half hearted actors pretended to examine us, and measure us up for death, but didnt even touch us to do so, just stood back and pointed. They then put bags on our head.
We got lead into a large bright room with a video playing. It sarted off nice, with birthday parties etc, but then started to flash images of rotting bodies, and burning people. The lights went out and a shouty lady pushed us into 2 tunnels. Both were pitch black, and both joined into one tunnel in the middle. This lead to a pile up of people! At one point the tunnel slopes down, but its a full on slide and you zoom to the bottom and crash into everyone infront of you! You cant see a thing and the whole tunnel lasts forever. Once out, you go through the old x no way out/hellgate spinning tunnel. It didnt spin, Disappointing.
You then go through a maze with strobe lights and actors that are criminals saying youre now one of them etc. They were very good.
Its then the end and you take your bag off, greeted by a jolly lady saying "youre now dead" and she gives you a certificate. She told us to exit through the next room vis the door on the left. We went into the room, very bright, nothing on the walls. The door wouldnt open, and we were left stuck for ages as the door we came through had been locked. I think maybe the room had a sensor which didnt go off as there were so few people in our group, as the lights only went out after we nearly kicked the door down trying to get it open. So the lights went off, and the room glowed with writing on the walls for about 2 seconds, not even enough time for us to read it!
The door then opened to reveal the maze wasnt over, we entered a very dark maze filled with actors scaring us left right and centre. Top marks for these guys!
The maze then really did end.
Overall 8/10. Room for improvement. Needs more theming. Didnt see the reason to charge £3.asylum
Queue 20 mins.
Fantastic from start to finish. Theming throughout was top notch and clearly showed the different parts of the hospital. Actors were top notch, some did jump scares, some just stared, some were just mental! Real good mix. At some points you laughed with actors, then they lead you to a false ense of security and scare you when youre least expecting it. They were all very interactive and all played different characters.
Maze was also a good length as always.
Chainsaw man at the end was better than last year, you could smell petrol as you approached so you could tell it was coming up, but then he appeared earlier than usual, took us all by surprised and we all ended up running like looneys out the maze. Hilarious!
10/10 Good mix of scares, great setting, great theming, great props.
Hope you all enjoy reading! Any questions about particular parts of mazes or anything, just ask!