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  1. professorb

    General Discussion

    actually I did a behind the scenes tour last year when they were available and there isn’t very good ventilation in creepy caves, much worse than creek freak would have. I asked about it when I went this year was told they installed additional ventilation and filters to increase the level of airflow, filter the air and generally make it Covid secure.
    4 points
  2. Coaster

    Tomb Blaster

    I thought Tomb Blaster was meant to have had a refurb?! I rode it on Sunday and... - Axe alley was just pitch black, couldn't see anything - Boulder totally broken and not even spinning - Half the scenes just pitch dark - Voiced audio was overdone and inaudible for the most part The only improvement was uplighting in the very first scene and decent new lighting on the mummy scare at the end. Everything else just felt broken and disjointed.
    2 points
  3. After 2 trips to Thorpe park for Fright Nights 2020 (the past 2 Fridays), thought I’d write up a review. Starting off with some general comments, I certainly was pleased at the variety of things going on in the park. It’s nice that in most areas, there was something happening, when in the past there would be several dead areas in the park without shows, actors, zones or anything to tell you you’re at fright nights. I’m assuming this is also to help spread people out covid wise. It is hard to rate things given how different things are compared to any other year due to
    2 points
  4. SteveJ

    General Discussion

    There has to be ventilation wherever chainsaws are used and CO monitoring to shut down the maze if too much build up, so that sounds more likely the reason there were shutdowns. Alton's mazes still have strong haze and narrow corridors, if haze too strong usually just opening a door for a few minutes would clear it. I can't really imagine why the Creek Freak building would have a Covid ventilation problem worse than anywhere else, when it's a wooden shack rather than a stone basement, especially when chainsaw mazes usually require strong ventilation anyway (stronger than for Covid regula
    1 point
  5. SteveJ

    General Discussion

    Might be overthinking things, a set in the ruins basement isn't too different from a set in a draughty wooden shack, probably the ruins basement would be less ventilated. Actually I'm not sure there's any substantial ventilation at all in any mazes Ive been to this year? The Alton mazes still use thick haze this year. Even before Covid I'd not heard of a maze ever needing to actually shut down because of haze too thick. Usually smoke would just get turned down/off and left to dissipate a bit if it got too much. So maybe it's a case of Thorpe being over-precautious and Alton being more pr
    1 point
  6. Went yesterday, had a good time. Helped very much by the low crowds which meant lots of interaction in the scare zones too. Mazes I'll be honest: both of the mazes were pretty poor. Platform wasn't helped by the group behind us catching up way too quickly, and because they were the very scared type, actors always targeted them. It's a shame actors towards the start weren't able to slow the group down, as towards the end, other actors certainly would have thought we were part of the same group. Roots of Evil is just poor frankly. I hear the park are impr
    1 point
  7. JoshuaA

    General Discussion

    Still don't know why the park didn't perhaps use Asylum's building or plonked a marquee around Zodiac and made something small but great. Roots Of Evil honestly looks hilarious. More like a guided tour of a woods in Staines than a maze. I chuckled at the POV. Alton Towers got SkinSnatchers approved somehow, so it definitely shows if there is a will, there is a way. Creepy Caves is firmly on my bucket list, its good we have a decent scare attraction here in the south even though most of them decided to close.
    1 point
  8. JoshuaA

    General Discussion

    Creepy Caves really makes me wonder why Thorpe didn't pull something like this year? If you are doing an upcharge, make it good!
    1 point
  9. Forgot to add in my last post: the TPM Fright Nights meet last year was on Sunday this time last year, and it was totally fine. A couple of minor incidents I believe, but none of us had an complaints. So the park had improved in recent years.
    1 point
  10. I believe that they opted to have a lot of plain clothed officers and security guards this year, which could be why there might feel like less of a visible presence. The other issue is that if things do happen and they're needed, they're obviously off park, so it seems like there's less. This would be particularly true yesterday when there's lot of incidents happening. This could be completely wrong, but I remember hearing something about there being some planning issues to do with the fencing, and that the council will only let it be a certain height, etc. And there's limi
    1 point
  11. This evening was truly horrible. It was almost as if everybody else on park was constantly on edge and allowing ‘them’ to do whatever the hell they wanted to make life easier. It was as if everybody was aware and subconsciously thinking the same things, but nobody said or did anything about it because they come in such large groups. it’s always the second Sunday... and I was a complete fool to think COVID would stop them. Queue jumping is the least of staff worries, I witnessed two fights tonight. One of which lead to a dad, who had been queuing for no less than 90 minutes f
    0 points
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