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  1. Fright Nights 2017

    I visited last night and overall the mazes and the acting quality is by far some of the best I've seen at the park for years. Most mazes seemed to have a decent amount of actors, and Platform was swarming with actors in some sections.. The operations though were god-awful, Big Top e-stopped three times within a hour, young kids were running over the ropes and kept running into maze past the groups and The staff look puzzled to what do.. Shocking..
  2. So Fright Nights is a event that I think pretty much everyone on the forum will know well.. well duh. So with a massive new IP behind the park, what would 2017 bring to Fright Nights? This will contain spoilers Big Top Big Top returns akin to last year, and the maze continues to be the chaotic fun that it was last year. The acting was strong- the strobe section proved to be even more intense than ever, and the second half sees some new scenes including a mini-mirror maze, and even a homage to Cabin which I think for the most part worked really nicely. The maze overall is more fun than scary, though I did spend the second half of the maze on my own, and when the chainsaw finale hit, I ran fast 8.5/10 The Walking Dead: Sanctum Sanctum is like Zombie Scare Zone if the Zombies were creepy twisted cannibals, and the zone itself housed some extremely lively and vocal actors. The actors inside made us laugh and simultaneously creeped us out while running around the nicely themed sets. My only problem is that Sanctum feels like more like 1/4 of a maze/scarezone than a actual complete attraction.. There was a lot of possibility with the containers or just in the layout in general that could lend the attraction a few more sections as Sanctum currently can be easily done in 2 minutes.. 4/10 Platform 15 Platform was a maze that I bashed to death last year.. Actually, I even called it my least favourite scare attraction of last year.. Thorpe have luckily (for the most part) have poured some life into this maze, and now it is actually one of the highlights of the event for me.. The new village section in particular impressed me with some pretty intense scares, heck I even had two actors cornering me and they nearly separated me from my group.. The finale also successfully built up tension and some of the actors in the tunnel got some great scares from me. My only problem with this maze is that a lot of tension is built up and you just kinda walk out the maze causally.. Platform though has seriously impressed me this year, so for that, cheers to Thorpe for making a terrible maze into a very decent one.. 9/10 Saw Alive So Saw Alive felt incredibly stale on my run-through. I think Saw Alive has probably run its course by this point, and the fact the maze has remained untouched since opening doesn't help matters.. 3/10 The Walking Dead: Living Nightmare So, replacing the fan-favourite Cabin, Living Nightmare had a lot of pressure under its belt.. Though on my run through I have to say, I think Living Nightmare is by far a worthy successor to Cabin. Cabin for me in 2015/2016 was a scareless mess that had very sparse theming, though Living Nightmare is near opposite in that it has very decent theming and the sets in some places look beautiful. The scares were very strong in the first half, and I gotta say it was pretty terrifying to be separated from my group with not 1, but 4 actors attacking me at once, this shook me as one of the most intense scares (if the not the best scare) I have had in a maze this year. Yes the scares towards the finale were pretty underwhelming from the chaos that the first half had, though the finale for me was generally fairly decent, and it left a lot of us running! My only other niggle towards Living Nightmare is that it is a tad short, but besides that this maze impressed me, nice! 8.5/10 Park Operations I have to say as much as I liked the mazes this year, the operations at some points were depressingly awful.. Within a hour of me queuing for Big Top, I saw not 1, but 3 E STOPS! And there was kids running round the whole place queue jumping and even running into the maze past the puzzled people trying to organize the damn queue.. I also think Living Nightmare was also pretty dis-organized, though luckily Platform and Saw were actually organized.. Conclusion Overall I think this is a strong year for Fright Nights.. I think most of the mazes were of a decent quality, though the operations did let down the event at some points. I do have to say that I wish they were better roamers though, as I only saw like 1 one of them..
  3. General Discussion

    The removal of the glasses in Hocus Pocus is borderline hilarious.. Like its not hard to get hold of 3D glasses right? So the 3D element being missing is just borderline depressing.. Well I guess the crumbling demise of attractions is a common theme at Chessington.. So it was only a matter of time.
  4. I'm fairly resistant to sickness on rides, though some forces on intense rides have made me feel sick. Titan at Six Flags Over Texas is a example, as the Helix towards the end made me black out, and from memory I felt incredibly sick after each ride. Euro-Mir when you face the second half backwards also springs to mind, god does that make feel ill.
  5. Scarefest

    Still though not many 15 year olds are gonna be carrying proof that they are 15.. Especially to a theme park..
  6. Scarefest

    If he looks 15, you'll probably get away with it. I went back in 2015 (I was 13) and got away with it, though people say I look old as hell. If they ask just say he is 15, and it should be fine. They can't really ask a 15 year old for ID.
  7. Tulley's Shocktober Fest Scream Park 2017

    Press night was pretty good tonight. Coven and Cellar's cast have too have settled in, and Cellar was brilliant on my run through. Coven seemed to improved, and the second half was very strong, though I feel there is still something missing here.. Hayride and Chop Shop return very strong like preview night, and the Cottage seems to fairly jumpy this year. VIXI or Hellements V2 on my run through though was dreadful.. Yes it was very late and the park was about to close, though the fire effect not being on just was awful..
  8. Say Something About The Person Above You

    Trying to be edgy, but not actually edgy
  9. Fright Nights 2017 - Spoilers!

    Ughhh, what a shame. Big Top looked so good from the press night, its a shame if its gone down-hill from there..
  10. Tulleys, oh Tulleys.. Being on the scene as early as 1998 with Creepy Cottage, and then throughout the years adding more and more, Tulleys has really evolved as of recent into one of the best scream parks in Europe. Now with 2015's massive changes, and the fairly large Coven last year, this year I think is more of a slow down year in terms of growth in the event. Anyway with the re-do of Hellements, and the 3D transformation of the Twisted Clowns, how would 2017 fare for Tulleys? (This will be spoiler free, though I have put some more details in the tags for those who want to be spoiled.. I'm also sorry for the photography, and you cannot sue me if I kill your eyesight with the quality of these ****ty photos..) Creepy Cottage Dating back to 1998, the cottage is the oldest maze at the park and its by far the smallest- though do not underestimate it, as the cast were rocking it on Preview Night! The actors in here caused a lot of suspense, and the suspense was usually followed by a great jump scare. The maze is also nicely themed too, and the layout is very tight which gave the actors even more fun in tormenting us. The Cottage is by far one of the more low-key mazes in the lineup, and its by far not the best maze the park has to offer, though if the cast keep this up, its gonna be a great year for the attraction. 7/10 VIXI- Hellements V2 Being a "new" attraction, I think a lot of people are gonna ask whats new in VIXI. Now I'm gonna say that for the most part this is near identical the to last year, though there is a new section or two that mixes up the formula a little.. The actors in the rope section seemed a lot better than last year, and the cast here made this a bit better than Hellements IMO. -5/10 Coven Of 13 Coven I think with a few more large-scale scares could be a icon maze for Tulleys, though sadly on my run through the actors were more creepy than scary. I also think the swamp scene needed a actor or two more, as I think this brilliantly designed section could of been put to use better.. The maze though looked just as (if not more) beautiful than last year, with the cottage section, and the swamp scene is awesome. Overall I think when the cast begin to find their feet, this could be great this year. -6/10 Chop Shop Chop Shop remains fairly similar to previous years, and that IS a good thing. The cast in here seemed to be in full force as actors from the first room got scares thick and fast. The finale remains the fast, fun, and chaotic feast that it was last year, and the theming in the exterior and inside the first half also continues to be impressive. -8.5/10 The Colony The Colony is back, and it feels longer than ever.. Overall the first half of the maze was generally fairly slow in getting scares, though in the second half the scares were actually pretty brilliant. The actors were using the beautifully themed sets to their advantage, and in some sections scares came pretty relentlessly. The ending is something that I've been debating about since its debut though.. Yes the ending got me and my group running out of the attraction, though it really does not fit in with the tone of the maze.. Also when you use a object constantly in a maze (Chop Shop) makes the use of it in The Colony slightly feel like a cop out.. 7.5/10 Haunted Hayride The Hayride has some new scenes this year, and the attraction remains just as fun and as jumpy as previous years. Various highlights include the pole dancing Nuns, The movie-based scene, and the good old chainsaws at the end. -8/10 The Twisted Clowns After testing the waters with Pandemonium last year, Tulleys have made their Clown Maze fully 3D, and for the most part I like it. The maze feels even more disorientating than last year, and the layout led to our group getting lost quite a lot. The only thing I dislike is how this maze on my run through seems to have had adopted a conga line style, which didn't seem to fit the style of the maze. Anyway this maze remains fun and lively like previous years, and I liked how this year they attempted a finale. - 7/10 The Cellar The Cellar has been running strong since 2009, and for the most part this year is no exception. I do think some of the cast might of not found their feet yet though as some of the scares in the second half/finale were a tad on the slow side. Though it is preview night, so this is probably just the cast getting used to the endless amount of scare opportunities that the maze's layout brings. Though when actors were on form, the scares were intense. - 8/10 Roamers/Atmosphere/Other Sh** So as always the roamers here were brilliant. Some of them scared the crap out of me, some of them made me laugh, some of them are just plain entertaining! The roamers along with the live music gives the farm just such a crazy and fun atmosphere that makes Tulleys feel special. Heck I could go along to Tulleys without entering a single one of the haunts and enjoy it. Along with the 8 haunts this year also saw an unadvertised 3D cinema experience. This was fairly odd, and the experience itself felt a tad half baked (I can see why it was chosen not to be advertised..) I think if it returns next year, maybe give it a few actors? And some special effects to make it feel less like a DIY project plonked on a high standard Scream Park such as Tulleys.. Thoughts/Conclusion Overall I think 2017 is another great year for Tulleys. Chop Shop, The Colony, The Cellar, the new scenes on Hayride are all massive reasons to visit. Yes this year hasn't seen all too much changed, though I think with Tulleys it didn't really need to.
  11. Tulley's Shocktober Fest Scream Park 2017

    About to head off for Tulleys this year! I really cannot wait, expect a review written up by tonight/tomorrow, I'll try to get a ton of photos too.
  12. Fright Nights 2017 - Spoilers!

    I think they might of had the odd use of "sh*t" in the Towers mazes? Though I guess most people who visit the event are teens/adults so the swearing probably doesn't matter all that much.. Plus trust me, you'll hear worse from the chavs's queueing in front of you for the mazes..
  13. Fright Nights 2017

    I took a peek at both of the POVS and I think it looks pretty promising.. If Living Nightmare is linear I think its for the better.. As Cabin last year was a nightmare with stacking, it actually ruined the maze for me last year. I think both look pretty good, though obviously I can't fully judge it until I experience it myself.
  14. The Future of Rumba Rapids!

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