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  1. kydog1299

    Scarefest 2022

    Highly likely. Closer it gets to Halloween, the busier it gets is usually the general trend. That week is also the traditional school October half term week. Some schools do change their half term week around though. But expect the event to be at its busiest during that week.
  2. kydog1299

    Scarefest 2022

    I would expect the late announcement came from needing to cement the brand partnership/agreement between Haribo and AT. Rather than delay the whole reveal and potentially impact revenue coming in for the mazes and other attractions. It also appears that during off-peak days and the...
  3. kydog1299

    Scarefest 2022

    We seem to have some indication that the new maze will be located where Freak Show: Toxic Junkyard was last year and in 2020 (the Games Bunker site). Comments on a most recent tweet by TS suggest this was confirmed by one of the senior members of the entertainments’ team yesterday in a meeting...
  4. kydog1299

    Scarefest 2022

    To add further confusion, on the ‘family spooks’ page here: https://www.altontowers.com/explore/events/scarefest/family-fun/, when you scroll to the bottom of the page and click the CTA to view ‘spine tingling terror’, you get linked out to last years’ event page, here...
  5. kydog1299

    Scarefest 2022

    Is it just me or does the event page (and website in general for that matter) feel clunky, all over the place, with bad UI and bad e-comm QA'ing/testing? It feels they're tried to throw in last year's event page for Scarefest with their placeholder page for this year before the line-up reveals...
  6. kydog1299

    Scarefest 2022

    I wasn’t expecting returning favourites to be re-hashes of existing attractions like The Sanctuary or Carnival for example because of a few reasons like cost and much of the props from those mazes were recycled into newer attractions. Bringing old attractions back will always be difficult...
  7. kydog1299

    Scarefest 2022

    I highly doubt from a marketing POV they’d release their brand new maze at 2.30am when most will be asleep. What a way to kill your social engagement stats.
  8. kydog1299

    Scarefest 2022

    Feels increasingly likely Freak Show will be the maze to be culled, which if that’s the case I’ll be very happy about. I don’t mind AMT returning again in that case.
  9. kydog1299

    Scarefest 2022

    They probably used that specific vlogger because he does do content creative stuff which would appeal. He’s probably cheaper than going to an agency, cheaper than using in-house talent, and probably doesn’t have a huge portfolio to warrant charging a high price to produce such content. He’s...
  10. kydog1299

    Chessington World of Adventures Resort

    Probably doesn’t, no. But feedback is ever-evolving, long-term strategies and visions change. They may not have anticipated adding in a 1.4 again 4+years ago, but business needs are constantly changing. That ride was probably near the end of its operational life anyway so-to-speak. This feels...
  11. kydog1299

    Chessington World of Adventures Resort

    Is a 1.4 ride such a bad thing? I’d imagine they’ve done their marketing research to suggest that the park lacks attractions for the older families, and this is the ride to bridge that gap. If you start to go down a very small, niche, sub-set of customers to target, you begin to alienate a...
  12. kydog1299

    The Hotels: A deep-seated culture of mediocrity

    According to the latest menu update on the website for the hotel restaurants, starters are no longer a thing at SGR, Crooked Spoon and The Windmill restaurants, and the options at RCR are fairly uninspired and lacking in quantity. Could be an operational decision over the summer holidays as a...
  13. kydog1299

    Eurovision 2023

    Birmingham does feel like the biggest contender to me. Resort’s World and the NEC seem to have enough capacity and space to host such an event. Birmingham also hosted the Ukraine concert recently, have successfully pulled off the Commonwealth Games in a very small turnaround window compared to...
  14. kydog1299

    Thorpe Park: General Discussion

    Have noticed some correlation between DGBT being closed and the heatwaves. Similar situation happened in the July heatwave where DGBT was closed, then its been scheduled for closure during this weeks’ hot weather too. Could be a coincidence though.
  15. kydog1299

    TBC: SW9 Speculation

    I do sense the next few medium/large scale developments being on the Katanga/Forbidden Valley side of the park. They seem to have developed a lot of the CBeebies/X Sector/Dark Forest/TWODW side of the park over the course of 2010-2022. I suspect they’ll be looking to update the other side of...
  16. kydog1299

    Scarefest 2022

    In Thorpe’s case it’s a little different. They’re advertising 3 mazes and a scare experience. We know Platform isn’t returning based on what was advertised last year, we know Trailers is (given it’s been confirmed), and it’s highly likely Creek Freak will too given the planning update earlier in...
  17. kydog1299

    TBC: SW9 Speculation

    I think the problem with the whole ‘coaster every 5-6 years’ is the mindset of the business; focused on chasing short term financial gains over long-term ‘product’ building. Since around 2010, its definitely felt like the park have wanted to chase short term, safe and ‘quick’ gains (i.e IP-led...
  18. kydog1299

    Hex: The Future of the Towers

    It’s not just the fact it’s one of very few indoor attractions, it’s also that it’s one of a very few attractions for the ‘middle ground’ family age groups (e.g. 8-12’s mainly). The park in recent years has served teens and adults, and young families fairly well, but has always forgotten about...
  19. kydog1299

    Nemesis: Sub-Terra

    I’m placing my bets on this being the location of the new Scarefest maze to replace Freak Show. I’d imagine if it was Mine Tours being scrapped they’d use the same space in The Towers, and if they want a new indoor maze the only feasible space is in the NST building. It feels the right kind...
  20. kydog1299

    The Alton Towers Dungeon

    I think it works at Warwick because effectively there is ‘less to do’ to some extent. The Dungeons is (probably) one of the more exciting attractions offered there, so there’s more incentive to visit it. There’s also the point it feels more ‘on brand’ for a castle-style attraction. For Alton...
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