Scarefest 2021

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  1. Batzy

    Batzy TowersStreet Member

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    Also want to quickly add that they could have brought scare zones back if a new maze wasn't possible, (which I totally understand). They are both new and covid-safe.

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  2. tayspru

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    No scare zones is a disappointment I have to say. People really don’t get much of a Scarefest experience unless they fork out for the mazes …
     
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    Wasn’t Darkest Depths previously a family scare maze? Looks like it is “new” this year as a full scare maze and Trick O Treat Town replaces as the family experience.
     
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  4. Batzy

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    I doubt they would change it to a full thrill scare maze tbh. Even if it has moved to an older audience, I still wouldn't count it as "new."

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    As much as I love Scarefest it really is getting ready for a shake up now. Although a top maze, Altonville Mine Tours has run its course now, I was too excited about Junkyard last year so I'm not crazy about that coming back and then I think the other two are getting ready for a refresh as well. I really was hoping for a new scare maze this year to replace any of the above.

    Family wise it's nice to see a new family scare attraction although again I think the Freak Fun Zone and the Ancestors have all had their day too.

    Bring back Trick or Treat Doors I say.
     
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  6. jon81uk

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    I counted it as "new" as the website mentions a new adventure, so AT are stating there is something new about it.
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  7. Batzy

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    I get that. But they kind of also did that last year with the change of location and the new kraken scene. Please correct me if I am wrong tho.

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    Perhaps I'm reading too much into marketing drivel or that maybe I'm misremembering last year's promotions; but it sounds like junk yard could be more narrative driven. Talks of an "evil plan" and that they are hiding secrets within.

     
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    Remember that FS:TJ was announced later than the other mazes last year, so it's highly likely that a brand new maze could be announced in the coming weeks. :)
     
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    That is totally possible. However, I remember TJ being on the website before Alton officially started teasing it. However a new maze could still be revealed later.

    One thing I should point out is the official tweet announcing the lineup says "the return of some thrillseeker favourites." Something tells me this was deliberate to not get our hopes up for a new thrill experience. Then again, it could just be me reading too deeply into this.

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    According to the waybackmachine Internet Archive, it's an identical description to last year

    https://web.archive.org/web/2020100...m/explore/events/scarefest/thrilling-frights/
     
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    There were instances in the early 2010's that we had the same line-up every year, but with some changes in each maze and/or location changes.

    I believe in 2012 and 2013 we had the same line-up- Carnival, The Sanctuary and ToTT; in 2014 we lost Carnival and had just The Sanctuary and ToTT, but with the addition of Scary Tales.

    But you're spot on with the fact we've had a new thrill maze every year since 2015. We've actually also 'lost' a maze- in 2019 we had Project 42, The Attic, Mine Tours, Sub Species and Darkest Depths, understandably this reduced to 4 in 2020, but I did expect the line-up to return to 5 mazes (1 family, 4 thrill) at some stage.

    If I'm being honest, unless the oldest maze is swapped out for a new maze every season, with the line-up of 4 thrill attractions, the event can become stale very quickly. We had this issue pre-2015 before the big refresh.
     
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  14. jon81uk

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    I think with Trick O Treat being the family experience in place of a maze they are back to four thrill mazes.
     
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    Fingers crossed that Darkest Depths will be more reliable this year, as I missed out on it last year due to technical issues and everyone was given an automatic refund. :(

    Regarding Freak Show, with the Covid rules relaxed could we see the layout changed with indoor sections added as has been discussed recently? That would make it a lot more interesting and different to last year. :)

    Edit: it says park tickets are from £39 per person... I hope that's not set in stone! :eek:
     
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    They're available now. £30 for the four mazes (discounted to £24 for passholders). £10 for the new Trick o Treat Town and £8 for the dungeon.

    What do you mean?
     
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    Thought that's pretty expensive, but just realised it's only £1 more than last year. :oops:


    Combo tickets (park entry + mazes) aren't available yet- just entry only for those dates atm.
     
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    Park entry on peak days has been £39 since at least the beginning of the summer.
    Off peak days are still £34.
     
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    £39 for a day at Alton Towers sounds like a bargain to me, even without fireworks. Especially when you stack it against a lot of other leisure activities.
     
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