When October the 1st comes around we get very excited here at Theme Park Incorporated because we know it’s the beginning of the frightful Halloween season at theme parks across the globe! We charge our camera’s and phones and set off to the top Halloween attractions across the UK!
To start the season off we headed to Thorpe Park Resort for their 15th Fright Nights Birthday Press Event on the 6th of October! The following information is our review and may contain spoilers for the Fright Nights event so do not read if you don’t want to spoil it!
The following video gives you an overview of all the mazes and what their experience is like, that is if you don’t want to read the full review below. Enjoy!
With 2016 being the 15th year of Fright Nights, Thorpe Park Resort has pumped up the park full of adrenaline packed rides and mazes which will be set to make this the biggest and best year yet! Now although they advertise the mazes as being a part of the Halloween event you can’t forget about the roaming characters which have been chosen by you, the general public, this year. These actors must be given their time in the spotlight because they really know what they are doing, they know how to scare you or just think creep you out a little. A favourite act of ours is when they follow you but slowly and then choose the perfect time to pounce when you become to paranoid that you turn around.
Now, moving on from the actors roaming, the main aspect of Fright Nights; the mazes! This year they have introduced a new maze called Platform 15 which is based around their newest attraction this year, Derren Brown’s Ghost Train. Platform 15 is set outside so was only open to us when it was dark because otherwise, from experience of going through at night-time, it really isn’t that scary as you can see what’s coming. While this is a good new addition to the maze line up we personally feel that it could still do with some improvement. With the maze being so long we can see that it was hard for them to fill every bit of it with something to scare you, therefore a lot of the maze is a story build up or stall to make sure the groups are spread out. We don’t really agree with Thorpe Park Resorts rating of 5/5 for how scary the maze is, we would give it a 4/5 for at night-time and a 1/5 for during the day. This maze is at it’s best after dark so we wouldn’t advise queueing for ages before it’s dark as we feel that it might be a waste of time.You can watch the 360° and normal 4K POV below.
Moving onto their newest and updated maze for 2016, The Big Top. Now last year many saw the maze as a disappointment and openly shared their comments with what could be changed and what should stay. The park has since completely overhauled the maze and we would say that this year is a lot better! As far as scaring goes this maze is full of jump scares really where the actors hide and then jump out at you, the first section of the maze is very disorienting! Full of flashing strobe lights you can’t really see where your going and the actors in this section take full use of this by getting right in your face as the light strobe goes off, scaring the life out of you. The rest of the maze is generally good, featuring a prop room full of old Thorpe Park Resort statues and other props. It wouldn’t be Fright Nights at Thorpe Park Resort without the classic chainsaw alley chase happening, the best bit about it this year though is that it does come as a big surprise and you will want to run… very fast. You can watch the 360° and normal 4K POV below.
The Blair Witch maze had a complete re-haul this year as well and although it isn’t meant to be as scary as the rest of the mazes it still has improved on last years maze. A big improvement that we think is good is the paths seem more confined like there are fewer places for you to be able to run or hide from what’s within. Unless you’ve been through before, or you’ve watched our POV’s, and know what happens in the cabin at the end, you’ll be in for a big surprise..! You can watch the normal 4K POV below.
Now apart from all those changes, new additions and upgrades the last two mazes, Cabin In The Woods and Saw Alive, have stayed unchanged and we feel like that’s been a choice! We were lucky enough to experience both these mazes alone, we’ve got to say when you do it alone… everything changes! The actors obviously focus on just you, follow you around a lot more and everything just seems so much more intense. If you get the opportunity we would highly recommend experiencing them alone. You can watch the 360° and normal 4K POV of both below.
Sadly, we did not get time to experience Containment but from what we’ve seen and heard it is well worth the extra £10pp to have a go!
We couldn’t forget the selection of world-class rides that you can experience in the dark at Fright Nights! Everything literally changes after dark, with Stealth lighting up beautifully and The Swarms red eyes flying through the sky followed by the sound of a smooth swish from a B&M coaster. We highly advise going on Stealth at night-time! You can see the whole park lit up…. for about 2 seconds before you come hurtling back down, but it’s worth it!