Alton Towers Resort have today officially unveiled a revamped Scarefest line-up for 2015 which sees two brand new scare mazes, alongside two new scare zones and the return of a Scarefest staple
In a total shake up of the attractions on offer, the 2015 line up will see a total of three scare mazes and two scare zones spread across the theme park in the biggest offering Scarefest has seen to date. The first new maze on offer will be “The Haunting of Molly Crowe”. Throwing you back in time to the exorcism of a cursed Victorian Manor House, “The Haunting of Molly Crowe” is being described as a multisensory live action horror maze. In a twist to your usual maze, guests will experience parts of the new attraction blindfolded adding an extra element of fear and the unknown. Also new is “Sub-Species: The End Games. Guests will encounter a strange, post-apocalyptic, sewer dwelling community, infested by a species from another world when they enter what will be Scarefest’s first ever multi-route maze. What’s more, unlike the rest of the resort’s scare maze’s, the actors in this maze will be able to touch you, and if you’re lucky enough to escape there will be two alternative endings to experience. Returning for another year will be Alton Tower Resort’s signature maze, Terror of the Towers. First debuting in 2002, the maze has become a staple of the Halloween festivities and 2015 will see a new route and revised scenes uncovering even more chilling secrets than ever before. As yet, it is unclear which mazes will be subject to an additional charge and how much this will be, with the website only stating that scare maze tickets will be released soon.
Two new scare zones will debut at the 2015 event. For the first time, Forbidden Valley will host its very own scare zone with “Dark Apocalypse”. A deadly virus has spread across the area with Phalanx Control having to implement quarantine procedures. However, it would seem that their ability to contain the virus and keep society safe has come into question after a recent security breach has seen the virus escape, with those infected showing signs of highly aggressive behavior and rapid physical decomposition. “Nox Infernus”, the second new scare zone, will be hosted in Dark Forest. The underworld will rise for Nox Infernus – The Night of Fire. You can either join ‘The Cult’ or submit to the end of this world as we know it.
The total refresh of the offering means that there is no longer any place for multi award nominated maze, The Sanctuary – after three years, Dr. Kelman’s clinic has shut its doors for good. Also departing is Zombies! Scare zone – a popular attraction with many guests, and 2014’s new addition, Scary Tales, which despite being well received last year, will not be returning to tell its story again.
There will be plenty of family fun and scares to enjoy too as Franklyn, Skelvin, Patch and Phil are all returning for another Scarefest, with Skelvin’s Spooky Storytime, Phil & Franklyn’s Ghoul School, and Patch’s Trick-Or-Treat Party – Live on Stage!
Throughout the event the theme park will be open from 10am until 9pm, meaning there is plenty of chance to explore all the attractions and offering guests the ideal opportunity to experience their favourite rides in the dark.
For those who want to keep the frights going after park close the Resort are also offering a new, two hour, extreme experience. Sub Species: Operation Lockdown. Set in the brand new maze and taking place between 10pm-12am, this newest offering from the resort will see guests take on the role of Phalanx Operatives tasked with completing a series of challenges in a team, including facing one of three escape rooms. Costing from £99pp, the experience is available on selected nights throughout Scarefest and is restricted to guests over 18. The inclusion of Sub Species: Operation Lockdown means that the Ultimate Sleepover will not be returning for a second year. Currently there are no plans for a return of the hotel scare rooms, meaning for the first time since 2007 there will be no overnight experience offered at the resort during the Halloween period.
The frights won’t just be confined to the theme park with the Halloween spirit continuing at the resort hotels. A selection of family entertainment will be available each evening with Halloween themed shows to keep everyone entertained.
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