Join us on the 9th of October as we yet again return to Thorpe Park and take on their Fright Nights!
As most people lay asleep in their comfy beds, and the sun is not even contemplating on rising, the Live team are assembling once more to bring you the most up to date coverage of Fright Nights.
That's right the hour of 4am actually exists, here's undeniable proof. We're already on the move to Thorpe Park, so expect updates to start from the park before opening and then throughout the day.
Until then happy sleeping.
The five of us have now met up and we're on our way! We expect to arrive at the park just before opening time at 10:00.
Of course what we're most excited about today are the brand new scare mazes! In particular, we'll be able to provide video footage of the Blair Witch Project maze, and we have the next best thing for the rest; stay tuned to this evening to find out more!
Time for a quick greasy-breakfast stop just past Watford Gap! We'll be finished soon and then back on the road...
Guess where we've arrived to?
We're parked up, and in the entrance plaza!
We have funky entrance sign.
As always we would love to hear from you all. If there is anything in particular you would like us to cover, let us know.
Here's where you'll enter The Blair Witch Project walk through, making good use of the old railway station.
Forensic scientists at work in Logger's Leap. Obviously investigating strange deaths at Thorpe.
We're now checking out Saw and the surrounding area...
Flamethrowers for later.
Another scare maze we'll be going on later.
Here's some of the guys after a soaking on Storm Surge.
To answer some of your questions, there's not any extra themeing around the park, unlike previous years there is very little evidence that Fright Nights is actually happening, as all the mazes are hidden away now.
There's no music either, but hopefully this will all be remedied after dark!
This is the photo of the nerds getting wet referenced previously.
Hands in the window inside Blair Witch.
I have some media for you! Scary theme music for Samurai...
Just waiting for some nerds on Samurai...
Oooo Samurai is running well.
Slammer is being dismantled.
We've basically posted everything of interest about Fright Nights, so we'll continue wandering around the park for a bit and ride the rides until we're kicked out!
After which we'll be back this evening to take on the mazes!
Here's another flamethrower by The Swarm.
Right, we're taking a brief intermission, while we leave the park to go and put on our brave pants for the terror that ensues later.
Expect the updates to recommence around 6pm.
Don't go anywhere, we'll be back tonight!
(And we might upload some shots from earlier in the meantime, too!)
Flames at Swarm are looking good this evening.
Sandcastles on the beach are extremely cool and scary.
Quick status update! Chain pub dinner, and then we're back to the park! We hope to get there around 18:00...
There's quite a queue to get back in! Apparently, Thorpe is expecting to hit capacity this evening, meaning we will likely not be able to get on all the mazes. If this happens, we will continue the Live tomorrow to get the bits we missed!
We, the nerds! We're not the only ones in fancy dress, but we're a rare breed all the same!
The new map!
Everybody is waiting just outside the Dome, there is some music playing in the distance. Not long now.
You're Next actors...
We're heading to... Cabin!
An idea of the current light levels...
This is is the current queue for Cabin in the Woods...
Inside the queue...
Down the queue...
To answer some of your queries. The park only closed this evening before the Fright Nights event, because it is the preview night.
For the rest of the event the park will remain open all day for the event.
If you have any further feedback or questions, please leave it here, we'll try to answer as many as possible!
While we wait for the recordings to upload, we're now waiting for Blair Witch!
On the other hand... They told us it won't be open for a while, so we're moving on...
Here's a recording of one half of our group on Cabin in the Woods!
We're queuing for Asylum instead!
We estimate around a 15–20 minute queue time for Asylum; we'll be recording it like we did for the previous maze!
Cabin in the woods my journey.
Cabin my review:
The scenery was excellent. The adherence to story line was also excellent. The acting was also astounding. The non train method was also brilliant. The problem was, there were too many people going through which meant there was no tension and no real scares even though the actors acted their hearts out. I think I really would like this maze on a quieter day.
Quick review of The Cabin in the Woods.
The themeing was very well done, you enter through the cabin, and you are faced with multiple doors to choose, once through you are bombarded with a load of different monsters and rooms.
The biggest difference about the maze is that it's 'free flow', no hands on shoulders, and the chances are you'll get split up and mingle with other groups, as the different monsters force you into different rooms at random.
The only real disappointments are, the great plot of the film, is lost in translation, and the ending is a bit anticlimactic. Having said this, there was a tonne of actors in there and it was genuinely fun and very different.
Meanwhile, we've enter the My Bloody Valentine queue (Asylum stuff coming soon!)
Asylum actor in the queue...
Here's an Asylum recording! The others will post reviews.
The Asylum Review...
As always The Asylum is consistent in theme, what stood out for me this year was the amount of actors inside, which seems far more than previously, who were all on top form, and the length of the maze seemed longer.
With all the other mazes being based on a film, I'm really happy that The Asylum has made the director's cut for Fright Nights again.
We've probably got 30–45 minutes in the MBV queue; we'll keep you posted!
Asylum: my review. This was my favourite maze at Thorpe.
Pros: it was considerably I longer than last year. There were more actors than last year.
Cons: There wasn't enough smoke. I didn't feel in the story.
All In all it was good but if seen it all before.
An actor in the MBV queue!
We're getting ever closer, perhaps the first estimate was a little on the low side.
While were in the extremely slow moving queue for My Bloody Valentine. I'll throw up some shots from earlier.
Whilst waiting to be allowed in the Your Next team attacked.
Also here's an actor from the Cabin queue.
More cabin actors, these actors really put a lot of effort into it.
And here in MBV queue that is still going slowly here's Jerry.
And this is his pet fence.
One of the queue line actors is chasing another; poor, poor thing...
My My Bloody Valentine walk.
Heading to BWP...
It seems that I am next. This actor has followed me half way across the park.
We've just got out of My bloody Valentine, an first impressions were impressive.
Themeing again was very good, lots of actors and a fair bit of segregation from the group.
Looks like a short queue here!
Not a great shot, but... Actor!
Well... That was the Blair Witch Maze, thoughts coming soon...
We were split up again in that maze! Here's my journey...
The Blair Witch Project was disappointing, the actual walking area was great, near pitch black in places, but it didn't capitalise on its potential.
There were a few actors who jumped out at you, which really goes against the whole theme of The Blair Witch.
Last one; Saw!
Or, rather, Saw Alive!
We've hit the end of the queue; it's probably only 20 minutes long or so.
Ok my review of MBV. It was well themed. The mines looked excellent. The Forrest was cool. But it was exactly the same layout as experiment 10. I also didn't see the film so I'm not sure I understood scenes.
Saw Alive theming you all know and love!
It was a pleasant walk in the woods.
We're getting a few queries regarding queue times, here's a shot of the current ride times from the new Official Thorpe Park App.
The maze queues are relatively good at the moment. SAW Alive & My Bloody Valentine are both around 30 mins, Asylum is 15, Blair Witch is walk on and finally Cabin in the Woods is the longest with 60 mins.
Unfortunately we don't really have any videos to share today; although we did promise one for the Blair Witch Project, the ban of camera lights pretty much made the video pitch black (we'll have to bring an infrared lamp next time), and the audio was nonexistent since, because of the nature of the maze, there was little interaction between the actors and park guests.
Ultimately, The Blair Witch Project was an interesting maze (walkthrough?) but, I don't think it would really be possible to bring something with the feel of the original film unless you were deep inside a dark forest somewhere. With the screams and sounds of roller coasters nearby (and emergency lights just waiting to flicker on all down the line), the illusion was sort of lost!
This is the end room of Blair Witch. To be honest if you were the jumpy city type it would scare you, there were two ladies who caught me up and they were really scared. I grew up in the country and I like the dark.
Since David mentioned their new official app and the queue times; we have to say that we're quite pleased with it! It's been my first time using it at Thorpe, and it's a huge improvement on their previous offering.
More answers to your queries...
I can see the queues for the mazes being fairly long over the weekend, they've maxed out at about 60 mins tonight, but the majority of the time the waits have been less.
Cabin does let a fair few people in, at one time we had as little as three in our group, and then at other times there were around 15. The actors really do mix you up and direct you into different rooms at random, it was fairly hectic at times. Great fun.
We're out! Pretty much the same Saw Alive as usual, sorry but there's no recording this time!
SAW Alive is much the same as previous years. The actors did a good job, but the SAW theme doesn't feature that much anymore.
We've just gone through Blair Witch again, and it was better. The actors this time tried to use their sudden movements in the distance and around you to create the scares instead of just jumping out at you.
Must be some kind of driving game meets hacking game!
Blair witch symbols hanging in the trees.
Blair witch actress snuck up on us.
Here's the back of what we've been wearing today; it's good to show off the brand! ;-)
More Blair witch theming.
Well, that pretty much concludes today's coverage! We hope you enjoyed it like we did (more of the same please Thorpe), but don't forget; the fun isn't over just yet as we'll be back in two weeks at Alton Towers for the first day of their Scarefest! Just visit http://live.towersnerd.com/ for details.
We won't be posting anymore updates now, but feel free to leave any additional feedback below (we won't be answering questions anymore, so post those on our community over at Towers Nerd instead).
Thanks again for tuning in, and see you in a fortnight!