So the first big scare event of 2013 (Evil Rising) has come and gone and this has got us thinking about what we can expect for the remainder of 2013.
Obviously the biggest upcoming news is the relaunch of London Dungeon at its new home in County Hall. It was a sad day on Jan 31st as ScareTOUR had the last organised group of the Tooley St venue. We laughed, we jumped and we applauded the actors as the show finished. The attraction always felt like it belonged under London Street station and many people would be mistaken for thinking they were in an actual dungeon and not under some railway bridge arches!
So what does the move to County Hall present us with? Looking at the other UK Dungeons, the installations in modern buildings made to look old, never quite feel as genuine. Blackpool Tower Dungeon being the best example - it looks old and decayed but its really just clever theming and some smell pods. So until next week we will just have to reserve judgement on how authentic the new Dungeon will be. Expect some special coverage of the opening of the Dungeon next week!
Then not long after London comes the reopening of York Dungeon. It has been over 6 months of refurbishment and repair following the flood damage last Autumn and the current marketing is already showing some tweaks to the line up. More info as we get it.
At Easter, the talented GNG guys are back with a new show at Ravenswood Manor and a rescheduled date for the debut show from Massacre Productions will be announced soon.
Most people should be well aware that Alton Towers are currently building a new rollercoaster called The Smiler, and the theming of this ride is closely linked to our favourite attraction of last year - The Sanctuary. The Sanctuary is due to return for the main 2013 operating season at the park and it will be interesting to see if it remains an upcharge attraction for the season or whether it will included in the admission price.
Other Spring/early Summer events that seem to be cropping up at the moment are Night Terrors - a 6k run through pitch dark forests populated with monsters, Zombie Earth - a new take on the popular Zombie Survival games and some dates have been set for the next Zombie Survival Weekenders in Wales. Of course the ever popular Zombie Manor and Zombie Shopping Mall experiences run most weekends.
As we look further forward into the Halloween season its a bit more difficult to see or predict what is ahead. Every year sees new shows and events all across the country and as usual we will keep you posted as we hear things. But we are only a small team and sometimes things pass us by - so if you hear of anything exciting happening near you - contact us directly or via Facebook and we shall be sure to feature it
So until we scream again - stay safe
Many of you will know me already. My name is Michael Bolton and I am passionate about Scare Attractions and being scared. I have been visiting and reviewing attractions since 2002. Why not come along on one of our trips and have a scream?