Springtime. Not traditionally the time you start thinking about Halloween and all things dark and nasty but in this game you have to start early!
So what’s the big Springtime news at the moment?
Well firstly, the guys at GNG have just completed a successful run of their 3rd original attraction. Called Killers Live, the show opened in Whitby right in the middle of the famous Whitby Goth Fest! As expected the Goths (as well as the locals) all had a whale of a time. If you haven’t looked at it yet – check out the review.
The Dungeons around the UK have all been launching their new shows with Sawney Bean in Edinburgh and Gladiators in York. All eyes though, are on the exciting new Vengeance ride opening Saturday May 28th at London Dungeons. This "first for the UK" ride will mix a rotating floor system with 3D effects, animatronics and laser blasters to make you feel completely immersed in the action. Don’t forget we have tickets to be won to be one of the first to ride - check out our competition.
Last week we visited Ghosts Stories again and took some along some representatives of some of the UK’s biggest attractions. We screamed, we laughed, and we shuffled nervously during the tense bits and then enjoyed an interesting Q and A session with Andy Nyman, the star of the show, afterwards. Covering such interesting topics as to what scares him, how the show was created and more importantly for fans of this site - why he thinks that “live” scares are so much more successful than movies! Andy isa great guy and since we met him at ScareCON last year, he has been in regular contact about the show and we were pleased to hear that the recently opened Toronto show is proving just as successful as London.
Speaking of ScareCON – can you believe that it is only three weeks away? Places are selling fast and there are is now only 1 scare room left (due to a late cancellation). If you want to book or upgrade your accommodation then you had better be quick. ScareCON itself is lining up to be the usual mix of fun and informative sessions, trade stands and a few surprises along the way. It isn’t too late to attened but you must pre-book in advance to guarantee your place. Don’t forget if you are unsure about the event or want to talk to someone just contact me directly or follow the links on the ScareCON site (www.scarecon2011.co.uk)
So, apart from ScareCON, what is there over the next few months to scare you silly until Halloween time?
Pasaje del Terror is open in Blackpool. One of the original UK scare attractions, Pasaje at Blackpool Pleasure Beach still manages to scare and thrill around every corner.
Carnesky's Ghost Train – Blackpool. This artistic Ghost train is open on select days on the sea front to entertain and thrill you.
Alien Attack – unfortunately won’t be opening for the summer season in 2011 but watch this space for exciting global news about the return of the Xenomorphs!
The London Bridge Experience featuring the London Tombs is open daily and is easily the scariest of the London attractions. Dare you sep inside the new Hellevator?
The London Dungeons – look out for the opening of Vengeance in May.
London’s Death Trap is open daily by County Hall on the South Bank.
Over at Chessington – there’s another week or so of the small walkthrough Twilight Zone and of course Thorpe Park are open daily with the fun Saw Alive.
On the temporary side, look out for a few new out of season events coming your way soon including AtmosFEAR’s The Hole (rescheduled from its planned Easter date), a new production from GNG and a number of small projects all across the UK (all will be revealed soon)
So there you go, the sun might be shining and the world seems a light and happy place – but if you look closely enough – you’ll always find something dark and twisted lurking close by!
See you at ScareCON
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?