Reviewed by Sandra McGhee
How lucky was I to be selected and invited to the launch night of Fright Nights at Thorpe Park last night (Thursday 4 October 2018). I took my 2 sons, 18 and 17, daughter 14 and my son’s girlfriend who is also 17. This was my son’s girlfriend’s first visit to Thorpe Park and what a fantastic first experience with long-lasting memories (and her words nightmares) which I’m sure will last a life time. A fabulous evening was had by all of us. Lots of giggles, screams throughout the evening. Fright Nights is appropriately titled and an understatement, it’s certainly got the scream factor and ticks all the scariness boxes! Thorpe Park should receive an award for the best shock and horror! Be prepared, definitely not for the faint-hearted, I repeat, not for the faint-hearted! Anyone with a nervous disposition should stay away. In all seriousness you will have the best evening if you visit Fright Nights, we can’t wait to return!
On entering the park, there was lots of eager people of all ages excited to check-out what was new and whilst we were waiting to queue on the way in some scary dressed zombies were scaring a lot of people, this was already stirring up the excitement that lied ahead. As we walked across the bridge to the main park we were greeted by more scary zombies and lots of screams.
1st tip is to pick up a resort map and plan your priorities of what you want to see first, as not sure how many mazes or rides you could possibly fit into the evening if you plan a break for something to eat! We were very lucky and managed to experience quite a lot, but not all. Another thing to bear in mind there is quite a lot of walking so definitely sensible shoes, as some of the mazes will have uneven ground especially the ones outside, so you really need to keep your balance to avoid injuries. The atmosphere throughout the evening was brilliant, grown adults, goading some of the zombies and then the zombies chasing them was such a hilarious sight!
To give you an idea of what’s on offer, there’s 3 thrilling categories:
Rides: The Walking Dead Ride, The Swarm, Stealth, Colossus and Nemesis Inferno, for the real rollercoaster enthusiasts and certainly not for the faint-hearted, these are for the real die-hard thrill seekers including my kids. What better way to see the park lit up by night, high up in a rollercoaster! I decided to pass most of the rides on this occasion and sit and watch. They all loved the thrill as went around twice on a couple of these! I really don’t know how they did not vomit.
Mazes: Including NEW The Walking Dead – Do or Die, NEW, Vulcan Peak, NEW, Deep Creak Woods, NEW Blair Witch, NEW Screamplex 4D and returning The Walking Dead, Living Nightmare, Platform 15 (personally my top favourite), SAW Alive Horror Maze (2nd favourite) and Containment. Without giving too much away, you’ve really got to go and check these out, such clever thought has gone into these. I was blown away with the imagination, at times I just thought we were in a real horror scene for a film set! Another tip, make sure you aren’t at the front or back of some of these as you really will be in for a shock!
Horror Zones: Terror at Amity High, and NEW the Big Top Showtime (in the Dome) which we saw on the way out leaving the park, this was a lovely end to the night!
Throughout the evening whilst walking around there were staff dressed in amazing costumes jumping out from all sorts of hidden places, it was quite amusing seeing total strangers jump out of their skins.
The good thing is about every experience whatever it is you choose the staff members are well rehearsed on pointing out do not enter if you have a weak heart, pregnant, suffer with anxiety or epilepsy etc.
I would highly recommend going and celebrating Halloween with a group of friends, as guaranteed entertainment will be in store for all.
Some of the Mazes I would rate 10 out of 10 (Platform 15) being one and SAW Alive Horror Maze 10/10, others probably only a 6/7 out of 10. A good way to interpret of how frightening the Mazes are is indicated by how many skulls are shown on the sign before you enter.
Tickets cost from £33pp
For more information or to book tickets visit www.thorpepark.com.
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