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Reviewed: 2012 Scarefest

Reviewed: 2012 Scarefest

2012 see’s the return of the popular annual Halloween event at Alton Towers Resort: Scarefest. With similar attractions to last year, the theme park offers a variety of attractions for varying age ranges, however this year sees the introduction of “The Sanctuary” which replaces “The Boiler House” from the last few years.

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The new scare maze is said to offer a brief insight to the new 2013 “World Beating Rollercoaster” set to open on March 16th 2013.

The Full Attraction Lineup:


The Sanctuary
Type: Scare Maze
Location: Inside the Towers
Theme: Hospital setting taking “trials” for advocates.
Free/Paid: PaidTerror of the Towers
Aimed at: Thrill Seekers

Carnival of Screams
Type: Scare Maze
Location: Within the “Goal Striker” attraction next to Hole in One Golf
Theme: Bizarre Travelling Funhouse
Free/Paid: Paid
Aimed at: Thrill Seekers

Terror of the Towers
Type: Scare Maze
Location: Inside the Towers
Theme: Dark secret hidden for centuries
Free/Paid: Free
Aimed at: Thrill Seekers



Zombies! Scare Zone
Type: Walk through zone
Location: Storage area between the towers and Dark Forest
Theme: Zombies
Free/Paid: Free
Aimed at: Families with braver children

Patch’s Trick or Treat Party Live of Stage
Type: Live Show
Location: On the Lawn, opposite Storybook Land
Theme: Family Halloween Characters
Free/Paid: Free
Aimed at: Families with small children

Franklyn’s Freaky Farm
Type: Activities
Location: Old McDonald’s Farm
Theme: Halloween Character Activities
Free/Paid: Free
Aimed at: Families with small children


Character Meet & Greets
Guests can meet Skelvin and his friends at various locations around the park.

The park is also adorned with hundreds of pumpkins, scarecrows, lighting and other halloween themeing effects.


Inside The Sanctuary

A Brief Look at The Sanctuary (SPOILER)
The Sanctuary is new for 2012 and is located within the towers, using the entrance that Terror of the Towers used in 2011.

It is said to offer an insight into next years new world beating roller coaster and is based around a hospital setting managed by the crazed “Dr. Kelvin” who guests get to meet just before entering the attraction.

Is life a burden? Are things getting you down? Lost your smile? Then check yourself in for a refreshing check up at The Sanctuary. The Ministry of Joy will launch its next revolutionary project in March 2013. After being closed for new patients for almost 50 years The Sanctuary, The Ministry of Joy’s earliest establishment, is now holding important trials searching for ‘Advocates’ for its 2013 project. So please, book your appointment, get yourself comfortable as the Doctor will see you now.

Guests negotiate a number of rooms around the attraction including a medical room with a fire effect, a hospital ward with beds and crazy nurses and even a morgue. There’s also a portion of the attraction where leg ticklers and water sprayers are used. Finally there is a strobe maze before exiting in the same area as Terror of the Towers. We weren’t overly impressed with this latest addition and we felt the other Scare Mazes offered a much better experience.


Alton Towers Resort offers a variety of attractions to suite the whole family. Combined tickets for The Sanctuary and Carnival of Screams can be purchased on-park from £9 per person. Whilst these two attractions are a great addition to the Scarefest lineup, there lies a question over the park’s choice to continue to charge for these mazes. When compared to the free attraction “Terror of the Towers” the two paid attractions, in our opinion just don’t really stack up, considering you’re paying for the privilege.

In our opinion “Terror of the Towers” remains the best of all the scare mazes with better themeing, lighting, sound and a better scare experience. We’re not against paid attractions; they should just offer a considerably better experience to those that are free.



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