Fright Nights is back at Thorpe Park Resort with its biggest line-up to date. Featuring seven new horror attractions, as well as the return of four attractions from 2017’s event. Thorpe Park Resort is promising that ‘this year, nowhere is safe!’ Attraction Source was invited to the media preview to take a look at all the frights and thrills of Fright Nights 2018.
The first of the new attractions for 2018’s event is The Walking Dead: Do or Die. Located opposite Crust, the attraction utilises many of the sets of 2017’s Sanctum, however also includes a number of new additions, the most noticeable of which is a yellow school bus which is used to host the introduction to the maze. Whilst the maze does still have some areas which are very open and have a little too much empty space, there are also a number of areas which utilise much tighter, more enclosed areas which help to set up some good scares throughout the attraction. Do or Die is a marked improvement on Sanctum, perhaps partly helped by its new location, and has the potential to improve further.
Also new for 2018 is Vulcan Peak, a hooded maze located in the building which usually houses I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! during the main season. The exterior of the maze has received a full re-theme with the addition of a variety of tribal theming elements. Inside, following a short pre-show to explain the reason for wearing the hoods, guests are told to place their hoods over their heads and place one hand on the person in front, and the other on a guide rope. It is a shame that, due to guests being hooded for the majority of the maze, use isn’t made of the existing internal theming in the building. The maze sadly lacks any form of atmosphere, with there being few scares and no real finale.