Thorpe Park Resort have today unveiled the majority of the line-up for FRIGHT NIGHTS 2021, as they prepare to celebrate 20 years of fear. With new scare zones and shows, and a new scare maze yet to be announced, Attraction Source examines all the details for 2021’s event.
This year’s event sees scare zones established as a core part of the FRIGHT NIGHTS line-up, with two new offerings for 2021. The Crows of Mawkin Meadow will invite guests to take a walk through the cursed village of Mawkin Meadow and its darkened fields of corn to unearth the origins of the infamous Crows. LycanThorpe vs Amity High: LoveBITES! combines two separate scare zones from the last few years, with the blood-thirsty teens of Amity High due to party at the old Speedway but the students of LycanThorpe are set to gate-crash the celebrations and reignite the vicious feud between the rival schools. Returning for a second year are the scare zones The Swarm: Invasion and Creek Freaks: Unchained, which were both well-received last year. Furthermore, the fact The Crows are receiving their own scare zone won’t mean they’re confined just to this section of the theme park, as they’re once again set to appear in mystery locations as the night draws in.
Also new for 2021 are two scare shows. Birthday BASH! sees guests invited to Hattie and Hugo’s birthday bash, but these are no ordinary twins, so don’t be fooled by the bright balloons and shimmering streamers, as mummy’s spoilt little angels have a dangerously devilish side. The Resort are also celebrating the 20th year of the event with Legacy – A Fire and Light Display that’s set to feature ferocious-fire effects alongside terrifying throwback tracks, taking guests on a nostalgic journey to past FRIGHT NIGHTS faves at the end of the night. With it stated that Depth Charge will close early to prepare for the display, it appears this attraction will be host to the show.
There are also set to be three scare mazes as part of this year’s Halloween line-up. After a year hiatus as a result of COVID-19, Creek Freak Massacre will return as the Buckwheats once again open the doors of Creek Woods Sawmill. Returning for a sixth, and what sounds like a final year, is PLATFORM 15: End of the Line, providing another opportunity to discover the unfortunate fate of the Sleeper Express. Details of the third maze are yet to be announced, but it is understood to be located in the former Jungle Escape building, and teasers for the SuperSpark Cinema have appeared in the theme park.
Today’s announcement confirms that scare maze Roots of Evil and scare zone The FEARSTIVAL Arena will not return for 2021, although this is unlikely to come as a surprise since they were reflective of the adaptations made to last year’s event in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite its containers still being in situ, it also seems as though Containment will not make a return, after last featuring in 2019’s event.
This year, FRIGHT NIGHTS will run on 8th-10th October, and 15th-31st October, and the Resort will be open 10am-9pm on all dates. Advanced online ticket prices start at £39, increasing to £42 and £45 on peak dates. All valid Premium Merlin Annual Pass (Legacy) and Platinum Merlin Annual Passes are eligible for a free ticket to the event, and admission is free for Gold Merlin Annual Passes and Thorpe Annual Passes on all dates excluding 30th & 31st October 2021. As in 2020, there will also be an additional charge for the three scare mazes, with pricing yet to be confirmed – last year they were priced at £10 each, with discounted Annual Passholder tickets available for £9.
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