Last Saturday Andrew and I went to Lightwater Valley for their Halloween event Frightwater Valley.
The park operated as normal from open till 1PM where Raptor Attack was transformed and discount ticketed entry started. The crowds really started to come in around that time and it was the busiest I’ve seen the park in a long time.
Frightwater Valley is only a two day event and had 1 scare maze ‘Dracula’s labyrinth’, and they adapted one of their coasters ‘Raptor attack’ to become ‘Raptor attack Live’. Both attractions were well done and made excellent use of the property.
In ‘Dracula’s labyrinth’ they enclosed parts of the hedge maze allowing for a unique experience with the dirt floor, hedges, and the smell making really feel like a haunted forest. There were quite a few good scares and the chainsaw attack at the end made a lot people run out of the exit screaming. With the maze opening at 6PM and the park closing at 8PM it meant the queue was long from about 5:30 until it had to be cut off around 7:30.
‘Raptor Attack Live’ added zombies to queue and exit. Although there aren’t many places to hide the actors still managed a few scares and made for a fun family attraction. For the whole afternoon the queue was a good hour long.
Later that night there was fireworks display over the lake. There was some sort of story to go along with it but with the crowds we couldn’t really here what was being said over the PA system. The show was extremely well done and exceeded what we expected from the park with about 20-25 minutes of fireworks!
The new for 2011 Skeleton cove area is looking very good and is really the parks only properly themed area, filled with a couple of rides previously based at Loudoun Castle plus a swinging pirate ship which means the park now has 2 although you can longer get to the old one.
Overall it was a very good day and proved that Lightwater Valley can hold a good event. If anyone is looking for Halloween events next year this one is worth checking out.
Theming was everywhere.
On the main path between the trees was a small scare zone.
Creepy clown masks.
Zombies do exist.
I was quite surprised with how much they had done.
Next up was Twister.
Where we found the ride sign they finally added this year.
We headed down to Skeleton cove. You can still see the old Swinging ship.
The new Huss Ship.
Plus ride sign. Hi Larry.
Even the kiddie swings were themed to the max.
The first of the 2 ride bought from Loudoun Castle. Powder Kegs.
A really fun ride.
The second was the Black Pearl.
At 1PM we went over the experience Raptor Attack Live. Or is that the Lightwater Valley Mining Experience?
The Ultimate was there too. And you could tell the crowds were picking up.
All the way up until it met the Raptor queue. Glad we rode it before 1PM.
The whirlwind has found a new home in between The Ultimate and Raptor Attack.
Are we at Lightwater Valley or Alton Towers?
Eagles Claw was next.
Drop kick may of been needed.
As darkness falls Dracula’s labyrinth opens.
Slightly later the fireworks started.
A surprisingly long display.
Time for some rides in the dark.
In the dark the Park just got spookier.
Scottish Steve would of loved this place.
The lighting worked really well.
Overall it was a great day and something I will be re-visiting next year.