I really think BGW should turn HOS into a hard ticket event. They could have the park open on weekends with family friendly Halloween stuff like SeaWorld's Spooktacular and then have a really immersive, scary event at night.
The Halloween themed dining looks great though. Though that's always a draw with BGW. They did such a great job of creating Vampire Point I needed a double take to see what area they transformed it to.
^They have two other themed-dining events, too: "Fright Feast" in Ireland's Castle O'Sullivan and "Buccaneer Galley" in Festa Italia. The menus at each venue are different, too; for example, "Fright Feast" offers currywurst. (But I think "Buccaneer Galley" is just the usual pizza-and-pasta buffet they have all season.)
I was there on Saturday for my first time and I had a truly remarkable visit. I'm hoping to get my photos up soon! Hollow Scream was fantastically frightening, and I was really impressed with their efficiency in moving people through the mazes!
Howl-O-Scream was great when I went last Friday and Saturday. It seemed more mellowed out compared to my last visits (2005, 2009), but regardless my friend and I had a great time. We only did two of the mazes, Deadline and Cut Throat Cove. CTC was pretty neat and a nice change for HOS. It had the shortest line for any of the mazes there.
Crowds weren't to bad both days either. Nessie, and Alpengeist had walk-ons through out both days. Also the lights under Nessie's loops were off on Friday, those were some interesting night rides. I also got to ride Verbolten for the first time. It won't replace the BBW for me, but it's still a great ride and definitely what BG needed. The night rides in the rain were great, the blue light and the fog machine under the last drop was awesome. Mach Tower was of course closed. Overall we had a great time and I still have the fun fall card so I might go back before HOS is over this year.
Quick maze rundown. The mazes are pretty good this year.
Bitten - still as solid as ever. Everyone seems to bash this maze because it's been around for a while. I got a few good scares out of it. Catacombs - I didn't get many scares out of it opening night, but got some last weekend. It seems like the park changed up some of the maze and made it longer. Deadline - Actors were alright, but this maze had too many dead areas. Not only that but it was insanely dark inside so I kept running into the people behind me. It was much better last year IMO. Cutthroat Cove - the new maze. The actors were great, but the maze felt cheap. Hopefully the park upgrades this maze and adds more actors in the coming year. 13 - this maze was the same as last year in terms of scares and theming. There's still dead areas and rooms with no theming. Actors were decent.
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