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Merlin Attractions

I am an avid Merlin Annual Passholder, have been for many years! Here’s a whole host of reviews from all the various Merlin attractions, both here in the UK and abroad.

Alton Towers Scarefest 2019 | Review
Merlin Attractions, Reviews, Scare Attractions, Theme Parks

Alton Towers Scarefest 2019 | Review

Every year I always make sure to plan a visit to Alton Towers for Scarefest. This year was no exception. You can read my 2017 review here. Scarefest is one of my favourite Halloween events from the Merlin theme parks (excluding Legoland). I love that as soon as you walk through the turnstiles, the view of Towers Street is beautiful. As you gaze below with the Towers straight ahead across the lake. You don't get a better view than that. Read on for my full Alton Towers Scarefest 2019 review. Alton Towers Scarefest as a whole... Each year, Towers Street is adorned with pumpkins and fantastic photo opportunities. I loved it all. Add in the mix of music and you're taken away from reality and into the world of Scarefest. When they added in the Scarefest sign at the bottom of Towers St...
Creek Freak Massacre | Best maze at Thorpe Park?
Merlin Attractions, Reviews, Scare Attractions, Theme Parks

Creek Freak Massacre | Best maze at Thorpe Park?

Disclaimer: There will be spoilers in this blog post. Thorpe Park Fright Nights 2019 looks set to to be packed with scary lumberjacks, spooky vampires and terrifying walkers. After visiting on Saturday 28th September for the first day of the event, I couldn't help but feel overwhelmed with excitement. It felt like one of my first ever visits to Fright Night back in 2004/2005. However I'm not here to talk about the whole event. I'm here to talk about the one standout attraction. The one that has set the bar high for how frigging GOOD scare mazes are. It's all about Creek Freak Massacre at Thorpe Park. 'How much wood would a wood chop chop if a wood chop could chop YOU?' - Thorpe Park Creek Freak Massacre. You beauty. You beast. Everyone's been talking about it since the media event. Ev...
Haunted House Monster Party | Review
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Haunted House Monster Party | Review

Haunted House Monster Party is now officially open at Legoland Windsor for the 2019 season! Lord Vampyre invites you to his Monster Party where he'll literally turn the whole house UPSIDE DOWN. On Saturday 12th April, I travelled up to Legoland Windsor to experience the new attraction for myself. My first impressions of the ride were good. I will admit that I hadn’t really followed the construction of this ride. However, when I found out it was going to be a Vekoma Madhouse, I knew this was something to keep on my radar. If any of you have experienced Hex at Alton Towers, you're going to enjoy Haunted House Monster Party. There’s even a few Hex style Easter Eggs inside the attraction. This made my ‘theme park enthusiast’ self internally scream with joy. Normally I take my ann
Room on the Broom – A Magical Journey | Review
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Room on the Broom – A Magical Journey | Review

Room on the Broom: A Magical Journey is now officially open at Chessington World of Adventures. And so kickstarts the 2019 season for the park! The attraction is based on the children’s book, Room on the Broom, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Some of you may recognise their work from the Gruffalo children’s book. Let's not forget the Gruffalo River Ride Adventure that opened at the park in 2017. Having had the chance to experience Gruffalo last year, I was very excited to see what was in store for Room on the Broom. Since Hocus Pocus Hall closed in September last year, I knew it was about time this needed a fresh new look. It looked tired and in dire need of some love and TLC. Especially with the removal of the 3D glasses. It wasn't long before Chessington an
6 things you must do at Chessington
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6 things you must do at Chessington

I have been visiting Chessington a lot lately. Despite it being something to do at the weekends, I just have that certain bond with the park. Having almost grown up with the place, with my first visit back in 1998, I still enjoy making a trip here. Having a zoo and theme park in one place, there is plenty of stuff to do for both adults and children alike. If you are ever in the area or a Merlin Annual Passholder, it is worth a trip! I believe there are 5 things that you must do when visiting the park. Read on to find out more!   #1: Visit the Zoo Not only have you got the theme park, you have a very sizeable zoo to explore. From Trail of the Kings to Wanyama Village to the SeaLife Centre and more! I love visiting the Zoo, even if the park is rammed, it is a perfect way to get away...
My early memories of Chessington
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My early memories of Chessington

Source I’m going to get all nostalgic now for this blog post. I was thinking the other day about how theme parks have changed, most notably the ones that I visited as a child – and what I can still remember to this day, my memory isn’t that great ha! I first visited the park in 1998 and have been a regular visitor since then – 20 years on! I still enjoy visiting and seeing how the park has expanded and grown over the years. Of course, I do miss the old attractions that are either no longer with us or have been changed, but it’s the perfect chance to reflect on these and how awesome the park was! Note: I sadly don't have many photos from back in the day for these relevant attractions featured in this blog post. *crying face* Source The Original Vampire My earliest memory was walking throug
What I miss about the Tooley Street London Dungeons…
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What I miss about the Tooley Street London Dungeons…

(Photo Credit: Merlin Entertainments) I recently visited The London Dungeons on South Bank last Saturday, and didn’t realise that a fairly sizeable section of the attraction had been changed. I can’t really remember the last time I visited the Dungeons before my recent visit, but it was nice to see what had been changed with new shows – especially when it is easy for the London Dungeons to become very stale with the shows being the same. (Photo credit: Theme Park Guide) I was thoroughly impressed with the effects and the show in the New Escape The Great Fire of London show. It was different and the interaction with the guests was fabulous, but maybe that was because of me being the one chosen for the interaction. There was also a change in the plague doctor scene where before you meet t