A History of Fright Nights at Thorpe Park

The island like no other started it’s scare attraction journey way back in 2002. At this time it had two scare mazes, The Freezer and Freakshow 3D. Freakshow 3D was located in the back of X where The Walking Dead Living Nightmare is currently housed and was basically Hocus Pocus Hall at Chessington, only a shit load scarier and a tonne more trippy. The Freezer was located in what is now I’m a Celebrity. The event remained unchanged for the 2003 season. In 2004, a new show, Carnival of the Bizarre was introduced. Unfortunately at the end of the season both Freakshow 3D and The Freezer we’re retired. What came in 2005 would have a lasting affect on the event for many years after as The Asylum and Hellgate were introduced. The Asylum is currently Thorpe Parks longest running maze having run for a whopping 9 years!


In 2006 Fright Nights became even bigger with Se7en being added to line up. This new maze was based around the seven deadly sins and was quite popular among guests. The event remained unchanged for the 2007 season. In 2008 the ghost ship based attraction The Curse shipwrecked itself on Neptune’s Beach. 2008 would also see the last day of Carnival of the Bizarre as it closed at the end of the season. With Saw The Ride opening in 2009 it gave the park the perfect excuse to basically turn the queue line into one long scare attraction, so Saw went Live for Fright Nights with various actors in different areas of the queue line. Also for the 2009 season was Saw: Movie Bites. This, along with Saw The Ride Live only lasted the year. 2010 however saw Saw Alive arrive at the park as part of the main season, and of course it played a big role at that years Fright Nights. Also new for 2010’s Fright Nights event was Dead End Terror Zone, which was basically a very shit ride graveyard. It had massive geek appeal but lacked everything else. Barry and Stuart also wowed and scared guests with their scary magic. At the end of the 2010 season, Thorpe said goodbye to Hellgate.




2011 saw the arrival of Experiment 10. The first maze at the park to actively separate guests to make them even more scared. It would be the last year in which Se7en operated at the park. 2012 Saw The Park open its first and only up-charge maze The Passing. Those brave enough to experience were hooded for the majority of the maze and it had a very special ending. The Passing didn’t prove popular though as it only ran for the one season. This same year we also said goodbye to Barry and Stuart and Experiment 10.


In 2013, Fright Nights got taken over by Lionsgate and introduced not 1, not 2 but 3. new attractions. Cabin in the Woods, My Bloody Valentine and The Blair Witch Project all screamed their way into the park. All 3 attractions proved very popular with them all returning in 2014 and 2015! However, in 2013 The Asylum closed its doors after a backlash from some snowflakes. In 2014 the park opened its movie set for Studio 13. This was the first year the park offered the Brave It Alone experience. That same year, Studio 13 closed, but the maze struck a cord with Thorpe Park fans.

2015 saw The addition of 2 new attractions, The Big Top Scare maze and Containment. Containment was an escape room lasting about 10 minutes. Harry had obviously finished his killing spree as My Bloody Valentine left the park that year. 2016 saw the old Canada Creek railway get a new lease of supernatural life when it became Platform 15. At the end of the 2016 season, both the popular Cabin in the Woods maze and Blair Witch Project Scare zone left the park making way for invasion of Zombies. 2017’s Fright Nights became host to two new attraction. the Walking Dead Living Nightmare and The Walking Dead Sanctum.

Over the past 17 years Fright Nights has been THE most exciting and thrilling event in the theme park scare calendar and we hope it continues to bring us some bloody brilliant attractions. But what was your favourite maze?

One thought on “A History of Fright Nights at Thorpe Park

  1. Absolutely loved Cabin In The Woods – especially the Face It Alone version!

    I’ve never been so scared but still laughing in all of my life! I know better than to talk publicly about what happened in there – but I will say that one of you might remember me coming out of there in a right mess and not being allowed/able to walk… 😉

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