Alton Towers mansion

Alton Towers has confirmed that its Scarefest 2012 Halloween events will feature an all-new horror maze dubbed The Sanctuary.

The park describes the maze as a tour of an "abandoned facility", which is claimed to have been uncovered during construction of the new SW7 roller coaster in the X-Sector area. The maze will be hosted in the Alton Towers mansion itself, and will be based around the mysterious "Ministry of Joy", which undertook experiments on humans during the early 20th century.

The Sanctuary will be one of two mazes on offer at the event that carry an additional charge. The other, Carnival of Screams, will be moved from last year's location in the now-demolished Black Hole tent in X-Sector to a new site next to the returning ZOMBIES! Scare Zone in front of the Towers.

Located alongside The Sanctuary in the mansion will be the Terror of the Towers: What Lies Within maze, which is returning for a fifth consecutive year. Unlike the other two mazes, it will be included with the standard Alton Towers admission price.

Scarefest 2012 will run from October 13-31, excluding October 15-18. As in previous years, it will see Alton Towers stay open until 9pm every evening, giving guests a rare chance to experience the park's rides in near-darkness. A range of free Halloween-themed attractions will be on offer alongside the usual array of rides and shows, along with the two upcharge horror mazes.

Theme Park Tourist will be attending Scarefest 2012 and will feature a review on the site shortly afterwards. You can read what we thought of last year's event in our Scarefest 2011 review.

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