Blackpool Tower Dungeon - Ghost of Christmas
Having visited the slightly underwhelming Ghost of Christmas show at London Dungeon, the week before, we weren't expecting too much for the Blackpool show. Seems we were wrong!
First of all, the Jester introduction room was filled with detailed Christmas theming that included worn out tinsel, a dying Christmas tree with cobweb ridden presents underneath. The Jester himself was dressed in a red and black costume and his introductory speech consisted of many seasonal references. This set the scene nicely and was very relevant to the Dungeon atmosphere and helped our group get in the mood for what was to come.
The Dark Chapel was altered to tell the story of the Ghost of Christmas. The show was actor led, telling the story of two young lovers. One of them was a sailor who promised to return for Christmas. However tragedy struck and the man died when his ship was wrecked near Blackpool coast. His lover never found out about his fate and she spent her days at the top of Blackpool tower hopelessly waiting her lover's return. One day the town was overcome with fog and the lady wandered towards the sea in desperate search of her love but was never seen again. Legend has it that her ghost eternally wanders the tower and it is at Christmas time when she makes her presence known.
The story created a tense atmosphere and made great use of the chapel setting. The actor warned us that the 'white lady' is angered by intruders and could make her presence known at any time!. After the warning, our group was ushered out into the usual show, a little on edge not knowing what to expect next. However the show continued as normal and, was the usual high quality we expect from the Dungeon.
We had almost forgotten about the White Lady until we arrived at The Labyrinth where she suddenly appeared as we passed through. Using a barrage of strobe lighting, a one way mirror, loud noise and extra mist, this was a very unexpected and well executed scare and each member of the group, jumped or screamed in fright! The scene was great fun and as people run into the next scene laughing it almost felt as if we had just exited Thorpe Park's Asylum!
The Ghost of Christmas at Blackpool worked better than the murder mystery style story at London as the sudden appearance of the ghost during the main show really caught people off guard. Blackpool is often the overlooked show when it comes to seasonal makeovers but for Christmas we preferred this version to the others. It will be interesting to see how this success carries into future shows.
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