Ok so my thoughts and opinions on the details released....
1. Haunted Mazes - No new haunted mazes is kinda upsetting however I'm glad to see that Field of Screams is returning. Super excited to see C.H.A.O.S returning too I enjoyed it last year. I really hope it is tied into the new coaster somehow. I would really like to see Wolfpack and Backwoods Bayou either revamped or changed into something new... Madame Fatales could use some more as well.I just feel like they could be better.
2. Scare Zones - Seems like they focused hard on these this year. I was impressed with the Pumpkin Eater last year. The theming was nice and had a backstory and everything. There were also a couple really good costumes and make-up designs. I hope this list of new zones is heavily themed and a lot put into them like they did Pumpkin Eater. Scare zones have great potential..... However they can be a bit disappointing. I can't even think of the name but the one in Action Zone last year really seemed to fail to me. The times I was there there were 3-4 people walking around in hazmat suits and noise makers. One visit it never even opened. Something else that seemed to happen a lot last year was scare actors standing in groups and chatting to eachother which was super frustrating. Something else I noticed last year, and maybe I just picked bad days to visit, was the lack of scare actors. Seeing how the Haunt is only Fridays and Saturdays there really shouldn't be any "bad days" to go. I hope they focus on consistency this year escpecially with promising new areas that have been announced.
3. Sinister Shows - So we have Monster Rock which is usually a good show and Haunted Homecoming coming back. I hope to see some tweaks to both shows but enjoy both of them. Not gonna lie though I miss Hot Blooded. Which brings me to the last show..... Drums of the Dead...... Not sure why Blood Drums isn't returning but find it odd that the replacement for them is another drum core. Nothing against drums but with them moving on from Blood Drums I'd like to have seen some other type of Halloween type band/show go in right there. In all honesty there needs to be one of not two more shows and I'd like to see a small scary play instead of all musicals.
I love The Haunt. It's probably my favorite time of the year at Kings Island. It's not terribly hot, plenty of time to get night rides in, the fog rolling through the park, all of it really. That being said I really wish they'd bring the Skeleton Key back with the Fright Lane. I love the collector Key and the extra rooms I was pretty upset to see them go. I'd also like to see them do another Escape Room with the key or at least a show or.something in the Theatre that goes unused during the Haunt. I know it wouldn't happen but how amazing would a Halloween Cirque show be??!!
Anyway interested to hear everyone else's feelings on it all.