We thought the Frankenrock show at Festhaus was the best we'd ever seen at BG in terms of overall consistency and general quality. Often the band outshines the singers and dancers, and even more often, the singers are downright pitchy. Not the case with this production, and we have pretty high standards coming from backgrounds in music, theatre and dance. You are correct that the seats at the "back" of the Festhaus were not select; that would have been a fairly simple choreography adjustment to at least make those of us in the cheap seats feel more included on a consistent basis.
We just missed getting inside the theater for Monster Stomp by about 15 people, but have been only mildly impressed with this show in the past so we didn't even try to go to the later show. Will try to make it before the end of the season based on this review.
FrankenRock I just didn't understand, or care for. I did give it a second try and didnt see any improvement to make me go a 3rd time. I had LOVED the previous shows in the festhaus and the performers in them. I think this years show feels like an afterthought such as "Well we've got to put SOMETHING in there".
Monster Stomp ReVamped is indeed the best show in the park. Got in twice to see it so far. I LOVE that they brought back the Skeletons!!! Too bad they don't have a bigger venue to move the show to.
My family of four (two kids 7 and 17) loved that the park had more scarezones as you walked around. It tied the areas together so that you didnt feel like you were ever walking OUT of the howl o ween areas. It made it feel more on par with the other theme parks halloween scare events. Yay! to BG for finally getting into the big leagues with Howl O Scream!
I did noticed that they are offering tours this year and the one that was sold out the night I went was the Night of the Dead Tour. This tour gives you an inside look at the costumes, make-up & special effects along with a lot of other stuff.
Although it also sounds like it's much more crowded. Being there on the 1st night, I was able to do all the scare zones twice, once while it was still light, and a 2nd time after dark.
Monster Stomp is still our favorite, but I really missed the Rockin Hallow's Eve show.
One new thing (I think), they were doing pictures with cast members, so I got my picture with a couple of witches from the Monstor Stomp show.
We did Dorney Park Saturday night, and their Fangs show (which apparently is almost like the Fangs show from Knotts Berry Farm last year) was very entertaining, but it took forever to get through some of their scare zone lines, so we weren't able to do the entire set of scare zones in one night.
I don't like that the CP parks are only opening walkthroughs after 6pm, doesn't give you enough time to get through everything; the should open the indoor building walkthroughs at 4pm or so to help with the crowds.