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  2. Is the new music going to be organ based still? Otherwise the organ and organist is going to look a bit out-of-place. I suppose they could just remove the whole scene, since the organist isn't going to ever move properly again anyway. I have a feeling they will make the station more cartoony and child friendly.
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  4. Slow start? Where have I heard that before? Merlin is doomed with olympics and opening big new additions (looks at Swarm). Only time will tell I guess.
  5. This year this will still be going at the end of the season ....
  6. Dubai is a lease operated by Merlin = Making money. Japan is improving folds year on year, just had a slow start, with the Olympics this year, I'm sure it will continue to improve. Meanwhile Thorpe still makes profit for Merlin, but just isn't the priority as of now, maybe the new owners will see a different incentive that lies within Thorpe. It will all just take time.
  7. Because Legoland Japan and Legoland Dubai are getting all the visitors and making all the money? (spoilers: they're not)
  8. Perhaps it's just currently not profitable for Merlin to invest in Thorpe, in comparison to the new markets of Legoland resorts in Asia.
  9. I just can’t see a positive future for the park, as rides continue to age and are given as much “on the cheap” maintenance until running them is no longer practical. In the last ten years, we have only seen six new rides, two of which are “off the shelf” kids rides you would expect to find at a small sea side park. In the ten years before that, we saw 14. Whilst it’s not logical to keep the same investment level from 2010-2010, it would be nice to at least see something every few years, but we know under current positions that isn’t going to happen anytime soon.
  10. To me, 10s of millions sounds about right for a theme park maintenance budget? Be interesting to compare Towers or Disney to it. In terms of Colossus needing a retrack, that would likely be the recommendation from whoever's looked at it. Then when pointed out the key areas that require work Merlin have focused on those because purse strings are tight. Which pretty much sounds like any company doing maintenance on things tbh. Everything else sounds like what we've all noticed for years under Merlin. Chronic underinvestment in infrastructure has led to a lot of issues. Plus additions that just haven't worked as planned. It's a tough combination, and we can just hope that the new ownership sees these issues and takes suitable action.
  11. I wouldn't be surprised if something slightly less dramatic were the case. I'm sure they'd love to be replacing the at this point innumerable derelict attractions and investing in new ones but there's obviously some struggle with money happening alongside a lack of interest from anyone higher up. I doubt they're all sat around like "shall we get something new this year?" - "Nah CBA lol". I'm with those wishing for Merlin to just sell it off to someone else at this point. The question is, who?
  12. It's new replacement music I think. The original "mix" was put back, but seemed like the sound system so broken that the station still sounds naff. Sad really, it used to sound brilliant. It wouldnt cost a bomb to redesign the station properly and bring back the beast it was in 1990, or better. But it costs way more than Merlin would ever be willing to pay.
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  14. https://www.naflic.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/431-Huss-Top-Spin.pdf Cracking report (pun intended) on what is presumably this ride. Report from 2017.
  15. Where will this new music be going? Will it actually be new music or a restored lost track? The station was 'refurbished' during the Vekoma transfer, even though it did nothing but take away. It would be nice to have the 1990 station back again. But would Merlin want to spend that much on a 30 year old ride?
  16. This year for its 30th anniversary Vampire has new music and a refurbished station. Will it be good and finally restore that atmosphere that was lost years ago? Or will it be another terrible DIY revamp
  17. http://coasterforce.com/forums/threads/thorpe-park-updates.43821/ Interesting musings from an enthusiast who talked to a park engineer about the park's future. Highlights below: Naturally take this with a pinch of salt. JoshC has already refuted (in his/her eyes) some of the info in the linked post.
  18. JoshC.

    SAW: Alive

    I don't know what you're talking about... (thanks!)
  19. Ivsetti

    SAW: Alive

    360 degrees view of the attraction for those of you that didn't manage to ever do it (also petition to move this thread to "Past"): For more 360 POV's of FN mazes with varying quality visit this guy's channel.
  20. Colossus (6) Depth Charge (5) Detonator: Bomb's Away (5) Flying Fish (3) Mr. Monkey's Banana Ride (5) Nemesis Inferno (5) Quantum (5) Rumba Rapids (4) Rush (5) Samurai (6) Saw - The Ride (5) Stealth (5) Storm in a Teacup (5) The Swarm (6) The Walking Dead - The Ride (5) Tidal Wave (5) Vortex (5) + Colossus - Flying Fish
  21. JoshC.

    Top 10's

    Decided to be a negative so-and-so and have come up with my 10 most-hated coasters (from least most-hated to most most-hated)... 10. Kirnu, Linnanmäki Intamin's first Zac Spin coaster. It's awful. 9. Shockwave, Drayton Manor Intamin stand up. It wasn't awful the first time I rode it. Second time I was worried I'd be castrated. Never again. 8. Tornado, Hellendoorn An almost 30 year old Vekoma sit down looper didn't sound appealing. Funnily enough, it wasn't. When I rode it, operator offered the group I was in a ride at the back because it's better there. I politely refused. 7. Boomerang, Bellewaerde One of the first Vekoma Boomerangs. Not the worst Boomerang I've done, but still, nope. 6. Vampire, Walibi Belgium The first SLC to appear on the list. It's painful, so so painful. 5. Cobra, Walibi Belgium Another Vekoma Boomerang. It's crazy how a coasters with the exact same layout can feel different, but this is just less appealing than Bellewaerde's one. Even crazier thing is I can tolerate (and kinda enjoy) Walbi Holland's Boomerang... 4. Hero, Flamingo Land Whoever thought of putting people in a flying cage needs their head checking. 3. Ukko, Linnanmäki A Maurer Sky Loop. The sheer pressure your head experiences when you're being hung upside waiting for the train to disconnect from the lift chain is actually one of the most uncomfortable moments I've ever experienced in my life. 2. MP Express, Movie Park Germany Another SLC! This one looks ugly, sounds ugly and smells ugly (not even kidding, the stench of manure is overpowering somehow). It also rides terribly. 1. El Condor, Walibi Holland Another SLC? Whodathunkit! It's the first SLC too. And it's just dreadful from the moment you sit in the seat until about 2 hours later when the headache finally subsides. Why couldn't Vekoma have stopped after this one? --- Looking at it it's actually a boring list since all but Shockwave are off-the-shelf models. Near inclusions were Colossus (Thorpe), Smiler (Towers), Viking Roller Coaster (Energylandia) and Tulireki (Linnanmäki).
  22. I can' tell you how much enjoyment I get from people moaning at Chessington for not having enough rides open or being really busy when the February half term event is called Animal Adventures.
  23. Benin

    Top 10's

    Give you some due with that coaster list, perhaps the most out there choices I've seen in anyone's top 10.
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  25. Hi Matt, Put me down as attending please. Looking forward to it. Put me down for the meal to if you plan to have one?
  26. Isn't that date the apparent day for pass holders day? The park have now moved onto The Swarm for their "cyber" funky hint thing they're doing with pictures of all the rides. Their end of season video last year was "Season Initialising" or something else in a very techy way so it's easy to conclude something along those lines is their "something new" (Merlin's strategy - something new, no matter how small or bad at the park every year is a necessity in their eyes to keep people returning) lineup for 2020. Some people are saying it's potentially VR or PicSolve ("We value your privacy" was what they mentioned with their Stealth post). They've also updated the banner of their Facebook page so it give a "glitch" effect which definitely supports the theory of something tech-related: It certainly seems much more interesting IMO than their "season of events" that 2019 was.
  27. ste193

    Top 10's

    Top 10 Parks: Tokyo Disney Sea Island of Adventure Fuji Q Highland Hollywood Studios Animal Kingdom Tokyo Disney Land Epcot Sea World Orlando Disney Land Paris Black Pool Pleasure Beach Top 10 Coasters: Hagrids Coaster Expedition Everest Ejekna Dodoponda Hulk Space Mountain Hyperspace Thunder Mountain The Big One Mako Saw The ride Top 10 Rides: Monsters Inc (Tokyo version, duh) Journey to the Center of the Earth Indiana Jones and the temple of the crystal skull Tower of Terror Soarin Forbidden Journey Escape from Gringotts Jurassic Park Haunted Mansion Spiderman Adventures
  28. Nice idea for an event I wonder if it'll be popular, given how previous club events have been received over the past year or two, along with it being before the season starts. Then again, being before start of season might help, what with it being an early chance for night rides too
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