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  1. 9 points
    Martin Doyle

    New for 2018

    I wonder if loggers leap will reopen themed to the movie Deliverance whilst we are at it?? or swarm rethemed to my little pony and marketed to families
  2. 9 points
    planenut

    Thank You Staff

    Can I take this opportunity to thank all those staff members who made my visits so good this year. The ride operators, the engineers and the cleaning staff, who all dealt with me and those within earshot so tactfully and patiently. Staff and even some managers whom I saw rush to assist to tidy up the mess that some unwell riders left. Whatever you all do in the future, this should have been a good experience to meet and deal with such a wide range of people from all walks of life. The staff should feel chuffed if their "customers" left with a smile, you've done your bit to make somebody's day, well done.
  3. 8 points
    charlie88

    New for 2018

    Will fit right in...
  4. 8 points
    Project LC

    New for 2018

    What an absolutely mental decision. I would have loved to have seen that meeting where they concluded the best way to make the park more family orientated was to retheme a family coaster that can't have single riders to the walking dead. All this will result in is ruining guest satisfaction as they hype up a walking dead coaster that can't possibly fulfill the media hype while at the same time reducing the line up for younger guests. It's just constant short sighted decisions resulting in higher running costs which when accompanied by the reduction in spending on the theme park division can only end badly.
  5. 7 points
    EpicSmatty

    New for 2018

    You underestimate Merlin
  6. 7 points
    pluk

    New for 2018

    Yay, barbed wire. I know I can't get enough of the stuff when at a theme park.
  7. 6 points
    Martin.C

    New for 2018

    Sorry, but Timber Tug and Lumber Jump are not worthy subsititutes for X’s replacement. If Loggers Leap was to reopen the same year as this re-theme of X, this may all be manageable but no indication suggests this to be the case at the moment. So as things currently stand, the lineup for families is likely going to be reduced for 2018 and this is where the problem lies with me. If this Walking Dead theme for X is going to result in a new height/age restriction imposed, what coasters are those between the 1m - 1.4m height bracket going to be left to ride in the park other than Flying Fish? Nothing. At least with Chessington and Alton Towers there is a wide variety of coasters which appeal to this market, as well as older audiences such as Vampire, Dragon’s Fury, Spinball, Runaway Mine Train, Thirteen and hopefully Wicker Man soon. X might have spent the majority of it’s life so far since 1996 with a 1.4m height restriction, but I consider these last 4 years to be the better years of the ride since it finally stopped pretending to be an extreme thrill and started to welcome kids as young as 5 onto it at long last, whilst appealing to the young adults at the same time. If it happens, why would the park want to reverse this decision and theme it on a horror TV show, other than to plaster an IP over it with another hyperbolic “world first” claim? It makes no sense other than for marketing reasons.
  8. 6 points
    CharlieN

    New for 2018

    I’ve really given up caring about Thorpe Park. Recent development history means that I have no optimism that Merlin will create something really special. Is there even a development plan at the moment? It feels like every development completely combats what the last one tried to do. “Thrill Capital” marketing results in the family ride Storm Surge. “Island Like No Other” marketing results in a gory horror overlay of a popular family roller coaster. Are all of Merlin’s ‘magic makers’ really just headless chickens? Why does a flash in the pan idea seem to override any sustainable long term development? Do they not have a clear vision of what they want the park to look and feel like 10 years from now? It’s the most frustrating feeling when the park you’ve grown up loving and feel that’s got so much potential doesn’t have a clear direction - or any direction at all. Can someone swap home parks with me please?
  9. 6 points
    Martin Doyle

    New for 2018

    A Walking Dead theme for a family coaster??!! Next thing you know Platform 15 will get a Thomas the tank engine retheme where rather than looking for the conductor, you are looking for the fat controller!! Then again with Alton Towers giving it’s family wooden coaster a Wicker Man theme, why not I guess!!.
  10. 5 points
    Ryan

    Time Person of the Year

    Jart
  11. 5 points
    Benin

    New for 2018

    WD could mean anything though: Wall Dump Wealth Drain Wrangling Dumbs Wenger Danger W*** Decisions
  12. 5 points
    Benin

    New for 2018

    Why? They won't tell you anything. I don't understand the point of contacting a park about this sort of thing. It gets you nothing.
  13. 5 points
    TPC

    New for 2018

    It's not love. It's going to ruin an attraction which worked well for the entire family
  14. 5 points
    MattyMoo

    New for 2018

    Don't forget the family rides open on a rotational basis in Old Town, guyz.
  15. 5 points
    Martin.C

    New for 2018

    So it appears Thorpe have decided to take a popular family coaster, which served well between 2013 - 2017 for the 1m - 1.3m audience, retheme it to what is likely going to be on The Walking Dead judging by these plans, possibly add a new height/age restriction as a result, just to make another tacky and depressing IP-based "world first"?
  16. 5 points
    Coaster

    Merlin Entertainments

    This quote from the above article sums up the current situation with Merlin for me;
  17. 4 points
    RobPHolt94

    New for 2018

    WGruffalo Dride
  18. 4 points
    Wumbamillio

    New for 2018

    This won't be so much to do with the designers, and more to do with the company/park's marketing strategy which traditionally flip flops all over the place failing to see the clear picture, while succumbing to pressures of shareholders who don't care one bit about the actual guest experience on offer. They just want quick short term solutions, so sticking an IP on an existing attraction it is. Merlin's (failing) marketing strategies lead all aspects of the theme parks development. In fact Merlin Magic Making are just as much a research and marketing division as they are attracion designers. Good marketing is important and would tell you that a hardcore American TV show brand slapped on to the park's only big family rollercoaster isn't the way forward. Superficial marketing gets you I'm A Celebrity, VR hurredly designed into Derren Brown's Ghost Train at the cost of the whole concept working as intended, the flip flopping Thorpe Park brand and the park becoming filled with grey, drab depressing themes.
  19. 4 points
    Benin

    New for 2018

    Thing is you can't make something like Walking Dead family friendly without, well, defeating the point of having the IP in the first place... So either they alienate the family market, or create a diluted attempt at the show... Neither option is positive...
  20. 4 points
    Coaster

    New for 2018

    It's just bizarre, X is a family coaster by definition and putting a horror theme on it would make no sense whatsoever.
  21. 4 points
    Mark9

    Merlin Entertainments

    Merlin have decimated the UK theme park industry and ignoring advice from advisors will continue to starve the parks of the investment they need despite the huge drop off across their estates. Put your money into Blackpool, Paultons, Drayton. We need a competitive industry, not the one Merlin have trashed.
  22. 4 points
    MattyMoo

    New for 2018

    Jart's continual silence = nothing new in 2018. Thread closed.
  23. 3 points
    Coaster

    Blackpool Pleasure Beach

    Pleasure Beach have posted some fantastic pictures of the immelman through various stages of construction, it looks amazing! https://www.facebook.com/blackpoolpleasurebeach/
  24. 3 points
    Mark9

    End of year review 2017

    If 2015 and 2016 were anything, empty would be the main word. I'd lost my coaster enthusiasm in a big way with only trips to the Disney parks across Florida, California and Paris being real highlights, their blend of capacity, good hours and efficiency being real draws. Any time I'd visited Merlin parks, I'd been frustrated with just how boring and badly run they had become. If I remember 2017 for anything, it would be the year that I got back into theme parks in a big way. It happened relatively late on in the year though, with only a trip to Disneyland Paris in February before the 25th anniversary celebrations begun. I had been planning a trip with a few others for the beginning of April. This was the real kickstarter frankly. Parc Asterix, Nigloland, Holiday Park, Phantasialand, Movie Park Germany and Efteling on the agenda. This was a sublime trip with big parks and some fantastic rides. I could wax lyrical about Alpina Blitz at Niglo for hours. This to me is why Mack rides are so exciting. Intense, full of air time, perfect restraint systems and operations. It's been a long time since I've gone back again and again for a rollercoaster, let alone ride that same ride 10 times in a day. But Alpina Blitz is something special. This is why the idea of Icon at Blackpool is so exciting because Mack rides are rerideable and damn good fun. Getting back on Oz'Iris, Black Mamba and Taron filled me with delight too. I always wondered if I had just over-rated Oz'Iris back when I first rode it but now I know that I hadn't. It's a genuinely good, unique inverter and the operations were absolutely perfect. Whilst Tonnere de Zeus was a bit disappointing this time around, I still maintain that Goudurix is just brilliantly awful. The thrill comes from wondering if you will survive. I was still disappointed with Expedition Ge Force. I know why people like it and even get why this was rated Number one rollercoaster for years But we've moved on now and the stupid loading procedures and strictness of the ride holds it back in so many ways. Don't ride Alpina Blitz the day before is all I can advise. A ride that did surprise was Van Helsing at Movie Park. Wow. It's just a simple Gerstlauer bobsled but it was a big shock at how good it was. Very forceful cornering that compete with our own Rattlesnake at Chessington. The final park was Efteling which I wish we had longer at. It's back on the agenda for 2018 because I just didn't feel like I got the full Efteling experience. I really liked Baron 1898 for what its worth and the fairy dark ride was pure class from start to finish. (side note, has anyone seen that seven rollercoasters you need to ride in 2018 video thats been going around? Why is Baron even on that list?!) With that excitement over the next trip was IMO the best park in the world, Europa Park. It's no secret that I love Europa and every time I go it surprises and delights at every turn. It was weirdly quiet, managed to stay on Blue Fire twice in a row for example and we didn't really queue longer then 20 minutes for Arthur. We didn't know it was to be our last rides on EuroSat 1. It was running fantastically well. There's something about these older dark rides that just surprise at every turn. Wodan was also running fantastically. Every successive trip, it just seems to get better and better. Whilst I prefer Blue Fire, Wodan really is a great coaster. Coupled onto this trip was a few days at Paris to do all the 25th anniversary shows and to experience Hyperspace Mountain. Yuck. I don't really like it when a ride like Space Mountain has a theme chucked at it in such a haphazard way. The new trains are fine, but the use of Star Wars doesn't work here. New Illuminations is also not very good. There I said it. Stop trying to sell me your brands in such a blatant way. July time and it was off to Walygator for Monster. This is a pretty damn good B&M and whilst Walygator is a bit of a dump, Monster almost makes up for it. One final trip to Paris happened (annual pass fun) and then November and off to Florida for a two week vacation. (lol America) I'll first talk about Busch Gardens and Seaworld before descending into Disney. Do Busch and Seaworld ever get busy? For example, I've never queued longer then 10 minutes at Busch for anything. Walk on Montu, Cheetah Hunt is lovely but surely it shouldn't be that way in Florida. Suffice to say my feelings for certain rides has changed. I'm not sure what they've done to Kumba for example but it felt like the wheels were squares. It was running quite roughly throughout whilst was slightly disappointing as I'd previously loved it. Montu was fine but it really doesn't compare to Oz'iris, Monster, Nemesis. It's first half is fine, but the second half is just the train wondering around finding its way to the ending. Sheikra is excellent. So much force and air time throughout. I hear that it's hated in theme park circles and I really don't get why. Cobras Curse was new last year and seemed to be having a lot of problems. We managed two rides and it was an okay enough ride but was a bit haphazard in its execution. Seaworld has three top quality rollercoasters and thats it. Luckily, these are B&M"s and three very strong ones at that. I'll start with Kraken (or Kraken Unleashed) which has been completely wrecked by VR. I'm not sure how the queue works anymore because the queue is closed off with a gate for the whole day and you have to ask to ride without VR. If you want VR you have to grab a virtual queue ticket. You could easily lie however and just queue normally and get straight on. But if you have a virtual queueing ticket you get priority onto the ride and can still just choose not to use the VR if you so desire. It was weird. The VR is fine but again it take away from the quality B&M experience you could be having instead. I'd never really liked Kraken that much before but I really enjoyed it this time around. It felt a bit rough around the edges and less smoother then before so maybe I like the more visceral experience. Manta is excellent. The flyer is a bit of an under-rated gem in Europe to be honest and its a shame its never really taken off because from what I've seen and experienced, the flyer is the most intense B&M product available. I know some don't like pretzel loops but I absolutely adore them. MORE PRETZEL LOOPS PLEASE. And finally... Mako. My experience with B&M Hypers is ashamedly lacking. I've only been on Silver Star and Shambhala so far so I was looking forward to Mako. A few things with this first. Most hypers have nine rows, Mako has seven so it looks really short and oddly shaped compared to the norm. I think this may explain why Mako is so much more airtimey and 'intense' compared to the others I've been on because the air time here was far more in the Intamin category of air time then the norm. The first half of Mako is excellent and surprisingly intense. It felt far more violent that I'm accustomed to from Shambhala for example which takes everything far more calmly. Mako isn't like this at all. What does take away its edge though is two trim breaks. WHY DO THEY DO THIS. Mako has two and the first nearly kills an air time hill, the second makes for a poorer ending then Mako really deserves. What Mako does do is deliver another excellent B&M for Seaworld who IMO have one of the strongest B&M line ups in the world. There, I said it. So Disney World. This was all really about Animal Kingdom frankly. It delivered. There's a slight bit of animosity towards Pandora: The Land of Avatar and I get where that comes from. But it pales into significance of how incredible the area is. It's immersive, its full of little details and each walk through of the area is full of surprises. It's particularly amazing at night when the pathways come to life, full of colour, the plants shine, the waterfalls glisten. There are two rides in the area. Flights of Passage is the big one which gets 180 minute queues from the start, all the way to the end of the day. The other is Navi River Journey, a small boat ride that takes you through the land of Pandora. For all my money (and worth), I think Navi River Journey is the better ride. This goes slightly against the grain but to me, I prefer the physicality of River Journey with a particularly impressive animatronic. Flights of Passage only just justifies its long queue time and if I was being cruel, it's just a slightly more impressive Star Tours. There's no doubt that what Disney have done here is tried to put you on a journey, to wake you up to the damage being done to our world, albeit very subtlety. I just find the pre-shows over long and full of faff, impressive faff but faff nonetheless. What does impress however is Expedition Everest at night. Disney are the masters at lighting and riding Everest in pitch darkness has to rate as one of my favourite rollercoaster experiences. Rivers of Lights, Animal Kingdoms new night-time show is impressive in its small scale. It's not like the castle firework shows where its essentially a Disney clip show. RoL is about how we live with animals and our bond with nature. I really liked it. Nothing to really report about Hollywood Studios and Epcot was it's usual retirement home of locals and retail. Frozen Ever After is fine if unremarkable but just about enough to justify its queue times. Happily Ever After, the new firework show at Magic Kingdom is fantastic. The Christmas event was fun but no way on earth am I queuing three hours to meet Moana. And with that another theme park year is over. It's been one where I finally feel back into the theme park groove. Hope this wasn't to long a read and congratulations if you've made it to the end.
  25. 3 points
    BaronC.

    Heide Park

    The park have broken their silence on Colossos and released a video (in German) about it. Essentially, in summer 2016, the condition of the rails was found to be a terrible state and the ride had to close immediately. Being Intamin (presumably), it's different to other wooden coasters, takes longer and more money to repair, and requires a full track replacement amongst other things. Heide management are awaiting a decision from the big guys at Merlin as to whether they'll be given the money to fund the repairs, and an announcement of the decision will be made on 11th January. Part of me feels that because they've made an announcement like this, this is actually a good sign. Maybe they already know the ride is staying, and 11th January is when work starts / a reopening date is set. To me, it'd feel strange to publicly say 'we're waiting on a decision from people above us about money' when it's undecided. But who knows..
  26. 3 points
    EpicSmatty

    New for 2018

    Could someone move the Rock'n'Rollercoaster from Disneyland to somewhere in the UK? I'm gonna need my fix of music based dark rides next year and X ain't gonna give it to me anymore
  27. 3 points
    Coaster

    New for 2018

    Ridiculous and bizarre decision, Thorpe is marketed as "an island like no other" but all they do is add depressing and dull horror themes with barbed wire to (almost) everything. X was perfect for families, and following the small refresh this year was exactly the fun, enjoyable attraction that it should be. Thorpe are making a lot of strange decisions at the moment but this just takes the biscuit, first they add angry birds land, install an interactive maze for families, shoehorn in two family flats yet now they're taking a coaster designed for families and alienating them by giving it a horror theme?! Literally makes no sense, especially considering they purchased new trains back in 2013 so the height restriction could be lowered to 1 metre - so families could ride it!! Pathetic use of money and resources for a park which needs so many sensible improvements to be made.
  28. 3 points
    JoshuaA

    New for 2018

    They can't be that daft right? Retheming X to The Walking Dead would be perhaps one of the WORST decisions in Thorpe's History competing with DBGT and IAC.. The family lineup would become paper thin if it departed, leaving it to Fish and Storm Turd which aren't exactly good either.. The Horror theme will alienate the family market, and the thrill market are probably better off sticking with Swarm or Inferno.. If this is linked to The Walking Dead I'm lost for words. Terrible.
  29. 3 points
    OlivusPrime

    New for 2018

    You're going to need a taller watchtower to see past the abomination in front of X...
  30. 3 points
    1729

    New for 2018

    I think its obvious whats happening to X there turning the last car around so you can "brave it backwards for 2018" ;p seriously, its unlikely the walking dead maze would open all year round, maybe a special event for a peak few days (weekends in august possibly?) but not going to happen Looking at the photo of what happend they removed the entrance structure so maybe there re working the queue a bit
  31. 3 points
    MattyMoo

    New for 2018

    X is becoming The Jart Experience. Gonna be good.
  32. 3 points
    Benin

    New for 2018

  33. 3 points
    BaronC.

    TPM Christmas Meet 2017!!

    25th December is the meet date Creek...We'll all see you there...
  34. 2 points
    Mark9

    Top 10's

    Top five new rollercoasters 2017. 1. Alpina Blitz - Nigloland 2. Mako - Seaworld Orlando 3. Monster - Walygator 4. Baron 1898 - Efteling 5. Van Helsing - Movie Park Germany
  35. 2 points
    BaronC.

    Time Person of the Year

    I would like to nominate MattyMoo, for dedication to our lord and saviour Jart.
  36. 2 points
    onair

    New for 2018

    Another ridiculous idea from Thorpe Park. What really annoys me they can find money for short term junk like this but cannot maintain their current attractions. Proves they take no notice of any feedback. Only have to look at the reviews on TripAdvisor It seems these young inexperienced staff running Thorpe Park are clueless. Sure they will blame someone else though when it fails. Seems Thorpe is on a downward spiral. Flop after flop.
  37. 2 points
    Coaster

    The Future of Rumba Rapids!

    Probably getting a horror IP retheme. Either that or it'll be closed for a redevelopment. Either way I'm sure it will make a splash back soon.
  38. 2 points
    Wumbamillio

    New for 2018

    This will sound cynical but this just looks like the standard cheap rehashing of old attractions, masked by sticking a trendy IP on the door, that we've come to expect from Merlin. I agree with everyone who's surprised how little the theme fits the tame coaster. The cheap-to-make drab and depressing themes around Thorpe Park are so tired and overdone now. They always were in my opinion. Young adults want big energy and colour too! X was alright for that after the clubby tart up and suited the age bracket better, but still only the best of what they could do on a too-small budget. And if you DO want horror and edge, there are 100 ways to do it without just making dirty warehouse buildings with junk decorating the paths. They'd be better off demolishing X and saving that enormous space for something not totally restricted by the poor existing coaster inside. But 'why do that when you can save £££s stick a stack of old tyres, barbed wire and a standard preshow, and call it new?'
  39. 2 points
    JoshuaA

    New for 2018

    This doesn't justify the terrible family lineup though if X leaves for a tacky Walking Dead re-theme. This is much, much, easier on paper than to actually do. Especially if that person has overbearing anxiety.
  40. 2 points
    dk3

    New for 2018

    Go on the big rides then.
  41. 2 points
    Martin.C

    New for 2018

    Does a horror theme really work for a family coaster though? Thirteen when new was not only called out on the ridiculous marketing behind it, but the nature of it being too scary for younger riders, and now we could see the same thing happen all over again with theming a wooden coaster on flippin’ Wicker Man at the same park for crying out loud. But for Walking Dead on the other hand taking over X possibly? That’s the riskiest one yet. The franchise is popular and most people are familiar with what it entails. If a family for instance who visits the park knows the franchise well with two younger kids aged 7-9, do you think they would be happy to allow them onto a ride which could potentially terrify them if there’s no age restriction? This to me seems like a quick and easy way to use yet another IP at the park which appeals to their core market. But by doing so, they are alienating their younger audience further and families might discover in 2018 their kid’s favourite coaster can no longer be ridden due to a new height/age restriction imposed on a horror franchise-themed ride. I’m all for seeing existing rides being spruced up when they need it, but not if it means narrowing your audience.
  42. 2 points
    In fairness, Ghost Train is a unique attraction, which does blend together a lot of different techniques in an unusual way. The quality of it is always going to be up for debate, and maybe some think it's something which need not have been made at all. However, I think it is deserving of some recognition within the industry. The scale, idea and concept of the ride is impressive, and I reckon it is / was the start of a new breed of a dark ride. The idea of multiple scenarios / stories is slowly becoming more common. The mixture of a ride system and live action scenes is still something many parks wouldn't go near, but can work successfully if done right. Ghost Train does have its flaws, but it could end up being something which has a positive impact on the industry in the long run.
  43. 2 points
    Sounds like a big corporate pat-on-the-back circle-jerk to me, anyone who has a grasp on decent storytelling or technological integration wouldn't even nominate DBGT for such an award.
  44. 2 points
    BenC

    Park Count - 2017

    It's a very good ride, packaged up in a world-class way. But it's not going to trouble my top ten... it doesn't do much other than twist and turn. #TeamHelix all the way. More intense, more varied. Better trains. And the view! And the in-line twist finale! An absolute joy.
  45. 2 points
    Mark9

    Merlin Entertainments

    Here's the thing. People will moan, complain, get angry. But they'll still buy the pass. They should stick to their guns and just not renew when that time comes around if they truly believe Merlin are as evil as they say they are.
  46. 2 points
    cptnmingo

    Thorpe Park Trip Reports

    Sounds like you had a really good experience Mermalizer! We just did the Services Day end of season event and got to experience The Walking Dead Fright Nights as well as ride everything in the dark. I put the vlog trip report below but I echo your comments, park operations were on point for this one. THE GOOD Living Nightmare Walking Dead maze was incredible. The scare actor who played Negan had the character down to a tee, mannerisms and accent and all. The maze itself was just wonderful for me as a fan of the series, to see all the scenes they'd set up was excellent. I also really enjoyed Big Top again, the chainsaw guy really got the group in front of us scared and I ended up shouting RUN FOR IT causing all 10 of us to comically leg it out of the maze. Platform 15 has also improved, I didn't expect a huge burst of fire like that! Also got to experience the ghost train again. I have to say the Rise of the Demon vastly improves it in the second half of the experience. We used the Thorpe Park app to keep track of when it opened and only ended up queuing for 20 minutes, queue time jumped up to 80 minutes while we were waiting to board. THE BAD Couple of bad points this trip. Sanctum, the second walking dead maze, wasn't AS good. It was a little too short for my liking? Mega thumbs up to the female zombie scare actor who cornered me and creepily stroked my face though, not sure if I was laughing out of fear or something else! The Thorpe Park hotel wasn't that great. My first time staying in it and it was just my personal preference, I think it is a cool idea but I guess I'm just used to a more airy and open feel to a hotel room and I struggled with how warm the room got! I loved the shark facts though. THE UGLY One sore point I am still waiting for a reply from customer service from. Amity Fish & Chips. I stopped there with friends for a £7.95 meal deal which was just awful. Chips weren't cooked and when we went to complain we received some pretty poor customer service. I get that it's the last day of their contract, but ya'know. Just a small blip on an otherwise epic day! ... Oh, and my friend won a toy on the 2p machines in the arcades so he is happy is a pig in poop.
  47. 2 points
    BaronC.

    New for 2018

    The Loggers rumour is the best one. So the rumour goes that if Thorpe didn't get a contract with a company for a couple of Fright Nights mazes (and potentially a short term, year-round maze), they were going to instead spend the money on sorting out Loggers Leap? Even though they will be completely separate budgets and departments, and Loggers would require significantly more money than a contract with AMC... lol Slammer removal will happen sooner or later. If it doesn't happen this winter, I'm sure there will be a rumour amongst staff next year it's being removed next winter. X closure / retheme is something which has been doing the rounds very recently. Though it seems to crop up most seasons, so who knows.. A permanent Walking Dead maze makes sense in many ways. It is a huge brand, and other parks that have had the IP have always had a permanent attraction shortly after signing the contract, so it could even be something that AMC require to get on board. Yeah, there's questions of whether scare attractions work in theme parks outside of Halloween (ultimately, Saw Alive was declining in popularity, even though the decision to close it was based on costs), but it'd likely be popular in the short term. A coaster getting the VR treatment will probably be thrown around for a couple more years. It's an easy way to get a new attraction, which is obviously something Merlin love. I reckon it's something which has been thought about, but hopefully it's a dead idea now. So yeah, always take rumours from staff with a HUGE pinch of salt of course. The Loggers rumour is hilariously off the mark that it makes me take any of the above with a bucket load though, sorry.
  48. 2 points
    Martin.C

    New for 2018

    If it does turn out to be true and the park are considering having The Walking Dead maze(s) open year-round, maybe I'm looking at this wrong, but wouldn't that devalue the need to attend Fright Nights a little, especially now that the franchise are involved in an annual event? If you exclude Living Nightmare as a Fright Nights only attraction from next year onwards, what exclusivity is there left for Fright Nights other than Big Top and Platform 15, both of which aren't sponsored by AMC in the first place? It seems both bizarre and unlikely to me that's going to happen unless a new maze is going to fit somewhere else in the park or replace either one of Platform 15, Saw Alive or heaven forbid Big Top. Not fussed about Slammer being removed since it's not returning. All I ask is please build something decent there Thorpe at some point. Don't do a Ripsaw and build another inflatable HB Leisure stall, we have had enough of them thanks. At this stage, I've given up on Loggers Leap and not expecting it to return again. Even if there is work taking place on it right now this winter or next year, I still can't see it returning. Why would it have taken two entire seasons to finally get round to it? That should have been a bigger priority for the park than getting AMC involved in Fright Nights. X's removal I still have doubts will happen because it would be one of the silliest decisions I have seen the park make since they thought building Storm Surge was a good idea back in 2011. Why do it now? It's old yes, it's tatty yes, it's dated yes, but it still serves a purpose with those between the 1m - 1.3m height bracket and removing it would alienate this market further with no viable alternative coaster in the park except for Flying Fish for crying out loud. A replacement coaster for X or a complete theme overhaul targeted for this market however would be very welcome. And as for Swarm VR, the less said the better. Thorpe, you temporarily ruined it between 2013-2015 with brave-it-backwards, don't do it again please.
  49. 2 points
    Nick Hutson

    TPM Christmas Meet 2017!!

    I will be there. Always a joy!
  50. 2 points
    Josh3103

    Thorpe Park's Old Days

    https://www.instagram.com/thorpepark1997to2003/ found a very interesting page on Instagram with quite a few pics of the park during the period 1997-2003
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