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  1. MattyMoo

    Fright Nights 2020?

    For £10 I will expect to have a ball gag in my mouth, made to squeal like a pig and crawl around on all fours whilst being pushed about and then have a big fat man dressed as a baby put a custard pie in my face and throw straw at me #BigTopBraveItAlone #TheGoodOldDays #SharedBallGagNotCovidSecure
    9 points
  2. MattyMoo

    Fright Nights 2020?

    I've translated the second sign and it says "Brave It Backwards 2021"
    4 points
  3. Mark9

    Fright Nights 2020?

    Very interesting insight into your wants and needs here gents.
    4 points
  4. Coaster

    Fright Nights 2020?

    Plenty of attractions of different types operate free (admission included) timed ticket slots on a first-come-first-served basis, so let's not pretend that charging £10 per maze was Thorpe's only option here. I understand that the parks have suffered a lot financially this year, but nevertheless I don't think it's right that Thorpe have introduced such a hefty fee for these mazes when they are essentially one that has been around for years and Blair Witch without the IP. Ultimately I do not believe it represents good value for money and it feels as though Thorpe are exploiting the
    3 points
  5. £10 for Platform 15... £9 if you’re a pass holder... A maze that was once free for the last 4 seasons... And now costs more money for both a regular guest and a pass holder than any ScareFest maze did last year... And the park still have the nerve to charge standard pass holders a minimum of £10/£25 to enter this “Fearstival”... This could get... interesting.
    3 points
  6. MattyMoo

    2020 Season

    Please all hold a moments silence for all staff, especially guest services, for the Thorpe & Towers MAP exclusive days A whole park full of lanyard flashing, pop badge laden, entitled guests, lovely stuff. Wonder if the RAP queues will be bigger than the main ones...
    2 points
  7. JoshuaA

    Fright Nights 2020?

    The 25 quid I pay to get in better go towards the RMC Hybrid the park is building I STG.
    2 points
  8. Double post but who the heck cares!!?? ITS OFFICIAL!! This looks truely incredible. Absolutely hyped up to high heaven about this thing. Smart business aswell by Universal to aim to open it in line with the release of the third Jurassic World movie!! *Taron and Helix have left the chat
    2 points
  9. JoshC.

    Oktoberfest 2020

    So I went to Oktoberfest at Thorpe yesterday. There's some photos and videos on TPM's Facebook page and as I'm only on my phone I'm too lazy to drag them all in - so check them out over there... [/plug] First thing first: the event isn't finished yet. They were still putting out benches, bunting, etc today. Some of the stalls don't have a full range of food yet. The steins you can buy aren't in yet. It's a bit of a shame. I don't quite get why Thorpe decided to have the event start so early, especially when they only decided to have the event a few weeks ago. It's likely put a lot
    2 points
  10. JoshuaA

    Top 10's

    1. Steel Vengeance 2. Taron (new) 3. Maverick (-1) 4. Shambhala (-1) 5. Wodan (-1) 6. The Smiler (-1) 7. Top Thrill Dragster (-1) 8 Goliath (Great America) -1 9. Black Mamba (new) 10. Wickerman 11. Nemesis 12. Blue Fire 13. Millennium Force 14. Magnum XL 15. Silver Star Post Phantasia rankings.
    2 points
  11. After a boozy evening sailing down the rhine the night before, it was finally time to visit Phantasialand. A park I have heard so much about. Now Phantasialand seems to really draw very different reactions from people, some people think its the best park in the world. Some people think its great with flaws, and then you have those who think it is shockingly over-rated. Anyways, once into the park. Something really made me think, I knew this would be a paragraph-worthy rant, so lets jump in. (for your information, I didn't take many pictures due to time constraints. Tut Mir Lei
    2 points
  12. Agreed on most of your review. Phantasialand has moments of class mixed with areas of complete rubbish. For every Taron there's three rides begging to be destroyed. I can't say the same for Europa Park where every ride has a purpose and is looked after to the highest degree. Yes even snow bench the ride. I value capacity highly and I could rip my hair out waiting for either of the Winja brothers.
    2 points
  13. Looking forward to the 5th anniversary of DBGT next year, I'm sure the park has lots of plans in store for this much applauded and loved attraction that is, and forever will be, the future of theme parks
    2 points
  14. JoshC.

    Fright Nights 2020?

    There's a lot going on there. Quite a bit of good. A bit of not good too. Okay so first, the upcharge mazes. Ultimately to be expected. If you can only go through a maze with the people you visit with, it's going to drastically reduce the throughput. If you have it as a free for all like normal, you're going to be left with ridiculously long queues and people will be unhappy. There's the second issue of the park needing to make money. The park have missed out on half a season. So they're going to want to play catch up wherever they can. And they haven't extended park op
    2 points
  15. JoshuaA

    Fright Nights 2020?

    Looks cool. I do think Alton is the better deal this year (especially when it comes to prices). I hope Thorpe let some of these actors have some humour this year, it would be nice to have laughs in the scare zones. I always found Thorpe to lack the humour that Tulleys or even Scarefest has/had. Even the roamers are always so try-hard.
    1 point
  16. ThorpeAddict

    Merlin Entertainments

    They put out a survey a week or so ago asking for opinions on passes with different perks/limitations so wouldn't surprise me if they completely change the types of passes they offer. This included things things like weekday only passes, can only visit certain attractions such as 3 of the theme parks, after 2pm only passes, different amounts of discount + family and friend offers. Will be interesting to see what they come up with. Definitely seems they are slowly taking away some of the perks
    1 point
  17. This year May not be over yet but it has been one long roller coaster ride and sadly not an enjoyable one other . As this horrible time remains dominated by a never ending pandemic, here’s some rides that may be a reminder and summarisation of how 2020 is going. Hold on tight and remain seated, you are in for a very bumpy ride! 1/ Meanstreak- Cedar Point Tall, long and dominating. The whole presence of this attraction should deliver something great to live up to it’s name. Sadly that is not the case. This coaster uncomfortably drags you along a rough and uncomfortable circuit w
    1 point
  18. JoshC.

    Whose Meme is it Anyway?

    When you spend 2 hours making a meme and your head cannot contain your brain anymore... Maybe should have gotten 1000 experts in instead?
    1 point
  19. MattyMoo

    Fright Nights 2020?

    Thanks for the clarification on that, had no idea! Squeaky bum time for Merlin parks for the next couple of weeks...
    1 point
  20. TPJames

    Fright Nights 2020?

    From the official gov website: Businesses selling food or drink (including cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants), social clubs, casinos, bowling alleys, amusement arcades (and other indoor leisure centres or facilities), funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls, must be closed between 10pm and 5am. This will include takeaways but delivery services can continue after 10pm (from 24 September). Theatre and cinema performances are the only two exempt and can run over the 10pm curfew, but the bars/kiosks must be shut down by then. So yes, gues
    1 point
  21. JoshC.

    Fright Nights 2020?

    I'm sure Thorpe (and Towers) are, simply put, bricking it right now. Everything is so up in the air and there's so little they can control. More and more independent events are cancelling too, despite maintaining they would open - I can only think of a handful still running now. I guess at this point they'll just run when they can. Everything is still being set up and they've spent the money on designing and building stuff, hiring actors, etc. At this point, they have to run whenever they can otherwise it's all for waste (a risk that they were no doubt aware of). As fo
    1 point
  22. Martin Doyle

    The Next Big Thing

    I am actually willing to bet with anybody who will take me on that SW9 will arrive before Thorpe get a coaster. The thing I want to know is simple. If Merlin do not want to give Thorpe an RMC, WHY do they not want to give them one? They are absolutely leading the way in the industry in terms of acclaim and how they are viewed in the community. They are also cheaper than other coasters from the likes of Mack and Intamin and in general are just solid good rides. So surely when the time comes to give Thorpe a new coaster, an RMC would make sense. If not them then what coa
    1 point
  23. JoshuaA

    The Next Big Thing

    Could be completely random, though I do believe Merlin should work with RMC soon. They are basically the future of roller coasters, and they do not have a bad coaster to their name. I'm sure if the park got any type of RMC it would easily be #1 in the park. But lets be real, we ain't getting a coaster here for a while. I can still dream about Alton though lol.
    1 point
  24. planenut

    Stealth

    Finally braved TP for the first time this year, and very wary of the virus and the almost impossible "Social distancing". Took a couple of different style face masks and found the one I use when riding my bike the most secure. Difficult for the staff as they cannot be any closer to the riders than they are. Originally doubted I would get many rides in but there was hardly a queue all afternoon so I managed a decent number. Several times after the braking hill we raced round the lower bend and engineering had to change a couple of drive wheels.
    1 point
  25. Holly

    The Breakdown thread.

    @Han30 honestly same with Det, I just can't in case it gets stuck. I'm proud to say coaster wise, basically been on no breakdowns, RNR at Paris was alright as the music kept playing. Water rides however, just don't go on one with me. Most my breakdowns have been water rides, lift hills, boats piling up and all that. Best flat was Rocky, 40+ rides in one day, get on one and it jerks forward and stops. We waited for the engineers and kept the ride host company. No point in trying to get on anything else, capacity day and 30+ heat so nah.
    1 point
  26. LukeP_8

    Fright Nights 2020?

    Bit late, I know... I understand the reasons why they wanna charge so much for the mazes... However there's absolutely no chance I'm paying £10 for Platform 15 or Blair witch (or its new equivalent). Only mazes I'd pay a tenner for are Ex10 and Asylum. The only good thing I can see coming out of this event really is Thorpe hopefully carrying this improvement in parkwide atmosphere and theming into future events. Hopefully one day we'll see both better mazes again, and consistent Halloween Horror Nights style scarezones and park experiences that have always been missing.
    1 point
  27. JoshuaA

    2020 Season

    Its a bit hit/miss, the queues are about a hour during mid-day, though later on the day the queue times can be a bit bloated/exaggerated. Yesterday Stealth said 45 minutes when it was about 10 minutes. And it still said 45 when it was walk on for a fair while. Swarm is similar, it said 70 minutes when it was 20. Honestly I recommend not 100% trusting the reported queue times, especially in the afternoon. Though in the morning you may have to queue for a while for the major rides, especially Saw, which seems to be closed more than its open.. So anyway I went on Wednesday/Thursday, s
    1 point
  28. Marc

    2020 Season

    The problem is merlin have already made it clear many pass holders are pre booking and not turning up, increasing pass holders tickets makes this problem worse and I can see why they don’t want to give pass holders too much % of the capacity they have for them not to turn up. They could introduce a higher pre book price (seems unlikely now they’ve made it free) which gives you money back when your at the park to spend. Or you could have some sort of system which gives gives priority to Those who have actually turned up and gone instead of booking and not going, problem
    1 point
  29. coaster38

    Park Music

    The huge overhaul of the audio systems across the park seems to be continuing. Many new speakers that had been fitted over closed season have been connected and are working (for instance on the balcony overlooking the park when you come out of the dome, and there is now audio again on the climb up the volcano on Inferno, don't remember those speakers working for years prior). Volume levels seem to be different in many areas every time I visit, showing they're experimenting a little to find the best levels in various places. For example the audio around Stealth's plaza and queue is
    1 point
  30. There's air con somewhere inside, as it was the large condenser unit mounted on the side of the building that was running, they can only run to an AC system and don't really serve other purposes as they just pump and cool refrigerant. Possibly just inside the ops rooms and back areas but still it shows activity indoors. I don't expect it to open this year either but at least it shows there is work ongoing to get it open.
    1 point
  31. Han30

    Rage Against The Time Machine

    I thought the exact same thing about Adventureville - weirdly reminds me of the bubbleworks. Ive not visited adventure island since 2017 and gutted about over the hill - I genuinely enjoyed that ride. Axis looks interesting - is it very intense? I wasn’t a huge fan of Scorpion so not really fussed that it has gone and the last time I rode Dragons Claw I had to go to the toilet to be sick . As for Time Machine - did it once - never again - horrific thing! Great review - was hoping to take my nephews there but I think it’s best to stay away after what yo
    1 point
  32. ThorpeAddict

    2020 Season

    Very weird decision For me the £1 booking fee isn't a problem. Its the fact you have to book weeks in advance. Some people don't plan and can't plan in advance. I find it frustrating not being able to visit when it isn't capacity If anything this is just going to make that problem even worse, as more people are going to book tickets and less will be available
    1 point
  33. Darren Brown 3.0 walk through attraction no ride no VR, experience the Marvel of the floating train.... please exit this way, tell your friends about the possessed floating carriage Thorpe park Market the floating carriage as a worlds 1st, the future of theme park wonders and the impossible.....
    1 point
  34. Phantasialand on the whole is generally a great park and one of my favourites. A lot of their rides such as Taron & Chiapas I consider masterpieces in their own ways. There is definitely room to improve the offering further and a lot of it comes down to the entrance setup and older attractions. I think China might be getting redeveloped next but the entrance setup is definitely a challenging one as Josh’s points mention. As for food, I consider it arguably the best park for food, from quick service to sit down restaurants. I do recommend Rutmoore’s Tavern if you retur
    1 point
  35. JoshC.

    Chocolate, Cologne, and Taron II

    Entering Phantasialand is a weird one as there's actually 3 'main' entrances. Entrance 1: Berlin. This is the most "main" one in design, but practically anyone who drives won't use it, since there's basically no parking for day guests. You enter with the carousel directly in front, and then look down Berlin street towards Wellenflug. It's small and tight but pretty cool. Entrance 2: Mystery. Probably the most used one since the car park is accessed by using the road under the park next to the main entrance. Entrance 3: China. The car park for this is fou
    1 point
  36. Martin Doyle

    Phantasialand

    Well. Cedar Point is simply untouchable though xD Taron,Black Mamba and Chiapas are a line up that most other parks would die for!! Glad to see you enjoyed the park!!
    1 point
  37. JoshuaA

    Phantasialand

    Definitely gutted that I didn't get to experience FLY. But its an excuse to go back next year. For those who have no time to read my review. I really enjoyed this park, Taron and Black Mamba are both really good coasters. I do still prefer Europa and Cedar Point. Though Klugheim is a work of art, and I hope Rookburgh continues the trend of great theming.
    1 point
  38. So as mentioned in posts above they're continuing with the drive in cinema in October, which they are hoping to make more 'halloweeny'. An excerpt from their facebook: 'the challenge of celebrating Halloween with Covid has created new opportunities, many of you know that we have been running a Drive In Cinema experience at Tulleys over the Summer months. What you didn’t know, was that the Summer season has been a test, to learn and fully understand how to operate the cinema, giving us the potential to run a larger Drive In cinema experience this Halloween. The Haunted cinem
    1 point
  39. JoshC.

    Phantasialand

    Rookburgh news: Staff previews are happening next Monday. Staff are, of course, being explicitly told not to share anything online and will be searched for phones, etc. before entering the area. Klugheim had staff previews around 3 weeks before opening, so we must be nearing an announcement or opening very very soon. Some rumours are circulating that on the 14th we'll have more news.
    1 point
  40. JoshC.

    Fright Nights 2020?

    Jack Silkstone recently uploaded a Fright Nights video which shows that some work has happened around what was Platform 15's queueing area last year. In particular, it shows new fences and a new themed section. It's hard to know when the work was done of course, but it certainly points towards the maze returning this Fright Nights. Obviously Platform would be one of the easiest to bring back too. Outside of that, there's no obvious work happening towards Fright Nights.
    1 point
  41. ThorpeAddict

    General Discussion

    Chessington have extended there main season until 29th November this year, believe they're open every Friday - Monday 10 - 4. Wonder if other merlin parks are going to follow?
    1 point
  42. So here's the Thorpe problem in a nutshell. Their investment in the 2000's was big. it was exciting, it was dynamic, it was a dream to be a Uk theme park fan with rides left right and centre. But the Thorpe problem comes down to a lack of space and a lack of diversity. They've got themselves into a rut when The Swarm kind of failed. Their target audience demands the newest, most exciting attractions. Who cares about Colossus and its measly ten inversions when The Smiler has fourteen.So then when they fail to grow, they start to downsize. The problems start to increase. The lack of investment m
    1 point
  43. You seem like the competitive type Mark; why don't you have a crack at winning this one?
    1 point
  44. MattyMoo

    Stealth

    When bae does a video about bae
    1 point
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