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  1. @Matt Creek,unfortunately due to the Coronavirus restrictions Chessington Buzz nor Theme Park Guide could ride Tomb Blaster today. Chessington Buzz said too me via Facebook that no external changes have taken place to Tomb Blaster. Of course this does not guarantee that Forbidden Tomb has returned in all but name. Obviously the Forbidden Tomb sign is still above the entrance so the canvas sign saying Tomb Blaster could be taken away at the last minute to expose the Forbidden Tomb one.
    4 points
  2. So for anyone interested, one can make out what is said on the signage at the entrance to attraction thanks to Jack Silkstone's video (around 25min mark), and gives a sense of what we could expect: (forgive the rubbish quality) For those who can't make it out: [quote] 1. Move forward when called 2. Your photo will be taken 3. Move to a touch screen 4. Click your photo and enter details 5. Accept the terms & conditions 6. Step aside for the next Participants Misuse will not be tolerated, including inappropri
    3 points
  3. @Matt Creek I cannot believe that Forbidden Tomb has returned!! I am delighted in fact ecstatic.I told you all to believe me and that Abdab would resurrect. From now on can you ALL take my word. Roll on the 17th of May when hopefully someone will vlog from inside Forbidden Tomb and we’ll see Abdab again.
    2 points
  4. It's a various combination of things. Easiest step is to bring the staff up to scratch on it. Start writing down times properly (they rarely do at Towers), and ensure the rules are being followed (saw mention of people not having the wristband holder with them? Like no guys you can go away). I remember explaining to guests clearly the rules (GS didn't tend to) and most were fairly happy, even if they arrived early and they had to wait. In terms of limitations it's variable. Whilst the 3 carer rule is fairly useful for groups (we use this to fair affect for example), Bl
    2 points
  5. Bayorame

    Park Music

    Looks like the parks speaker system has had yet another overhaul! Swarm island and saws speakers have all been replaced with rcf p series and monitor Q series which sound amazing apart from saws station which has no bass but I think its due to saws speaker system still not being finnished leaving some areas without audio (by the way hello zepp it now played on dispatch!) and that they have left the old bose subs remianing making me think they are still keeping them but they have not be turned on yet. Infernos old soundtrack is back with them new rcf subs that are pumping out the sountrack
    2 points
  6. Maybe Forbidden Tomb will be the name of the top-spin going in Tomb Blaster's building?
    2 points
  7. Glitch

    Legoland

    Perhaps they are just doing a pay it backward scheme. To pay for all the wasted pizza MAP holders left on their plates in previous years.
    2 points
  8. JoshC.

    2021 Season

    Jack Silkstone has released his pre-season behind the scenes video, where he's shown round by the park's Commercial Director, Russ: If videos aren't your thing (though tbf, it's a nice video), here's a fairly comprehensive overview of the changes for 2021... Changes to the Drop Off system in the car park. There's now a barrier and you have 30 minutes after entering before you're charged (thanks to number plate recognition) Thorpe Perk Express, the rethemed car from Stealth's plaza, will serve breakfast food, hot dogs and Costa drinks The D
    2 points
  9. Mattgwise

    2021 Season

    This was certainly the case back end of last season, thankfully it didn't make too much of a noticeable difference, but interesting it has supposedly stayed that way. I wasn't even aware that Storm Surge was not reopening so interesting. Anyone else know anything??? This is Thorpe however so don't expect it to get "removed". It'll add to it's collection of SBNO so it can have a worlds first title of "worlds first park with x amount of SBNO rides".
    1 point
  10. I get the point you're trying to make, but the way your posts read here is that because the park are failing to deliver a suitable accessible system, it should be removed for non-wheelchair users who do need it. Which...isn't right.
    1 point
  11. That's not very fair on those who are disabled but don't necessarily require a wheelchair. You cannot force all disabled guests under one thing because it's essentially discrimination and removing independence (a very important factor for many who suffer from disabilities). In the same vein that's why I'm unsure if a Blue Badge requirement at minimum would be problematic in that not everyone who qualifies for RAP can qualify for a Blue Badge or PIP. Disability stuff is hellish to get through these days. As I say it appears to not be under anywhere near the level of abus
    1 point
  12. It's great I think if more people are being diagnosed correctly, however, I feel that the current RAP queueing situation is worse for everyone. One fast moving queue would surely be better for those whom currently use RAP, as well as guests using the main queues.
    1 point
  13. All jokes aside this could well be a possibility. They have tested some of the painting on Tuk Tuk Turmoil. Taken only yesterday...
    1 point
  14. I have to be honest, that looks like absolute hell on earth to visit and not fun for anyone. Genuinely, I think that one fast moving queue-line with RAP access for wheelchair users only would provide a better experience for everyone; both those who would have otherwise been using RAP, and guests in the main queue.
    1 point
  15. Professor Burps Bubbleworks is also due to open in time for the summer months you will be glad to know. Then next year Hocus Pocus Hall will return along with Beanoland
    1 point
  16. Was a nice day overall and whilst it was far too busy it was still a good day. Throughputs were not great but it is only four days in so fair enough. Availability was good with only Dragons Fury really going down for a couple of hours. Audio is a bit messy in places. Dragons Fury and Rattlesnake has no music, though the latter only ever had music in a couple of spots anyway. Scorpion Express was playing station announcments in queue instead of he station and Carousel was blasting out of the entire adventure point area. There's new Mexicana and Blue Barnacle audio is d
    1 point
  17. Right. So Wisey & myself took a little trip to Chessington today, which would be our first trip and park visit of the year. To Sum Up: Park is the best it’s looked in years, from areas such as Mexicana and Land Of The Dragons receiving noticeable touch ups Park Audio was rather messy and untidy in several places, maybe there’s issue All key eating places were open, although the surprise lack of outdoor seating was a little disappointing Majority of staff were friendly enough, although there were some issues with one or two Blue Barnacle is alrigh
    1 point
  18. LukeP_8

    Park Music

    I noticed Infernos old soundtrack when I went yesterday. Honestly loved hearing it again, both Colossus and Inferno's soundtracks lost any sense of individuality when they both got remixed to feature that same bloody island tune a few years ago. I just want to hear Colossus's old theme back aswell to give the 2 coasters some unique soundtracks again.
    1 point
  19. MattyMoo

    Stealth

    😱😱😱 The plot thickens, just like an unbranded nitrogen ice cream cookie sandwich.
    1 point
  20. JoshC.

    Stealth

    Plot twist: After taking a short trip to the park today, I can confirm that the 5th green light on the station-side IS WORKING! Buuuuuutttttttttt, the corresponding light on the launch track is not lighting up. They surely haven't just moved the broken lights around, have they?
    1 point
  21. MattyMoo

    Stealth

    It still doesn't work.
    1 point
  22. Forbidden Tomb is not returning, in name, nature or anything outside dreams.
    1 point
  23. Mattgwise

    2021 Season

    Oh no absolutely not, just saying that I wouldn't have minded if the park had followed a very different direction. Upon rereading I can see it may have come across like that. I just would have liked the old model of a new coaster every x number of years to have continued and would have preferred that system.
    1 point
  24. ML27

    2021 Season

    It’s almost like he saw this forum with the “areas on signage” question! Areas- I kinda get his answer to that, most people won’t care about the areas, they just want to get on the ride they want. It’s not like the areas are themed either! Should just drop the areas now in my opinion. Branding - I personally love the new branding. More modern and futuristic and associable with Thorpe park rather then the previous standard blue cladding thing... or even the tacky font thing years back.. Tidal Wave- At first the removal of the rusty ball made me confused as i
    1 point
  25. Mattgwise

    2021 Season

    The park are clearly trying and beginning to take more pride in the park which is nice to see. I am more looking forward to getting back to the park seeing some of these updates than I otherwise was so looking forward to it. Seems all Merlin parks have put in a bit more effort this closed season, with general stuff. Hope this is something that will become the norm going forwards.
    1 point
  26. It looks nice. Those arches have needed work for some time. The front of the PB with all the frontages repainted in the last couple of years should look a lot more appealing now.
    1 point
  27. jom222

    Introduce Yourself

    Thought I might as well introduce myself as I’ve been sort of a lurker on the site for years and now thought I should try and be a bit more of an active member. - so hello! I’m Jordan from Dorset, I used to live in Addlestone, just down the road from Thorpe Park and have been to there countless amounts of times. For 18 years in a row I held a MAP so have spent most of my time going to Merlin theme parks. A couple of years ago I decided not to renew it and try out some different places, since then I’ve been to Europa Park, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Paultons Park and plan on going to
    1 point
  28. We will get Bouncezilla and Gamefx back if we are lucky If Loggers came back, I'd be a dutchman's uncle. They are probably waiting for it to just collapse to save on the good old demolition costs knowing them.
    1 point
  29. Blublublub

    Logger's Leap

    Hey! I thought Id just tell some stories of what I gathered from things friends and employees used to say about the reason it closed. I really have no idea how much truth is in this (its probably very little so take it with a grain of salt) and I assume a lot of you are quite a bit more knowledgeable about this than me. Essentially, in the early to mid 2010s legislation in regards to the operation of water rides and attractions were updated, something to the effect that water rides at parks needed to guarantee a level of quality in the water used. I think it was along the lines of if g
    1 point
  30. Gruffalo and Room on the Broom are also not listed, neither is Sealife. So I assume they have just (temporarily) removed attractions which are not going to reopen when the park opens on April 12th. If Tomb Blaster was going to be rethemed back to Forbidden Tomb I'm fairly certain we would have heard something official by now.
    1 point
  31. See that is the thing, back in the day it would of been a case of parents taking you in queue lines to learn skills such as patience, you want to go on that ride, well you are going to have to wait patiently for 30 mins. Nowadays diagnosis is much more common and perhaps that's just the way we are going as a society.
    0 points
  32. Seeing reports of 1hour+ long RAP queues. It all seems to be getting a bit out of hand now and I feel sorry for those who need to use it. The bar has been set too low and doctors are more than happy to write a note for anything nowadays. Personally I think there's only one way out of it which is to abolish queuing all together and have time slots. However thats failed in the past. Also seeing a lot of comments about fast pass being prioritised etc, I thought that wasn't possible with only 1 RAP group allowed per train due to evacuation reasons.
    0 points
  33. JoshC.

    Stealth

    I don't know whether to laugh or cry.
    0 points
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