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    2019 Season

    With Fright Nights well underway the 31st is fast approaching - the park have started some very early marketing for 2019. A sign has gone up over the exit and a page has been setup at https://www.thorpepark.com/2019 to sign up to be the first to hear more information on 2019. So what would you like to (realistically) see for 2019? I’m not expecting any new attractions for next season and that’s probably a good thing - the park can really focus on what it has and going from there. For me id like to see: Clarity on Loggers Leap future - if it’s returning or not I think this really needs to be decided / communicated. General tidy up - it’s fairly obvious, but there’s bits of the park which need a good tidy up, some queue lines are looking tired and need repairing / painting, buildings particularly around Angry Birds land could do with a lick of paint too. Fixing up of theming - the park over the last few years have come on leaps and bounds in this department, Infernos has its waterfalls back, the mist is working more times than it isn’t after years of nothing, Tidal Waves sign, water tower work to a degree, the effects around The Swarm are mostly working and Saw finally saw its blades fixed, and seeing this continue would be great. Colossus could really do with seeing it’s pit cleaned out and if possible a solution to the issues it’s had with its fountain since it opened - it really looks great when it’s working, more work over at tidal to get both the Sign and Water tower fully working would be great too. Audio - again, recent times we’ve seen a lot of good progress with audio, I know some replacement tracks are controversial but I’d say the park is sounding much better now than it did 3 years ago. I’d like to see more here, Stealth and Tidal Wave have seen a lot of work on their sound systems and both sound great, would like to see this continue, Colossus / Lost City has dead speakers which would be good to hear working again, the Bridge Speakers have had better days too and could do with replacing. Wouldn’t mind The Swarm having a new IMAscore track too (hinted in the entrance track). From there would like to see general volumes abit louder, particularly at the entrance. Events - whilst the year of the walking dead / Love Island Lates have been fairly controversial on these parts I think events over the year is a great thing - even if the theme isn’t for you (Love island isn’t my thing but I loved the 10pm closes!) and more of this next year would be great. Fright Nights - obviously this is a hot subject at the moment, I hope next year we see more investment in Friht Nights, it would be great to see the big top return, along with at least one more all new indoor maze, personally am not against IP’s for mazes if it’s the right IP and is done well, but generally prefer original themes - the ideas they can come up with are usually just as good. It’s also important to learn and evolve the good parts from this year too, The Big Top show time, whilst not anywhere near as good as the Big Top maze does a great job in the dome, the roaming actors this year in Amity and the clowns are also the best I can remember. That’s my lot for what I’d like to see in 2019 - what would you like to see?
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    Park Operations

    Not much of that story adds up to me - someone managed to get the persons bag, get the keys find the car in the car park with no prior knowledge of where it is and drive it out of the car park in the middle of Fright Nights within 40 minutes 🤔
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    'I'm a Celebrity' Maze

    Was open throughout the peak periods - so it would help with the queues even if just a little.
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    'I'm a Celebrity' Maze

    It did 4 seasons and would have cost very very little (probably made it back in its fastrack sales) Will be interesting to see what they do with it - the theming in there is actually really good so hope it’s not the last we see of it!
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    Blackpool Pleasure Beach

    Whilst I get why you’d be disappointed I think it’s better if they promise lesser open hours with possible extensions if needed rather than ending up closing earlier than advertised. Its a tough time for UK the UK theme park industry - Merlin in particular get an awful lot of slack from enthusiasts for cuts etc but as demonstrated by Blackpool - investments isn’t necessary the fix needed too - in which they’ve built pretty much the perfect coaster and had a decline in visitor numbers. Hopefully we see abit of an upturn soon - which will In turn give the people running all the parks the confidence to invest in them too.
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    Nemesis Inferno

    Pretty sure that’s how the track / supports look pre painting (image below of track at the B&M factory- I wouldn’t say it looks abandoned/ SBNO just looks like a ride under its annual winter maintenance!
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    Nemesis Inferno

    Wonder what caused that.. maybe jet washing took some paint off although I’m pretty sure a lot of it was jet washed last year and that never happened. Pretty certain it won’t be like this come March mind!
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    Logger's Leap

    Abit stupid - im sure the park will deal with it mind with their face / name all over the video. As for the state of the ride it don’t really look any different to what I’d expect, cut down some trees, clear the leaves out and fill it with water and it wouldn’t look any different to it did on its last day of operation.. fingers crossed we get a firm answer on its future either way next season.
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    Colossus

    I agree it does need money spent on it - the issue with things like tape around the seats isn’t new though nor unique to Colossus (see Saw / Smiler!) - I’m not sure if it’s a budgetary thing or a time thing. Ha you’d love Baco 😛
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    Colossus

    I know everyone loves an excuse to bash but is colossus really that bad? It went through a stage of being pretty awful - and of course the restraints are not be the best design but it’s hardly unridable - especially in the last 2/3 years the trains are noticeably smoother IMO. Personally I think there are better things the park could spend the money on. There are rides out there which run much rougher!
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    Blackpool Pleasure Beach

    It will be a mistake, people make mistakes, no harm done!
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    Nemesis Inferno

    Surprised - the geysers especially have been on and working for a good couple years now! Think they go of every other train.
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    Merlin Entertainments

    Merlin have today launched new monthly membership options, standard passes are £8.99 a month with a £29.99 joining fee and premiums are £11.99 per month with a £34.99 joining fee. Both have a minimum term of 12 months, prices are actually pretty decent and offer a saving over the upfront cost - the idea I guess it people signing up and stating a member.
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    Park Operations

    They hit over this over Fright Nights - unfortunately the day when it was so cold and they had to close the coasters early evening!
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    Feedback of the Forums

    Hoping the recent issues are behind us now! Let us know if you have any issues with the forums!
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    Is there a maximum length for hair

    We are working on it!
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    2019 Season

    They are the official “breaks” provider for Thorpe - think they are external but still have an official relationship with the park.
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    Logger's Leap

    What is wrong with that ?‍♀️
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    Legoland

    The concept of inside looks pretty decent despite how bad it looks outside!
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    Blackpool Pleasure Beach

    I don’t see how its “shockingly unprofessional” - no probelm atall with brands having abit of a personality online!
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    2019 Season

    Open dates for 2019 are out, nice to see less closed days and a couple extra fright nights!
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    Closed Season

    Whilst it obviously don’t appeal to all they’ve had more engagement on twitter than any of the other merlin parks since they closed for the season - so I can see why it don’t appeal to all but it’s also not necessary a bad thing..
  23. Aha I remember when they reduced fright nights till 9pm! For me: Saw Alive - solid maze, well themed and still draws the crowds. Living Nightmare - it’s not going to go anywhere, to be fair to it it’s probably the best themed maze Thorpe have had, it needs some serious work on its ending though. Platform 15 - this is again a good attraction when the actors are on form, but like living nightmare it needs work on its ending which has always been inconsistent at best. Blair Witch - This year Blair witch wasnt bad IMO, they got it much more “forestry” than it was in the past and that worked well, merge this with Dead Creek, and it’s back to a decent length too. New: Big Top - this is probably one of the parks best mazes they’ve had - would really like to see this return. New concept - preferably not an IP, an original concept maze (inside) be that on the beach or over behind swarm in a Marquee New maze in IAC - with some work they could make a pretty decent jungle themed attraction, no need for the hoods but it would take some work to certain parts to work as a fright night attraction.
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    2019 Season

    Thorpe have launched details of their 2019 season pass which looks to be replacing the TP annual pass. £55 for the season with normal summer weekend / Fright Nights exclusions, they are also selling a parking pass for £21 which is decent value too but has the same exclusion dates. https://www.thorpepark.com/tickets-passes/annual-passes
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    Closed Season

    Glad I’m not the only one who noticed this ! I don’t think it’s either but I’m sure someone will work it out!
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