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  1. Chessington Howl'o'ween

    The team who designed and built it all had background in theatre and worked on the project the entire season, whilst additionally working on The Vampire/Hollows attraction. After the fire hit creaky cafe, the original team left and the entertainments department didn't have anyone creative, or with the technical experience to pull it off. It's 2nd year was out sourced to the studios to rebuild, using a theming guide left from the original team and the new technical guy didn't have the experience to recreate the different zones of audio/triggered lighting effects, or scenes that were cued by an actor. It was pretty upsetting to see the standard slip so steeply during it's second year and the attraction really suffered. It was pretty shocking that only one of the IMAscore tracks were used and the whole attraction felt static as lights weren't programmed and were just 'on'. It was a poor state and I guess the difficulty was too much for them, hence why Scruffy Dog came in to create something new, as the entertainments team weren't up to it themselves.
  2. Logger's Leap

    The thing with Merlin, they only care about immediate spikes in attendence year by year. They literally have no reason to do anything with Loggers, until tits knocked down and replaced as a (hopefully) new water ride.
  3. Logger's Leap

    Dragon Falls was more to do with themeing being run down following from the Tomb queue line accident, a knee jerk reaction from Merlin. From what I understand, Loggers is much like N:ST and The Black Hole, it needs a H&S upgrade. Additionally, the studio that built the stone faces for falls have said they would be more than happy to recreate them. Obviously Merlin won't pay and if anything, Falls will become part of a bigger land upgrade/redesign in the 'future'.
  4. Logger's Leap

    Poor Loggers. What a state! It kinda feels like Sub-Terra where it's easier to leave something, rather than pay for any H&S upgrade. It's like the Black Hole all over again!
  5. 2017 Season General Discussion

    Isn't this the same thing that happens every. single. year? I used to always be on park opening weekend, until I got tired of poor operations becoming 'acceptable' because it's opening day. It isn't acceptable and that is no excuse. I didn't visit at all last year, because since I dropped paying for an annual pass, my visits depend on ride availability.. as their new ride was closed more than it was open, I didn't bother to visit at all. Opening day is always a no go, for all the Merlin attractions. I'm not going on an off peak day to find the queues are packed out because of closed rides and/or one train operations.
  6. So no one knows if they actually are cleaned? So why the queue line signs saying they are?
  7. What is the process of cleaning the VR headsets? I would like to know at what point between guests they are all cleaned? Putting signs up in the queue line stating they are cleaned, doesn't mean they actually are. Any ideas?
  8. If Thorpe was as good as the Universal parks, I'd do the same.
  9. The Dome

    I thought that was still on the plans? Would make perfect sense for park guests and off season entertainment (Chessington not having a jungle/safari themed water park is another huge missed opportunity). I guess neither have a quick enough return to warrant their existence.
  10. Alton Towers General Discussion

    Glad the money saved from all the closed attractions has been spent well. ;-))
  11. Phantasialand

    I'm so excited for this beauty. Roll on August!!!! Looks world class.
  12. Merlin Entertainments

    I haven't been to any Merlin parks this year and I only went to Thorpe and Alton once last year, both on an annual pass I got for free. I haven't bought an annual pass for years. This is unlike me.. The general under-keep of the parks, Alton closing loads of rides for 'TLC' (when really they're saving money), the dreadful 'world first' BS (the whole AIR thing wound me up, as it did VR coaster who's reputation was at risk through Alton's misleading claim), H&S knee jerks (The latest Alton fence heights Vs parks everywhere else-even Taron, the knee jerk theming destruction at Chessington in 2013), Chessington in every single other way, the way they treat and under pay their staff (the amount of staff complaints from the Eye to Nick Varney has been staggering. One complaint opened the flood gates and he had to take notice and surprise visit- although that's another story). Basically Merlin are too arrogant and anyone that has worked for them will have plenty of tales to tell. It's also interesting that many long term enthusiasts from the Southparks 2003 onwards era, share the same opinion.
  13. Merlin Entertainments

    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has started 'secret' performances last week and is ENORMOUSLY technical with tons of illusions and it's one of many shows that managed to open/opening on time. It's really starting to grind my gears how some enthusiasts are saying 'we should be lucky', 'they're doing their best'... WHY do so many of you settle and make excuses? Merlin are poor at what they do and history demonstates this all the time. Benin hit the nail on the head. I'm not slating The Ghost Train, I understand things can happen, but if they were adding additional bits in June, God knows what state the attraction was a month before opening. Mismanaged.
  14. Merlin Entertainments

    Well, last min theming additions, wayy past it's opening.. sounds mismanaged to me. At least they've added extra bits (assuming that wasn't originaly planned) and avoided opening it in the state which Zufari STILL embarrasingly operates in.
  15. To be fair, there's literally nothing else to talk about until this thing opens now. The SW8 topic is where it's at. ;-)
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