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  1. JoshC.

    Thorpe Park 2020

    I don't know what you're talking about... (this is what I get for posting on TPM when I should be working)
  2. JoshC.

    TPM Awards 2019

    It's election day, but that's not the biggest vote happening this month 6 days left to get your votes in!
  3. JoshC.

    Thorpe Park 2020

    In fairness, repeat visitors do spend money - the trouble is that their spending on any given day is minimal since they spread out over several visits. Ultimately means that they drag down the spend per customer (which of course any business will use as an indicator) and that causes this outlook that they don't spend money.
  4. JoshC.

    Thorpe Park 2020

    It's not a wrong opinion, of course not. There is no wrong opinion. I just don't get the logic behind anyone saying that a park has "5 very solid coasters" and complaining that one of them isn't a headliner. If I've travelled to a park, I'd come away very happy if I'd ridden 5 decent coasters (and that's as an 'enthusiast' too). In fact, I can't think of many parks in Europe you can come away from and say that...
  5. JoshC.


    The new kid cred for next year has had a slight name change, and will be called Duplo Dino Coaster rather than Duplo Dream Coaster... https://www.legoland.co.uk/DUPLO2020
  6. A nice graphic highlighting how much of the ride has been completed:
  7. The Junker 2.0 rumour train gains some steam.. (link here, original source unknown) Some speculation this could end up including a lift hill and drop similar to Takabisha (Fuji-Q Highland) and TMNT Shellraiser (American Dream, NJ). Either way, if this is an extension, it'll arguably be the craziest thing to happen in the industry in living memory...
  8. JoshC.

    Thorpe Park 2020

    I don't see why this is being treated as a negative? Not every park has to have a Top 10 worthy coaster... Honestly, this is one of the most spoilt comments I've seen with regards to theme parks. "Thorpe ONLY has 2 B&Ms, 2 Intamins and a Gerstlauer, it's not complete". So many parks would kill to have that sort of line up. (NB: Saw doesn't have a clone, just a ride which has inspired it, and the other two were firsts of their exact layouts...). Saying Towers has 3 elite coasters is very much a stretch too.. This is the big issue, yes. And they do need to add and improve. But that doesn't really detract from the fact that the park already have a solid basis with some good coasters. Again: why is this an issue?
  9. JoshC.

    Thorpe Park 2020

    To 95% of the public (plus the group of enthusiasts who genuinely rate Stealth), it's a good headliner attraction. That's a good thing, no? There's plenty of parks out there which don't even have a decent coaster. For Thorpe to have 5 decent coasters (regardless of personal opinion, it's hard to argue that any of Thorpe's major coasters aren't "decent"), that's a bloody good job tbh. Plenty of people in the past travelled far and wide for Stealth. This comes back to the issue I mentioned in my previous post - the park haven't kept up with the times of the industry to have that modern headliner, nor have they had a world class coaster that has remained timeless (or even just a record breaker). Not impressive enough in what context? Because there's better coasters out there?
  10. JoshC.

    Thorpe Park 2020

    Disagree. All things considered, Thorpe's coasters deliver a great thrill for their length. More importantly, I don't think the likes of Colossus, Inferno and Saw would be improved with a longer length. Stealth is designed to be a short and sweet ride, and with its restraints, I don't think a particularly longer ride would add much. The only major coaster that would benefit from being longer is Swarm, but even then, I don't think it's *that* much of an issue. Also, fun fact: Smiler aside, the major coasters at Towers are, on average, the same length as Thorpe's. And their length is rarely complained. I don't think Thorpe lacks a headliner - Stealth fits that role perfectly. The trouble is when we look at big parks across the world which have added major attractions over the past 5 years or so, they've added in fantastic new investments which make use of technology which simply wasn't available 10 years ago. And then these new rides just naturally fit the bill of being a new headliner. So it's not that Thorpe lacks a headliner - for the majority of people who don't know what's out there, they'll still Stealth as a major draw. But when you follow the industry or know it further, you realise that because of the lack of investment for the past few years, the park simply hasn't kept up with modern trends like major parks have.
  11. JoshC.

    TPM Awards 2019

    Thanks to the first 9 of you who have all voted! The lucky 10th person to vote will receive a special prize (prize may or may not be real). But seriously, keep the votes coming!
  12. I believe it's going adjacent to the car park, along the front/side of the park. Never visited the park so don't know if that's near the kiddie flume!
  13. Nice overview of the construction site:
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