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  1. 2020: A Mack Wild Mouse themed to Operation Yewtree 2021: A children's playground with year round live scare actors 2022: "The Thorpe Park Dungeon" 2023: The Octopus Garden rides return in the Saw area 2024: The whole "resort" falls apart from neglect, Merlin assure everyone that they are looking into options and that despite nothing being open, there are tons of events to look forward to on the beach this summer, including The Cannibal Holocaust Experience and the return of Love Island (which got cancelled in 2022) 2025: The Thorpe Housing Estate The worrying thing is that whilst I'm exaggerating, it's not by much. Merlin really do need to go.
  2. Just popped by to do a couple of rides on Olympia Looping and I must say she's running noticeably slower than the last couple of years! Hangtime on the loops and everything. Odd considering full trains and it being an unseasonably warm day! Still an absolute babe though.
  3. Lewis.

    Calgary Stampede

    I used to love this ride. I remember running straight back around into the queue more than once during a visit. I must have only been 6/7 years old, maybe even younger. Back in the 90s when Thorpe had a lovely warm atmosphere and wasn't run by an evil corporate machine ?
  4. Had another trip to BPB on Saturday. I've never found Grand National rough and wondered what everyone was moaning about but there was a definite jolt of spinal doom at the bottom of the first drop that took me by surprise ? Apart from that I thought it was actually running quite well, she was flying around the track! I also did Icon front row this time. Much better IMO! I thought I was content with the back row but it just felt a lot more intense. Most of the staff seemed to be giving us a choice of row with the disabled pass which was unusual and obviously went unquestioned. Merlin could learn a lot from BPB about how to treat Disabled guests. Even if the park is an absolute bitch to navigate. I intend to send an email to them to let them know they're doing great ?
  5. Let's face it, we're not likely to get anything world class whilst Merlin are at the wheel. The decline of Thorpe, Towers and Chessington under them is a little bit heartbreaking. Thank god we have Europe on our doorstep, I'm currently planning a trip to Liseberg in June and either Walibi Holland or Phantasialand later in the year. I haven't been to Thorpe since 2015 and I'm honestly not arsed, I'd rather spend the extra money going abroad to parks that are run properly!
  6. That's the plan! Thank you ?
  7. I'll take anything over staying in a hotel alone! I'm all about the hostel life. Admittedly I've only stayed in hostels in the UK but have made friends with people from all over and stayed in touch with most so I'm assuming it'll be the same there! Thinking of going in September time, either then or next spring. Is there a best time of year to go? Universeum sounds right up my street!
  8. I'm seriously considering making a trip here alone, none of my friends are enthusiast enough to want to go and my other half doesn't do heights of any kind so he's never any use! I'm very tempted to just book into a hostel for a couple of nights and explore the park and surrounding area. Anyone ever done it?
  9. Visited the Pleasure Beach for the first time since 2010 last week, I absolutely loved Icon. We left it until later in the day to whore it and were all blown away! It's not intense but it's so much fun. I giggled the whole way through, especially exiting the top hat, zero-g and immelmann, it was like the ride was trying to throw me out and kill me and I loved it! The UK needs more solid coasters like this. I'm hoping to get back to Blackpool soon. Even by British Seaside/Northern standards it's run down and the people are rough as anything but it's such a fun, welcoming place!
  10. I haven't been to Thorpe Park since June 2015 and developments like this do nothing to encourage me back. It genuinely breaks my heart a little bit to see somewhere that holds so many childhood memories being neglected and starved of any real investment or upkeep. At what point will Merlin just bugger off?! Someone give me some hope to cling onto!
  11. Lewis.

    Your Thorpe Park

    I was thinking the other day what the park could do for Halloween besides tired horror franchises and had the idea of a "Horrific Food Festival". Food festivals are a very now thing, it felt like we had one every weekend over the summer in Brighton. So imagine lots of stalls featuring Heston Blumenthal levels of gory food and drink - that. Marketing it would be a piece of piss too, just get a video posted of a couple of lads and tarts eating a skull shaped pizza on that insufferable Lad Bible page on Facebook and you're off. oh and an RMC on Treasure Island
  12. The Thorpe Shark building could work, I'm pretty sure the YHA at The Eden Project is made up of shipping containers. That way when the inevitably overpriced main hotel opens they can have a proper budget option! Hostels are great. I know male dorms can get a little stanky and you get the occasional chronic masturbator above or below you shaking the bed all night but it's all part of the fun!
  13. I think a hostel either on-site or nearby would be a good idea. Their popularity is seeing a huge surge in this country at the moment! I've stayed at YHA's all over the country and they're great, you meet so many interesting characters. I much prefer them to hotels!
  14. She wasn't being rude at all, it was a joke. She was one of those exceptions!
  15. There were engineers working on the launch yesterday, so something to do with that I guess. I overheard one of the staff members yesterday saying "If you want to make a complaint you can go to guest services, or you could go and speak to the rides themselves". I love those totally bonkers members of staff you occasionally come across!
  16. Went to Thorpe yesterday (5th of June) for the first time since 2013. It was a scorcher so all the rides were running extremely well, Colossus felt especially fast but just as rough as I remembered it. That ride hates me. The park wasn't exactly quiet but wasn't busy either, it was a nice atmosphere. Queues ranging from 5-70 minutes (not that it mattered, I had the disabled wristband as usual which again resulted in some death stares from some - always hilarious) I was highly sceptical about about I'm A Celebrity because eww ITV, but it was actually really fun. We ended up doing it last and it was a great end to the day. You do get the feeling they're rushing you through on parts though, I thought the woman was joking when she said we had 5 seconds to find as many stars as we could! Saw closed all day (Obvious reasons) Stealth closed all day (Engineers were working midway down the launch at some point) Samurai on THE most pathetic setting I've ever witnessed (I even overheard a staff member complaining) Rush had a period of downtime at some point, as did Flying Fish I had a great day, and I can't wait to go again
  17. ‘No compassion’ for disabled boy not allowed on rides at theme park because of his condition http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/12890397.___No_compassion____for_disabled_boy_not_allowed_on_rides_at_theme_park_because_of_his_condition/ It's been a couple of years since I visited any Merlin attraction so correct me if I'm wrong but does it not clearly state in the guidelines that people without the use of their legs cannot ride? As a disabled person I've never felt anything but welcomed by the staff so her shaking the discrimination tree seems a bit strange.
  18. The pier is still offering the £10 wristbands, just incase anyone is interested. It was surprisingly busy down there yesterday considering it was midweek and a school day. I had several giggle fits whilst riding Air Race, it's a really fun experience!
  19. This "hotel" doesn't interest me in the slightest. I mean, shipping containers? Really? We use them to house the homeless people in Brighton! I'd much rather stay at a Travelodge or Premier Inn. The shark will be nice to look at though I guess.
  20. I had my first ride on The Swarm in the dark on Friday. The view from the lift-hill is amazing, the park looks so beautiful all lit up and colourful. It's a just a shame half the lights on the train weren't working, plus no fire or water effects but still, I have a lot more love for this ride now
  21. Lewis.


    I didn't think much of X, I much prefer how it was before. It was quite fun raving-out a bit to the music though. The most entertaining part is walking through the exit to use the disabled entrance, people either shout "YOU'RE GOING THE WRONG WAY" or question wether they're going the right way or not.
  22. Hey guys, this is a massive long shot but I'm gonna go for it anyway. Basically I'm looking for some CS, path/ground covers that included sand and woodchips. I for the life of me cannot remember what they are called and where they are from because I've only recently started playing RCT3 again so any help would be mucho appreciated! Oh also if someone could point me in the direction of whatever it is that makes queue-line fences disappear that would be great. Thanks!
  23. I feel nauseous just watching that. Oh well, at least we're finally getting something half decent to replace The ball crusher Super Booster
  24. There's nothing really to take a picture of, the seats are covered up. I felt sorry for the staff that had to stand at the entrance all day telling people it was closed. It was so hot, I would have melted!
  25. I'm liking Vampire's new (to me) disabled entrance, I was dreading those sodding stairs. None of us got to see our photos though
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