Glitch got a reaction from Ivsetti in Phantasialand
Merlin Parks aren't just able to invest money at will, without a business case, which is what they did in the early 2000's era.
Currently Merlin's interests are in Asia as that's where the emerging markets are.
If the British consumer, spent more money in the parks, and stopped complaining about the excellent value of the MAP looking for the cheapest options to the point of Merlin practically giving tickets away, share the fun, trade, promos etc, then perhaps they would invest more into the UK markets but currently Lego is the asset with the greatest return, hence why it will be getting a new land next year.
On the second to Disney comment, it's the truth however you have to look at the business as a whole for example the Midway clusters and Legoland parks generating millions in weekly revenue.
Glitch reacted to JoshC. in Detonator: Bombs Away!
The seatbelts serve 2 main purposes:
Purpose 1 - In case of an evacuation, it gives greater control to staff. 'Please don't undo your safety belt', etc.
Purpose 2 - A visual check for guests to know they're secure.
As time has gone on, Purpose 2 has become more redundant as guests generally know they're safe. But 20-odd years ago, seeing a seat belt was a big thing.
Purpose 1 only truly matters when there's people sat in the seat. Plenty of parks around the world don't bother doing seat belts on empty seats. And within Merlin, it's a ride-by-ride thing. This is not an example of H&S standard slipping.
The only thing that's extremely shocking here is the amount of time you must have dedicated to try and find another crazy thing at Thorpe to complain about.
Glitch reacted to Mattgwise in TPM Christmas Meet 2019 - Sat 14th December
I myself have only been attending since March 2017, and I echo what has been said above, I felt a part of the group by the second ride of the day. Come along and see for yourself. Try it once, if you enjoy it come again, if not then at least you tried it and don't have to again! It's just like the advice I give to those who are scared to go on a ride. They then go on and say it's awesome!
Glitch reacted to Wicker Matt in TPM Christmas Meet 2019 - Sat 14th December
I can safely say that meet-ups are a fun and great occasion, whether your brand new to this forum or have been a user for years.
quite a few of regular attendees were in that position once too, but have now become staples to many of the meet-ups.
whether you are an avid park fan or just like the social side, all are welcome.
Glitch reacted to Benin in Thorpe Park 2020
I'll travel for a Wacky Worm in the arse end of France, so not sure where this enthusiast elitism is coming from? Half the guests probably won't know about Cedar Point and the like, does it really detract from their personal enjoyment? I mean the most liked ride by guests at PA is Baco! And 90% of us know that's wrong...
Thorpe (and Merlin parks as a whole) have remained pretty stationary over the years in the last decade that's true, but mostly through have consistent expansion the year before and some mismanagement... Several parks in Europe especially have taken advantage of not having much prior to this decade and going "right, this Gerstlauer is cheap but is interesting, let's buy that as our new signature ride", much like Bobbie Jobbie and Walibi Alpes have done...
On the other side the likes of Walibi Holland and Phantasialand already had a strong base to begin with, though Phantasialand was more about complete redevelopment of existing areas of the park... Walibi have just chosen two fantastic rides to compliment their pre-existing icon that is Goliath (though Untamed might become the new one)...
There's many things to dislike Thorpe for but the ride lineup isn't one of them... Think a lot of this is the realisation that the UK parks have sat still whilst the world adds a higher quality of ride comparatively...
Glitch reacted to JoshC. in TPM Awards 2019
It's the most wonderful time of the year - it's the Thorpe Park Mania Awards!
As ever, we are using SurveyMonkey to collect the results. If you've never used it before, don't worry - it's dead easy!
We've condensed things down a bit this year, to spice up the competition...
-Best UK Park
-Best UK Coaster
-Best UK Flat Ride
-Best UK Water Ride
-Best UK Dark Ride
-Worst UK Ride
-Best International Park
-Best International Coaster
-Best New-for-2019 Attraction (can be in the UK)
-Most Disappointing Merlin Moment 2019
-Best Looking Attraction for 2020
-Best Team Member
-Best Quality Posts
-Most Knowledgeable Member
-Most Dedicated Member
-Most Sarcastic Member
-Most Likely to be Banned in 2020
-Storm Surge Award
-Member you'd like to see more of
And here's some clarifications in case any of the above are confusing...
You don't have to vote for all the categories if you don't want!
Please you forum usernames rather than real names - makes things easier
For the park awards, feel free to vote for parks / rides you like the look of the best (especially the case of International Awards, where members might not have been on many / any foreign rides).
Storm Surge Award: Vote for the member who you think reminds you of Storm Surge or should be awarded a Storm Surge for their efforts in TPM.
Member you'd like to see more of Award: Vote for the member who you'd like to see post on the forums more often / see at meets / generally get to know a bit better!
These are of course meant to be a bit of fun, so just enjoy the ride!
Link is HERE!
Voting will close Wednesday 18th December, 8pm, with winners announced at a point after.
Any questions let me know.
Get those votes coming in!