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    Marhelorpe reacted to MattyMoo in Fright Nights 2020 - No Spoilers   
    See you there, I'll be wearing my TPWW mask and SLKSTN x XNWO hoodie.
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    Marhelorpe reacted to MattyMoo in Fright Nights 2020 - No Spoilers   
    It's tomorrow, just waiting for my confirmation of attendance thanks to "nearly 400 followers" on my instagram.
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    Marhelorpe got a reaction from Ben Mower in Fright Nights 2020 - No Spoilers   
    £10 for Platform 15...
     
    £9 if you’re a pass holder...
     
    A maze that was once free for the last 4 seasons...
     
    And now costs more money for both a regular guest and a pass holder than any ScareFest maze did last year...
     
    And the park still have the nerve to charge standard pass holders a minimum of £10/£25 to enter this “Fearstival”...
     
    This could get... interesting. 
     
    😬
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    Marhelorpe got a reaction from TPJames in Fright Nights 2020 - No Spoilers   
    £10 for Platform 15...
     
    £9 if you’re a pass holder...
     
    A maze that was once free for the last 4 seasons...
     
    And now costs more money for both a regular guest and a pass holder than any ScareFest maze did last year...
     
    And the park still have the nerve to charge standard pass holders a minimum of £10/£25 to enter this “Fearstival”...
     
    This could get... interesting. 
     
    😬
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    Marhelorpe reacted to MattyMoo in Fright Nights 2020 - No Spoilers   
    For £10 I will expect to have a ball gag in my mouth, made to squeal like a pig and crawl around on all fours whilst being pushed about and then have a big fat man dressed as a baby put a custard pie in my face and throw straw at me #BigTopBraveItAlone #TheGoodOldDays #SharedBallGagNotCovidSecure
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    Marhelorpe got a reaction from ThorpeAddict in Fright Nights 2020 - No Spoilers   
    £10 for Platform 15...
     
    £9 if you’re a pass holder...
     
    A maze that was once free for the last 4 seasons...
     
    And now costs more money for both a regular guest and a pass holder than any ScareFest maze did last year...
     
    And the park still have the nerve to charge standard pass holders a minimum of £10/£25 to enter this “Fearstival”...
     
    This could get... interesting. 
     
    😬
  7. Haha
    Marhelorpe got a reaction from Mattgwise in Fright Nights 2020 - No Spoilers   
    £10 for Platform 15...
     
    £9 if you’re a pass holder...
     
    A maze that was once free for the last 4 seasons...
     
    And now costs more money for both a regular guest and a pass holder than any ScareFest maze did last year...
     
    And the park still have the nerve to charge standard pass holders a minimum of £10/£25 to enter this “Fearstival”...
     
    This could get... interesting. 
     
    😬
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    Marhelorpe reacted to Martin Doyle in Fright Nights 2020 - No Spoilers   
    Well if it makes us feel any better, a Fright Nights with zero mazes would still be a better event than 2018!!
     
    Thinking positive for once!!
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    Marhelorpe reacted to Mr. Fish in Rant   
    We can’t all be positive when there is nothing to be positive about.
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    Marhelorpe reacted to Martin Doyle in Rant   
    I have said this time and time again. A fan forum will almost certainly reflect the current state of what it is dedicated to which in this case is Thorpe Park.
     
    If Thorpe Park was performing and delivering to its potential, this forum would reflect that with members getting real excited about the place.
     
    As it is, the park has been a shadow of its old self for a few years now to the point where many who once loved it are now staying away as they are fed up. So ofcourse this forum reflects that.
     
    It would be nice to see positivity.....but when the park is leaving little to find positives in, its hardly surprising that you see more constructive criticism on here
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    Marhelorpe got a reaction from Ivsetti in 2020 Season   
    Given the park are still leaving Loggers Leap left to rot, Slammer left to rust and Saw Alive left to sink... is anyone surprised by this?
     
    I can confirm that this stripping of the arcade canopy looks as grotesque in-person as it does through an internet image.
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    Marhelorpe got a reaction from Matt Creek in 2020 Season   
    Given the park are still leaving Loggers Leap left to rot, Slammer left to rust and Saw Alive left to sink... is anyone surprised by this?
     
    I can confirm that this stripping of the arcade canopy looks as grotesque in-person as it does through an internet image.
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    Marhelorpe got a reaction from Han30 in 2020 Season   
    Given the park are still leaving Loggers Leap left to rot, Slammer left to rust and Saw Alive left to sink... is anyone surprised by this?
     
    I can confirm that this stripping of the arcade canopy looks as grotesque in-person as it does through an internet image.
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    Marhelorpe got a reaction from Mattgwise in 2020 Season   
    Given the park are still leaving Loggers Leap left to rot, Slammer left to rust and Saw Alive left to sink... is anyone surprised by this?
     
    I can confirm that this stripping of the arcade canopy looks as grotesque in-person as it does through an internet image.
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    Marhelorpe got a reaction from Matt Creek in 2020 Season   
    On another note, I was looking on Thorpe's website just now at information regarding their reopening procedure and couldn't help but notice the price of a 1 day ticket has suddenly shot up in price this month which I believe should be highlighted.

    As soon as the 10th June just 13 days ago, their website advertised a day ticket as £33. Now however, it is a whopping minimum of £39; an increase of £6 for an advance online booking. To make it worse, this price applies to everybody over the age of 3 now, so there is no longer a discount for those aged 3-11 which was classed as a child ticket previously.

    Chessington and Legoland I've noticed are also now doing this new ticketing system, but Alton Towers is not strangely. Here's a breakdown of all prices for a 1 day visit to each of the Merlin parks as of today:

    • Alton Towers (Adult) - £34pp
    • Alton Towers (Child) - £28.50pp

    • Legoland (1 size fits all ticket) - £29 or £33pp
    • Chessington (1 size fits all ticket) - £29.50pp
    • Thorpe Park (1 size fits all ticket) - £39pp
     
    So it appears Thorpe Park is now officially the most expensive theme park in the UK, finally surpassing Alton Towers at long last, yet still no "proper" new ride hardware since 2016...
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    Marhelorpe reacted to JoshuaA in 2020 Season   
    I think its awful. Chessington is compact and small too, but that is priced modestly..
    Thorpe Park does not warrant that price jump. It should be the lowest in price IMO, as it has the least to offer. Lets also consider that the park has not received a proper new ride since 2016 (and that ride will most likely be closed for sanitary reasons and also because its terrible lol).
     
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    Marhelorpe reacted to JoshC. in 2020 Season   
    Thorpe's online price is more expensive than Paultons and Blackpool. So it's not debatable - they are the theme park with the most expensive online ticket.
    This is an online ticket at a time when online pre-booking will be pushed more than ever, perhaps even be essential. So regardless of what percentage of people bought those tickets beforehand, that percentage will be increasing.
     
    It may be part of a bigger push on buying season / annual passes, but it doesn't stop the price being high in its own right.
    Weird to compare a theme park price to a gig price? Sure, there's some similarities, but they're both very different markets.
     
    When you look across parks in Europe, £39 is at the premium end of theme parks. And whilst, in fairness, the ride hardware on offer at Thorpe is pretty premium, is the overall experience a premium one? Arguably not.
     
    Looking at these differences (for adults only, I think it's crazy that child prices aren't cheaper tbh) is really interesting. Legoland and Chessington are pitched just right, and even Towers' I can accept. But Thorpe's is the one that's off base here. It just doesn't fit.
     
    Unless the other parks are increasing their prices too and Thorpe are ahead of the game, it just feels off. 
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    Marhelorpe reacted to Benin in 2020 Season   
    To raise the online booking price when EVERYONE will have to book online is dodgy however you slice it.
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    Marhelorpe got a reaction from ThorpeAddict in 2020 Season   
    On another note, I was looking on Thorpe's website just now at information regarding their reopening procedure and couldn't help but notice the price of a 1 day ticket has suddenly shot up in price this month which I believe should be highlighted.

    As soon as the 10th June just 13 days ago, their website advertised a day ticket as £33. Now however, it is a whopping minimum of £39; an increase of £6 for an advance online booking. To make it worse, this price applies to everybody over the age of 3 now, so there is no longer a discount for those aged 3-11 which was classed as a child ticket previously.

    Chessington and Legoland I've noticed are also now doing this new ticketing system, but Alton Towers is not strangely. Here's a breakdown of all prices for a 1 day visit to each of the Merlin parks as of today:

    • Alton Towers (Adult) - £34pp
    • Alton Towers (Child) - £28.50pp

    • Legoland (1 size fits all ticket) - £29 or £33pp
    • Chessington (1 size fits all ticket) - £29.50pp
    • Thorpe Park (1 size fits all ticket) - £39pp
     
    So it appears Thorpe Park is now officially the most expensive theme park in the UK, finally surpassing Alton Towers at long last, yet still no "proper" new ride hardware since 2016...
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    Marhelorpe got a reaction from Mattgwise in 2020 Season   
    On another note, I was looking on Thorpe's website just now at information regarding their reopening procedure and couldn't help but notice the price of a 1 day ticket has suddenly shot up in price this month which I believe should be highlighted.

    As soon as the 10th June just 13 days ago, their website advertised a day ticket as £33. Now however, it is a whopping minimum of £39; an increase of £6 for an advance online booking. To make it worse, this price applies to everybody over the age of 3 now, so there is no longer a discount for those aged 3-11 which was classed as a child ticket previously.

    Chessington and Legoland I've noticed are also now doing this new ticketing system, but Alton Towers is not strangely. Here's a breakdown of all prices for a 1 day visit to each of the Merlin parks as of today:

    • Alton Towers (Adult) - £34pp
    • Alton Towers (Child) - £28.50pp

    • Legoland (1 size fits all ticket) - £29 or £33pp
    • Chessington (1 size fits all ticket) - £29.50pp
    • Thorpe Park (1 size fits all ticket) - £39pp
     
    So it appears Thorpe Park is now officially the most expensive theme park in the UK, finally surpassing Alton Towers at long last, yet still no "proper" new ride hardware since 2016...
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    Marhelorpe got a reaction from Coaster in 2020 Season   
    I swear just before the 2019 season started we were told through another one of Sickstone’s pre-season videos that the Dome’s interior was going to be be completed in two “phases”; presumably the first part ripping out the old Atlantis theming early last year, and for 2020 by modernising the interior?
     

     
    Yeeeeaaaahhhhh, something tells me that idea might have been scrapped. So we are now permanently left with a poor man’s version of the Alton Towers Dungeon - black walls galore.
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    Marhelorpe got a reaction from SteveJ in 2020 Season   
    I swear just before the 2019 season started we were told through another one of Sickstone’s pre-season videos that the Dome’s interior was going to be be completed in two “phases”; presumably the first part ripping out the old Atlantis theming early last year, and for 2020 by modernising the interior?
     

     
    Yeeeeaaaahhhhh, something tells me that idea might have been scrapped. So we are now permanently left with a poor man’s version of the Alton Towers Dungeon - black walls galore.
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    Marhelorpe got a reaction from Ringo in 2020 Season   
    I swear just before the 2019 season started we were told through another one of Sickstone’s pre-season videos that the Dome’s interior was going to be be completed in two “phases”; presumably the first part ripping out the old Atlantis theming early last year, and for 2020 by modernising the interior?
     

     
    Yeeeeaaaahhhhh, something tells me that idea might have been scrapped. So we are now permanently left with a poor man’s version of the Alton Towers Dungeon - black walls galore.
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    Marhelorpe reacted to Martin Doyle in Rant   
    I am really getting quite sick and tired of seeing enthusiasts moaning and crying about POSTPONED trips to theme parks this year thanks to the pandemic.
     
    Look, I know this page is ofcourse a forum dedicated to a theme park and I myself am very proud of being an enthusiast. However, I do feel some enthusiasts on social media really need to look at what's going on in the world before they go on an Ian Beale style "IVE GOT NOTHING LEFT" sulk about postponed park visits. People are losing their jobs and with that, the abillity to make a living to pay the bills. More importantly, many people are losing loved ones to this virus. So with all that happening, I personally find it hard to feel sympathy to a bunch of people who are crying over not being able to visit parks that will STILL BE AROUND when all this is said and done. Those who are losing loved ones do not have that luxury. I have a friend who lost her nan recently and was not even allowed to attend her own nans funeral. So yes, forgive me if I find it hard to feel sorry for having to wait a little longer to ride the likes of Shambhala,Taron, Zadra,Taiga and Iron Gwazi or going to flaming Disneyland Paris.
     
    Rant over. Again I know this doesn't apply to all enthusiasts but I am seeing enough of it to really get on my wick.
     
    It's not just postponed park trips. It's also the sulking over canceled festivals and concerts. People should check their priorities as far as I'm concerned.
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    Marhelorpe got a reaction from LukeP_8 in Fright Nights 2018 - Spoiler Thread   
    Alright, I have now had two visits to this year's Fright Nights, the first on the preview night and the second last Saturday (13th October) and have finally tried almost the entire lineup minus Fanta's Twisted Carnival and the Screamplexx Cinema. I said a few weeks ago I predicted this was going to be the worst Fright Nights ever and 2 weeks later, I still stand by that statement as the entire thing has become a former shadow of itself and quite honestly, a joke. How can an event reach such a low after having some fantastic years and attractions in the past? Everything this year screams "quantity above quality" around every corner now where the mazes themselves were average at the very best, the audio management was incredibly inconsistent, the park lighting looks horrendous and there was virtually no atmosphere at night anywhere across the park.
     
    Here are my mini reviews for each of the attractions Fright Nights have this year which I've tried. These are my honest thoughts and I'm not holding back exactly what went through my mind when experiencing each of them. Spoiler tags used not to hide what happens, but to reduce the size of this post as I've got a few things to say about this year other than the mazes:
     
    Saw Alive: 4/10
     
    Platform 15: 4/10
     
    Dead Creek Woods: 3/10
     
    Living Nightmare: 3/10
     
    Blair Witch: 3/10
     
    Sanctum Do or Die: 2/10
     
    The Big Top: Showtime: 2/10
     
    Vulcan Peak: 0.00000000001/10
     
    So yeah, as you can see from the above reviews, all of the mazes were awful this year with some being so bad it makes 2010's Dead End Terror Zone look scary. As for other parts of the event, the park lighting this year was absolutely horrendous with bright white lighting everywhere across the park from Inferno, to Old Town, Dead Creek Wood's entrance where you can't read the flipping sign and Stealth. There were temporary lights installed in a few places, but unlike last year's nicely coloured stencil-shaded ones, these were all multi-colour changing LEDs going through all colours of the rainbow, similar to those approaching Swarm's area. It looked horrendous, and the ones used across the bridge were even worse, reminding me of the inside of X. Since when were disco lights associated with Halloween?!
     
    As for the audio, I was optimistic about this year after hearing some of the preview clips found online from Nick Hutson as I was hoping we would see each and every ride having their own theme like it used to be when Midnight Syndicate ruled the park. Whilst some rides sounded great, Colossus' station especially which was my favourite, I noticed it was only some the coasters which had theme changes, no other rides across the park had them, so every single flat ride like Rush, Samurai, Vortex etc were playing their regular themes all day and night. As for Amity Cove's playlist across Tidal Wave and Stealth, it sounded identical to the regular one and did not work well at all in my opinion, especially at night. I understand the intentions behind why a FN dedicated playlist was made, but it failed in my view. I could also hear the director voice overs a few times across the park too in a few places. Why is he still being played across a Walking Dead themed Halloween event?
     
    I keep on stressing this every year but Thorpe, for goodness sake, can you just bring back the Midnight Syndicate tracks used in 2007-2009 when the whole park used to sound amazing at night? This was what made you stand out from Alton and Chessington years ago during Halloween. Give every ride and area a consistent audio track to play, play themed announcements once again and less manual ones, only use the linked park-wide audio system for opening/closing nothing else and most of all, sort the damn system out. There are so many inconsistencies across the park with the audio this year that it's a joke. Are you all-in with regular audio like in 2010, or all-in with Fright Nights audio like in 2007-2009 Thorpe? Make your mind up.
     
    Last comment to make is the park-wide theming. It's nice to see it in some areas like the entrance, Saw and Swarm but again, it is still not at the levels this event once used to be a while ago and likely never will. Just hoping one year we can see park theming being a priority for this park once again, but realise it's never gonna happen. Won't stop me calling them out on it every year though.
     
    Last year, I wrote these comments for 2017's Fright Nights:
    It took a lot for me to attend this year's event as I was adamant about not going after the poor experience I had last time, but decided to give it a try anyway in the vain hope something has improved, but no. Nothing this year is better than last year and has solidified my opinion about this event - I'm done with it. I'm honestly done. I cannot cope with seeing what this event has now become after knowing and experiencing it during a different era in the late 2000's when it used to be a fantastic event. Back then, the event and park used to pride itself as being one of the best, if not the best Halloween attraction in the country, but now it's just a commercialised piece of rubbish where sticking a famous IP on the name with poor marketing saying there are "6 new attractions" and making each and every maze a botch job seems to be enough to please guests these days just to they can get a few cheap scares. What happened to originality, dedication, imagination and effort?
     
    It's now become painfully obvious that whilst Merlin and Thorpe are capable of turning out a product for guests at this park, they are not capable of turning out a product that is well done anymore. The fit and finish this event once had is now dead and is just a distant memory for those that remember and indeed experienced it during that time. I've given Thorpe 5 years now ever since the Lionsgate takeover in 2013 to get their act together with this event and whilst during that time a few little gems like Big Top and Cabin in the Woods were made, the rest of the other attractions made ever since that year have frankly sucked and none of them have ever reached the levels of Asylum, Experiment 10, Se7en, Hellgate and even The Curse. The focus of this event between 2013-2017 was all about the IP and the mazes nothing else, so audio, park theming, lighting and other factors started to degrade gradually, but 2018 has shown the park don't seem to give a damn about the quality of their mazes anymore either. It feels as though they believe only putting an IP on their product and having the biggest number of attractions is enough for guests to be happy these days, when in truth, it is not.
     
    I've documented problems this event has had over the last few years in posts on this forum and are honestly tired of talking about it now by repeating the same things over and over again constantly, because it seems to be an endless battle I am fighting for here. I genuinely really want this event to be brilliant for all guests, so new ones can experience the delights and thrills of what this park is capable of during Halloween for those of us that remember how amazing this event used to be, but cannot do that right now. People deserve a great product when they are forking out good amounts of money to attend this event and currently, they are not.
     
    Understandably, I know I rail on against Merlin and Thorpe an awful lot on this forum and are probably boring many readers with it by now, but want to establish I am not a hater and are not "bitching" for the sake of "bitching". I say these things because I care and believe people deserve a better product from the park, whether they know it or not and I want people to speak up about problems they are seeing or experiencing to let the park know when something isn't right. I commend the reviewers above for voicing their concerns about this year's FN and encourage others thinking similar to do so as well, as this year is an embarrassment on many proportions.
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