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Marhelorpe

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    Marhelorpe reacted to Glitch in General Discussion   
    From reviews it seemed like a generally successful day for Chessington, bar the 1 hour queue for RAP, ironic do people really need these or just see them as a free fast track, same with carer passes, I wonder if people just see that as free entry nowadays.
     
    On another note I saw a post about allowing a full train of RAP users to drop queue times, is this not theoretically an operations nightmare if something went wrong, I thought you were only allowed 1 RAP holder on any ride at a time for safety and evacuation issues.
     
    Doesn't seem like these issues will go away soon now either with  RAP passes being valid til the end of 2021.
     
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    Marhelorpe reacted to pluk in The Coronavirus Thread   
    Refreshingly honest if you ask me. And I'm no big fan of Boris!
     
    Regardless of what they do people will die who may not have done if they didn't have a the virus.  Just like many things, people pick up all sorts which finish them off that ultimately could be prevented if people didn't come into contact with each other or extreme measures were out in place to stop them. You could ban alcohol, processed foods, tobacco, cars etc etc and wipe out incredible amounts of 'untimely' death, but it's generally accepted the loss of enjoyment, freedom and economic activity would be too bigger cost for the result. The same thing is happening here but within a shorter timeframe.
     
    Playing state activity off against risk to life might be an unsavoury thought but it is happening constantly, and has to. Even in my lowly position in it all in my training, for terrorist response especially but a lot of major incident response, you have to make some dreadful decisions that will ultimately condemn people where you use your resources in the most effective way. Not everyone can be saved from everything, you have to do what's best with a much wider outlook.
     
    The decisions that are being made are made on the advice of medical experts, and with a hell of a lot more information than will be available to the rest of us, they're not just pulling the decisions out of their arses. Even if in some aspects with hindsight we get it wrong I think they are making the right decisions for the right reasons.
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    Marhelorpe got a reaction from Coaster in New for 2021 - Black Mirror Labyrinth   
    Noticed that “future for theme parks” has ride photography again for this season...
     
    Help.
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    Marhelorpe got a reaction from Ringo in New for 2021 - Black Mirror Labyrinth   
    Noticed that “future for theme parks” has ride photography again for this season...
     
    Help.
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    Marhelorpe reacted to Glitch in New for 2021 - Black Mirror Labyrinth   
    RAP will make up for that.
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    Marhelorpe reacted to MattyMoo in Thorpe Park 2020   
    BREAKING: It feels like a hot minute since Black Mirror was announced, but ya boi @Glitch will be the controller of the #glitch this #springysummmerthing on the Island Like No Other.
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    Marhelorpe reacted to Glitch in 2020 Season   
    I just feel sorry for those who genuinely need it and have a crap day as a result, of waiting around to get on rides.
    Personally I'd have a doctor on park to give the yes/ no. But that would just give me invisibility abuse.
     
     
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    Marhelorpe got a reaction from Martin Doyle in 2020 Season   
    Exactly this.
     
    Too often when I visited the park last year and in 2018, the first sight I am greeted with every morning when leaving the dome into the park is this definition of pure irony:
     

     
    How the bobs at Thorpe Park/Merlin can look at that, nod their heads and smile saying “Yep, nothing at all wrong with this!” I don’t understand one bit.
     
    How the park are going to fix this broken system I cannot answer, but something has to be done soon.
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    Marhelorpe reacted to Mattgwise in 2020 Season   
    Unfortunately there really is abuse and it is not over exaggerated. Some of us here spend a lot of time in the park and both see and hear it. I have encountered many a group clearly talking about there fake medical letter and sadly have even had a group of my friends use a disability that doesn't in any way shape or form mean they cannot queue up to their advantage. 
     
    We aren't just talking about faking of letters either. At TPM meets for example we have witnessed a lot of abuse. For example we witnessed 8 people go in with one RAP on Gruffalo last year. As well as people talking about how great it is to skip the queue because they cut there leg and had a bit of a limp. 
     
    We are all for it being utilised be invisible disabilities if it warrants it, just not if it doesn't. Like Martin Doyle says he has ADHD and can qualilfy for it, but he doesn't need to utilise it as he can queue, just like many others with ADHD (obviously circumstances that mean they can't queue is acceptable, there are some cases). Another one of our members is diabetic and could qualify for it but again doesn't choose to as they can still queue perfectly fine. 
     
    As has been said with the culture that exists in the UK it will never be easy to change, as so many people will no longer be granted it and will kick off threatening to take it to press etc. 
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    Marhelorpe reacted to Martin Doyle in 2020 Season   
    Just to clarify my "snowflake society" comment as I do fear I may not have made myself clear.
     
    I am in no way shape or form trying to say that mental health/disorders should not be eligible for a RAP. No way would I say that especially as a guy who lives with ADHD. What I'm simply trying to voice is my agreement on what JoshC said in relation to how they have backed themself into a corner with how they have distributed it. I feel that people just rock up and the parks will literally give them the pass for fear of offending people and not wanting the backlash. That is what I meant in my comment. I am somebody who very much supports the steps society is taking to support mental health given how close to the heart I hold the issue. I am simply saying that it now feels that there is a huge amount of people faking doctors letters getting away with cheating the system purely because the park does not want to risk coming across as offensive. That in my honest opinion is down to this culture of "everything is offensive" and that's where I was coming from with my snowflake society comment. In regards to "not being able to wait in a long line", again I refer to my point regarding the massive cattle pen queue just to get the pass or indeed the sizeable queues the RAP queue gets during busier times at the parks for that matter.
     
    I do hope I've worded that OK and am in no way trying to call those genuinely disabled who need RAP snowflakes if that is what my previous comment has come across as.
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    Marhelorpe reacted to Martin Doyle in 2020 Season   
    I'll say it until I'm blue in the face. Given my way, it would be if you DO NOT have a blue badge (Which now covers mental health), you get your backside into the main queue.
     
    I'm sorry but when I saw them queuing in a massive cattle pen just to get the damn thing last season, the only thing going through my mind was "No way on this earth can you not wait 10 minutes for rapids when you are standing in this"
     
    Scarefest was a joke. RAP queues for Wicker man going out to the plaza, Oblivion going right back into the arcade,Nemesis going up to the photo booth and smiler also going right down the stairs. The system is a complete and utter farce and the people I really feel for are those who GENUINELY need the damn thing who are forced to then wait in massive lines because of those who exaggerate (for want of a better term) a condition so they get one or indeed those taking doctors letters. Legalised queue jumping is what it is and everybody visiting the parks are made to suffer for it.
     
    Honestly I half expect them to give them to guests with paper cuts at this point.....
     
    Sort out exactly WHO needs it
    Sort out actually enforcing the time card
    SORT IT OUT!!
     
     
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    Marhelorpe reacted to Mattgwise in 2020 Season   
    A few reasons. Firstly, because more than half the people using it don't have a disability that prevents them from queuing. Its a farce! Also,  Some people have got injured, got a doctors note to get one of these for two years (or three) and the injury disappeared 3 weeks later. Finally as Martin says anyway, many also fake a doctors note. 
     
    So the long term aspect of it does come with BIG issues.
     
     
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    Marhelorpe reacted to Martin Doyle in New for 2021 - Black Mirror Labyrinth   
    HYPERspring
     
    B&M hyper or RMC hyper-hybrid confirmed!!
     
    It's happening folks!!!
     
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    Marhelorpe got a reaction from Stuntman707 in New for 2021 - Black Mirror Labyrinth   
    Well I never, it’s... it’s....
     
    a WoRld fIrSt!
     

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    Marhelorpe got a reaction from Rach666 in New for 2021 - Black Mirror Labyrinth   
    Well I never, it’s... it’s....
     
    a WoRld fIrSt!
     

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    Marhelorpe got a reaction from MilesK in New for 2021 - Black Mirror Labyrinth   
    Well I never, it’s... it’s....
     
    a WoRld fIrSt!
     

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    Marhelorpe reacted to Ringo in New for 2021 - Black Mirror Labyrinth   
    Didn’t they also publicly state DBGT was the future of theme parks...
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    Marhelorpe reacted to MattyMoo in New for 2021 - Black Mirror Labyrinth   
    I doubt Thorpe Park even know that themselves yet, considering that all of a sudden at 9am it was "announcement coming at 10am" from nowhere, with no cohesion to any of the previous tHoRpePaRk posts.
     
    My prediction is incedibly long queues due to low throughput, and guests coming off afterwards saying was that it/it's not worth the queue/head straight to guestservices and complain for some fastpasses.
     
    Good to see Thorpe going back to their favourite theme of dark and apocalyptic though.
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    Marhelorpe reacted to Matt Creek in The Next Big Thing   
    I understand that the growth that Thorpe took on in the noughties was extreme and unrealistic (as far as a long term business model goes), and it is pretty clear they have invested in cheap additions additions (especially in recent years), just for the sake of something new. Of the choice of this or something every few years or something, I would rather see the latter. Whether that be some big thrill coaster, a fun flat ride or even a family attraction, which the park seemingly lacks.
     
    Swarm is a tricky one, as whilst it didn’t bring in the numbers as hoped it was still a generally well received ride (as many have said before). DBGT in the other hand was a massive failure to them in many ways.
     
    Indeed, but when you look at the quality of what Phantasia have added, it can simply put wonders and jealousy upon other parks. One has to just mention Taron and see how much better the overall quality that Park has risen to in that time.
     
    I think Thorpe do seriously need to reconsider what they are doing and where they are going whilst trying to make it more of a commercial success. It won’t be easy or happen overnight, but let’s see. Legoland targets the younger families and Chessington caters for slightly older families and animal lovers. So it’s a question whether they go for the all ages or just the thrills.
     
    Were they to increase promoting within central London, I do wonder how much of a difference it would make?
     
     
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    Marhelorpe reacted to StevenVig in Thorpe Park 2020   
    Do not get your hopes up
     
    It's probably Game FX 2, with it's slogan "It's not what you wanted, but it's what you got"
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    Marhelorpe reacted to Martin Doyle in 2020 Season   
    Which does pose the question, WHY? Why don't they want to spend money at the park??
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    Marhelorpe got a reaction from JoelAllen in Thorpe Park 2020   
    Park Pixie slowly infiltrating Thorpe Park’s social media page with another ISLAND MEET VLOG giving us an update on the “rumoured” 2020 RMC?
     
    #BackOnTheIsland
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    Marhelorpe got a reaction from HermanTheGerman in Thorpe Park 2020   
    Park Pixie slowly infiltrating Thorpe Park’s social media page with another ISLAND MEET VLOG giving us an update on the “rumoured” 2020 RMC?
     
    #BackOnTheIsland
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    Marhelorpe reacted to MattyMoo in Thorpe Park 2020   
    😂😂😂
     
    There's no phrase I hate more in social meeeeedya than "It's ya gal....." 
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    Marhelorpe got a reaction from MattyMoo in Thorpe Park 2020   
    Park Pixie slowly infiltrating Thorpe Park’s social media page with another ISLAND MEET VLOG giving us an update on the “rumoured” 2020 RMC?
     
    #BackOnTheIsland
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