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    Blackpool Pleasure Beach

    I agree, I stay in digs about three roads away when I'm up there and there are always parking places on the roads.
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    Park Operations

    Whilst attending Colossus on Friday, the loading was painfully slow with several times rechecks of harnesses and restraints being done five times, the team were also very slow at releasing once those checks were done. When I arrived I thought I'd grab a front seat as there were only enough riders for five trains in front of me, by the time I got loaded, the ten minute queue had gone to 75minutes.
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    Annual Pass Price

    I live very close to TP and only generally visit one other Merlin location each year, so I have a Thorpe Park Annual Pass. I've moaned enough recently, that return day tickets have been given out for free a lot, and groaned that the Annual Pass had been offered to day ticket holders at low prices, I have just received an email. The Offer....... TP Annual Pass for £25, that is crazy, and yes I have purchased it. I heard from management yesterday that they are reducing the amount of "fast-tracks" issued after a breakdown.
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    Dreamland Margate

    That is strange that, me being so pedantic at times, thought those pictures above were of a very early sunrise, I had never realized how much of a seaview WEST there was from Margate front, that shut me up!
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    2018 General Discussion

    Stealth - apparently had a new cable fitted during Tuesday night. The sensors and fittings have to be tested in many ways as the cable stretches and the sensors have to "see" the new fittings. The engineer with the major know-how on this was not on for a full shift until today, Friday. They did not get into running mode until about 6.30p.m., then there were constant problems throughout the evening requiring the setting procedures and sign-off protocol to be followed. A hot frustrating day, not helped by Saw and SWARM going through long pre-start inspections prior to opening. The tea-cups seemed to manage quite well.
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    Merlin Entertainments

    Sadly, I think there is evidence that currently the finances and publicity of Merlin are mismanaged, I.e. growth in revenue, growth in visitors, but less revenue from returning visitors. The system of offering free returns to non-annual pass holders after paying for one day ticket is hardly their best idea. Major incidents at "entertainments" require sensible reaction to encourage continuing and returning visitors, whether those entertainments are a one off, arranged on an annual basis or a daily opening location. The investigative authorities have a part to play in this and their co-operation or not, can cause the demise or success of the next similar event. The majority of those who then maintain that "it should be closed, not allowed, or restricted" will be those who don't attend those events, and those who have been sadly affected by incidents. Knee jerk reactions are the main cause of the cancellation of most recurring events, whether that be an injury sustained by a fairground ride, or an aircraft crashing at an airshow. No-one demands that a motorway is closed and grassed over following a fatal accident, rather, "get it cleared, I need to get on", why? because the majority use the motorways. My opinions only.
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    Park Operations

    That did really add to the atmosphere.
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    The Walking Dead - The Ride: SPOILERS

    Sadly, for me, I felt that once the ride ever went forwards, and they put the lights on, it lost it's madness. I took my two mini-monsters there when X-NWO opened in 1996, and the disorientation of that was amazing, and we all felt it was a great ride. I don't actually like the leaning towards "horror", even feeling that the themeing of Saw is inappropriate for the park, but then, I am a dinosaur, though I do see all this as taking away the appeal to the family group. Commercially, it works for Merlin at the initial stages, but long term, as Deejay states, there is a loss of the re-rideability appeal. Why else would they throw away money by offering free re-entry after one full day ticket payment, that to me is commercial stupidity; yes a discount, but not totally free. (told you I was a dinosaur)
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    Power issues

    I have met some people recently who wouldn't want nor need to look for a discount, not me. Stealth stuck up top? point zero of a second.
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    Fear on a Ride

    Too right, I'll be there in a fortnight; bobsleigh is well worth it if the queue is manageable. For that damp feeling, Drenched will cool you, but only open from 2p.m..
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    Power issues

    It was an interesting day yesterday, with five power outages, it caught me once on an outgoing train and once on inbound arriving at the platform, both on Stealth, but fairly quickly dealt with by the staff. The park is supplied by two different sub-stations, each in different Power Company districts, therefore not all rides are affected. Whilst the power came back on fairly quickly, some rides did not operate for a while due to the chance of riders being stuck out on the ride, and apparently it takes about twenty five minutes for the Rapids to fill sufficiently. The Beach was also affected due to pump/filters not working. Whilst on a trip to check out the ablutions at one stage, a guy out on the "street", randomly started moaning at me about having paid £50 for his ticket then no rides being available; he took some persuading that power outages were not in the control of TP. TP were offering people return day tickets.
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    LOVE ISLAND COMING TO THORPE PARK?!

    Being an old fffffffffellow, it doesn't interest me and yes, I think too that it's very trashy. The Company has not appeared to have been worried about relevance in the past, but more interested with the gimmick. Plenty of the young staff are very pleased that this association has been made.
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    Ride Accidents

    The Dreamworld Thunder Rapids inquest has been adjourned until October, that will be a full two years since the horror occurred ........... http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-29/thunder-river-rapids-ride-shuld-not-have-been-in-service-inquest/9924140
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    Ride Accidents

    Okay, thanks.
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    Ride Accidents

    Whilst the incident was quite one of the nastiest I've heard of on rides and in theme park/ funfairs, the "report" referred to is clearly not a word for word copy of an official account or record; there is opinion in there which is that of the writer, and would not be allowed in an official report, unlike the recommendations that would be made. The observations of that lack of concern and care are real, but a link to the original would, I think, be more appropriate. Those responsible for the failures will be going to Court. For those involved, the relatives, friends and those who witnessed it have my sympathies.
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