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  1. Amity Beach (5) Angry Birds 4D Experience (5) Colossus (5) Depth Charge (5) Derren Brown's Ghost Train: Rise of the Demon (2) Detonator: Bomb's Away (5) Flying Fish (5) I'm a Celebrity (5) King Pig's Wild Hog Dodgems (5) Lumber Jump (5) Mr. Monkey's Banana Ride (5) Nemesis Inferno (5) Quantum (5) Rocky Express (5) Rumba Rapids (5) Rush (5) Samurai (5) Saw - The Ride (5) Stealth (6) Storm in a Teacup (5) Storm Surge (6) The Swarm (5) The Walking Dead - The Ride (6) Tidal Wave (5) Timber Tug Boat (5) Vortex (5) Wet Wet Wet (5) Zodiac (5) Corrected as Storm Surge had a point stolen from it. 
  2. Amity Beach (5) Angry Birds 4D Experience (5) Colossus (5) Depth Charge (5) Derren Brown's Ghost Train: Rise of the Demon (3) Detonator: Bomb's Away (5) Flying Fish (5) I'm a Celebrity (5) King Pig's Wild Hog Dodgems (5) Lumber Jump (5) Mr. Monkey's Banana Ride (5) Nemesis Inferno (5) Quantum (5) Rocky Express (5) Rumba Rapids (5) Rush (5) Samurai (5) Saw - The Ride (5) Stealth (6) Storm in a Teacup (5) Storm Surge (6) The Swarm (5) The Walking Dead - The Ride (5) Tidal Wave (5) Timber Tug Boat (5) Vortex (5) Wet Wet Wet (5) Zodiac (5) Storm Surge +1 DBGTROTD -1
  3. Project LC

    Doctor Who

    The episode would have been brilliant if it was revealed that it was the cybermen taking the staff and then you saw the conversion of the woman in the bunker thing. Then if it revealed a load of empty/dormant cybermen instead of the robots holding boxes and the episode could have ended on a cliff hanger. It was an episode with a lot of potential and way better than all of moffats but it still fell flat.
  4. Project LC

    2019 Season

    Merlin definitely want the park to be more like a resort hence a new entrance planning to be constructed.
  5. It just couldn't be sorted. Nothing about it being sorted quickly. No one would insure it. A structural and mechanical assessment along with the improvements needed would have cost a fortune with little to no return. It had it's day and to remove it while they could was the right decision. It is unfortunate the marketing campaign was poor and wicker Man was actually good but ultimately it led to a flop but they weren't to know that.
  6. An average of a park every 4.1 days assuming the list is from Jan 1st. I can only say I'm jealous.
  7. Project LC

    2019 Season

    Merlin are turning Thorpe park into a resort rather than a theme park. More accommodation, more all year attractions such as the dungeon's or sealife and a fancy new entrance to house restaurants and presumably shops. The state of the parks is irrelevant, what matters to them is more people spending more.
  8. They don't even use stealths third train correctly. The third is always in strip down so when one is faulty there is no spare to replace it. Colossus could get new trains with more leg room and lap bars but intamin would ask for money and Merlin don't spend money unless absolutely necessary.
  9. Park count: 0 I'm too far away for spontaneous trips to theme parks anymore and I just didn't have the time. At some point I believe I have a site visit to Thorpe so hopefully I can get some rides in then. Just have to hope the site visit isn't in closed season which to be honest it probably will be and that's if I get to go at all.
  10. I will be amazed if they get a new "awesome" ride in 2019 or 2020. 2020 they are spending money on stuff that whilst will improve the resort isn't necessarily what I think the park needs.
  11. Project LC

    Doctor Who

    One thing that has been particularly bad with this series in my opinion is the acting. Some lines are delivered so flat that it really brings me out of the lack luster story. Most of moffats episodes I rated about 1/10 at a push. I thought the first episode with Jodi was probably around a 6/10 so a vast improvement however it's just gone down hill from there. This week I struggle to rate higher than a 1, I should have watched the lovely train documentary on bbc4. Also as the episodes have gone on I have started to dislike Jodie's doctor more and more. The only good thing about this series now is Bradley Walsh which was the only thing going in I thought I would dislike.
  12. 2019 is a low capex year, 2020 is a high capex year. Planning permission will have to go in early or the project could be delayed heavily.
  13. The soil properties of the land aren't too bad. They wouldn't support a coaster without serious work but I know something it can support with 100% certainty
  14. Have you looked near the entrance or by the car park?
  15. The park is only as good as it's worst experience. The vast majority of visitors vist as a one off and will not know what other days are like at the park. Any guest who experienced the shocking Saturday just gone will now go and tell friends and families of the ripoff experience. Word will spread about that bad experience much faster than a good one. Potential guests are then put off from visiting and the park then has to spend more money getting people in. To say they could just visit on a less busy day is completely missing the point and I feel it's the exact same attitude the parks management take.
  16. There seems to be a team of people on social media who do the responses. All of them guilty of crazy levels of exclamation marks. There is an article from the New York times they should read about Great Western Railways Twitter team. Would really help calm down guests. https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2018/10/01/world/europe/britain-trains-apologies-great-western-railway.amp.html
  17. If they have a contingency plan in place I'll be amazed. It's like the park is being run by a 10 year old child. The Twitter/social media team is so amateur it's embarrassing. They like tweets that they should definitely not be shared. They respond to a lot of complaints in a terrible attitude and they don't seem to have a clue with what's going on.
  18. Merlin have taken the park and killed it. No direction No care No fun I used to love Thorpe park and I spent many days there growing up. It was a place of fun and while not perfect it was enjoyable. Reading Twitter this evening has been one of disappointment. It is disheartening to see a park I cared about so much run in such a poor way. The last 2 years the park has gone from steady decline into rapid nose dive. A new director might be able to stop the park from its nose dive but I don't see the death grip of Merlin letting up any time soon.
  19. The park should bite the bullet for tonight and start issuing refunds, especially on fastrack tickets. It looks like a complete shambles and the vast number of angry guests vowing never to return is unbelievable. Failing to compensate the individuals is only going to make the word of mouth worse. Closing the coasters due to temperature is utter nonsense and a complete over the top response. Having heard how Merlin are as a client it's nice to see that they are consistent. Just ashame that they are consistently clueless.
  20. I agree that it is probably not appropriate to discuss individuals and I do normally try not to comment negatively on individuals working at the park. However I feel that the last 1 and a half years the park has taken a serious dive. The concerns I had when it was announced the Midway's guy was taking charge pretty much all manifested themselves. While it might be a misinterpretation and lack of information I feel that ultimately the blame for the parks decline ends up on the directors shoulders. As for my comments on Varney I have great respect for him to turnaround the mess that was the parks and turn it into the giant that is Merlin Entertainments from his branding background. However with recent performance and the direction the company is going in I have doubts if he is still the best person for the Job and shareholders will certainly be asking the same thing. End of the day the company is hardly making any money and the time to keep blaming market conditions and weather is running out.
  21. Well I didn't know that. The old guy from the Midway's wasn't around for very long at all. Do you know when was he replaced and if he left or was forced out?
  22. They should look at the pay structure and make significant changes. Merlin pay very poorly especially at management level and are often £6000+ less than what similar roles offer in the south east. There graduate scheme for example pays £19k-£21k while the average for a graduate business management scheme is around £27k. I would have applied for the scheme if it wasn't for the potential 30% pay cut. They must be loosing out on countless motivated highly qualified individuals due to the poor pay. Then the ones they do get are then driven away by the poor corporate structure and lack of direction. The seasonal work and the poor pay for management means that they get very few career staff. Instead they get people working for them who's sole objective is to earn money with little to no motivation to make an impact. The business structure is rotten and lacks direction. I don't believe Varney is good as CEO anymore and needs to be replaced for the next business phase for Merlin. As for the new director of Thorpe I don't believe he has a clue what the parks history or objectives were and now he's come in and completely changed it to the thing the park was trying to move away from. Merlin could be doing a lot better and I feel all of its issues stem from the top. (I feel you are the reason you lost this task and for that reason, Varney, You're Fired.)
  23. It's not so much about attracting business customers but encouraging visitors to spend more per head. If they are staying the night then not only will the park get the room revenue but those guests will be spending more on food as they will be there for at least one meal. It's a good way to increase revenue and a sound business model. Merlin's approach to balancing the offering within the group is to diversify between different attractions rather than within the attractions themselves. The hotels are just there it increase the revenue of the attractions rather than diversify the portfolios offering. In my opinion to increase revenue more effectively and protect the group from economic conditions they should be adding more indoor attractions to the "resort's" as well as the more traditional big ticket attractions. Doing so would enable the parks to extend the peak season and reduce the influence caused by the weather.
  24. Well done Thorpe. I never thought we would see 10-10 in the summer and them open all the time in September and October but here we are. Hopefully they can keep the good hours next year or make them even better.
  25. Thanks that was really starting to annoy me. Shame they didn't sell anything. I would have liked some incredibly nerdy and niche stealth/Edge stuff.
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