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  1. HermanTheGerman

    Park Operations

    All the coasters bar The Swarm were open much later than 5pm. Downtime during such temperatures was never as bad as it was this year. I believe they've either risen the minimum operating temperatures, or have just started to stick more closely to them. They've always had some sort of restriction, its just never been as much of a problem as it was this October.
  2. HermanTheGerman

    Park Operations

    Thorpe Park typically caps daily visitor capacity between 17k and 18k, fluctuating on a number of factors, such as ride availability, opening hours and such. The physical maximum they can safely fit on the island is actually more like 24k, but this has only happened once or twice (I think the last time was Fright Nights 2014?). They tend to stop far before this now, as it gets so unbelievably crowded, with all hell breaking loose the second a ride goes down and the queue line is evacuated. The busiest day this season was the last Saturday of FN (as is typically), with around 17/18k guests. This was also the day all the coasters closed at 9:30pm because of the new temperature rules.
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    Thank goodness the original music is back in the station. It was so embarrassing it was ever replaced with that YouTube download that didn't even loop properly. Now all they need to do* is produce a proper ambient track for the queue line, playing the station music out there ruins the effect so badly. *Besides bringing back the chandeliers, coffin bays, cloth dressing, lightning crashes, crypt queue area, and relighting the station.
  4. HermanTheGerman

    SAFARI SKYWAY - Real reason it closed......

    The reason Dieway closed is messy, but I’d think twice about sharing it on here @Bourriquet. Something like that shouldn’t be disclosed, especially not online where the park can read it and might know who you are (they may still have the record of your name as operating the ride that day). They’ve gone to efforts to keep it hushed up like always, so I’d be careful...
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    Wicker Man - New for 2018

    Wicker Man was the first time they actually used the idea of a “Secret Wepon” in the advertising though? It only started out as a code name for projects internally. It’s a bit of a shame really that it’s become some sort ‘series’ in the park. The rides are just meant to be fun; and ironically, wicker man being the first big addition to the park since Rita without some sort of gimmick, is actually the most fun of all since then! Just enjoy the ride no need for it to have any silly advertising feature
  6. HermanTheGerman

    Fright Nights 2018 - Spoiler Thread

    You know, I’m sensing a BIT of a vested interest with this one ?
  7. HermanTheGerman

    Fright Nights 2018 - Spoiler Thread

    Ahh I didn’t know they’d chucked the marketing direc. too? Well hopefully the shakeup continues, and they get a whole new direction for the park. It’s desperately needed.
  8. HermanTheGerman

    Fright Nights 2018 - Spoiler Thread

    So far all they've done is sack the Divisional Director. Arguably not the best resolution, and definitely not getting to the root of the issue. Hopefully there's a more intensive attempt at shake up ahead, as the entire structure and direction of the park needs rectification. The constant U-turns and unprofessional management need to go asap.
  9. HermanTheGerman

    Hocus Pocus Hall

    Bubble Works opened in May.
  10. HermanTheGerman

    Park Operations

    A big part of the problem is guest services not explaining the system properly to guests. Like Benin said- the number of guests who have a RAP yet don't know how it works is ridiculous...
  11. HermanTheGerman

    Park Music

    I hope this is sarcasm... The Nick Hutson pieces suck... I really don’t like the park’s decisions regarding audio recently. Removing the original Inferno, Rumba and Colossus/Lost City pieces in favour of very bland, generic and unatmospheric IMAscore tracks was a very poor move. The entrance theme is certainly very nice, and a vast improvement; I just wish there wasn’t this brand-obsessed idea of redoing all the music to feature that one park jingle. Homogenising the park for the sake of fan service is not a good idea... Fright Nights too, the old Midnight Syndicate tracks that they used to play were great. The Asylum’s music was . From what I’ve heard of the Hutson music (2017 Dragon Falls mix, Pandamonium and Molly Crowe), it’s all just as unimaginative as IMAscore’s anyway, just without the glossy overlay. So this isn’t really much of an improvement.
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    Besides it being impossible, there’d be absolutely no benefit to running more than two. Offload often takes longer to clear than the load station, delaying dispatches. This would be the exact same on three trains, just with an extra train stacked behind the offload platform.
  13. HermanTheGerman

    Hocus Pocus Hall

    Take that back
  14. HermanTheGerman

    2018 General Discussion

    Staff have definitely been briefed that all the September closed days are now open.
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    Depends what we’re classing as the ‘original’ doesn’t it