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  1. https://merlin.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/5/home/requisition/2712?c=merlin Any one of you wanting to be Alton Tower's new Divisional Director? An opportunity so rare it feels that link is worth more than gold.
  2. Just found out today that Thorpe Park's new divisional director is called Helen Bull (found through LinkedIn) and she started her role in December 2018! She has the following experience (so clearly very entrenched in the Merlin way of running things):
  3. True. This does seem like a much more plausible explanation than due to "vinyls" falling off.
  4. So another major H&S hazard. In my opinion the only reason they have the darkened sections is laziness and to hide the fact they hadn't decided to re theme the corridor from X:NWO to fit the new TWD:TR team.
  5. (From a review of someone who visited on the 8th of April). When cheaping out comes back to bite you and probably explains the major downtime of the ride during quieter days (this week and last week).
  6. https://www.reddit.com/r/perfectloops/comments/bb9twl/a_infinity_loop/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x Would be pretty cool to have this as the 2019 logo. Another interesting thing is that the GameFX VR segment is from a company called "Player Ready" based in Truro in Cornwall (245 miles away from the park)!
  7. The Daily Fail yet again expertly stirring up the masses over nothing. One of the biggest comments was "have backup generators" which is silly to invest millions in loud, unenvironmentally friendly and extremely polluting diesel generators for an event that rarely occurs and isn't needed. If power is lost halfway through a ride I presume the parks have thought about something as obvious as this happening and have plans in place to get people off the rides and give them refunds if the outages lasts long enough (thinking back to the 3/4 times it happened at Thorpe last year - they need a new electricity supplier or something).
  8. Is it just me or is this ride swinging higher this year compared to last year?
  9. If you haven't been yet this season they have a new 60 second opening of the day countdown similar to the one used on BBC News: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dl_79qCdDzo
  10. So the event was basically what most people thought it was. Was VR £5 for all the VR experiences or £5 for each? Another positive thing to note, those who left negative reviews are being asked to talk to the park regarding their negative experience during a visit to the park (found on trip advisor): Props to the park for taking some time to talk to guests properly instead of leaving a cut and paste response. Signs of more positive things to come from the new management?
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    Imagine a world without roller coasters and thrill flats. That'd be terrifying.
  12. https://live.themeparkguide.biz/ GameFX pictures revealed in the press event. "Simpsons Hit and Run: Possibly the best game in the event."
  13. New management at the park started this year I believe. The last MTDP was released in 2010! I highly doubt the park will just abandon the concept of MTDPs (it's like a fast track for planning permissions) so it's becoming abundantly clear 2019 will be used as a year for the new management to "settle in" and finalise their MTDPs for the next 5 years. So even if a 2020 coaster planning permission won't be released (Project 2020 I believe was a plan from the previous divisional director who has now left hence why I think the coaster aspect has been delayed/scrapped) we can still get excited for the release of the MTDP in the next few years (if we're lucky, even at the end of the year) which will tell us what to look forward to (and why it's not what the park needs).
  14. From: https://www.thorpepark.com/media/535642/bidding-farewell-to-loggers-leap-fv.pdf It is interesting though their self-description focuses on families: "unmissable events for the whole family to enjoy!" and then has this tagline: "THORPE PARK Resort is alive like no other and is the UK’s must-visit destination for families and friends alike to share endless fun and create all important memories." Also, in the GameFX "eSport" event will be a £5 additional fee to enter. That feeling when a small-time gaming company and Youtubers can create a better advert for social media than a multi-million pound theme park.
  15. The ride before all those wonderful plants were fully grown. Also the mist fully cranked up and the lava effect on the ground:
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    Logger's Leap

    Searching for something completely unrelated when I saw this: https://www.thorpepark.com/media/535642/bidding-farewell-to-loggers-leap-fv.pdf This is an article written for the media. (I'll write the main points here for you wonderful people for those of you don't trust my link isn't going to hack your devices ) Thorpe Park opened on May 24th 1979. I presume that's when the auction will be: May 24th 2019. It seems they're trying to gain as much publicity from the closure of their ride as possible. I can't decide whether I'm for or against as to me personally it doesn't feel right to be this happy about the closure of a ride but on the other hand it did have a very long run so I suppose there's nothing shameful for want of a better word about celebrating its very cherished ~26 year run at the resort.
  17. It's quite clear Saw Alive won't be returning for FN's if all the signage has been taken down. If it was someone being lazy, it would have been left up. I remember reading someone heard a host/other employee saying (this was from a comment a few years ago) that the barge was sinking into the lake and would only last a further 2 years. It seems that that 2 years period has passed now.
  18. Which is obviously a good thing. Now they can feel what we feel when we visit the park.
  19. Rare image of the brief of The Swarm (credit: Total Thorpe Park http://www.totalthorpepark.co.uk/features/btsswarm.shtml) (click image name below to view) Interesting they needed a 110K increase in visitor numbers to make this a financially viable product (and we know that it wasn't quite reached as the park deemed the ride a "financial failure"). I personally don't feel the storyline of "so powerful it is capable of bringing the apocalypse" is fully felt by guests but nonetheless it's very interesting to see the brief of a project and compare it to the finished product (apologies if image has already been posted before). Also interesting to see this: . The first link in this comment above also has numerous other really insightful things regarding the park's marketing strategy to meet that massive 110K target (in fairness, to be operating as many rides as AT and TP do they need the visitor numbers behind them or they'd be operating at a massive loss). It's also settled what LC was meant to mean in "LC12".
  20. Does anyone know why the ride hasn't opened yet for this year? I hope it hasn't closed or something major happened to it (it's a surprisingly thrilling ride).
  21. GameFX starts Saturday. Further note: the park's new social media team don't use sarcastic gifs anymore! Personal opinion: Chris is right but I feel the park also wanted something "new" to make you visit for the 2019 season hence their choice of this badly-decided event (it's becoming more apparent that the event really is just a couple of console games you could play at home). Also, the events being put on this year (bar FN's and Jungle Escape) are probably just chicken-feed little "extras" the park have put on until they decide the upcoming direction for the park for the next few years which is where we'll see the really big investments (2020 being a prime example. It's not a coaster so could be something else). One hopes improvements to aesthetics, operations from restaurants to rides and ride availability will also be a core focus on future investment in the park.
  22. Summary: 5 minute queues and the rides still can't cope without being down. It makes one wonder if the rides are just held by bits of string and tape at this point seeing as they're down so much. At least they weren't down for very long which is a good thing: https://queue-times.com/parks/2/calendar/2019/04/02
  23. https://www.ft.com/content/1fd64b50-156f-11e8-9376-4a6390addb44 (article from Feb 2018) Basically, investors want to make it more cash grabbing than it already is. As the company is owned by many large investment companies, I highly doubt the company actually cares about its guest experience and is too focused on pleasing investors that they forget about the necessities an entertainments venue should have (cleanliness, attractions actually open and working etc.). Perhaps that's why places like BPB and Paultons seem to be doing better reviews and visitor wise as they're more connected to their customers.
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    Your Thorpe Park

    Oh, they couldn't care less. They just want that £££. When M£rlin stops providing them that £££, they'll rent the parks to someone else that will. Edit: It appears I missed the sarcasm in @Wumbamillio's post
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