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Josh3103   
1 hour ago, ste193 said:

I just don't understand how they can have had a whole year and they still can't make a decision over what to do with Loggers Leap :S

Hopefully they will start work on it in 2017 to get it back open in 2018 rather than just letting it rot for another year 

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1 hour ago, ste193 said:

I just don't understand how they can have had a whole year and they still can't make a decision over what to do with Loggers Leap :S

Constant management changes and battles with Merlin. Makes it hard for them to assign the required budget.

 

Will be nice to see what a new divisional director can bring, we'd had Vallis for long enough! Especially coming from Midways he might be able to make an actor based attraction that runs well with the budget or at least improve the entertainment side like the acting at Fright Nights which consists of that horrid clickling/gargling noise and lunging at people.

 

I also hope his 'love' of Ghost Train was just for the PR speech side of things. I know some people do like it but it's not game changing in any way and all I expect from the new ending is a complete ride finally.

 

He likes Stealth though. So I like him. :) 

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pluk   
14 hours ago, ste193 said:

I just don't understand how they can have had a whole year and they still can't make a decision over what to do with Loggers Leap :S

 

I imagine in investment terms it's actually quite a big spend to get it open again. The rights and wrongs of how it got in this state are irrelevant when looking forward, so they need to make sure they get it right before the cash is spent. Will they referb as is, like for like? Will they keep the gist of the ride but make some notable improvements? Will they weave a whole new ride around a variant of loggers? Is a log flume a want for their target audience? How could they know if they don't really understand who their target is? Is a future-proof flume at all viable as a closed water system in that natural location anyway?

 

It's frustrating, but I understand the decision isn't one to be rushed if they're not going to find themselves with a big regret in a couple of seasons time. Hopefully having a new director will give them consistency of direction in the longer term making spends like this an easier decision. I get a good feeling from what I see of him in this interview, hopefully he can deliver...

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Jack   

Just a quick question, has anybody ever used the reserve and ride online system before, if so is it worth it and how much of the queue do you get to skip

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20 minutes ago, Jack said:

Just a quick question, has anybody ever used the reserve and ride online system before, if so is it worth it and how much of the queue do you get to skip

There is an entire topic on Reserve and ride which I imagine makes quite an interesting read seeing how intense the debate was. However I do believe Reserve and ride was axed.

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BaronC.   

New map!

 

As noted on TPM's Facebook, the following new things:

 

Updated artwork for Derren Brown's Ghost Train 

 

New for 2017 - Timber Tug Boat, located by the old CCR station

 

Amity Beach is now just Amity.

New logos for themed areas

 

The Island Shop - A new shop in the dome replacing Sweets and Sounvenirs 

 

The Coffee Shack in the dome is now 'Proud to serve Costa'

 

The Donut Factory - a new food outlet near Storm Surge 

 

The Hub - a new Events space

 

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MattyMoo   

Intrigued as to what signage will/won't be outside Loggers this season.


When you see the new name for DBGT written out on the map, you can see how ridiculous it looks :D

 

I wonder if DBGTROTD will ever be in an "area" or whether it is just by itself?

 

Old Town is a very loose theme considering it includes SAW and Slammer, am guessing perhaps once the SAW theme is no more it can then be rethemed to whatever Old Town is or will become. 

 

I do like the Amity logo :)

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Old Town seems on the map to be trying to follow the original saw mill type theme before we got the Saw IP. Shame none of the theming exists in real life.

 

I hope the donut place is like the new donut shop they have at Chessington! 

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MattyMoo   

My sentiments exactly Adam - I guess SAW could easily become a saw mill... when does that IP run out?

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Owen   

I quite like how Ghost Train is on its own. I quite like that it stays true to its story of being an abandoned warehouse and so it's kind of just there, and it definitely works. I've been asked previously if it was in similar vein as Hex in where they have utilised an old building for the ride. 

 

That being said I've always had an idea of converting the arcade into a themed dining experience in which guests would enter a Victorian styled restaurant and staff dressed in clothing from the area would serve your food etc. Then have some sort of gate signifying that Ghost Train and the dining experience are part of some kind of Victorian town (similar to angry birds).

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I've never understood why they don't just consider X part of Amity - the science facility/nightclub theme seems more suited to a town setting than that of a lost kingdom. Ghost Train being part of The Jungle raises similar questions.

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