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I got to try out Gamefx a few days ago and I had a decent time in there. There was clearly a lot to do, though I do wish there were more Nintendo consoles as I would have to wait for a free NES or N64 whilst there were plenty of PS1s, PS2s, XBOXs available, that appeared to be more of a balance issue (that last comment is biased as Nintendo is my go-to company). But it was fun getting to play some retro games that I hadn't played before such as Mario Kart 64 or Simpsons Hit and Run and I think overall it was a nice event to have at the park to enhance the day.

 

However, I really want to bring up something about VR in general. I had never played a fully interactive VR game before so I decided to get a token and try out Job Simulator, and I must say, it was probably the most fun I've had in a video game for a long time. Literally 10 minutes on Job simulator was so much more enjoyable than the whole of DBGT! And I think it came down to the fact that it felt real due to the high amount of interaction. I was completely unaware that I probably looked liked a complete idiot whilst playing (sorry if all this is starting to dive into other topic areas).

 

Now I've only done 2 "fully dedicated" VR theme park attractions which were DBGT and Galactica, and neither of them felt real at all and many people also seem to find underwhelming (hence why Galactica no longer has VR). This is where I must say that from my point of view VR just doesn't really work unless you properly interact with it.

 

Also, after my last ride on DBGT (which was fully functional aside from a few glitches), I literally have no desire to ride it again. Yes I have ridden it many times now which probably has a huge impact, but that VR game made me realise just how poor the attraction is.

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Those Hoodies, mugs and pin badges look blooming  brilliant!

 

Might have to go against my word of only visiting once this year, even if it means just riding the B&Ms, Stealth and then heading for the exit with my merch!

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27 minutes ago, Wumbamillio said:

It looks good for some anniversary merchandise but what a shame all the park are doing to celebrate is grab some extra cash off fans.

I get what you're saying here, but I don't think it's just a cash grab. This is the park responding to what people have wanted in terms of merchandise: items which reflect the older Thorpe, with classic ranges not too dissimilar to what Towers have been doing with their 'old ride' pin collection. And it's not just fans who want that stuff, it's a wider audience.

 

I agree it's a shame they're not doing anything else (especially since there were plans being tossed around, but nothing happened), but let's not kick the park for responding to what people wanted in the first place..

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42 minutes ago, JoshC. said:

I agree it's a shame they're not doing anything else (especially since there were plans being tossed around, but nothing happened), but let's not kick the park for responding to what people wanted in the first place..

Put it this way, I'm kicking the park for only responding to what people want when it gets them easy money. Any other park reaching 40, even small ones, would at least do something and make an event of it, bring people in. This is surely the main thing people want when they ask for 40th celebreations. But as expected, it was all cancelled bar the merch.

Other than that, it is funny how people will spend money to buy a logo for something they never knew or did, although I udnerstand people like to collect this stuff. Nostalgia sells. I might as well go buy a t shirt for a 1981 post punk US tour that I wasnt born for just because I like the record.
 

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Selling things to commemorate attractions that the place could do really with now as they've mostly not been meaningfully replaced is a little saddening.

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At least it isn't as bad as tearing a coaster down and then selling it piece by piece for hundreds of pounds in the shop.

 

It's a similar situation though, PB aren't interested in the history or old logos apart from where it makes them money, hence the greyscale bland park of today yet the merchandise shop is full of colourful old ride logos etc.

 

This seems very much the same situation with Thorpe using the old logos and branding to make easy money, but in terms of actually being proud of or celebrating their history on the park they aren't interested.

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3 hours ago, StevenVig said:

No, just fanboys

1) No it isn't.

2) Even if it was, so what? People moan that Thorpe don't list to fanboys, but when they do, people moan. Damned if they damned if they don't.

 

 

I don't disagree about how poor it looks, or how rubbish it is that Thorpe aren't doing anything of note. Especially given how on trend it is to do these celebrations. But there's a difference between the departments that organise the merchandise and those that organise events. It's not an overriding decision of "we'll just do X over Y".

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I like the 40th merch. I'd rather have that than junk *ahem "genuine ride parts". If you don't like it, you don't have to buy it. All other merch is still available. In fact I'd rather see them update merch periodically so you see new stuff you might like throughout the year and the smaller batches make items more unique / collectable.

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So far this year on average most rides are down for at least 30 - 60 minutes every single operational day. Inferno has major downtime on quiet days hinting at left over work from over the closed season is being completed whilst the park's open (on Wed for example it was closed for the entire day).

I just can't understand what "technical problems" these rides have that cause every single one of them to close down so much.

 

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On my three visits I have been that are on peak days I have queued less than 15 minutes for a lot of the rides including the coasters. Rides don't just go down due to a technical reason, they go down due to people being sick and weather delays. The latter they are very strict with so has happened regularly. 

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9 minutes ago, Ivsetti said:

So far this year on average most rides are down for at least 30 - 60 minutes every single operational day. Inferno has major downtime on quiet days hinting at left over work from over the closed season is being completed whilst the park's open (on Wed for example it was closed for the entire day).

I just can't understand what "technical problems" these rides have that cause every single one of them to close down so much.

 

It could literally be anything - looking at queue times is a bad way of working out a tides reliability - things like cleaning up sick / weather delays would mean they show as closed. As for inferno it does seem to have had more shutdowns this year so far than it usually would - Hopefully what ever the issue it can be sorted soon!

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3 hours ago, Marhelorpe said:

The 40 merchandise is already proving popular. Both lanyards and pin badges sold out in all shops. :lol:

Except they haven't and are in stock on the Island Shop and Megastore..

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From a nationally renowned landmark to a confused and struggling theme park one can only hope the next few years takes the park back to its former glory.

In other news, the car park has now had its cut and paste response to guests updated:

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Basically saying, "Sorry, not sorry."

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5 hours ago, JoshC. said:

Except they haven't and are in stock on the Island Shop and Megastore..

*(At the time of looking in both stores as shown below on the shelves):

 

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That added asterik better now?

 

On a separate side-note, that obnoxious siren played at the end of the day park-wide again. :bad:

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Glad to see the 40th Anniversary merch is popular. It might be money spinner but definitely sends vibes of nostalgia from the park in the 90’s when it featured much charm and character. 

 

During the 90’s and noughties, the park was in a position to develop and progress into the thrill park it was however like most things, you can only have so much growth before you hit a glass ceiling. Something the park reached around 2011/2012 time. 

 

Most parks (unless they have noticeable expansion room) intend on maintaining visitor numbers rather than increasing them, however Thorpe and Merlin are still intent on riding them and if a major attraction doesn’t achieve this it is deemed a failure. 

 

Thorpe realistically won’t ever really surpass much higher than 2M visitors a year and should aim at continuing investment to maintain these figures. The stagnation during the last few years (combined with the failure of DBGT) has only lead to the park’s gate figures to drop noticeably over the recent years amongst other factors.

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Just bring back Calypso BBQ tbh.  By far the best theme park food I've ever had and the prices were reasonable too.

 

Thorpe's food offering really is awful these days, it's not like they had closed season to sort out their catering outlets either..

 

Oh wait, they did.

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