Jump to content
Marc

2019 Season

Recommended Posts

On 8/12/2019 at 6:58 PM, MattyMoo said:

Not guilty sir, I've yet to even witness Bouncezilla in the flesh.

It looks as garish in real life as well as pictures!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Ringo said:

So all the 8pm closes have been pulled apart from 17th and 24th August and randomly 7th September.

 

https://www.thorpepark.com/resort-info/opening-times-and-travel

 

4960B63E-817F-4E0D-AEBA-B7C748AD04B9.thumb.png.04c9529cd4c654bdf5609b8e7ba6d353.png

 

0F5439EB-E293-437B-B869-3FE57DD8A276.thumb.png.627596a429baf6663bad57ed57a4500f.png

 

That is a shame, but the couple of 8pm closes I was there the park was dead by 630. But saying that I have been a couple of times when it shut at 6pm and it was still pretty busy, today for instance being one of those days. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yikes, that's truly shocking to pull them at such short notice once people will have already booked accommodation and planned their visits etc.

 

Have Thorpe been taking lessons from Pleasure Beach?  Although in a way this is worse!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Not surprising really given the park has mostly been remarkably quiet this summer, even more-so after 6pm.

 

Shame though as I may have been inclined to visit. Least they didn’t do a Blackpool!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 minutes ago, Coaster said:

Yikes, that's truly shocking to pull them at such short notice once people will have already booked accommodation and planned their visits etc.

 

Have Thorpe been taking lessons from Pleasure Beach?  Although in a way this is worse!

I wouldn't call it 'truly shocking'. Plenty of mid-sized parks out there adjust their opening times throughout the year to reflect how busy they are, including reducing them.

 

It's not good obviously, and a sign of how the park are struggling. No doubt the weather at the start of the summer holidays hasn't helped with attendance, but surely with the weather now likely to be more normal for the rest of summer, it's time to recuperate and stay open longer when the crowds will be around. The back-end of summer is always busier, and reducing opening hours just feels like a shot in the foot.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
14 hours ago, Loggers Creek said:

Not surprising really given the park has mostly been remarkably quiet this summer, even more-so after 6pm.

 

Funny that - it's almost as if they haven't put a new coaster in for 7 years!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
16 hours ago, Coaster said:

Yikes, that's truly shocking to pull them at such short notice once people will have already booked accommodation and planned their visits etc.

 

Have Thorpe been taking lessons from Pleasure Beach?  Although in a way this is worse!

I would say calling it shocking is a tad dramatic.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
35 minutes ago, Glitch said:

I would say calling it shocking is a tad dramatic.

I was so shocked I'm only going back to Thorpe this year if I can blag entry to the FN press night, good day to you Sir.

 

LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE - CLICK THAT NOTIFICATION BELL

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, MattyMoo said:

I was so shocked I'm only going back to Thorpe this year if I can blag entry to the FN press night, good day to you Sir.

 

LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE - CLICK THAT NOTIFICATION BELL

Sorry who are you and what influence do you have? I only listen to the lord and saviour TPWW Alex.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
5 hours ago, Glitch said:

Sorry who are you and what influence do you have? I only listen to the lord and saviour TPWW Alex.

*makes cringey gestures in the background of shot that aren't remotely funny*

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
9 hours ago, Stuntman707 said:

Omg guys, Jack Sickstone of gtfo... He knows like all the FN clues already and decypherates them firstest!!

I've started to use Silkstoneisms in the professional workplace.

 

Boss: "Are you prepared for our management meeting next week, Mat?"

Me: "Yes - I'm gassed"

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I don't think the park are struggling as much as people may think they are.. Perceptions are only part of the truth.

 

However, pulling the 8pm closes is a good decision. The few I've been to this year have all been dead by 6 - even when the queues throughout the day were 60+ mins. I've arrived at 5pm to a sea of people leaving because that is just the behaviour and habit of the locals (and in general the UK). It took Thorpe THREE simultaneous events last summer to get even remotely decent numbers in past 6pm: "Summer Lates", "Love Island" and "Ministry". And even then it was akin to one of the quieter off-peak days. It's just not viable and we just don't seem to have the desire, demand or culture to accommodate late theme park openings here.

 

Look at Gardaland in Italy - they're open until 11pm every night between June and September - because their culture and offering supports it. You can look at queue times, see "10 mins for their headlines rides" and think that it isn't viable for them to do it.. but they get 2 waves of people going to the park - one in the morning and one around 5pm. They can still see upwards of 20,000 through the gates and maintain 10 min queues on their headline coasters. Over here, we just don't have that type of offering. Even the seaside ones struggle after "tea time" - BPPB (excluding their fireworks nights), some of the piers, Fantasy Island and so on. It isn't exclusive to Merlin parks. We just simple have a culture of "tea time is here, get home, get fed, get the kids to bed". No amount of coaxing people to stay has worked and for that reason Thorpe are right to ditch something that isn't working... Now to just convince them the same of DBGT..

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Chessington was exactly the same in terms of busyness! I think rather than Thorpe scrapping the 8pm close they should have had all Merlin parks open until that time! Although, I guess it's hard to tell completely how many would turn up and with the parks dead yesterday due to the heavy rain, I would expect many pushed back their trips to today. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...