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I just want to mention having looked through many of the IAPAA attractions some of the attractions on offer (including VR ones) were very exciting and almost as thrilling as a ride:

 

 https://trio-tech.com/products/typhoon/

https://trio-tech.com/products/vr-maze/

https://thewoweffect.com/products/escape-rooms/ (escape room)

There was a really good esports one that I can't seem to find

https://exitrealityvr.com/products/x-arc/

I can't find the other VR attraction that looked extremely good.

 

There's a few other high-quality products and also many many "retro" games suppliers to check out.

To me it sounds like Thorpe's been going down the IAPAA list and picking out high quality suppliers to make high quality (but poorly executed - in a Marquee? Whose idea was that?) events. Yes this'll be an event and some may consider it a "cheapo's way out of buying a ride" but to me Thorpe don't need a ride right now because they have so many other things to fix first and this is a good way of having something that we haven't experienced before and can't at home but on a low budget (to them) that still brings in crowds whilst slowly repairing the park's currently fragile reputation. Then, will a new ride be fitting.

 

Edit: That said, many people don't agree (the 2 main criticisms from all the comments summed up in the following two gems):

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25 minutes ago, Inferno said:

What...... o.0

 

What is happening to Thorpe Park? :(

A lack of pride in their image and loss of dignity is what's happening.

Granted, this is only an event one might say where you aren't being forced to attend it and lasts for just a few weeks. But come on, after Love Island Lates last year and now this?

To the management at Thorpe, are you deliberately trying to push away your customers here?

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I’m not sure why it would push anyone away? It’s a small scale thing in the marquee as an add on to a normal day, those who are interested will be in there those who aren’t will be on the rides, much like Love Island Lates.

 

I can see them wanting to try stuff like this more, similar to what we saw last year with events throughout the year, this time just less zombieish!

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An unnecessary expenditure for the park. They are restricted with capital so are unable to build a new half decent attraction and so have no choice but to try and focus on events to bolster the line up and sell as a reason to return. I suspect that they have very little impact on the parks revenue and advertising these events is just a way of reminding the public Thorpe Park exists. 

 

These events aren't going to turn anyone away but I doubt they will bring that many people in either. It just seems like a trick to get Merlin to release some capital for advertising so they can draw people into the park on the merits of existing attractions. 

 

Tomorrow will be a fun one when Merlin provide the preliminary financial results for 2018. That might be able to give us an insight into the lack of investment. 

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One potential thing is that Thorpe might be getting a lot of amount of this through the advertising.

 

Taking up the marquee for the best part of two months means it's unlikely they'll be able to use that space for private events (unless it's super easy to dismantle the 'exhibits'). The marquee is a good way for the park to make a lot of extra revenue - it makes more than most would expect.

 

If they're losing that, they're definitely going to be making the money up in other ways, and it won't be from the VR upcharge things they have. They're probably making money from using the space for gaming tournaments, some companies are likely paying Thorpe to have their products on show in prime locations. I'd imagine it would be a good pitch - Thorpe approaches these companies and says "we're having a gaming event at the park, we're having x,y,z there, would you be interested? For this amount of money, we can make you the headliner of the event..."

 

I'm not saying that is what happening, but I imagine that's a likely outcome.

12 hours ago, Marhelorpe said:

To the management at Thorpe, are you deliberately trying to push away your customers here?

This isn't going to push anyone away. No one is going "I WAS going to go to Thorpe Park this year, but they've got a gaming event in one small section of the park, so nah, screw that". It might mean people choose not to visit "Oh, I went to Thorpe a while back, should I go this year? Oh, they've got a gaming event on, that doesn't interest me, I'll hold off and visit somewhere else for now." 

 

On the flipside, it's possible this might attract people - but based on social media reaction, that number is minimal at best.

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To get tickets to the "eSports Championship Series" at Wembley Arena costs you £18.25 total (including fees, the ticket itself is £12.50) for a comparison...

 

Granted no creds, but it's a bit of a weird overlap, especially when you only get 45 minutes to actually spend in there... Which if poorly managed crowd wise could end in disaster...

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9 hours ago, JoshC. said:

This isn't going to push anyone away. No one is going "I WAS going to go to Thorpe Park this year, but they've got a gaming event in one small section of the park, so nah, screw that". It might mean people choose not to visit "Oh, I went to Thorpe a while back, should I go this year? Oh, they've got a gaming event on, that doesn't interest me, I'll hold off and visit somewhere else for now." 

 

On the flipside, it's possible this might attract people - but based on social media reaction, that number is minimal at best.

I'll rephrase what I said:

 

"To the management at Thorpe, are you deliberately trying to annoy your customers here?"

 

It's not so much the fact it's an event that I have a problem with here, it's that getting corporate sponsors and IPs involved to promote themselves for a big chunk of their 2019 season is just sheer laziness and lacks any proper thought or vision in my view.

 

I mean, isn't the whole purpose of visiting a theme park supposed to be to escape everyday life and just have a fun time for those hours? Last I checked, playing on a dedicated games console for 45 minutes is not something unique only to a theme park and the majority of youth in 2019 own such a device in their homes which they handle daily. Why fork out £33 minimum entry for something they can do at home? I just don't understand.

 

By all means, let the event happen, I just expected better than this from the "nation's thrill captial" who are owned by a business still classing themselves "2nd to Disney", that's all.

 

The park can frankly do much better.

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I could be looking into this a little too much, however was looking at Thorpe Parks website and interestingly I noticed Rumba Rapids was the only ride which had “Will return in 2019” listed. 

 

Could this possibly be a nod towards a retheme or  more realistically it’s just left from Fright Nights?

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2 minutes ago, Jack95 said:

I could be looking into this a little too much, however was looking at Thorpe Parks website and interestingly I noticed Rumba Rapids was the only ride which had “Will return in 2019” listed. 

 

Could this possibly be a nod towards a retheme or  more realistically it’s just left from Fright Nights?

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Left over from last year

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18 hours ago, Marhelorpe said:

Last I checked, playing on a dedicated games console for 45 minutes is not something unique only to a theme park and the majority of youth in 2019 own such a device in their homes which they handle daily. Why fork out £33 minimum entry for something they can do at home? I just don't understand.

I disagree with this. The large collection of consoles, retro gaming and virtual reality experiences on offer won't be found in any home across the country, making this a unique experience that many people can't do at home. 

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39 minutes ago, Ryan said:

I disagree with this. The large collection of consoles, retro gaming and virtual reality experiences on offer won't be found in any home across the country, making this a unique experience that many people can't do at home. 

 

There's a retro game place in Leeds (no VR granted, but that's not the point) for £3 for a hour for assorted consoles (and MeatLiquor is underneath too!)... 

 

About as unique in the wider world as Containment is... I'd imagine it'll be a similar setup with various consoles with limited games (mostly multiplayer), however if it has a N64 with Pokemon Stadium then it'll be the best thing Thorpe have done in years...

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Clearly GameFX isn't the only thing happening throughout the year.

 

Given the jungle motif and the fact I'm a Celebrity is gone, I'd placed bets on something almost definitely taking place in that space. What though? Same thing with no IAC tie-in? Something different like an escape room? Or an adventure course style thing? Or could it be something more akin to Zombie Hunt?

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IAC is staying alongside an RMC themed to Dec downing a bottle of Jack Daniels and going drink driving through the jungle/Pinewood Studios, though Merlin only gave the park a budget of £50 so they've just got an old wacky worm and put some nice fencing from B&Q around the area hoping nobody will notice. You heard it here first! #worldsfirsthybridwackyworm

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What if Rumba has been left as returning in 2019 for a reason? What if they’re retheming it to a jungle set up? What if they’re actually doing something that is needed in the park? Hmm 🤔

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7 minutes ago, Portvls said:

What if Rumba has been left as returning in 2019 for a reason? What if they’re retheming it to a jungle set up? What if they’re actually doing something that is needed in the park? Hmm 🤔

Based on James' update above, there's been no work to Rumba aside from the boats being taken away to presumably have the gates installed. 

 

It would be highly unlikely that they're retheming Rumba to any sort of quality if no theming work has begun a month before the park opens.

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23 minutes ago, Portvls said:

What if Rumba has been left as returning in 2019 for a reason? What if they’re retheming it to a jungle set up? What if they’re actually doing something that is needed in the park? Hmm 🤔

Every. Single. Year. 🙄

There is no Rumba re-theme, can we please stop speculating about a re-theme, it's not happening. 

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I've noticed a lot of people criticising Thorpe on their social media pages meaning the GP are also starting to grow tired of the park's decisions in terms of lack of investments. This may also indicate falling numbers furthering the falling revenue spiral which I presume is the main reason for lack of investments. Your thoughts?

 

The logo above looks like the replacement for IAC/ update to IAC attraction is going to be made public information soon. The Merlin report was much more positive than I'd expected (looking at the raw numbers released) and I was also surprised to see even Varney expressing concerns about the park's "gaming competition".

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