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I'm not totally sure that me being the gluttonous hog that I am could handle a mixture of binge eating and "Europe's most thrilling rides" these days. It could be interesting but from my experiences of some of the truly awful pop-up ones we've had in Brighton over the years I'd rather just go to Camden Market. That place is food heaven 🥰 

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6 hours ago, jessica2 said:

Assuming that they've now accepted that they aren't aiming to be the best halloween event in the UK anymore lol.

You must've missed the heading, in a massive bold font that says its the UK's Premier Halloween Event

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2 minutes ago, Ivsetti said:

I wonder how much coronavirus fears will affect their 2020 visitor numbers. And if it's a big impact, how much this'll impact their future budgets for things. 

Sure Merlin are loving it. Another excuse for falling profits.

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And on that news,

 

https://www.thorpepark.com/about-thorpe-park/coronavirus/


 

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Covid-19 – Information for Guests:

The safety and wellbeing of our guests and staff is our priority and we will take all necessary precautions to ensure their continued welfare. As with many businesses, we are actively monitoring the situation with regards the outbreak of Covid-19 coronavirus and are reviewing and following the guidelines of Public Health England.  The advice from the health authorities has not changed, so our business is operating as normal and standard terms and conditions on bookings continue to apply.

If you are planning on visiting Thorpe Park Resort from an area that has been directly affected by the coronavirus AND if you are showing symptoms similar to those associated with the virus (for example:  fever, cough, breathlessness), we please politely ask that you do not visit and instead call NHS 111 for further advice and instruction.   If you had a short stay booked, please contact Holiday Extras on 01303 490033 regarding your booking.

For further information, please refer and adhere to the advice given by Public Health England.

During your visit, we wish to reassure you that Thorpe Park Resort is taking all possible steps to minimise the risk of contagion, including the implementation of enhanced cleaning regimes throughout the resort.  Rest assured, we will continue to act quickly should we be required to do so and will take all necessary precautions to protect the welfare of our guests and staff.

We ask all our guests to observe high standards of personal hygiene whilst visiting Thorpe Park Resort. There are simple things you can do to help prevent the spread of the virus, including:

  • Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Putting used tissues in the bin immediately
  • Washing your hands with soap and hot water regularly, and using hand sanitiser gel
  • Trying to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Throughout Thorpe Park Resort, we have placed additional hand sanitisers in convenient locations for guests, and we politely ask that you use them regularly.

If you do feel unwell during your visit, please contact a member of staff immediately – maintaining a safe distance of two metres where possible.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.  

 

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16 hours ago, StevenVig said:

You must've missed the heading, in a massive bold font that says its the UK's Premier Halloween Event

lol I did miss that, although it just seems odd they'd then go on about Surrey where there isn't  really any competition...

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19 minutes ago, StevenVig said:

Okay, I'll just scream then 🤨

Not forgetting if you feel ill at the park then almost certainly you were already ill when you arrived. 

 

Staff doing restraint checks will have already been less than 1 metre away from you and not forgetting everyone else in a queue line

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In an apparent metaphor for the park's lack of direction, Stealth couldn't decide whether to roll back or forwards and instead got stuck at the top today:

 

Edit: Considering the government's coronavirus mitigation plans I wonder how long until they force the theme parks to shut considering the threat is now at a stage where experts believe it'll spread considerably. 

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Well that's not the best, now they have to call in the emergency crane crew that is ready for if the ride got stuck. you have to lift a platform to fix that, but all it needs is a little push

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A Stealth stall is incredibly rare - only happened the once before I believe. And I can't recall many other instances of Intamin Accelerators stalling at the top (Top Thrill Dragster did it once with guests on I think? Aside from, probably only happened a couple of times across them all). And it's not something you can 'make happen'; it just happens!

34 minutes ago, 1729 said:

Well that's not the best, now they have to call in the emergency crane crew that is ready for if the ride got stuck. you have to lift a platform to fix that, but all it needs is a little push

Indeed. I believe the train is still up there now as the weather means it's not ideal conditions to send a person up there and give it a nudge! And since it's only pre-season, there's major rush to get it down. It's easy enough to reset once it goes down.

5 hours ago, Ivsetti said:

Considering the government's coronavirus mitigation plans I wonder how long until they force the theme parks to shut considering the threat is now at a stage where experts believe it'll spread considerably. 

Now this is an interesting one. We've obviously already seen Merlin's stance for now (adding extra hand sanitiser points, etc), and I think that's sensible enough. If the government do follow through with a full-on Delay stage, then that would inevitably mean the closure of theme parks (and likely things like London Eye, Dungeons, etc), which would be a major blow to the company of course. Obviously it's entirely out of Merlin's hands though if they close; I don't imagine they'll close unless they're told to.

 

However, the more interesting thing to me is what Thorpe (and other parks) will decide to do with some of their attractions that involve glasses. Many more people are going to be much more concerned with putting on 3D glasses / VR goggles, and the possible cleanliness. Whilst in pretty much all cases, parks do clean them, these cleaning processes are far from thorough. 

 

I don't know what to expect parks to do, but I wouldn't be surprised if parks do choose to not open 3D / VR attractions (or run them without those features) until the fear subsides. Even if it's not totally necessary, it certain avoids difficult questions..

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1 hour ago, EpicSmatty said:

New food offerings is nice to see, looks like Fins Bar & Grill is being replaced by Infinity Bar & Kitchen

Weird one that, given that the Fins name and style fit in with the Shark Hotel and area as a whole. The Infinity brand feels like it could dull that down, which would be a shame. Shows the ever-seesawing direction really.

 

Other food changes:

-The Donut Compound has been renamed to its original name, Amity Donut Bites
-A new food stall, The Cantina, will open, where The Crust has been housed. I believe it'll be in house, as opposed to externally run like Crust. Be interesting to see what food it offers
-There are slight name changes to some other restaurants: 'Calamity Kebabs' and 'Sombrero's Street Food'

 

With some mentions of limited edition foods in the event schedule, it'll be interesting to see what the standard quality of food is like.

 

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I do like the new map; nice mixture of looking nice, whilst also being reasonably accurate as a directional map.

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KISS Event cancelled. Park still running. 

Following rides and restaurants shut due to coronavirus:

Derren Brown’s Ghost Train, Jungle Escape and Angry Birds 4D.

 

The Cantina

Nitrogenie

Amity Doughnut Bites

Fish & Chips

Peckish

Amity Hot Dog Hut

Wilderness Waffles

Old Town Grill

Source: https://www.thorpepark.com/about-thorpe-park/coronavirus/ (scroll down for updates to the FAQ's section).

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On 3/3/2020 at 11:16 AM, jessica2 said:

Best Halloween event in Surrey...what exactly are they competing with there 🤣 

 

Assuming that they've now accepted that they aren't aiming to be the best halloween event in the UK anymore lol.

They once were the best in the country... However due to terrible decision making in the event management team, removal of excellent mazes and focus on profit driven IP events with poor cheapo mazes... The event has failed to deliver the best in the country for a long time. 

However last years was a big improvement

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On 3/17/2020 at 6:13 PM, Ivsetti said:

KISS Event cancelled. Park still running. 

Following rides and restaurants shut due to coronavirus:

Derren Brown’s Ghost Train, Jungle Escape and Angry Birds 4D.

 

The Cantina

Nitrogenie

Amity Doughnut Bites

Fish & Chips

Peckish

Amity Hot Dog Hut

Wilderness Waffles

Old Town Grill

Source: https://www.thorpepark.com/about-thorpe-park/coronavirus/ (scroll down for updates to the FAQ's section).

Shame, but I think it was inevitably gonna happen. With everything being ordered to close, if Merlin didn't make the decision the government would likely order them to cancel the events. I trust the since complete park closure is necessary

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It's Thorpe Park's 41st birthday today! 

Sadly Total Thorpe Park (a really really good fan website) has sadly now closed which is a massive shame but shows it's not just the theme parks themselves that are hit financially when hardship hits them but the entire community around them too.

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3 hours ago, Ivsetti said:

It's Thorpe Park's 41st birthday today! 

Sadly Total Thorpe Park (a really really good fan website) has sadly now closed which is a massive shame but shows it's not just the theme parks themselves that are hit financially when hardship hits them but the entire community around them too.

Anyone know who ran Total Thorpe Park?

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