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Not sure how appropriate it is to post this, but feel it deserves a mention..

 

Any stock that Thorpe Park had bought that they expected to use during the time they're closed has been donated to the NHS. No doubt plenty of other parks and companies are doing similar if possible, but it's great to see all the same.

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18 minutes ago, JoshC. said:

Not sure how appropriate it is to post this, but feel it deserves a mention..

 

Any stock that Thorpe Park had bought that they expected to use during the time they're closed has been donated to the NHS. No doubt plenty of other parks and companies are doing similar if possible, but it's great to see all the same.

 

After all of this, we will see which companies really don't deserve our custom (wetherspoons, cineworld etc). I'm glad all of the theme parks have given their food to the NHS or elderly/vulnerable.

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7 hours ago, Wicker Matt said:

With the park’s unlikely to open anytime soon, I decided to create a piano medley based off the soundtracks from Thorpe Park Resort. Created the arrangement myself.

Nice!

 

This is wildly off-topic but oh well: have you considered trying to do the original Duel music? Would love to see your take on that if you have the chance!

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1 hour ago, JoshC. said:

Nice!

 

This is wildly off-topic but oh well: have you considered trying to do the original Duel music? Would love to see your take on that if you have the chance!

Thanks, and Challenge accepted.

 

Hoping to add some different uploads over the coming weeks and will definitely add pre-2018 Duel theme to the list.

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On 3/25/2020 at 7:55 AM, JoshC. said:

Not sure how appropriate it is to post this, but feel it deserves a mention..

 

Any stock that Thorpe Park had bought that they expected to use during the time they're closed has been donated to the NHS. No doubt plenty of other parks and companies are doing similar if possible, but it's great to see all the same.

As much as most of us are critical of Merlin, this is really nice to read - nice one Thorpe 👌

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Seeing as there won’t be any meets for a while, I think TPM should have social distancing parties/virtual get-togethers on something like Skype or Zoom 😄

Or even just a big group chat? ☺️

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All Merlin parks are now letting anyone with a visit planned before June 1st to change. Originally this was set as April 25th.

 

The date set is likely just to help them deal with enquires in a phased manner. But at the very least, it indicates that the parks aren't planning on reopening until June at the earliest.

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Fantawild parks in China are reopening, with social distancing guidelines in place. As seen here, one person per row in alternating seats for 2 per row trains:

 

 

Shanghai Disneyland is preparing to fully reopen too, again with social distancing. Here we can see some of their - frankly confusing - measures:

 

 

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I think if/when the parks reopen this year we will see similar measures to these, like the ones Legoland implemented by keeping those gaps or filling every other row on ride vehicles.

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23 hours ago, JoshC. said:

Fantawild parks in China are reopening, with social distancing guidelines in place. As seen here, one person per row in alternating seats for 2 per row trains:

 

 

Shanghai Disneyland is preparing to fully reopen too, again with social distancing. Here we can see some of their - frankly confusing - measures:

 

 

Those measures are an utter utter nonsense.

 

They are taking the physical spacing aspect of the advice without thinking about the reason for it or why it is effective. A 2m physical gap does not create some magical barrier the virus can not cross, it is just a workable compromise to total isolation which makes infection from one person to another less likely in every day situations like passing or talking in the street. Once you start moving at speed through each others space a small distance like that becomes meaningless; anything containing the virus expelled by someone in front will be showered over someone sitting two or four or six rows behind, they may as well be sitting in each others lap.

 

It's so ineffective they may as well just fully open and accept the risk, or remain closed and properly mitigate the risk. Giving a false sense of safety is the worst possible thing to do.

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Our Towers visit has been pushed back to mid June but I think that's extremely optimistic.... plus we combine it with staying in Uttoxeter and having a beer or 5, and can't see that being an option then! 

Our backup plan is September!

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14 hours ago, pluk said:

Those measures are an utter utter nonsense.

 

They are taking the physical spacing aspect of the advice without thinking about the reason for it or why it is effective. A 2m physical gap does not create some magical barrier the virus can not cross, it is just a workable compromise to total isolation which makes infection from one person to another less likely in every day situations like passing or talking in the street. Once you start moving at speed through each others space a small distance like that becomes meaningless; anything containing the virus expelled by someone in front will be showered over someone sitting two or four or six rows behind, they may as well be sitting in each others lap.

 

It's so ineffective they may as well just fully open and accept the risk, or remain closed and properly mitigate the risk. Giving a false sense of safety is the worst possible thing to do.


And that’s aside from the fact hundreds of people will be touching the same restraints as each other. You’re right, it’s utter nonsense.

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Europa Park reopening on the 29th May. Heide Park remains unsure although they've posted a date on when they would be allowed to reopen as the 25th.

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Expect plenty of German parks to reopen this month. All regional governments are in charge of relaxing restrictions and have laid out their plans; North Rhine-Westphalia (the region with Phantasialand and Movie Park Germany) have said that theme parks can open again from Monday. Both parks said they'll await further details as to what measures exactly they should follow - as that still isn't clear - before announcing a date to open.

 

Lower Saxony (Heide Park and Hansa Park) have said the 25th. Hansa Park haven't commented yet.

 

Baden Württemberg (Europa, Tripsdrill, etc) have said the 29th, which includes hotels as well. Europa have also said they'll be reopening their hotel restaurants in phases from the 18th, with outdoor seating only. Rulantica remains closed till further notice. No other parks in the region have confirmed their opening plans yet.

 

 

Obviously the challenges now are having plans in place to make sure parks are following their local restrictions, as well as getting staff trained up (as many European parks weren't meant to open till April, they may not have started their pre-season training schedules before lockdown). 

 

Scandinavian parks are also in a position to be opening in early June.

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Meanwhile the UK will only start testing arrivals to the country at the end of this month.

 

So don't hold your breath on our lot opening anytime soon. Because we're run by idiots.

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1 hour ago, Benin said:

Meanwhile the UK will only start testing arrivals to the country at the end of this month.

 

So don't hold your breath on our lot opening anytime soon. Because we're run by idiots.

I see a lot of comments on us not testing arrivals and genuinely don’t see why it’s important at the moment?

 

Firstly - I don’t see why anyone arriving is anymore likely to have the virus than someone already here.

 

Secondly, with the restrictions / social distancing in place which people arriving have to follow - if someone does have it then following the rules in place make it unlikely to spread anyway.

 

Of course when the infection rates are low and it’s more under control in the U.K. testing / quarantining arrivals is much more important.

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I wouldn't even say testing arrivals, testing in general is something the government failed horribly at doing. 

Testing, tracking, and tracing is something Germany did a lot of. Arrivals would be a start, but ideally we need as many people being tested as humanly possible. But the government probably won't, because we don't have a smart leader and government like Germany. I think its no surprise that the UK and US are the worst affected..

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