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So I’m curious, 

 

Every year Thorpe Park do a preseason update video (in conjunction with Jack Silkstone)

 

Its November 2022, What do you expect to see in the preseason update in March 2023?

 

Toilet Updates? New bins? Haha, but seriously. We’ve got a collousus retrack on the cards.

 

 

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I expect to see Rocky Express refurbished and relocated to Amity Beach. To be precise I think Rocky Express will be located in the area formerly occupied by Wet Wet Wet. I also expect to see some track that has arrived for Project Exodus. This is unlikely but I hope Slammer would’ve been removed. Slammers been SBNO for over 5 years.

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9 hours ago, Theme Park Fanatic said:

I expect to see Rocky Express refurbished and relocated to Amity Beach. To be precise I think Rocky Express will be located in the area formerly occupied by Wet Wet Wet. I also expect to see some track that has arrived for Project Exodus. This is unlikely but I hope Slammer would’ve been removed. Slammers been SBNO for over 5 years.

 

You believe that removing Slammer is 'unlikely', yet your equally made up and unfounded opinion that Rocky Express will be relocated is something you 'expect'. 

 

OK

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Really can't see them removing Slammer until they have plans to build something there and include that cost in the new attraction cost - possibly they may do it in 2023 closed season for 2024 because it'll look nicer with Exodus near by, but I can't see it myself.

 

I expect Rocky Express to be dismantled and parts of it shoe-horned into next year's new Fright Night's maze as an "easter egg", sigh.

 

2023 will be the year of the Tidal Wave fire effect, with a new event called Fire It Up to replace Carnival and celebrate the success of delivering the Tidal Wave fire effect 2 years after it was put in.

 

Jokes aside - no idea how they are going to try and push 2023. Towers may not have Nemesis but they'll have Duel and probably Sub Terra.

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12 hours ago, ML27 said:

Its November 2022, What do you expect to see in the preseason update in March 2023?

 

Toilet Updates?

 

You joke, but the toilets by Slammer definitely need refurbishment! All other toilets on park have seen upgrades in the past few years (Swarm aside, but they're new and seemingly hardly ever used), so the Old Town ones could certainly do with a refresh. Especially since 2024 the area will be much busier. So certainly wouldn't mind seeing them upgraded next year..

 

Thorpe had posters on park stating their intention to have Mardi Gras, Carnival, Oktoberfest and Fright Nights as their core event line up. So it doesn't feel like there will be any new events. 

 

Given the park's continued focus, growth and success with events, it would be good to have a permanent stage area with seating set up. This allows the park's event line up to grow in quality too. The Wet Wet Wet / beach site is an obvious location. The Saw Alive pathway could work too, albeit with more work (and more expensive work at that). 

 

2023 really could do with a new ride. The last time a 'new' ride was added to the park was 2017, and that was in the form of Timber Tug and Lumber Jump. The last time a new 'ride experience' was added was 2018, with Walking Dead The Ride. In the years since, we've had events and a maze. And yes, we've got Exodus coming in 2024 (or 2025...). But the park needs something new and fresh, and just generally extra support. I don't expect it to happen, but that's what I want to happen.

 

2023 also has a big question: What do you do with Derren Brown's Ghost Train? As I understand it, the IP contract is either up, or in its final year. In terms of upkeep and technology, it feels like it's falling apart...in the case of the headsets, completely so. They could easily keep the experience the same and drop Derren from it (effectively just record a new pre show with some crazy psychology professor, and call it Professor FakeName's Ghost Train). They could drop the VR and go for in-train screens possibly, but that would be expensive. They could rip it out and put something new in. But those options get exponentially more expensive. 

Whatever happens, one thing I know for certain: if Ghost Train continues to run and operate the way it did towards the latter half of this season, it would be shambolic in my opinion.

 

In any case, here's what I think we might see happen:

-Some progress towards a permanent, custom-made event space

-Drawn out Exodus teasers

-New Fright Nights maze to replace Creek Freak

-Possible new toilets

-Generic minor improvements across the park

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3 hours ago, MattyMoo said:

Really can't see them removing Slammer until they have plans to build something there and include that cost in the new attraction cost - possibly they may do it in 2023 closed season for 2024 because it'll look nicer with Exodus near by, but I can't see it myself.

 

It would make a great deal of sense for Thorpe to get something new in this location to help support Exodus when it opens.

 

Though in an ideal world they'd be better off removing the giant pyramid in the middle of the park and really opening up some expansion area.

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2 hours ago, RobF said:

Darren SBNO after contract ends …. 
 

what ultimately can you do with the ride that will make it work or be suitable for people to want to ride…

 

a train crash simulator???

 

I really can't see it being SBNO. As much as it probably makes sense for it to be SBNO or the entire project shelved for something else, I honestly think that the execs at the top of Merlin just simply wouldn't allow it. It was the biggest investment the park's ever made, and for it to be shut down a mere 7 years after opening would be a disaster.

 

My opinion, they'll re-theme it for a few years (probably until it's 10 or some sort of milestone like that) and then cut their losses if it still doesn't garner enough attention. But, in all honesty, I can't see them wanting to pump more money into DBGT at the moment with Exodus, the Colossus retrack and any possible new ride additions come 2024 to support Exodus' launch. I really can't see them wanting to put more money into an old attraction when they could utilize that money elsewhere on something else brand new.

 

Who knows. Maybe we'll see it SBNO, at least for a while, until other investments elsewhere in the park come to fruition.

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The Thorpe GM said they wanted to tear it down and were looking winter last year to put a planning application in.

 

This was before the delays to exodus application and likely they were wanting to wait before putting a further one in to prevent exodus being delayed further.

 

Regarding that site, turn it into a plaza temporarily. Bit like where submission was at Alton towers. It could be prime event space, so it’s ideal.

 

regarding events, think they were fine in 2019 and 2021 (2020 was a write off) but now they need something.

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