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But there's a pop badge. Everyone loves those. In years to come, after Brexit has gone through and the apocalypse has arrived, people will trade goods and services for small circular plastic discs with a poorly fixed cheap sticker in the middle, and our saviour Mrs. T will overthrow the queen.

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Water pressure problem at Chessington today so park expects late opening around 11am although waiting for further updates from Thames Water. People are angry. They show a lot of understanding when something is out of a companies control. 

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It’s so unfortunate for 2 of Merlin’s major parks to encounter problems on such hot days.

 

Let the social media backlash begin...

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7 minutes ago, Benin said:

Very unfortunate, would hate to be the Media team today...

Unfortunately things happen, and when people have paid money - not matter what the reason - people will complain even if its not their fault. Sure the media team can deal with it, it is their job after all ? 

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49 minutes ago, GetEchoes said:

Unfortunately things happen, and when people have paid money - not matter what the reason - people will complain even if its not their fault. Sure the media team can deal with it, it is their job after all ? 

 

Is that like where people leave their rubbish on tables and say 'well it's their job to clean up after me' as if thats an excuse to be an unreasonable, ignorant idiot. 

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9 hours ago, GetEchoes said:

Unfortunately things happen, and when people have paid money - not matter what the reason - people will complain even if its not their fault. Sure the media team can deal with it, it is their job after all ? 

I think you should put your feet in a job, in  when something goes wrong and isn’t your fault, people are short tempered, confrontational and intolerant regardless of how helpful, empathetic and apologetic you could ever be. 

 

There are are people who work in these parks that receive a considerate amount of abuse and threats, just because they are trying to do their jobs. 

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Chessington was decent today.  The park wasn't too busy and operations seemed marginally better than our visit last year, also ride availability was excellent throughout the day with only a couple of breakdowns.

 

I mean sure, it's becoming bland and stale like all the Merlin parks and has completely lost its character, but was a fun day today.

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Chessington have followed Towers in introducing pin badges of old attractions...

 

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Skyway one is a bit iffy, but that Rodeo one is fantastic!

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I mean, I'm sold. Rodeo being Chessingtons must under rated ride and Skyway was one of my personal favourites to work on 😍

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RotB is looking good from what I've seen on Facebook. Looks like the refurbishment is up to the same standard as the Gruffalo. Also the chicken place has had a makeover. The park definitely needs better food now there are no fast food brands.

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Lots of updates through theme parkguide

 

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1 hour ago, Stuntman707 said:

RotB is looking good from what I've seen on Facebook. Looks like the refurbishment is up to the same standard as the Gruffalo. Also the chicken place has had a makeover. The park definitely needs better food now there are no fast food brands.

A shame the same can't be said for the queue. Shocking! Not painted (although I'm sure it will eventually), half the tiles are clean or new with the rest rotten and the floor all eneven. 

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The chicken place looks nicely done, but I'm sure it's the same food as before, the artwork just makes it look nicer. 

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It's a shame Chessington seem to only be capable of putting quality into rehashed IP attractions, and not general standards of maintenance around the park.

 

Like, they did a decent job with Gruffalo and this looks okay (interior) but they have their signature ride with a poorly maintained station and everything feels disjointed and bland now.

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1 hour ago, Mattgwise said:

A shame the same can't be said for the queue. Shocking! Not painted (although I'm sure it will eventually), half the tiles are clean or new with the rest rotten and the floor all eneven.

This is M£rlin remember, course they ain't gonna bleedin' paint those fences or repave that flooring.

 

Not gonna knock this until trying it of course, but there's no doubt exterior-wise this is looking like a contender with Walking Dead: The Ride for being the worst outdoor queue line for any attraction I know of.

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30 minutes ago, Marhelorpe said:

This is M£rlin remember, course they ain't gonna bleedin' paint those fences or repave that flooring.

 

Not gonna knock this until trying it of course, but there's no doubt exterior-wise this is looking like a contender with Walking Dead: The Ride for being the worst outdoor queue line for any attraction I know of.

You're going to be rethinking that when you have been to Cedar Point! 

 

Oh and the outdoor queue of Walking Dead is one of the best out there. How many queuelines let you sit down. 😍

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1 hour ago, Mattgwise said:

You're going to be rethinking that when you have been to Cedar Point! 

 

Oh and the outdoor queue of Walking Dead is one of the best out there. How many queuelines let you sit down. 😍

 

Japan do. And technically you can sit on the floor in any queue sooooooooo...

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Ooooo! Sticking up for Marhelorpe are we??? 😂


It's a running joke that those of us of the last couple of Thorpe TPM meets would understand, because we know how much Marhelorpe loves Walking Dead Ride!

 

But back to Room on the broom, regardless of what the outside looks like it will still be a hit for most families who visit the park. 

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If you're in a stationary queue for long enough, you can find a seat. Probably why there isn't a lot of graffiti at Europa Park because their queues on the whole keep moving. Probably helps there's no priority system too.

Also someone needs to buy the farting chair. 😛

 

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So I visited yesterday and overall operations were kinda meh.

Ride ops on Scorpion and Dragons were pretty slow with Scorpion dispatching every 3 hours.

The winds didn't help either, a lot of the coasters were down (all 4 were at one point) so that didn't help the queues.

Not bad though for the first day,, Vampire was running surprisingly good today, the staff really seemed eager to load the trains which meant the stacking wasn't as bad as usual.

 Room On The Broom was closed for technical issues everytime I went over there so didn't get to experience it sadly.

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Aaaah, on park today and it's so refreshing to see that the retheme of Hocus Pocus Hall to Room on the Broom has been executed perfectly with no reference of the old 4D attraction anywhere across the park. More importantly, the goblins are nowhere to be seen. Excellent work Chessington......

 

 

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Oh.

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1 hour ago, Marhelorpe said:

Aaaah, on park today and it's so refreshing to see that the retheme of Hocus Pocus Hall to Room on the Broom has been executed perfectly with no reference of the old 4D attraction anywhere across the park. More importantly, the goblins are nowhere to be seen. Excellent work Chessington......

 

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Oh.

That is very good going! I haven’t been yet, but was expecting to see the odd goblin on a lamppost still! So that’s great to see!

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Well, I got to experience Room On The Broom last week.

 

I particularly liked the scenery, effects, animatronics and retaining of (most of) the old mirror maze. The dog scene is my favourite (because it features a dog) and the opening scene has it’s charms.

 

What I don’t like about the attraction though is that it seems to take noticeably longer than Hocus Pocus to batch people through with smaller groups and some scenes seem a little corny. The queue line also seems too long and bland for what is essentially a cattle pen on a mish-mash Of Old tiles. The repurposed tunnel is probably the worst thing the park have done since Tomb Blaster.

 

Overall- Not a bad little attraction with some nice scenes and areas, but not without it’s faults. It can’t help but also be noted it’s a noticeably more kiddified too.

 

Gave Dirty Fries a go, which is their new eatery. Whilst it’s not the best place I have eaten for food, it was still a unique and interesting place to try. 

 

Rest of the park was alright, staff were good and with the park being ‘literally dead’, there was little to no queues all day. Apart from the new Go Karts thing, queue TVs and Just Chicken, I didn’t really notice many other changes. I guess most of the money went into the Walkthrough given it is a small year. 

 

Four rides were shut on the day of vidit, Ramesis, Tiger, Sea Storm and Black Bucaneer. Whilst safety and checks and upgrades are essentially, it’s rather poor to witness this. Merlin don’t seem to have a good track record for opening things on time clearly. 

 

Yay for better Vampire audio quality.

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