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For a park which just these last few months has brought in flat rides to Old Town which appeals to the younger ones to compensate for the loss of Loggers Leap, Canada Creek Railway and the Octopus Garden in the last decade, it would be very strange to reduce the lineup again for this market which is why I find it's speculated removal hard to believe.

 

X might be a bit old and tatty these days, but it still appeals to familes and kids as small as 1m tall which still draws large queues. Further improvements made to it instead of removing it altogether would make more sense at the moment.

 

Until a good family ride comes along to replace either X, Slammer or Loggers Leap, seeing more closures for next year with undoubtedly another entry price rise is the last thing that should be considered.

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Couldn't care either way myself if it stays or goes.

 

I will echo what others are saying though, if it leaves and a replacement is in place that's fine, if however we are going to be another ride down while "redevelopment" takes place then that's just idiotic.

 

I know Thorpe are dumb but I really do just think this is a baseless rumour, I can't get my head round the thought process.

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On 02/11/2017 at 12:21 AM, StevenVig said:

This is why I hate closed season, idiotic fanboys making up nonsense rumours just to pass the time, it's not going anywhere. 

lol...

 

 

So, for those who have missed it, during the Annual Pass day this Sunday, the marque will be transformed into 'eXpo:\2018', which will be a celebration of X:\No Way Out / X.  Details are a bit scarce at the moment, but we can expect a few talks (confirmed talks from John Burton, Thorpe's creative based at MMM, who will also talk a bit about The Walking Dead - The ride and from our good friend Phill of Memories of Thorpe Park), free pop badges and probably some old concept art, plans, the appearance of one of the old No Way Out cars and a few other surprises...

 

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No doubt we at TPM will provide you with all the juicy details...

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For those who are avoiding my review of the new thing, I had some musings about X, which I'll share here too...

 

I can't help but wonder what Thorpe could have done with X if they had the budget TWD had.  Or even half the budget.  They really could have created an attraction where you rode "on a wave of light (and sound)", went through tunnels of light, etc.  I imagine that having the trains 'chase' lit up track, with lasers and smoke effects around, along with an extended original soundtrack would have been more than possible, along with some fun lighting effects in the entrance and exit walkways.  I reckon I'd have loved that, as would a large majority of people.

 

I know it's not as easy to market, and Thorpe's research shows there isn't the demand for a family coaster with a disco rave theme.  But with the money spent, they really could have created something truly original and fun, and turned X into the pyramid-shaped gem of Thorpe Park.

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Honestly I think XNWO's refurb into X was just fine.

 

Some extra budget and special effects could of been nice I guess, but in the long-term would they be maintained or functional down the line? 

I honestly think a couple of colorful lights and some loud music was enough- the theme was loose, but it worked.

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As I said in WD thread, X with the budget of what WD had, it could have been a great original IP with some pretty epic lighting and sound thought the attraction. It's a shame the park has to be so invested in WD. Before WD, it was a pretty busy ride and had a queue all the time. With 500k, so many awesome things would have been done in the ride area too. Shame. 

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No details have been released when it will

happen - as far as I know they are still saying it will happen at some point.

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The eXpo:/2018 event was good, enjoyed the talk from Memories of Thorpe Park and the old ride train, signage and information were nice to see!

 

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It's nice when a park puts in the effort to say farewell to a popular past attraction - not that I'm looking at any other parks in particular.

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Yes, both talks were fantastic and really insightful.  It's fantastic to see the park trying these sorts of things, and I really hope they do something similar in the future.

 

The fact it was a lot busier than they ever anticipated (and there was a long queue all the way round the marquee to get in!) clearly shows there's demand for this.

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Regretibly never made the talk, but from what I’ve heard and seen looks like it sounded like it was a massive success.

 

Have just watched a video of Phill’s talk and found it excellent. Very informative, polished and featuring some astounding facts. It’s amazing how much of a major project this was for the original owners, from groundwork down to promotional image. 

 

I never knew the entrance was originally intended to be located at the back and the fact there was very briefly a retail shop as well. 

 

Fingers crossed we can see more events in the future from both parties.

 

 

Unless it’s already been posted, here’s a video of Phill’s amazing talk on the history of Project X.

 

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