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    Thorpe Park: General Discussion

    Stealth has never stalled at the top with guests on. The only time it has ever stalled at the top was in 2008, during a morning test run before the park opened for the day.
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    Energylandia (Poland): New Coasters

    This is some form of junior coaster which is presumed to also be joining the line up of the new Aqualantis area. It has previously been unannounced, but is due to open early this year. The tilt coaster is still a couple of years away.
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    Thorpe Park: General Discussion

    It's a poorly worded advert for the Shark Cabins. WiFi will still be free at Thorpe this year.
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    Thorpe Park: General Discussion

    You just go to drop off if you're doing someone off. Easy. Don't pay. The big change this will cause, presumably, is that regardless of when you leave, you'll have to pay. Before, if you left early enough (usually before 2pm), the barriers were up and unmanned, meaning you could leave without...
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    Thorpe Park: General Discussion

    The council did initially contact Thorpe requesting them to install barriers to help with traffic outside the park. And then when Thorpe did it the council weren't aware they were charging originally. Whether that did lead to a spike in the cost is unknown, but it's true it all adds up. The...
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    Energylandia (Poland): New Coasters

    Though true that the current grant agreement is ending with the Mine Train investment, the park have said they're in a position to get more funding / grants from the EU. This will bring forward some of their plans. The park is owned by a very wealthy - and successful - businessman who loves...
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    Thorpe Park: General Discussion

    Just for the record: the Thorpe staff were not asked to volunteer their time. That "event" was a thing where all permanent staff were required to spend a day helping with cleaning and simple painting across the park. They were paid as normal. For whatever reason, the marketing team decided to...
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    Thorpe Park: General Discussion

    Yes this is exactly it. Going back 10-15 years ago, when we had things like 'When Hell froze over' at Inferno, it was exactly the same: staff putting in the time and effort, and usually money, off their own back. As Fright Nights wasn't as big a deal then and standards weren't as high it was...
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    Energylandia (Poland): New Coasters

    2020 is the last year they can open investments which are partially funded by the EU in their current agreement. After that, they can still apply for funding, but it will be harder to get and likely less, because they'll be classed as established. So they have to just pile it in now whilst they...
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    Thorpe Park: General Discussion

    Platform required a lot of money for the route to become usable. The village section (ie: the best part) didn't break the bank but also wasn't cheap (it probably cost more than 3 mazes did last year). There were more plans in place for it to grow and gradually get better and better whilst also...
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    Thorpe Park: General Discussion

    Which is further reason to not take ideas from Tulleys' mazes and themes. The comparisons would be even more stark
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    Thorpe Park: General Discussion

    I hope not. Don't get me wrong, Tulleys is great, and taking an idea or two from them is fine. But the more ideas you take, the more it just feels like a rip off of the event, and the park would struggle to compete like-for-like. Be different and actually give people a reason to go to Fright...
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    Energylandia (Poland): New Coasters

    April is a quiet period for the park, but it does get quite busy and the attendance numbers are soaring. The funding from the EU is stopping (or, at least, becoming harder to receive) after next year since they'll be seen as an established place. That's one reason why they've invested so...
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    Energylandia (Poland): New Coasters

    They also have a Mine Train of a similar scale to Colorado Adventure opening next year ;)
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    Thorpe Park: General Discussion

    The project had been a VR project long before Derren Brown was confirmed to be onboard. There were other themes for the ride considered; almost all of them were not IPs as well. Merlin's market research had shown interest in a Derren Brown / illusion based ridew and there were a couple of other...
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    Thorpe Park: General Discussion

    Just a couple of points... -The person you see after the pre-show is not an actor; just a ride host. They're obviously encouraged to create a mood and stuff but most of them won't know (or tbh care) how. -The contract between Thorpe/Merlin and Derren isn't due to expiry any time soon. As with...
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    TBC: SW9 Speculation

    I think you underestimate the difficulty of constructing a (reasonably large) pit...
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    TBC: SW9 Speculation

    The concern for Ghost was that it would increase numbers, and hence increase traffic, yes. After Ghost was rejected, the park installed Mia's (something which didn't need planning permission since it's effectively a temporary structure/attraction and can be removed at any moment if the council...
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    Thorpe Park: General Discussion

    The start of summer holidays is always dead. A weak, poorly advertised, hastily cobbled together event was never going to change that. Coupled with the weird weather we've had this one was never going to be popular. That doesn't mean the other two won't be popular (they may be, they may not...
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    Energylandia (Poland): New Coasters

    In fairness, only a few parks put theming in beyond a station / entrance in the grand scheme of things.
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