Gullivers Valley - Opening 2020

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  1. Jonathan

    Jonathan TowersStreet Member

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    Just had this pop up on Facebook. Gulliver's Family Theme Parks have bought an old colliery site, and intend to turn it into a theme park, with construction potentially beginning as early as next year. Full article here.

    This is a bit of a surprise to me, but it's going to be interesting to see what happens with these plans.
     
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    Exciting stuff. Every so often we hear about plans for a new theme park, but generally they don’t happen. However, the Gullivers group have a strong track record, so this one is very plausible. I’m not sure about the Warrington Park, but the other two are heavily restricted by space. 333 acres is a lot of land. I don’t know what portion of it they could realistically develop, but it sounds like this could be their biggest project yet.

    After years of attractions closing, it’s nice to have all these new ones opening (Dreamland, Harry Potter tour, Shrek’s Far Away Adventure, Kidzania, this). Dreamland’s not entirely new and most of the others aren’t actual theme parks, but it’s an exciting time for themed entertainment.

    But I hope this new attractions brings some new ideas to the table and isn’t just a mash up of their other attractions. I don’t like the cookie cutter mentally that’s become rampant in the theme park industry. With the Dinosaur and Farm park Gullivers tried to do something new and I don’t think it really worked out for them, so hopefully it won’t put them off trying to do something original this time.
     
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    Shame they just refuse to let adults in really...

    (I do understand why, but it is a burden when all you have are those pesterful red dots on your coaster-count map)...
     
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    They do let adults in. You just need to hire a child for the day :)
     
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    I just heard about this. I think its great news and very local to me
     
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    Same here, quite intrigued, though it means were slowly being surrounded by Gullivers, Matlock Bath in one direction and the Rother Valley development down the other...
     
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    Its still good to see development, a few more 'Adult rides' would of been nice though
     
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    New local park to me, very interested...
     
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    Wow, that's huge!

    Looks like some kind of massive resort with all them different 'parks'.
     
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    This looks quite an interesting development, one to keep an eye on for sure.
     
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    Before we get too excited about this, can I point out there have already been 2 failed attempts at turning this land into a themed park.

    1 - YES! Project - think Centre Parcs but without the lodges and a cinema, bowling. Never got off the drawing board.

    2 - Visions of China - it had a massive announcement, the council sent some people to China on a jolly. It was to have a pagoda style hotel, spa, lakes, walks and a small childrens theme park. Massive fan fare then never mentioned again.

    I'll not build my hopes up.
     
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    The most interesting part is Gullivers gears, which sounds more adult based Gulliver's Gears Theme Park with motorbike coasters and a drop tower; Vekoma launch anyone?
     
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    ...or it'll just be a few cycle paths.
     
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    Yeah, probably true, don't think Gullivers will ever get a ride better than antelope :p
     
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    could be interesting- I've always wished that there was a theme park in Sheffield! it would boost tourist numbers as well (technically it's in Rotherham, but then Rotherham is technically in Sheffield (has the same area code letter- S)!
     
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    Rotherham and Sheffield are two separate places. The S post code also includes Barnsley, Chesterfield, Worksop and the Hope Valley, to name a few......

    Still, a theme park about 20 mins from me is always a good thing.
     
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    where do you live, if you don't mind me asking?
     
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    My location is listed on here ;)
     
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