Gullivers Valley - Opening 2020

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  1. Skyscraper

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    Still thinking I might apply for a ride op job when applications open.
     
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    Slightly naff video update on this. How is the presenter working in the show team yet straight?
     
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    I was hoping for an update on the park; not a history lesson on the presenter's life.
     
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    Bit of a bump here, new park planning on opening June 6th, £15 entry, £5 parking.
    All talk of a family woodie similar to the Antelope seems to have dried up.
    Naughty Gullivers.
     
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    Just looked at their website and you're right, no sign of a wooden coaster. Got to be honest, and I know that I am far from the target audience, but from the little I have seen this looks pretty awful. Not a patch on say Gulliver's Kingdom in Matlock Bath.
     
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    So, there's 3 rides?

    Not that I'm planning a visit anyway but was just wondering!
     
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    Sheffield Star has pictures of 17 rides that will end up in sunny Rotherham, centre of the leisure universe, Gullivers.
    None look like the Antelope.
     
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    Perhaps they are keeping this woodie for a later season to give them something new to advertise later down the line.
     
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    Was the wood coaster in phase one? (I think there are five phases planned?)
     
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    Gulliver's have released a new video looking at the Gulliver's Valley site. At 4:24, there are plans for a mini gyro swing!? Looks like a smaller version of Cyclonator at Paulton's. :)

     
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    I watched this video the other day and I've got to say I'm really disappointed, I know it's being built in stages but it's just a handful of rides plonked in a field. I can't see this competing with the likes of Twinlakes, Sundown Adventureland and even Gulliver's Kingdom
     
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    Looks like you are safe from the Lancastrian invasion shakey.
    No Antelope lookalike, so not playing.
     
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    Gulliver's Land (Milton Keynes) recently got an SBF Visa pendulum-style ride, presumably this one will be the same model.
     
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    I just uploaded the Gulliver's World map from 1989, serves as a reminder of how these things grow, if you have visited recently.

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    It does raise the question as to how small a new park can be on opening, when they will inevitably be compared to something older or more mature. It's true of the newer Disney Parks (particularly Studios Paris, Hong Kong and DCA in its early years) - they don't offer all that Magic Kingdom or Disneyland offer, but those parks had a decades long head start.

    Same with Merlin and the new Legoland parks.
     
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    This is a very good point and I think that is something I and I'm sure others will have overlooked. However, although I understand these things take time to develop, I can't see many people visiting this park because of this. If you've got the choice of visiting a park with 75% more things to do than this one for the same price, which are you going to do?
     
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    I agree, that is the dilemma. They're not spending insignificant sums on this, it shows how difficult it is to match 30 years of cumulative investments in a single shot - can be done, but not easily and is rare.

    It will be interesting to see how visitors respond to this, particularly with the well established Kingdom property not much more than a half hour drive away.

    Feedback on those parks that I mentioned was mixed, at best - but in two cases there was a significant, more established park in the same resort. I'm not trying to equate Gulliver's and Disney, but it's the same quandary on different scales.
     
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    Good to see the new NHS Nightingale hospital making progress.
     
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    It looks better from the shots on the ground than in the aerial clips. I do agree that it’s a little lacklustre. In a way they haven’t helped themselves by adding the accommodation.

    I think most of Gulliver’s audience will enjoy themselves there. The rapids look good and having a large indoor area is a sensible formula. It isn’t anything that hasn’t been done before, but for the young children it’s aimed at that won’t matter. Familiar themes like dinosaurs and the Wild West are popular.

    I understand that the accommodation is where the money is, or at least that’s the perception, but it clearly isn’t a multi-day park. Not to mention that if they saved the money they’ve spent on the caravans and holiday homes, then they could have used it for more theming and landscaping.
     
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    Had an interview there a few weeks back and the entrance building (known as "Gully Town") looks really nice inside. Also, that video will be kind of outdated now as they still had a few rides to install (including the gyro swing).
     
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    Jesus that castle :tearsofjoy: I've built bigger and more complex out of Lego.
     
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