Paultons Park: General Discussion

Matt N

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I personally said a more thrilling coaster, a family water ride and an indoor ride, I think. I might have ticked “haunted house” as well, which kind of builds into indoor rides. I can’t remember exactly, but I think my choices were something along those lines.

While I wouldn’t want them to whack up some 200ft ultra-thrill machine tomorrow, as I don’t think it would fit the park at present, I think a slightly more thrilling coaster than their current crop would not go amiss and could be a really positive move that would widen the park’s appeal. I’m thinking of something along the same sort of marginally increased thrill level as Cyclonator, with a 1.2m height restriction. I reckon something like a GCI would fit like a glove, or maybe something like one of the smaller Vekoma launch coasters (think Formula at Energylandia).

I also feel that a dark ride would be a beneficial addition, particularly a tracked dark ride like a “haunted house”. I think a spooky theme could be quite a cool one for Paultons to attempt, and a tracked dark ride of any scale or type would definitely round out the lineup.

While a water ride is the one I’m least sure on given our climate and the fact that I do feel that their existing flume could possibly be rethemed Buffalo Falls-style rather than removed, I do think an extra, larger water ride wouldn’t go amiss. Maybe something like the new Intamin flume that Familypark in Austria recently opened?
 

James5696

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In my mind I’ve always liked the idea of a theme park which grows with the guest. If, say, their focus was on 5-year olds the year Peppa Pig world opened, two years later they might want to focus on 7-year olds. That way, they can rely on Peppa Pig world to attract new 5 year olds, and new attractions to attract repeat custom as guests grow out of their prior line-up.
 

Benjsh

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I'd love them to build an exact clone of Untamed at Walibi Holland, only with a a unique theme to fit into their next major land expansion. They could also add a few supporting flat rides too or maybe even a water ride as part of a phase 2 budget depending.

That could be a real game changer for PP I reckon. I still don't think enough people in the country even know the place exists and the few people I know that do know about it refer to the place as 'Peppa Pig Land'. Hahahaha.
 

Benjsh

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It doesn't help that the media refer to it as Peppa Pig Land'.

I mean it works for them in some respect as it's incredibly well known brand so it helps them attract families. However it definitely does feel like the rest of the park is lost in the promotion of it which is a real shame as Tornado Springs in particular is exquisitely done.
 

LF22

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I definitely agree with the growing with your guest comment. We have been going yearly for the last 3 years since my son was 2 and he has been able to do more and more each year.

However we have now hit a point where there isn’t anything new he can go on and I definitely feel done with it until they add a new ride and land for us both to enjoy.

A park with some 1.3 & 1.4m rides, while he finds it frustrating he can’t go on them yet - he has something to look forward to to make us return.
 

Shaggy_Dog_

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I'd love them to build an exact clone of Untamed at Walibi Holland, only with a a unique theme to fit into their next major land expansion. They could also add a few supporting flat rides too or maybe even a water ride as part of a phase 2 budget depending.

Untamed is a superb coaster but if Paulton’s were to bring the first RMC to the UK I’d sure as hell want them to go with an original layout rather than being a clone. But an original ground up with Untamed’s more modest size (compared to say Zadra or Wildfire) and focused on airtime would definitely be fantastic.
 

Benjsh

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I think Paultons would more suit a GCI over a RMC. I don't think anything Paultons will be getting soon would take advantage of being an RMC. The gap would probably be too much from their other stuff.

It would make more sense and I suppose the south of England is really lacking in the Wooden Coaster stakes so that would be a good investment for sure. Lots of maintenance though keeping a GCI in good order. Paultons could probably pull it off though.

Definitely wouldn't rule out an RMC though. They could surprise us.
 

John_P

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Something similar to a Heidi The Ride (GCI) or a Kentucky Flyer (Gravity Group) would be perfect for the park.

Think I ticked all manner of ideas they listed but in the box at the end I suggested a modern water ride. Just think with what they've built so far it's something they could easily base a new area of the park around. Could go for one of those new Zamperla Log Flume/Coaster combos as seen at Luna Park NYC, or opening at Adventureland in Iowa next year.
 
From what I've heard/seen, some of the animal enclosures behind Temple Heights have also been moved, which should help open up even more space for the new ride. Here is a rough outline of the current construction site.

The only way I could see them fitting in a larger water ride would be if they expanded into the forest behind the Lost Kingdom.
 

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Ian

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Interesting if that’s the ride choice and plot. Though, if it is indeed a Hafema job I wouldn’t rule out some sort of crazy River Quest type project. If anyone knows how to build a vertical rapids on a small footprint it’s them!

Unless of course they’re going for the Mini Raft model, which lets be honest, is probably more Paulton’s scene in terms of thrill level and budget.

 

Matt N

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A rapids ride would be a great fit for Paultons, in my view. They're great all-round family attractions, and they're also a key staple of many parks' non-coaster lineups. Therefore, I think a rapids would present a big enhancement to Paultons' non-coaster arsenal, personally!

If they are using a larger area, I certainly wouldn't rule out a full size Hafema Rapids. Particularly seeing as the park appear to be allocating a whole year for construction... I shouldn't think that the Mini Raft Ride would need a whole year, surely?
 

zeock

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Paultons do seem to be missing a dark ride honestly. I think that one would be a good fit in Critter Creek, as it would be easy to theme and also would bolster the area as it only currently has 2 attractions.
 

Jb85

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Interesting if that’s the ride choice and plot. Though, if it is indeed a Hafema job I wouldn’t rule out some sort of crazy River Quest type project. If anyone knows how to build a vertical rapids on a small footprint it’s them!

Unless of course they’re going for the Mini Raft model, which lets be honest, is probably more Paulton’s scene in terms of thrill level and budget.


For me this wouldn’t be a great move. Vertical rapid just look naff. And the brochure images back this up somewhat.

A nicely themed rapids is what is required, but would they have the space on that plot?
 
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