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Given the waterpark used to be open until 10pm, I highly doubt working hours for staff would be an issue. In this kind of area unsocial hours are expected.True, no increase in costs. But then you have the issue of having staff members working hours which are unsociable, causing issues there.
I'd say this is a fairly accurate summary.The magic era: 1990 - 2002
Beginning of the end: 2003
Final nail in the coffin: 2005
You're getting older. It's no secret our imaginations become less active as we get older, so imagine you were 10 years younger or a young kid. Experiences like Mutiny Bay, fighting pirates or seeing your favourite characters from TV come alive in CBeebies Land, or a giant alien monster throw people around in the air... that would be pretty damn magical if you ask me
you contradict yourself saying going the park multiple times is why the magic isn't there but go on to say you visit once a season and you feel the magic for 20 minutes while the fireworks are on!Completely agree wth this. Getting older and over-familiar with the parks makes them less special. One trip every two years means the park feels special and a treat. Going 10 times a season and you start to only see the negatives. This is one of the reasons I no longer have an annual pass.
(Edited just to add, I do actually do AT once a year for Fireworks and the magic is still there for those 20 minutes while the fireworks are on. But I also haven't been to Thorpe for three years (before Angry Birds))
you contradict yourself saying going the park multiple times is why the magic isn't there but go on to say you visit once a season and you feel the magic for 20 minutes while the fireworks are on!
I'm posting this as a slightly different view to some people.
I don't get the chance to visit the park often, mainly due to money, travelling and a busy life schedule. But when I do I get a feeling before I go of excitement and it's only comparable to when I was a child waiting the night before Christmas.
On the morning of the trip, I'll be excited. I'll look forward to the place where I've had some great memories and I look forward to making more. I probably haven't been for a year or so, so I look forward to revisiting with my friends and family and actually having a great day.
My point being, I don't visit often which means each visit is always like my first time there again. To me, the magic is still there. And I think that's mainly due to the fact that I don't visit every other week or 5 times a year or whatever so I don't get bored of the place and I don't go around nit-picking about each thing that's wrong (sure there are things wrong but that's not my point)- I just enjoy my day.
Maybe the magic is still there, but many people have simply been that many times that it's just worn off. I guess the only example I can give of this would be working in a toy shop. When you visit Toys R Us as adults, you may feel like you're being thrown back to being a kid again filled with wonder and awe at the shop. There's a sense of magic surrounding it I guess. But I worked there so I was there every other day and it just became a normal place to me, with no magic. It lost what was once special to me...
So, I guess, maybe that's what's happened to some people on here too. Maybe because you've visited that many times that it's just become another place...
It's why in some ways Splash Landings makes me a little sad. It marks the end of that era and it's the last truly great thing that the park did, the last thing that was undeniably world class. When it opened, it represented a level of theming quality and immersion that had never been seen in the UK before.
Yeah and even this Merlin managed to ruin with their budget poor quality refurbishment programme a few years ago.
The place is more like a crèche now than a Caribbean themed hotel. That's on top of the slashed waterpark opening hours, rip off average quality restaurants, lack of freebies and shabby neglected rooms.
You are meant to give your guests what they want, you do not expect to come back after a day on park to a closed water park after spending hundreds of pounds on one nights stay.
1) The magic is mostly something generated as a child and age doesn't really help.