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I think Mutiny bay was a similar situation, where I don't think they added anything major but rethemed the rides that were there.Have Merlin/Tussauds ever made improvements to an area's theming without a new attraction? (Not just fixing stuff, actually making better.)
The only example I can think of is Ug Land which didn't feature any new attractions but was marketed in and of itself as new for 1999.
I don't see anything improving unless and until the 'second wave' happens (if indeed it does) or the IP is dropped altogether.
@Matt.GC I share your confusion. I love Gangsta Granny it’s funny,enjoyable and David William’s first book. I won’t bother to buy the sequel. I don’t get how Granny can be resuscitated after dying of Cancer and her body presumably being disposed of. I feel the squeal has been written to bring David Williams back to the forefront. I love David William,but I wish he wo write stories evolving around new characters with the exception of Raj of course. Speaking of Raj I think David Williams should write a book based around him.Isn't Granny (Spoiler Alert) dead though?
It's a small point, but Feathers McClaw was moved over from Thorpe Park when Mutiny Bay first opened.No just the talking parrot came from Thorpe a few years after Mutiny Bay opened.
I think it's charitable to call most of Merlin's individual attractions and coasters from the past decade themed, probably safer to say they have 'elements of theming'. You really have to dig deep to buy into the concrete/metal box with occasional decals and an insta-friend entrance portal as 'themed'.Yeah I was wrong about Mutiny Bay as @evilcod said.
I don't really think Merlin see value in theming area's for some reason, they seem to prefer the theming of individual attractions and particularly coasters. This can work however when the park still has themed area's in name it does get confusing.
I think you are correct in that regard but Merlin can still do theming when they want to: Wicker Man being a prime example. They just haven't done any major theming of area's for a long time. I think Walliams World definitely needs both more attractions and a better atmosphere which can likely be achieved by better area theming.I think it's charitable to call most of Merlin's individual attractions and coasters from the past decade themed, probably safer to say they have 'elements of theming'. You really have to dig deep to buy into the concrete/metal box with occasional decals and an insta-friend entrance portal as 'themed'.