I don't know whether this has been discussed already, but it looks like Thorpe Park's Trip Advisor score has dropped from 4 to 3.5 at some point in the not too distant past. Not sure exactly when. I know that this might sound like a cheap excuse for a Merlin bash, but as a theme park enthusiast it is a shame that 3 of the 4 biggest theme parks in the UK (possibly 3 of the 5, depending on what Blackpool's visitor numbers are really like and whether you count them as a theme park), only get 3.5 stars. Flamingoland also gets 3.5 stars while Oakwood only gets 3. When you compare the Trip Advisor scores for British theme parks to British zoos, steam railways, leading model villages and castles, then our theme parks don't seem to be leaving people very satisfied. It isn't catastrophic, and there are several parks that do very well on Trip Advisor and Alton Towers still gets reasonable scores despite the flack from enthusiasts this year. Paultons does particularly well, as do several smaller attractions such as Folly farm and Adventure Island. Nonetheless, it feels like the theme park industry is having a tough time at the moment. That might be partly down to certain accidents and the way that they've been reported in the media, but it can't help that quite a few of the people who are visiting British theme parks don't seem to be having a good time.