There's been no focus to the park ever since Merlin took over. One minute they want to add thrills, then family, and then thrills, and then somehow retheme a family coaster to a horror IP?! It's a mess. Since Swarm, they've installed what is - at best - a mediocre kids area, a laughable excuse of a "dark ride", the aforementioned TWD retheme, and what was the final straw for me personally, the removal of Loggers Leap. Loads of parks around the world have had a massive focus of thrills but still managed to keep and not alienate families. While it was a good idea to more the park more thrill friendly, alienating families is what led to its downfall in the long run. In London, guests have the mindset of visiting Chessington for families and Thorpe for thrills it's not really an issue for the former, but the latter has a limited catchment because in essence, teens and young adults can't actually go to theme parks as much as need. Everyone talks about how much damage Merlin have done to Chessie and Towers, but they have absolutely destroyed Thorpe as well and it's a disgrace how the 2nd biggest park in the UK has fallen so hard.