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I mean I was about to say missing opportunities, the biggest one, not having a proper theme park in Scotland.If you want to create a 'bruh' moment for this topic to try and find something the UK does better then it's simple.
Renamed the topic to 'What do English parks do better?' Then just say our parks are better than those in Scotland and that's yer lot!
This is a good point actually. There are quite a lot of European parks that do not open every day in the early/late season. They might only open on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and then the weekend for example. It can be a pain when trying to plan a trip out of peak holiday season!One thing I would suggest UK parks possibly better international equivalents on is midweek/off-peak opening.
You can say what you want about Alton Towers’ 4pm closes midweek, but at least they are open on all off-peak weekdays. I don’t know about European parks, but I know that a significant number of American theme parks don’t open on weekdays aside from during the school holidays.
UK parks also have longer operating seasons than many international parks; some of these don’t open until May.
I know, what frustrates me is that M&D's have the best location in terms of access of transport for any UK theme park, better than Towers I'd even say...only problem is that the owners are utterly useless, sleazy and make Merlin look good!I mean I was about to say missing opportunities, the biggest one, not having a proper theme park in Scotland.
Thank you Enter Valhalla. I think weather often does get overplayed as an excuse. Clearly extreme weather like the flooding Drayton Manor had a couple of years ago can be very detrimental, but that kind of thing is very rare in the UK. I’ve heard quite a few people say that Disneyland Paris would have been more successful in Spain. Possibly. Barcelona is in the most prosperous part of Spain. It has good weather and reasonably robust economy. But a strong economy does seem to be more important than good weather (within reason). In the end we’ll never know whether Disneyland Paris would have done better in Port Aventura’s spot.I’m a bit late, but a massive thank you to @neil_wilson for that really detailed analysis of the situation in the UK. You’ve more than hit the nail on the head.
There’s so many good points in there, that it’s very difficult to discuss each on in details, but the one where I agree with you the most is regarding the weather.
I hate it when people try to excuse the UK parks’ piss poor performance and operations by saying we have worse weather here.
It’s a lazy, cop-out excuse, and when compared with the Netherlands, Belgium and Scandinavia, our climate really isn’t that much worse. Yet these countries still operate their parks better, and in many cases, manage to get decent winter events, which our theme park operators always claim aren’t possible due to our UK climate, something which I’ve always thought is nonsense.
We lost Mouse. That alone has caused me to visit less. Massively less.Ignoring this year, Blackpool Pleasure Beach has arguably improved. The late 2000s - early 2010s weren’t the best years for the plethora of ride closures. We’ve since seen Icon, SkyForce etc.
We've seen Icon, Skyforce, and what exactly?
Duff new bar area that is rarely open.
More early closures, including late riding cuts.
Lack of punters due to the loss of entry only tickets.
Nearly half of the attractions closed midweek.
National only opening at lunch now as well.
...and now the return of Mandy's ego show in the Arena, Hot Ice, that has failed to generate revenue over costs for the last couple of decades.
The Beach, despite me being a happy clapper, continues it's slow decline due to incompetent local management.
Some things just don't change.
Slightly related question, but what UK parks can you name, which are better then say 5/10 years ago and are still improving? The only one I can think of is Paultons. While Drayton is improving over what it was 5 years ago it is still a shadow of itself from 10 years ago IMO (Pirate Adventure, Excalibur, G Force, Pandemonium and soon to be Apocalypse). Can anyone think of any other UK parks which have noticeably improved?