UK theme parks from another point of view!

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by streetmagix
Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Merlin General Discussion
Replies: 1367
Views: 54001

Re: Merlin General Discussion

My educated guess is that shareholders have lost (or are losing trust) in Merlin Management. On paper they seem to be doing pretty well but, really, they aren't. Visits to all the theme parks (apart from Legoland I understand) are down when they should have recovered. Midways aren't doing that well ...
by streetmagix
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Drayton Manor
Replies: 3218
Views: 121543

Re: Drayton Manor

It only ever had 1 train, it just had space/blocking for 2. It's a real shame assuming it's true, not the best coaster in the world but pretty fun and unique. Drayton are plainly struggling despite Thomas Land. Hopefully the rapids can be reopened next year although I'm not holding my breath.
by streetmagix
Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: The Swarm
Replies: 327
Views: 37201

Re: The Swarm

Swarm Chris wrote:
Bag drop is no more. :(

Was it on one train operation? They generally don't open bag drop on one train operation.
by streetmagix
Sun Sep 02, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Project 2020
Replies: 161
Views: 24060

Re: Project 2020

Spotted this by the shed on the exit of Nemesis Inferno today, like a flash Thorpe responded to it https://twitter.com/SimonStirrat/status/1035973992144953345 (It says '27?' in black spraypaint, '0?' overlapping in yellow spray paint for those unable to read it) I'm 33/33/34 that it's Thorpe teasing...
by streetmagix
Sat Sep 01, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: London Entertainment Resort
Topic: London Entertainment Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 397
Views: 78938

Re: London Entertainment Resort - General Discussion

I do. Yes it has taken a long time to plan out, but let’s just think.. this isn’t just a theme park, it’s a resort.. the park, hotels, shops, parking, transportation, etc. This all has to be planned out, because come opening day and it all flops.. then what’s the point in that massive investment? I...
by streetmagix
Tue Aug 21, 2018 12:59 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2618
Views: 309265

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

It's sad when we're coming to expect rubbish like this from the nations biggest (and best) theme park. They are so far away from meeting even an acceptable standard anymore. Just goes to show really. I fear we're past the point of no return, can we really expect anything to improve... ever? I have ...
by streetmagix
Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2618
Views: 309265

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Expected but still disappointing. Are staggered openings still expected to return after the summer holidays?
by streetmagix
Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: TTSP Events & Meetup Archive
Topic: TT Summer Festival 2018 - Reviews and Feedback
Replies: 22
Views: 2286

Re: TT Summer Festival 2018 - Reviews and Feedback

I'm still feeling 'delicate' from the weekend (I went back to Towers on the Sunday and I'm so regretting it right now) but it was such an amazing event! Thank you to everyone involved. The ERTs were amazing, especially the unexpected Wicker Man one. The talk was very open and frank. The ride takeov...
by streetmagix
Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: TTSP Events & Meetup Archive
Topic: TT Summer Festival 2018 - Reviews and Feedback
Replies: 22
Views: 2286

Re: TT Summer Festival 2018 - Reviews and Feedback

I'm still feeling 'delicate' from the weekend (I went back to Towers on the Sunday and I'm so regretting it right now) but it was such an amazing event! Thank you to everyone involved. The ERTs were amazing, especially the unexpected Wicker Man one. The talk was very open and frank. The ride takeove...
by streetmagix
Thu Aug 02, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: TTSP Events & Meetup Archive
Topic: TowersTimes' Summer Festival - 4th August 2018 - Discussion
Replies: 64
Views: 3769

Re: TowersTimes' Summer Festival - 4th August 2018 - Discussion

Bad news peeps: my post room and/or Amazon have seemingly lost my Hawaiian shirt :( I'll try and fit a suitably loud t-shirt instead unless they find it before tomorrow.

I'm planning to get a taxi there on Saturday morning from Stoke, PM me if you want to split it.
by streetmagix
Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Th13teen - General Discussion
Replies: 68
Views: 12280

Re: Th13teen - General Discussion

I'm assuming they haven't reopened bag drop for Th13teen during the peak period. It currently has a 150 minute queue, double what Wicker Man is currently stating at 75 minutes. Almost certainly not.  At Thorpe (which could be different from Towers) the people in the bag drop are also fully trained ...
by streetmagix
Sun Jul 22, 2018 12:49 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 6159
Views: 312328

Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

Everything (apart from Inferno which was down to 1 train) was basically walk on from 9pm. I did 3 rides on Saw, Inferno back row, and 6 or 7 cycles on Rush in just over an hour. I'm certainly not complaining!
by streetmagix
Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2618
Views: 309265

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

I was thinking that too, they could have signs thats say 'Maximum, minimum, average' for any eventuality. 
by streetmagix
Sat Jul 14, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 6666
Views: 867617

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

I just saw that too. This sounds more than just teething issues. Does anyone have any more information? I know Merlin aren't the best for communicating why rides are down but I really think they need to issue a statement with some reasons. Having their new major ride down as the summer holidays star...
by streetmagix
Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 6159
Views: 312328

Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

The Thorpe one was pretty good last year and early this year. I have no idea what happened around May/June.
by streetmagix
Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: TTSP Events & Meetup Archive
Topic: TowersTimes' Summer Festival - 4th August 2018 - Discussion
Replies: 64
Views: 3769

Re: TowersTimes' Summer Festival - 4th August 2018 - Discussion

Hawaiian shirts? Hawaiian shirts! Add another voice to the crowd: I went solo to the Thorpe one a few weeks ago and probably had the best day at a theme park I've had in a very VERY long time.  I imagine most people are diving to Alton, I'll be staying in a hotel near the bus station (Hanley). Does ...
by streetmagix
Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Galactica - General Discussion
Replies: 1480
Views: 203298

Re: Galactica - General Discussion

Yeah I saw that. Figment are the company who supplied the VR movies, hardware and integration for Galactica. I guess VR isn't going away any time soon if they're still involved?
by streetmagix
Sun Jul 08, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2618
Views: 309265

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

That probably means more people with ERT than without. I mean, I admire them for putting Wicker Man on ERT but it seems like they've rarely been able to open it for 0930.

I'll be there next Friday, will be interesting to see if they've changed the entrance plaza since earlier in the year.
by streetmagix
Thu Jul 05, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2618
Views: 309265

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

And I thought DBGT had 'The longest warning and restriction board' in Merlin history....
by streetmagix
Sat Jun 23, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Drayton Manor
Replies: 3218
Views: 121543

Re: Drayton Manor

As far as I can tell, yes, it's been closed all season. Apart from a vague 'Ride is currently closed for maintenance' message on their website I don't think there's any more information. It's different from Storm Force 10 last year as I understand the plan from the start was to have it down for most...
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