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Re: Thorpe Park - The Future

Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:20 pm

Hmm. 50m is a height that leaves several options open.  It's obviously not going to be a true hyper but they can still get a great hyper-style ride out at that height, ala GeForce.  But 50m is about 164ft, New Texas Giant and Goliath (SFGAm) are both close to that size, so I could see an RMC of that height being a great fit for the park.  I'd personally prefer one where logger's was to take advantage of the setting, but if they pack in the elements and get the ride to interact with the Swarm's final turn, they could have a winner on their hands  During the sizzler talk, the op manager said a priority for the next big ride was marketability, and while a hyper is easier to sell based on height (which is not something they seem to be aiming for with a 50m limit), an RMC would be a unique, top-class ride that would really get people talking.
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Re: Thorpe Park - The Future

Sat Oct 07, 2017 8:52 am

Remember, there is nothing stopping them digging down to increase the height a little, however, due to the profile of Thorpe, this will be difficult, but achievable as seen with Colossus! I can see another 5m being possible though.
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Re: Thorpe Park - The Future

Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:25 pm

I'll probably be disappointed but I'm really hoping this is an RMC.
 
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Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:09 am

If it was an RMC, it would most likely be on the smaller spectrum, the island that is available for the coaster is not that big, you maybe able to squeeze something like Goliath, Joker or the Twisted Cyclone on the site. Its possible and I'd say more likely than a hyper, but we will just have to see.
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Re: Thorpe Park - The Future

Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:20 pm

Am I the only one who thinks a Mack hyper coaster is a more likely option than an RMC or b&m hyper? Mack hypers would look impressive for GP and would still be a forceful, fun ride experience.
 
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Re: Thorpe Park - The Future

Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:49 pm

ThemeCrafter264 wrote:
Am I the only one who thinks a Mack hyper coaster is a more likely option than an RMC or b&m hyper? Mack hypers would look impressive for GP and would still be a forceful, fun ride experience.

Maybe moreso than the RMC, but I'm not sure I'd say a Mack Hyper is more likely for the future than a B&M. It's known that Thorpe's engineers like working with B&M, and B&M have a solid and positive relationship with Merlin, having produced coasters which have served Merlin parks well for many years. I feel that if Thorpe were to go for something as ambitious as a hyper in the near future, they may choose to go for the company which they already have a friendly and successful relationship with over a company that's (relatively) new to the large-scale coaster scene and is yet to work on anything significant with Merlin.

Of course, it's entirely possible, and I wouldn't mind seeing a Mack hyper come a little closer to home than those currently out there, but B&M are the more likely company of the two in my opinion.
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Re: Thorpe Park - The Future

Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:38 pm

If it's a steel coaster then it's almost certain going to be a B&M. The last non-B&M steel coaster brought by Merlin was The Smiler (unless you count the Octonauts Rollercoaster). I think unless Merlin ask for something that B&M can't do then I think it's a done deal. If they want to work with (say) Mack I would expect them to work on a smaller project first to see what the relationship is like.
 
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Re: Thorpe Park - The Future

Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:02 pm

Sorry to say this but the last Merlin coaster was Kung Fu Panda Master which is Fabbri spinner :lol But anyway, b&m to produce smooth, good reliable coasters.
 
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Re: Thorpe Park - The Future

Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:48 pm

ThemeCrafter264 wrote:
Sorry to say this but the last Merlin coaster was Kung Fu Panda Master which is Fabbri spinner :lol But anyway, b&m to produce smooth, good reliable coasters.

I mean, if you want to get technical ;)
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If they want to work with (say) Mack I would expect them to work on a smaller project first to see what the relationship is like.

Merlin started with Gerstlauer on a big project (Saw), and are now working with GCI on SW8, which is by no means a small investment. Given the huge amounts of planning and discussions which occur before the contract is signed, I think it's entirely possible to get a good feel for a manufacturer and how productive the relationship will be before committing to any project, potentially removing the need for a smaller investment first. Besides, Merlin do have large ride systems and small scale coasters produced by Mack at their parks (even if they weren't installed by Merlin themselves), so it's inevitable that Merlin have already got to work with Mack's team and likely have a good relationship with them. While I think B&M are indeed the most likely manufacturer of a future steel coaster, I wouldn't rule out companies like Mack, especially if Icon goes down well at Merlin's main competitor!
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Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:28 pm

Thorpe Park have posted a fun video to wrap up the 2017 season, along with a cryptic message "We'll meet you at the safe zone in 2018.."

What do you think this could mean?

They have also uploaded a coming soon for 2018 page.

https://www.thorpepark.com/coming-soon-for-2018
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Re: Thorpe Park - The Future

Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:02 pm

Please... no more Walking Dead!
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Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:14 pm

Sanctum : The Ride anybody?
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Re: Thorpe Park - The Future

Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:27 pm

Justin wrote:
Please... no more Walking Dead!

I agree with that. It would be a bit of a dead decision. (I apologize for that awful pun but I couldn't resist it :lol). Anyway, I'm still hoping for a flat ride on Slammer's site, however unlikely that will be.
 
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Re: Thorpe Park - The Future

Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:57 pm

I feel like the ‘safe zone’ thing was in reference to the parachuters jumping off stealth and landing in ‘the safe zone’. :)

Never mind, I remembered the video wrong
 
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Re: Thorpe Park - The Future

Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:36 pm

I'm a celebrity maze retheme to the walking dead
 
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Sat Nov 04, 2017 12:19 am

Or just one maze opening all year like Saw Alive initially. I'm not hopeful for their new addition if themed to Walking Dead. Just an IP too far!
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Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:07 pm

I very highly doubt that it will be the maze coming back for the whole season, especially given that I'm a Celebrity is apparently coming back for the 2018 season according to the queue time boards around the park
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Re: Thorpe Park - The Future

Sun Dec 03, 2017 3:55 pm

Just an idea but if you look at these plans which Thorpe Park did a while ago. If you look at the 2nd coater layout, I personally think it would be a dive coaster if it was to be built and here's why.      If you look at what appears the be the main drop of the coaster, it looks very slimmer to what the swarm's drop looks like on the plans. Obviously, Thorpe park wouldn't build another coaster with a wing over drop so this would have to be a half loop which appears on many dive coasters around the world after the first drop! The rest of the layout is also quite short which is typically seen in dive coaster layouts. Thorpe Park also doesn't really have any height restrictions in the park so they could easily build this coaster if they wanted to. Just an idea but something I thought I would point out! :lol

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Re: Thorpe Park - The Future

Sun Dec 03, 2017 4:31 pm

(PS: Just found out all of the designs were for the swarm so this post is kinda pointless now but it's still an idea for Thorpe Park to get a dive coaster in the future) 
 
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Re: Thorpe Park - The Future

Sun Dec 03, 2017 8:45 pm

It would be nice to have an impressive coaster at the entrance!
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