Mixed feelings really.
It'll be fantastic as always to see new development at the park. Very interesting to see a mixture of both family-friendly developments and improvements to the park's newest thrill ride. Kind of reminds me of 2013. Anyone would think the park's on some sort of 4-year development cycle or something ...
However, I have my doubts about the true success of the rides. From the little we've seen so far, they look very temporary and I feel like the finished product could be tacky. Although I'm of the opinion that you shouldn't judge something so early on, this seems a bit poor for an area that's mysteriously closed its log flume and said that the area's "under redevelopment" (I mean, you're just making the general public expect an Alton Towers). There's also the issue of how well they'll be themed.
Speaking of which, what is the theme and target audience of Old Town? The addition of these two rides makes me want to say they're turning it into a family area, but Saw and Slammer (and I believe also Samurai?) were classed as being a part of "old town" throughout the 2016 season and we've got an all-ages log flume just about hanging in the balance here. Is this the nail in the coffin for Loggers? Where will the new rides go and how will the rest of the area be adapted to fit them, if at all? I hate to say it, but what if we see the destruction of Slammer and/or Samurai to make room?
I think the success of this decision will only be able to be determined nearer the time. I'm trying to be as positive as possible.
Burniel | Great at theme park knowledge, not so great at designing signatures.