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Re: Thorpe Park Resort - The Future

Sat Jun 16, 2018 5:34 pm

I'm not sure there's enough space to put something interesting in the back area of the park. They could run an out-and-back hyper along where the Loggers drop is, but I'm not sure where it would end up after that with all the water, buildings and Inferno if they continue alongside the park boundary. Building out on the water would push the cost up and make planning harder with the flood assessments.

A GCI woodie is possible if Merlin bought on bulk again. But they may have thought it too big a risk to have two in the UK, especially if Wicker Man had disappointed. But if they did go for one, my guess is it would be a faster and rougher ride so it doesn't get labelled as a family coaster, as I don't see Thorpe putting a big investment into the family audience.

But we should be seeing planning permissions going up soon, as Wicker Man's went up in May 2016.

My money is on a B&M hyper. They need high capacity and high reliability. But saying that, Merlin will surely add an RMC in somewhere soon. I could imagine a 3 park deal of Thorpe, Heide and Garldaland being made to try prevent other European parks getting ahead on the RMC hype.
 
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Re: Thorpe Park Resort - The Future

Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:18 pm

With Loggers, there is a lot of land which could be used. If Sticky Sister, Slammer, the toilet block, Burger King, and Old Town was to go, along with Loggers then that is a lot of land with a lot of potential. Any impact on the park from the construction would be minimal due to the access behind Inferno.

Hopefully, we'll hear something soon. It will be nice for Thorpe to get a new coaster!
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Re: Thorpe Park Resort - The Future

Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:42 pm

Well I didn't consider them ripping all of that out! But you're right and they have been slowly but surely closing that entire area down. The two rides they did add have never been integrated fully into the park and look like temporary attractions.
 
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Sun Jun 17, 2018 10:55 am

Thorpe have loads of land to use. Bear in mind they could build a coaster with a station next to I'm a celeb, running all the way down to the former train maintenance garage. Not to mention the Slammer site, and the route of Loggers.

If Merlin actually have the best interests of the park in mind, they will start on this soon. Otherwise, put the parks out of their misery and sell them.
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Re: Thorpe Park Resort - The Future

Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:03 pm

Thorpe do have a few different potential locations for any new coaster. As welll as the areas already mentioned, there is also the island behind The Swarm, and if I recall correctly the Resort have also identified the area behind The Dome, where the current Thrills Workshop sits, as a possible location for at least part of a potential rollercoaster.

In terms of timescales for seeing signs of development I think there is still a bit of time for Thorpe to submit plans/release details. If we look at what could be classed as the last two major developments (Derren Brown's Ghost Train and The Swarm), plans for DBGT were not submitted until October 2014, with work not really commencing until the start of 2015, and plans for The Swarm were submitted in February 2011 (although as I didn't follow that construction I am unsure if there were signs of construction prior to plans going in). If there are no plans submitted by the time Thorpe Park opens for the 2019 season, then I'd be worried we won't be getting a large scale project for 2020.
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Re: Thorpe Park Resort - The Future

Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:27 pm

Yes, the island behind Swarm island and the area to the side of the Dome are part of the current planning submission, with a 50m and 40m coaster penciled in respectively.
 
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Re: Thorpe Park Resort - The Future

Sun Jun 17, 2018 2:41 pm

The land has been tested behind The Swarm, however, I don't think the next coaster will be located there. Possibly 2024?
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Re: Thorpe Park Resort - The Future

Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:04 pm

Any insider information you're aware of there then? :)

Didn't they want to put their full standing hotel on the land behind the island behind Swarm island? Would make sense to have both projects at least agreed upon internally before starting one. The Shark hotel I seem to remember is on a temporary structure planning permission which expires soon.
 
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Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:27 pm

No insider information. They openly said that the ground had been tested behind The Swarm when I was on a lift hill climb last year, but nothing more.

With regards to the permanent hotel, this is actually located over the lake, towards the car park and Annual Pass building. Ground has been broken, but nothing has happened since.
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Re: Thorpe Park Resort - The Future

Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:50 pm

That's a shame then.

There's an absence of any sign of construction or potential construction across the park. Even the walled off area by I'm a celebrity has been completely cleared bar a couple of stands.
 
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Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:03 pm

Yeah, I noticed that when I peered over the fence a couple of weeks ago. A lot of activity seems to be happening around that area in one way or another, so hopefully we'll get something concrete to focus on soon! :D
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Re: Thorpe Park Resort - The Future

Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:41 pm

I have recently participated in an engineering Jack Petchy run challenge sponsored by Thorpe Park.

I haven't won but whoever wins the finals will help Merlin Magic Making theme the new attraction near Old Town, or in it, possibly on the Logger’s Leap site.
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