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Re: Project 2020

Sun Sep 02, 2018 11:24 am

I would be surprised if it was Blair Witch. That means that Thorpe has paid for the IP again, despite the year of the walking dead and the AMC IP they have already paid for. This makes no sense at all. I do think that this year all of the mazes could be Walking Dead themed - which might explain the lack of big top creation, fit in with the zombie events and plays into the Year of the Walking Dead. 
 
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Re: Project 2020

Sun Sep 02, 2018 2:28 pm

Honestly Thorpe have done so much teasing/trolling this year that I am still on the fence about Blair Witch. If the CHIP teaser is just a phone number then maybe the Blair Witch symbol hanging in the tree is another red herring as they could be reusing the shed and Blair Witch path for a new maze/scare zone (possible TWD) and are trying to mislead us. Last year they hid hints towards TWD so well in the promo art that it seems strange for them to just give away their “new” maze for 2018. Honestly I would prefer if it’s just a hoax as it would create surprise when they announce the maze line up rather than just being like yeah we already know that.
 
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Re: Project 2020

Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:36 pm

I'm not sure if someone has said this, but there is a CHIP 7706 sign in the Derren Brown queue, along the wall, below/ behind a poster, in the batching area.
 
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Re: Project 2020

Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:57 pm

Ismail wrote:
I'm not sure if someone has said this, but there is a CHIP 7706 sign in the Derren Brown queue, along the wall, below/ behind a poster, in the batching area.

No, this would be the first spotting. So far it has only been seen in Zombie Hunt and temporarily at The Swarm. Was this on the outdoor wall in the batching area and so part of the themed area like Zombie Hunt?

Given that a member of staff who appears to have worked on the team setting up Zombie Hunt has said it's a control room number for queue times, I'm not holding out much hope on C.H.I.P 7706 being anything other than an inside joke. But it's strange if it has appeared elsewhere and also within the theming. It's certainly not there as a staff reminder, as Zombie Hunt doesn't have a stated queue-time and I believe Derren Brown's will be managed by the ride control room, which monitors the queue line via CCTV. Also the DBGT staff use radios to report back to the ride control room.
 
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Re: Project 2020

Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:39 pm

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Was this on the outdoor wall in the batching area and so part of the themed area like Zombie Hunt?


It was on an outdoor wall, underneath an 'End Of The Line' poster
 
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Re: Project 2020

Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:54 pm

H8223R wrote:
Honestly Thorpe have done so much teasing/trolling this year that I am still on the fence about Blair Witch.

They've certainly done a good job of getting us almost to a point of not believing anything they say or do this season!

Blair Witch though is one of the few genuine things that has been teased this year. :)

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It was on an outdoor wall, underneath an 'End Of The Line' poster

So we now have two attractions where the CHIP poster is being used within the theming.

One way or the other we're being trolled with these posters. Maybe someone's getting their revenge on us, for our less than warm reception to the Love Island IP usage. :-k
 
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Re: Project 2020

Sun Sep 09, 2018 10:35 am

Just going to add fuel to the fire here...

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Look at the clock ;) Coincidence?
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Re: Project 2020

Sun Sep 09, 2018 11:01 am

Interesting... Or they picked a clock with London on it and didn't know the reference! :lol
 
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Re: Project 2020

Sun Sep 09, 2018 11:07 am

Possibly, just too specific. I do believe it will be in Old Town though :lol
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Re: Project 2020

Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:05 pm

(you accidentally double posted Justin)

Hmm the image is certainly interesting. It is either a complete accident or a serious hint but I'm not sure that they would have been told much yet. It's still very early
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Re: Project 2020

Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:16 pm

Thanks for the spot AltonOperator :D All corrected :)

It could just be a complete coincidence, but I am expecting to hear some news from Thorpe Park soon. We really need something to keep us going over the closed season which we can pick up and follow when the park opens again next year. I expecting any coaster to open in 2020 will have to begin construction next year.
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Re: Project 2020

Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:10 pm

No problem :)
Yes with all the uncertain hints, there must be some kind of official tease soon probably an image of some kind with '2020'. Only time will tell!
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Re: Project 2020

Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:17 pm

Depends on how quickly they want to get started on construction. If the coaster interacts with other areas of the park they will want that section of work (probably footings) complete by opening day 2019 to resume normal operations. Personally, I think they will aim for submission between the Fright Nights announcement (tomorrow!!!) to continue building FN hype and the end of Fright Nights itself. But this is Thorpe so they could throw us a curve ball. But I agree we need something decent for over the closed season - especially if next season will be an "off" season while construction is underway.
 
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Re: Project 2020

Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:29 pm

I don't think we'll see much before the end of the season. I noticed last week that the park has been searching for a new head of PR, with the closing date for applications being this week. I don't know what the current status of the PR department is, but if that role is currently empty then it seems they would want that position filled before starting on the campaign for their next big ride.

If the ride does go into Old Town, then for me it changes the potential profile for the ride. That part of the park has always been more rustic, so sticking some metal monster in there would be out of character, unless they re-themed the whole lot. If it's in this area, I don't think we're getting a B&M hyper, which I suspect was meant to go on the island behind The Swarm. Having re-read the pending planning application again, this site is the only remaining site from the last medium term development plan that could have a roller coaster developed on, with a 50m tall ride being considered there. The 40m coaster was The Swarm, and the intention at the time was to develop on 2 out of 3 areas, with the Shark hotel being placed in the other development option they had proposed.

What is slightly odd is the change-of-use planning request Thorpe made to land nearer to Swarm island almost a year ago now. This application included the use for retail and attractions, as well as another area for temporary usage for community events (marathons and scout camping). This application has seemingly stalled, with the last update being in May and there are a few outstanding environmental objections. I struggle to see why they would make this request, when the intention was to work in the Old Town area. The rate of development in the park over the last few years doesn't match the idea of developing two areas at once. If development is in Old Town, I hope it has had the full development cycle it deserves and hasn't been compromised by any change of plan that may have occurred. Also given the way the Loggers site has been abandoned, they could end up with more environmental objections in this area if it has become home to local wildlife.
 
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Re: Project 2020

Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:16 am

This is just pure speculation but hear me out..

Do to the time frame Thorpe now has, I do not think that we’ll see the coaster on Loggers Leap area, as deconstruction should of started by now, if they intended to build there.

I do believe it will be Old Town area, specifically I believe that the station could either be based on Slammer’s old site, or that ride that used to be next to where I’m A Celeb is now, can’t remember the name of the ride but the one with the cars, been gone for years.

Both these 2 sites are easily accessible for a coaster to traverse down the old Thorpe Railway line.

I also believe that the ride will be a B&M Hyper as from seeing construction of other rides in America, they don’t take that long to consturct compared to a RMC/GCI/Intamin (Intamin dependant on type of ride).

It is possible that the ride could be an Intamin, due to the success of Hyperion at EnergyLandia, but with a year and a half left until the 2020 season opening, you’ve think we’d of seen some kind of development by now?

Like I said, just pure speculation, but considering other constructions around the world, it’s becoming less likely for me that this ride will be a woodie.

The way that Loggers has been spoken about in recent months also seems like the ride will make a comeback when this new ride is closing in on opening. (If the ride is in Old Town)
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Re: Project 2020

Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:37 am

PhNx Survivor wrote:
This is just pure speculation but hear me out..

I do believe it will be Old Town area, specifically I believe that the station could either be based on Slammer’s old site, or that ride that used to be next to where I’m A Celeb is now, can’t remember the name of the ride but the one with the cars, been gone for years.

I do agree. I've heard that The Slammer site might be used as a station building. I can't remember if I posted on here or spoke to people about it, but I have a suspicion that the area around IAC, the Burger King and the toilet block will go as part of the Old Town development. I don't think Loggers will last much longer to be honest.

It could be possible that the coaster has a rustic feel.
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Re: Project 2020

Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:55 am

I feel that the Slammer site would be a very tight squeeze for a station. They would probably need to move the toilet block as well to fit a station, workshop plus queue in. The coaster routes in and out would be a bit tight too and having leased the tented area to Sticky Sisters this year, I can't see them kitting out a new restaurant for a known 1 or 2 year lease.

For me, the old Loggers station area makes more sense, as it has a lot more space to play with and the ability to add secondary buildings like shops into the plan.

But yes, there are plenty of development options on the old Fungle Safari site and Old Town Burger King building, but it would remove a Fright Night spot.
 
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Re: Project 2020

Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:34 am

They only started deconstruction of The Flume during winter 2016 so it could still be on Logger’s site. If anything, I’d have expected to see planning permission by now.

With Merlin saying a while back that they were cutting investment into the Resort Theme Parks, it makes me doubt wether we’ll even get a new coaster anytime soon.
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Re: Project 2020

Wed Sep 12, 2018 4:58 pm

Towers planning applications are very different to Thorpe's simply due to the location and don't assume how they submit planning applications can't change. 
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Re: Project 2020

Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:06 pm

Thorpe have a fair few restrictions as well. Flooding and wildlife constraints appear to be the major ones for them. Fairly sure no planning law requirements have changed for someone wanting to build a roller coaster though. ;)

Just went back and looked at The Swarm planning permission request and it appears it was barely a two month process. With the application going in the beginning of February 2011 and the decision made by the end of March. So whilst we hope for something soon, we could easily be waiting until February next year.

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