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Re: Drayton Manor

Tue May 01, 2018 11:54 am

Any reviews on the refurb, now Sheriffs showdown?
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Re: Drayton Manor

Mon May 07, 2018 5:14 pm

Hi All,

I was wondering if anybody here had any precise knowledge as to why Pirates Adventure @ Drayton Manor closed, so far I have heard rumours of money thefts, H&S, amongst others.

I am really curious about this attraction as I believe the move they take with this site could pave the way in which Drayton Manor will operate in the future, given the footprint it occupies on park. Personally, I don't see them removing this given the throughput the ride system provides, I think the ride system itself is a draw as there isn't really anything of this scale at Towers, Thorpe, etc. and DMP certainly wouldn't purchase a system like this again. Also, the reliability of Pirates Adventure is surely a draw to keep the ride at the park. Given the recent renovations of both The Haunting and Wild West Shootout (now Sheriff's Showdown), I feel that Pirate Adventure could be next for a revamp - considering that the ride already fits in with the surrounding theme. I also feel that the ride fits in with the Family direction DMP appear to be taking nowadays so it seems to be an asset to them.

I'd like to know your thoughts on the future of this ride, and also anything you may know about why this ride is currently SBNO (I got confirmation of this from Steve Lomas, Head of Park Operations).
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Re: Drayton Manor

Tue May 08, 2018 8:43 pm

Officially the reason was that the manufacturer either couldn't or wouldn't supply the spare parts for the transit system. I can't find who the manufacturer was but DMP have a history of using non-mainstream manufacturers so they could have gone bust. 

Also, as the ride was older it's possible that it failed H&S due to changing regulations, look at Tiger Rock and the amount of work Mack had to do to bring it up to standard. 

I would love to know the real reasons which I'm sure someone out there knows.
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Re: Drayton Manor

Sun Jun 03, 2018 10:12 am

Went to Drayton yesterday for the first time in 4 years, and it’s safe to say a lot has changed. 

First, I reluctantly rode Apocalypse – due to my fear of drop towers – and I was pleasantly surprised to find that I enjoyed it. It was fast and very forceful. 
Next up was Accelarator, for the first time since the retheme, and I think it is the best rollercoaster in the park. It isn’t that forceful, but it’s twisty enough to get my seal of approval. 
After that I took a ride on Shockwave, which was OK. The inversions were nice, and it was pretty smooth, but my legs ached for the rest of the day, and the queue didn’t move too quickly as they were only running one train.  
G-Force was closed all day, and I won’t talk about the Buffalo coaster, but my final ride was Maelstrom, and for me, this is the best ride in the park. It is so forceful, and I love the sweeping feeling!

1. Maelstrom
2. Apocalypse
3. Accelarator
4. Shockwave
5. Buffalo
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Re: Drayton Manor

Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:54 am

Your missing Pandemonium from your list :D Mine would have to be:

1. Maelstrom
2. Pandemonium
3. Apocalypse Stand Up
4. G-Force (simply because the lift hill is unique to the country)
5. Stormforce 10
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Re: Drayton Manor

Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:51 am

I’ve heard that G-Force hasn’t been running yet this year?

Anyone know if it’s open again yet?
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