Ladyofthelake wrote:I have to say I am a bit surprised about the amount of negativity surrounding Thorpe's announcement. On the one hand people were saying last year how the Lionsgate mazes had had their time and they needed a change - whether that be a new IP or new in house mazes. It's no secret that Platform 15 didn't go down too well last year so it is hardly surprising that the Resort have decided to go with an IP again. Yes, you can argue that essentially The Walking Dead is zombies, and I agree that zombies are used too much in scare attractions, however when you look at all the possibilities there are not many choices that a park can go with that isn't already heavily used. Of course you could argue that places like Tulley's and Towers implement their own stories, however the basic elements are pretty much the same - it's more about how these elements are executed rather than which ones are used. It' is kind of dismaying that people don't seem to even want to give the new mazes a chance which I do think is a shame as for all we know they could be done very well, we need to at least give it a chance.
I think i just feel that Thorpe have kind of lost their way over the past couple of years with regards to FN and no matter what IP they get, unless they really put the effort into every single attraction and not just 1 or 2 than its still going to keep falling flat. Yes TWD is an IP and is likely to be well themed, but i'm also very worried by the 1st year maze curse that seems to be inflicted in the island. The Big Top and Platform 15 were both a bit naff in their first years, so I just hope that the TWD doesn't fall for the same curse. Plus, ignoring P15 (I really hope my opinion changes this year), I think that Thorpe have had some really good original concept ideas in the past and they should be more confident using them and not using the IP's.