Woo, Finally some interesting information to speculate and talk about! :D
2 New Rides (FOR MERRIE ENGLAND)
The area hardly has a decent attraction to keep me there, I, as well as most people walk straight past it as nothing there is really worth giving it the time of day unless you want to eat or drink.
This will really be a boost to the area, so long as there fun, interesting, well themed rides that offer an experience then Alton will have hit two nails on the head, these rides no matter what the target audience need to really be appealing and something different to really get the crowds into the area and into the park.
They need to look at the Driving School to see why it's so successful, it's got a great gimmick that really appeals to everyone, you even get teenagers and adults wanting a go, but they can't, yet they still can enjoy the ride courtesy of it being so fascinating to watch with all the theming and interesting features it offers, that makes it an experience for everyone to enjoy, whether they be riding, watching or queueing.
So long as we do not have another Rita and CATCF on the way, I'll be happy, we need rides that are worthy of the UK's number one Theme Park.
1 Rethemed Tea Cups
Not sure what they could be re-themed to, but if it's an interesting theme, it might make the ride appeal to a lot more people, as everyone has been on a tea cup ride at least once in their life, as they are pretty much everywhere, but if the ME tea cups were to be re-themed into a unique and interesting theme, it would give the ride a much greater appeal to it.
So long as it's done well, it could be nothing but good.
Merrie England Rethemed/Flattened
:) and :|
The area is a complete dump, full of tacky arcade machines and games stall, as well as a vast amount of food outlets which just overwhelm you way too much.
The area is in dire need of a change and it's about time, although I'm happy about the possibility of Merrie England being completely flattened, I'm rather nervous about how Alton will re-theme it.
Lets face it, as most people know my confidence for Alton in the theming department is pretty low, thus the reason why I'm worried about this idea of a re-theme at present, I've got an image of this turning out to be a rather mish mash of a re-theme, some things themed, others not, then certain things themed to something completely different etc.
I just do not feel, Alton can pull of a consistent and well themed area at present, they have the budget to do so now, but whether they will is another question, I honestly hope I'm proven wrong and they deliver with something spectacular to really show they still can create in depth experiences like no other park in the UK.
This is called Project Penzance (Guess the theme)
It's pretty obvious it will be a pirate theme if that is the project name, which could work, it depends on which style of pirate theme they plan to use, it's either going to be a serious take on the theme or a childish cartoon take on it, and the latter seems most likely.
So long as they pull it off well, that is all that matters personally.
It is imed at Families
Good for families, but slightly worrying as Alton have not recieved a decent "thrill" attraction for a while now and those are the rides that really do pull in the crowds, they are far more marketable and would provide a greater attendance boost than a family ride or area I feel, I'm not saying family rides aren't good, I love most of them, it's just what would be better from a business point of view.
Splash Karts Removal (Rumored)
Please be true, I hate the Splash Karts with a passion!
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Sounds like an interesting development, cannot wait to see how it all unfolds and develops, hopefully they release a bit more information rather than keeping the entire project in the dark, it's much better when you have just little bits of information to talk about.