I must admit its fairly concerning looking at the excitement levels. After flicking back through the January section of the SW7 thread, its clear to see that there is much less excitement around this project so far. After giving a very rough estimate it looks as though the amount of posts per day seems to be at a ratio of 1:100 (SW8:SW7). Now, obviously the amount of active users has indeed decreased between 2012 and 2017, however does that really justify a 1:100 ratio? In other words a decline of 99%. Not to mention, so far there seems to be a great lack of interest from the enthusiast community as a whole - not just from TowersTimes Forum.
I really hope that SW8 marketing ramps up quick because if even the enthusiast community isn't seeming to get excited about it, I dread to think what the general public may think. Seeing a success of this seems almost crucial at this point, I could honestly see this being the final nail in the coffin for current management - especially with both Chessington and Thorpe Park going full speed ahead into the future...
Whilst I can see what you are trying to say, I think the problem is that not much is currently happening on the resort, and everything we do already know has been discussed, at length. I think people don't have high hopes for SW8, which is sad, but its understandable. (I hope I get my facts right now and if not i'm sorry for being a bad enthusiast). Out of all the wooden coaster manufacturers out there, Merlin have chosen the safe option with GCI. To many enthusaists this felt like a bad decision. As I have yet to experience a wooden coaster (Again another bad mark on the enthusiast side) I can't comment.
Merlin do need to pull something spectacular out of their hat for this because of Pleasure Beach's addition for 2018. And if Merlin get this wrong, than we could see more ride closures etc. AT's future for the enthusiast community is relying on this one coaster. This may be over dramatic of me to say, but that's the way I personally see it. At this current moment in time, AT is second because TP feel like they actually know what they are doing. whereas AT don't.