Alright, so this discussion about whether we influence Merlin...
I think everyone realises that the “show of hands” for suggestions on a 1 ride is huge, I just think people are hopeful and are just EXERCISING their creative minds.
What I reckon though is when a creative person in charge of something they want to use THEIR ideas where they can. They must have ohhh say 20% creative freedom
to have ideas but the rest is dictated or basically given by the marketing textbook/feedback. And if Merlin is smart they WILL be listening to us and it doesn’t matter who we are its not about being an enthusiast or just the normal GP – its simply what is wanted MOST across the board.
I would be inclined to believe that the update to sub terra was always on the cards, possibly even a deliberate.
Another to remember is the enthusiast probably aren’t that far of the actual designers/marketers, I’d be willing to bet many of the ideas we have, have already been had by people at Merlin and vice versa. So I definitely think that if they DONT listen to us then they SHOULD - Its always the more commited, obsessive audience that has a better perspective on things and more refined taste, whether its music, food, themeparks- but its going to be the marketing side of peoples brains that listens to us cause the creative side wants to use its own ideas (but then again the creative side wants to please people and the ego side will steal ideas and pass them off as its own