It is with a strong sadness that I feel I have to type this but I can’t keep it in any longer. This season it seems that whatever remains of the ‘magic’, for want of a better word, is starting to seep away from the park. Sorry for the mega post that follows!
I can appreciate what they have tried to do with the two new investments, Nemesis: Sub Terra and the Ice Age 4D cinema but both are lacking. I can cope with the cinema having a really lack lustre film, what is essentially a Frankenstein of the third IA film, as the effort they have put into the retheme of the theatre is fantastic, but with the amount of parks this film has gone into it would have surely been relatively cheap to create a better film, such as one based around Scrat who is extremely funny. However, what the park opened for N: ST was atrocious. Granted the park seem to be making improvements but it really was a joke on opening day and not what anyone expected. I still think the park should have taken the decision not to open the ride as it really wasn't ready. That said, I can put these both aside, as they are new and seem to be getting improved, but what really saddens me is the state of the park in general.
To put it bluntly, the park is rotting. Paint is flaking, theming crumbling and what they have touched up this year they have done so half heartedly. In Forbidden Valley, Nemesis' station is slowly crumbling, the wood showing through on the fake sections of track and holes in the monster itself. Air's track is in desperate need of a clean at the very least as it is so covered in algae it’s untrue. Yes they have repainted the 'gun' that sits at the N: ST end of the valley but it’s been repainted all one colour so that the detailing on the 'veins' has been lost.
Moving over to Dark Forest, which is only in its third season, you can already see Ug Land shining through. The blue paint of the shops is starting to shine through, the ivy has turned a glowing blue from being exposed to the sun and worst of all the red, yellow, and blue paint of Rita's original colour scheme is glaring from the operators cabin stairs. It's ridiculous that the area was rethemed in such a way that it has only lasted two full seasons before getting like this.
Over in Cloud Cuckoo Land the integration of Ice Age into the area is fantastic with the 'freezing' of a few of the buildings and the wonderful entrance feature but yet again Twirling Toadstool has been overlooked and the operators cabin is moulding. At the end of last season the coloured dino footprints were showing through on the platform but I can't comment as to whether or not this has been repainted this season.
As for Oblivion well we all know the state of it! We would all love a repaint as the faded, scuffed grey looks terrible! I really don't see it happening and as long as the station gets the TLC it deserves then I can live with that as it's another thing that is just rotting away, paint peeling and the render bubbling. I for one hope that some money has been set aside with SW7 for a touch up next year.
Just last week I went on Hex and noticed that part of the themeing in the vault has been patched up with silver coloured tape. This is just crazy, I wouldn't expect this of a smaller end park let alone one that claims to be a world class resort! Also what is with the pointless fence in the rapids queline? It serves no purpose and is a waste of money that could have been better spent on a tin of paint!
I understand that the park doesn't have an infinite pot of cash but to let the park get into such a state of disrepair is only going to cost more in the future! But, with all the recent theme's used in Merlin parks it seems this is the shape of this to come, dark over grown themes that can be left to rot until such a time that it is removed/ rethemed. With the park not getting anything new last year I think we all hoped that some money would be ploughed into a spruce up of the park but alas that didn't happen.
While I'm on a roll I think it’s about time the park put some money into sorting some of the essentials if it wants to push towards a '365' opening. The toilets are in desperate need of attention as many have said many times before! They need some heating, taps that have warm water and actually stay on and some decent hand dryers wouldn't hurt! If they are worried about wasting heat then surely they could just have doors on the toilet blocks? Also get some heating in Woodcutters! It was bloody freezing in there the other week!
I know I don't post very often now, and this seems like one hell of a moan, but it's just that I care so much for the place that I don't want to see it completely rot away and become a place I don't want to visit anymore. It holds too many great memories and has the potential to create a whole load more for me and many many others and I don't want it to lose that spark completely! Maybe it’s just me but I wanted to get my feelings across and see how you guys felt?
Last edited by Russell
on Mon May 14, 2012 6:23 pm, edited 1 time in total.