I mean what good is being the 2nd largest leisure operator in the world if you cannot perform to it? Disney don't own nearly enough 'sites' across the world and yet I'm hearing struggles in Paris and in various other parks. So even the kings of magic are struggling to get it right.
Merlin are fast becoming Six Flags, you can even see it in their investments. Their whole buy 2 get one free attitude is massively noticeable across their parks. Did I hear correctly on the grape vine that there's a Terry style ride going into Gardaland themed around Raptor? I mean I can understand the logistical and financial sense in doing things as they don't really cross-contaminate and are in parks far apart from one another, and I know Disney do it also with things like Space Mountain, BTM & RRC but they're buying crap in the mean time. Disney have spent 50+ years perfecting what they do and haven't wasted money on buying failing areas of the leisure industry and trying to make a profit out of them.
I know I live in Blackpool and I think what Merlin have done with the place is fantastic but it feels so desperate and corporate and no amount of Kylie Minogue and the best 4D in the country (IMO
) can really change that. Warwick Castle was disgusting in the way they'd butchered it. The Castle and grounds are stunning but, shops at every corner and up-sell.
I would really like to see Alton released from the clutches of oppression style greed but, can Alton survive without such a readily available source of cash? I mean SW7 is rumored to be $20million and that is a massive sum to invest in a ride. Would we see this without Merlin? and is the thought of loosing these types of investments canon fodder for their cost cutting?
Can I just comment that it's great to see some really mature and quality discussion in this thread now.
Yes! I have to agree, this is a breath of fresh air to me. I am actually enjoying reading people's views and the discussion in hand