If merlin studios were smart, they would have made sure that effects are easy to fix, so that there isn't an excuse for the effects not to be kept in working order
Well lets think about it...Indoor projections
- Being indoors they are less likely to break anyway, and you can just replace parts of a projector or get a new one altogetherIndoor effects, including lights and mist
- Again being indoors they are less likely to break anyway, but could be solved with replacing bulbs (probably whole unit if they're LEDs) and looking at Oblivion's mist, it can't be that hard to maintainThe Flasher
- Just lights so could probably be solved by changing bulbs, or minor electrical workThe Tickler
- Mechanically the motors could fail, but could be easily fixed or replaced. However, the brushes may need changing depending how clean they stay, but again that is a fairly simple fixThe Giggler
- Similar to my above reasoning for the indoor mist, using Oblivion as a comparisonPre vertical lift TVs
- Using Saw: The Ride as a comparison, whose TVs still work after 4 years, and if they stop working... a new TV is relatively cheap in the grand scheme of thingsThe Inoculator
- Really the only leg I can see causing problems. There may be sensory faults that mean it doesn't fire correctly or at all, and the pipes have the potential to become blocked. These could be more complicated to fix.The Hypnotiser
- Similar to The Tickler, probably even more simple as it is just reliant on motorsThe Marmaliser screen
- Although it already seems to have a minor glitch, this is probably repairable, and using the LCD screens in Picadilly Circus and Times Square as examples, I assume it is fairly durable.The Marmaliser structure
- I would hope that they haven't used a ferrous metal (has iron in it), to prevent the structure from rusting too quickly. Other bits of theming, including pipework, paintwork and the arrows, lines and logo on the ground
- They could be repainted if they start to fade, as in my opinion the garish and vivid colouring is vital to the look of the ride.
So when you break it down it isn't really that complicated to maintain. As long as Merlin are prepared to give a little more attention, and perhaps a bit more money to this ride than any previous ride, I am now more confident that they will be able to retain the same experience for many years to come!