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Re: Bubbleworks 2017 Replacement

Fri Oct 21, 2016 4:50 pm

It's not looking good. It's been revealed the Gruffalo will be here for 2017. It's probably the Bubbleworks replacement...
 
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Re: Bubbleworks 2017 Replacement

Fri Oct 21, 2016 6:04 pm

I posted in the Chessington General Discusiion about Gruffalo being confirmed to be arriving in the park in 2017, but as it hasn't been confirmed by the park that it is going to be Bubbleworks, I posted in there.
 
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Re: Bubbleworks 2017 Replacement

Mon Oct 24, 2016 8:18 am

I really think a sewer themed ride would be cool. I made this a while back, you could have a room like this (whirlpool room):
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Theres all sort of creatures you could have in there; Giant rats, alligators, ninja turtles lol, even demons.
The whole thing could be tunnels like this:
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Re: Bubbleworks 2017 Replacement

Mon Oct 24, 2016 8:54 am

I think an entire ride themed to a sewer would be a bit unappealing to the general public (especially if they kept the fountains :P). Perhaps one or two rooms could be themed in this way, but I don't know if that would fit in with the Gruffalo (assuming the replacement is to be themed to the Gruffalo).
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Re: Bubbleworks 2017 Replacement

Mon Oct 24, 2016 9:15 am

matt_1985x wrote:
I really think a sewer themed ride would be cool. I made this a while back, you could have a room like this (whirlpool room):
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Theres all sort of creatures you could have in there; Giant rats, alligators, ninja turtles lol, even demons.
The whole thing could be tunnels like this:
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I think they already have this at chessington,
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Re: Bubbleworks 2017 Replacement

Mon Oct 24, 2016 2:53 pm

Another perspective of looking at this refurbishment is: 'The Charlie and the Chocolate Factory of Toyland tours.'
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Re: The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure - 2017

Fri Dec 30, 2016 1:41 pm

The Chessington Holidays website has confirmed the attraction's name as "The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure". Interestingly this was in fact the most popular choice on the Toluna survey which surfaced a number of months ago.

The website is also advertising new Gruffalo rooms which feature a number of exclusive and interactive elements.

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Re: The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure - 2017

Fri Dec 30, 2016 3:17 pm

On the 1st of January, Chessington are releasing the TV advert for the ride. It also mentions these rooms. Also, in the advert it uses some concept art of outside the attraction because obviously the real facade isn't complete yet, and it doesn't look too bad.

Also, Vampire isn't going to fit into the area from next year due to an area re-name. Bubbleworks didn't used to fit in, now it's Vampires turn!

EDIT: I also forgot to add, I believe there are only 2 Gruffalo rooms, so if anyone wants to book it I would do so as soon as possible because I have a feeling these will be snapped up fairly quickly
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Re: The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure - 2017

Fri Dec 30, 2016 3:42 pm

What sources do you have for these statements like an area rename and about the advert?
 
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Re: The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure - 2017

Fri Dec 30, 2016 3:55 pm

I'm afraid I can't say.
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Re: The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure - 2017

Fri Dec 30, 2016 10:48 pm

I'm sorry, but this name is awful.

It follows the recent "[insert IP here] - the [insert ride type here (optional)] ride" naming system (see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The Ride, Angry Birds: The 4-D Experience, I'm a Celebrity: Get me Out of Here! Maze etc). It's bland and has no distinct theme other than "hey, it's based on this character you know and love and will pay more money to see", which says a lot about the eventual ride as a whole. I thought we were keeping the idea of a factory, how hard would it have been to put that in the name? Even "The Gruffalo's [factory produce] factory adventure" would have been better than what we have now.

A name like "Professor Burp's Bubbleworks" or "Toyland Tours" gives you an idea of what fantasy world you'll be immersing yourself in; a name like "The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure" gives you an idea of what type of emtionless machine you'll be putting your body in. I really can't overstate how disappointed I am, given how famous the Bubbleworks brand became.

And now this new ride is apparently going to become the headliner of a new area (what's that going to be called - "The Gruffalo: the family-orientated area"?) It seems to me that Merlin knows that Vampire will crumble within the next decade and are taking the opportunity to re-theme the area while they have an excuse. I guess we'll soon see one of the UK's most beloved coasters torn down and replaced by a small children's ride and meet & greet or maybe even a Gruffalo hotel, ala Alton Towers 2017?

It's such a shame to see Transylvania dying like this. It is and has always been one of Chessington's strongest and most popular areas, being entirely designed by Wardley in 1990. It feels like Chessington have been slowly whittling away at the area which best defines them and 2017 will be the final straw, pushing it beyond recognition as the wonder it was in the 1990s.

I didn't really feel all that bad about Bubbleworks closing in the first place, but this has made me mourn the loss of the ride a lot more.
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Re: The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure - 2017

Sat Dec 31, 2016 8:28 am

I have to admit I am personally quite excited for this, as I believe it has good potential to be superior to Bubbleworks (at least the version we left in September). Now, although I am no fan on Chessington in recent years I am glad to see this as I imagine the development has been well planned - even if the name might be slightly less creative. However honestly, I fail to really think of an amazing attraction name in recent years especially based on an IP so pulling Merlin up on it as though it's solely them isn't such a valid point.

In terms of the alleged area retheme, I again can't say I'm disagreeing. Whilst Transylvania might be appreciated for its main area being themed to a good standard by adults, Chessingtons lead market is always children and I can admit I had no idea why it was called Transylvania when I was younger. Due to our school systems and media children really only think Transylvania is where Dracula lives and nothing more (at least from my experience) so to me it makes perfect sense to alter the area. I don't think it'll do too much damage if done correctly either, seeing as The Gruffalo is based in the woodland much like Vampire, and seeing as the area went through extensive refurbishment last year I wouldn't expect any huge changes to the aesthetic.

Really I just think people should give this a chance, as let's be honest Bubbleworks wasn't in the best of its years. I have pre-judged various developments before and ended up loving them, so I'm trying to keep an open mind about this one. :lol
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Re: The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure - 2017

Sat Dec 31, 2016 11:39 am

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I'm sorry, but this name is awful.


Firstly, don't judge a book by its cover. Its the attraction as whole we should be judging, and until it opens we can't do that.
Its just a name, and given Chessington's (And Merlin's) reputation at using rubbish name's it comes as no surprise.

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And now this new ride is apparently going to become the headliner of a new area (what's that going to be called - "The Gruffalo: the family-orientated area"?) It seems to me that Merlin knows that Vampire will crumble within the next decade and are taking the opportunity to re-theme the area while they have an excuse. I guess we'll soon see one of the UK's most beloved coasters torn down and replaced by a small children's ride and meet & greet or maybe even a Gruffalo hotel, ala Alton Towers 2017? .


It is a shame, if the rumors of the area change are true, but we have to stop being sentimental over things. Theme Parks are a business and they will always need to change with the times to attract new guests. Whilst it pain's me to say it, Vampire will eventually leave the park. Yes its a popular ride, but sometimes things need to go.

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Really I just think people should give this a chance, as let's be honest Bubbleworks wasn't in the best of its years. I have pre-judged various developments before and ended up loving them, so I'm trying to keep an open mind about this one.


This is what everyone should be doing with regards to this attraction. For all we know it could become Chessington's best ride.


I do, however, have concerns as to the level of the themeing that will be used inside. Will they make it look like your in the book and have the scenery match the style of the images in the book, or will they try and make it more realistic. This is the question that is playing on my mind as of late with regards to this attraction. Both could work well, if done well, yet I am partly hoping they go for realistic as opposed to 'cartoony'.
 
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Re: The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure - 2017

Sat Dec 31, 2016 11:46 am

I'd imagine it will be the same art style as the Gruffalo hotel room, which in my opinion is a great thing :D
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Re: The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure - 2017

Sat Dec 31, 2016 1:06 pm

I can put your worries at rest, the new for Transylvania does not contain the word 'Gruffalo' :lol But it's still a terrible name. At least the new name for Market Square is better! The concept art I've seen (I've only seen the station concept art and the outside facade concept art) does look promising, but now it's just a case of them sticking to the concept art!
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Re: The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure - 2017

Sat Dec 31, 2016 1:43 pm

Something in me hopes that Vampire will be rethemed to the Owl character in the book, but I think this is a step too far, as well as I think it would be fairly obvious.

I hope this isn't the case. I only hope this to stop Vampire sticking out like a sore thumb in this area.
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Re: The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure - 2017

Sat Dec 31, 2016 1:56 pm

I would suspect if the area was to be renamed to fit in with The Gruffalo then it potentially could be called 'The Deep Dark Wood' which is the home of The Gruffalo in the books.

If this was to be the case then I honestly don't think it would be as bad as people fear, in fact it could even mean that both attractions fit within the same area. It is quite feasible that in the deepest part of a Deep Dark Wood you could find a Vampire's lair, therefore Vampire would still fit in with the newly named area.

Whilst I know Bubbleworks did hold a special place in many people's memories I do honestly think if done well that The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure could prove to be a very popular attraction. The Gruffalo continues to be a hugely popular character with young children and this new ride, if done well, has the potential to create just as fond memories for a new generation as Bubbleworks did for so many.
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Re: The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure - 2017

Sat Dec 31, 2016 2:08 pm

At the end of the day nothing but the Gruffalo name is confirmed at the moment, and so there's no need to panic. What will be will be and I guarantee whatever happens it won't be the end of the world! :P

I'm honestly just excited to see a tired area such as Transylvania get some love again, to me that makes this development worth while. :)
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Re: The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure - 2017

Sun Jan 01, 2017 10:03 am

It has officially been announced and also features on the new Merlin annual pass advert:

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Re: The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure - 2017

Sun Jan 01, 2017 10:07 am

From what the concept art shows, it does look rather magical and I think we should expect a good ride.
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