You're all wrong about this ride, it's a fantastic investment for Thorpe and here's why.
Thorpe have been growing up way too fast. In 2005 they added TWO new major rides for christ's sake. Now this looks great on the surface, but it means that you get a lot of rubbish. For every Rush you get three Slammers for example. If they weren't in such a rush over the last decade to jam pack the park with as many thrill rides as possible then maybe we'd have better quality additions. Imagine if Slammer had actually been a third and fourth arm for Rush.
Erm a long shot here but maybe it's because S&S haven't designed them to have three or four arms? :roll:
To be honest Sam the above comment is more a selfish like of your own rather than a good business move. Why do supermarkets constantly do offers? They got the two rides as a package deal and it was one area Thorpe were lacking anything major in at the time. It lead to area revamps and two unique rides. Whilst I don't personally like Rush I wouldn't turn around and say it's a waste of money and they should have bought two Slammers.
As for all being wrong. Who died and made you knower of all rides and opinions? :P
I think a lot of criticism of the ride is based on a misconception of the ride itself. This ISN'T a cheap travelling rapids like it Lightwater or West Midlands. This is a seriously, hefty permanent ride. It's an infinite improvement over the eye-sore that was Octopuses Garden. It will provide a hugely needed GENUINE family ride. It's one of the very few rides you can say that every group except very small children will enjoy. Whatever you say about Thorpe, it does need at least SOME family rides.
No they don't, it's no secret that Merlins London park's business model is clear. They have 2 family parks in close proximity to one another. Why is it Thorpe markets themselves with such a teenage image? The people have sex on the map the "hip" graphics etc. It makes no bones about what it is. It is a Thrill Park and there for does not need a good variety of Family attractions. You want that you visit Chessy or Legoland.
This ride is not major nor is it expensive. It is a cheap water slide however you dress it up.
Thorpe can't add a thrill ride every year, so I don't know what people's problem is with a hugely fun, family rapids rafting attraction.
Yes they can, I suggest you look at their 5 year plan where it clearly shows that that is exactly what they plan to do. :P
As for the ride? It maybe fun, yes, but it's not a good ride for Thorpe to invest in really.