Hardly! That's what, an hour or two's worth of rides!? Thorpe Park have less rides for children than any other park. Fair enough, it's not their position, but I can't see how Miss Hippo's was stalling their current plans...They ought to retain such rides as they at least provide some restbite for families who take children. Seven rides + Octopus Gardens is hardly "quite a bit" for families, in my view.
True but thats if the family groups only intend to ride each ride once. Look at it another way. If "thrill seekers" go during February Thrill Chill, you could say that they only have 7 rides, which is actually a lower number of rides than the family rides i listed in my earlier post.
I can see your point about lack of family rides compared to other parks, and the removal of Miss Hippo's Safari, seems to be for the same reason as the removal of the farm- cost cutting and unnecessary. If another ride was being constucted on the site of Miss Hippo or the farm i'd say it was a worthwhile move, but we've seen no evidence of this so far, so i dare say the site will lie empty for a few years. If the farm was still open however, i would say that Thorpe Park had enough for families to fill a day