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Re: Thorpe Park - New Indoor Attraction 2016

Thu Jul 16, 2015 4:22 pm

Kuka arm technology wouldn't be cheap and even though this ride has a big budget for Merlin, I'm not sure it would stretch that far!
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Thu Jul 16, 2015 4:23 pm

Well whether it's family oriented or not, I just hope it's going to be a heavily themed and immersive experience - and not themed around aliens or ruined futuristic worlds as there's too much stuff with those themes around these days. Wish we could have our own magical Harry Potter rides here in the UK.
 
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Thu Jul 16, 2015 6:59 pm

*crosses fingers for transformers type ride*

My guess is probably something like dinosaur in Animal kingdom, hopefully a better story though :P
 
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Thu Jul 16, 2015 7:15 pm

Personally I think that even though Merlin haven't got the big budgets of Disney and Universal, I think this is still going to be a great addition to Thorpe Park and I look forward to experiencing it.
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Re: Thorpe Park - New Indoor Attraction 2016

Sun Jul 19, 2015 4:57 pm

I'm surprised that only one teaser has been given so far; however, I am a little dubious as if it is 'real'. I am sure Thorpe Park are playing with us!

Surely we are are due for more teasers soon? I expect them to arrive half way into August if they do as this would capture the summer holiday market!
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Sat Jul 25, 2015 10:43 pm

Here are a few images taken earlier today from SouthParks Facebook. As you can see, the building's foundations are starting to take shape now, both in the pit and at ground level.

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Tue Jul 28, 2015 12:51 pm

Here's something to think about...

Simworx, a company who's recently worked with Merlin on Angry Birds 4D and the bus ride in Shrek's Adventure, have not long acquired RoboCoaster, a firm involved with the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey rides at Universal parks. In a press release it was stated that they will now be looking to develop the RCX RoboCoaster and AGV Darkride attractions together, with either of these being, in my opinion, plausible ride systems for WC16.

What makes this even more intriguing is the following paragraph taken from a recent article about the acquisition.
Simworx has generated double-digit growth year-on-year since 2013, and is currently producing six new rides for three theme parks in the Middle East and one project in the UK, which will be announced next year.

I guess we'll just have to wait and see whether there is any truth to this speculation, but an attraction from these guys could be an exciting addition, especially after hearing very good things about Shrek's 4D ride.
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Tue Jul 28, 2015 1:10 pm

That is a very interesting find Lewis. Looking at their website, it does appear that both the RCX RoboCoaster G2 and the AGV Darkride could be what the dark ride might be. I just hope that if it is these guys making the attraction, they make a unique film and not one of the rather cartoony films they already have.
 
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Tue Jul 28, 2015 6:02 pm

It seems to me that the space where this ride is located wont be big enough for one of these robocoaster thingys. If you look at the space it doesn't look that big. Look at the Harry Potter ride thats massive compared to the area. Just a thought.
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Tue Jul 28, 2015 8:45 pm

Light water valley are getting a simworx dinosaur 3/4d cinema soon, but they won't be able to afford this, and the fact this says announced next year makes me think 2017 opening instead of saying opens. It could definitely be this though as I'd imagine only Merlin parks and paramount could afford these. I'm thinking either this, a giant scale robocoaster at paramount, A family one for chessington or Alton have decided to switch SW8 to this as it could be marketed as a dark ride rather than a coaster, which may not seem worth risking with the incident on the smiler, If they got one of these instead of the rumoured/planned forbidden valley coaster it could possibly go down better in the short term, so my guesses are Thorpe (best bet) paramount (second bet) then Alton and chessington!
 
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Wed Jul 29, 2015 12:11 am

If it is a simulator/video based attraction there would be significant cost advantages for Merlin if they introduced the same ride into both Thorpe and Alton as they will not need to make two films.

One advantage of this is that they could introduce new films more often, splitting the cost between TP and AT, enabling them to advertise a "new" ride every few years.

In terms of building size the simulator rides could be put in a smaller building with either a reduced ride length or throughput.
 
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Mon Aug 03, 2015 11:24 am

This photo just got sent to me, showing that the steel structure for the building has arrived on site.

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Mon Aug 03, 2015 1:37 pm

Apologies for the double post but more photos from TheCodeMaster show that the steel on the truck is being offloaded and prepared for being put up. Certainly looks like this is ready to go vertical!

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Mon Aug 03, 2015 2:24 pm

Great news :D
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Mon Aug 03, 2015 3:12 pm

And it's going up!

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Re: Thorpe Park - New Indoor Attraction 2016

Mon Aug 03, 2015 6:48 pm

One final post for WC16 from me. The steel construction has gone as far as some of the roof support beams, giving an idea of the height of part of the building.

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Re: Thorpe Park - New Indoor Attraction 2016

Mon Aug 03, 2015 6:49 pm

Wow they are really going for it. Thanks for the updates :)
 
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Re: Thorpe Park - New Indoor Attraction 2016

Tue Aug 04, 2015 7:42 am

Going up so quick hopefully be their by the end of the month let's hope this is a good sign that things are running to time and can open opening day :-)
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Re: Thorpe Park - New Indoor Attraction 2016

Tue Aug 04, 2015 8:48 am

Looks like they're really pushing for that early 2016 opening :)

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