I think that Thorpe Park should drop the kid’s aspect of the park completely. But I would like to see more Family attractions. Rides like the rapids which everyone can enjoy even if it’s still aimed at a more adult market.
The current issue I have with the park is that you have to be a thrill seeker to enjoy it. If you’re planning on visiting with other people they have to be thrill seekers also otherwise there’s no point in them being there. This is why I’ve avoided going with mates for years. What if they go on the first coaster of the day and decide it’s too intense for them? They’re then stuck with nothing that they can enjoy.
The trouble is I’m struggling to think of what they could build to breach this gap. Ideally I’d say some sort of dark ride like the unfortunately short lived Nights in White Satin. But would that remain popular or suffer too much vandalism from Thorpe Park’s normal clientele.
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Now about the Orlando Flexticket idea, I don’t know how popular it would be but the issue I have is that I think Thorpe Park needs something which non-thrill seekers can enjoy while someone is on the big rides. Given the limited operating hours of British Theme Parks the only reason I’d take the half an hour journey between the two parks is if I’d run out of rides to do at the other.
This is the issue I have with Merlin creating a park for each demographic. Legoland, Thorpe Park and Chessington may be close to each other but they're not close enough that a family would willing split themselves between more than one park. It’s not like being at Disneyland where each park is only a short walk or monorail ride away.