This was from another topic but I feel it is more relevant here.
I've always believed that the "THORPE PARK" approach was doomed from the start.
Creating a theme park solely aimed at teenagers and young people is a risky move as trends can change as quickly as they arrive and a single miscalculation could lead to the loss of half your customer base.
Building £10-20 million rollercoasters every three years is NOT a sustainable business model. You will not get a significant enough return on investment when your target market is narrow and your attendance levels peaked several years ago.
But without a doubt, Thorpe Park has the potential to be the next Alton Towers.
The relaxed planning restrictions, location next to the UK's largest city, fantastic transport links and HUGE areas of undeveloped land could easily ensure this.
The left of the car parks could become a waterside entertainments complex with boardwalk area hosting evening lake shows. The right side could be developed with multiple hotels and a waterpark larger than any in Europe. The farm could be reopened and improved with a range of children's attractions and a Sealife centre. This just scratches the surface with what could be done.
Will it happen? No. Why? No vision and huge constraints. Much in the same way as Alton Towers.
THIS! Thorpe has to be one of if not the most poorly handled parks in history. Going from a park with unbelievable potential, to little more than a glorified amusement Sh*t hole. IMO They should have stopped with the onslaught of flats and coasters for a good 5/6 years after inferno, as it was plain as day even back then that the infrastructure of the park was struggling, and now it's even worse.
Why they went for stealth when they new that they wouldn't be able to go to 200+ ft again, had few (2) rides with good throughput for the volume of visitors they were receiving and the maintenance problems they had already experienced baffles me, Stealth should have been a hyper built so they get a ride with a minimum of 1500 PPH, that is reliable and take up (relatively) no space (if they had built it from the loggers leap/Fungle safari area and have it out and back round the back of the park, oh and they should have built it in 2008 to make sure they could cope, then Merlin should have started a 4 year cycle as 3 years simply isn't enough time to re-coup losses and be sustainable.
Really do hate Thorpe.