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Re: Thorpe Park Resort - The Future

Sun Sep 22, 2019 6:32 pm

They certainty need to sort their food offerings out for 2020. Apart from Sombrero's and Wilderness waffles, there isn't anything on offer that in the slightest interests me.

At some point I'm sure they'll add a new ride. The number of rides showing their age now is becoming a little concerning and hopefully not something that will become a larger issue next year. Quantum has opened for only an afternoon this year, Zodiac has recently stopped operation, Flying Fish has had a lot of downtime, Walking Dead is typically on about 3 trains, Tidal Wave water effects have given up and frequently gets stuck with a boat on the hill, and Samurai struggles even on its currently extremely slow cycle. To balance that though, the big rollercoasters have all been on maximum capacity the entire year, which is great and hopefully continues next year.

My biggest hope for improvement is overall crowd control and site access. Car park entry goes wrong as all guests attempt to use a single lane, then exiting goes wrong because the barrier system is still terrible, leaving an awful final impression on guests leaving. Security needs a rethink on throughput, as despite having I believe the largest number of personnel doing bag checks across all of the Resorts, it also has the slowest moving queue by a significant margin across all of the Resorts.
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Re: Thorpe Park Resort - The Future

Sun Sep 22, 2019 6:40 pm

Swarm Chris wrote:
They certainty need to sort their food offerings out for 2020. Apart from Sombrero's and Wilderness waffles, there isn't anything on offer that in the slightest interests me.

At some point I'm sure they'll add a new ride. The number of rides showing their age now is becoming a little concerning and hopefully not something that will become a larger issue next year. Quantum has opened for only an afternoon this year, Zodiac has recently stopped operation, Flying Fish has had a lot of downtime, Walking Dead is typically on about 3 trains, Tidal Wave water effects have given up and frequently gets stuck with a boat on the hill, and Samurai struggles even on its currently extremely slow cycle. To balance that though, the big rollercoasters have all been on maximum capacity the entire year, which is great and hopefully continues next year.

My biggest hope for improvement is overall crowd control and site access. Car park entry goes wrong as all guests attempt to use a single lane, then exiting goes wrong because the barrier system is still terrible, leaving an awful final impression on guests leaving. Security needs a rethink on throughput, as despite having I believe the largest number of personnel doing bag checks across all of the Resorts, it also has the slowest moving queue by a significant margin across all of the Resorts.

Yes about security. Its excruciatingly slow. I don't think we will see a new ride next year though as much as the park needs one. They should focus on everything they already have and make it better again. If we are going to look at rides, Rumba needs to be more exciting. Something I noticed at Liseberg is how a couple of small water cannons or unavoidable water effects like dripping pipes work well and make people actually laugh. If they make the water effects unavoidable, than they wont have people trying to get out of their seats.  The coasters, I can't complain about. They have been working really well and even Colossus has been smoother this year :lol
 
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Re: Thorpe Park Resort - The Future

Sun Sep 22, 2019 6:57 pm

Well Thunder River used to have jets, so it's entirely doable. It feels to me that it used to have a couple of more rapids sections. Now there are about two places where you could get wet: just going into the tunnel; and at the rocks in the viewing area - where it should be noted you can get very very wet here still if you are lucky/unlucky. So long as they don't go cheap and add back in the pay-to-squirt things - I really hate those, despite the amusement that can be had with them. :lol
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Sun Sep 22, 2019 7:53 pm

I certainly agree about food offerings - sometimes I’ve not fancied some of them although the fish and chips place is ok. My other issue is that Fins menu choice is pretty limited and not enough choice like there used to be.
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Re: Thorpe Park Resort - The Future

Sat Oct 19, 2019 10:37 am

Well, Chessington have plans for 2020 and 2021 now, Alton Towers announces World Of David Walliams, Legoland parks have 2020/2021 plans... Is Thorpe's creative team having a later lie in? Do they need waking up and told "2020 IS ROUND THE CORNER?"
 
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Re: Thorpe Park Resort - The Future

Sun Oct 27, 2019 7:25 am

I suspect next year will be a Season of Events Mk2. Whilst its not impossible for a late installation of a flat ride somewhere, given no site work has started it's not immediately clear where they would put something, unless Samurai is declared at end of life.

What's interesting is that next year we know Jungle Escape and Fright Nights will be coming back, but fan favourite BounceZilla is perhaps less certain, having been removed from the various Thorpe websites. It's also currently being operated by AirThrill in London, as an indoor attraction for 4-12 year olds.
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Re: Thorpe Park Resort - The Future

Mon Oct 28, 2019 2:51 pm

In response to continued criticism over the lengthy delays on exiting the car park, a new parking system has been confirmed for 2020 to prevent site access issues.

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Re: Thorpe Park Resort - The Future

Mon Oct 28, 2019 9:10 pm

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In response to continued criticism over the lengthy delays on exiting the car park, a new parking system has been confirmed for 2020 to prevent site access issues.

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Yes! I would rather have this over a new flat. In my opinion that was the worst part of Thorpe Park but now that's changing I think things will be on the up. I feel like they have started listening to their customers and are trying to go for guest happiness now, hopefully the car park being just the start of the improvements for next season. The park just seems to be getting more well rounded.
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Re: Thorpe Park Resort - The Future

Sat Nov 02, 2019 11:01 am

I am glad they'll be bringing in a parking system. I think 2020 will be general improvements and hopefully, 2020 will be the start of construction for a 2021/2022 project
 
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Re: Thorpe Park Resort - The Future

Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:23 am

https://twitter.com/THORPEPARK/status/1191294014948950017

Thorpe has begun to tease for the 2020 season!
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Re: Thorpe Park Resort - The Future

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Re: Thorpe Park Resort - The Future

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