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Re: THORPE PARK 2010

Tue Jun 29, 2010 11:47 pm

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X:::?///&%^$*^NO WAY OUT had the lights on today for some reason, anyone know?


Again?

I was there on 18 June and the lights were on then. And I had friends visit on 20 June and they were on then too.

I don't know why, and yet strangely the ride actually felt better with them on
 
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Re: THORPE PARK 2010

Wed Jun 30, 2010 12:34 am

"bradpeet""][quote=""cmpunk771" wrote:
X:::?///&%^$*^NO WAY OUT had the lights on today for some reason, anyone know?


Again?

I was there on 18 June and the lights were on then. And I had friends visit on 20 June and they were on then too.

I don't know why, and yet strangely the ride actually felt better with them on[/quote]
Actually, I want to get down there now and get a ride with the lights on... always wanted to try that...

It does seem to be planned, though, as they've got a sign and everything:

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Perhaps some new 'elf and safety directive has deemed the ride unsafe in the dark? The queueline has certainly been brightened up recently, with every other (or every third) gel removed from the halogen lighting. Ruins the atmosphere somewhat...
 
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Re: THORPE PARK 2010

Wed Jun 30, 2010 7:46 am

It is a temporary 'trial' to see if they can reduce vomit. Basically the ride operators were fed up with having to clean the ride up so many times so they turned on the lights... #-o

I don't know when it will stop or even if it will stop. It seems to do the job with reducing vomit, so perhaps it is permanent. If so one of the last remaining features of the original ride has gone. Again. What next? Paint the walls pink in the queueline, or turn the trains the right way round?

The ride is just screaming to be removed.
 
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Re: THORPE PARK 2010

Thu Jul 01, 2010 3:18 pm

I think the Main Reason they still have it is because of Fright Nights and if they got rid of it they would have trouble replacing it for a while because saw is new
 
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Re: THORPE PARK 2010

Thu Jul 01, 2010 4:22 pm

About ERT/Early Access. Clubs like that don't have to pay for it, but it does have to be organised prior to the event. I've recently been working with a few parks in Germany and have pulled ERT at Holiday Park on Expedition GeForce for a trip that I am organising for members of my site.

As for the lighting, the staff at the park call it puke the ride, purely because people get so disorientated and vomit a lot, the lighting has nothing to do with anything else, purely to help the staff keep the ride open. Cleaning sick up takes time due to all the chemical cleaners.
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Re: THORPE PARK 2010

Thu Jul 01, 2010 11:06 pm

That's the worst sign ever :shock:
 
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Re: THORPE PARK 2010

Fri Jul 02, 2010 3:29 am

As has been said by Islander in another topic, Thorpe Park have begun charging for car parking.

"thorpepark.com" wrote:
Please note that the car park at THORPE PARK is a paid for facility.

Car Park Charge £2*

Disabled Parking £Free*
Blue Badge Holders only, you will need to collect a free ticket from a kiosk, and must present your badge on exit

Annual Pass Holders £Free*
Just scan your Annual Pass at the car park exit

*Car parking charges are subject to change
 
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Re: THORPE PARK 2010

Fri Jul 02, 2010 12:41 pm

Correct me if I am wrong but wasn't the charge at Thorpe Park £1 when it started a couple of months back? If that is correct and it is £2 now, I can see before long all attractions charging the same parking fee of £5.
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Re: THORPE PARK 2010

Fri Jul 02, 2010 9:39 pm

"Vik" wrote:
Correct me if I am wrong but wasn't the charge at Thorpe Park £1 when it started a couple of months back? If that is correct and it is £2 now, I can see before long all attractions charging the same parking fee of £5.

Thorpe only started charging at the beginning of this week, like Legoland. Whereas Legoland have gone in at £1, though, Thorpe have gone straight to £2.
 
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Re: THORPE PARK 2010

Mon Jul 05, 2010 12:53 pm

No. Thorpe Park actually started charging a while back. Although as Vik said it was only £1. It was also only on peak times really.
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Re: THORPE PARK 2010

Wed Jul 07, 2010 4:17 pm

Another Thorpe park Family/children's ride bites the dust.
Thorpe park have announced that last night 6th July that the removal of slippery serpent commenced, a ride based in the octopus garden area of the park the park blamed operational costs.

This is three family attractions removed in the space of two years, (Mrs hippos fungle safari, sea snakes and ladders and slippery serpent)

Quote from TPM (Thorpe Park Mania)
'On the evening of Tuesday 6th July, THORPE PARK started to remove Slippery Serpent from the Octopus Garden area of the Park.

The decision was made to close the attraction due to the fact that for a ride of its nature, Slippery Serpent had unrealistic maintenance costs and the ROI (return on investment) for the business was not viable.

"We are constantly researching and looking to develop our product offering and this removal ensures that we are continuing to develop the Park's overall objective to establish its brand positioning within the very competitive industry, as the nation's Thrill Capital. Any future developments can be found here on Thorpe Park Mania.'
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Re: THORPE PARK 2010

Wed Jul 07, 2010 4:25 pm

Mistake. They still need family rides.
 
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Re: THORPE PARK 2010

Wed Jul 07, 2010 4:47 pm

The removal of Slippery Serpeny will make virtually no difference to the range of children's rides they have to offer, I am pretty sure. It a tiny car ride, but I have to admit probably the best themed/most popular ride in the area.

They have removed it because of cost reasons, which makes perfect sense. Not because they want to do away with family rides (can you even count Slippery Serpent as a family ride? I had great fun on it come to think of it, but I was about 5).
 
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Re: THORPE PARK 2010

Wed Jul 07, 2010 4:50 pm

I said that not actually knowing what exactly it was, but I think the removal of family rides is not the right decision for the park.
We are constantly researching and looking to develop our product offering and this removal ensures that we are continuing to develop the Park's overall objective to establish its brand positioning within the very competitive industry, as the nation's Thrill Capital.

I really don't like the way they are just going all out on being the 'Thrill Capital' by making the place unatractive to everyone but the young adult thrill seeker market, especially as Merlin's market research shows Alton is still concidered to be the place to go for thrills.
 
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Re: THORPE PARK 2010

Wed Jul 07, 2010 6:33 pm

Couldn't agree about the whole "they still need to cater for more than thrill market" vibe going on here.

Although to be honest because of who there current market attracts and the (IMO) lack of quality behind there rides, it's actually meant I don't visit anymore... Just pleased Chessington and Alton are so awesome :D
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Re: THORPE PARK 2010

Wed Jul 07, 2010 9:41 pm

A load of plans for Thorpe's MTDP are up on Runnymede's planning portal. I haven't had a chance to look through it all to see if there is anything we don't already know on there but here's the link:

[url=http://ww2.runnymede.gov.uk/home/latest/wklyplanapps/2010/wk26/Plan_lst.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;]http://ww2.runnymede.gov.uk/home/latest ... an_lst.htm[/url]
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Re: THORPE PARK 2010

Wed Jul 07, 2010 9:55 pm

"Khanage" wrote:
A load of plans for Thorpe's MTDP are up on Runnymede's planning portal. I haven't had a chance to look through it all to see if there is anything we don't already know on there but here's the link:

[url=http://ww2.runnymede.gov.uk/home/latest/wklyplanapps/2010/wk26/Plan_lst.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;]http://ww2.runnymede.gov.uk/home/latest ... an_lst.htm[/url]

Theme Park Tourist seem to have summarised the plans quite well here.
 
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Re: THORPE PARK 2010

Wed Jul 07, 2010 9:55 pm

"Blaze" wrote:
especially as Merlin's market research shows Alton is still concidered to be the place to go for thrills.
Personally I don't think Thorpe park is ever going to be the place to go for Thrills. They seem to mistake thrilling rides with intense rides which is why the rides lack the character that makes Nemesis truly thrilling.

Hopefully they will build one decent family rides in the next few years. The attractions currently on offer are ether Kids or full on intensity. There isn't much for Adults who aren’t into pure thrill rides (e.g. Parents)
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Re: THORPE PARK 2010

Wed Jul 07, 2010 10:49 pm

Alton Towers is a truly wonderful place which provides great atmosphere, mood and escapism. I returned this year for the first time since 1998 and it still left a huge mark on me thinking about the place for weeks later.

Thorpe Park is the cold, industrial thrill centre but adrenaline rushes are soon forgotten.
 
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Re: THORPE PARK 2010

Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:45 am

I agree with the above. However, I live 20 minutes from Thorpe Park while I live in London. When I'm back home I'm an hour drive from Alton Towers, so I feel really lucky. Although Alton Towers is vastly superior I am happy to be able to access a new range of rides (I had never been to Thorpe Park park til last month).

Long live variety!
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