They could rework the perks like all the other parks in the world. Have it so they always get in but are disadvantaged in other areas such as 10% instead of 20%. Or have exclusive ride nights for the premium holders. I'm sure that would sell a lot more premium passes if every now and then Thorpe opened 4 or 5 rides for pass holders. Premium should be stuff added rather than standard with stuff taken away.
You really do seem to have a very anti-Merlin flare going on.
It's rather simple:Standard Annual Pass
- Standard entry for 12 months to Merlin attractions with
date exclusions and no special events (up charge required)Premium Annual Pass
- Standard entry for 12 months to Merlin attractions without
date exclusions and includes special eventsVIP Annual Pass
- VIP privileges and upgraded entry to Merlin attractions for 12 months. No
date exclusions and includes special events.
Choose your pass based on how you believe you will best utilise it. There's no hidden agenda etc. You have to bare in mind that Thorpe has a considerably limited gate figure in comparison to Alton Towers so they do have to recoup special event fees from those who have the lower priced Annual Passes - it seems only fair.