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Re: The Walking Dead: The Ride

Tue Nov 26, 2019 12:01 pm

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Rumours are floating about that Thorpe Park has lost the license to The Walking Dead.

If true what does this mean? A removal of the IP and change to a generic zombie containment themed ride? X return? SBNO? Or a complete Removal?


It's still listed on the app as returning in 2020. The listings were recently updated to remove this confirmation against all Fright Nights mazes, which aren't confirmed until late in the season, so I would expect the listing to be accurate.

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Re: The Walking Dead: The Ride

Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:48 pm

If the licensing expiry rumour is true, I think that it'll be linked to the Initializing 2020 tagline. On that basis, I think keep it the same, but differ the theming of the watch tower and I really would like the park to pay homage to the old coaster Space Station Zero. They've got the pyramid and they can easily change the lighting colours and have a storyline of these hybrid zombies taking over Space Station Zero, which would make sense with those zombies breaking through on the mid course brake run, before completing the rest of the circuit
 
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Re: The Walking Dead: The Ride

Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:53 am

Thorpe are currently running Merlin Annual Pass adverts using the The Walking Dead: The Ride advert, so I would say the rumour of it being removed for the start of next season to have little validity.

However, we can be fairly certain they don't have an unlimited timed license, so at some point it will likely be removed. Space station zombies could be an entertaining twist. :lol
 
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Re: The Walking Dead: The Ride

Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:32 am

I'd love a zombie take on Space Station Zero aha. But, it'll probably be removed. Hopefully we get it back to X or X:No Way Out before closing.
 
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Re: The Walking Dead: The Ride

Thu Dec 05, 2019 4:36 pm

I wonder if they kept the old trains.
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Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

Tue Dec 31, 2019 9:07 pm

As 2019 comes to an end, we take a look back at the 2019 season for the Island Like No Other. 


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The closed season brought no changes to the ride line-up, with the majority of the visible winter work having been to improve presentation across the park and draining the water under Colossus. Notable news included the confirmation that Loggers Leap would not be returning to the Resort, and the appointment of a new divisional director to oversee the Resort's future. However, on preview weekend the Resort surprised guests with the launch of their new family friendly roaming actors, alongside the planned roll-out of Coca-Cola Freestyle across the Resort.


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With no new rides, the Resort introduced a range of events throughout the year to help keep the experience fresh. GameFX took place at the start of the season, with a selection of retro, new and VR games to be played. Jungle Escape lured in budding escapists in a race against the clock to escape from the evil Huntsman from May to September. Also in May the Resort celebrated the 10th anniversary of SAW - The Ride, and provided the backdrop for the 2019 Malibu Boats Wakeboarding Nationals in June. The summer events brought a party atmosphere to the island, with BounceZilla's colourful exhausting fun giving an alternative to the Resort's thrill rides, whilst Club MTV provided music across the Island. Fright Nights provided the usual spooky season finale, with returning favorites and a brand new high intensity maze.


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But what did you make of Thorpe Park in 2019? Did you particularly enjoy an event, or have a great experience with the expanded entertainments team? What do you hope to see in 2020, and what would you love for Thorpe Park to install as their next thrill ride?
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Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:39 am

Having been without decent investment for a concerningly long time, and with general park upkeep and management going further downhill in 2018, it felt to me that the 2019 season was starting from a difficult position. The build up to the season continued to not fill me with great confidence as whilst other parks were talking about new things, or things to be excited about for the upcoming season, Thorpe finally confirmed the removal of Loggers Leap. So in the weeks leading up to the start of the season, the focus was on the continued removal of attractions from the park rather than excitement for the 2019 season.

Then we had this...

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With a season of events being led in by whatever that was, 2019 was to me looking like it would be a complete write off.

But then Thorpe did something somewhat unexpected. It opened with a new set of positive management decisions and what felt like a breath of fresh air across the park. Rides were operated at full capacity at all times, unless maintenance work prevented it. Managers were overly visible patrolling the park, identifying and resolving issues, even waiting to say goodbye to guests as they left the park in the evening for the first month or so. Retail had managed to ditch a large amount of the rubbish that had been on sale in previous years, brought in Freestyle to finally remove the drink refills problem that F&B had never managed to get right, and added a range of better quality merchandise items than had been seen in a long while - along with bringing in Krispy Kreme! Marketing and the parks online presence had also remarkably improved, no longer trying to hint or essentially troll on things they knew were never going to happen, and instead giving useful and accurate information and appropriate teases. The speed at which their social media customer service representatives responded to, and resolved, minor on-park issues was outstanding. Then finally, but by no means least, the fantastic additions to the entertainments team, and the wonderful actors that worked across the park making fun interactions throughout the year.

The events were perhaps hit or miss, but given the diversity of them I can't really fault that. GameFX would never have appealed to me, but it did bring about better collaborations with Player Ready VR who came back with what looked like a fantastic addition for Fright Nights. Jungle Escape had decent quality, but felt too short and somewhat stunted by an unnecessary story need for a competition between two teams, and really shouldn't have been an additional charge attraction. BounceZilla, which from the face of it was one of the UK's largest theme parks installing a bouncy castle to mop up the issues caused by a lack of investment, went down incredibly well - regardless of any quality views, people came off laughing and smiling, so it was a success.

Sadly a little later on the season some issues did start to crop up. Ride reliability took a slight downhill, but didn't feel anywhere near the drops seen in recent years. Freestyle had some moderate recurring stocking issues, and had trouble dealing with the hotter weather and things like ice. Whilst the car park, security queue and general site crowd management became its usual joke.

I spent a fairly large amount of time at Thorpe this year, and overall enjoyed it. There were certainly things that didn't go well that shouldn't have happened, but there were also a lot of very enjoyable things that occurred. Does the park still need to improve - for sure - but it felt that a lot more of the fundamentals were back and working this year. It was also felt far busier than previous recent years, so presumably other people thought they were doing something right too.

For 2020 Thorpe needs to finally sort out that ridiculous parking system, along with the entry procedure that is significantly slower than either Alton Towers or Chessington. An actual food and beverage line up would be good - different topping flavours on processed meat in a bun is not a food offering for me. Then the park finally needs their budget returned - flat rides are ageing and need either replacing or major servicing else there'll be endless downtime, and something new needs to be added by 2021. Else if the London Resort were to get planning permission this year, I can easily see Thorpe Park becoming irrelevant to the UK market.
 
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Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

Thu Jan 30, 2020 6:45 pm

I would say Thorpe started the year a bit wobbly but come the summer they seemed to have found their feet and delivered two fantastic things. Bouncezilla was the thing that I was most worried about but I enjoyed it way too much and want it to come back bigger and better. Fright Nights had a lot of work done on it and it really upped their game. It will be interesting to see what they have planned this year!
 
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Re: Food & Beverages

Sat Feb 01, 2020 9:54 am

Whilst the app has largely not been updated since Fright Nights, a listing for Sombrero's has appeared at some point, which I don't recognise.

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This certainly wasn't the menu up-until Fright Nights, and whilst I don't know their precise Fright Nights menu, I can't see them having changed for the last month so dramatically.

So could Sombreros be saved? It's also interesting to note it's one of the only Thorpe managed did outlets to not be listed as peak-only, and accept cash.

Also, from the post above: yep, definitely avoid Pizza Pasta at Thorpe (and most places actually).
 
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Re: Thorpe Park Resort - Quick Questions

Mon Feb 03, 2020 7:08 pm

Does anyone have a picture, preferably JPEG, of the Thorpe Park logo without the text on it (the THORPE PARK bit)? Thanks. 
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Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:43 pm

As reported by SouthParks News, The Huntsman returns to THORPE PARK Official, with trials running from 27th March until 21st September.

Remaining as an additional charge attraction, tickets will cost £5 when booked online in advance, and £4.50 for guests with a Merlin Annual Pass or Thorpe Park Season Pass.


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Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

Mon Feb 10, 2020 1:31 pm

So I wonder why it was spotted, painted silver at the back (Powers Towers Productions closed season vlog apparently) and also, is this a filler year for something new in that space for 2021?

Still unanswered questions about why there were rumours of its closure in the first place...
 
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Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

Mon Feb 10, 2020 1:40 pm

As far as I can tell, the rumours of its removal were based upon incorrect information and assumptions.
 
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Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

Mon Feb 10, 2020 1:43 pm

Wasn't it mainly because it disappeared from the app?? Even though the season hasn't started so wouldn't expect the app to be anywhere reliable until the park reopens 
 
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Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

Mon Feb 10, 2020 1:45 pm

As far as I was aware it was removed from the app before Fright Nights started, after its final day of operation last year.
 
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Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

Mon Feb 10, 2020 1:47 pm

I remember seeing speculation about the App being updated and removing mazes but it didn't come back so everyone jumped to it being removed. can't remember where. 
 
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Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

Mon Feb 10, 2020 1:51 pm

Speculation appeared to spread quickly, presumably when various YouTube channels started referencing each and making it appear to have greater validity than it did.

The weird thing was it was never removed from the source that said it was coming back in the first place.
 
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Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

Mon Feb 10, 2020 1:52 pm

Got to love speculation! 
 
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Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:43 pm

I mean speculation sends enthusiasts into a detour but absolute meltdowns as well aha
 
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Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

Mon Feb 10, 2020 11:19 pm

I’m still slightly surprised by this. It starts off so well but then it goes down hill very quickly. I am not surprised the price has been dropped though. I wonder if the puzzles will be the same or different? I hope they have updated the puzzles.

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