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Re: London Dungeons possibly moving to county hall

Thu Apr 26, 2012 7:42 pm

I think if we take the Blackpool Tower Dungeon as a template... The new London Dungeon should not disappoint.
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Thu Apr 26, 2012 8:02 pm

Blackpool is good, but the theme work is not as good as London.

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Thu Apr 26, 2012 9:31 pm

I thought the theming at blackpool was as good if not better than Londons. Certainly the inter scene theming is better.
 
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Thu Apr 26, 2012 10:04 pm

Dormiens-Dave wrote:
I thought the theming at blackpool was as good if not better than Londons. Certainly the inter scene theming is better.


When you consider the size and scale of the London attraction, the theming is much more widespread.

Blackpool has some good theming (like the bit in the woods), but I don't feel it's consistent as much as London.

The Castle Dungeon is very cheap by contrast.

I actually think it's a shame it's moving. I really like The London Dungeon. It is, by a mile, my favourite of the four I have been to (London/Castle/Blackpool/Edinburgh).

I could be completely swooned by the move though, if they get a big budget dark ride.
 
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Re: London Dungeons possibly moving to county hall

Thu Apr 26, 2012 10:31 pm

I would say the Dungeons at the minute turn over at least £10m per year, so they can easily justify spending lots of money on the new place. With the potential for increased visitor numbers (eventually), it's a worthy relocation to say the least.

I thought Blackpool was great, the only things they really scrimped on were the trees in the witches scene and the video screens (IE not animations) at the top of Extremis.
 
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Re: London Dungeons possibly moving to county hall

Thu Apr 26, 2012 10:35 pm

London is the only one that has animatronics for Extremis.  The animatronics are pretty poor, so their thinking may be that projections may offer a more realistic experience (due to the crowd, etc)  Haven't seen any footage of any other drops, though. 

The new Dungeon location will be good for extremis as it will provide a top loading scenario (which makes a lot more sense). 

I think this move is, personally, the best thing that could happen to the Dungeon; it'll be great to explore it in 2013 not knowing what's around every corner!
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Re: London Dungeons possibly moving to county hall

Sun Apr 29, 2012 9:50 am

Will they still have the traitor boat ride? The only problem I had with the London Dungeons was no toilets. I asked a member of staff who worked the boat ride and he said that a member of staff would have to take us back stage to use the staff toilets. I thought at least they should have them at the entrance and exit of the building.
 
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Sun Apr 29, 2012 10:28 am

Yeah the Traitor ride will be at County Hall...

As for toilets, surely they have them at the entrance? Maybe another issue that will be solved by moving if not...
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London Dungeons possibly moving to county hall

Sun Apr 29, 2012 11:55 am

There Are toilets in the current dungeons, just as you pass the payment booths. The toilets are on the left with the tour starting to the right (a sign does say, don't know if it was always there)
 
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Re: London Dungeons possibly moving to county hall

Sun Apr 29, 2012 5:11 pm

Toilets are definitely there at beginning and exit (same toilets).

They don't have them in the middle as naturally it's a tour, meant to stay with same tour group etc. Good to know they let guests use the staff toilets when caught short though!
 
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Re: London Dungeons possibly moving to county hall

Sat Jun 23, 2012 2:13 pm

To echo others if this is a carbon copy of what's currently on tooting st then no issues. If they think they can give us some half assed version they will be letting London and the country down

A nice new dark ride would be ace too
 
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Sat Jun 23, 2012 5:30 pm

Do you mean Tooley Street?

I think the new Dungeon will be hugely superior to the current one... the space available will be better and they can start again with a lot of things.  I've talked to management of The Dungeon over the last few years - and they have been really crippled by the location.
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Re: London Dungeons possibly moving to county hall

Sat Jun 23, 2012 8:43 pm

I reckon a big move is because about a third of business is now being lost to the London Tombs, and that is proving more and more popular, and with good reason too, so moving it, to a 'Merlin-friendly' area is a good thing! It also makes it easy for tourists, and means Merlin can milk everything out of the tourists!

I do question just how long the move would take however! But I feel that is certainly the right desision, however probably destory the business of the London Tombs!

Also, do remember that the queues regularly reach the underground entrance, and cause a backlog of foot-traffic! So moving it, is simply idilic!
 
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Re: London Dungeons possibly moving to county hall

Sat Jun 23, 2012 9:15 pm

jackgcse wrote:
I reckon a big move is because about a third of business is now being lost to the London Tombs, and that is proving more and more popular, and with good reason too, so moving it, to a 'Merlin-friendly' area is a good thing! It also makes it easy for tourists, and means Merlin can milk everything out of the tourists!

I do question just how long the move would take however! But I feel that is certainly the right desision, however probably destory the business of the London Tombs!

Also, do remember that the queues regularly reach the underground entrance, and cause a backlog of foot-traffic! So moving it, is simply idilic!


That and National Rail intends to do serious demolition work that would result in the closure of the dungeons at the current location anyway.

I'm wondering if National Rail is paying for this little jaunt across London for the Dungeons.
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Re: London Dungeons possibly moving to county hall

Sat Jun 23, 2012 9:36 pm

I doubt it, however its very conveinient for them!
However, national rail would have known about this for years before finaly declaring the maintenance! However we will wait and see! I do hope it moves though, as long as its not put in a giant white marquee outside the London eye, I will be happy! LOL! :)
 
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Re: London Dungeons possibly moving to county hall

Sat Jun 23, 2012 10:24 pm

nickhutson wrote:
Do you mean Tooley Street?

I think the new Dungeon will be hugely superior to the current one... the space available will be better and they can start again with a lot of things.  I've talked to management of The Dungeon over the last few years - and they have been really crippled by the location.


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Fingers crossed it turns out well 8)
 
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Re: London Dungeons possibly moving to county hall

Sat Jun 23, 2012 10:46 pm

I have heard that National Rail are indeed buying the Dungeon out, as it's not the Dungeon's fault that London Bridge wishes to expand.

A friend who knows someone who works at the Dungeon told me the employee said: "yeah... we've known about this for months and has been planned for years".
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Re: London Dungeons possibly moving to county hall

Tue Jun 26, 2012 10:36 pm

I'm very excited for this! It's a great move for Merlin to have their cluster (exc Tussauds) together. Their combi tickets will sell great and the new venue will give them a lot of space to work with. Obviously it'll be sad to see Tooley St go but from what I hear that venue is becoming more of a headache as time goes on, the building isn't in 100% condition and the trade they lose from LBE is also an annoyance. I don't think they've been doing that wonderful recently, obviously peak season they do fine but I went a few weekends ago and it was almost deserted. As for Tussauds moving, that would be the icing on the cake having all their cluster in one spot but they'd need a big space to make that worth while.
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Re: London Dungeons possibly moving to county hall

Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:34 pm

I've heard that the move is due to demolition of parts of London Bridge station too

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