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Re: Halloween at Pleasurewood Hills

Tue Oct 20, 2009 1:50 pm

That's more like it Woody! That is one awesome homepage! :clap:
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Re: Pleasurewood Chills 2009

Thu Oct 22, 2009 4:04 pm

Lord Pleasurewood adds more insight into what's lurking in the woods...
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24 October - 1 November
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Re: Pleasurewood Hills News & Rumours

Fri Jul 02, 2010 7:21 pm

Here is the latest news from East Anglia's largest theme park taken from an article in the Lowestoft Journal published 30th Junes 2010:

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PLEASUREWOOD Hills is investing £180,000 in its facilities for the summer season.

The money is being spent upgrading soundproofing and the park's layout, and on new computer systems and conferencing facilities, along with a number of cosmetic improvements.

The attraction at Gunton in Lowestoft won 'Best Visitor Experience' award in the 2009 Tourism in Suffolk Awards, but its managers say they are keen to keep 'making progress' and developing its facilities.

One change will see the park's popular train re-routed to reduce noise and a new train station built to serve as access to a brand new nature trail, which will be launched next season.

A new till and computer system will be installed soon in an effort to make entering the park a more straightforward and streamlined process for visitors and park management.

New 'non-slip' flooring will be fitted at the park's fish restaurant, The Merry Mariner, and padding will be installed to help reduce noise from extreme thrill rides such as Wipeout and Enigma.

Meanwhile, The Palladium Theatre will be transformed into a new conference centre and be stripped to allow for improvments including a new suspended ceiling, a drop-down screen and the addition of brand new furniture. A marquee and barbecue area will also be developed at the rear of the park for special events such as birthday parties or large corporate team-building 'away-days'.

The Castle Theatre which is home to a number of popular entertainment shows, will also be improved with new ladies, gents and disabled toilets and another new suspended ceiling above.

The changes follow the arrival in March this year of Alexis Camelin, the park's general manager, who has already overseen the building of a new £55,000 children's play park

He said: “Pleasurewood Hills has long been a family favourite, coupled with the fact that it's the largest theme park in East Anglia. However, we are making progress in updating and enhancing the rides, attractions and eateries we already have in a bid to put the park on par with larger, family friendly parks such as Flamingo Land in Yorkshire. Pleasurewood Hills will continue to maintain its unique charm and friendliness, so we hope that people notice and enjoy the enhancements”
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Re: Pleasurewood Hills News & Rumours

Fri Jul 02, 2010 8:03 pm

Not to be a jerk but 180k isn't that much money. However, they may be very effective at spending it :). I have no experience with Pleasurewood Hills but it seems like they're doing whats needed.
 
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Pleasurewood Hills to be sold

Tue Dec 21, 2010 12:49 am

Just some news from my little local theme park, thanks to Unofficial Pleasurewood for this news:

Press Release from Compagnie Des Alpes:

Plan to dispose of seven leisure parks: In keeping with the strategic plans announced at the end of 2008, Compagnie des Alpes intends to cede control of a group of leisure parks whose characteristics of size, activity, and geographic location no longer makes them a good fit within the Group's strategic objectives.

The envisaged deal would be for Compagnie des Alpes to sell its controlling stake in the following parks: Bagatelle park, the Aquarium at Saint Malo, the Mini Chateaux parks and Val de Loire Aquarium, the Bouveret waterpark in Switzerland, Avonturenpark Hellendoorn in the Netherlands and Pleasurewood Hills in the United Kingdom. These parks welcomed 1.55 million visitors in fiscal year 2009-2010.

They made €28.3 million in sales and €4.9 million of earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization over the same period. Even though they have a strong regional presence and a loyal local clientèle, these parks offer few synergies with the rest of CDA's parks, nor do they offer the opportunity to further the Group's strategic objectives, which aim firstly to develop its main brands and to integrate the parks more closely around shared ways to create value.

The planned disposal thus meets a dual objective of strategic clarification and optimizing the Group's use of capital. Compagnie des Alpes' preferred objective was to find a buyer having a significant expertise in this business sector, a serious and durable business plan, and the financial means needed to make the capital investments that will allow the parks in question to continue to grow vigorously, even though such expenditures were not a priority for CDA group.

Thus, Compagnie des Alpes has begun exclusive negotiations with the H.I.G. Capital France mutual fund which involves Laurent Bruloy, a well known professional in the industry and former manager of Aqualud du Touquet. Mr. Bruloy presented a strong business plan of high quality that ensures that these parks will remain open and provides for their stepped-up expansion, mainly due to a planned investment program of nearly €20 million over five years.

The parties have now reached an advanced stage in their discussions based on a plan that would entail the acquisition by H.I.G. Capital France in partnership with Laurent Bruloy of control of these parks. At the current stage of the discussions, CDA plans to retain a minority stake in the new entity for a time yet to be set so in particular to facilitate the transition and to help the project to get started. This plan will be consulted by the personnel's representative bodies of the companies concerned. The parties decided to conduct their exclusive negotiations until January 31, 2011 at the latest. Additional information will be provided in the coming weeks if these discussions bear fruit.
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Re: Pleasurewood Hills to be sold

Tue Dec 21, 2010 2:10 am

"Khanage" wrote:
Plan to dispose of seven leisure parks: In keeping with the strategic plans announced at the end of 2008, Compagnie des Alpes intends to cede control of a group of leisure parks whose characteristics of size, activity, and geographic location no longer makes them a good fit within the Group's strategic objectives.


Business slang for "these parks were crap and were losing us tons of dosh". :P

I wonder what this will mean for this park. It mentions at the end of the article that this group are seemingly planning on encouraging the new owners into investments into the park. I wonder if this will include Pleasurewood Hills...
 
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Pleasurewood Hills to be sold

Tue Dec 21, 2010 2:54 am

I hope so. I have a great fondness for the park and CDA have some some good things to the park. A new coaster was the main thing but minor things like tidying up the place, retheming some of the rides and re-establishing the brand and marketing were amongst them, and the park is looking so much better for it. It does however long for a new attraction and unfortunately 2011's offering of a nature trail just doesn't excite me and although will be I'm sure a nice addition it won't entice people to the park.
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Re: Pleasurewood Hills to be sold

Tue Dec 21, 2010 3:38 pm

Let's be honest - Grevin have never cared about Pleasurewood Hills, really. I mean they have made the odd gesture, but with Parc Astérix they've got their major baby and with it getting a B&M for 2012, they clearly don't have time for small-time parks like PH. Sad in a sense, but hopefully PH will get a buyer and be better for it in the longer term.
 
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Re: Pleasurewood Hills to be sold

Wed Feb 02, 2011 12:22 am

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Park News - (2/1/11) Pleasurewood Hills has been sold to a new private investment firm, H.I.G. Capital France. You can read more details here.


Unfortunately the "here" link leads to an ad... whoops!

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Pleasurewood Hills to be sold

Wed Feb 02, 2011 12:26 am

Thanks for the info Sam, it's very interesting news, I just hope it means investment will continue.
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Re: Pleasurewood Hills to be sold

Wed Feb 02, 2011 6:10 am

The park near Lowestoft has been bought by global private investment firm H.I.G Capital France.

The acquisition of the park was completed today after previous owner Compagnie des Alpes announced it would be relinquishing control of seven leisure parks, including Pleasurewood Hills, at the end of last year.

H.I.G Capital France in partnership with industry expert Laurent Bruloy is taking control of all seven of the parks and between them they will benefit from a joint investment of 20 million Euros over five years.

For Pleasurewood Hills it will mean the park will launch a host of new attractions over the coming months including a £65,000 indoor Laser Labyrinth game, an educational nature trail and a new train station.

The car park and queuing facilities will also be re-designed to improve access and speed up entry for visitors especially in peak times.

Alexis Camelin, Pleasurewood Hills’ general manager who was appointed in March last year, said: “This is extremely exciting news for Pleasurewood Hills!

“The investment will enable us to build on ongoing developments from the past year and further establish our reputation as one of the leading family theme parks in the country.”

The news of the takeover comes as Pleasurewood Hills completes development of a new conference centre in The Palladium Theatre plus the launch of the Carousel Community Art Project which sees art students from across the region restore 30 carousel horses from one of the park’s rides.

Pleasurewood Hills has been a popular attraction for more than 25 years and after a period of some uncertainty in the late 1990s, the 59 acre site was purchased by French leisure group Compagnie des Alpes in 2004.

Pleasurewood Hills won Best Visitor Experience award in the 2009 Tourism in Suffolk Awards, and more than 200,000 thrill-seeking visitors a year enjoy the park’s attractions.

The park opens for the new season on Saturday, April 2.


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Pleasurewood Hills propose 60m Drop Tower!

Fri May 20, 2011 11:19 pm

Planning permission has been applied to erect a 60m (50m physical drop) drop tower at Pleasurewood Hills. From the plans it seems that the model will be a Moser Gravity Tower model similar to this one here:

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After 4 years of no new attractions this is very welcome news!
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Re: Pleasurewood Hills propose 60m Drop Tower!

Fri May 20, 2011 11:24 pm

For comparison guys, Apocalypse is only 54 meters high! :D

Moser, aren't they making the new Mach Tower drop tower at Busch Gardens Williamsburg? Any reviews of what the existing ones ride like? Sounds like a cracking investment to me, and should give the park a signature skylike like Drayton have!

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Re: Pleasurewood Hills propose 60m Drop Tower!

Fri May 20, 2011 11:26 pm

Thats the same model as the new Mack Tower opening at Busch gardens williamsburg in a few weeks. They are very much like an Intamin Gyro Drop.

Although didnt they have trouble getting planning permission for the boomerang wipeout, saying that drayton have trouble getting permission for tall and noisy rides but got the 50meter apocalypse through planning.
 
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Re: Pleasurewood Hills propose 60m Drop Tower!

Sat May 21, 2011 12:15 am

Looking at Moser's site I can't see which model it is. It is too tall to be a trailer model but the permanent models offer either 16 or 32 seats but the planning application states 24 seats. It may be a second hand model.
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Re: Pleasurewood Hills propose 60m Drop Tower!

Sat May 21, 2011 10:18 pm

Looks like the new owners mean business then.

Grevin et Cie were a massive disappointment. Promised much but delivered little.

My opinion has always been that this park will forever be limited by its location, too far from London and not close enough to any other major population. It's not close enough to tourist traps either, and in any case I don't think the East Anglian tourist machine has enough ooomph to power it.
 
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Pleasurewood Hills propose 60m Drop Tower!

Sat May 21, 2011 11:32 pm

Once upon a time PWH did attract a lot more visitors than it currently does and that is simply down to attractions, which are called so to attract people to the park. The last 4 years have been good and bad. Good that a lot of work has been done to the general look, feel, infrastructure, theming in the park but bad that only one major new attraction has been installed. Let's hope this gets approved.
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Re: Pleasurewood Hills propose 60m Drop Tower!

Sun May 22, 2011 1:54 pm

I heard this as rumour a few weeks ago from a friend that works there, but wasn't 100% sure on it as being genuine so didn't want to post it... Glad to hear its true though :D I was there this weekend with Diogo, the first time I have been in about 4-5 years, and the park looks fantastic - all very clean and fresh looking, and nice and quiet for a scorching hot Saturday :D

Khanage, do you have any info on the Lazer attraction that's being opened in a week or so? Gutted it wasn't open for my trip :(

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Have to say, I love Wipeout, cant beat a good boomerang :P Shame half the cars were closed off (however, if you look closely, they did have the idea to put teddies in some of the empty seats for comical value :P)
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Re: Pleasurewood Hills propose 60m Drop Tower!

Sun May 22, 2011 2:49 pm

The park reminds me of LWV a few years ago, a bit bare. Think themeing needs to start being introduced to the park by the looks of it or it could become too fairgroundy.
 
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Re: Pleasurewood Hills propose 60m Drop Tower!

Sun May 22, 2011 9:28 pm

They are making big improvements to theming throughout. Some of the park is still in need of some good theming but this is Timber Falls (pictured above by zs chris in it's current state) prior to 2009:

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Oh and zs chris the only things about the laser attraction we know are that it's going to be a pay-to-play attraction and it's located underneath the castle theatre. It seems that it will be a run of the mill laser tag type game.

Oh and according to a park representative the cars on Wipeout are empty due to a timing issue with the ride camera system which apparently they were going to get sorted but it seems that they haven't done so yet.
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