Thing is though Phil they'll lie like always, I bet they'll claim 4 million when it's safe to say they probably get the same as Alton probably less.
You can't do anything about that though can you? You have to just trust people sometimes no matter what.
Of course, those numbers will then tie in with the gate takings for 2009 when released, won't they?
The gate fee (we all seen what adding an entrance fee done to southport and now BPB is heading the same way? Are we really surprised?)
Didn't affect the 2008 season, it will show next year - no idea how it will pan out (see mine and Spike's little discussion).
The Credit Crunch (Yes more of us are holidaying in the UK but on average were spending less when were on these holidays because we think we need to hold on to our cash a bit more now.)
True, but domestic visits picked up massively during summer 2009. Worst period was December 2008 though, after a slump starting in the summer of 2008. Doesn't explain why othe rparks did well though...
No New Attractions (When was the last QUALITY attraction added to the park? It needs investment and fast)
I agree, but they have no cash. Also, Infusion did stop some of the slide (and it was free)
Bad Maintenance and SBNO (The park is looking in a right state. It needs a bit of TLC! a repaint, a spruce up and a deep clean to make it look fresh once again.)
I didn't go to Blackpool in 2009, but in 2008 it wasn't looking too bad - not compared to other years I've been there. The one place money IS being invested is in trying to spruce the place up. So it may not be a lot, but the effort is going in...
No Shows (Before there used to be something for everyone but now all they have to offer are rides. Do you really think that's what the old folk want? Blackpool used to be famous for its stunning shows and its glamour but I'm sad to say this ere seems to have died :( )
Conversely, for years people have been saying "too much is being spent on the shows which run empty most of the time". Which is true. It was a bold move to close the one part of the park Amanda actually gave a stuff about. It must have been hard after flogging that dead horse for so many years to finally admit defeat. I'll bet millions have been saved by stopping the shows - far more than they could ever recoup.
Lack of holiday makers (Personally i think the amount of tourist going to Blackpool either on holidays or day trips have fallen. I think that's because the last time i was up there it was really starting to look run down and out dated. I know there spending alot on reinventing the place but i just think its too little, Blackpool is a big place.)
This is the quandary for PBB as I see it. The visitor numbers (and bread and butter to PBB) for Blackpool itself are down and down. So they have to try and get as much as they can from each guest. That puts them into "Theme Park" territory though - where people visit for a day at your park. When you do that, you need to offer something new each year, like the other Theme Parks do. However, they don't have the money to invest. So at the moment, they're kind of straddling to two positions and I don't think they know (or maybe even can) make the leap to one side or the other.
So it's all about reducing overheads, maximising profits and trying to get enough cash in the kitty to make that investment. The new Water Teacups is an investment in a fairly decent family attraction. As both Alton and Drayton have proven these last three years, families bring in a lot of cash.
The Big question. Will i be returning this year?
well that's my views anyhow 8-[
And my counter views :lol:
I'm really still sitting and waiting to see on it all...