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Re: Drayton Manor 2012 Season

Sun Feb 05, 2012 4:00 pm

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Ooooh maybe The Haunting will include a LIVE bat this year! <excited face>


The live bat IS the new attraction for 2012, it's just that no one told you  :P
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Re: Drayton Manor 2012 Season

Sun Feb 05, 2012 4:29 pm

Well if this is indeed a marketing stunt it's rather well done if you ask me. I wonder what it entails if it is marketing. Ghost walk after park close or something maybe? There's a lot of potential at the park for something like this. A Halloween event is just what the park needs to accompany it's Christmas opening and Fireworks event. Being so small I think they have the pottential to do big things with it :D
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Re: Drayton Manor 2012 Season

Sun Feb 05, 2012 4:56 pm

I just find Drayton Manor is too overpriced for what it has to offer. Look at the Feb half-term prices. £28 for an adult and the rides on offer are Thomas Land, The Zoo, Ben 10 Ultimate Mission, 4D Cinema, Carousel, Jolly Buccaneer and Big Wheel. Meanwhile with Alton Towers its £19.80 and you get rides like Oblivion, Sonic Spinball, Nemesis, Air plus you get good families rides like RRMT, Duel, Hex. I just can't see why Drayton Manor would charge that amount when they're offering poor value for money compared with Alton Towers. Ok fair enough Alton Towers can afford to charge less but £28 is utter ridiculous when in another months time you can go to Drayton Manor for £32, when all the attractions are open!

Also with everyone cutting down on trips to save money due to the hard economic times, it's all about value for money so I think Drayton are going to struggle because of the lack of value for money they offer. It's a shame because it's a nice family park. But the price is too expensive :(
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Re: Drayton Manor 2012 Season

Mon Feb 06, 2012 2:59 pm

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It wouldn't surprise me if this was a marketing stunt TBH. Thorpe Park did something very similar.


It's not a marketing stunt, It has in no way come from the park themselves.
However it is a very well known story amongst staff along with many similar ones.
The men involved do seem to genuinely believe the story, and so do quite a few people who were at the park at the time.
 
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Re: Drayton Manor 2012 Season

Mon Feb 06, 2012 4:02 pm

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Don't_Look_Down wrote:
It wouldn't surprise me if this was a marketing stunt TBH. Thorpe Park did something very similar.


It's not a marketing stunt, It has in no way come from the park themselves.
However it is a very well known story amongst staff along with many similar ones.
The men involved do seem to genuinely believe the story, and so do quite a few people who were at the park at the time.


Yeah right! It'd only be more obvious as a marketing stunt if it was parading naked round the park with "MARKETING STUNT" tattooed on its chest.
 
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Re: Drayton Manor 2012 Season

Mon Feb 06, 2012 4:07 pm

Drayton Manor hired ghosts for their marketing? Seems legit!
 
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Re: Drayton Manor 2012 Season

Sat Feb 18, 2012 2:09 pm

This isn't the first time Drayton Manor has experienced ghostly sightings. I've just come across this article by This Is Tamworth and I doubt any of this is a PR stunt:

The galloping of horses' hooves, figures at windows, a ghostly white horse and a clock which seemingly jumps from a wall – no, it's not a ghost train – these are just a few of the strange goings-on which happen after hours at Drayton Manor theme park.

The ghostly encounters at the popular venue were brought to the Herald's attention recently when teacher Richard Kingstone detailed some spooky occurrences which happened 13 years ago when he was working as a night security guard at Drayton Manor.

Now other staff, including William Bryan, General Manager for Catering and Retail, have come forward to talk about eerie happenings once the doors close at the popular theme park and event venue.

Mr Bryan said that the sound of horses cantering along Swiss Lodge Drive – the back lane to one side of the park – has been heard on many occasions and there have also been reports of people actually seeing a horse and carriage.

He said: "One anecdote that I have heard is of a man who walked out of the cricket social club, who saw a horse and carriage and immediately went back in and ordered himself a large drink!

"We have had lots of members of staff who have heard horses over the years – and we don't keep horses anywhere on site.

"Some people also say they have seen a figure on a white horse – Sir Robert Peel is known to have ridden a white horse."

Elsewhere, it seems to be the function rooms and cafes, all built on the site of what would have been the former Peel home Drayton Manor, where staff have experienced some ghostly activities, with the site of the Grill Inn (formerly the Missanda Suite) topping the list.

Once guests have left for the night, staff have experienced lights going on and off of their own accord, glasses being smashed and an eerie feeling of being watched.

Staff have heard names being called and the chatter of voices, when there is no-one in the building but themselves.

One former manager claims he saw the ghost of a lady descending through the floor, as if there were a cellar below.

Meanwhile, people walking past one of the boardrooms in the Park's offices have described seeing a figure watching them from the window – when there was no-one in the room.

William said: "I never used to believe in ghosts, but working here, I do.

"I once saw a figure walking towards me in the Missanda Suite and I have seen doors open and close of their own accord. I've seen figures behind me in mirrors – it makes you jump, and perhaps makes you a little uneasy.

"We have had various ghost groups and psychics in over the years who have all said different things."

And he showed the Herald CCTV footage of a closed locker on the StormForce 10 ride opening of its own accord.

He said: "That can't be explained – that locker door is heavy, it is difficult to pull open, the wind certainly could not have blown it open, there is just no explanation."

Drayton Manor was home to the Peel family from the 1790s until it was sold and demolished in the 1920s.

All that remains of the original building are the clock tower and what was the estate office. In 1949 the estate was acquired by George Bryan and his family and they turned it into the hugely successful family theme park, zoo and banqueting complex.

Diane Arundel has worked in hospitality at Drayton for 17 years.

She said: "I have seen doors open when no-one is there. Taps have turned on when there's no-one about and I sometimes sense someone being in the room when there is no-one else there. It doesn't bother me in the day, but I'm not sure I'd want to be here alone at night!"

She and Ian Arnold showed us the saloon bar, where a clock has been known to fly off the wall behind the bar – not just falling over, but ending up on the other side of the bar!

Deputy hospitality manager Brian Smith has worked at Drayton manor for 17 years and lives on the site. His spooky experiences extend to his own flat. He said: "The spookiest thing that has happened to me was when my stereo came on, even though it was not plugged in.

"Around the park you often hear strange noises and smell strange smells – often the smell of horses and manure. And walking through the Hamilton Suite, I often feel that someone is watching me!"

Security guards Roy Fatham and Rob Disspain say they have had some eerie experiences at the park, including hearing laughter.

With such a wealth of history attached to the famed site, perhaps it is little wonder that so many ghost stories surround the site.


If this was PR by Drayton Manor then they would've done it themselves, in my honest opinion, or would've had an official rep speaking for them. I can't say I'm a believer in the supernatural but the theories are possible and it's hard to make up such things. It's a shame that little events have happened during the daytime in which more witnesses would equal more truth.

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Re: Drayton Manor 2012 Season

Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:41 pm

Like I said, it's not PR, although it will probably work in their favour  :)

It's my local park, i've worked there and still often talk with various employee's and management.
Even one of the managers commented on the story on facebook having known the people involved in the incident and he seemed to believe every word having been told the story first-hand.
Wether or not it is true, it didn't come from Drayton!
 
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Re: Drayton Manor 2012 Season

Sun Feb 19, 2012 8:54 am

It would be good if theses stories were the start of the story line for the rumored planned retheme of the haunting attraction. They could get the mystery machine to turn up and have actors/staff dressed like Shaggy, Fred, Scooby-Doo, Velma, and Daphne and they find something in the haunting during the 2012 close season.
 
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Re: Drayton Manor 2012 Season

Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:33 am

Just to clarify of course, that ghosts don't exist.
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Re: Drayton Manor 2012 Season

Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:52 am

ReZourceman wrote:
Just to clarify of course, that ghosts don't exist.


It isn't so much a clarification, ReZourceman, as it is your own personal opinion that ghosts don't exist :) But that in itself is for another topic.

Back to Drayton Manor discussion, Sandy, it would be an interesting twist to the rumoured haunts at the park to bring in the Mystery Machine gang considering the possible retheme of The Haunting and there's no doubt they'd find something in The Haunting itself! However the chance of the park cashing on the haunted experiences as told by staff would be somewhat ill thought, in my opinion.
 
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Re: Drayton Manor 2012 Season

Sun Feb 19, 2012 2:26 pm

Very controversial, what with the divided supernatural opinions and all  :W
As fun as a Scooby Doo theme would be, I can't help but feel it would be dated - is it still around? I'm sure it's shelf-life, however initially successful it was, has long-expired.
And unfortunately Rowe, Drayton would love nothing more than to cash in on the sightings, as natural stories provide excellent ride backgrounds. Ethics won't even enter their minds once they hear the cash register.
Keep on whistlin', folks.

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Re: Drayton Manor 2012 Season

Sun Feb 19, 2012 8:36 pm

I'm not saying I believe in the supernatural, just that these stories are quite commonly told around the park and it seems everyone has a bizarre experience to share. It was only a matter of time before someone sold the story to a paper, and probably isn't the first time!
Honestly, I have worked at both Alton Towers and Drayton Manor and it's quite surprising that far more stories seem to centre around Drayton than the Towers. I think it's that everyone at Drayton seems to have a first hand account rather than passing on a story or a legend.

As for Scooby Doo, well I think it's a fantastic choice! Yes, it's still around today and still quite popular among kids, Adults have fond memories of watching it as a kid. It's a show that probably spans three generations now, a real theme for the whole family!
 
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Re: Drayton Manor 2012 Season

Mon Feb 20, 2012 3:39 pm

In regards to that article about the Ghosts. It's not a marketing stunt Richard Kingstone was my teacher for IT back in the day, and he often used to talk about these sightings at the park.
 
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Re: Drayton Manor Park Future

Sat Feb 25, 2012 4:36 pm

The plans for expansion will happen around the year 2021 +. The area marked out for expansion will be around the Zoo area. Drayton Manor Theme Park predict that more roller-coaster type rides will fill this space in the foreseeable future. The Plans have been submitted to Lichfield District Council.[6]

http://www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/downloads ... r_Park.pdf

To me it looks like the grass area to the right of Ben 10 can be built on and the car parks at the back of the park.
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Re: Drayton Manor Park Future

Sat Feb 25, 2012 4:38 pm

I hope to god this goes through. If DMP get some more space, they could seriously start to put pressure on Alton Towers, which is only a good thing.

*bribes Lichfield City Council*

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Re: Drayton Manor Park Future

Sat Feb 25, 2012 4:45 pm

Oh please let this happen! The sooner someone gets the chance the threaten Merlin and their parks the better! It'll do both parties some good I hope! Drayton will expand and grow, and Towers will get a kick up the backside to up their game! :P

Drayton could do something seriously amazing with that space given their performance of the past couple of seasons :D
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Re: Drayton Manor Park Future

Sun Feb 26, 2012 9:14 pm

To me, Drayton Manor seem to have no future plans whatsoever, just a bunch of ideas banded around. I can say categorically that a dual launch coaster concept WAS drawn up and has been floating around the park for a few years now, plans seem to change by the day. Anyway, Cartoon Network Street is a way off finished yet, there's still plans for the Scooby Doo Haunting retheme and bizarrely enough a Dexters Lab retheme of Apocalypse. Sounds like a fantastic idea, a kiddie makeover of one of the most thrilling rides in the country  :D
Apparently there's plans for that old dinosaur walkthrough in the zoo that has been empty for a couple of years now, I thought it was meant to become some sort of small monkey attraction  :?
Anyway, apparently that's looking to become an interactive style walkthrough where the kids can pet various animals etc. No idea if or when any of this will come to fruition though!
 
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Re: Drayton Manor Park Future

Sun Feb 26, 2012 10:53 pm

To be fair, the current "theming"/general state of Apocalypse is crap with that horrible radio station playing, so any retheme would probably do the ride good. And Dexter's Lab is awesome.
 
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Re: Drayton Manor Park Future

Mon Feb 27, 2012 2:55 am

Agree'd, I'm all for it! Seems bizarre, but it suits me if no one else  :P
This is just word on the park though rather than from a reliable source, but thought i'd mention it as word on the park often seems to be based on some truth.

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