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Re: Drayton Manor 2012 Season

Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:23 am

I rode this for the 1st time last year and enjoyed it. I could tell that a few things wern't working and there could have been more theming to fill in gaps, but overall not a bad ride. There were clearly quite a few boats missing from the track, noticible by a few large gaps between some of the boats, perhaps this has something to do with the problems.
I'm dissapointed to hear its gona be SNBO as these types of rides are few and far between in the UK, but IMO are the best types of rides for theme parks - ones that everyone can enjoy, including my wimp of a wife!
Pirates was also good, but clearly in need of repair and also a bit more theming.
I hope Drayton realise what they have in these 2 rides and give them some attention. They would be the cornerstone in any Disney park!
 
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Re: Drayton Manor 2012 Season

Wed Mar 14, 2012 2:51 pm

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I never went on Excalibur. It wasn't working when I went (which was my first visit). Did I miss much?


No. It was literally one of the worst rides I've ever been on. It wasn't even so bad it's good. It's just horrendously bad. I actually can't think of any ride I've ever been on that's worse than it, given how much space it takes up and how much it must have cost.

Good riddance! :D
 
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Re: Drayton Manor 2012 Season

Wed Mar 14, 2012 2:54 pm

They should remove it for the Big Fun coaster then! :lol:
 
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Re: Drayton Manor 2012 Season

Wed Mar 14, 2012 3:00 pm

If the roumer is true I will be abit sad as I enjoyed the ride when it was fully working. Although over time it did become some what of a wreck and the animatronics struggling to work I really enjoyed the music and quirkyness of the ride.

I also do have a strong belief that it is somthing to do with the tow system and the boats themselves. If anybody noticed whenever they went on the ride near the waterfall scene a fair few boats were stacked up and took off I also remmeber one that looked asif it had ''sunk'' into the water.

I think we need to take into consideration what Colin said aswell about turning it into a more interactive ride - Splash Battle if I remmeber correctly. Hopefully the park will see sense and keep the ride shut next year (2013) and invest in the much needed rollercoaster. If the ride is closed this season and if the park are planning on removing it I see no reason why it isnt going to be used for storage.

It was a beautiful ride back in its hay-day's but unfortunatly its been left to become a wreck.
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Re: Drayton Manor 2012 Season

Wed Mar 14, 2012 3:38 pm

It's not even that old is it?

But still, reliability was awful, so it's a good idea to get rid.
 
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Re: Drayton Manor 2012 Season

Wed Mar 14, 2012 5:01 pm

It really is a shame to hear that Excalibur might be going. I wish I'd ridden it now :/
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Re: Drayton Manor 2012 Season

Wed Mar 14, 2012 5:08 pm

It opened in 2003 if I remember my dates correctly, but I'm now unsure if the ride system was new or not. As said earlier there is some old jungle theming remaining (Very lazily) from a past ride. From what I can gather there used to be a ride there called Jungle Cruise, which was also a tow boat ride it seems. Was it the same ride system? Or was it all stripped out and a new one installed for 2003?

If the ride system was new that makes it less than 10 years old. It does really make you wonder what could have gone so horribly wrong on the ride that the park may feel the need to remove it. It's a tow boat ride, hardly something incredibly complex and overly engineered :P

Aside from the themeing the only bit of the ride which ever really seemed to have issues you'd notice was the audio. Though I think that was more down to the way the audio system was actually designed and set up than the actual ride's fault.

With a bit of investment both Excalibur and Pirate Adventure could be turned into two first class family rides. There is massive potential with both rides, but since opening it seems both have gone rather forgotten. I mean even if the park just invested in repairing the animatronics around both rides, using newer more reliable technologies it would be a massive improvement. It's not like they have anything massively complex that would cost a fortune to do.

With some money thrown at it Drayton could turn Pirate Adventure into something on the level of DVH at Efteling with regards to themeing. There's no shortage on space in the building.

One of the things I loved though were all the small details in both rides which made them humerous. These little details can make a ride for me sometimes. Excalibur had a good mix of humour. Some that children and younger guests would understand, and some more mature, and even rather dark in places, comedy that would go straight over their heads, but make most older guests laugh.

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If it does go I'd be very surprised if the park tried to install a coaster over it. That lake is a fair old size, and it'd be a shame to see it go to waste. I can see possibly some form of interactive water ride going on it personally. UK's version of Wakobato maybe?
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Re: Drayton Manor 2012 Season

Wed Mar 14, 2012 6:00 pm

The themeing you see in that picture was removed sadly to make way for Panning For Gems. It's a real shame as the ride did have some great themeing. Ah well we shall see main season whats what!
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Re: Drayton Manor 2012 Season

Wed Mar 14, 2012 7:15 pm

Getting rid of Excalibore?

Nice one Drayton, now build me an Aquatrax (or high capacity water coaster)!



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Re: Drayton Manor 2012 Season

Thu Mar 15, 2012 4:47 pm

Breaking News
Following the roumer about Excalbiur being removed I can now confirm that this roumer is indeed TRUE during a breifing with staff at inductions they were told that it will be removed by the end of the season. The reason behind it is its costing to much to maintain and its unreliable aswell as receiving bad feedback about the ride.

It is unsure what the current situation with the ride is weather they are going to put boards around it as once its removed it will just become part of the lake again.

It merely scraped through 9 seasons and was one of the parks iconic rides once it opened. Another loss to the UK's line up.

RIP Excalbiur.
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Re: Drayton Manor 2012 Season

Thu Mar 15, 2012 5:01 pm

Excellent. Now they can build my woodie. :D
 
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Re: Drayton Manor 2012 Season

Thu Mar 15, 2012 5:07 pm

Ooooh Drayton :(

Bye bye Excalibur. The park won't be the same without your hilarious broken props, temprimental ride system, and amusing voiceovers :(

I just hope someone steals the audio out of it before the ride goes :P
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Re: Drayton Manor 2012 Season

Thu Mar 15, 2012 6:09 pm

No real loss there for me. It was a dreadful ride and was far worse than the Jungle Cruise rip off it replaced! Good riddance I reckon - look forward to the inevitable splash battle or something of the sort that replaces it
 
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Re: Drayton Manor 2012 Season

Thu Mar 15, 2012 6:11 pm

...and nothing of value was lost.

On paper Excalibur was a pretty good ride, and I quite enjoyed my first ride on it when it was mostly working, but in the past couple of years it's been nothing short of an abomination.  Practically nothing worked - no audio, static animatronics, mouldy/rotting props that were falling apart and a total lack of effects in the 'finale'

Quite frankly I'm amazed they even bothered to run it last season given the completely unacceptable state of the ride.  The responses we got from people getting off the ride when we asked what they thought of it said it all.
 
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Re: Drayton Manor 2012 Season

Thu Mar 15, 2012 6:18 pm

The last time i went on that "thing" a few years ago.. no audio worked, none of the (terrible) anamatronics worked anywhere, all the lighting in the indoor finale was off... So I'm surprised it lasted this long to be honest!

Just out of curiosity... How long did the fire effect work on the dragon?
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Re: Drayton Manor 2012 Season

Thu Mar 15, 2012 6:25 pm

The ride was a disgrace last year.

Although adding £4 and £3 parking charges to your entrance ticket prices is a bit rude when you consider they're actually removing a ride.
 
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Re: Drayton Manor 2012 Season

Thu Mar 15, 2012 8:08 pm

R.I.P Excalibur, I was a fan and I don't give a toss what others think.  :P

Yes it was left to rot, but I loved it!  [-(

In the summer, nice way to relax, traveling around the green lake. :D

I will miss it dearly :cry:
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Re: Drayton Manor 2012 Season

Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:07 pm

Whilst I've read and heard opinions of the negative kind about Excalibur, it does upset me that I will never get to ride it since it was broken throughout the entirety of last year and it was the first ride I was genuinely aware about at Drayton due to this advert several years ago. It sounded great too with all the listed effects members have previously written in this topic but considering that the POVs online don't show this at all, it's just disappointing in all honesty.
 
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Re: Drayton Manor 2012 Season

Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:21 pm

Rowe wrote:
Whilst I've read and heard opinions of the negative kind about Excalibur, it does upset me that I will never get to ride it since it was broken throughout the entirety of last year and it was the first ride I was genuinely aware about at Drayton due to this advert several years ago. It sounded great too with all the listed effects members have previously written in this topic but considering that the POVs online don't show this at all, it's just disappointing in all honesty.


OMG I remember that advert! I saw it countless times as a kid, but I forgot it was for Drayton!

I've never been to Drayton myself, so it looks like another ride I missed out on. maybe one day I'll go :)
 
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Re: Drayton Manor 2012 Season

Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:03 pm

The bottom line is, like Pirate Adventure, the maintenance has been inadequate over the years.

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