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Re: Drayton Manor or Flamingo Land?

Sun Aug 09, 2009 12:09 pm

Drayton Manor.

It feels more like a park and comes across as more professional.

Flamingo Land feels like a bland RCT3 park with pitiful operations.
 
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Re: Drayton Manor 2010

Sun Aug 16, 2009 4:55 pm

A new major coaster for DMP combined with decent advertising and a new staff policy (so to speak), could maybe raise it's status and get it some more attention.

The lake should be incorporated into the design as much as possible, because lets face it they are tight for space, and going over the lake could save dry land for other attractions.

I think the Mack Launch would be good to see, because it would be somewhat unique, and that seems to be the "DMP Style" with large attractions. I mean Shockwave "Europes Only Stand Up" AND with Zero G. Stormforce with it's reverser section. Apocolypse with it's stand up design. See my point? They like to go out of the ordinary.

Now I know this is daft and way out of DMPs league and budget, but a B&M Flying coaster, could be great, if it went low over the lake and maybe used some of the cutaways that the Buffalo is currently in. But like I say it's more likely I would win the Euro Million, than they be able to build and fund something of that kind! Plus with Alton so close and having Air it may seem cheap, as if they are stealing there ideas.

If they get this new ride right, and improve there current flaws they could move on. :D Hopefully!
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Re: Drayton Manor 2010

Mon Aug 17, 2009 12:58 am

I emailed Drayton Manor a couple of days ago and for once got a reply :) it wasn't just about the future, also about my site etc.
But the guy who replied to me send this message:

The Hotel is located on the existing camp site area, no current plans for a new attraction for 2010. working on a number of new attractions.

So no new attractions for 2010 by the sounds of it... but working on a number of new attractions which could mean new rides for 2011 onwards... however he has said no CURRENT plans... still 3 months until the park closes :)
 
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Re: Drayton Manor 2010

Mon Aug 17, 2009 8:05 am

"A5H" wrote:
I emailed Drayton Manor a couple of days ago and for once got a reply :) it wasn't just about the future, also about my site etc.
But the guy who replied to me send this message:

The Hotel is located on the existing camp site area, no current plans for a new attraction for 2010. working on a number of new attractions.

So no new attractions for 2010 by the sounds of it... but working on a number of new attractions which could mean new rides for 2011 onwards... however he has said no CURRENT plans... still 3 months until the park closes :)


I got a very different reply from the lady who runs their Facebook page. They confirmed that there will be a new ride for 2010, but how big that ride will be I don't know. :D
 
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Re: Drayton Manor 2010

Mon Aug 17, 2009 3:15 pm

Maybe their going to try and keep the plan quiet. It would explain why there has been no site activity. I'll bet if they do have a new coaster they won't start work till the end of the season. If I were building a new coaster I'd want as many people to know as posible that way you'd stand a better chance of getting more customers.
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Re: Drayton Manor 2010

Mon Aug 17, 2009 5:38 pm

Dont know who you emailed but from the words of Colin Bryan there still is going to be a ride for 2010 - if you emailed the info line then thats why.

And the hotel isnt in the camp site area as can be seen on the actual plans its in the woodland area behind the camp site.
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Re: Drayton Manor 2010

Mon Aug 17, 2009 5:46 pm

"G-Force" wrote:
Dont know who you emailed but from the words of Colin Bryan there still is going to be a ride for 2010 - if you emailed the info line then thats why.

And the hotel isnt in the camp site area as can be seen on the actual plans its in the woodland area behind the camp site.


Yeh i emailed the info address :P
 
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Re: Drayton Manor 2010

Thu Aug 20, 2009 11:07 am

Shoot me down if im being dumb here but is Drayton going to build the planned hotel next year?
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Re: Drayton Manor 2010

Thu Aug 20, 2009 11:15 am

"amcmaster1" wrote:
Shoot me down if im being dumb here but is Drayton going to build the planned hotel next year?


that's news to me too. I know they had been talking about one for some time but I didn't think it was going ahead.
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Re: Drayton Manor 2010

Thu Aug 20, 2009 11:20 am

When I last read the Tamworth Herald (July?) I am sure it stated that the hotel was approved and going ahead (for 2010/11)?

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Re: Drayton Manor 2010

Thu Aug 20, 2009 11:24 am

If they are then I reckon that's a bad idea. I still think a theme park should always wait until they reach "3 major coasters" status before adding a hotel. Alton waited until they had Nemmy/Corky/Looper. Drayton is definitely lacking in the decent coaster department and there just isn't enough of everything else to make people want to spend more than 1 day there. Heck, theres not even enough there to make me want to spend even ONE days there...

Next park that should get a hotel is Thorpe.
 
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Re: Drayton Manor 2010

Thu Aug 20, 2009 11:39 am

"AstroDan" wrote:
When I last read the Tamworth Herald (July?) I am sure it stated that the hotel was approved and going ahead (for 2010/11)?

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Thanks i knew i had seen the plans and heard 2010 but i wasn't sure if they were going ahead to build it for 2010 or just at some point around that time.

I would say though i was looking at visiting the park this week however it is a 2 1/2 hr drive from me and i was looking to stay a night but most of the Travelodges seem a bit of a drive from the park unlike the ones at Alton which are just down the road so maybe they have got a market.
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Re: Drayton Manor 2010

Thu Aug 20, 2009 11:58 am

Rugeley Travelodge is around 30 mins drive from DMP - really easy access too.

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Re: Drayton Manor 2010

Thu Aug 20, 2009 12:33 pm

The thing i think about is, this hotel is going to be a big investment for Drayton Manor and hopefully a lot of people use it and generate a nice income for Drayton Manor.
Drayton Manor obviously have a plan for the future because the park at the minute is no where near big enough when you think its having a hotel added. Theres always the chance of expansion to the size of the theme park :) we can all hope i guess !
 
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Re: Drayton Manor 2010

Thu Aug 20, 2009 1:51 pm

This hotel will be aimed at also boosting tourism in the area, places such as Tamworth Castle and The Snowdome (even with its own new hotel) are expected to see a benefit from developments such as this.

Just because they are building a hotel does not mean they have to have a well developed park, especially when there is quite a few attractions in the area that will benefit from such things as these, and will benefit the park in making the hotel more popular.

Any hotel built in Tamworth is a gold mine due to the towns location relative to the vast array of attractions within an hours drive (including Alton Towers).

The park are more spinning on this fact, that they can build a hotel on their land that will almost certainly be popular with all the local attractions, rather than a hotel just so people can spend more than one day at the park, this was never really the plan from day one.

Also i dont think anything big will be coming for 2010, because as you may or may not know, DMP dont usually publish their new attractions online for people to see, as they are not required too.

They do, however have to show residents who live within a close distance to the park what is being planned, so concerns can be raised or whatever. I have friends who live literally at the back of the park and as of today nothing has been brought forward to them of anything being added for next season.

Given the time of the year now, and the fact that nothing has come forward, it would be quite safe to say that nothing big will be added for next year.
 
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Re: Drayton Manor 2010

Thu Aug 20, 2009 2:49 pm

"AstroDan" wrote:
Rugeley Travelodge is around 30 mins drive from DMP - really easy access too.

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Thanks again i will remember that one when i do get down there - i was trying to sort it out last minute and one of the Travelodges were full so must have been that one.

Personally i am all for hotels at theme parks no matter how big or small the parks are simply because it makes them more open to people from further afield and as mentioned brings the parks some money.
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Re: Drayton Manor 2010

Thu Aug 20, 2009 8:56 pm

"Doopy Dan" wrote:
This hotel will be aimed at also boosting tourism in the area, places such as Tamworth Castle and The Snowdome (even with its own new hotel) are expected to see a benefit from developments such as this


That's probably why it's likely to get the go-ahead from the council then I'll guess
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Re: Drayton Manor or Flamingo Land?

Sun Aug 30, 2009 11:15 pm

Not been to Famingo Land for a couple of years, but when I went I wasn't exactly blown away by it.

On the other hand I've got a DMP Season Ticket and go a hell of a lot. so it'll have to be Drayton Manor.
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Re: Drayton Manor or Flamingo Land?

Sun Aug 30, 2009 11:19 pm

I cannot choose between the two parks.

For me, they are both at the same level, neither is better or worse than the other.

I'd say either park is 1 or 2 additions away from being better than the other.
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Re: Drayton Manor or Flamingo Land?

Sun Aug 30, 2009 11:45 pm

I think both parks are about the same. To be honest though, I think that Flamingo Land has the edge. It has resonably good large rides and is a really fun day out, so is Drayton Manor, but I personally prefer Flamingo Land I think. :)
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