[Thanks for pointing out the area has been removed, though the picture was to show thr Derbyshire area in the background - why did they remove it?]
I don't know what the park are up to, but they're giving out mixed messages.
I picked up a leaflet in the local town, which clearly explained they'd changed their audience, but it was laughable just how they were trying to market themselves. It was all patronising talk about how they've got their mascot bears dressed up in pink frilly frocks, and Rascal Rocket (which I hasten to add was closed last time I went) which they claim is the best thing since sliced bread.
I think I know the one you mean, picket it up in Nottingham Tourist Information centre, I think trading standards should know about RR to be honest, it was advertised as new for 2004, then they claimed it to be new for 2005... con.
There's no point advertising the park locally, we don't care any more, everyone can see its been run to the ground, and no one I've spoken to this year plans on visitng again now they know the best rides in the park are gone. Everyone is shocked at their disappearance, and are somewhat mystified as to why they're still standing.
IMO AA have no place in the family market, in fact I'm beginning to think they have no place at all!
I just don't think the park is set up for this audience, and with a lack of cash, there's not a lot they can do to re arrange the park to cater for families of the age range they're directing at. Besides, what fourteen year old will jump onto Rascal Rocket with high spirits? At that age they're chav wannabes who're more likely to laugh at the operator!
Truth is, they need an easy way of smoothening over what they have done; their total neglect towards maintenance means that one (excellent) ride has become structurally unsafe. Without Nightmare Niagara, Missile and Rapids the park will fail.
They said they added colour to the Pioneer Playland section by painting the faces, but it looks horrendous... From a childs point of view, its something to look at and it'll stick in their mind.. But really.. The colours could have been a little bit better thought out!
Damn straight! I know that as a child I used to gawp up in those things in awe... of course they look stupid when they have Moss growing up them, but they look even more stupid now.
I know its difficult to compare the two, but I really am having doubts about them pushing the park in this direction, I feel it is a disastrous decison now I've thought about it. If you guys came to the park and just saw the amount of people it attracts, I dare say it'd bring a sinking feeling to the majority.
Exactly what Im frightened of, the place that holds so many memories of my childhood... derelict.
Would you believe they're charging £14.99 (adult) entrance this year? DMP is just £19 (adult) at their maximum rate.
A whole pound cheaper than last year, and when you think about it - an absolute bargain.... oh wait, no - rip off. Personally I think what AA currently have to offer is worth £7 topps.
Really upsetting all this uncertainty, may I add.