UK theme parks from another point of view!

 
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A New Park?

Sun Feb 07, 2010 6:04 pm

What are the chances of a whole new park starting up from scratch these days?

Personally id like to see a major tycoon from abroad to setup and give Merlin a run for their money and bring a whole new park concept. I think something like this may happen one day but in our lifetime?
 
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Re: A New Park?

Sun Feb 07, 2010 6:30 pm

I think a new park from scratch is unlikely in the UK unless Disney or Universal decide to open up shop, as they're really the only chain that open from scratch.

There is still the possibility of some of the smaller parks being snapped up though. Places like Lightwater Valley, Flamingo Land, Paultons and Oakwood all have major potential - they just lack the level of funding available within the Merlin Group.
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Sun Feb 07, 2010 6:35 pm

Theme parks rarely start from scrath anyway, they are usually small visitor attractions which begin to expand. Drayton Manor for example was a small fun fair before the Bryan Family decided to expand and invest in larger attractions. Alton Towers was mainly gardens before they invested in Corkscrew and other rides :)
 
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Re: A New Park?

Sun Feb 07, 2010 6:43 pm

The only place I can see a major new park opening these days in Britain is in that destitute wasteland for theme parks - Scotland. It seems staggering that there isn't even a half decent theme park somewhere between Edinburgh and Glasgow, two of the biggest cities in the country. This is a complete guess, but maybe most of the time it's too cold for a full day outside? If so, why not a Toverland style hybrid?

Other than that, the north east sorta lacks a decent park too. I could only see investors going for Lightwater if the building restrictions weren't so crap.
 
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Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:49 am

I know where there is a rather large area where they could build a nice new theme park...Northern Ireland.

There was talk of a Narnia Theme Park being built and if they did build it in the area that C.S Lewis based the land on, it would be right outside my front window! :D
 
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Re: A New Park?

Mon Feb 08, 2010 2:28 pm

"Sam!" wrote:
The only place I can see a major new park opening these days in Britain is in that destitute wasteland for theme parks - Scotland. It seems staggering that there isn't even a half decent theme park somewhere between Edinburgh and Glasgow, two of the biggest cities in the country. This is a complete guess, but maybe most of the time it's too cold for a full day outside? If so, why not a Toverland style hybrid?

Other than that, the north east sorta lacks a decent park too. I could only see investors going for Lightwater if the building restrictions weren't so crap.


The weather in central Scotland is pretty similar to that in central England most of the time. There is no reason why the Scottish weather should stop a theme park from being built! A decent theme park between Edinburgh and Glasgow would be much appreciated my me since I live between the two cities! M&Ds is a terrible park but it could easily be expanded if the money was there. Its placed in the middle of a country park with plenty of room for development but at the moment its squashed at the back of the park.
 
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Mon Feb 08, 2010 2:36 pm

As long as they don't waste their time building another Tidal Wave (or any wet ride for that matter) I can't see Scotland's weather being a problem.
 
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Re: A New Park?

Sun Feb 14, 2010 10:52 am

I was talking to a mate the other day about this topic, We were talking how we would spend 'our' Euro millions win (110m) if we were to win it. And I said I would like to open a new theame park...But we got to the point where we would have spent 80m+ and it would still only be a smaller style park

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