Such a park would require millions and millions to fix it up to even a remotely adequate standard which I don't think Merlin would want to bother doing as it wouldn't look good in their portfolio for future investors.
I'm afraid that Alton Towers is also at such a point that it would require millions to fix up.
So does that mean it would be a good idea for Merlin to then go ahead and get even more parks that are in the same state?
The only type of park I could really see Merlin taking over would be a smaller park that's well-presented and has a nice line-up of rides that are well-themed too.
Some parks that may not be a bad purchase if Merlin were desperate to expand their attraction line-up might be:
1. Fårup Sommerland
5. Drievliet Family Park
7. Freizeitpark Plohn
9. Rainbow MagicLand
Apart from minor theming changes and the odd new ride, these might not be too bad if Merlin were desperate for a new park. I haven't included any British parks purely for the fact that there just wouldn't be enough competition in the UK if Merlin owned the lot.
I'd still rather they didn't purchase a new park though.
I'd like to add to this list with;
Duinrell. Duinrell is a nice park with high theming and a huge camp site + hotel etc. They have a lovely scenic covered (leaky) log flume and a eurofighter. Also they have a spinner that's huge. It's in a forest but tree removal seems easy. Almost forgot it has a tobboggan run.
Isle of wight parks.
Robin hill and black gang chine. Black gang chine is actually compact on a cliff so it's a nono!
Robin hill is a pretty, huge park with loads of space to build. It has a toboggan and more rides. A simulator is also there that has huge capacity problems! 20 people every 5 minutes.
Also just wondering, pleasurewood hills anyone?