Merlin dont seem to care and please this is no point of blame so dont take it as one.
Merlin just seem to be bothered about growing and money and yes there a business but people make the business pay - Good people like us.
Merlin took over everything went down hill - Fireworks scrapped - daily parades at alton gone - cheaping out on rides - Down time more than 2x more than it normally.
Tussauds - had the balance just right.
My overall thoughts.
Merlin have gone too big far to fast and now they are still hell bent on getting bigger leaving the parks etc standing behind everyone else.
I can remember and its funny i had the same convo a few weeks ago - but i can remember when i used to park the car and feel i had left the UK and was in a my own little world - The magic used to start when i parked the car - I used to sit with a little smile on my face when on the monorail and then i used to think wow what a place to be when walking down towers street and on to the rides. TBH now i dont feel it.
Tussauds used to go seek out new and mind blowing rides like around the world in 80 days and toyland tours and others i could name merlin well just dont seem to have that woooofffff about them.
Merlin should for one year invest the up keep of the parks but the answer is bring back tussauds any day.
I would love them to go back to the roots and bring magic back to the parks as would i bet many people here BUT is it going to happen im not sure.
a day out even at £45 like alton is now shoud be made around how you feel walking in the place - if you go in and think what a dive - thats what you will feel when you leave - however if you walk in and feel this place is fab you walk out going that was fab - first impressions count not last but first.
I am not aint merlin and do like some changes like they fought hard for the fireworks to come back to alton a move which i almost wet myself at but they need to stop and look even here and take on board comments.
Last edited by stu1980
on Fri Oct 26, 2012 12:59 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Has the magic gone for me - yep almost!