UK theme parks from another point of view!

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Tue May 22, 2007 7:46 pm

I do think they will be rebranding quickly, but I can can't see, for £95, an annual pass covering THAT many attractions. I can see them creating a theme park atraction and maybe an exhibition style/touristy one (dungeons, Madamme Tussards etc). By the way, does the rebrand end the deal Tussards had with that Eurpoean theme park (can't think of the name for the life of me) that grants once admission with an anual pass.
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Tue May 22, 2007 7:46 pm

It shouldn't do
 
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Tue May 22, 2007 7:53 pm

I doubt anything will happen with rebranding Alton.

Legoland isn't Merlin's Legoland Windsor...

And Madam Tussauds will stay with the same name.

I reckon we'll have 5 new passes:

- Merlin London - All the attractions within/near London

- Merlin Ancient Magic - Tussauds Pass

- Merlin Annual Pass - Every attraction

- Merlin Parks - Theme Parks only

- Merlin Lifetime - Annual Pass forever!
 
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Tue May 22, 2007 8:12 pm

I swore this was going to happen - Merlin wants to get its name on and over everything to get itself known!

I mean how many of us knew of Merlin before its involvement with buying Tussauds?

They are keen to get their name on things now they 'own' them - despite any brand history of Tussauds.

And I still agree that each attraction is a brand unto its own, and doesn't rely on the Tussauds 'brand' to support its popularity.

Most people I've spoke to don't even know they own Warwick/London Eye! :roll: - at the most they know of Alton Towers and usually Madame Tussauds!

As for the pass, I recon they won't bother with it for now, except *maybe* to add one or two of the new attractions (but I doubt that as it would not give the excuse for a price hike...), and next year we'll see the old Tussauds Annual Pass phased out as they expire (i.e. can't purchase new ones), and a super pass replace it.

It'll also give them the opportunity to bump it up to, say, £130-150 or something.

I would expect the new attractions to be included on the pass however - it always seemed Tussauds intentions to ensure that all of their attractions were available through the pass - look at the London Eye.

The LE has a huge turnover and visitors without deals/passes/offers - they don't even offer tickets through Clubcard yet as Freetime said the attraction is too popular without adding Clubcard Deals tokens for it, although they were trying to get Tussauds to offer it -- yet they still added to it to the AP offering.

So my guess will be the same pass with all the attractions but a hefty price increase (if not straight away, phased in) to match the new offerings.

I don't think they'd go to the trouble of lots of styles of pass, although it might be a nice idea.
 
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Tue May 22, 2007 8:12 pm

Hi scary, i used to work at london dungeons and now work at madame tussauds and i know that at some point we will get some sort of staff pass for all attractions. i know when i worked at dunegons i really wanted to be a part of tussauds group to get all the free theme park tickets lol. I bet the people at the dungeons are loving the takeover.
 
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Tue May 22, 2007 9:07 pm

Hi Robin!

Yep we looking forward to getting Alton Towers etc added to our emplyee cards, I use mine quite alot to go to LEGOLAND and Sea Life etc.
I reckon that they'll probably give us complimenatry tickets for this season and change our cards next year.
When did you work at the Dungeon? I've been there since 2004 so we might have been there at the same time.
 
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Tue May 22, 2007 9:14 pm

Tussuad's has gone :(

But hello Merlin :)

I hope a lot of good comes from this & many years of magical enjoyment to come with it
 
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Tue May 22, 2007 9:20 pm

I worked there summer 2005 in admissions so we probably have met lol. i want to visit dungeons soon to see the new ride. has the cafe totally gone now?
 
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Tue May 22, 2007 9:36 pm

Hi Robin!

I remember you! Yeah the cafe is no more, the shops there now!
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Tue May 22, 2007 9:43 pm

What a god-tacky name "Merlin" is?!?! Do they have any class at all?!
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Tue May 22, 2007 9:47 pm

Notice the Chessington logo on Merlin's website......

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I'd prefer it if Merlin kept the Tussauds above the attraction logo, just looks better...
 
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Tue May 22, 2007 9:47 pm

Agreed, the name Merlin is abit tacky, but im sure that's maybe only because we have gotten so use to Tussuad's maybe? :?

Would have been nice if they had kept the Tussuad's branding but i guess was not meant to be. Some good i would have thought could come out of it with a re-branding, some fresh new ideas :)
 
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Tue May 22, 2007 10:07 pm

I hope Merlin undo all the work Tussauds have done so that each individual attraction is exactly that, individual! I hate going to Thorpe Park and seeing 'Now Visit Alton Towers' or Thorpe Park being advertised all over Alton Towers, it just feels like you've wasted your time visiting 'this' attraction when 'this other' attraction is better!

I like the fact Merlin don't slap their name on all of their attractions that they currently have, and I really hope they stay this way! - I'd also like them to get rid of Tussauds Studios. It sounds kinda harsh, but I hate the way theming is the same at each Tussauds park and you look at it and think 'That was done by Tussauds Studios'... Some of it is good stuff, but it's just not original.
Tussauds was a 'quality' brand, up there with the likes of Walkers, Sainsbury's and Heinz, but I'm hoping Merlin are going to show Tussauds how to run an attraction properly now! :)
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Tue May 22, 2007 10:09 pm

I do agree about the theming, for most of Alton's recent theming it looks very cartoony and unrealistic - don't like it at all. Hopefully we'll see that change!

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Tue May 22, 2007 11:35 pm

Each attraction will become it's own Individual attraction with no branding on it, just like the chessington logo, it will simply state that and not merlin ents.

Alton Towers will be just Alton Towers with no brand owning name on it.


I'm sorry to see Tussauds go, i love the brand and i feel like our tussuads attractions have gone too some cheap like company which just seems tacky and yuk. Not what i like at all!
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Ant

Wed May 23, 2007 12:05 am

It is kind of sad to hear the name "Tussauds" will from this day and over time will be no more, Obviously except for Madame Tussauds of course.

Ive lost all respect recently for the word Tussauds, I used to think of it as quality now I just look at and think Rip off prices, Budget Cuts, Trying to scrounge every penny as possible, the name doesn't mean much to me as it once did the quality of the name really has gone for me. I think a fresh start and Merlin all the way, and a new era of quality so we hope.


But the no Merlin branding on the logos sounds like a start :D .
 
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Wed May 23, 2007 8:11 am

Merlin can only do good in my opinion, Tussauds really had gone down hill over the past few years, there was no passion and enthusiasm, it was all about the money, which lead to some really bad moves and additions at the parks.

All of Merlin's attractions seem to be themed rather well, and they seem to take pride in their work, another thing which I read on another forum is that the Chief Exec of Merlin Nick Varney, grew his career through Alton Towers and was part responsible for the likes of Nemesis...

So hopefully he still has the same drive, passion and enthusiasm he had over 10 years ago, if he does, then we could have a bright future.

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Wed May 23, 2007 12:23 pm

"Dr Pop Rocket" wrote:
Chief Exec of Merlin Nick Varney, grew his career through Alton Towers and was part responsible for the likes of Nemesis...


*whipes tear from eye*



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Wed May 23, 2007 12:40 pm

Remember what happened when Tussauds took over Alton Towers back in the early 90's we got the attractions that made the place what it is today! Haunted House, Katanga Canyon, Nemesis. I would've thought that Merlin would want to make their mark on the place too.

Also, with Tussauds being removed, I would say that it puts an end to the whole catering issue, whereby everything looks the same Group-Wide as regards to signage and branding of outlets, which was terrible!!

If Alton Towers manages to be somekind of British Gardaland, I'll be over the moon, as it can only be better I suppose? :?
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