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Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

Sun Mar 03, 2019 11:39 pm

Ah I didn't go last year but the year before that I paid for one day and got the next day free so not all bad.

£15 is outrageous though!
 
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Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:59 am

The price increase initially occurred around late July last year. There were three levels of increasing pricing: via app, at a kiosk, and at the exit barriers. The idea being that they wanted less people purchasing tickets at the barriers and slowing things down. It's unclear how well this worked, as reports still showed chaos at the exit.

But I'm sure this is being used to fund the promised improvements to the car park and in particular removing the issues of it taking 2 hours on some days to clear the car park.
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Mon Mar 04, 2019 5:03 pm

Yes they increased the pricing last season just before the summer (Convenient timing yes!) They were due to be improving the exit process from the car park, so fingers crossed that this will work for 2019!
 
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Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:32 am

Ally Law, the YouTuber who climbed Stealth, was in court yesterday. The link to the statement by Surrey Police is here.

YouTube personality Alastair “Ally” Law, 21 of Southampton, well known for performing parkour stunts and doing free solo climbing while trespassing on a range of buildings and structures, has been condemned in court for his reckless behaviour.

On Thursday, 26 July 2017, Surrey officers were called to Thorpe Park to reports that a man with a camera was standing on top of the Stealth ride, a 205ft rollercoaster. Law was given strong words of advice by officers about the wasting of police resources due to his dangerous and irresponsible act.

However on 26 January 2018, Law, accompanied by Ryan Taylor of Bloxwich was again arrested by police after trespassing into the Elstree TV studios in Hertfordshire, while the show Big Brother was being filmed.

Following their arrest, Law and Taylor were convicted of aggravated trespass at St Albans Magistrates Court on 10 December 2018. Law was also given an interim Criminal Behaviour Order, which banned him from going beyond safety barriers on any building open to the public. This prohibition covered the whole of England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Earlier today (5 March) the two men were sentenced for the aggravated trespass. Each received a community order to complete 120 hours of unpaid work; pay £1000 costs and compensation to three victims; and they must forfeit the SD cards and cameras used during the incident for destruction.

Ally Law was also given a five year behaviour order, which prevents him from uploading footage of him trespassing on any property without the owner’s consent. He is also prevented from entering film or TV studios, any property owned by the Merlin Group, or being on any other structure (or commercial property out of hours) without the written permission of the landowner.

The judge heard that, although Mr Law did not perceive himself to be at risk, his lack of disregard with this actions could potentially influence and insight others into committing similar stunts. The CBO reflected this by prohibiting Law from inciting anyone else to trespass in a similar way. The CBO should act as a potential deterrent to any others thinking about following his footsteps.

Any breach of the conditions will see Law face a possible five-year jail sentence.

The Criminal Behaviour Order was bought jointly by Surrey Police, Hertfordshire Police and Hampshire Constabulary.

Inspector Nick Pinkerton, from Surrey Police, said:
“Ally Law has offended all over the country and we used evidence from all over the country in our application because we know that he has been causing numerous police forces issues for some time, this means the Criminal Behaviour Order applies in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

“Law’s actions were also really unsafe – free-climbers may not care about their own safety but if they slip and fall it is the emergency services who have to respond. Dealing with death is traumatic, and not just 'part of the job'. One of the worst tasks officers have to do is to contact family members to say that someone they love has died – imagine delivering and receiving that message.”
 
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Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

Sat Mar 09, 2019 7:39 am

There's been a mixed reaction the the Thorpe park announcements. Here's my opinion on it:
They're  having several off-years. In my opinion, an 'Off-year' is a year where a park doesn't do much. Thorpe park has had 3 consecutive Off-years now and, while off-years are normally ok, Thorpe park has had too many.
Those people saying 'But it targets their age demographic' then yes, it does, but even its target demographic wants a new coaster and is getting bored. In other words, Thorpe Park's strategy is very short-term and we could see their attendance figures decrease in the next few years. For a full video explaining the situation:
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Sat Mar 09, 2019 7:09 pm

What do you mean “Thorpe have had 3 off years”?

This is the first “off” season Thorpe have had in a long while, and the argument “Thorpe needs a new coaster” is awful.

Thorpe has had a number of issues in the past years which has led them to get virtually completely different management this season as they sort out problems that the park faces.

The park spent over £50million on Swarm and DBGT alone with little return. Building a coaster now would possibly mean another £20million could be lost.

Merlin as a company are under no obligation to invest any money into the park.

There becomes a point with people criticing the park and being plain right ignorant, and these events have become the focal point to justify hate.

These events are harmless and there will be 1000s of people who will definitely have fun at these events.

If you don’t like Thorpe Park, don’t visit it.
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Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:50 am

Bert wrote:
If you don’t like Thorpe Park, don’t visit it.

Sadly think that's what a lot people will do this year. 
 
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Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:53 am

Bert wrote:
What do you mean “Thorpe have had 3 off years”? 

I mean a year with little to no investment. 2017 saw a refurbishment and a few new kiddie rides, 2018 saw a retheme of a coaster and 2019 has the IP from I'm a celeb removed and some new grass.
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This is the first “off” season Thorpe have had in a long while, and the argument “Thorpe needs a new coaster” is awful. 

They're in a downhill spiral and need to add a new coaster soon before the money gets away with angry guests.
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Thorpe has had a number of issues in the past years which has led them to get virtually completely different management this season as they sort out problems that the park faces. 

True.
Bert wrote:
The park spent over £50million on Swarm and DBGT alone with little return. Building a coaster now would possibly mean another £20million could be lost.

The Swarm failed, not due to bad advertising, but due to external issues. 2012 was a generally bad year for the British theme park economy, due to bad weather and the Olympics.
DGBT failed due to bad use of effects. It had the potential to be a brilliant attraction, but Thorpe Park didn't manage it very well. And, as you said earlier, management is changing quicker than my socks.
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Merlin as a company are under no obligation to invest any money into the park. 

Again, true. Buut…
  • Merlin don't want to be seen with Thorpe
  • Merlin is the 2nd biggest entertainments company in the world.
  • They're not treating it like their other parks. And I don't just mean due to audience, more how clean it is, etc..
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 There becomes a point with people criticing the park and being plain right ignorant, and these events have become the focal point to justify hate. 

These events aren't bad, just repetitive. Also, the park seems to be exiting the IP stage. Jungle escape is IP free, BounceZilla and GameFX are both sponsored, but not based around and fright nights has some IPs in it but not the whole event. 
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These events are harmless and there will be 1000s of people who will definitely have fun at these events.

Yes. I know, some of these actually sound quite attractive to me. But, as I said earlier, they're repetitive.
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If you don’t like Thorpe Park, don’t visit it.

I think a lot of people are doing that already. and the second nearest theme park to me with an inverting rollercoaster currently is 3 times as long away. 
Also, other fans of the park who aren't coaster enthusiasts will find something else to do. And don't forget that there's a rumoured pendulum ride for Paultons.
Finally, I'm just going to say they need a new coater to bring them back out on top. And soon. So RMC 2021, please!
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Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:18 pm

Thorpe Park have released a little more of the map, again asking people to spot the differences to last year.

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The arrow I suspect will point to where BounceZilla will end up, as it's the only area within the existing park area I can see fitting this in. Being right on the water edge, could get a bit windy there, which could be interesting.
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Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:11 pm

Information about Jungle Escape has been made public by Thorpe Park.

In Spring 2019, select only your bravest and most daring friends to face the Huntsman as you enter the challenging undergrowth of the Jungle Arena. Engage your senses, prime your wit and take on the elements as you undergo a series of testing rituals before facing off with your rivals to ultimately decide which team leaves victorious and which will be lost to the Jungle forever.
 
Decode the clues, test your physical limits and escape the Huntsman’s game in this new for 2019 live adventure escape game!

Tickets will cost £10, presumably per person.

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Interestingly, the maps look nearly identical (except for the actual map design) to those used in Pirates Adventure ~ Treasures of the Seven Seas at WDW Magic Kingdom Park.
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Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:50 pm

Swarm Chris wrote:
Information about Jungle Escape has been made public by Thorpe Park.

In Spring 2019, select only your bravest and most daring friends to face the Huntsman as you enter the challenging undergrowth of the Jungle Arena. Engage your senses, prime your wit and take on the elements as you undergo a series of testing rituals before facing off with your rivals to ultimately decide which team leaves victorious and which will be lost to the Jungle forever.
 
Decode the clues, test your physical limits and escape the Huntsman’s game in this new for 2019 live adventure escape game!

Tickets will cost £10, presumably per person.

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Interestingly, the maps look nearly identical (except for the actual map design) to those used in Pirates Adventure ~ Treasures of the Seven Seas at WDW Magic Kingdom Park.



It looks interesting, I will try this out when it opens in the spring time. I hope it is a bit easier than Containment (seeing as this can be marketed towards Families) but equally it isn't too easy.
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Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:18 pm

I genuinely thought they were in some form of farm for those pictures :|

Looks like it could be fun, but for £10 I think I'll pass..
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Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:47 pm

I love the idea but there is part of 1 of the pictures I can’t take seriously. They are looking confused at a rock. I mean, it’s a rock!
 
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Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:10 pm

It sounds like a good idea, whether or not this will be as good in reality remains to be seen, but I am certainly keeping my fingers crossed! It sounds like a sort of Jumanji style of thing, with the ‘lost to the jungle forever’ keeping positive and hope it doesn’t disappoint. Pictures don’t do much to sell it, but hey best they could do with what they had I guess.
 
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Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:17 am

£10 per person will very quickly add up, and its not something a single person does.
 
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Wed Mar 13, 2019 12:06 pm

Some light teasing on Thorpe Park's Twitter account.

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Source: Thorpe Park's Twitter
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Wed Mar 13, 2019 12:12 pm

Glitter? Stars? Fireworks?

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Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

Wed Mar 13, 2019 12:37 pm

Possibly another event? I did think fireworks perhaps too. Maybe they’re doing some sort of retheme Whatever it is will be low budget no doubt so we shall have to see
 
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Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

Wed Mar 13, 2019 12:51 pm

My actual guess is Summer Lates.

The winter work videos showed the Stealth trains, whilst the GameFX media photos showed the ride area, which were both the same as previous years. :)
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Wed Mar 13, 2019 12:53 pm

I agree with Chris, a stary/night sky indicating late night riding? I guess we shall see since nothing about the Summer Lates were mentioned on the events poster.
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