Thought I'd share a few thoughts with you about my trip to Thorpe Park (outside London) today.
Firstly, the park continues in its quest to skew towards older guests (Teens and adults) rather than kids targeted by the other merlin owned parks near London (Legoland Windsor and Chessington World of Adventures and Zoo), the area formerly known as Canada Creek (now listed as "old town" on the map, but with the name remaining on attractions) has now only one child friendly attraction remaining in that area (canadian Rocky express, basic train themed spinner). The Log Flume (Loggers Leap) is SBNO for the entire season and hoped to return next year, probably with the new "old town" theming.
The big attraction for the Year is Derryn Brown's ghost train. For those of you unfamiliar with him, he's a mentalist/conjurer/hypnotist/brain-messer-upperer. The ride is currently in technical rehearsal. Although the ride station is well themed, I can't really tell you any more about it other than the gift shop. It did open on the day, but the wait time exceeded 2 hours (We were unwilling to stand around that long). If Wikipedia can be believed, the experience involves use of VR headsets, a live element, and takes around 15 mins. This is looking like a ride that Fastpass is essential for.
The gift shop has some odd curios. The ride seems to involve a floating train carriage (you can get your own for £50), and other interesting options included a reverse hourglass (that goes up) a three person chess set, and a book full of portrats by derryn including a creepy version of Penn and Teller.
Lastly, I am going to share some thoughts about "Angry Birds Land", or as I'd like to call it "Contractual Obligation Land", as I really think Merlin haven't tried on this area at all.
The area that is now A-B land was mostly part of "Amity Cove/Beach", a supposedly flooded town following a tidal wave, but most of Amity remains Amity to fit in the tidal wave and storm surge. Stealth also remains themed to Amity Speedway, and the "Storm in a teacup" seems to have avoided the A-B "Retheme". This means there is a big chunk right in the middle of Amity that is no longer Amity. From the park entrance to get to Amity Speedway/Stealth you enter Amity, exit into A-B land, and then find yourself back in Amity again.
The retheme itself is not to Merlin's standards. Merlin create wonderful themed experiences, not just in this park, but in the Dungeons and elsewhere. I've got two images here, one is part of Amity looking towards Tidal Wave so you can see what they're capable of, the second is a hastily repainted part of Amity with a few birds and pigs stuck on walls (and related graffiti) rather than an attempt to create a true angry-birds land. I can't help but think they were just ticking the boxes to get the Angry Birds 4D show.Tweet
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