Redemption Challenge: From the Ashes…
Competitors, welcome to the redemption round. In this challenge, those of you who have been eliminated from the game are being given a second chance to prove you have what it takes to become the next Theme Park Apprentice. The idea of the redemption challenge is to improve on past mistakes, but since all challenges are independent this season you will instead be completing a challenge about a park that has made mistakes in the past.
Alton Towers has been welcoming guests for over 150 years, and sits as the “King” of UK theme parks, pushing global rollercoaster trends with its “secret weapons” - The first successful Flying coaster, and the first ever Vertical drop and vertical free fall drop coasters call Alton Towers home as well as the coaster with the most vertical inversions in the world.
In its long history it has seen fires, financial disasters, lawsuits with neighbours, and even a witch's curse. Despite all of this is has pushed theme park and roller coaster design not just in the UK, but globally as well.
Sadly earlier this year an incident resulted in the park hitting headlines for all the wrong reasons. Several guests were seriously injured on “The Smiler”; In addition to the much more important injuries, the financial impact of this event is estimated to be as much as £47 Million.
Merlin are never one to let someone else control the headlines for long… For the purpose of this challenge, presume Merlin have chosen to move on from the past they have decided to remove The Smiler and replace it with a new attraction.
Merlin’s management do not mind what you replace The Smiler with, as long a the new attraction will get the media telling the right story - that Alton Towers is “Britain’s Greatest Escape”. Your new attraction can be a roller coaster (like the previous secret weapons) or you may choose any other type of attraction.
To be absolutely clear, this is not a roller coaster challenge. You may choose a roller coaster to meet the challenge, but you are not required to.
But just designing a new ride for the biggest park in the land, run by a company with near limitless resources would be too easy, right? Perhaps, but you have to remember that Alton Towers has a rather unique problem… Its neighbours.
Alton Towers has a few neighbours who are very vocal opponents of the theme park. You can count on them to oppose any development you plan - in order for your plan to succeed you must keep them, and the existing conservation area rules in mind.
This means anything you design must follow these rules:
Your proposal for this challenge should be approximately 5 pages, and include:
All proposals must be submitted by midnight on Saturday, August 15th. Late proposals will not be accepted for this challenge.
If you are currently in the competition, you do not need to submit an entry for this challenge. However, you are welcome to submit one for a critique if desired. You will not receive any bonus points for your submission.
If you are an eliminated competitor and you wish to return to this season of the competition, you must compete in this challenge. If you do not wish to return to this season, you do not need to compete in this challenge. Declining this challenge will not affect eligibility for future seasons of Theme Park Apprentice.
The winner of this challenge will return to the competition. All other competitors will be permanently eliminated from this season of Theme Park Apprentice. In the event that only a single competitor submits an entry for this challenge, the judges will determine whether or not that entry is sufficient to allow re-entry into the competition.Tweet
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