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Small News From The Theme Park Industry

Discussion in 'News & Rumours' started by Lofty, Jul 9, 2018.

  1. Lofty

    Lofty Social Media Team Staff Member Social Media Team

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    I thought I'd create a topic for small theme park industry related news in here, so just store away all the little bits we come across.

    It seems that Intamin have partially rebrand, featuring a new logo:
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    I love it.

    Also, Blooloop have released their Theme Park Influencer List for 2018 and there's some BIG names on there, including fabulous Amanda.

    Take a look at the entire list here: https://blooloop.com/blooloop-50-theme-park-influencer-list/
    Theme Park Influencer List 2018 revealed
     
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  2. davidm

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    Seems to be channelling Vertigo for some reason? ;)
     
  3. Hixee

    Hixee Flojector Staff Member Moderator CF Award Winner 2016

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    TripAdvisor rankings in the paper today:

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    Good news for Paultons, impressed to see Crealy and Milky Way so high too. Although there does seem to be a southern bias a bit here - several small parks down south, but no sight of 'Mingo or Lightwater...
     
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    I mean the whole thing is pretty biased, surely? The only people who would ever vote on a Tripadvisor poll are mostly people over 30/40 I'd say, so I imagine they're missing a major demographic (hence why Thorpe Park isn't on there)...

    Not that I'm saying Thorpe Park is necassarily the best in the country, but it's better than Brighton Pier.
     
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    Certainly encouraging for my visit in August to see BPB in 2nd place! Although I must admit I am slightly surprised to see Thorpe, Chessington and Legoland absent from the top 10. Especially Thorpe, as people in my year group at school seem to rave about it like it's the best theme park in the UK.

    Oh, and congrats to Paultons on first place!
     
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    ^Blackpool is my favourite UK park, followed by Thorpe, then Alton. Alton was my favourite until I had my last visit.
     
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    Paultons always does particularly well due to the family bias with ratings; which also speaks volumes for just how bad Chessington is these days, as their audience is essentially the same as Paultons or Drayton, but they do not feature on the list.

    Granted, Thorpe is a better park/day out than Brighton Pier, but the expectation is so much higher for somewhere like Thorpe that they're more likely to get bad reviews due to ride operations, availability, wait times, tacky Love Island theming etc. which is going to drag them down.

    By contrast, I've just looked up Europa Park - they have a rating of 83% Excellent, compared to 69% Excellent for Paultons.
    Someone recently pointed out to me that Gloucester Services on the M5 has a higher tripadvisor rating than Chessington
     
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    Yeah but we have to remember that Gloucester services is a very well-themed services:
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    Just look at that landscaping and Wicker Man-inspired fencing.
     
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    Certainly encouraging to see IOA at number 1 on that list! Right up there with Alton Towers as one of my favourite theme parks!
     
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    I'm guessing most of those kids at school probably wouldn't choose a site like TripAdvisor to leave feedback online. There's something about the chance to give detailed, histronic write-ups of your leisure-time experiences that appeals to the parasitic curmudgeon that starts to grow inside you once you hit the age of 30.

    Also, weirdly enough, I genuinely found Thorpe to have a less inviting atmosphere than La Ronde...and enthusiasts seem to hate that place.
     
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    I'd hardly say we love Thorpe, mind...
     
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    Insulting that Phanta isn't even on their Top 25. So inaccurate </3
     
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    Thorpe Park is vile. As is Chessington and Alton. I’m glad that these ratings are finally starting to kick in, the GP won’t put up with Merlin’s stingey money grabbing tactics forever, I just hope that they start to listen.

    As for Brighton Pier being higher on the list than Thorpe.. you’re not paying £60 to get into the pier.
     
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    I don't really think Alton can be considered vile. Like it's clean, has a good atmosphere, (mostly) decent theming all over the place, clientele are generally pleasant and the staff are friendly. The only things wrong with it are the lack of non-coaster rides and sometimes their operations, if you consider them to be poor. Compared to Blackpool and certainly Drayton, Alton is very nice. Not been Thorpe so can't comment but the general consensus seems to be that Alton is far nicer than any of the other Merlin parks in the UK.
     
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    Palace pier not Brighton pier. Thing is you can choose how much to pay on the pier instead of being fleeced with an entirely over priced entrance fee Merlin charge.
    Paultons have it right at the mo, decent entry fee with stuff on site to fill your day without payed queue jumping holding up queues.
     
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    They're... The same thing? It's Brighton Palace Pier, but everybody knows it as Brighton Pier. Besides, whatever you call it, it's tacky and on my last visit was just full of queue-jumping exchange students.
     
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    Ah that depends if your from Brighton tho.
    It was just a little quip, don’t read too much into it.
    If you want to call palace pier by it’s real name it would be:

    Brighton Marine Palace Pier.
     
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    I think the current condition of Brighton's other pier makes it unlikely that they will be confused:
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    It barely manages to scrape in the top 25 in Europe. Behind Milky Way, mind...
     

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