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YAY Merlin!

Discussion in 'General Discussions & Opinions' started by Ian, Mar 17, 2015.

  1. Will

    Will Well-Known Member

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    The best part is that judging from the phrase 'bask in the holiday heat', they're clearly planning to move Thorpe Park overseas :) ;)
     
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    Yay Merlin...
    https://www.ft.com/content/689f058a-1d3e-11e8-956a-43db76e69936

    https://www.ft.com/content/fbddf3d6-1d27-11e8-aaca-4574d7dabfb6

    (that second article is more interesting that the first, which is really just share-price related)
     
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    It's all very well building more hotels, but if all the attractions are closed, knackered or on half-day opening who's going to stay in them?
     
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    Hard one: I have a lot of gripes about Merlin when you compare them to other European parks! AND the you have memories of The parks in the Tussards day.... oh I could list.... but that's not the point of this topic! Also its personal taste!

    2BH Merlin excel best at there smaller attraction types - the Dungeons, Madam Tussores, legolands etc. Although I loved the original Dungeons - I'm proud of what Merlin have done to the brand - and expanding it internationally! And appreciate how they overlap their franchises in clever ways! (sealifes in their Theme parks etc).

    I thought Heide was a decent park, - you can never tell if that's because of what was already set up before Merlin etc. But the Halloween decor and atmosphere was fab!

    Also Th13teen is one of my favourite UK coasters - and Wicker man looks RIGHT up my street and am genuinely excited about riding it! ......Oh and HEX - all is forgiven!
     
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    Yay Merlin ; well Alton anyway. Upcoming TV (UK Ch4) thingy about the place, and the launch of wickerman...
    http://www.channel4.com/info/press/news/new-documentary-slate-announced-for-channel-4
     
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    Yay, that's fab. Channel 4 documentaries are usually great.
     
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    Very much looking forward to that. It’s been aaaages since they did the magic maker ones or whatever they were called!
     
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    Matt N Well-Known Member

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    I'm really looking forward to this! The Magic Factory is fantastic, and I always wanted someone to make a modern version of it!
     
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    This looks amazing and the whole Tiger Rock area looks great. Yay Merlin for this one.

    [​IMG]
     
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    I mean it's not terrible, but honestly, I'd be lying if I said I think it looks good?

    It seems rather plonked if you ask me, but I guess anything looks better than how it looked a year ago.
     
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    It's better than it being bare but compared to the old Buddha faces and rock work it doesn't look great. Hopefully they'll tart the lift structure and turnaround up a bit and make the tiger fences less vulgar before opening.
     
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    ATTACKHAMMER Social Media Team Staff Member Social Media Team

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    Myself, Ian and Jordan went to the press day today.

    The ride area is quite nice and vibrant:



    When you go down the main drop the tiger skull looks quite naff.

    Worst thing about the re-theme is this though:


    The new tiger enclosure is quite fab and if you're lucky you can spy a tiger!
     
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    Hixee Flojector Staff Member Moderator CF Award Winner 2016

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    Hahaha, that dragon's head cover up is fab!
     
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    Will Well-Known Member

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    It's hilarious, but at the same time, it's as tragic as everything Chessington have done in the last 8 years.
    Something else that's hilarious is that I actually had some sort of hope for this attraction
     
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    It's like they saw Taron's "implied" dragon and thought "Piece of piss"
     
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    I don't understand why they didn't clean the tile roofs on the buildings, they look so gross. Takes away from any lick of paint they've given the rest of the buildings. Everything about this looks cheap and tacky and I don't get why it is getting so much praise on social media. In fact, why is this even in the "Yay Merlin!" topic?
     
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    Implied dragon... forgive me, but what's that?
     
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    Hixee Flojector Staff Member Moderator CF Award Winner 2016

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    This - on the left hand side -
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    The rockwork is formed up to be like a dragons head. Bit closer shot here:
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    I thought I had a better photo somewhere, but doesn't seem to be in my Imgur album. It's fairly subtle, but excellent.
     
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    I can sort of see? maybe? at a push...
     
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    Hixee Flojector Staff Member Moderator CF Award Winner 2016

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    Any clearer here?

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