One thing I'm wondering with this attraction: Do you see it have long-term staying power? Not just in terms of drawing guests, but, you know, just being in the park for the long run and providing something to do?
This is an interesting question actually.
Merlin have had a knack of adding in staff-intensive attractions the past few years. And Thorpe in particular has seen things like I'm a Celeb, DBGT and even something like Jungle Escape added, and one of the first thoughts that has jumped to my mind is "That's expensive to run, it won't last in its current state for very long". Black Mirror didn't give me that vibe.
They had actors around the queue line because it's a preview launch. I think the plan is to have them around at times throughout this year too, because it's the new thing. But after that, this is a very standard attraction which runs on a similar number of staff to any ride at Thorpe really. And the experience itself isn't going to be expensive to run or maintain. So if Thorpe ever experiences budget cuts or needs to save money from the operational budget, Black Mirror wouldn't save them that much money.
The story won't become dated, and I think it will have the same affect on a new 'rider' in, say, 5 years time that it does today.
So looking at it in that sense, it can stay on park for years to come and still be there I'd say.
But, how much mileage does it have. In 5 years time, will there be enough interest to actually justify keeping it open? Harder to say. Is it something that someone who visits once a year will do on every visit? Or is it just going to be a bonus 'if we have time'? And will your more irregular visitors understand what it is enough to be intrigued to pay a visit to it? I think the answers to those questions will determine how long Thorpe decide to stick with it.
Another issue is that it's effectively using the Slammer site too (it uses the queue at least). There will come a time, maybe not soon, but maybe within the next decade, that Thorpe could finally decide that the Slammer location is suitable for a new ride. Or if we live in crazy dream land, maybe Colossus will go, and Slammer will bite the dust too, for a new roller coaster. Or one day they may decide to scrap the pyramid building it lies in. In any case, if they develop that area for something new, it raises questions about what to do with Black Mirror.
So I guess the answer here is: yes, it's designed to have staying power. But at the same time, I wouldn't be surprised if it's gone within a decade, but not because there's anything 'wrong' with it itself.