This. A million times.And the reality is that you're wrong anyway - free fast pass persists at Disney for a reason. The goal there is to keep people out of queues and instead in shops and restaurants.
I'd have assumed that was a photo of an old, half abandoned seaside town if I didn't know it was one of the UK's top attended theme parks.
I wonder what the original design team make of all this? I know we lost a lot of this area in the Thorpe Fire, but that was 21 years ago...
I noticed on my trip two years ago that Thorpe has a lot of those claw machines. Like, a lot. Evidently they must make money, so Thorpe's spamming them like a kid who's gaming a parameter in a videogame. There are dozens of them around the park, four on every corner. Which is okay enough if they blend into the scenery, but when the scenery looks like the back of an abandoned mall, they don't really enhance the overall impression. The way the area used to look (center of the picture below), the claw machines looked like something you could hit up for fun while standing in the shade of a lovely veranda. Now the area could illustrate the dictionary entry for "cheap cash grab".
I know what you mean but I don’t buy this at all. Merlin not only have a colossal investment firm behind them but also make a decent yearly profit. Looking at what many other European parks do with lower attendance and revenue (Hansa, Toverland, Tripsdrill; hell even the parks owned by the other multi-national operators like the Walibis, Gröna Lund etc), Merlin could easily spend more on upkeep, maintenance and theming to give a good enough experience they can push into the top, and yes higher-priced, tier of theme parks.because Merlin would not be capable to compete in the higher-priced tier of theme park resorts anyway.
I heavily agree with this- i think Chessington has been a sleeper park in the past few years. It has been refurbing the crap out of stuff and taking a new direction. Croc Drop says it all- okay lets remove a unpopular and unreliable flat ride (i'm sorry, Ram fans) and replace it with a new good looking flat ride.By contrast (and yes, in the wrong topic) - after a seven year absence, I couldn't believe how clean and shiny Chessington (with the possible exception of Transylvania) was looking. I've been overlooking the place as they'd not really added anything 'for me' but while I admit it's hardly Europa or Phantasia, it's still clear where the cash has been splashed
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Car Park tickets, Accommodation (including THORPE SHARK Hotel stays), Fastrack, Bounceback or VIP Experience tickets, any THORPE PARK Resort or Merlin Annual Passes visits, Schools, pre-organised events, corporate discounted tickets, park buy-outs, Merlin's Magic Wand tickets, open dated tickets, two day open-dated tickets, 1 Day Tickets purchased on the day of your visit, tickets purchased using third party reward loyalty points and pre-booked coach trips.