Honestly, I think an RMC is exactly what Drayton Manor needs.If I'm allowed to dream, I'd love an RMC raptor!
Flamingo Land seems to be looking in a much better shape recentlyIt's one of a number of small UK parks that appear to be struggling and have not had proper investment for decades. I am concerned that if we have another downturn we could lose DMP, LWV, PWH, FI and/or Oakwood, just like we lost Pleasureland, Loudoun Castle, American Adventure, Dreamland (temporarily), Ocean Beach and Camelot back in the noughties. Enjoy these parks while you can folks!
But to answer your question, a GG woodie would be a great and realistic addition, as would a Premier Sky Rocket II. Even an S&S free spin would be a good positive move; the UK's first 4D coaster etc.
If I'm allowed to dream, I'd love an RMC raptor!
Flamingo Land seems to be looking in a much better shape recently
Ahh, makes more sense now ?FI = Fantasy Island, apologies for my lazy shorthand!
That was kind of my point Matt, that they’ve focused solely on the family rides, as in, it’s now their target market, which has brought them short term success, but as they lose more and more of the ‘bigger’ rides, with no investment, the park becomes less and less attractive to families with members of varying ages, so they will, ultimately either die completely, or basically become just a kiddie park, and completely scale back. Either way, we lose Drayton Manor as a mid tier theme parkEven though I'd also love a thrill ride as much as you all would, let me stick up for Drayton a little here.
The thing is, I don't think thrillseekers are really Drayton's core audience anymore. Ever since Thomas Land was a huge success in 2008, I think the park has had a path set out for it, and after the events of May 2017 that plunged them into quite a precarious financial state, I can't really blame them. They can't really afford to take risks anymore, so relying on Thomas Land rides is probably a better path for them while they're struggling somewhat.
While I'm here, I may as well share some info that I've found out about Drayton's financial side from reading various other forums that I think might explain why Drayton hasn't invested much into more thrilling rides as of late. Apparently, the combined investment into the hotel and Accelerator/Ben 10 in 2011 brought them close to bankruptcy, meaning that justifying ride investment outside of Thomas Land became far more difficult. The park also reportedly experienced a financial loss when they built Air Race in 2014. On the other hand, the park seems to experience record years every time they invest into Thomas Land, so from a profits perspective, it's easy to see why they've gone so far down the Thomas route as of late.
Also, reports from people with young children seem to imply that Drayton actually has a stronger lineup for families than Alton Towers, so they might as well play to their strengths!
They wouldn't pay £250,000 to get a new train chassis for G Force to keep it open, an RMC is completely out of the question.Honestly, I think an RMC is exactly what Drayton Manor needs.
It's one of a number of small UK parks that appear to be struggling and have not had proper investment for decades. I am concerned that if we have another downturn we could lose DMP, LWV, PWH, FI and/or Oakwood
RIP, that was a very odd but fun attraction, amazing how scary it can be going 10 mph!Skate Karts are gone now
You should - it's pretty fun for a kiddie cred. Probably second best coaster in the park, not that there's much competition!It’s actually a +1 for me as I’ve never done troublesome trucks, don’t know if we’ll do it today either.
Tbh one of the good parts of this park right now is that it has a good flat ride collection. Something that other park down the road, while being much better, lacks.Actually having a really nice day, park is super busy with families, everything is open. Not nearly as bad as I was expecting, and the zoo is much better than I remember too. I still think it lacks a little more for us older ones to do, but for £19.50 an adult summer holiday entrance, I certainly don’t feel short changed.
Yes, and whilst I’m not a big fan of flats, at all, I actually enjoyed them all. NEVER doing stand up floorless on Apocalypse again though, my coccyx still hurts nowTbh one of the good parts of this park right now is that it has a good flat ride collection. Something that other park down the road, while being much better, lacks.