“Something like Hagrid” is never going to be possible on a Merlin budget. Hagrid looks good and the experience is fun, but strip away all the cosmetics and you’re left with a mediocre coaster.
I have no faith in Merlin being able to maintain a complex Hagrid style Blitz coaster. Hagrid had elements not working (dog fart) when I rode it, so just imagine how a Merlin version would look after a year or two...especially if people are saying they might spite Rita due to maintenance costs! Why replace one money pit cred with another? Has anybody ever had a perfect, flawless run on DBGT? I’d love to eat my words!
An Intamin Blitz, or something like Asterix’s new cred, is a good shout but it must be on the Taron side of thrill. Not family or complex dark rides and stuff. ”Simple”, good fun and well designed. It doesn’t need a gimmick, a pretty dress or a good story...a simple thrill coaster will do. They tested and successfully managed that with Wicker Man (albeit with a basic story and a nice dress) so hopefully SW9 will be a step up.