Another point is the assumption that Merlin have done terribly through the pandemic… Merlin said in their financial report for 2021 (which only covers up to part of 2020) that there was massively increased demand in parks on reopening, and it stated this was particularly so in the UK… Now I think they’ve, from my experience, been even busier this year, and considerably too!!! Of course we’ll have to wait for the 2022 report…I think some of this argument is slightly flawed;
The pit nemesis is built into is totally bespoke. Nemesis is also a truly iconic coaster. It makes total sense to retrack nemesis - and is probably significantly cheaper than going through the process of re-surveying the site and coming up with new attractions to squeeze into what is quite frankly impossible terrain. So yeah, I believe retracking is a very realistic possibility, just maybe not as soon as is implied. If garda's cruddy corkscrew can get a retrack, something like Nemesis definitely could.
Mako & Shambhala cost in the region of 15-20 million euros &/or dollars. The higher end of this is roughly the same price as the swarm.
Because of merlin's resort portfolio and the near-confirmation of the B&M shuttle coaster coming to Chessington, I really wouldn't think some sort of deal out of the picture.
I do agree regarding the cross-valley coaster, as well as the points about the pandemic. Merlin have become partial cheapskates since DBGT, but installations like Wickerman leave a glimmer of hope. I am also of the opinion that a hyper may not be the best fit for thorpe, but wouldn't be surprised if Merlin did some kind of bulk-buy deal with B&M on the back of the wing coaster. Although, the more I type, the more I realise that it feels like we're speculating over a bet-365 accumulator..
But perhaps Merlin see the UK parks as a safe bet once again, perhaps, just maybe, they want to sustain this kind of demand…