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  1. Hopkins sold all of their IP to WhiteWater West in 2012 - who now sells the rides under their own brand. Hopkins Rides is still a separate company though that designs the rides. They recently built a new Superflume with similar elements (but a different layout) to WWF at Everland in Seoul (in 2016 I think). It's called Thunder Falls.
  2. Every Vekoma SLC in the world is a rough ride. The old stock trains built by Vekoma actually had padding around the head specifically because of the rough ride - and most SLCs around the wold still operate with this train design (see pic). Honestly, if a rough ride hasn't been enough of an issue to close the ride over the last 22 years, it's unlikely that it will be the thing that makes VRTP tear it down. They might replace it at the 30 year mark in 2025 (which would be within 10 years from now), but it is unlikely to be replaced before then unless there is some significant problem with the track (or maybe the train) that puts it out of action for an extended period. Also, HWSW is the same age as AA (1995). It's also a second-hand roller coaster that DW purchased from Luna Park Sydney in 2001. Arrow Dynamics went bankrupt in 2002, but Vekoma is still around building painful coasters all over the world. (They even built the current awful trains for HWSW). I would expect both rides to be around for a while longer yet, but there is a good chance that one or both will go before they turn 30.
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    Falling Standards at Our Parks

    I didn't mention any website, it was a private conversation between me and one staff member I know that works for VRTP. It was not asked to the company through any of their channels. That image is the entire interaction about the topic. I casually asked the question and they volunteered that response. The good employees that I personally know have the exact same complaints as people in this thread, so there is exactly zero chance of reputation damage from asking them why they think it is occurring. But I do home VTRP management drop into the forums and see some of these comments, because there is some good feedback they could use to make improvements - including what their own staff think about their workplace culture. I think most people could overlook lots of the little maintenance details people are complaining about if the general level of customer service was high enough though. It might sound a bit stupid, but small maintenance issues like the jackhammer or broken tiles would just come across as guests abusing the park (rather than management that don't care enough to maintain them) if the staff created the impression that their primary focus was the enjoyment of guests. I've been to a few parks where the rides were a bit worn/dated or just not that thrilling, and it was the attitude of the staff that made it a magical and fun experience for me (even as an adult).
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    Falling Standards at Our Parks

    Casually asked an employee from a Village park about the customer service at MW (specifically the complaints from this thread). Got this reply. Seems like a top-down issue.
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    Parkway to sell mexican food?

    ... and we will never taco 'bout it again.
  6. My comment was about the government imposing largely unnecessary regulation. Literally tens of millions of riders have cycled through the RHLR in it's 34 years of operation. There has only been one incident of a person 'falling out' and that was entirely because he stood up as the boat entered a lift hill. The government (and Ardent's insurers) made absolutely NO recommendations for ride modification after that incident happened, and it remained open until the TRR incident. It was only after TRR occurred - almost 12 months later - that suddenly, despite being a completely different ride with completely different physics and mechanics, RHLR 'required' modifications to prevent people from standing. Based on the successful operation of RHLR, assuming 20 Million riders across 34 years with only one incident that was specifically caused by their own stupidity, the actual chance of a similar incident happening is 0.000005%. As far as we know, the TRR incident was caused by a failure in the ride. The RHLR incident was caused by rider stupidity. The govt. assessors correctly assessed the risk of another incident on RHLR occurring as minuscule and allowed it to continue operating unmodified. The deaths on TRR did not increase the chances of an incident RHLR anymore than they increased the chances of injury or death from someone standing up in a bumper car or jumping into the cassowary enclosure. There was no increase in risk to riders of RHLR that would necessitate government mandated mechanical changes to the ride.
  7. It doesn't look like it was added for structural reasons. It looks more like it was added to fill the big gap at the back of the boat to prevent small people (kids/teenagers) from sitting up on the rear backrest and leaning out the back of the boat while holding onto the frame. Interestingly, after those original photos were posted here, a few people commented that stupid teenagers would do exactly that... and then the design was changed to add this additional bar. So, maybe @Richard has a point about the track record thing. This whole design just wreaks of trying to appease government regulators.
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    Theme Park Maintenance Schedules 2017

    This old promo photo from the launch of the ride would suggest that you're correct.
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    Scooby Doo Spooky Coaster refurb in Nov/Dec 2017

    The movie the ride is themed to wasn't filmed at the studios. It was filmed in Vancouver. The original 2002 movie was filmed at the studios, but 'Monsters Unleashed' was filmed in Canada.
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    VTP Annual Pass Changes

    I'm just going to leave this here.
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    WhiteWater World/Dreamworld Merger

    Wet Dreamworld is catchier.
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    Movie World's website

    They have a new website. But you have to go to the photo booth and purchase a $19 single-use pass to access it.
  13. I think we can all agree that Movie World don't need a new ride, they just need to get rid of the sour garbage smell near the drink re-fill station at the front of the park.
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    Scooby Doo Spooky Coaster refurb in Nov/Dec 2017

    There is a brand new Scooby-Doo CGI animated film in production right now. It originally had a 2018 release date, but WB pushed it back to May 15, 2020. It will be the first movie in the 'Hanna Barbera Cinematic Universe' which will include The Jetsons. As a film franchise, Scooby Doo is about to be refreshed and renewed by WB.
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    Cementing Movie World

    The park is literally called 'Warner Bros. Movie World' though. Also, their slogan is still 'Hollywood on the Gold Coast'. They don't need to constantly be building/retheming rides based on recent big film releases, but it's not really a 'Warner Bros. Movie' themed 'World' if it doesn't have any attractions actually themed to WB movies. The attractions need to at least tie in with the overall theme of the park.