Good to see Lez making an appearance. Also was Dr. X being chased by a robot in the old one? It's a nice hint to the rides past
He always has been chased by the robot.
Can't say I'm not a little disappointed that the map wasn't given a huge rebrand, as the park has usually given rebrands to the map every 2 years, and was due one this season. Ah well, the 'Swarmification' of it, and the little characters around the Swarm island are pretty good.
My views / other spots:
-No Time Voyagers. I see where Thorpe are going with this, but hopefully the theatre doesn't just sit there waiting for the odd use during Fright Night; make more use of it at other special events!
-Saw Alive open on 'selected dates', which probably means we're looking at it not being open during term-time weekdays. Another budget cut it would seem..
-The 'rethemes' / change of name of the noodle bar and the fish and chips restaurants are nice, helps it fit in.
-Introduction of smoking areas is a good thing - YAY! I just hope they're adhered to (as a side note, is there any 'punishment' for not smoking in these areas at the other Merlin parks? I know there probably isn't, but just curious really...)
-The game zone on the Swarm island, replacing the food stall is disappointing in a way. I know some people will be of the view 'oh, it's just a game stall, get over it!!', but I'd much prefer a food outlet - which I was hoping would have 'themed' food - as opposed to a game stall. I'd be interested to know why Thorpe thought the game stall would have been better, especially as they've added a 'Roast and Relish' food stall near the island entrance. Ah well, no biggy, but in a way, I'd have preferred the food stall on the island, and the game stall near the entrance..
-Seems that nothing is happening with the CCR entrance. Probably just looking at the gates to it being closed and the track taken down, then a little bit of shelter if it rains? Shame..
EDIT: Nice to see the donuts place by Zodiac / Vortex is being changed into a Ben and Jerry's 'scoop shack'.