Park News - (4/22/13) Congratulations to Drayton Manor, it seems the park did indeed take the Guiness World Resort for having the most people (over 700) together wearing Onesies.
(4/17/13) Drayton Manor is going to attempt another Guinness World Record attempt this Saturday (April 20th). According to the e-mail I received from the park, they are trying to set a record for “the most people in once place wearing current fashion favourite, the onesie.”
The what? Here we go again… first it was the creepy Morphsuit… and now I’m told that people in the UK are going crazy for a Onesie? This isn’t the same kind of Onesie the rest of my fellow Americans are probably thinking of… you know… the one piece pajamas for kids with the enclosed feet pods on the bottom. It seems the UK Onesie lacks the cool built in “feet” section and looks more like a one-piece jogging outfit with a hoodie and huge zippered pockets. (Yikes…)
Anyway… the park needs at least 623 people to show up to break the record on April 20th. If you show up in a Red, Yellow or Blue onesie, your ticket into the park will only cost £5. If you’ve got another color, you can get in for just £10. Sounds like a great deal to get into the park for the day… embarrassing fashion aside.
(12/5/12) Drayton Manor is offering an early Christmas gift to some guests in the form of reduced ticket prices for weekday visitors to the park. The price has now dropped to £15.00 for adults and £10.00 for children on weekdays or after Christmas.
(8/8/12) Tragedy struck at Drayton Manor the other day as a 42 year old mother went for a ride on the park’s Maelstrom ride and suffered a fatal heart attack moments after getting off.
2013 - Winston’s Whistle Stop Tour - Rumor - (6/6/13) Drayton Manor has announced new details about the new ride coming to Thomas Land in July called, “Winston’s Whistle Stop Tour”. Guests will take a ride in themed “inspection vehicles” on a guided monorail tour above and around Thomas Land.
(4/23/13) Drayton Manor showed off some details about the new Winston Monorail ride coming to the park, expected to open by late June or early July. The ride system is coming from Zamperla and each of the 7 cars will also have a removable canopy that will be put into place in the colder months of the year and come into play especially when Thomas Land is open for the Christmas holiday season. Check out the video below for more details and artwork.
(4/5/13) ThemeParks-UK reports that Drayton Manor will add “Winston Ride” to Thomas Land this season, a new attraction themed to the track inspection vehicle from the TV series. They describe it as a “monorail type attraction”.
(3/15/13) Drayton Manor will show a new film in the park’s 4D Theater this year called “A Fish Story”. “The musical underwater adventure, sees Deepo, an orange Garibaldi fish, and Billy, a trainee at the aquarium who magically turns into a fish, travel on a journey to the depths of the ocean, encountering many different sea creatures along the way, such as lively dolphins, stinging jellyfish, kind-hearted sharks and singing sea turtles.”
If this sounds familiar at all, then you may have visited the Georgia Aquarium (in Atlanta) over in the USA, as this film was actually created for their 4D Theater and still runs there today as Deepo’s Undersea 3D Wondershow.
???? - Future Coaster Plans - Rumor - (11/13/12) While the launched coaster may be in the cards, I’ve heard from another source that despite what was told to the RCCGB, Drayton Manor has no serious plans to build a wooden coaster any time soon, unless something has really changed their minds lately. Maybe they’ve got their eye on what Rocky Mountain is doing with Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City. (That is not a rumor, just my own speculation…)
(11/12/12) According to a member of the RCCGB who toured Drayton Manor the other day, the park revealed to the group that their long term plans are to add a LIM launched coaster to the park next, followed by a wooden coaster as well. No timeline was given however.