UK holiday "theme park" fail

Tuesday, December 2, 2008 9:42 AM
Jeff's avatar

I wouldn't go as far as to call this news, but it keeps coming up so I figured I'd pass it along. The BBC has a story about a really sad Christmas "theme park" that people feel scammed by after going.

See, if some schmuck can market this to people, how hard could it have been to sell Hard Rock Park? :) 25 pounds is about 37 USD right now.


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Tuesday, December 2, 2008 11:26 AM
Carrie M.'s avatar

I think it is a testament to how people will flock to anything Christmas related. To answer your question, they should have named it Christmas Card Rock Park and people would have pushed and shoved their way in.

"Some also said that the animals looked unhappy...."

This actually made me chuckle out loud. What do unhappy animals look like exactly? I picture a group of them sitting in a circle with their arms folded over their chest and their bottom lips sticking out.


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Tuesday, December 2, 2008 11:46 AM
Fun's avatar

Here's another article:

http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/3941378.SANTA_FLAWS/

...Tensions reached a peak when furious parents allegedly confronted ‘elves’ in a ‘gingerbread house’ and Father Christmas was punched in his grotto...

That is just freakin hilarious!

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008 11:55 AM
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"What is not here that we haven't advertised?" he added. Gotta love that phraseology, maybe it makes more sense in British? P.T. Barnum would have loved the place, LOL! "The problem, kind sir, is what is NOT present that you HAVE advertised"... ;)


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Tuesday, December 2, 2008 12:41 PM

More than 250 people have joined three Facebook groups about the park, with many demanding refunds.

They're pulling out the big guns! You can't tell me they didn't know what the place looked like when they drove up. Stupid people...


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Tuesday, December 2, 2008 3:06 PM
Jeff's avatar

Facebook groups are the new online petitions.


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Tuesday, December 2, 2008 3:30 PM
Vater's avatar

Do they have one for bran muffins?

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008 3:32 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

You know I'd join. :)


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Tuesday, December 2, 2008 5:54 PM

Fun said:
Here's another article:

http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/3941378.SANTA_FLAWS/

...Tensions reached a peak when furious parents allegedly confronted ‘elves’ in a ‘gingerbread house’ and Father Christmas was punched in his grotto...

That is just freakin hilarious!

Wouldn't be so hilarious if you got punched in your grotto now, would it? :)

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008 11:41 PM
Fun's avatar

I'd like to think I'd still be able to laugh at myself if someone punched me in my grotto.

Last edited by Fun, Tuesday, December 2, 2008 11:41 PM
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Wednesday, December 3, 2008 8:05 AM

Now exactly which part is my grotto again?


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Wednesday, December 3, 2008 9:32 AM
The Mole's avatar

Silly brits... plus when they say the police are going to investigate all I can see is the squad from Hot Fuzz going around this park... kinda amusing thought right there...

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008 12:24 PM
Jeff's avatar

There's nothing silly about it. Advertising is a lot more regulated in the UK, and much of what we see here in the states doesn't fly there (just ask Apple).


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Wednesday, December 3, 2008 12:57 PM
The Mole's avatar

Jeff said:
There's nothing silly about it. Advertising is a lot more regulated in the UK, and much of what we see here in the states doesn't fly there (just ask Apple).

I was trying to joke a little with what was given and the police intervention, there's something about Britian that's comedically romantic to me.

Yes the advertising is very wrong and the full heavy law will be brought down upon them, but also it's a very very bad animal rights nightmare and that's more disgusting to me.

Last edited by The Mole, Wednesday, December 3, 2008 1:00 PM
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Thursday, December 4, 2008 4:01 PM
Jeff's avatar

Here's a pretty funny release from the owner about why they're closed.

Because, you know, people really hang out and conspire to talk about things they don't care about.


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Saturday, December 6, 2008 7:57 AM

Victor Mears- what a looker. His next job? Edna Turnblatt in the UK touring company of Hairspray...

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