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So, basically, there is nothing going on in the Heatherdowns that tells me I'm in Scotland. The entirety of the hamlet is a horse pen, some stables, a small courtyard, and a walking path that runs into the Loch Ness Monster. This could be much better...but what to do?

Let's see, Scotland is about 5 things:

1 - Sheep.
2 - Hills.
3 - Rocks.
4 - Mossy things.
5 - Old Castles.

My proposal then would be to put an old run-down, moss covered castle facade on the Scotland side of the existing stable buildings (but not the side that faces England or the horse pen) such that, once you passed underneath the arches and turned around, it would be like you'd been transported instantly to just on the outside walls of an Old Scottish castle. As we go down the hill, we should make sure all structures look like lake-side old houses or barn buildings (Scottish blue with off-white trim).

Essentially, treat the hamlet like a small village on the outside of an old castle up the hill from Loch Ness.

Other changes to the area would need to include changing the generic landscaping to Scotland specific, overgrowing hangy types of things, putting in a bunch of boulders and rocks along the sides, throwing some moss wherever there's room, replacing the non-descript aggregate concrete with some stylized and stamped concrete (like is on the ground in Ireland) and making it permanently raining in the village (optional, I GUESS).

There's not much else you can do as the hamlet has no additional room for stage shows, rides or restaurants. The little snack deal they have is really quite enough, and the animal attractions serve a purpose in the park and shouldn't be done away with for more rides.

Anyway, I'm kind of at a dead-end after than. Any ideas?
 
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How exactly would that work (that would be incredibly cool)?

No worries, a bit of attention-to-detail and thoughful attentiveness to making an area feel so old and mystical is exactly what is needed...just ask our good friend Walt Disney.
 
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For the record, I think everyone would hate it if it were always somehow raining there, haha.

Although, maybe there's something the can do make it always look wet like it just stopped raining. Now that might be cool.
 
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They need to bring back street performers. They could have bagpipe players (yes, I know, that would get VERY annoying) and they could have local "villagers" walking around partaking in lighthearted conversation.:dodgy: They could also add the castle facades and stuff and they could add castle grounds with small buildings like what they had as the village for BBW. Then the villagers could be doing daily activities like two scotish women talking or something like that. My main goal for the park- BRING BACK STREET PERFORMERS!!!!
 
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Doc Dollars said:
For the record, I think everyone would hate it if it were always somehow raining there, haha.

Although, maybe there's something the can do make it always look wet like it just stopped raining. Now that might be cool.

Soundtracks inside shops and whatnot that sound like rain hitting the roof. Could be done outside too I presume. Would surely add an additional (yet potentially very cheesy if done wrong) dimension to the hamlet's atmosphere.
 
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Maybe give it a slightly modern touch:
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Street performers. There can be only ONE!!
 
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Only one- Loch Ness Monster. I can see it now--- "Hey kids look, it's The loch ness monster!" (cut to scary Monster costume, kids start screaming and running around the park while refusing to calm down.) It would be FANTASTIC!
 
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I would like to see traditional Scottish sword dancing and what about the Caber toss? Like a Scottish Highland games. I couldn't be in Scotland due to spacing; but what about Festhaus park. I would also say that a jousting tournament would be amazing!!! (Those at the park reading the forms...listening.. hint hint)
 
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Doc Dollars said:
Let's see, Scotland is about 5 things:

1 - Sheep.
2 - Hills.
3 - Rocks.
4 - Mossy things.
5 - Old Castles.

1 - Got that.
2 - Got that.
3 - Got that, here and there.
4 - Hmm.
5 - If I am not mistaken isn't LNM's station a castle already???

Nora said:
Like a Scottish Highland games.

I think that Scottish Games makes so much more sense than Festa Games or Oktoberfest Games. For one, the Scottish are known for some amazing sports/games and there is so legit background to it other than basketball.

Perhaps they could find a way to squeeze some games in Scotland that actually help the theme of the hamlet?
 
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Party Rocker said:
Doc Dollars said:
Let's see, Scotland is about 5 things:

1 - Sheep.
2 - Hills.
3 - Rocks.
4 - Mossy things.
5 - Old Castles.

1 - Got that.
2 - Got that.
3 - Got that, here and there.
4 - Hmm.
5 - If I am not mistaken isn't LNM's station a castle already???

Thank you meant to say that earlier, and I thought the arch that you go under is a castle where the restrooms and Pigs in A Kilt is. I may be wrong but If I'm correct that makes 2 castles.
 
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JuniorBGWfan28 said:
[...] I thought the arch that you go under is a castle where the restrooms and Pigs in A Kilt is. I may be wrong but If I'm correct that makes 2 castles.

That is a stable type structure, not a castle. They could renovate it to make it look like a castle, but otherwise, it's just a stable building.
 
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At this point, I don't see Heatherdowns getting any renovations. However, in the distant future, when LNM's time is up, I can definitely see some upgrading going on back there to handle new crowds for "Nessie's Revenge" or whatever the park decides to call LNM's replacement.

They'd have to free up a lot of room if they wanna add stage shows, new rides, and such to that area. Otherwise, an Ireland-style makeover with new building facades and new signage would work best IMO.
 
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