UK theme parks from another point of view!

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by abigsmurf
Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Walt Disney World - Disney's Hollywood Studios
Replies: 84
Views: 13166

Re: Walt Disney World - Disney's Hollywood Studios

Still admire what they've done with the slinky coaster. People who's limit are Runaway mine train level coasters get to experience a full on launch coaster (even if it's a mild launch) They could probably get the rides from DLP added quite quickly as they're simple and have a small footprint. Their ...
by abigsmurf
Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Walt Disney World - Disney's Hollywood Studios
Replies: 84
Views: 13166

Re: Walt Disney World - Disney's Hollywood Studios

Going to be going to California next year so I should be able to see that version of Star Wars. 

Wonder when we're going to hear more about what's involved in the battlefield show/ride
by abigsmurf
Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Walt Disney World - Disney's Animal Kingdom
Replies: 153
Views: 18368

Re: Walt Disney World - Disney's Animal Kingdom

210 minutes when the parks are quietening down between Halloween and Thankgiving is scary. Does it at least eat up some of the queue times from the Safari and Expedition Everest? I dread to think what the queues will be like in Hollywood Studios when Star Wars Land opens. From what I've been reading...
by abigsmurf
Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: London Entertainment Resort
Topic: London Entertainment Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 410
Views: 81767

Re: London Entertainment Resort - General Discussion

Someone with their own money in the project has more of a motivation to get things moviing (rather than sitting in an office doing the bare minimum to not have the project abandoned whilst collecting a salary)
by abigsmurf
Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Walt Disney World - Magic Kingdom
Replies: 140
Views: 12428

Re: Walt Disney World - Magic Kingdom

Spoilers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prkbnHcDSts

I genuinely didn't know that existed. That's pretty neat.

Monkey Island was originally going to be a Pirates of the Caribbean game but they couldn't get the rights. Ironically, LucasArts are owned by Disney now.
by abigsmurf
Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: Alton Towers Resort Future - General Discussion & Wishes
Replies: 882
Views: 142584

Re: Alton Towers Resort Future - General Discussion & Wishes

Alton has its faults, but I am a firm believer it is actually what you make of each visit. People are quick to complain, but when you take a step back, it is a beautiful park with some great attractions. I think some areas need work to bring them up to standard, but hopefully TLC will continue to s...
by abigsmurf
Sun Nov 04, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Walt Disney World - Epcot
Replies: 117
Views: 12647

Re: Walt Disney World - Epcot

The drop in Gringotts barely gives any sensation when in theory a tilt track should feel worse than a normal drop (as you don't get that lag in acceleration caused by front cars pulling rear cars over the apex). You do get a lot of force from the launch though so I suspect you'll only get a high spe...
by abigsmurf
Sun Nov 04, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Walt Disney World - Epcot
Replies: 117
Views: 12647

Re: Walt Disney World - Epcot

There's some pictures of the track floating around. Pretty much confirms its using that spinning coaster prototype that was in testing a while back. Looking at how chunky the tracks are, seems like the coaster cars are going to be very heavy which is probably one of the reasons for using a long laun...
by abigsmurf
Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Industry Talk
Replies: 7
Views: 672

Re: Industry Talk

More patents, this time from universal http://universal.wdwinfo.com/multiple-new-ride-systems-could-make-their-way-into-universal-parks/ The LED system for harnesses seems like a good idea in theory but in practice I don't think it would save any time. I think you're still going to need a manual che...
by abigsmurf
Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: London Entertainment Resort
Topic: London Entertainment Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 410
Views: 81767

Re: London Entertainment Resort - General Discussion

https://blooloop.com/news/keltbray-to-invest-25m-in-london-resort-formerly-backed-by-paramount/ Some actual activity.   £25 million investment (which presumably will come with conditions about being involved in the construction) from a big established construction company that has been involved in o...
by abigsmurf
Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Industry Talk
Replies: 7
Views: 672

Re: Industry Talk

Almost certainly for Guardians of the Galaxy based on what's rumoured about the ride. Will allow the coaster to go a lot faster than Gringotts can whilst in a controlled spin. Not a massive fan of broad patents like these, would have thought charging a powered coaster ride via induction chargers was...
by abigsmurf
Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Merlin General Discussion
Replies: 1372
Views: 56404

Re: Merlin General Discussion

Growth or large dividends are the big drivers for share price.  Where's the growth going to come from for Merlin? The Midway attractions aren't proving massive money spinners, you can only build so many Legolands. I'm not sure any UK parks can truly achieve a resort like Universal or Disneyworld tha...
by abigsmurf
Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019
Replies: 152
Views: 15934

Re: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019

The entire park slowly seems to be getting a horror theme outside of ceebeebies.
by abigsmurf
Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019
Replies: 152
Views: 15934

Re: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019

I'm not sure I can think of a park that's closed an attraction and replaced it with an upcharge attraction of the kind that wouldn't be out of place among a park's rides and shows.  Disney are the kings of nickle and diming and Alton Towers have been following their example a lot recently but I'm no...
by abigsmurf
Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Walt Disney World - Epcot
Replies: 117
Views: 12647

Re: Walt Disney World - Epcot

https://wdwnt.com/2018/10/sse2yearclosure/ Spaceship Earth is going to get a colossal makeover. Ride system replaced, reworking of the main ride systems (seems likely they'll replace lots of the animatronics with more modern projection mapped ones and a much better finale. 2 years of closure is a pr...
by abigsmurf
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Universal Orlando Resort
Replies: 1021
Views: 74703

Re: Universal Orlando Resort

An English dark forest consisting of nothing but pine trees is a bit weird... Giving themselves a lot of slack not announcing which season it is. Makes me think that they're aiming for it to be open by summer but not willing to commit. I'd imagine we'll get the name and official details a few weeks ...
by abigsmurf
Sat Sep 29, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Chessington World of Adventures Resort
Topic: Chessington - General Discussion
Replies: 1677
Views: 112345

Re: Chessington - General Discussion

The Witch in Room on the Broom is simply known as "The Witch" isn't she? Guessing names will keep getting ticked off until just "A Witch" is left.
by abigsmurf
Sat Sep 29, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: What do you think should replace CCL?
Replies: 129
Views: 21114

Re: What do you think should replace CCL?

Now for the wait to see if it's a new ride or Dungeons. Could they fit out a new ride in six months? The 35 year old ride system can't be in good shape and would need replacing too.  They could easily put a floor over the channel and fit out sets for a dungeons tour in that time. Guess the hype/mark...
by abigsmurf
Sat Sep 29, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: SeaWorld Orlando
Replies: 680
Views: 57165

Re: SeaWorld Orlando

Looks like it outdoes Bluto's Bilge rat barges which is the best rapids ride I've ridden on.   It's good it doesn't fall into the trap of the rapids at Animal Kingdom where there aren't many elements that get you wet except for the drop. You kinda feel ripped off on rapids if you're the only one who...
by abigsmurf
Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 3066
Views: 146115

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

nicky.borrill wrote:
Have you seen this???

Now I’m all for nostalgia and history... But when it comes to RMC, think that goes out the window  :lol

The entire track and station are Grade II listed. It would be almost impossible to get permission to do anything other than maintenance or safety improvements.
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