UK theme parks from another point of view!

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by abigsmurf
Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: SW9
Replies: 260
Views: 50258

Re: SW9

Thirteen is definitely not too intimidating to be a family coaster, the same could be argued with Wicker Man. Although I'd personally like a new thrill coaster, which I'm sure the majority of us do want I suppose a new family one isn't of the cards, I personally highly doubt it'll be family orienta...
by abigsmurf
Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: SW9
Replies: 260
Views: 50258

Re: SW9

How about a heavily themed family launch coaster along the lines of the slinky dog coaster or the San diego Manta?  Reasonably high capacity replacements for Rita, don't need to go above the tree line and are more obviously family than something like Thirteen which is still too intimidating to  tru...
by abigsmurf
Fri Dec 28, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: Alton Towers Resort Future - General Discussion & Wishes
Replies: 905
Views: 149884

Re: Alton Towers Resort Future - General Discussion & Wishes

Man, if having a ride replaced by a paid attraction isn't a good look, locking a much needed flatride inside it is even worse. Such a massive risk of a PR disaster when the park needs any goodwill it can get.
by abigsmurf
Wed Dec 26, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Walt Disney World - Disney's Hollywood Studios
Replies: 85
Views: 14448

Re: Walt Disney World - Disney's Hollywood Studios

For the first time Disney seem to have given some concrete details about the 'Rise of the Resistance' ride. https://wdwnt.com/2018/12/photos-first-look-at-guests-riding-the-millennium-falcon-rise-of-the-resistance-star-wars-galaxys-edge/ Looks like it's a new version of their trackless vehicle tech ...
by abigsmurf
Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Universal Orlando Resort
Replies: 1030
Views: 80458

Re: Universal Orlando Resort

To be honest I would totally go to a park that's nothing but Nintendo. I can see the Mario Kart ride being the best ride in the world if it even just gets close to delivering on its promise and the Zelda and Donkey Kong rides are all sure to be unique too.   Weirdly there's no Pokemon ride planned b...
by abigsmurf
Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Universal Orlando Resort
Replies: 1030
Views: 80458

Re: Universal Orlando Resort

The train from London to Hogsmeade was inspired and far better than I would have thought, having a third Potter land would undermine it a bit, especially as there's no way of them doing another sort of 'journey' like that.   A third potter land put putting too many eggs in one basket, spreading the ...
by abigsmurf
Fri Dec 14, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Universal Orlando Resort
Replies: 1030
Views: 80458

Re: Universal Orlando Resort

I will always be suspicious of blurry, angled 'leaks'. The BG is a previously released picture and that logo, although very professional is something one person could put together. I'm excited both at a Nintendo world and the prospect of a park filled with Diagon Alley quality theming. That said, so...
by abigsmurf
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Disneyland Resort Paris
Replies: 903
Views: 54471

Re: Disneyland Resort Paris

Weird how vague they are for everything except for the Rock and Rollercoaster. That does extremely similar to the Spiderman ride being built in California Adventure with the Spiderman Symbol being oddly disguised, not sure why they're seemingly avoiding announcing rides. Trying to trickle out a stre...
by abigsmurf
Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Central - 2019-2029
Replies: 3
Views: 396

Re: Blackpool Central - 2019-2029

I saw a glimpse of a powered inverted coaster in the video, that got me interested, hopefully it's not just there as "this is what an indoor rollercoaster looks like". A flying theatre is great too. A place that you can spend a whole day at without leaving would help bring people spending ...
by abigsmurf
Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Tokyo Disney Resort
Replies: 7
Views: 1038

Re: Tokyo Disney Resort

Jesus those animatronics are impressive, so glad they're not just relying on projection mapping faces.  Up to 50 people in a scene at a time, Disney are definitely trying to make sure their rides have plenty of capacity (which is great given the crowds). Interesting they've gone with the original an...
by abigsmurf
Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Winter Wonderland - Hyde Park London
Replies: 444
Views: 32476

Re: Winter Wonderland - Hyde Park London

Spent a couple of hours in it this evening, didn't really get to do too many rides because of who I was with. First time I've ever been but it's easily the best travelling fair I've ever seen and all the rides were in a condition that puts so dubious fairs to shame. Had a good time overall. A few ne...
by abigsmurf
Sat Nov 24, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: SW9
Replies: 260
Views: 50258

Re: SW9

I never understood why people thought that washing machine thing likely to happen. Slowly rotating upside down when stationary wouldn't be terribly thrilling or comfortable.
by abigsmurf
Sat Nov 24, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Parc Asterix
Replies: 333
Views: 45388

Re: Parc Asterix

Won’t the LSM’s be changing polarity to launch in both directions? So they would double up as an emergengy brake won’t they? Can’t wait for this, or the new walabi coaster, both are gonna be amazing by the looks of things. The polarity will determine which direction they accelerate I believe. When ...
by abigsmurf
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Parc Asterix
Replies: 333
Views: 45388

Re: Parc Asterix

A track switch on a high speed section without holding brakes either side is extremely impressive if they pull it off with good reliability.

Wonder what the emergency braking will be like for when theres a fault detected on the switch
by abigsmurf
Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Walt Disney World - Epcot
Replies: 118
Views: 14264

Re: Walt Disney World - Epcot

Official confirmation from Disney confirming the ride system and showing it in action https://twitter.com/CaitlinDineen/status/1062716572001755136 As I thought, the weight of the vehicles looks like it smooths out drops. will probably end up much milder than crush's coaster but the controlled spinni...
by abigsmurf
Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Industry Talk
Replies: 10
Views: 1241

Re: Industry Talk

New ride type from Dynamic:



A more advanced version of the Test Track ride system. I would love for this to come to the UK but can't see Merlin Splashing out on a large scale dark ride any time soon.
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: 85
Views: 14448

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: 85
Views: 14448

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: 20120

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: 85953

Re: London Entertainment Resort - General Discussion

Someone with their own money in the project has more of a motivation to get things moving (rather than sitting in an office doing the bare minimum to not have the project abandoned whilst collecting a salary).
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