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by MakoMania
Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: SeaWorld San Antonio
Replies: 64
Views: 6684

Re: SeaWorld San Antonio

Chris wrote:
Ahh he did Mako's beautiful mural.

Yes! It's goregeous isn't it? He has also done a mural on the side of Great White at SWSA, just need one at SWSD now :P
by MakoMania
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: SeaWorld San Antonio
Replies: 64
Views: 6684

Re: SeaWorld San Antonio

No confirmation yet but I'm hearing that Beluga Whale Crissy's calf (born in September) is male and has been named Innick!

Also, the park have confirmed that marine scientist and artist Dr Guy Harvey will be opening the park for the 2018 season with a 2 day event on February 24 & 25.
by MakoMania
Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man Construction Discussion
Replies: 1180
Views: 166909

Re: Wicker Man Construction Discussion

I just realised that Nickelodeon Streak actually has a longer track length than this ride :O

Nick Streak feels really short so I hope that whatever is in that maintenance shed prolongs what is going to be a very short ride experience.
by MakoMania
Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man Construction Discussion
Replies: 1180
Views: 166909

Re: Wicker Man Construction Discussion

The below photo has been posted on Instagram by @therollercoasterproject and shows us a view of the Wicker Man from ground level. It looks mighty impressive! https://i.imgur.com/ofE6klz.jpg Can we be sure that the ride has begun testing given that there is still scaffolding blocking the track? Don'...
by MakoMania
Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 2925
Views: 89810

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Ryan.B wrote:
From what I saw, steeplechase was on the chopping block but I don't think it will be now, Icon has been designed to fit around it. If they were to remove I'd think they'd have done it before Icon was built.


From what you saw where?
by MakoMania
Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Heide Park
Replies: 768
Views: 50673

Re: Heide Park

Colossos will reopen in 2019!
by MakoMania
Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 5620
Views: 620394

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

Well it's blatantly not a world's first but then neither was Galactica.

Concept art looks pretty cool though.
by MakoMania
Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 5620
Views: 620394

Re: SW8 Speculation and General Discussion

I don't know if this will happen as this is my first time closely watching the launch of an SW but will other parts of the park be quiet, for example would most rides be walk on except SW8 and surrounding rides in MB and KC?  Maybe during the morning rush, crowds always spread though. Spinball norm...
by MakoMania
Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 5620
Views: 620394

Re: SW8 Speculation and General Discussion

I still want to know what made Merlin have a sudden change of heart when it comes to wooden coasters. Perhaps it will become more obvious tomorrow. The market research was a big factor - this time the feedback said yes, and if you compare Nemesis' construction to SW8's construction and the scale of...
by MakoMania
Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 5620
Views: 620394

Re: SW8 Speculation and General Discussion

I still want to know what made Merlin have a sudden change of heart when it comes to wooden coasters. Perhaps it will become more obvious tomorrow.
by MakoMania
Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 2925
Views: 89810

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Zach wrote:
Que genuine parts of wild mouse wood being sold in BPB shop this season! 

Imagine the rush to the shop on opening day :P
by MakoMania
Sat Jan 06, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 2925
Views: 89810

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

In a shocking turn of events no one could have predicted  Its closure has been strongly speculated for months due to it being closed since mid August. It seems that they can no longer find an insurer that is willing to cover the ride :( I hadn’t seen anything of it, seems neither had others as they...
by MakoMania
Sat Jan 06, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 2925
Views: 89810

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Zach wrote:
In a shocking turn of events no one could have predicted 


Its closure has been strongly speculated for months due to it being closed since mid August.

It seems that they can no longer find an insurer that is willing to cover the ride :(
by MakoMania
Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 1930
Views: 210233

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Ideally though, I do think that the pass should have been sold at a higher price (somewhere between £80-90) but with no exclusion dates. You are spot on, I don't think anyone would have a problem with this pass if they were also offering the normal pass with no exclusion dates and the regular benef...
by MakoMania
Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 1930
Views: 210233

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

I've had it with Merlin now. Glad I got a 2018 BPB pass when they were cheap, this is awful! The contempt they show for their passholders is unreal, most parks wouldn't dream of doing anything like this. This is a product that should be available as a cheaper alternative to the AT annual pass, not a...
by MakoMania
Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 5620
Views: 620394

Re: SW8 Speculation and General Discussion

Justin wrote:
Out of all the teasers, that could be a TV ad, easily!


Except it doesn't tell you anything about the ride :P
by MakoMania
Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 2925
Views: 89810

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Blackpool Pleasure Beach have released their opening times for the entire 2018 season: 11am-5pm during WOW weekends as usual. "Walk on" days (as I like to call them) during the main season have 11am-5pm opening times. All other dates open at 10am. Quiet days have a 5pm ride close, medium h...
by MakoMania
Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 5620
Views: 620394

Re: SW8 Speculation and General Discussion

I on the other hand would like IMAscore to do the SW8 soundtrack. I absolutely love what they've been producing for the Merlin parks and I really don't understand why people label them as generic etc.
by MakoMania
Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 5620
Views: 620394

Re: SW8 Speculation and General Discussion

They may not necessarily tell the truth about the trains, especially as we haven’t seen these yet. But I doubt it, they may not be aware that Colossus did this as a short period of time Then again, it doesn't really matter if another park has already done it, it could still be the world's first woo...
by MakoMania
Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 5620
Views: 620394

Re: SW8 Speculation and General Discussion

Worlds first backwards woodie? Has this ever been done? EDIT: Found one called “Switchback” opened in 2015, however this goes both forwards and backwards If it were this it could fit well with the theme I’ve suggested before (reversing time digital to analogue etc) DOUBLE EDIT: With all the specula...
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