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by MakoMania
Thu Jul 05, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: SEA LIFE TRUST Beluga Whale Sanctuary
Replies: 2
Views: 280

Re: SEA LIFE TRUST Beluga Whale Sanctuary

Whilst this article is not written by a native English speaker and thus contains minor errors, I would encourage anyone interested to have a look:

http://zoos.media/media-echo/worlds-fir ... h/?lang=en
by MakoMania
Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: TTSP Events & Meetups
Topic: TowersTimes' Summer Festival - 4th August 2018 - Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 1129

Re: TowersTimes’ Summer Festival - 4th August 2018 - Discussion

Thinking of attending my first event since April 2016! It's been too long! Just one question, I think I know the answer but it's worth a shot.... Is there any way at all that season pass holders can take advantage of the bring a friend for £15 offer when attending the event. These tickets need to b...
by MakoMania
Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: TTSP Events & Meetups
Topic: TowersTimes' Summer Festival - 4th August 2018 - Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 1129

Re: TowersTimes’ Summer Festival - 4th August 2018 - Discussion

Thinking of attending my first event since April 2016! It's been too long! Just one question, I think I know the answer but it's worth a shot.... Is there any way at all that season pass holders can take advantage of the bring a friend for £15 offer when attending the event. These tickets need to be...
by MakoMania
Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 3031
Views: 125617

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

I think that overall, if you like airtime and a smooth ride ICON is by far the best coaster in the UK for you, I fall into this category, nothing else in the country comes close to it for me.

However, if you prefer your positive Gs, something like Nemesis may top it.
by MakoMania
Tue Jun 26, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2552
Views: 279148

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

They cannot be expecting to shut the park at 4pm all of this week surely? There are several queues in excess of 45 minutes and the weather is amazing! The opening times on the website have been updated to show the park closing at 5pm all week now. It still says 10am-4pm for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thur...
by MakoMania
Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: SEA LIFE TRUST Beluga Whale Sanctuary
Replies: 2
Views: 280

Re: SEA LIFE TRUST Beluga Whale Sanctuary

Merlin have made their opposition to SeaWorld clear for many years, it gives them some good PR and is not based in science or reality. The term natural environment is misleading, this is esentially just a sea cage, where whales that have spent most if not all of their lives in an aquarium setting wi...
by MakoMania
Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2552
Views: 279148

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

They cannot be expecting to shut the park at 4pm all of this week surely? There are several queues in excess of 45 minutes and the weather is amazing!

Apparently staggered openings will be gone by this time next week though, so that is positive at least.
by MakoMania
Mon Jun 25, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: SeaWorld San Antonio
Replies: 67
Views: 8834

Re: SeaWorld San Antonio

Absolutely horrible news out of SeaWorld San Antonio:

https://amp.click2houston.com/news/chil ... eports-say
by MakoMania
Sun Jun 24, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 6575
Views: 810413

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

No fire on Wicker Man again today :(
by MakoMania
Fri Jun 22, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2552
Views: 279148

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

There are many people at the park who care about guest experience, however they are given next to no budget to work with. There were multiple queues in excess of 60 minutes today, ride close was not extended beyond 4pm and to top it off the majority of areas now don't open until 11am, it is an absol...
by MakoMania
Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2552
Views: 279148

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

4pm closes have now been rolled out into July as well. What is going on!? This is madness. Only July 2nd-5th are 4pm closes. Which are dates that will be rammed with school trips. Last year the minimum ride close in June was 5pm, now we have 4pm closes working their way into July. The park have mad...
by MakoMania
Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2552
Views: 279148

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

4pm closes have now been rolled out into July as well. What is going on!? This is madness.
by MakoMania
Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Busch Gardens Tampa
Replies: 582
Views: 34530

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa

Sky Rocket II practically confirmed.

https://parkrumors.com/bgt-project-teel-2019-coaster/
by MakoMania
Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Busch Gardens Tampa
Replies: 582
Views: 34530

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa

Project 2019 Tidal Wave demolition update:

http://touringcentralflorida.com/2018/0 ... ens-tampa/
by MakoMania
Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Busch Gardens Tampa
Replies: 582
Views: 34530

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa

Tidal Wave deconstruction is now underway, a new steel roller coaster is expected to be opening there next year.
by MakoMania
Tue May 29, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 3031
Views: 125617

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

After some more rides today, it is soooo close to knocking Mako from my number one spot, soooo close! I'll decide after riding Mako again in July.
by MakoMania
Tue May 29, 2018 12:37 am
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 3031
Views: 125617

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

I disagree almost entirely with that review, as would almost everyone that I talked to on the opening day :P I know everyone has different coaster tastes, but that review is extremely sour (pun intended) compared to anything else I have read. A few online reviews have been more negative than any rea...
by MakoMania
Wed May 23, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 3031
Views: 125617

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

The POV above is very slow and not the full speed potential of the ride, it was filmed on an empty train when the wheels were cold, no idea why they didn't let it warm up properly before filming. There are several rider cam POVs going round that show the ride running at a much more normal speed :) A...
by MakoMania
Mon May 21, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 3031
Views: 125617

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Icon is much better than Wicker Man. Although Wicker Man has better theming, Icon just dominates as a coaster. Plus Pleasure Beach is an amusement park so only theme their dark rides really. Good coaster always much much more important than good theme for me, not saying that Wicker Man isn't a decen...
by MakoMania
Mon May 21, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 3031
Views: 125617

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

The general consensus is that towards the front and towards the back are better than in the middle of the train, which seems to be normal on most coasters. Haven't heard anyone who hasn't said that it's the best coaster in the UK after riding. Personally, this is my first Mack launch coaster but I c...
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