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by MakoMania
Thu Aug 24, 2017 7:20 am
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Southport Pleasure Land
Replies: 1
Views: 437

Re: Southport Pleasure Land

From the Club PBE forums:

"Southport pleasureland has confirmed the removal of the classic wild cat and also confirmed that they ARE building a major attraction for 2018. i asked them via Facebook"
by MakoMania
Tue Aug 22, 2017 11:33 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: SeaWorld San Diego
Replies: 118
Views: 8302

Re: SeaWorld San Diego

I can't believe it's been over a week since Kasatka passed away, I still can't believe it even though we've been expecting it for some time. The park posted a facebook video as an update on the 10 remaining Killer Whales in San Diego who all thankfully seem to be doing well: https://m.facebook.com/s...
by MakoMania
Sat Aug 19, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions
Replies: 726
Views: 61181

Re: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions

Taxis are about £20 from Stoke-On-Trent train station which isn't bad if you split it between people.
by MakoMania
Sat Aug 19, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Busch Gardens Tampa
Replies: 561
Views: 18264

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa

A couple of exciting BGT updates today: The park have started to tease "a new thrill" coming to Adventure Island (Busch Gardens' Waterpark) in 2018. The teaser video hints strongly towards a drop capsule slide like Ihu's Breakaway Falls at Aquatica Orlando. It's great to see continued inve...
by MakoMania
Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Scarefest
Replies: 1931
Views: 120572

Re: Scarefest

So what are the ticketing options for annual passholders with this new maze? A 3 maze ticket with AP discount is £16 and a 4 maze ticket is £28. It appears that there is no discount on 4 maze tickets so are they expecting us to pay £12 more for one maze? As a side note, I'm very excited for this Sca...
by MakoMania
Wed Aug 16, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Six Flags Great Adventure
Replies: 134
Views: 5883

Re: Six Flags Great Adventure

jackf1tz wrote:
So SFGA have broken a new world record, the most people to ride a coaster in their pyjamas!


Clearly the best news from today :P
by MakoMania
Wed Aug 16, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Cedar Point
Replies: 497
Views: 23707

Re: Cedar Point

STEEL VENGEANCE!

205ft
74mph
4 inversions
most airtime on any coaster (27 seconds)

WOW!
by MakoMania
Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: SeaWorld San Diego
Replies: 118
Views: 8302

Re: SeaWorld San Diego

Kasatka, the matriach Killer Whale at SeaWorld San Diego passed away yesterday (Aug 15th) after a long battle with a bacterial lung infection, which is the most common cause of illness or death in whales and dolphins both in the wild and in zoological facilities. She was euthanized by the park's exp...
by MakoMania
Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Galactica
Replies: 1381
Views: 142382

Re: Galactica

Today I experienced Galactica with the VR for the first time since the new headsets were introduced and I was highly disappointed. While I did find the new headsets easier to put on than the old ones, that's where the improvements finish. After some fiddling with the focus wheel the startup screen ...
by MakoMania
Mon Aug 14, 2017 12:51 am
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Cedar Point
Replies: 497
Views: 23707

Re: Cedar Point

Not long until an announcement now! Aug 16th is going to be one crazy announcement day!
by MakoMania
Mon Aug 14, 2017 12:23 am
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 644
Views: 76877

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

Wow, that really puts into perspective how far along construction is for mid August! It amazes me how close to the ground some parts of this ride are going to be, I just hope the layout will retain a sense of speed throughout. Slightly off topic but I just can't believe it's been 5 years since the c...
by MakoMania
Sun Aug 13, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Silver Dollar City
Replies: 46
Views: 4351

Re: Silver Dollar City

This looks fantastic, thanks for posting the pictures Owen!

I wonder if it will be one of the new extreme spinning coasters or not? Regardless, I'm sure it will be a super fun ride!
by MakoMania
Sun Aug 13, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Busch Gardens Tampa
Replies: 561
Views: 18264

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa

Touring Central FL has a great BGT park update: http://touringcentralflorida.com/2017/08/12/busch-gardens-tampa-news-notes-augustseptember-2017/ It appears that Kumba is recieving some new paint, although it is still unclear if the entire ride will be repainted. Meanwhile, a new Porcupine exhibit is...
by MakoMania
Sat Aug 12, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Scarefest
Replies: 1931
Views: 120572

Re: Scarefest

I am very pleased to see continued investment in new attractions for Scarefest, it's one of the best benefits of Merlin's operation of the park in my opinion, they do know how to do a good scare maze! As for the new maze's location, I would hazard a guess that it may be in the Towers, perhaps up fro...
by MakoMania
Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Busch Gardens Tampa
Replies: 561
Views: 18264

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa

SeaWorld CEO Joel Manby says that Busch Gardens is NOT for sale: http://www.tampabay.com/things-to-do/travel/florida/facing-identity-crisis-and-slumping-profits-can-seaworld-rebuild/2333353 Thank goodness! (Just a side note, the attendance figures at the bottom of the article do overstate SeaWorld's...
by MakoMania
Fri Aug 11, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: SeaWorld Orlando
Replies: 622
Views: 29506

Re: SeaWorld Orlando

Sorry for the double post but I'm assuming I'm not getting the links to all the many articles on the matter? I'm not going to spend hours trawling through the internet trying to dig up articles from the IPO that are over half a decade old and may or may not still exist. As I said, I haven't the sli...
by MakoMania
Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Busch Gardens Tampa
Replies: 561
Views: 18264

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa

The park have confirmed that there will in fact be two new scare mazes out of the 7 mazes for this year's Howl-O-Scream.

So far we have 4 returning mazes confirmed:

Death Water Bayou
Unearthed
Motel Hell
Zombie Containment Unit 15
by MakoMania
Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:51 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Busch Gardens Tampa
Replies: 561
Views: 18264

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa

I really am quite surprised about hearing that people have this view, SeaWorld parks appearing run down has never even crossed my mind as one of the parks' flaws. SeaWorld San Antonio looks a little dated in certain places, but definitely not run down. The Orlando park is beautiful throughout except...
by MakoMania
Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Busch Gardens Tampa
Replies: 561
Views: 18264

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa

The TLC program is a pretty good start in terms of Merlin's maintenance. They spent £1 Million on getting a single authentic stone for Warwick Castle, Thorpe Park are doing everything in their power to sort out DBGT but cannot justify the cost for Loggers Leap and such. Chessington are revamping Dr...
by MakoMania
Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Heide Park
Replies: 739
Views: 42137

Re: Heide Park

And you say people have vendetta's against SeaWorld :lol What do you mean? I love Merlin! True, I have been very anti Merlin as of late, but I don't have a complete vendetta, I can ocasionally say some positive things about Merlin, sometimes :P I like the way they implement Fastrack, there you go :...
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