UK theme parks from another point of view!

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by MakoMania
Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Speculation and General Discussion
Replies: 5070
Views: 519894

Re: SW8 Speculation and General Discussion

Capt. Barnacles wrote:
A run through of how the project evolved.


Thanks, must have been interesting :)
by MakoMania
Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Speculation and General Discussion
Replies: 5070
Views: 519894

Re: SW8 Speculation and General Discussion

Would anyone be kind enough to summarise what was mentioned about SW8 at the Scaremazing talk on Saturday for those of us who were unable to attend? Many thanks :)
by MakoMania
Sat Oct 21, 2017 12:15 am
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 893
Views: 117017

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

The path and surrounding foliage do need tidying up a bit, but I'm loving the look of the new buildings!
by MakoMania
Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: My Visit
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach - October 2017
Replies: 4
Views: 134

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach - October 2017

ThemeCrafter264 wrote:
Thanks a lot! Hopefully Storm Brian won't make Big One close all the time, due to high winds :)


Yeah, Big One & Revolution are the ones to watch for wind speed. The rest of the rides cope pretty well.
by MakoMania
Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: My Visit
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach - October 2017
Replies: 4
Views: 134

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach - October 2017

I'm almost certainly going to be visiting Blackpool Pleasure Beach this weekend (on most likely Sunday) but I have a few questions to ask... 1. What is the best ride order to do? 2. How long should I expect queues to be? 3. Is there a good head position for riding infusion? Your advice last time he...
by MakoMania
Thu Oct 19, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 2857
Views: 70957

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Looks great, similar to Revolution! Much better than the green in the original animation.
by MakoMania
Thu Oct 19, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Merlin General Discussion
Replies: 1337
Views: 25093

Re: Merlin General Discussion

I can see that Merlin have lots of fans here, so I appreciate that I'm not going to get anywhere. BPB is the leading UK park IMO, Merlin have slowly destroyed the magic that Alton Towers had. Days at BPB for me are much more enjoyable than days at Towers, and at the end of the day, that's why I pre...
by MakoMania
Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Merlin General Discussion
Replies: 1337
Views: 25093

Re: Merlin General Discussion

I can see that Merlin have lots of fans here, so I appreciate that I'm not going to get anywhere. BPB is the leading UK park IMO, Merlin have slowly destroyed the magic that Alton Towers had. Days at BPB for me are much more enjoyable than days at Towers, and at the end of the day, that's why I pref...
by MakoMania
Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:53 am
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Merlin General Discussion
Replies: 1337
Views: 25093

Re: Merlin General Discussion

In my books leading park equates to best park. In terms of ride quality, the coasters at BPB are far more exciting than the ones at Alton, of course there are exceptions, Nemesis is far superior to PMBO for example. I can completely understand why someone would prefer a Merlin park over somewhere li...
by MakoMania
Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:08 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Merlin General Discussion
Replies: 1337
Views: 25093

Re: Merlin General Discussion

I wouldn’t say a park who have failed to install a brand new coaster for the past 24 years is really anywhere close to ‘leading the way’ in the UK industry. I think having a preference is fine but it’s undeniable that in reality, as much as some may not like it, Merlin parks are really in another l...
by MakoMania
Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Merlin General Discussion
Replies: 1337
Views: 25093

Re: Merlin General Discussion

It looks like Mandyland will really be leading the way in terms of UK theme parks before too long. I prefer it to the Merlin parks already before yet more cuts come to them. I wouldn’t say a park who have failed to install a brand new coaster for the past 24 years is really anywhere close to ‘leadi...
by MakoMania
Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Merlin General Discussion
Replies: 1337
Views: 25093

Re: Merlin General Discussion

It looks like Mandyland will really be leading the way in terms of UK theme parks before too long.

I prefer it to the Merlin parks already before yet more cuts come to them.
by MakoMania
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:49 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: SeaWorld San Antonio
Replies: 61
Views: 5379

Re: SeaWorld San Antonio

*2018, bit of a late correction!
by MakoMania
Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 893
Views: 117017

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

This is looking like a really fun coaster now, I just hope they maintain it well. Merlin and maintain don't always see eye to eye.
by MakoMania
Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: SeaWorld Orlando
Replies: 631
Views: 33318

Re: SeaWorld Orlando

Ray Rush, coming to SeaWorld Orlando's Aquatica in 2018! https://seaworld.scdn3.secure.raxcdn.com/orlando/-/media/aquatica-orlando/images/rides/ray-rush/ray-rush_660x410.ashx?version=1_201710115636&la=en&hash=6C3E5C340962B900157F4A4EB9EB4BCBB37369AD Aquatica has also recently been voted as O...
by MakoMania
Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Scarefest
Replies: 2168
Views: 146564

Re: Scarefest

It all comes down to personal opinion, I thought Mine Tours was absolute rubbish this year and Sub Species (whilst weaker than last year), was still good.
by MakoMania
Sun Oct 08, 2017 11:46 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Scarefest
Replies: 2168
Views: 146564

Re: Scarefest

My review of Scarefest opening day: Towers Street has been decorated wonderfully as usual, I just wish there was more Scarefest theming & props spread throughout the park. Our first maze was TOTT, we got the first public run through of 2017 and I must admit that I thought it was better than last...
by MakoMania
Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Scarefest
Replies: 2168
Views: 146564

Re: Scarefest

We've not purchased them yet. We were advised at time of booking that scarefest was included in the park tickets, like Thorpe park. We've arrived today to find we have to buy tickets! Hotel staff have said to go to ticket office when we go in park in the morning and they'll be able to sort us out. ...
by MakoMania
Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Scarefest
Replies: 2168
Views: 146564

Re: Scarefest

How soon in advance would one think to buy the maze tickets? I don't exactly know the day I'm going but I do want to do a scare maze (possibly The Welcoming). Also do they all cost 8 quid each? The mazes are £20 for the three in the towers and £8 for the welcoming. The mazes have sold out for this ...
by MakoMania
Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:23 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Scarefest
Replies: 2168
Views: 146564

Re: Scarefest

Can anyone recommend the best times to do the scare mazes please? We're going in on Saturday and they say to allow 90mins for the 3. We're thinking it needs to be done after dark really but we don't want to run out of time! Any advice? Cheers Did you not select a time slot when booking for this Sat...
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