UK theme parks from another point of view!

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by MakoMania
Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 5863
Views: 664945

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

Looks fabulous!
by MakoMania
Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 2957
Views: 96787

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

I think in terms of excitement, it is because Icon is just a rollercoaster, no theme no real media or PR content just “hey we are building a ride” Rides in today’s world need to tell a story, much like John Wardley says, with design you’re an entertainer. If it doesn’t tell a story or aesthetically...
by MakoMania
Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: TTSP Events & Meetups
Topic: Alton Towers Resort Opening Day Meet Up - 17th March 2018
Replies: 15
Views: 426

Re: Events Calendar 2018

As it’s a meet up I would expect the focus will be around SW8 opening and riding together. There won’t be any fixed plans for the day so people are free to come and go as they please. ScareMazing is the only event where the activities carry age restrictions or advisories. Usually 15+ for the scarem...
by MakoMania
Sat Feb 17, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 5863
Views: 664945

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

Loakin wrote:
And with the half term event almost over, the focus is starting to move back to Wickerman.

Half term is only just beginning for most schools :P
by MakoMania
Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 5863
Views: 664945

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

So when are people expecting that the opening day will be announced?
by MakoMania
Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Towers Loving Care
Replies: 957
Views: 121956

Re: Towers Loving Care

If Merlin weren't forced to spend money on heritage, they would spend the mininum required to meet health and safety standards and not a penny more :P
by MakoMania
Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 5863
Views: 664945

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

It looks really fantastic, however I'm sure it will not be quite as impressive in the day, that remains to be seen though. Apparently the fog is there temporarily while they shoot promotional material. I am getting quite excited to experience Wicker Man now, we've certainly got a great year on our h...
by MakoMania
Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 2957
Views: 96787

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

I agree with Lakey, it just doesn’t seem very... exciting? The layout is pretty meh compared to what we’ve seen achieved by this manufacturer, and our ever growing expectations. The fact it has no real theme is a shame as these coasters can utilise and increase ride experience dramatically. It’s gr...
by MakoMania
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 2957
Views: 96787

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Whoop whoop! Testing is not far off now surely.

Still can't believe we're getting such a class ride in the UK.

Here's ICON being featured on BBC News, including an interview with Amanda Thompson:

by MakoMania
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 2957
Views: 96787

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Mako's simulation sucked and made the ride look slow, as did Wicked Cyclone's, so I wouldn't pay too much attention to it :) I think Storm Chaser's simulation takes the cake though! Having seen Icon with my own eyes last weekend, it looks incredible. I definitely think the second half will be strong...
by MakoMania
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 2957
Views: 96787

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

It is quite spectacular!
by MakoMania
Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 2957
Views: 96787

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Tom170499 wrote:
The ‘iconic’ pun has been used too much now :lol


We still have two months to go!
by MakoMania
Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 2957
Views: 96787

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

by MakoMania
Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 2957
Views: 96787

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

It's BPB opening day!

Image
Credit to PB Experience.
by MakoMania
Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Gardaland
Replies: 792
Views: 27667

Re: Gardaland

How have they managed to get the money out of Merlin!?
by MakoMania
Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Busch Gardens Tampa
Replies: 565
Views: 26873

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa

It seems like the OPEX cuts for the entire company are pretty much all landing on BGT and to a lesser extent on BGW. Almost none anywhere else.
by MakoMania
Tue Feb 06, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: SeaWorld Orlando
Replies: 657
Views: 41421

Re: SeaWorld Orlando

Plans uncovered for the new Sesame Street Land supposedly opening in 2019:

https://mobile.twitter.com/androckb/sta ... 6335697920
by MakoMania
Sun Jan 28, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man Construction Discussion
Replies: 1263
Views: 183627

Re: Wicker Man Construction Discussion

It looks alright, but nothing more. Faster than I anticipated in one area but slower than I thought in several others: as has been said though, it is still in the testing phase. Icon **should** be better, failing the apocalypse :P
by MakoMania
Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 5863
Views: 664945

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

Apparently Alton Towers have been forced to remove their claim that Wicker Man is the world's first rollercoaster fusing wood and fire by the Advertising Standards Agency. Quite right too! It was an enthusiast who first took this up with the ASA, now they seem to have agreed and given Alton a good o...
by MakoMania
Wed Jan 24, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Cedar Point
Replies: 510
Views: 32906

Re: Cedar Point

Wagstaff04 wrote:
Does anyone know when steel vengeance will open?

Start of the 2018 season at the beginning of May :)
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