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by streetmagix
Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park - The Future
Replies: 1818
Views: 86127

Re: Thorpe Park - The Future

If it's a steel coaster then it's almost certain going to be a B&M. The last non-B&M steel coaster brought by Merlin was The Smiler (unless you count the Octonauts Rollercoaster). I think unless Merlin ask for something that B&M can't do then I think it's a done deal. If they want to wor...
by streetmagix
Tue Sep 05, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park - General Discussion
Replies: 5827
Views: 185448

Re: Thorpe Park - General Discussion

They seem to have had quite a few power cuts this year, I assume it's the feed(s) coming into the park rather than a local issue? They're also directing people to the on site customer services, I'm guessing that will be snowed under right now! They should probably admit defeat and start offering fre...
by streetmagix
Thu Aug 31, 2017 6:45 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park - General Discussion
Replies: 5827
Views: 185448

Re: Thorpe Park - General Discussion

Here's a few pictures I took yesterday of Rush, looks like all the cables are being replaced on it: https://imgur.com/a/grbzd
by streetmagix
Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Project 2020
Replies: 32
Views: 2941

Re: Project 2020

As far as I know the lake is owned by someone else and is in constant use. I don't think they'd be able to install anything substantial over water :(

That picture also shows just how tiny the bridge is compared to the rest of Thorpe Park, I really really hope they plan to replace it. 
by streetmagix
Fri Aug 25, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Drayton Manor
Replies: 3197
Views: 62564

Re: Drayton Manor

Any news about  Stormforce 10? As the main summer season is almost done I have a feeling that it won't now reopen until next year. A shame as I'm there the end of September and with the rapids currently SBNO that leaves no water rides at the park. Also what are the restraints like on Shockwa...
by streetmagix
Sat Aug 12, 2017 3:54 am
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 873
Views: 112653

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

Is this section towards the end of the layout? GCI aren't afraid of using less banking than is considered 'normal' so I'm not too concerned " Also this image popped up in a discord server showing the turn around half way through the course ..." ;) Doh, you're right. Sorry.  I'm still ...
by streetmagix
Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:23 am
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 873
Views: 112653

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

Is this section towards the end of the layout? GCI aren't afraid of using less banking than is considered 'normal' so I'm not too concerned
by streetmagix
Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Stealth
Replies: 1607
Views: 48619

Re: Stealth

I've heard some reports of Stealth rolling back a couple of times this week. Surprising as I thought the upgrade a couple of years ago made a rollback very unlikely. Maybe related to that planned maintenance a couple of weeks ago? The planned maintenance was the annual launch cable change. I'm not ...
by streetmagix
Sun Aug 06, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Stealth
Replies: 1607
Views: 48619

Re: Stealth

I've heard some reports of Stealth rolling back a couple of times this week. Surprising as I thought the upgrade a couple of years ago made a rollback very unlikely. Maybe related to that planned maintenance a couple of weeks ago?
by streetmagix
Sun Aug 06, 2017 12:28 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Project 2020
Replies: 32
Views: 2941

Re: Project 2020

This just popped up on my YouTube recommends, the Flash Hyper Coaster at Lewa Adventure Shaanxi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvKFdHFo7J0 I could totally see Thorpe going for this as Merlin like their unique and record breaking rides. Maybe they could better this ride and have the worlds tallest ...
by streetmagix
Tue Jul 18, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 873
Views: 112653

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

Great photos, I couldn't get a close up view on my last trip. I would guess it's to do with the lift/launch. If it is an LSM style launch then it will need a cooling system and potentially a battery/capacitor as to not strain the power grid too much. The control system also needs somewhere to live. ...
by streetmagix
Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 873
Views: 112653

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

Shameless plug of my video from Friday:  https://youtu.be/yYPSWYxrwq8 The first drop does look more banked than say Wodan however the curve also seem tighter. I thought it was already confirmed it'll have a 'Magnetic Launch' which I take as an LSM assisted launch, maybe 10mph at the most. The curve ...
by streetmagix
Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:42 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: SW9
Replies: 114
Views: 20149

Re: SW9

At some point the monorail cars (and possibly track) will be too old. According to Wikipedia the monorail cars were built for the 1986 World Expo. The Cable Car is also from a similar date although I believe it's been like Triggers Broom with so much of it replaced over the years. There's a real pos...
by streetmagix
Sat Jul 08, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: My Visit
Topic: PortAventura/ Ferrari Land - August 2017
Replies: 12
Views: 990

Re: PortAventura/ Ferrari Land - August 2017

Check the opening times too, during the summer the main park is open until 0000 or even 0300! Ferrari Land is open until 2000 at the moment too. Use this to your advantage as families start leaving when the sun goes down.  Ticketing wise: I tend to buy directly from the PA website. The current offer...
by streetmagix
Mon May 15, 2017 12:37 pm
Forum: Legoland Windsor Resort
Topic: LEGO Ninjago World - 2017
Replies: 22
Views: 5246

Re: LEGO Ninjago World - 2017

The official opening date is the 26th May and Legoland will be having a 'official launch weekend 26 - 29 May'.

https://www.legoland.co.uk/legoninjagoworld/
by streetmagix
Thu May 11, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park - The Future
Replies: 1818
Views: 86127

Re: Thorpe Park - The Future

Merlin aren't going to close Colossus until they absolutely need to. Similarly they aren't going to put any more money in than they need to. If they've been replacing lift chains and gearboxes it's because they *had* to. Don't expect new trains unless Intamin say the current ones are unsafe/not usab...
by streetmagix
Thu May 04, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: Chessington World of Adventures Resort
Topic: The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure
Replies: 168
Views: 25379

Re: The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure

I finally got the chance to ride today, I was very impressed! Along with the work on Hex it has reassured me that sometimes Merlin do some excellent work. I still need to ride DBGT (I know I know!) but I hope the same attention has been paid to that attraction as well.
by streetmagix
Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:33 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park - General Discussion
Replies: 5827
Views: 185448

Re: Thorpe Park - General Discussion

I would assume (unless someone can correct me) the same team of engineers installing the 2 new rides are the same working on the existing rides. We all know the difficulties Stealth, Colossus and Slammer have had this year so I would imagine all their time has been spent on those rather than the new...
by streetmagix
Sun Apr 23, 2017 10:29 am
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Disneyland Resort Paris
Replies: 853
Views: 25034

Re: Disneyland Resort Paris

From memory Tower of Terror preshow (video) was in French with English subtitles and the ride attendants spoke both French and English. I'm fairly certain Ratatouille was the same too.
by streetmagix
Sun Apr 23, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: PortAventura World
Replies: 959
Views: 29097

Re: PortAventura World

The train takes just over an hour and is around €8-9 each way. The Spanish trains website is: http://www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; (note the station name is Port Aventura, 2 words). I know RENFE isn't the most reliable, I got stuck for 45 minutes outside a...
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