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by Swarm Chris
Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2627
Views: 318653

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

ridetimes.co.uk has been updated, possibly to list the attractions open for the Christmas events.

The listings suggest Spinball will be the only major coaster open, with CBeebies land, Mutiny Bay (minus Wicker Man) and Duel being listed.

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by Swarm Chris
Mon Nov 19, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Logger's Leap
Replies: 38
Views: 5470

Re: Logger's Leap

The Thorpe Park website is a little odd in how it works and gets updated. The downloadable park map on the front page is still from 2016 and it took them until the second week of Fright Night's to update the queue times page with this year's attractions. My guess is that it was taken offline via a r...
by Swarm Chris
Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Project 2020
Replies: 184
Views: 27807

Re: Project 2020

After seeing the IAAPA Intamin presentations, I'm tempted to throw Intamin into the pot for potential next coasters wishlist. One of their new breed of launched coasters, with the crazy RMC style twists, turns and hanging inversions, could be really good. Plus if Merlin can get a multi-park deal wit...
by Swarm Chris
Sat Nov 17, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Coffee Shack
Topic: Wonder Park (2019) - Paramount Pictures
Replies: 5
Views: 678

Re: Wonder Park (2019) - Paramount Pictures

The full trailer has been released.

by Swarm Chris
Sat Nov 17, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Your Top Ten Coasters
Replies: 119
Views: 20185

Re: Your Top Ten Coasters

Post Orlando update, all based on how fun I find the ride. 1. Taron 2. Mako 3. The Swarm 4. Black Mamba 5. Nemesis 6. Big Thunder Mountain (DLP) 7. Oblivion 8. Stealth 9. Kraken 10. Expedition Everest Mako is such a fun ride and one that even after 10 or more rides on, I never truly felt like I wasn...
by Swarm Chris
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Coffee Shack
Topic: A Picture A Day
Replies: 229
Views: 19690

Re: A Picture A Day

Not a coaster, but rather a fan of Rock 'n Roller Coasters!

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by Swarm Chris
Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Parc Asterix
Replies: 328
Views: 43510

Re: Parc Asterix

So Intamin seem to have given their engineers the greenlight to increase craziness. This looks like really good fun! Coming in 2021.



Video from the Intamin press conference at IAAPA.
by Swarm Chris
Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Logger's Leap
Replies: 38
Views: 5470

Re: Logger's Leap

I'm fairly sure there was a big Merlin staff celebratory event last night. I'm guessing these events generate a reasonable amount of silliness between the staff, and may even include some alcoholic beverages to allow them to blow off steam and celebrate the year that has happened. I'm going to go ou...
by Swarm Chris
Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: My Visit
Topic: Swarm Chris' Tropical Travels
Replies: 16
Views: 1555

Re: Swarm Chris' Tropical Travels

Halloween Horror Nights 2018 My Halloween events have been somewhat limited to just those at Thorpe Park and to be honest, my mind was still being made up as to whether I enjoyed the events. This question of enjoyment didn't come from a too scared  point of view, but more from a do I find this ente...
by Swarm Chris
Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Logger's Leap
Replies: 38
Views: 5470

Re: Logger's Leap

They could have stated it was Rocky in their original post, but instead the lead people and got people again :lol Good going, Thorpe :lol Mountain Construction? :P But yep, I can see their social media following a The Boy Who Cried Wolf style fate, with no one believing them when they actually have...
by Swarm Chris
Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Logger's Leap
Replies: 38
Views: 5470

Re: Logger's Leap

Yep, about to say, right on cue from Thorpe.

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by Swarm Chris
Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Logger's Leap
Replies: 38
Views: 5470

Re: Logger's Leap

Been burnt too many times by their social media. In my view they seem to think that continually suggesting things they know not to be happening, to get a response online, is good marketing. Bonus if they can then get people in the community to mock others for "falling" for it. Given they c...
by Swarm Chris
Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park Resort - The Future
Replies: 1895
Views: 138833

Re: Thorpe Park Resort - The Future

The app is as it was for Fright Nights, where the Rapids isn't an attraction. :)
by Swarm Chris
Mon Nov 12, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: Alton Towers Stargazing Pods - Opening April 12th 2019
Replies: 112
Views: 15738

Re: Alton Towers Stargazing Pods - Opening April 12th 2019

Going back to the trademark applications that first pointed at the name of these pods, the original generic name Stargazing Pods,  has been refused a trademark by the  Intellectual Property Office .  I believe that Alton were aware that this would be the likely outcome fairly early on, as a month af...
by Swarm Chris
Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Walt Disney World - Disney's Hollywood Studios
Replies: 84
Views: 13396

Re: Walt Disney World - Disney's Hollywood Studios

I got to experience the new Toy Story Land, which is wonderfully themed but I felt doesn't offer nearly as much as I would have expected. With just three attractions, of which only two are new, one cafe and two Meet and Greet spots, it's a little disappointing that Disney didn't offer more from the ...
by Swarm Chris
Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Walt Disney World - Disney's Animal Kingdom
Replies: 153
Views: 18663

Re: Walt Disney World - Disney's Animal Kingdom

It was my first time at Disney World, but all of the parks seemed very busy, especially for the time of year. Across the parks I heard several times, people saying they had never seen the shows so busy, with Fantasmic, Indiana Jones and Lion King all being at capacity during a midweek day. Flight of...
by Swarm Chris
Sat Nov 10, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Coffee Shack
Topic: FIA Formula One World Championship - General Discussion
Replies: 109
Views: 7063

Re: FIA Formula One World Championship - General Discussion

McLaren have confirmed they will be running in next year's Indy 500, with Alonso.

https://www.mclaren.com/formula1/team/m ... onso-2019/
by Swarm Chris
Sat Nov 10, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Walt Disney World - Disney's Animal Kingdom
Replies: 153
Views: 18663

Re: Walt Disney World - Disney's Animal Kingdom

I got to experience Avatar Land and found it to be fantastically detailed. During the day the floating rocks were the main draw, at night everything changes and the whole area is beautiful to look at and amazing to explore. It's not the largest land in terms of the number of walkways through it, but...
by Swarm Chris
Sat Nov 10, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Coffee Shack
Topic: A Picture A Day
Replies: 229
Views: 19690

Re: A Picture A Day

Morgan wrote:
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This picture has an immediate mental sound track for me. And it's not the Gruffalo's completely forgettable one. :(
by Swarm Chris
Sat Nov 10, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions
Replies: 1095
Views: 135679

Re: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions

Hi everyone! Just wondering if Alton Towers are planning on hosting a services day in 2019 for blue light card holders like they have in the past? Hope someone can shed some light. They have normally advertised it by now but nothing so far ☹️ I believe these are organised by Blue Light Card, who es...
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