UK theme parks from another point of view!

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Tue Mar 20, 2007 6:26 pm

We are going to Milan over easter and are planning a day at Gardaland. Anyone got any tips about it?
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Tue Mar 20, 2007 7:01 pm

I went last year, its a good park but it can get quite busy. I recommend Atlantis and Blue Tornado.
 
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Tue Mar 20, 2007 8:13 pm

Just too let you know Gardaland is owned by Merlin the owners of tussauds so expect an ace park :D
 
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Wed Mar 21, 2007 5:24 pm

Don't do Sequioa Adventure. As tempting and querky as it looks don't! The Queue is always massive and slow and the ride is a waste of time. Although do everthing else :D
 
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Gardaland & Merlin

Thu Jun 21, 2007 5:04 pm

Have any of you been to Gardaland in Italy. I went last week - it was fantastic, there's live entertainment every half hour.

Dolphin show, the western show, theater show, the ice show, the puppet show and lots more. The ice show was fantasic - all I can say is Alton Towers can learn a lot from Gardaland and Merlin.

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Thu Jun 21, 2007 5:29 pm

Moved from AT General. :)

Incidentally - Gardaland does look like a promising theme park, although Alton Towers' portfolio of rides themselves does look better. However from the entertainment point of view, there is no comparison which appears the better park and I hope AT use this to their advantage.
 
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Thu Jun 21, 2007 9:53 pm

It does seem that Merlin are alot more spot on as regards to Entertainment, I wouldn't be surprised if we see an improvement of offerings as of next season! :)
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The ice show was fantasic - all I can say is Alton Towers can learn a lot from Gardaland and Merlin.

I think I'm right in saying that the extensive range of shows at Gardaland were there when Merlin took over. It's great that Merlin have kept them, but it's early days... I agree though, they are fantastic. When I went the merchandise was also very good compared to Alton Towers, and it seemed like better value. As Dan says the rides themselves aren't as good as AT (although as you might expect given the climate, water rides are definately better), so if these bits of 'magic' go, I don't know how good it would be then.
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Mammut At Gardaland

Fri Mar 21, 2008 7:01 pm

Hey,

If you can go and look up this ride on google, youtube, rcdb.

It looks incredible!

Like a mini Expedition Everest, now why cant Alton have rides like this!?
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Fri Mar 21, 2008 7:58 pm

To be honest I don't think it looks that good.

Runaway Mine Train looks just as good, although RMT is much smaller I think.
 
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Fri Mar 21, 2008 8:06 pm

Is it going to be themed at all?

From the pics ive seen, it reminds me a bit of BRMX (or should i say Knightmare now :lol:)

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Fri Mar 21, 2008 8:10 pm

The sections between lift hills are a bit short. But i suppose all that energy used pummeling poor riders to death will slow that fooker rate down!

I don't really like mutiple lift hills, IMHO they're worse then MCBRs, especially with a ride like that which with better design wouldn't need one, yet could still keep it's pace.

I think Vekoma sit-downs are a bit old hat, if it wasn't for some of the most amazing mad-houses in the universe i'd spit....yet I feel corkscrew may have permanantly damaged my saliva glands, along with the rest of my frail, lithe body.
 
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Fri Mar 21, 2008 8:47 pm

Like a mini Expedition Everest, now why cant Alton have rides like this!?


It's looking more and more likely that Alton Towers, in the future, could have rides like this, being in the same company as Gardaland and all.

Theming is the key aspect here - and the theming is on the par with Disney I feel.
 
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Fri Mar 21, 2008 9:11 pm

the theming on that is wonderful, i really think that looks good. Its quite a long ride too - dead chuffed. Would love to see something like this at alton.
 
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Fri Mar 21, 2008 9:15 pm

"W*nkeyMankey" wrote:
Is it going to be themed at all?



Check out the video as it shows the theming
 
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Fri Mar 21, 2008 9:28 pm

Can someone post a link to a video that everyone else is looking at?
 
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Fri Mar 21, 2008 9:32 pm

Yeah i'd like to echo that... i've been looking on RCDB, no theming in the pics at all

EDIT: Found a POV Clicky

Looks like fun... quite a long ride :) and yes... the theming is pretty awsome :D

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Fri Mar 21, 2008 9:51 pm

WHAT!! Am I looking at the same ride here because all I saw was a 3 lift Vekoma mine train which there are 4 off. One of which is Big Thunder Mountain @ Disney and one is Colorado Adventure @ Phantasia, both of which are themed 10 times better than that. I saw tin sheds covered in non-realistic rock and no surrounding theming. :P
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Fri Mar 21, 2008 9:55 pm

Looks like a good ride, the theming is top class and the ride wouldn't look that good without it. With Merlin owning Alton Towers and Gardaland hopefully we will see some theming this good on the next coaster at Alton. :)
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Fri Mar 21, 2008 10:44 pm

I'm confused?

It looks a bit rocky but that's it?!
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