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by jp235
Wed Jun 10, 2015 5:41 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15
Replies: 2534
Views: 461926

Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Has anybody noticed how the mirror keeps on saying the same stuff about the smiler in every news report. They are miking the story to death and the worst part about this is that I think it is even humiliating the victims by caring about how much compensation they get or how alton towers is dealing ...
by jp235
Mon Oct 07, 2013 4:29 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Funfairs Or Theme parks?
Replies: 15
Views: 2153

Re: Funfairs Or Theme parks?

The problem is that people are not comparing like with like - most people are comparing the top-end theme parks with low-end fairs. Try somewhere like Düsseldorf fair, Munich Oktoberfest, or Tilburg Kermis, and you'll have a far better time than you will at Alton Towers. Likewise, go to Europa Park ...
by jp235
Thu Aug 08, 2013 10:19 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: Front queues
Replies: 41
Views: 6940

Re: Front queues

I can understand rides like Saw or Oblivion having no front row queue, as they only have 2 rows anyway, but I do think that a 4-row ride like The Smiler would benefit from one. I think front row queues are an excellent idea, since it means the only people who queue longer are the ones who choose to ...
by jp235
Wed Aug 07, 2013 5:57 pm
Forum: Theme Park Gaming
Topic: Alton Towers Recreation - RCT3
Replies: 34
Views: 11807

Re: Alton Towers Recreation - RCT3

This is astounding stuff, really shows up my lousy RCT3 work!
by jp235
Tue Aug 06, 2013 4:09 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: So has The Smiler topped Nemesis?
Replies: 135
Views: 31436

Re: So has The Smiler topped Nemesis?

No chance - Nemesis is an all time classic, and even after 19 years there's only really Black Mamba at Phantasia Land that can possibly compare. The Smiler is OK, but it basically feels like riding Saw at Thorpe, then Speed at Oakwood immediately after. Nemesis may be shorter, but it mixes inversion...
by jp235
Tue Aug 06, 2013 3:57 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort History
Topic: If You could bring back one past ride?
Replies: 236
Views: 58896

Re: If You could bring back one past ride?

Thunder Looper or 1001 Nights, classic rides from great manufacturers.
by jp235
Tue Aug 06, 2013 3:57 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Your fave flat ride
Replies: 22
Views: 2781

Re: Your fave flat ride

Devil Rock, the Huss Flic Flac on the German fairs.

Or possibly Break Dance No1, also touring Germany.
by jp235
Tue Aug 06, 2013 3:54 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 3082
Views: 216143

Re: BPB - losing appeal?

Ermmm.... Th13teen, X, spinball..... Anyway, thorpe park isnt really a family park is it. (well at the moment). Well it certainly helps that they've dropped X to a 1.2m height restriction - but Th13teen? As far as most people are aware, that's not a family ride, it's the world's most terrifying Psy...
by jp235
Mon Aug 05, 2013 5:29 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Fairground rides. Yay or Nay?
Replies: 23
Views: 4007

Re: Fairground rides. Yay or Nay?

Best funfairs are:- Fun Park - John Davis - Europe's Largest Travelling Theme Park. http://www.johndavisfunfairs.co.uk/funpark.html At one entrance fee of just £6.99, you can ride has many rides as you like during four hour sessions. The Worldwide Travelling Theme Park - Monty Hammonds http://www.h...
by jp235
Mon Aug 05, 2013 5:21 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 3082
Views: 216143

Re: BPB - losing appeal?

I've been a fan of both Alton and BPB for over 30 years, and I've had season/annual passes for both for as long as they've been available, but I find it interesting how people apply different rules in judging the two parks. For a start, yes it's a shame BPB now charges £5 to enter, but they could ea...
by jp235
Mon Aug 05, 2013 3:49 pm
Forum: Industry & General Chat
Topic: As an Alton Towers fanboy/fangirl, what comments hurt you the most
Replies: 116
Views: 23336

Re: As an Alton Towers fanboy/fangirl, what comments hurt you the most

This is a tough question but the comments which hurt me the most are the ones when people get lost and ask you for directions like "Where is Nemesis?" "Where is The Smiler?" etc etc! And I'm like "Get an AT map if you are lost!" :P To be fair, the maps are of precious ...
by jp235
Mon Jun 24, 2013 10:05 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort History
Topic: FastTrack: Was it ever free?
Replies: 14
Views: 7608

Re: FastTrack: Was it ever free?

maybe fasttrack was just easier on the parks side of things? It depends who you mean - it's certainly easier from a business perspective, in that they've managed to set up a system where people believe they're getting something when they really are not. If you mean the actual customer-facing staff,...
by jp235
Tue Jun 18, 2013 3:12 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Fairground rides. Yay or Nay?
Replies: 23
Views: 4007

Re: Fairground rides. Yay or Nay?

Now now, to answer this topic, let's make a distinction - I have no interest in the crappy little fairs that turn up in people's local parks, but if you go to a really good fair, it's far far superior to any theme park. That's why in a typical year I'll go to 4 or 5 German/Dutch fairs, and only 2 or...
by jp235
Tue Jun 18, 2013 2:43 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Drayton Manor
Replies: 3226
Views: 194168

Re: Drayton manor - G Force+Shockwave???

The park announced at the opening that they intended to have a second train for its second season, but it never happened. The ride really is screaming out for one, the capacity is dire. If the staff don't think they could load the 2nd train in time, then they're damning themselves! With a proper bat...
by jp235
Tue Jun 18, 2013 2:40 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort History
Topic: Favourite years?
Replies: 27
Views: 7414

Re: Favourite years?

1984. I remember arriving at the park with my parents, hoping there would be a new ride, opening the map, and finding they'd installed at least 6!
by jp235
Tue Jun 18, 2013 2:38 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort History
Topic: What Type Of Restraints Did The Thunderlooper Have?
Replies: 17
Views: 4565

Re: What Type Of Restraints Did The Thunderlooper Have?

Unlike the RMT, the Schwarzkopf looping coasters all have/had individual lap bars, rather than 1 bar per row. They were 100% safe, as proved when Thunder Looper's Belgian cousin suffered a one-in-a-billion failure and jammed upside-down. The riders were all held perfectly securely. Lots of Schwarzko...
by jp235
Tue Jun 18, 2013 2:23 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort History
Topic: FastTrack: Was it ever free?
Replies: 14
Views: 7608

Re: FastTrack: Was it ever free?

That's absolutely right - it was called Virtual Queue in those days, and was free. Each ride had a series of machines, and you scanned the barcode on your park entry ticket (or annual pass), and it issued you another ticket with the ride name, date, and a time to come back. Thorpe & Chessington ...
by jp235
Sun May 29, 2011 10:46 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: 101 Rides to ride before you die
Replies: 46
Views: 4521

Re: 101 Rides to ride before you die

36) Olympia Looping - The largest travelling rollercoaster and a Schwartzkopf classic. Yeah, Olympia Looping is a spectacular looking ride alright, but for thrills, I have to say it's nowhere near matching its immediate predecessor, Dreier Looping (AKA Magnum Force). Or for that matter, Alpina Bahn.
by jp235
Sun Mar 20, 2011 10:55 am
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Fairs/Travelling Rides - General Discussion
Replies: 553
Views: 90367

Re: Fairs/Travelling Rides - General Discussion

Do you have a link to said image? I hate to make posts like this, but the photo was Emailed to me , and since I can't find it online, I can only assume it was a "private" photo, rather than the publicity photos already posted. It wasn't actually a great photo, it just Abie looking very pr...
by jp235
Sat Mar 19, 2011 5:27 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Fairs/Travelling Rides - General Discussion
Replies: 553
Views: 90367

Re: Fairs/Travelling Rides - General Discussion

Looks amazing - a credit to Abie Danter. Looks like it's without a lighting pack though - here's hoping for LED caps. I've seen a photo of the large colour-changing LED name-sign, which isn't fitted in the photo above. Although not particularly obvious in the photo, it has the strobes that both Bli...