UK theme parks from another point of view!

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by ponder
Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, Planning & More
Topic: Your 2019 Theme Park Goals
Replies: 16
Views: 2657

Re: Your 2019 Theme Park Goals

I didn't get to ride Wicker Man last year due to commitments and Alton Towers' opening days/hours not really working for me. I'm going for 2 days next weekend though, so that will be ticked off the list! Just about every year my plan is to visit as many new parks as possible. I've already managed Fe...
by ponder
Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: EnergyLandia
Replies: 45
Views: 9950

Re: EnergyLandia

Looks great, but from what I'm reading/hearing, Energylandia have a few operational issues across the park to iron out. I guess it's easy to forget they're still a relatively new park in the grand scheme of things.
by ponder
Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, Planning & More
Topic: Planning: Sweden 2019
Replies: 2
Views: 558

Re: Planning: Sweden 2019

I went to Liseberg last September and they only open on weekends at that time of the year. The park was open late and got busier as the day went on. If you get there for opening, you should be able to do the essential rides with relatively short queues, but getting in tons of re-rides might be tough...
by ponder
Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, Planning & More
Topic: Europa Park Oct 2019 Getting there.....
Replies: 2
Views: 273

Re: Europa Park Oct 2019 Getting there.....

Europa is kind of in the middle of nowhere, and Rust is a pretty small town with not much in the way of amenities, other than a bunch of hotels, a bakery and a Lidl. We stayed walking distance from the park, so can't help you with public transport, but I imagine a taxi is probably the best option. G...
by ponder
Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2815
Views: 400134

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Am I the only one imagining some kind of Black Mirror scenario where the Coke-bots gain sentience and take control of the park?  :lol
by ponder
Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Six Flags Qiddiya
Replies: 4
Views: 571

Re: Six Flags Qiddiya

I'd say this is as likely to happen as Six Flags Dubai.
by ponder
Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2815
Views: 400134

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Enterprise is looking much better! Yellow and black would've been cool, but it's still an improvement :)
by ponder
Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Your Top Ten Coasters
Replies: 123
Views: 25946

Re: Your Top Ten Coasters

Currently... 1. El Toro, Six Flags Great Adventure 2. Millennium Force, Cedar Point 3. Shambhala, Port Aventura 4. Behemoth, Canada's Wonderland / Nitro, Six Flags Great Adventure (too similar to separate!) 5. Maverick, Cedar Point 6. Blue Fire, Europa Park 7. Nemesis, Alton Towers 8. Sh...
by ponder
Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Liseberg
Replies: 200
Views: 29770

Re: Liseberg

I'm fine with the vests on Swarm, and didn't notice any difference on Gatekeeper (I can't say I've noticed the tightening thing anyway). Just thought they took all the fun out of Valravn, personally.
by ponder
Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:20 am
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Liseberg
Replies: 200
Views: 29770

Re: Liseberg

This does look really good. I'm unsurprised but disappointed that they use the modern vest-style restraints though. While they work well on wingriders, I found them to be too restrictive on Valravn.
by ponder
Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:13 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6767
Views: 1054832

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

I'm struggling to understand why a GCI woody with a fairly straight forward lay-out is having so many technical issues. You can understand it with new tech (like with Air), but it seems a bit baffling that they're having so many issues with this. Apparently it is overshooting, every time it does th...
by ponder
Wed Mar 28, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6767
Views: 1054832

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

I'm struggling to understand why a GCI woody with a fairly straight forward lay-out is having so many technical issues. You can understand it with new tech (like with Air), but it seems a bit baffling that they're having so many issues with this.
by ponder
Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Europa Park
Replies: 2763
Views: 108484

Re: Europa Park

I rode Woden during the winter season and it was as smooth as any wooden rollercoaster I've ever ridden. It must be preventative retracking rather than reactive. I rode it back in October and found the opposite tbh. It was fun, but got quite banged up on it. I've never been a fan of the GCI lateral...
by ponder
Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 3080
Views: 197913

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

I have so much more hype for Icon than Wicker Man. Regardless of theme, it's still a Mack Megacoaster vs a GCI woody, and there just isn't really much of a comparison for me.

That being said, how great is it to have 2 big coaster projects in the UK in the same year? 
by ponder
Wed Jan 24, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2815
Views: 400134

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

 Tesco tried this when their 'something for everyone' policy backfired. It made things worse for a while before they started rebounding. It also happened to American Adventure and  Pleasureland Southport. Within a few years both closed down. Merlin are big enough to weather this storm in the same w...
by ponder
Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2815
Views: 400134

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

If you have not already visited Europa park, then I urge you to do so.  It's the best park in Europe IMO, the rides run like clockwork and the theming is amazing.  It will open your eyes to how short-changed we are at ALL the Merlin parks in the UK.   Agreed. And if anyone is concerned about the pr...
by ponder
Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2815
Views: 400134

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

They are, rightly, taking an absolute battering on social media. One thing I've learnt from years of retail management is that you can't take the mick out of your paying customers and expect to get away with it. If they don't back track to some degree, I think it'll almost certainly either impact on...
by ponder
Sun Nov 26, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Cedar Point
Replies: 556
Views: 58429

Re: Cedar Point

I know that there are definitely similar posts to this further back in this topic but has anyone done a trip from the UK (preferably from one of the London airports) that could tell me a little about how they arranged flights  and how long they stayed, also if they did any other parks etc Thanks in...
by ponder
Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:08 am
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Heide Park
Replies: 788
Views: 77593

Re: Heide Park

Chris wrote:
El Toro is a better version of it all round, so take a flight to New Jersey and ride some other world class coasters while you are there :)

Already done that twice ;) I like a bit of variety.
by ponder
Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:50 am
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Heide Park
Replies: 788
Views: 77593

Re: Heide Park

I'd also be gutted to see Colossos go. Never ridden it, or been to Heide park, but it was, for me, the big selling point for a visit. Especially as I adore the Intamin pre-fab model, with El Toro being my favourite coaster.
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