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by JoeGibbon
Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Phantasialand
Replies: 629
Views: 57602

Re: Phantasialand

I'm going to Phantasialand next week Monday-wednesday and staying in hotel matamba. Does anyone have any info on the ert hotel guests get on taron as I can't find anything on the official website apart from one pop-up that appeared when looking at the hotel prices.
by JoeGibbon
Mon Jul 18, 2016 12:51 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - Rise Of The Demon
Replies: 4871
Views: 722390

Re: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - New for 2016

Personally, I would head to the back of the park and do stealth and Nemesis Inferno first. Most of the crowds go to the Swarm or Saw first so if you do this you will only get 1 ride before having to queue. If you go straight to Stealth you will normally get 2 walk on rides and then a 5-10 minute wai...
by JoeGibbon
Sun Jul 17, 2016 10:20 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, Planning & More
Topic: Portaventura September 2016
Replies: 1
Views: 654

Portaventura September 2016

I have just booked a trip to finally get back to PA after last going in 2006 I think it was. Very excited to get on shambhala and baco. We're going from 5th - 9th September and staying at the Portaventura hotel (was the cheapest on site hotel at time of booking) so I know we can buy express passes f...
by JoeGibbon
Sat Jul 09, 2016 9:44 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - Rise Of The Demon
Replies: 4871
Views: 722390

Re: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - New for 2016

the way I believe it moves is this : There are 2 tracks parallel to each other, connected by a turntable at each end. You board the train in the same place you depart. Once boarded, the train moves down the track and ends on the first turntable. Whilst you are in the live action section, the train ...
by JoeGibbon
Sat Jul 09, 2016 12:58 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - Rise Of The Demon
Replies: 4871
Views: 722390

Re: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - New for 2016

craig.day.92 wrote:
Yikes... Fast track may have to be done on Monday!


I'm going on Tuesday and hoping that it's only this busy as it's a Saturday. Not sure if I'd wait in a 2 hour queue for it
by JoeGibbon
Sat Jul 09, 2016 9:40 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - Rise Of The Demon
Replies: 4871
Views: 722390

Re: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - New for 2016

timmy1372 wrote:
Spoiler: show
Is there actually 2 trains? Or do you get back in the same one?


Spoiler: show
as far I'm aware, you get back in the same one, but there is a second train that another group is using
by JoeGibbon
Fri Jul 08, 2016 10:57 am
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Movie Park Germany
Replies: 54
Views: 10485

Re: Movie Park Germany

I would assume it's a megacoaster due to them saying it has a height of 45m. I was already planning to go there July next year whilst I'm near but now I'm even more excited
by JoeGibbon
Thu Jul 07, 2016 4:57 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - Rise Of The Demon
Replies: 4871
Views: 722390

Re: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - New for 2016

Is it actually a 75 minute queue though? I went on Monday and it said 120 - 150 all day and in reality the longest I waited was 25 minutes, and this was due to it stopping for 10 minutes whilst I was in the batching area
by JoeGibbon
Fri Feb 28, 2014 3:02 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, Planning & More
Topic: Germany 2015
Replies: 0
Views: 572

Germany 2015

Hi guys and gals, I haven't posted here in a longggg time but i need some advice and help :P I'm currently trying to plan a trip to Germany in July 2015 to visit Hansa Park, Heide Park, Movie Park, Phantasialand, Holiday Park and of course Europa Park. The problem i have is that we will only be usin...
by JoeGibbon
Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:28 am
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1678015

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

It's just beautiful  :shock:
by JoeGibbon
Sun Apr 21, 2013 10:17 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1678015

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

If all of the bolts are in place joining the two sections then that is how the spine will have been designed. If you look closely at other track section joints throughout the rides there are various points where the spines do not meet cleanly yet the rails do. If the spine was out then the pieces c...
by JoeGibbon
Mon Apr 15, 2013 1:23 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1678015

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

temleh wrote:

As for the fins, no way are they anti rollback - otherwise they would be on the crest of the lift as well.


Good point, I didn't think of that. Must be something more interesting then xD
by JoeGibbon
Mon Apr 15, 2013 1:11 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1678015

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Those fins are confusing me... That looks like an LIM lift hill, but we already have a chain motor  :shock: Could it be a new type of anti-rollback system, or maybe it's part of a secret element
by JoeGibbon
Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:45 am
Forum: Coffee Shack
Topic: What game are you playing/would you recommend to others?
Replies: 24
Views: 2286

Re: What game are you playing/would you recommend to others?

Rocksmith

Amazing game if you have a guitar lying around or if you want to get into playing  :D

About to start the God Of War trilogy seeing as the new ones now out xD
by JoeGibbon
Wed Feb 27, 2013 2:51 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Mobile Game Application
Replies: 401
Views: 80067

Re: The Smiler- Mobile Game Application

Has anybody else noticed something weird about the layouts when you compare the fully unlocked one in the game to the one when you scan the promo image? The promo image one has the 2 dive loops that arent present in the game, and the game has the sea-serpent roll thingy which isn't in the AR model&n...
by JoeGibbon
Tue Oct 16, 2012 7:22 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Speculation
Replies: 5277
Views: 707754

Re: The Smiler - Speculation

165 seconds is almost 3 minutes  :lol: that's a long time for a rollercoaster. Especially a Merlin one  :P
by JoeGibbon
Thu Oct 11, 2012 8:04 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Fright Nights
Replies: 1248
Views: 144350

Re: Fright Nights or Scarefest?

Stealth in the dark is a must do, as is rush. The feeling of speed is magnified in the dark so these two rides are amazing.
by JoeGibbon
Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:06 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Speculation
Replies: 5277
Views: 707754

Re: The Smiler - Speculation

The Moon wrote:
Well Th13teen is Intamin and Verbolten is Zierer so that theory is out the window.


It is possible that Gerstlauer have also been working on a drop mechanism, however I highly doubt that one will feature here as they already have th13teen. Why would they want another one one the next coaster?
by JoeGibbon
Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:13 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Twirling Toadstool, never again.
Replies: 18
Views: 2422

Re: Twirling Toadstool, never again.

I don't have a problem with chairs swings normally, but I went on a starflyer in Germany earlier in the year, and actually feared for my life. I think it seemed worse aswell because the seats are in pairs, so the chains hold double the weight. Although about halfway through the ride I got used to it...
by JoeGibbon
Sat Oct 06, 2012 6:16 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park Resort - The Future
Replies: 1910
Views: 162393

Re: Thorpe Park 2013: Possible Ride Discussion

maybe even add my idea for a worlds first flying drop tower, i think dropping face first would be an amazing and unique feeling. it gives thorpe a good chance to market detonator again aswell. Nah, I don't like that. The whole point of a drop tower is you are thrown out of your seat. Facing down wo...