UK theme parks from another point of view!

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by abigsmurf
Wed Feb 20, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Loggers Leap - Officially Retired
Replies: 52
Views: 7100

Re: Loggers Leap - Officially Retired

Really sad this is gone, it really was a classic log flume. Not sure why Merlin are so insistent on clearing out 'whole family' rides like this. It's increasingly difficult bringing family to theme parks because they get to the end of the day and realize they've only been on 3-4 different rides. Too...
by abigsmurf
Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Flamingo Land Coast
Replies: 2
Views: 228

Re: Flamingo Land Coast

Interesting. Doing some searching it seems like it was originally going to have a log flume ride, now it looks like it's a rollercoaster instead. Wonder what the indoor attractions will be (hopefully not just arcades, kids play area and an escape room). Wonder if they'll have an eye on expanding it ...
by abigsmurf
Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Universal Orlando Resort
Replies: 1036
Views: 83849

Re: Universal Orlando Resort

Even knowing it's from the film, that is just way too disturbing. Can't imagine how weirded out people who haven't seen the film will be.
by abigsmurf
Sun Jan 20, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Universal Orlando Resort
Replies: 1036
Views: 83849

Re: Universal Orlando Resort

A million and one rumours floating around at the moment. Most concrete one is the Jurassic coaster  https://www.themeparkinsider.com/flume/201901/6554/ Multi-launch coaster seems certain. Guessing this is more white knuckle than a family coaster but it's still a weird choice having two multi-launch ...
by abigsmurf
Sun Jan 20, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019
Replies: 201
Views: 25154

Re: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019

It's a double whammy compared to fastpasses though.  You've paid for the slot AND if you miss it, you're probably not getting to experience it at all. It's just that little bit more anxiety compared to them.  Capacity is hard to judge. 25 at a time, maybe 6 minutes per scene including transferring ....
by abigsmurf
Sat Jan 19, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: London Entertainment Resort
Topic: London Entertainment Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 413
Views: 88149

Re: London Entertainment Resort - General Discussion

Hopefully he learnt more than a few lessons from the construction of Disney Land Paris...

That said, most of the issues leading up to the opening were down to Eisner. French politicians and French Unions so it would be a much easier job (if this ever happens).
by abigsmurf
Fri Jan 18, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019
Replies: 201
Views: 25154

Re: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019

If you get a timed booking slot I can see lots of potential issues. Guessing with Merlin's cost controls that they'll operate the attraction bang on capacity with little leeway for catching up on any backlog.  What's going to happen if someone gets a booking for a timeslot and find there's a 45 min...
by abigsmurf
Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: SW9
Replies: 260
Views: 52151

Re: SW9

Thirteen is definitely not too intimidating to be a family coaster, the same could be argued with Wicker Man. Although I'd personally like a new thrill coaster, which I'm sure the majority of us do want I suppose a new family one isn't of the cards, I personally highly doubt it'll be family orienta...
by abigsmurf
Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: SW9
Replies: 260
Views: 52151

Re: SW9

How about a heavily themed family launch coaster along the lines of the slinky dog coaster or the San diego Manta?  Reasonably high capacity replacements for Rita, don't need to go above the tree line and are more obviously family than something like Thirteen which is still too intimidating to  tru...
by abigsmurf
Fri Dec 28, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: Alton Towers Resort Future - General Discussion & Wishes
Replies: 905
Views: 153629

Re: Alton Towers Resort Future - General Discussion & Wishes

Man, if having a ride replaced by a paid attraction isn't a good look, locking a much needed flatride inside it is even worse. Such a massive risk of a PR disaster when the park needs any goodwill it can get.
by abigsmurf
Wed Dec 26, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Walt Disney World - Disney's Hollywood Studios
Replies: 85
Views: 15028

Re: Walt Disney World - Disney's Hollywood Studios

For the first time Disney seem to have given some concrete details about the 'Rise of the Resistance' ride. https://wdwnt.com/2018/12/photos-first-look-at-guests-riding-the-millennium-falcon-rise-of-the-resistance-star-wars-galaxys-edge/ Looks like it's a new version of their trackless vehicle tech ...
by abigsmurf
Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Universal Orlando Resort
Replies: 1036
Views: 83849

Re: Universal Orlando Resort

To be honest I would totally go to a park that's nothing but Nintendo. I can see the Mario Kart ride being the best ride in the world if it even just gets close to delivering on its promise and the Zelda and Donkey Kong rides are all sure to be unique too.   Weirdly there's no Pokemon ride planned b...
by abigsmurf
Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Universal Orlando Resort
Replies: 1036
Views: 83849

Re: Universal Orlando Resort

The train from London to Hogsmeade was inspired and far better than I would have thought, having a third Potter land would undermine it a bit, especially as there's no way of them doing another sort of 'journey' like that.   A third potter land put putting too many eggs in one basket, spreading the ...
by abigsmurf
Fri Dec 14, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Universal Orlando Resort
Replies: 1036
Views: 83849

Re: Universal Orlando Resort

I will always be suspicious of blurry, angled 'leaks'. The BG is a previously released picture and that logo, although very professional is something one person could put together. I'm excited both at a Nintendo world and the prospect of a park filled with Diagon Alley quality theming. That said, so...
by abigsmurf
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Disneyland Resort Paris
Replies: 903
Views: 56522

Re: Disneyland Resort Paris

Weird how vague they are for everything except for the Rock and Rollercoaster. That does extremely similar to the Spiderman ride being built in California Adventure with the Spiderman Symbol being oddly disguised, not sure why they're seemingly avoiding announcing rides. Trying to trickle out a stre...
by abigsmurf
Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Central - 2019-2029
Replies: 3
Views: 539

Re: Blackpool Central - 2019-2029

I saw a glimpse of a powered inverted coaster in the video, that got me interested, hopefully it's not just there as "this is what an indoor rollercoaster looks like". A flying theatre is great too. A place that you can spend a whole day at without leaving would help bring people spending ...
by abigsmurf
Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Tokyo Disney Resort
Replies: 7
Views: 1168

Re: Tokyo Disney Resort

Jesus those animatronics are impressive, so glad they're not just relying on projection mapping faces.  Up to 50 people in a scene at a time, Disney are definitely trying to make sure their rides have plenty of capacity (which is great given the crowds). Interesting they've gone with the original an...
by abigsmurf
Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Winter Wonderland - Hyde Park London
Replies: 444
Views: 34061

Re: Winter Wonderland - Hyde Park London

Spent a couple of hours in it this evening, didn't really get to do too many rides because of who I was with. First time I've ever been but it's easily the best travelling fair I've ever seen and all the rides were in a condition that puts so dubious fairs to shame. Had a good time overall. A few ne...
by abigsmurf
Sat Nov 24, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: SW9
Replies: 260
Views: 52151

Re: SW9

I never understood why people thought that washing machine thing likely to happen. Slowly rotating upside down when stationary wouldn't be terribly thrilling or comfortable.
by abigsmurf
Sat Nov 24, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Parc Asterix
Replies: 333
Views: 46287

Re: Parc Asterix

Won’t the LSM’s be changing polarity to launch in both directions? So they would double up as an emergengy brake won’t they? Can’t wait for this, or the new walabi coaster, both are gonna be amazing by the looks of things. The polarity will determine which direction they accelerate I believe. When ...
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