UK theme parks from another point of view!

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by abigsmurf
Thu Jun 25, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Walt Disney World General Discussion
Replies: 169
Views: 19272

Re: Walt Disney World General Discussion

https://www.wdwinfo.com/news-stories/splash-mountain-at-disneyland-walt-disney-world-to-be-rethemed-to-princess-the-frog/ If Maelstrom becoming Frozen Ever After caused a lot of debate and strong feelings, this is going to be on a whole different level.  Closing the rides for up to 2 years (if FEA ...
by abigsmurf
Thu Jun 25, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Disneyland Resort
Replies: 85
Views: 19061

Re: Disneyland Resort

The resort was due to re-open 17th of July but that's been postponed to an unknown date due to US officials delaying the release of guidance. 

America's getting something of a second wave (or the first wave is still going on) so things could get even worse for Disney.
by abigsmurf
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: London Entertainment Resort
Topic: London Entertainment Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 452
Views: 116489

Re: London Entertainment Resort - General Discussion

Never realized the location was a short walk from Ebbsfleet International. You could spend a few days there, then get straight on the train to Disneyland Paris and spend a few days there. I wish Ebsfleet had better transport rail links for the south, having to go into London then out again makes it ...
by abigsmurf
Wed Jun 24, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2893
Views: 451328

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

They really should provide clearer information on the closed indoor rides. If Hex, Duel, The Dungeons and sharkbait reef are closed, it's going to be a pretty uneventful trip for people over 8 who can't take white knuckle rides.
by abigsmurf
Wed Jun 17, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Industry & General Chat
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Replies: 24
Views: 3395

Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-53070380 Blackpool Pleasure Beach talking about their plans on re-opening. Seems they've been consulting with the government which suggests it's not too far away, possibly the next phase so we could see it happening within a couple of weeks. The summer ...
by abigsmurf
Sun Jun 07, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Universal Orlando Resort
Replies: 1081
Views: 127034

Re: Universal Orlando Resort

Some impressions of the Diagon Alley after it reopened: https://wdwnt.com/2020/06/photos-universal-studios-florida-diagon-alley-social-distancing-measures-in-place/ Most notable things in that the Gringotts coaster has an insanely reduced capacity (although the article implies that people from the s...
by abigsmurf
Wed Jun 03, 2020 11:43 pm
Forum: Industry & General Chat
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Replies: 24
Views: 3395

Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

They've said meet and greets are going to be closed but that there will be some wandering characters.  Guessing it'll just be full costumed characters. They can keep the person inside the costume relatively safe (not sure much will get through a mask and furry suit and they can spray it as soon as h...
by abigsmurf
Sat May 30, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: The World of David Walliams - *Delayed until 2021*
Replies: 251
Views: 60977

Re: The World of David Walliams - *Delayed until 2021*

Makes sense. They want it to boost visitor numbers but either the Merlin parks will be ghosttowns when they open or they'll hit their likely drastically reduced capacities very quickly. 
by abigsmurf
Thu Apr 30, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: M&D's
Replies: 80
Views: 16088

Re: M&D's

I watched a PoV compilation of their rollercoasters made about 9 months ago.  They were in shocking states, they had a spinning wild mouse coaster where the car would only spin half a turn before screeching to a halt (rust or bearings being gone), another of the coasters looked rough as hell. Honest...
by abigsmurf
Thu Apr 23, 2020 12:33 am
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Paultons Park
Replies: 417
Views: 52776

Re: Paultons Park

That announcement today that measures are likely to be in place until the end of the year is utterly crippling for so many industries. This is probably the smart thing to do given it's looking likely that at best there will be limited operations for themeparks this year and people will be reluctant ...
by abigsmurf
Fri Apr 17, 2020 11:14 pm
Forum: London Entertainment Resort
Topic: London Entertainment Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 452
Views: 116489

Re: London Entertainment Resort - General Discussion

I think it's got to be doomed now. A recession would give them a whole lot more muscle to convince the council that they simply couldn't possibly risk building a theme park, but if they could get permission to build a mix of residential and retail...
by abigsmurf
Fri Apr 17, 2020 10:55 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: SW9
Replies: 315
Views: 76618

Re: SW9

The problem with the Rita site (aside from its proximity to Thirteen and the skyride) is that they'd still probably end up having to cut down trees for any sort of interesting coaster layout.  A better solution, if they're able to get permission to cut down a small number of younger trees, would be ...
by abigsmurf
Fri Apr 03, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: #AltonTowersMagic
Replies: 30
Views: 6037

Re: #AltonTowersMagic

Hex is 20 years old?

Man, time really flies...
by abigsmurf
Thu Mar 19, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: Legoland Windsor Resort
Topic: Legoland Windsor Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 611
Views: 103355

Re: Legoland Windsor Resort - General Discussion

I like the cars and themeing for the Duplo coaster but I definitely feel it's plays it too safe, even considering the target ages. It makes the old ladybird flat-rides from my childhood look white knuckle. Could have done with making the track twice as long and putting in some humps (for a gentle 'w...
by abigsmurf
Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: Industry & General Chat
Topic: Industry General Discussion
Replies: 17
Views: 5092

Re: Industry General Discussion

I'm involved in the travel industry and things are grim here. Cutting back costs, asking staff to volunteer for unpaid holiday. We're a viable business with significant cash reserves but it's still scary. Margins in the theme park industry, even for titans like Disney, are razor thin. A lot of theme...
by abigsmurf
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: The World of David Walliams - *Delayed until 2021*
Replies: 251
Views: 60977

Re: The World of David Walliams - New for 2020

The lack of posts in this thread demonstrates how uninterested everyone is in this. They can make rides and family areas like Hex and Sharkbait reef - really good. But now an inflatable arch is deemed ‘on point’? I’m not the intended audience, nor do I have children. All I can say is that, for ever...
by abigsmurf
Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: Alton Towers 40th Anniversary in 2020
Replies: 53
Views: 14929

Re: Alton Towers 40th Anniversary in 2020

Underground coaster and indoor watercoaster as "would you like" options, how very specific and in line with what the park could realistically build with their restrictions.

The latter would be great, bolstering the parks need for a clear family coaster and water ride in one.
by abigsmurf
Fri Feb 07, 2020 10:47 pm
Forum: Chessington World of Adventures Resort
Topic: Chessington - The Future
Replies: 246
Views: 85505

Re: Chessington - The Future

Wonder if they could have a guide track, Autopia style.
by abigsmurf
Fri Feb 07, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: Chessington World of Adventures Resort
Topic: Chessington - The Future
Replies: 246
Views: 85505

Re: Chessington - The Future

Can those manage the kind of capacity that Chessington would need? They need quite a lot of supervision and hands on help from ride attendants which limits how many you'd have out at a time.
by abigsmurf
Sun Feb 02, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Flamingo Land
Replies: 1424
Views: 89093

Re: Flamingo Land

I'd hope that other support has just been left upright to prevent it warping from being laid flat on the ground. But yeah, unless that photo is foreshortening things, it looks like anyone with their arm out to that side will finish the ride without it...
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