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by abigsmurf
Tue Mar 12, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Universal Orlando Resort
Replies: 1042
Views: 85561

Re: Universal Orlando Resort

Interesting that none of the track layouts showed the spike. Guessing that's tied in with the mystery creature.

Makes you wonder what it is, can't remember many creatures from the books that didn't make it into the films. The Sphinx? Hagrid's brother?
by abigsmurf
Sat Mar 09, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: Chessington World of Adventures Resort
Topic: Room on the Broom - A Magical Journey
Replies: 10
Views: 336

Re: Room on the Broom - A Magical Journey

That's a pretty neat, creative attraction. One of the best non horror walk through attractions I've seen in a while Just kinda wish they'd either make some of the tasks work without the staff or have proper performers. Kills the atmosphere a bit having an immersive attraction narrated in rhyme and t...
by abigsmurf
Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Walt Disney World - Disney's Hollywood Studios
Replies: 88
Views: 15374

Re: Walt Disney World - Disney's Hollywood Studios

They're only opening the Millenium Falcon ride? The ride that is rumoured to have major capacity issues? The queues will be absolutely insane.  If the Slinky Dog coaster at Hollywood studios can reach 4 hours, what hope is there for this? I'm also worried as I'm going to California early december an...
by abigsmurf
Sun Mar 03, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Industry & General Chat
Topic: Merlin General Discussion
Replies: 1384
Views: 66573

Re: Merlin General Discussion

Merlin's Parks are comparing fairly poorly, not just to cedar fair and six flags but to other parks in the UK now.  Look at Paultons Park, a recent highly themed themed area with two modern family coasters is now getting joined by another one bringing some big white knuckle flats and a good spinning...
by abigsmurf
Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:30 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019
Replies: 281
Views: 30943

Re: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019

Apparently they got the Intern to do the promotional images for the attraction...

It doesn't exactly bode well for them spending much money on it.
by abigsmurf
Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Universal Orlando Resort
Replies: 1042
Views: 85561

Re: Universal Orlando Resort

Universal have people earning 6 figure salaries to come up with their naming and that's the best they can do?  Nitpicking aside, great we've got a date and name at last. Universal don't get Disney levels of crowding but the queues are still going to be insane. Wonder how you're going to be held in o...
by abigsmurf
Wed Feb 20, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Loggers Leap [Retired]
Replies: 54
Views: 7517

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: 273

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: 1042
Views: 85561

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: 1042
Views: 85561

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 General
Topic: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019
Replies: 281
Views: 30943

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: 89183

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 General
Topic: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019
Replies: 281
Views: 30943

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: 52923

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: 52923

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: 155831

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: 88
Views: 15374

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: 1042
Views: 85561

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: 1042
Views: 85561

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: 1042
Views: 85561

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...
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