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by abigsmurf
Thu Mar 19, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: Legoland Windsor Resort
Topic: Legoland Windsor Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 611
Views: 96268

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: 16
Views: 3670

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 - New for 2020
Replies: 244
Views: 52259

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: 13207

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: 77067

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: 77067

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: 1423
Views: 79950

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...
by abigsmurf
Mon Jan 27, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: Industry & General Chat
Topic: MACK Ride - New Concepts: The Rocking Boat & Power Loop
Replies: 4
Views: 380

Re: MACK Ride - New Concepts: The Rocking Boat & Power Loop

That Rocking boat could produce some amazing dark rides, imagine something like Pirates of the Caribbean Shanghai with that ride system.  Thorpe Park is in need of another family ride and a replacement for Loggers Leap that doesn't soak people on cold days. Would make me happy if they did a high pro...
by abigsmurf
Thu Jan 23, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Universal's Epic Universe
Replies: 12
Views: 1789

Re: Universal's Epic Universe

https://orlandoparkstop.com/news/theme-park-news/site-plan-for-how-to-train-your-dragon-land-at-epic-universe-revealed/ Some good digging by Orlando Parkstop as to what we can expect for the How to Train your Dragon area. Looks like it's has the first non-nintendo ride where we know 100% what it is...
by abigsmurf
Thu Jan 16, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Walt Disney World - Disney's Hollywood Studios
Replies: 106
Views: 20062

Re: Walt Disney World - Disney's Hollywood Studios

This article makes things seem a bit grim for the attraction, it's not just lowered capacity and frequent breakdowns, they've actively cut out a notable portion of the ride too. https://attractionsmagazine.com/star-wars-rise-of-the-resistance-attractions-shut-down-repairs/ This can't be good for Dis...
by abigsmurf
Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: The World of David Walliams - New for 2020
Replies: 244
Views: 52259

Re: The World of David Walliams - New for 2020

Was always going to be a small ride based on where it was built and the amount of time they have to build it. Looks like there's 6 scenes so assuming 30 seconds between cars the ride will be about three minutes long (assuming it's a stop start system, if it's continuous movement it could be longer o...
by abigsmurf
Sun Dec 15, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019
Replies: 315
Views: 45376

Re: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019

Not sure I can ever feel anything but bitterness to this ride. At the expense of sounding like a broken record, closing a family ride (something that's an endangered species at the park) and then putting an up-charge in its shell was a terrible move. I pity the poor member of staff who had to keep t...
by abigsmurf
Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: London Entertainment Resort
Topic: London Entertainment Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 444
Views: 109256

Re: London Entertainment Resort - General Discussion

Until there's 'point of no return' levels of building work done, I'll continue to have extreme doubts about it happen but it's so hard not to get ultra excited Family launch as the main showpiece ride, a full on white knuckle space coaster that launches out of a building, 2 smaller, probably family ...
by abigsmurf
Sat Nov 09, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: London Entertainment Resort
Topic: London Entertainment Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 444
Views: 109256

Re: London Entertainment Resort - General Discussion

http://londonresort.info/news/london-resort-signs-renewables-deal-with-edf-energy/

They've signed a deal with EDF to ensure that the park operates entirely off of renewable energy.

A sign that the project is genuinely progressing or more non-committal busywork to keep investors happy?
by abigsmurf
Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park Resort - The Future
Replies: 1962
Views: 194882

Re: Thorpe Park Resort - The Future

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For a second I thought there could be some hidden code/message. Putting it back together, looks like they just played around with some effects...
by abigsmurf
Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Universal Orlando Resort
Replies: 1077
Views: 113092

Re: Universal Orlando Resort

T2-3D was legitimately the best Terminator film since T2, sad it's gone now. Sounds a lot like it's going to be like the marvel show that was at Disneyland Paris, Live action actors interacting with a set that's almost entirely made up of projection mapping. The show had a lot of potential and was j...
by abigsmurf
Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Drayton Manor
Replies: 3226
Views: 187201

Re: Drayton Manor

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-50088642 There's going to be a criminal prosecution over the girl who died on the ride. Unless there are facts which haven't been made public, this seems a stupid prosecution. She was standing up on a ride where you're told to stay in your s...
by abigsmurf
Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Disneyland Resort Paris
Replies: 917
Views: 71084

Re: Disneyland Resort Paris

Seeing Jeremy Irons with his huge brick of a phone talking about the 'amazing'  Reign of Fire and Dinotopia was amusing. Neat that DLP is getting a unique ride (although I'd probably rather have the California Adventure ride). Interestingly this confirms the leak which also included a third park in ...
by abigsmurf
Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Walt Disney World General Discussion
Replies: 168
Views: 16241

Re: Walt Disney World General Discussion

I think it's a ticking timebomb until they put AC in. This update looks like it's just to sort out the speaker systems and to prevent the cause of the breakdown (read that the current thinking is one of the gondolas jumped the track in the station)
by abigsmurf
Mon Oct 07, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Walt Disney World - Epcot
Replies: 125
Views: 18779

Re: Walt Disney World - Epcot

https://blogmickey.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/illuminations-globe-demolished-4.jpg https://blogmickey.com/2019/10/illuminations-reflections-of-earth-globe-disassembled/ RIP Illuminations. Was easily my favourite night time show. The finale where they fill the sky with so many fireworks you acti...
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