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by abigsmurf
Wed Nov 25, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Walt Disney World - Epcot
Replies: 128
Views: 27260

Re: Walt Disney World - Epcot

Guardians of the Galaxy progressing nicely, despite the cutbacks most other places: They're now testing with vehicles: https://wdwnt.com/2020/11/photos-first-look-at-guardians-of-the-galaxy-cosmic-rewind-push-pull-tests-at-epcot/ There's also pics of the track: https://wdwnt.com/2020/11/photos-first...
by abigsmurf
Sun Nov 15, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Busch Gardens Tampa
Replies: 618
Views: 82646

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa

Looks immense. Are there no trim brakes at all throughout the whole ride?
by abigsmurf
Sat Nov 07, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: Chessington World of Adventures Resort
Topic: Croc Drop - New for 2021
Replies: 18
Views: 5428

Re: Croc Drop - New for 2021

That is an impressively terrible logo.  Lose the metallic gradient and texture, make it a flat colour or a subtle 3D effect , apply the crumbling effect to the text, replace the outline with some sort of shadowing or emboss effect. KISS applies. Too much going on with too many inconsistencies making...
by abigsmurf
Thu Nov 05, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: Legoland Windsor Resort
Topic: MYTHICA: World of Magical Creatures - 2021
Replies: 14
Views: 4734

Re: MYTHICA: World of Magical Creatures - 2021

Really like the idea of ancient stonework filled with magical Lego.

Here's hoping the new land is a good crowd soak to ease up the queues throughout the park. Every time I read people talking about Legoland elsewhere online,  insanely long queues are always the biggest topic.
by abigsmurf
Sat Oct 17, 2020 12:09 am
Forum: London Entertainment Resort
Topic: Rides & Attractions
Replies: 35
Views: 15156

Re: Rides & Attractions

I count... 18 rollercoasters (or at least tracked rides) and 2 water rides. Guessing there's a lot of filler/placeholder stuff in that artwork as that would be a very impressive tally for a mature park, let alone a new one.  I assumed the area to the left was where the waterpark would be but the iso...
by abigsmurf
Thu Oct 01, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: Industry & General Chat
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Replies: 26
Views: 5257

Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

I'm pretty desperate for a Florida or California Holiday but it's not going to happen in an enjoyable fashion until there's widespread vaccination. End of Spring is the earliest I'd guess.
by abigsmurf
Wed Sep 30, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Industry & General Chat
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Replies: 26
Views: 5257

Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-54350423 28,000 workers being sacked. Florida is an "at will" state and I don't think the workers are part of any union (or at least one with any teeth)  so they don't have to get any sort of payout. I hope they at least do the decent thing and if they c...
by abigsmurf
Thu Sep 03, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6779
Views: 1239403

Re: Wicker Man - General Discussion

Watching Expedition Extinct (and similar channels), it's pretty common for coasters to get that sort of treatment when long term wear and tear or ride comfort issues become apparent. A wooden coaster is cheaper to rebuild sections of so they'll have smoothed out the forces on it or put more durable/...
by abigsmurf
Tue Aug 04, 2020 1:16 am
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Drayton Manor
Replies: 3232
Views: 234829

Re: Drayton Manor

Going into administration then immediately getting new owners... Lots of suppliers are going to lose a lot of money.

Still, good news for the park. If they want a cheap and easy way of getting a new ride, it would be neat if they repurposed the pirates adventure...
by abigsmurf
Fri Jul 24, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: Industry & General Chat
Topic: Intamin General Discussion
Replies: 2
Views: 822

Re: Intamin General Discussion

These seem very good for parks medium size parks looking to squeeze something in a tight area. I can't help but feel that big parks would struggle with their capacity. 
by abigsmurf
Sun Jul 19, 2020 12:39 am
Forum: Legoland Windsor Resort
Topic: MYTHICA: World of Magical Creatures - 2021
Replies: 14
Views: 4734

Re: Project Rex- 2021

Guessing the Lego Movie 2 flopping spooked them a bit.  Of course  Project Rex could refer to Rex Dangervest from that movie and the white sculpture could be Sweet Mayhem but the rest of the colour scheme and flames don't match  (Scratch the above, the original Lego Movie World was also codenam...
by abigsmurf
Sat Jul 18, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 6451
Views: 568289

Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

Reports of a stabbing on the bridge. Police say it isn't terror related and it looks like there was only a single victim.   Hopefully the victim is ok but on the bridge at around closing time when everyone is leaving, lots of kids will have been around. Place full of people wanting to have some fun ...
by abigsmurf
Thu Jul 16, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Walt Disney World - Epcot
Replies: 128
Views: 27260

Re: Walt Disney World - Epcot

Every project that isn't already part way through is going to be cancelled. Disney are taking out record loans at the moment to cover their losses.  The Mary Poppins ride probably isn't a huge loss, the rumours before the initial announcement were that it was going to be a carousel and a recreation ...
by abigsmurf
Wed Jul 15, 2020 1:00 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: Parking garages next to main entrance?
Replies: 5
Views: 1337

Re: Parking garages next to main entrance?

Bah, I never even thought about the height of it, I suppose they could dig so far down, but even then, to fit that many cars into a space like that, feasibly it would end up having to come above tree level.   Having looked at the park from above, there’s so many areas that could potentially be used...
by abigsmurf
Thu Jun 25, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Walt Disney World General Discussion
Replies: 169
Views: 25325

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: 22937

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: 453
Views: 124500

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: 2909
Views: 492986

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: 26
Views: 5257

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: 1082
Views: 145863

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...
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