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by Ladyofthelake
Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Event Photos
Topic: SP Southern Screamer - 8th June 2019
Replies: 8
Views: 296

Re: SP Southern Screamer - 8th June 2019

Amazing photos from a great day. Some good memories! Thanks hursty :)
by Ladyofthelake
Fri Jun 21, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: Industry & General Chat
Topic: Merlin General Discussion - New Owners agreed in £4.8bn deal
Replies: 1433
Views: 75376

Re: Merlin General Discussion

I do wonder if Merlin are trialing a few possible options with passes. Thorpe have been offering a season fastrack pass for £400 this year, and now Legoland are offering this £650 VIP membership. It makes me think that maybe Merlin are trying to see if there is an audience for either individual park...
by Ladyofthelake
Fri Jun 21, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Legoland Windsor Resort
Topic: Legoland Windsor Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 587
Views: 81808

Re: Legoland Windsor Resort - General Discussion

I can't say I'm surprised to see this announced, but at the same time I'm also a little surprised that it is such a high price point. Yes, there is a fair amount included, but given that the recently withdrawn VIP Merlin Annual Pass cost £725 for an individual pass (£625 for a family), and included ...
by Ladyofthelake
Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Hershey Park
Replies: 106
Views: 9711

Re: Hershey Park

Hersheypark have today confirmed that further details of their 2020 coaster will be released on 24th July this year. What I love is that Hersheypark have done this teaser in possibly one of the best ways possible - by sending media outlets a chocolate rollercoaster in a box! https://pbs.twimg.com/me...
by Ladyofthelake
Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Universal Orlando Resort
Replies: 1065
Views: 92330

Re: Universal Orlando Resort

Inside Universal have reported on Twitter that the ride has now reached capacity for the day, meaning that no more people can enter the queue. I don't think I've ever heard of a ride reaching capacity on its opening day. It very much seems like Universal have had the perfect storm of their first ful...
by Ladyofthelake
Mon May 13, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 6381
Views: 400773

Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

Having had the opportunity to try Jungle Escape yesterday I have to say it was a lot of fun. The games are well designed and did very much remind me of some of the games you'd see in The Crystal Maze. The group I experienced the attraction with didn't manage to solve the first room, but did manage t...
by Ladyofthelake
Thu May 09, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Industry & General Chat
Topic: The Merlin Annual Pass
Replies: 2740
Views: 310002

Re: The Merlin Annual Pass

At the moment I'm not sure what to make of this decision from Merlin. In some ways I was half expecting either this or a significant price increase for this year, but it is sad to see they've gone with the option of removing it altogether. I do think the pass has been a somewhat troubled product fro...
by Ladyofthelake
Mon Apr 22, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Food & Beverages
Replies: 26
Views: 4773

Re: Food & Beverages

If it is the case that Fin's is no longer going to be open for lunch then that is really disappointing. It was always my go to place to eat on the Resort as it generally offered a nice range of food options from lighter bites, to a more substantial meal. However, I do like the look of the new menu a...
by Ladyofthelake
Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Industry & General Chat
Topic: Merlin General Discussion - New Owners agreed in £4.8bn deal
Replies: 1433
Views: 75376

Re: Merlin General Discussion

Was it listed under this before? I have a feeling it did, but in no way should it be classified as a theme park! When Merlin bought the Tussaud's Group back in 2007 (or may have been 2008), Warwick Castle was initially placed within the Midway category of attractions. I was working at the Castle at...
by Ladyofthelake
Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort Merchandise
Replies: 315
Views: 54910

Re: Alton Towers Resort Merchandise

I really love the Power of the Towers pin badge , I've always thought the staff badges are much better and this definitely looks like one. I think I used to want to collect every badge, but now Merlin are producing more, I'm treating it more like Disney pins so I will only buy the ones I really lik...
by Ladyofthelake
Mon Apr 08, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Stargazing Pods - New for 2019
Replies: 151
Views: 25572

Re: Alton Towers Stargazing Pods - Opening April 12th 2019

Although the colours do look a little out of place in those photos, I think that we do need to wait to see the finished product - as Justin said, it's unlikely everything is in place. I think they could get away with the colours if they tie into the wider look of the furniture in the Tipi. Even if t...
by Ladyofthelake
Mon Apr 08, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort Merchandise
Replies: 315
Views: 54910

Re: Alton Towers Resort Merchandise

I really like the Power of the Towers pin and do agree it does very much seem like it may have been originally intended as a staff pin badge. It is good to see the range of pins expanded and although they're not all to my taste (which is actually a good thing as there is no way I could afford to buy...
by Ladyofthelake
Mon Apr 08, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Walibi Holland
Replies: 112
Views: 16101

Re: Walibi Holland

With Walibi Holland opening for the new season, there have been a few more details released about Untamed. All details and photos taken from an article on Theme Park Inc. First of all, we finally know what Untamed's trains will look like thanks to th below image revealed to invited press and enthusi...
by Ladyofthelake
Sun Apr 07, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Europa Park
Replies: 2763
Views: 100041

Re: Europa Park

Following on from the re-build of the Scandinavian area, Europa Park have now also released details of the new Piraten in Batavia, confirming on their Facebook page that the ride will re-open in 2020. They have also released the concept art below: https://scontent.flhr2-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/5625...
by Ladyofthelake
Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Carowinds
Replies: 141
Views: 24030

Re: Carowinds

Just come across this really nice article from Coaster 101 detailing some of the Easter Eggs in Carowinds' new Blue Ridge juction area. I really love how Cedar Fair seem to be building so many references to other attractions and parks in their new areas. Whilst they may not be noticed by many guests...
by Ladyofthelake
Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 6381
Views: 400773

Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

That is interesting about Saw: Alive. Wonder if that means the maze is being retired? If it is it would be a shame to lose it with how detailed the sets are inside, however at the same time it has been there a long time and is probably due retirement. The other couple of things I've noticed is that ...
by Ladyofthelake
Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Galactica - General Discussion
Replies: 1559
Views: 237599

Re: Galactica - General Discussion

Ultimately I think removing the VR is the right decision. It was a nice concept, but unfortunately it just didn't work in the long run and operationally the ride suffered for it with it having far longer queues that it actually should. What we have gained however is a great theming feature in the fo...
by Ladyofthelake
Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Carowinds
Replies: 141
Views: 24030

Re: Carowinds

Following the release of the POV earlier this month, Carowinds have now released a new, multi POV, video showing both a forward and backward POV in the same frame: SfLqZEbCHcQ This ride just keeps looking better with every new bit of coverage which comes out! Carowinds opens for the new season on Sa...
by Ladyofthelake
Sat Mar 16, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Galactica - General Discussion
Replies: 1559
Views: 237599

Re: Galactica - General Discussion

As much as the VR did attempt to add something different to the ride, if it has been totally removed then in my opinion that will be the right decision. The VR just slowed down operations far too much. Hopefully, if the VR has gone, the ride will be able to return to decent throughput levels like it...
by Ladyofthelake
Sat Mar 16, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Stargazing Pods - New for 2019
Replies: 151
Views: 25572

Re: Alton Towers Stargazing Pods - Opening April 12th 2019

Having been able to take a look at these on Tuesday I have to say they are better than I was expecting. I genuinely like the idea of having the 'Village Green' in the centre of the site, and I love the Tipi and feel that in summer the Tipi will be a really nice venue for people staying in both the P...
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