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by John
Fri Mar 28, 2014 8:20 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Mitch Hawker polls 2013-14
Replies: 2
Views: 1088

Mitch Hawker polls 2013-14

Once again I've come out of retirement to promote the annual Mitch Hawker steel coaster poll , arguably the biggest and best enthusiast poll worldwide. Everyone can take part and it doesn't matter how many coasters you've been on. The wood poll took place a few weeks ago, and the results can be foun...
by John
Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:48 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Mitch Hawker coaster polls 2012-13
Replies: 8
Views: 2116

Re: Mitch Hawker coaster polls 2012-13

OK, the steel poll is now online !  Once again, there's a link to Jordan's ballot helper which really does make things a lot easier (tip - search for UK rides by typing in ", UK" and repeat for any other country/US state you have ridden coasters in). You might want to check the instru...
by John
Thu Dec 06, 2012 5:34 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Mitch Hawker coaster polls 2012-13
Replies: 8
Views: 2116

Mitch Hawker coaster polls 2012-13

It’s that time of the year again – the Mitch Hawker coaster poll is back.  The wooden ballot is now online at http://www.ushsho.com/bestrollercoasterpoll.htm , the steel poll should also be returning shortly after a break in 2011-12.  Unlike other polls, the MH poll attempts to eliminate b...
by John
Mon Jun 11, 2012 7:51 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Queueline mystery?
Replies: 28
Views: 4481

Re: Queueline mystery?

It used to be part of the Nemesis queue, it left the current queue line just to the left of the main entrance, crossing the access road before passing under the monorail.  Some of it was recycled for Dynamo before it's current use for Sub Terra.
by John
Mon Jun 11, 2012 2:44 pm
Forum: Coffee Shack
Topic: TTF sex scandal!
Replies: 80
Views: 10945

Re: TTF sex scandal!

I'll be honest, up until now I've found it difficult to truly see why there is much of a problem with things as they stand, but that simple analogy really makes it crystal clear. I was in a similar position at first, but I ended up signing for two reasons. 1 - the analogy with racial discrimination...
by John
Sun Jun 10, 2012 12:19 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Slammer [Retired]
Replies: 199
Views: 43993

Re: Slammer: Staying or going?

Providing I have the lap bar tight and the shoulder bar so loose it's essentially pointless I'm quite fond of Slammer.  Sure there's a lot wrong with it, and I'm always worried I'll get stranded upside down but it's completely different to anything else in the UK and a fairly thrilling ride.&nb...
by John
Sat Jun 09, 2012 10:54 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Strange Coasters
Replies: 569
Views: 68557

Re: Strange Coasters

That's just a standard Tivoli large, anyone who's ridden Treetops at Oakwood will probably agree that one is pretty terrifying too.  Last year I rode it (Treetops) in near total darkness which was... interesting.
by John
Sat Jun 09, 2012 10:20 pm
Forum: Coffee Shack
Topic: London Underground Disccusion
Replies: 34
Views: 3194

Re: London Underground Disccusion

I'm a fan of the Vic line, it's got the newest rolling stock of any of the deep tube lines, and forms a key part of my journeys to/from Thorpe and Chessington.  Jubilee line is also good, especially in the east with the groovy platform doors. The new Met line trains are great too and bonus poin...
by John
Sat Jun 09, 2012 5:05 pm
Forum: Coffee Shack
Topic: The Roller Coaster Layout Game
Replies: 98
Views: 10083

Re: The Roller Coaster Layout Game

Aww, I'd been looking through all the coasters I could think off with threaded loops...
by John
Fri Jun 08, 2012 11:23 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Oakwood
Replies: 878
Views: 87058

Re: Official Oakwood Thread!

To be fair, when I first visited Oakwood back in the late 90s it was probably on a par with Thorpe at the time, and ahead in terms of coasters.  Oakwood's investment since has been moderate, but few could have predicted how far Thorpe have come in the past 15 years.
by John
Fri Jun 08, 2012 10:59 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, Planning & More
Topic: Europa-Park: Trip Planning, Questions and Advice!
Replies: 49
Views: 12989

Re: Europa-Park: Trip Planning, Questions and Advice!

I don't think they operate any form of exit pass system (though I could be wrong) and there is no fastrack at EP.  All coasters and water rides at EP have a no disabled rider policy in accordance with German H&S, and whilst strictly speaking this probably wouldn't apply to you I'd be surpri...
by John
Fri Jun 08, 2012 6:30 pm
Forum: Coffee Shack
Topic: The Roller Coaster Layout Game
Replies: 98
Views: 10083

Re: The Roller Coaster Layout Game

I wouldn't consider any non-European wooden coaster "well known", at least not over here :P

My knowledge of American woodies is basically zero.
by John
Wed Jun 06, 2012 5:08 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 3080
Views: 191925

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach General Discussion

Not really, both Towers and Thorpe are pretty good for throughputs.  Towers especially - they'll hardly even run a ride at low capacity even on off-peak days, and most of their major coasters can achieve well over 1000/hour
by John
Wed Jun 06, 2012 2:59 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 3080
Views: 191925

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach General Discussion

Capacity has been an issue at PBB for a while, with none of their major coasters capable of getting over 1000/hour.  PMBO should be able to get around 900 though - what was taking them so long?
by John
Tue Jun 05, 2012 1:48 pm
Forum: Coffee Shack
Topic: The Monarchy - Your Views.
Replies: 220
Views: 16998

Re: The Monarchy - Your Views.

The use of the word "only" regarding 80% seems pretty inappropriate there.  I'd be more inclined to describe something which 80% of people are in favour of as having overwhelming support. Reading that link, it seems that in fact only 13% of people actually want to abolish the monarchy...
by John
Wed May 30, 2012 10:23 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Towers' Pricing
Replies: 45
Views: 7026

Re: Towers' Pricing

Hot on the heels of PBB increasing their prices, Alton Towers have followed suit with a £1.50 raise to the on the day price, bringing it to an eye-watering £43.50. The online price when booked more than a week in advance is £26.10, rising to £34.80 if booked nearer the time.  There is no saving...
by John
Fri May 25, 2012 8:02 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Phantasialand
Replies: 632
Views: 61168

Re: Phantasialand: 2012

The siege scene at the end is fairly epic.  I rather feel that it would have been better as a boat ride though - that downhill bit should be a drop.
by John
Fri May 25, 2012 7:55 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Phantasialand
Replies: 632
Views: 61168

Re: Phantasialand: 2012

Nah, I like it as well.  Sure it's far too slow and has that pointless tunnel leading to and from it, but if they could just speed it up a bit they'd have a perfectly respectable ride on their hands.
by John
Wed May 23, 2012 8:00 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: The Mack suspended coaster
Replies: 7
Views: 1730

Re: The Mack suspended coaster

They haven't built any yet, though Europa Park's next ride is apparently going to be one.  It will be a dark ride/coaster hybrid, so not really a particularly thrilling ride, but I have fairly high hopes for the concept.
by John
Wed May 23, 2012 7:32 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Aesthetically pleasing coasters
Replies: 43
Views: 7489

Re: Aesthetically pleasing coasters

It looks like something built in RCT