UK theme parks from another point of view!

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by Dara
Thu Oct 25, 2012 1:01 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Best THEMED theme park in britain?
Replies: 34
Views: 5647

Re: Best THEMED theme park in britain?

Chessington's theming is good and has the potential to be outstanding again but sadly, as is common with Merlin parks, much of the theming has been ignored in favour of tacky kiosks and stalls doing things like face painting, fastrack sales etc. I really don't understand why they decided to plonk a ...
by Dara
Thu Oct 25, 2012 2:21 am
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: The best water ride in The UK
Replies: 23
Views: 4754

Re: The best water ride in The UK

I'm pretty baffled that you've not included Valhalla in the poll. Not only is this the best water ride at Blackpool, for me it's the best water ride in the UK, in every respect, and certainly the wettest  :D

Stormforce 10 is pretty good too, but Valhalla wins hands down for me!
by Dara
Wed Oct 10, 2012 10:06 am
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Europa Park
Replies: 2763
Views: 111793

Re: Europa-Park 2012: "Wodan" GCI Woodie + General Discussion

Any idea how busy Europa Park normally gets during the easter period? I'm tempted to book for next year, but am not sure about booking over easter  :?

What sort of queue times would I need to roughly need to expect? If I was to go, this would be my first time on Blue Fire and Wodan!
by Dara
Wed Oct 10, 2012 10:00 am
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Tidal Wave Vs Splash Mountain Vs Tutuki Splash
Replies: 7
Views: 1701

Re: Tidal Wave Vs Splash Mountain Vs Tutuki Splash

Exactly, it's not all about how wet you get. Tidal Wave doesn't even provide that good a ride experience, it's a pretty slow drop then when you hit the bottom it feels like someone's just chucked several buckets over you.

For me Tutuki Splash, far better overall ride experience  :)
by Dara
Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:26 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Oakwood
Replies: 878
Views: 91399

Re: Official Oakwood Thread!

I thought so. Things aren't looking good for the future of Oakwood, it was really quiet on my last visit and that was in the height of summer  :cry:
by Dara
Thu Sep 27, 2012 6:37 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Oakwood
Replies: 878
Views: 91399

Re: Official Oakwood Thread!

The 3D cinema was roughly on Hydro's site, but did close a few years before Hydro's construction. You don't really see those 3D cinemas in domes anymore. I'm pretty sure Thorpe used to have one as well as, obviously, Alton Towers. I guess they've just become out-dated. As for Bounce, it did indeed r...
by Dara
Thu Sep 27, 2012 6:29 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Cariba Creek lockers are now FREE - As from 20 Sept 2012
Replies: 7
Views: 1390

Re: Cariba Creek lockers are now FREE - As from 20 Sept 2012

This really is good news  :D I only went to the waterpark once while the charge was in place, and it really put me off re-visiting. It may only be a pound, but it's unfair to charge people for something that they HAVE TO use. In the theme park, fair enough to charge for lockers, people have the...
by Dara
Sat Sep 08, 2012 4:24 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Oakwood
Replies: 878
Views: 91399

Re: Official Oakwood Thread!

Thing is though, Megafobia actually sits really nicely where it is at Oakwood as do the rest of the rides, the only problem is that not enough has been done to keep the level of maintenance on these rides up to the standards required. And to add to this, nothing has been done to the rest of the park...
by Dara
Sat Sep 08, 2012 12:17 am
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Oakwood
Replies: 878
Views: 91399

Re: Official Oakwood Thread!

Oakwood does seem to be getting dagerously close to being the UK's next theme park tradgedy. No investment in new rides has taken place since 2006, the park seems quieter than ever and they are running a very basic service now- pretty much just the main rides with very few extras. It's nice to final...
by Dara
Wed Mar 21, 2012 9:22 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, Planning & More
Topic: Thorpe Park - 17 March
Replies: 2
Views: 741

Re: Thorpe Park - 17 March

Random searches on the gate? Again, I haven't been since last March, but this seemed excessive and also I find it questionable that someone carrying out searches had much of his arm skin covered in visible tattoos. So why shouldn't someone with tattoos do searches?  :? Glad you had a good time...
by Dara
Wed Mar 24, 2010 1:27 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Oakwood
Replies: 878
Views: 91399

Re: Official Oakwood Thread!

Since Oakwood opens this saturday and there's no mention of any new rides on the site, I'm pretty certain this is going to be another quiet year in terms of updates and installations. However, to look on the bright side, we did see some pretty decent paint jobs and improvements around the park last ...
by Dara
Sun Jan 24, 2010 11:27 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: ERT Line-Up 2010!
Replies: 62
Views: 6271

Re: ERT Line-Up 2010!

Will ERT be happening during the February half term event?
by Dara
Thu Jan 07, 2010 10:57 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Oakwood
Replies: 878
Views: 91399

Re: Official Oakwood Thread!

Hydro upgrade?! I didn't know anything about that! Is the plan to change it so it can have no height restriction? Or is this to do with chest restrictions?
by Dara
Thu Jan 07, 2010 7:23 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: The American Adventure
Replies: 3029
Views: 424464

Re: The American Adventure: Past, Present and Future

Just to clear a few things up, were Ventureworld Ltd. running the park right up until its closure in early 2007? This is what i thought but people keep mentioning THG Group, who are they? Do they have some sort of link to Ventureworld? Also, does anyone know why John Broome's plans for "Adventu...
by Dara
Mon Jan 04, 2010 11:49 am
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Silly opening hours.
Replies: 16
Views: 2339

Re: Silly opening hours.

And Oakwood used to stay open until 10pm every night in August and have a nightly fireworks show in the same way as American parks. They did this for 13 years in a row unitl 2008. But due to its remote location, Oakwood are probably the only UK park that would be allowed to do this with relatively f...
by Dara
Mon Dec 14, 2009 12:04 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Your 'must-ride' wishlist
Replies: 29
Views: 8178

Re: Your 'must-ride' wishlist

The only rides that have really massively appealed to me, and which could motivate me enough to travel half way across the world are Shiekra and El Toro, the latter being the one which i MUST ride at some point in my lifetime :D Has anyone ridden El Toro? How does it compare to..say.. Stampida and M...
by Dara
Tue Dec 01, 2009 6:53 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Lightwater Valley
Replies: 1381
Views: 69352

Re: The Ultimate extension - confirmed!

Surely this will mean it'll have to close during part, or even all, of the 2010 season then :? I mean an extention on this scale would be a project comparable to building a new coaster altogether surely. They couldn't just do it over closed season. Since The Ultimate is their signature ride, the bol...
by Dara
Mon Nov 30, 2009 11:05 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Oakwood
Replies: 878
Views: 91399

Re: Official Oakwood Thread!

Hydro has never had 2 boats, the ride system wouldn't allow for it. On a slightly different, but yet similar subject, Speed used to have 4 cars for use on the system (although i doubt the ride ever actually ran on more that 2), but if you look in the maintenance section now, it's clear that the ride...
by Dara
Tue Nov 17, 2009 11:10 am
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: The best and worst queues, "in the world"
Replies: 23
Views: 2567

Re: The best and worst queues, "in the world"

According to RCDB, it can reach 15,000 pph. 15000 :shock: Intamin rides rarely come close to their stated throughput. RCDB states 1300 for Colossus, but it is incapable of doing more than around 8-900pph, as it can't dispatch until the previous train is stopped in the brakes. In practice the trains...
by Dara
Mon Nov 16, 2009 1:43 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: The best and worst queues, "in the world"
Replies: 23
Views: 2567

Re: The best and worst queues, "in the world"

"AstroDan" wrote:
Furius Baco?!?!?!? That ride gets around 5-600pph.


According to RCDB, it can reach 15,000 pph. If it was just 5-600, that would be on one train surely?

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