UK theme parks from another point of view!

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by themealgang
Fri Sep 20, 2013 6:53 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3173
Views: 599270

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

On a completely different note, The Smiler now has a technical name/ coaster style! Gerstlauer have named it the 'Infinity Coaster'. Interesting. Wonder how many more of these will be built! http://www.gerstlauer-rides.de/references/reference-list/europe/united-kingdom/the-smiler-en-US/ Been mentio...
by themealgang
Fri Sep 20, 2013 6:48 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3173
Views: 599270

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

On a completely different note, The Smiler now has a technical name/ coaster style! Gerstlauer have named it the 'Infinity Coaster'. Interesting. Wonder how many more of these will be built! http://www.gerstlauer-rides.de/references/reference-list/europe/united-kingdom/the-smiler-en-US/ Been mentio...
by themealgang
Fri Sep 20, 2013 1:40 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3173
Views: 599270

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

On a completely different note, The Smiler now has a technical name/ coaster style! Gerstlauer have named it the 'Infinity Coaster'. Interesting. Wonder how many more of these will be built!

http://www.gerstlauer-rides.de/referenc ... ler-en-US/
by themealgang
Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:25 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Drayton Manor
Replies: 3232
Views: 235084

Re: Excalibur, Drayton Manor Park

Excalibur is dead- they now use the castle for their Christmas event. It's a real shame as the ride was actually quite unique for the UK, but they just let it rot. I can remember the glory days when the dragon used to breathe fire, the theming was great and the whole area was in good condition. In i...
by themealgang
Tue Sep 17, 2013 12:34 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Heide Park
Replies: 788
Views: 92974

Re: Heide Park's new B&M Wing Coaster

This is shaping up to be the most intense WingRider to date! Looking good. As a person who has had the pleasure of riding GateKeeper, I think Heide's version of the coaster will be better as the inversions look tighter. Gtaekeeper, while fun, is too tall and the inversions are too big to be intense....
by themealgang
Fri Sep 13, 2013 1:01 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3173
Views: 599270

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

The worrying thing is, The Smiler is getting rough and those restraints are starting to grip where it hurts for us blokes... especially when the train goes through the batwing! :shock: Also, paint work is starting to chip on the entrance I've noticed and also the track has worn very quickly. Still a...
by themealgang
Tue Sep 10, 2013 10:56 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3173
Views: 599270

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

vesty21 wrote:
I was there today and managed five rides, twice in normal que for no more than 25 mins wait and three in the single rider roughly 15 minutes each time.


That's promising!
by themealgang
Tue Sep 10, 2013 9:18 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3173
Views: 599270

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Off tomorrow for another Smiler fix. Any idea how busy it will be? We chose a weekday just before Uni starts. Last time I was on-park was the last day of may just before my final A-Level exams and The Smiler was busy. Will be good to go without all the stress of A Levels this time round!
by themealgang
Tue Sep 10, 2013 9:08 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, Planning & More
Topic: List all the themeparks you have ever been to
Replies: 145
Views: 25959

Re: List all the themeparks you have ever been to

Now you've got me thinking! Okay, here goes (if we are counting defunct parks, WaterParks and large seasonal funfairs, too...) UK (Defunct) American Adventure Camelot (Operational) Alton Towers Alton Towers Waterpark Sandcastle WaterWorld, Blackpool WaterWorld, Stoke-on-Trent Pleasure Beach, Blackpo...
by themealgang
Tue Sep 10, 2013 8:46 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, Planning & More
Topic: Orlando
Replies: 4
Views: 922

Re: Orlando

If you want something away from the coasters, head down to Boggy Creek in Kissimmee. They run high speed boat rides across the Floridian everglade and it's fab. You also have a chance to hold a live gator at the end!
by themealgang
Tue Sep 10, 2013 7:48 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Anyone ever vomited on or after a ride?
Replies: 78
Views: 12928

Re: Anyone ever vomited on or after a ride?

Yes. But only once... well actually twice and these incidents did not occur at a theme park; it was at a travelling fair. The first was on a Waltzer. The fair was dead so the ride went on for about 6 minutes. For some reason, this Waltzer spun more than normal (the platform wasn't 'flat' at any poin...
by themealgang
Mon Sep 09, 2013 11:51 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Ripsaw a waste of time!
Replies: 18
Views: 3628

Re: Ripsaw a waste of time!

Huss TopSpin. Not designed for parks to be honest. I went on one at Foire Du Trone and it was incredible... just theme parks operate them on crap settings. Oh well.
by themealgang
Sun Sep 08, 2013 4:53 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: New video Q & A with John Wardley
Replies: 9
Views: 1860

Re: New video Q & A with John Wardley

Great interview. I did smile when he talked about the woodie just being 'a great ride' when trying to pitch the idea and Merlin having non of it. How frustrating and demoralising that must have been! It's not all about being the first in the world to do something unique (even though The Smiler is ac...
by themealgang
Sun Sep 08, 2013 12:53 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Going to Towers alone...
Replies: 96
Views: 24690

Re: Going it Alone

This could bring up the whole 'Going to theme parks alone' debate again. I've ridden as a single rider many times. Not so much on coasters (this normally happens if we go to a park out of the country when on holiday as both my parents hate riding them) but in the UK, it's on the flat rides. It depen...
by themealgang
Sun Sep 08, 2013 12:38 am
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Oakwood
Replies: 882
Views: 109629

Re: Can Oakwood afford another coaster?

A maurer Sohne X-Car would work well. Low height restriction, flexible and cheap. A skyloop would be highly marketable and offer something completely new to the UK market. Only problem is the dire throughput; however a ride like Abismo could work just have it break on a break run as apposed to the ...
by themealgang
Sun Sep 08, 2013 12:33 am
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: The UK's next B&M?
Replies: 19
Views: 3387

Re: The UK's next B&M?

Judging by Thorpe Park's latest Facebook post, they could be getting the next one; a Hyper possibly? If they come up with a new coaster concept within the next 5 years, then there's no reason why Alton wouldn't go for one either. To be honest, these parks are the ones in the country that can actuall...
by themealgang
Sat Sep 07, 2013 4:56 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - Rise Of The Demon
Replies: 4894
Views: 883157

Re: Thorpe Park Next Coaster

Another day, another interesting Thorpe Park Facebook page  future coaster post. Again, in my opinion, it's indicating inversions are out and airtime is in. That's my kind of thinking. To think that they could potentially open up a B&M Hyper the size of the Big One seems nuts for the UK in ...
by themealgang
Fri Aug 30, 2013 5:16 am
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Intamin Mega-Lite: Perfect coaster for the UK?
Replies: 3
Views: 1483

Intamin Mega-Lite: Perfect coaster for the UK?

Intamin are known for AirTime, and I can't help but look at their coaster catalogue with one ride sticking out as not only  being first class but perfect for the UK with the battles parks face with planning and height restrictions ect...This coaster being the much celebrated Mega-Lite. Standing...
by themealgang
Fri Aug 30, 2013 5:06 am
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Best Rollercoaster in the world?
Replies: 22
Views: 3710

Re: Best Rollercoaster in the world?

I've been fortune to visit both Six Flags Great Adventure and Cedar Point (did it this week!) and some of my favourite coasters in the world can be found at these parks. Steelie wise, it would have to be Maverick. A ride this insane should not be allowed and the track changes after the enclosed laun...
by themealgang
Mon Aug 19, 2013 10:23 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Winter Wonderland - Hyde Park London
Replies: 444
Views: 48825

Re: Winter Wonderland - Hyde Park - 23rd November 2013-5th January 2014

Wilde Maus XXL was incredibly popular last year and quite rightly so. It's rather thrilling for a Mack Mouse! No wonder that will be back along with the classics... Power Tower, Air just to name a few. People are right they need to expand as they are getting bigger and better every year. I'm hoping ...
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