UK theme parks from another point of view!

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by abigsmurf
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Parc Asterix
Replies: 333
Views: 50250

Re: Parc Asterix

A track switch on a high speed section without holding brakes either side is extremely impressive if they pull it off with good reliability.

Wonder what the emergency braking will be like for when theres a fault detected on the switch
by abigsmurf
Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Walt Disney World - Epcot
Replies: 125
Views: 18810

Re: Walt Disney World - Epcot

Official confirmation from Disney confirming the ride system and showing it in action https://twitter.com/CaitlinDineen/status/1062716572001755136 As I thought, the weight of the vehicles looks like it smooths out drops. will probably end up much milder than crush's coaster but the controlled spinni...
by abigsmurf
Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Industry & General Chat
Topic: Industry General Discussion
Replies: 16
Views: 3744

Re: Industry Talk

New ride type from Dynamic:



A more advanced version of the Test Track ride system. I would love for this to come to the UK but can't see Merlin Splashing out on a large scale dark ride any time soon.
by abigsmurf
Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Walt Disney World - Disney's Hollywood Studios
Replies: 106
Views: 20093

Re: Walt Disney World - Disney's Hollywood Studios

Still admire what they've done with the slinky coaster. People who's limit are Runaway mine train level coasters get to experience a full on launch coaster (even if it's a mild launch) They could probably get the rides from DLP added quite quickly as they're simple and have a small footprint. Their ...
by abigsmurf
Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Walt Disney World - Disney's Hollywood Studios
Replies: 106
Views: 20093

Re: Walt Disney World - Disney's Hollywood Studios

Going to be going to California next year so I should be able to see that version of Star Wars. 

Wonder when we're going to hear more about what's involved in the battlefield show/ride
by abigsmurf
Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Walt Disney World - Disney's Animal Kingdom
Replies: 156
Views: 24443

Re: Walt Disney World - Disney's Animal Kingdom

210 minutes when the parks are quietening down between Halloween and Thankgiving is scary. Does it at least eat up some of the queue times from the Safari and Expedition Everest? I dread to think what the queues will be like in Hollywood Studios when Star Wars Land opens. From what I've been reading...
by abigsmurf
Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: London Entertainment Resort
Topic: London Entertainment Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 444
Views: 109452

Re: London Entertainment Resort - General Discussion

Someone with their own money in the project has more of a motivation to get things moving (rather than sitting in an office doing the bare minimum to not have the project abandoned whilst collecting a salary).
by abigsmurf
Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Walt Disney World - Magic Kingdom
Replies: 143
Views: 18728

Re: Walt Disney World - Magic Kingdom

Spoilers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prkbnHcDSts

I genuinely didn't know that existed. That's pretty neat.

Monkey Island was originally going to be a Pirates of the Caribbean game but they couldn't get the rights. Ironically, LucasArts are owned by Disney now.
by abigsmurf
Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: Alton Towers Resort Future - General Discussion
Replies: 927
Views: 181711

Re: Alton Towers Resort Future - General Discussion & Wishes

Alton has its faults, but I am a firm believer it is actually what you make of each visit. People are quick to complain, but when you take a step back, it is a beautiful park with some great attractions. I think some areas need work to bring them up to standard, but hopefully TLC will continue to s...
by abigsmurf
Sun Nov 04, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Walt Disney World - Epcot
Replies: 125
Views: 18810

Re: Walt Disney World - Epcot

The drop in Gringotts barely gives any sensation when in theory a tilt track should feel worse than a normal drop (as you don't get that lag in acceleration caused by front cars pulling rear cars over the apex). You do get a lot of force from the launch though so I suspect you'll only get a high spe...
by abigsmurf
Sun Nov 04, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Walt Disney World - Epcot
Replies: 125
Views: 18810

Re: Walt Disney World - Epcot

There's some pictures of the track floating around. Pretty much confirms its using that spinning coaster prototype that was in testing a while back. Looking at how chunky the tracks are, seems like the coaster cars are going to be very heavy which is probably one of the reasons for using a long laun...
by abigsmurf
Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Industry & General Chat
Topic: Industry General Discussion
Replies: 16
Views: 3744

Re: Industry Talk

More patents, this time from universal http://universal.wdwinfo.com/multiple-new-ride-systems-could-make-their-way-into-universal-parks/ The LED system for harnesses seems like a good idea in theory but in practice I don't think it would save any time. I think you're still going to need a manual che...
by abigsmurf
Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: London Entertainment Resort
Topic: London Entertainment Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 444
Views: 109452

Re: London Entertainment Resort - General Discussion

https://blooloop.com/news/keltbray-to-invest-25m-in-london-resort-formerly-backed-by-paramount/ Some actual activity.   £25 million investment (which presumably will come with conditions about being involved in the construction) from a big established construction company that has been involved in o...
by abigsmurf
Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Industry & General Chat
Topic: Industry General Discussion
Replies: 16
Views: 3744

Re: Industry Talk

Almost certainly for Guardians of the Galaxy based on what's rumoured about the ride. Will allow the coaster to go a lot faster than Gringotts can whilst in a controlled spin. Not a massive fan of broad patents like these, would have thought charging a powered coaster ride via induction chargers was...
by abigsmurf
Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Industry & General Chat
Topic: Merlin General Discussion - New Owners agreed in £4.8bn deal
Replies: 1439
Views: 93168

Re: Merlin General Discussion

Growth or large dividends are the big drivers for share price.  Where's the growth going to come from for Merlin? The Midway attractions aren't proving massive money spinners, you can only build so many Legolands. I'm not sure any UK parks can truly achieve a resort like Universal or Disneyworld tha...
by abigsmurf
Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019
Replies: 315
Views: 45482

Re: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019

The entire park slowly seems to be getting a horror theme outside of ceebeebies.
by abigsmurf
Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019
Replies: 315
Views: 45482

Re: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019

I'm not sure I can think of a park that's closed an attraction and replaced it with an upcharge attraction of the kind that wouldn't be out of place among a park's rides and shows.  Disney are the kings of nickle and diming and Alton Towers have been following their example a lot recently but I'm no...
by abigsmurf
Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Walt Disney World - Epcot
Replies: 125
Views: 18810

Re: Walt Disney World - Epcot

https://wdwnt.com/2018/10/sse2yearclosure/ Spaceship Earth is going to get a colossal makeover. Ride system replaced, reworking of the main ride systems (seems likely they'll replace lots of the animatronics with more modern projection mapped ones and a much better finale. 2 years of closure is a pr...
by abigsmurf
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Universal Orlando Resort
Replies: 1077
Views: 113585

Re: Universal Orlando Resort

An English dark forest consisting of nothing but pine trees is a bit weird... Giving themselves a lot of slack not announcing which season it is. Makes me think that they're aiming for it to be open by summer but not willing to commit. I'd imagine we'll get the name and official details a few weeks ...
by abigsmurf
Sat Sep 29, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Chessington World of Adventures Resort
Topic: Chessington - General Discussion
Replies: 1705
Views: 162817

Re: Chessington - General Discussion

The Witch in Room on the Broom is simply known as "The Witch" isn't she? Guessing names will keep getting ticked off until just "A Witch" is left.
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