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by abigsmurf
Mon Apr 28, 2014 11:23 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: The Future of The Flume
Replies: 636
Views: 109758

Re: The Future of The Flume

Water coasters can actually have an advantage of an adjustable splash. The splash can be adjusted by a 'scoop' on the bottom of the cars that increases the amount of water thrown up depending on how far down it is.
by abigsmurf
Fri Apr 25, 2014 10:28 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: The Future of The Flume
Replies: 636
Views: 109758

Re: The Future of The Flume

there are water slides that invert but I dont think there are any water coasters that do, so this could be cool for AT to look into as it gives them a worlds first and replaces the flume with a similar but upgraded ride. The only problem is that it takes away the family asppect of the ride and ther...
by abigsmurf
Mon Mar 10, 2014 5:41 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: The Future of The Flume
Replies: 636
Views: 109758

Re: The Future of The Flume

If they wanted a family inverted, there's a great looking powered inverted (with rotating cars) dark ride/coaster hybrid being built at Europa park with an Arthur and the Minimoys theme. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_%E2%80%93_The_Ride Would be a great family attraction and it wouldn't need to...
by abigsmurf
Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:26 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Which Thorpe Park ride will leave first ?
Replies: 119
Views: 21554

Re: What ride would you like Thorpe Park to remove next?

Ilovecoasters wrote:

Family rides:
Loggers leap
Tidal Wave
Storm Surge
Depth Charge
Rumba Rapids

X
Quantum
Teacups
Flying Fish

There's plenty for all at thorpe lets keep it that way


Not great if it's cold and you don't want to spend the day constantly soaked. Tidal Wave is also too tall for lots of people.
by abigsmurf
Mon Feb 17, 2014 3:52 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, Planning & More
Topic: Los Angeles- No Car... Is it Possible?
Replies: 6
Views: 1118

Re: Los Angeles- No Car... Is it Possible?

Personally, I would be really uneasy about using LA buses in the evening after a day at a theme park, especially given how obvious it'd be that you're tourists. Try to stick to hotels shuttle busses wherever possible. Driving in the US isn't too bad, it's just a case of getting used to frequent U-tu...
by abigsmurf
Thu Feb 13, 2014 11:01 am
Forum: Trip Reports, Planning & More
Topic: Grand-Vegas-Ornia
Replies: 6
Views: 1659

Re: Grand-Vegas-Ornia

Bit late to reply to this but I'd just like to say a few minor pieces of advice: Do NOT do the grand canyon rail ride. It's incredibly boring (the same featureless landscape you'd been driving for a long time to get there) and only gives you a little bit of time to enjoy the canyon. Do the buffets a...
by abigsmurf
Fri Feb 07, 2014 9:37 am
Forum: London Entertainment Resort
Topic: London Entertainment Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 447
Views: 111809

Re: Proposed Paramount Park in Kent

It's hard to know how far along the planning was with the initial pitch and art/designs. I suspect it's just a 'what could go in it", without knowing how much investment you'll get and what planning issues you could have, the rides shown on it could just be placeholders. That said, the big diff...
by abigsmurf
Thu Feb 06, 2014 12:35 pm
Forum: London Entertainment Resort
Topic: London Entertainment Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 447
Views: 111809

Re: Proposed Paramount Park in Kent

There's a pretty detailed look at the Spanish project here : http://www.tucatz.com/server/Paramount%20Park%20Murcia%202014%20Brochure%20PROOF4.pdf It's reasonable to assume that a lot of the rides and areas will be cloned for the park in Kent. summary: Themed zones: Paseo Paramount - entrance plaza ...
by abigsmurf
Thu Jan 09, 2014 9:36 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park Resort - The Future
Replies: 1965
Views: 201079

Re: Thorpe Park: 2014 and beyond

The idea of an Angry Birds land is fine (although you have to wonder how long it'll be relevant). Two family attractions that are undercover is a good idea. They really should add more though, given the lack of family rides in the park the dodgems will build up insane queues (like storm surges does)...
by abigsmurf
Mon Dec 02, 2013 4:30 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, Planning & More
Topic: California trip
Replies: 2
Views: 673

Re: California trip

A bit late to reply but Knotts berry farm is very much a traditional theme park. Less effort on theming but more white knuckle rides. I went to it about 10 years ago and had a good time. Disneyland could be done in a day if you go on a busy day but I could see it taking 2. Indiana Jones is a brillia...
by abigsmurf
Mon Dec 02, 2013 4:21 pm
Forum: Chessington World of Adventures Resort
Topic: Chessington's "Single Rider" policy
Replies: 24
Views: 7139

Re: Chessington's "Single Rider" policy

Making you personally search out another single rider among strangers is pretty horrible, I'd even go so far as to say humiliating.

That can't be official policy, it must be better for a ride attendant to shout out for another single rider willing to get on 5 minutes earlier.
by abigsmurf
Sat Nov 09, 2013 11:53 am
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Hunger Games theme park in the works?
Replies: 4
Views: 1168

Re: Hunger Games theme park in the works?

Just a warning, that site has an obnoxious banner ad that automatically downloads a video file.

Back on topic, not sure what they could do as a ride from what I know of the films/books. Maybe a Spider-man type thing?
by abigsmurf
Sat Nov 09, 2013 9:39 am
Forum: Industry & General Chat
Topic: Merlin General Discussion - New Owners agreed in £4.8bn deal
Replies: 1440
Views: 97125

Re: Merlin Floatation

Merlin seem to be doing very well expanding into the US through Legoland, it has good potential for growth. However you only have to look at six flags to realize that it's a fairly large risk.

I was burnt once buying shares in companies I like (went bust a month after investing).
by abigsmurf
Sun Oct 20, 2013 9:25 pm
Forum: Chessington World of Adventures Resort
Topic: Chessington - The Future
Replies: 246
Views: 81027

Re: New Chessington Junior Coaster

I'd quote like to see one of these at Chessington: http://www.vekoma.com/index.php/family- ... ch-coaster

Unique (for the UK at least), reasonably thrilling but still family friendly.
by abigsmurf
Thu Oct 17, 2013 5:18 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Phantom Fantasia / Wicked Witches Haunt (1983 - 2000)
Replies: 10
Views: 2944

Re: Wicked Witches Haunt/Phantom Phantasia review/why it didn't work for me

I absolutely loved Phantom Phantasia as a child. It's criminal Thorpe Park have never really put in a dark ride to replace it since it burned down. The park desperately needs a dark ride that families can enjoy. Ultimately they had to deal with having a limited budget, both for building and for main...
by abigsmurf
Fri Sep 13, 2013 12:56 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: Which water ride will be removed first?
Replies: 34
Views: 6737

Re: Which water ride will be removed first?

Ultimately,  theme parks need a log flume. They're a mainstay as the 'scary' ride for those who can't handle coasts and that hardcore coaster types can also enjoy as a family. Lack of a log flume could be enough for a family to decide on another theme park instead as some members could feel the...
by abigsmurf
Wed Aug 28, 2013 2:10 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park Resort - The Future
Replies: 1965
Views: 201079

Re: Thorpe Park: 2014 and beyond

I've said it in other threads but it's worth saying again. Thorpe Park needs a quality family/dark ride. They're high capacity, tend to have the best sort of queues (constant moving ones in themed areas) and are good in all weather. There hasn't been a great selection of family rides in Thorpe Park ...
by abigsmurf
Sun Jun 16, 2013 9:31 pm
Forum: Chessington World of Adventures Resort
Topic: Rameses Revenge
Replies: 78
Views: 23434

Re: Ramesis Revenge Incident

This ride seems to break down all the time, often with riders stuck (usually not for long though). It doesn't take up a massive amount of space but surely they must be considering a replacement given its age, reliability and being a bit out of place at a family park. Big question is what you'd put i...
by abigsmurf
Tue May 28, 2013 9:48 am
Forum: Trip Reports, Planning & More
Topic: List all the themeparks you have ever been to
Replies: 145
Views: 23373

Re: List all the themeparks you have ever been too

UK: Dreamland Blackpool Pleasure Beach Another pleasure beach I can't remember (had a boat ride where you could shoot plastic balls at other boats) Brighton Pier Camelot American Adventure Flamingo Land Lightwater Valley Dayton Manor Alton Towers Thorpe Park Chessington Granada Studios Legoland Lapl...
by abigsmurf
Tue May 21, 2013 10:08 am
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Rich people hire disabled people to beat queues at disney!!!!
Replies: 16
Views: 3013

Re: Rich people hire disabled people to beat queues at disney!!!!

This has been going on decades. I remember when I first went to Florida and got annoyed when someone disabled went to the front of the queue... Along with 8 people who were with him. They've tightened it up and made it more difficult to get these passes (lots of groups would have someone go around o...