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by abigsmurf
Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:43 am
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Drayton Manor
Replies: 3226
Views: 194218

Re: Drayton Manor 2012 Season

Screamscape have reported Drayton are planning for two coasters, a wooden coaster and a launched one. Guessing it's for the 2014 season onwards though.

Perhaps getting Knightmare from Camelot? Not sure if moving a wooden coaster saves enough money to be worthwhile over building a new one though.
by abigsmurf
Sat Nov 10, 2012 10:41 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, Planning & More
Topic: Disneyland and California Adventure TR
Replies: 8
Views: 1848

Re: Disneyland and California Adventure TR

California adventure was such a mediocre park when I went there. They've spent a massive amount of money on it since though.

Did they still have that awful superstar limo ride where you look at wooden cutouts?
by abigsmurf
Tue Nov 06, 2012 9:34 am
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Does the UK ignore dark rides too much?
Replies: 4
Views: 1517

Re: Does the UK ignore dark rides too much?

I enjoyed the Pirate ride at Drayton Manor. They do however lose points for having quite possibly the worst ghost train I've ever been on (not sure if it's still there). The thing is, a good dark ride can have a massive boost to a park. I'd wager more people come to islands of adventure for Harry Po...
by abigsmurf
Tue Nov 06, 2012 9:30 am
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Universal Orlando Resort
Replies: 1079
Views: 119418

Re: Transformers- The Ride Officially Announced for Universal Orlando

For what should be a AAA ride, it's too similar to Spider-man really, even if it's in a different park. Rides that are too similar risk destroying the magic of a ride. I remember even as a kid noticing that Star Tours, Body wars (and a simulator in Bush Gardens) used the exact same type of simulator...
by abigsmurf
Thu Nov 01, 2012 10:17 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: Indoor rollercoaster needed for alton towers.
Replies: 92
Views: 14031

Re: Indoor rollercoaster needed for alton towers.

Something like the Scooby Doo coaster would be a great match for Alton Towers, especially as it doesn't have a wild mouse style. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yW3gaO5E5oE (spoilers) I'd imagine it would fit well in the Charlie and the Chocolate factory building (possibly would need to dig out small...
by abigsmurf
Thu Nov 01, 2012 2:39 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Does the UK ignore dark rides too much?
Replies: 4
Views: 1517

Does the UK ignore dark rides too much?

The UK has had, and is getting, some great coasters recently but I've noticed that we are literally decades behind other countries when it comes to dark rides. Thinking about what's been built in recent history, we've had Hex (a very well done ride but an old concept), the atlantis ride at legoland,...
by abigsmurf
Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:09 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, Planning & More
Topic: Disneyland and California Adventure TR
Replies: 8
Views: 1848

Re: Disneyland and California Adventure TR

Indiana Jones being closed is a major major shame. Such a great ride.
by abigsmurf
Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:40 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 3082
Views: 216183

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach General Discussion

Latest news on it are that they've reconsidered and are modernising the brakes to increase capacity instead.

Great stuff.
by abigsmurf
Sun Oct 28, 2012 1:01 am
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 3082
Views: 216183

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach General Discussion

I think quite a lot of time the cost for maintaining and running them simply becomes too much. A lot of these are very very old rides and I imagine breakdowns are frequent and parts in short supply (or even custom tooled). Good to hear that the mouse going is only under consideration. I do hope if t...
by abigsmurf
Fri Oct 26, 2012 2:19 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, Planning & More
Topic: Florida, 2014 potentially.........
Replies: 10
Views: 1637

Re: Florida, 2014 potentially.........

Disney said 2014 for the Dwarves ride on their site.

Also rumours floating around about the Avatar section of Animal Kingdom suggesting a more advanced "soarin" type ride, a water ride (perhaps a log flume?) and a Vekoma cycle type one.
by abigsmurf
Wed Oct 24, 2012 10:28 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, Planning & More
Topic: Florida, 2014 potentially.........
Replies: 10
Views: 1637

Re: Florida, 2014 potentially.........

To be honest, you get rain almost on a daily basis no matter what time you go (it's a tropical climate, the rain tends to be 10 minute long downpours that clear up freakishly fast). It's actually warmer in September than it is in May in Orlando. September however has Labour Day (first monday in Sept...
by abigsmurf
Tue Oct 23, 2012 10:31 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 3082
Views: 216183

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach General Discussion

Lots of suggestions floating around at the moment that the Wild Mouse could be removed.

Really, really sad news if that's true, it's a classic coaster.
by abigsmurf
Tue Oct 23, 2012 9:40 am
Forum: London Entertainment Resort
Topic: London Entertainment Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 447
Views: 112101

Re: New Paramount theme park in the UK. Coasters you'd like to see there?

Some cool unique coasters.

Spinning inverted (the tech for its been advertised but I don't think anyone's built one yet).

That family coaster which is like an exagerated wing coaster where the arms spin around the track (but the cars freely swing so they always remain upright)
by abigsmurf
Sat Oct 13, 2012 11:17 pm
Forum: London Entertainment Resort
Topic: London Entertainment Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 447
Views: 112101

Re: Proposed Paramount Park in Kent

http://www.thethemeparkguy.com/board/pa ... ark-spain/

4 months after the groundbreaking ceremony signalling the start of construction... The only thing which has been built at the Spanish Paramount park is the concrete block laid at that ceremony.

Hardly looks promising.
by abigsmurf
Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:28 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, Planning & More
Topic: Universal Singapore Sept 19th 2012
Replies: 1
Views: 1016

Re: Universal Singapore Sept 19th 2012

Saw a photo gallery showing off this park on another site and I was really intrigued. Looked a great park. Didn't realise the BSG ride was actually two different types of coaster. With the Singapore Jurassic Park ride, Bluto's Bilge rat barges and River Quest, I kinda wish someone in the UK would sp...
by abigsmurf
Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:14 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: master blaster water ride as a dry ride?
Replies: 3
Views: 1270

Re: master blaster water ride as a dry ride?

There's too much incidental spray to make it work as a dry version; You need high speed water to make it work. Even assuming you could control that, you'd be left with an incredibly low capacity, 2 people every 30 seconds or so. I think ultimately if they wanted to make a dark ride type coaster , th...
by abigsmurf
Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:07 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Reverchon Modification
Replies: 4
Views: 1275

Re: Reverchon Modification

Was kind expecting a bit more swing than that...

All that would do is make the corners less intense, you may as well bank the turns.
by abigsmurf
Thu Oct 11, 2012 4:08 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, Planning & More
Topic: Florida in January - A wise idea?
Replies: 17
Views: 2972

Re: Florida in January - A wise idea?

I know this is a bit late but I thought I'd post a warning. Normally it's hotter than our summers in January in Florida but very occasionally, they have cold spells. I went one winter, suitcase packed full of light clothing, got there and it was below freezing. You don't expect to go to Florida and ...
by abigsmurf
Wed Oct 10, 2012 11:29 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Roper update
Replies: 259
Views: 52529

Re: Roper update

It's possible it's the vibrations more than anything but that seems implausible to me.

Trees are pretty effective at absorbing that sort of thing and I'd be suprised if Oblivion's foundations didn't have huge amounts of dampening built into them to prevent fatigue on the supports and track.
by abigsmurf
Wed Oct 10, 2012 11:13 pm
Forum: Chessington World of Adventures Resort
Topic: Chessington - The Future
Replies: 246
Views: 81441

Re: Chessington needs a new rollercoaster?

Chessington isn't a white knuckle park. The Vampire, Dragons Fury and Rattlesnake are best described as intense family coasters (although I can't think of any other family friendly inverted coasters).  They've set Thorpe Park up as the white knuckle part for the M25(ish) area. It could do with ...