UK theme parks from another point of view!

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by abigsmurf
Tue May 28, 2013 9:48 am
Forum: Trip Reports & Planning
Topic: List all the themeparks you have ever been to
Replies: 145
Views: 26680

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: Theme Parks & Attractions
Topic: Rich people hire disabled people to beat queues at disney!!!!
Replies: 16
Views: 3382

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...
by abigsmurf
Tue May 07, 2013 1:14 pm
Forum: Trip Reports & Planning
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach Report 6-5-13
Replies: 2
Views: 857

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach Report 6-5-13

Would I be right in assuming that it was unbelievably busy yesterday?
by abigsmurf
Tue May 07, 2013 1:13 pm
Forum: Trip Reports & Planning
Topic: Florida Trip April 2013
Replies: 26
Views: 3341

Re: Florida Trip April 2013

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by abigsmurf
Fri May 03, 2013 4:19 pm
Forum: Trip Reports & Planning
Topic: PortAventura next week.
Replies: 3
Views: 993

Re: PortAventura next week.

Can't imagine the queues being too bad, I went around this time a couple of years ago and never had to wait more than 20mins for anything. Furious Baco gets long queues due to it being a high profile ride near the entrance but I don't know if Shambala gets busier than that (wasn't built when I was t...
by abigsmurf
Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:11 pm
Forum: Theme Parks & Attractions
Topic: Ride Accidents 2013
Replies: 8
Views: 3509

Re: Ride Accidents 2013

Love ski jumps,  especially the ones where you actively lift off and land with a thump.

Always paranoid that spin rides like that (and waltzers) will cause your car to go flying off though...
by abigsmurf
Thu Apr 11, 2013 12:19 pm
Forum: Trip Reports & Planning
Topic: Chessington World of Adventures - Zufari, Ride into Africa Review!
Replies: 8
Views: 2946

Re: Chessington World of Adventures - Zufari, Ride into Africa Review!

What happened on the bridge bit? It's sadly gone now but what happened was that you drove onto the bridge, the guide/driver makes a comment about how it's an old bridge, you stop on it, then it starts to collapse. The section of bridge you're on actually falls down into the river and the rest of th...
by abigsmurf
Fri Apr 05, 2013 12:28 pm
Forum: Trip Reports & Planning
Topic: Chessington World of Adventures - Zufari, Ride into Africa Review!
Replies: 8
Views: 2946

Re: Chessington World of Adventures - Zufari, Ride into Africa Review!

They'll need to do something to try and get the animals out and about whilst keeping them happy. Maybe a few strategic disguised heaters and treats/food would help. Ending sounds fairly neat, shame it's not quite as impressive as Rhino Rally which completely blew me away with the bridge collapse sec...
by abigsmurf
Fri Apr 05, 2013 12:01 pm
Forum: Theme Parks & Attractions
Topic: The London Resort
Replies: 532
Views: 128691

Re: Proposed Paramount Park in Kent

Jumping spiders can't be that rare, I'm sure I've seen them in my garden before (they're fairly tiny, only a bit bigger than moneyspiders)...

Anyway, the Jumping spiders aren't yet protected by law so it shouldn't really have any effect unless they're chasing a bit of good PR.
by abigsmurf
Mon Mar 25, 2013 11:06 am
Forum: Trip Reports & Planning
Topic: Chessington Trip 24/3/13 - Total Chaos
Replies: 2
Views: 810

Re: Chessington Trip 24/3/13 - Total Chaos

Arguably the top 5 rides in the park were closed... Did they offer a refund or free tickets?
by abigsmurf
Mon Mar 25, 2013 11:04 am
Forum: Trip Reports & Planning
Topic: Thorpe tuesday 16th of april 2013
Replies: 3
Views: 829

Re: Thorpe tuesday 16th of april 2013

Can't see it being terribly busy.

May catch some kids from private schools with longer holidays but I'd be surprised if you ever had to wait more than 20 mins or so for a ride.
by abigsmurf
Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:11 am
Forum: Theme Parks & Attractions
Topic: The London Resort
Replies: 532
Views: 128691

Re: Proposed Paramount Park in Kent

It's been approved but their (public) proposals so far have been basically "on the condition of getting funding". It's a huge amount of capital to invest, even if it's incredibly promising. May be another theme park south of London (just) but you couldn't hope for better transport links wi...
by abigsmurf
Thu Mar 21, 2013 8:58 am
Forum: Theme Parks & Attractions
Topic: PortAventura World
Replies: 976
Views: 97410

Re: PortAventura 2012: "Shambhala" B&M Mega Coaster

Does make you wonder about their safety record, what with Tutuki splash having a car/boat derail and get crashed into by the following one. Bad for two reasons: heavily front loading the car and not noticing the derailment and pressing the emergency stop.
by abigsmurf
Thu Mar 21, 2013 8:54 am
Forum: Theme Parks & Attractions
Topic: Flamingo Land
Replies: 1425
Views: 110460

Re: Flamingo Land remove mouse for new ride

Can't be as long as my last visit.

It was so long ago all I remember is walking down the path with a load of lights and model dioramas and the world's crudest water chute where you're pulled back up by a rope.

Has to be over 20 years ago.
by abigsmurf
Wed Mar 20, 2013 5:10 pm
Forum: Theme Parks & Attractions
Topic: The London Resort
Replies: 532
Views: 128691

Re: Proposed Paramount Park in Kent

Given what's happening in other countries it seems unlikely.

If it is happening though, progress will be very very slow and it'll take a long time before they actively build it.
by abigsmurf
Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:29 am
Forum: Trip Reports & Planning
Topic: Florida Trip April 2013
Replies: 26
Views: 3341

Re: Florida Trip April 2013

Themeparksandy1981 wrote:
For 6 days:

1) Epcot Best Disney Park
2) Universal Studios
3) Islands of adventure
4) Sea World
5) Water park/Downtown Disney or shopping
6) Magic Kingdom


This is the itinerary I'd recommend personally.
by abigsmurf
Mon Feb 18, 2013 12:09 pm
Forum: Theme Parks & Attractions
Topic: Longleat Safari & Adventure Park
Replies: 10
Views: 2557

Longleat Safari & Adventure Park

Looks like Longleat Safari Park are going the Chessington route and adding a section with a few rides. http://www.themeparks-uk.com/news/theme" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; ... gleat.html Not entirely sure how much of that is placeholder graphics but it looks like a fairly tradition...
by abigsmurf
Mon Dec 17, 2012 11:32 am
Forum: Theme Parks & Attractions
Topic: PortAventura World
Replies: 976
Views: 97410

Re: PortAventura 2012: "Shambhala" B&M Mega Coaster

I haven't been on it (went just before construction started) but it's a fairly massive coaster. Dragon Khan was already pretty tall and this is even bigger. Only you'll know if it's too much for you but if you need to ask in the first place, I'd guess the answer would be yes. From what I understand ...
by abigsmurf
Wed Nov 21, 2012 11:57 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: Mutiny Bay: New Family Coaster Concept
Replies: 32
Views: 7285

Re: Mutiny Bay: New Family Coaster Concept

if the park got wrid of the log flume and never replaced it with another kind of water ride, i see no problem? the UK's weather is awful. we can't have the amazing water rides that places like Florida offer as your just walking around drenched all day not able to dry off unlike in floridian weather...
by abigsmurf
Mon Nov 19, 2012 4:35 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: Mutiny Bay: New Family Coaster Concept
Replies: 32
Views: 7285

Re: Mutiny Bay: New Family Coaster Concept

Alton Towers have a great family coaster in the mine train and arguably a "family coaster with a twist" in thirteen. Seems very strange putting a third one in, especially at the expense of having something approaching a log flume. Perhaps a flying dutchman type ride but not a pure coaster....