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by abigsmurf
Fri Oct 26, 2012 2:19 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, Planning & More
Topic: Florida, 2014 potentially.........
Replies: 10
Views: 1581

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: 1581

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: 204919

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: 444
Views: 107564

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: 444
Views: 107564

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: 989

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: 1232

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: 1238

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: 2883

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: 51250

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: 74830

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 ...
by abigsmurf
Wed Oct 10, 2012 11:05 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: What would you want at towers ??
Replies: 75
Views: 10071

Re: What would you want at towers ??

i personally would love to see better theming in some areas. you need theming over wise it just turns into a generic fun fair. plus i would love to see a water coaster in the park. would go well where the flume is and if you had boat shaped cars it would fit in with mutiny bay Think I've mentioned ...
by abigsmurf
Wed Oct 10, 2012 10:51 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Roper update
Replies: 259
Views: 51250

Re: Roper update

It's worth noting that decibels is a logarithmic scale. 67db would be around 10 times louder than 47db. 47db is a loud whisper or your fridge running. However, that noise is also likely the peak, the highest they could record. From the noisiest place in their property. Whilst it's noticable (althoug...
by abigsmurf
Wed Oct 10, 2012 9:24 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, Planning & More
Topic: Shocktoberfest - Tulleys farm
Replies: 2
Views: 1197

Re: Shocktoberfest - Tulleys farm

Depends when you go but it's between £35-£60 for the VIP pass.

http://www.halloweenattractions.co.uk/s ... et-prices/
by abigsmurf
Wed Oct 10, 2012 4:53 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, Planning & More
Topic: Shocktoberfest - Tulleys farm
Replies: 2
Views: 1197

Shocktoberfest - Tulleys farm

http://www.halloweenattractions.co.uk/shocktoberfest/ It's kinda weird how Tulleys Farm has gone from a place known to do pumpkin carving and bobbing for apples to one of the best places to go for horror mazes... Anyhow, I went there for their world record attempt for the largest number of zombies. ...
by abigsmurf
Tue Oct 09, 2012 11:36 pm
Forum: London Entertainment Resort
Topic: London Entertainment Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 444
Views: 107564

Re: Proposed Paramount Park in Kent

You'll be able to reach the park by turning off a few miles before the dartford crossing (A2 goes right by it), that should hopefully mean you avoid the queues. The location should be pretty great. Close to Bluewater and good transport links. Things that make me question it: The crescent shape for t...
by abigsmurf
Tue Oct 09, 2012 9:04 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Tidal Wave Vs Splash Mountain Vs Tutuki Splash
Replies: 7
Views: 1706

Re: Tidal Wave Vs Splash Mountain Vs Tutuki Splash

To me Tidal Wave goes too far, it's tall enough for it to start being too much for all the family. One thing that's noteworthy is that Disneyland Splash mountain has more traditional single file logs whereas Magic Kingdom and Disney Tokyo have wider logs that sit two in a row (and seem to make me lo...
by abigsmurf
Tue Oct 09, 2012 8:48 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Speculation
Replies: 5277
Views: 744823

Re: The Smiler - Speculation

In that case, the bottom of any drop or apex of any turn would be dangerous. Loops on flying coasters are not used simply because inside loops and different, unconventional inversions are possible. Forcefully pushing your head back into the seat = safe Forcefully pulling your head away from the sea...
by abigsmurf
Tue Oct 09, 2012 8:08 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Speculation
Replies: 5277
Views: 744823

Re: The Smiler - Speculation

All this talk about the physics of an outward loop... Are there actually any flying coasters with a loop 'underneath' the track where you remain on the outside of the track all the time? I thought they either twist you around at the bottom or the loop is above the track. That's a massive force whipp...
by abigsmurf
Tue Oct 02, 2012 4:15 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Most exspensive ride in the world?
Replies: 15
Views: 2356

Re: Most exspensive ride in the world?

Inflation tends to mean that it's always a fairly recent ride. I know Radiator Springs in Disney's California Adventure cost $200mill which seems a bit much considering it reuses Test Track tech but it may also include the flat rides they built with it. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is another...