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by abigsmurf
Tue May 28, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 3082
Views: 209689

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

The park's full of rare and unique rides, do as much as you can, even the rides that seem like they'd be rubbish are fun.

The Alice in Wonderland ride is fun because it's so tacky (and the weird choice of music). Plus it's insanely trippy.
by abigsmurf
Sat May 25, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: Duel: Retheme, Replace or Remove?
Replies: 178
Views: 37967

Re: Duel: Retheme, Replace or Remove?

A good way to update the ride would be to add some projection mapping elements. They've already used it on a couple of rides, a ghost train would let them be really creative.
by abigsmurf
Wed May 22, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Universal Orlando Resort
Replies: 1077
Views: 113844

Re: Universal Orlando Resort

The Hagrid coaster looks great, not sure why they did the offride shots in slow motion given how hard it was to actually tell they weren't shot at full speed. Definitely looks like it's going to be a lot milder than Thirteen is. Can't be too long before we get an official announcement of Fantastic W...
by abigsmurf
Mon May 06, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Disneyland Resort Paris
Replies: 917
Views: 71306

Re: Disneyland Resort Paris

The press releases about the ride hint you're testing webslingers so it could definitely have some unique shooting motion/mechanism. Probably won't revolve around the classic webshooting gesture as that's likely too tricky to perform for guests and hard to detect.
by abigsmurf
Mon May 06, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Disneyland Resort Paris
Replies: 917
Views: 71306

Re: Disneyland Resort Paris

Yeah, in California Adventure it's literally around the corner from Midway Mania, could easily be a The Fast and the Furious level flop there. DLP doesn't have Midway Mania so it's not as bad there. It's just a shame when you see stuff like Popcorns Revenge done at parks with a fraction of the budge...
by abigsmurf
Mon May 06, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Disneyland Resort Paris
Replies: 917
Views: 71306

Re: Disneyland Resort Paris

Planning documents have been found for the Spider-man ride. https://twitter.com/OutsidEarsDLP/status/1125076149560803329 As the rumours suggested it's a shooter ride, disappointingly it's a basic Midway Mania clone spent entirely in front of screens. You can't help be disappointed that a major new r...
by abigsmurf
Fri May 03, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Walt Disney World - Disney's Hollywood Studios
Replies: 106
Views: 20110

Re: Walt Disney World - Disney's Hollywood Studios

I feel they started with a good idea, to do it in a classical 1930's Hollywood font. Then the marketing execs stepped in and said they've got to highlight all the IPs are the park and someone spent an hour in photoshop.
by abigsmurf
Fri May 03, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: London Entertainment Resort
Topic: London Entertainment Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 444
Views: 109516

Re: London Entertainment Resort - General Discussion

You're hardly going to get the important international visitors for Coronation Street. That said, ITV Studios do have some nice IPs from their subsideries. Big Talk Productions are owned by ITV and are responsible for pretty much all of Edgar Wrights' output (Cornetto Trilogy, Baby Driver, Scott Pil...
by abigsmurf
Sat Apr 20, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Disneyland Resort
Replies: 84
Views: 16702

Re: Disneyland Resort

I'm really hoping that this ride is something special. Especially as it replaced the Great Movie ride in Hollywood Studios.
by abigsmurf
Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Universal Orlando Resort
Replies: 1077
Views: 113844

Re: Universal Orlando Resort

Looks, great. Hopefully this will be part of a trend back to the use of physical props over screens.
by abigsmurf
Mon Apr 08, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Brighton Pier
Replies: 29
Views: 4359

Re: Brighton Pier

Fairly serious accident at the pier which probably does nothing to ease that bit of paranoia you get when watching flat rides. For an air ambulance to be called it was likely a fairly major injury. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-47857392   Not the first major incident on the pier. Hope...
by abigsmurf
Thu Mar 28, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Stargazing Pods - New for 2019
Replies: 151
Views: 29561

Re: Alton Towers Stargazing Pods - Opening April 12th 2019

They're going to embed a TV into the roofs,lowering the already low ceilings even further...

Don't envy whoever has to cut that grass with all the trees and rocks preventing you using a ride on mower.
by abigsmurf
Wed Mar 27, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2855
Views: 422975

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

It's a pretty pathetic ride without the waterfalls. Usually you come off that ride laughing and pointing at the person who got the wettest. When I last went, the waterfalls weren't on and there was just an awkward silence between us after the ride.
by abigsmurf
Wed Mar 27, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: Creative Ideas For new AT Attractions
Replies: 115
Views: 9430

Re: Creative Ideas For new AT Attractions

The rumoured Donkey Kong Mine Cart is meant to feature a fake track. The patent shows the ride car appears to be on a rail track when it's actually being held up by an out of view steel support connected to the actual base of the vehicle. The base rides along a real track whilst the riders can only ...
by abigsmurf
Tue Mar 12, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Universal Orlando Resort
Replies: 1077
Views: 113844

Re: Universal Orlando Resort

Interesting that none of the track layouts showed the spike. Guessing that's tied in with the mystery creature.

Makes you wonder what it is, can't remember many creatures from the books that didn't make it into the films. The Sphinx? Hagrid's brother?
by abigsmurf
Sat Mar 09, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: Chessington World of Adventures Resort
Topic: Room on the Broom - A Magical Journey
Replies: 12
Views: 3159

Re: Room on the Broom - A Magical Journey

That's a pretty neat, creative attraction. One of the best non horror walk through attractions I've seen in a while Just kinda wish they'd either make some of the tasks work without the staff or have proper performers. Kills the atmosphere a bit having an immersive attraction narrated in rhyme and t...
by abigsmurf
Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Walt Disney World - Disney's Hollywood Studios
Replies: 106
Views: 20110

Re: Walt Disney World - Disney's Hollywood Studios

They're only opening the Millenium Falcon ride? The ride that is rumoured to have major capacity issues? The queues will be absolutely insane.  If the Slinky Dog coaster at Hollywood studios can reach 4 hours, what hope is there for this? I'm also worried as I'm going to California early december an...
by abigsmurf
Sun Mar 03, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Industry & General Chat
Topic: Merlin General Discussion - New Owners agreed in £4.8bn deal
Replies: 1439
Views: 93319

Re: Merlin General Discussion

Merlin's Parks are comparing fairly poorly, not just to cedar fair and six flags but to other parks in the UK now.  Look at Paultons Park, a recent highly themed themed area with two modern family coasters is now getting joined by another one bringing some big white knuckle flats and a good spinning...
by abigsmurf
Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:30 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019
Replies: 315
Views: 45539

Re: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019

Apparently they got the Intern to do the promotional images for the attraction...

It doesn't exactly bode well for them spending much money on it.
by abigsmurf
Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Universal Orlando Resort
Replies: 1077
Views: 113844

Re: Universal Orlando Resort

Universal have people earning 6 figure salaries to come up with their naming and that's the best they can do?  Nitpicking aside, great we've got a date and name at last. Universal don't get Disney levels of crowding but the queues are still going to be insane. Wonder how you're going to be held in o...