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by streetmagix
Sun May 13, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2814
Views: 399713

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Looks like TPW and others have opened a can of worms over on twitter. https://twitter.com/ThemeParkWW/status/995699865404559360 Alton have stated that filming is banned on all rides including the rapids. Nowhere on the signs for the rapids does it say filming is prohibited and I know from personal e...
by streetmagix
Sun May 13, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: Chessington World of Adventures Resort
Topic: Vampire
Replies: 31
Views: 10634

Re: Vampire

That sounds the same staffing as an offpeak day a few weeks ago, only thing was they forgot to come and get us from the holding point! 15 minutes later everyone decided to just go ahead anyway.  What is the point of the holding point anyway, is it to restrict the number of people inside the building? 
by streetmagix
Fri May 11, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 6406
Views: 439072

Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

They can run the existing ride using the lake water but not a new ride. Of course, after a refurbishment is that an existing ride or a new ride? Tricky to say really, Chessington didn't have that issue as the water is in a closed system with filtered water. I do agree, the longer they leave it the w...
by streetmagix
Wed May 09, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions
Replies: 1199
Views: 179832

Re: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions

I think last year it was late July or early August, pretty early in the year. It's a beautiful building and generally a quiet place away from the crowds, I recommend setting aside probably 2 hours to explore it properly!
by streetmagix
Tue May 08, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Drayton Manor
Replies: 3223
Views: 176558

Re: Drayton Manor

Officially the reason was that the manufacturer either couldn't or wouldn't supply the spare parts for the transit system. I can't find who the manufacturer was but DMP have a history of using non-mainstream manufacturers so they could have gone bust.  Also, as the ride was older it's possible that ...
by streetmagix
Sun May 06, 2018 12:51 am
Forum: Legoland Windsor Resort
Topic: Legoland Windsor Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 605
Views: 90834

Re: Legoland Windsor Resort - General Discussion

So it looks like the local council are going to reject the planning application Merlin/Legoland put in for their upcoming expansion. https://www.windsorexpress.co.uk/gallery/windsor/130944/plans-for-multi-million-pound-legoland-expansion-recommended-for-refusal-by-planning-officers.html?refresh_ce T...
by streetmagix
Fri May 04, 2018 2:05 am
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 3080
Views: 197690

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

As mentioned on other threads Helix, another Mack double launch coaster, now has seatbelts for this year. According to the park (via TPW) this is because guests felt 'unsafe' and 'exposed' whilst riding.  I've already seen some Facebook and Twitter posts about people not happy with an inverting coas...
by streetmagix
Thu May 03, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 6406
Views: 439072

Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

Thorpe Park have announced the dates of this years Ministry of Sound nights. Rides until 11pm, music until 3am. £10 entry (I'm unsure if it's included in Annual Passes, guessing not though as it's not strictly a Merlin event)

https://www.thorpepark.com/ministry-of-sound
by streetmagix
Tue May 01, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: EnergyLandia
Replies: 45
Views: 9935

Re: EnergyLandia

Most of the money is coming from EU grants and loans. As Poland is quite poor (compared to other parts of Europe) they are trying to encourage tourism, in this case with Theme Parks. I don't think there were any large scale ones preexisting.  Surprised they are going with an RMC, I would have assume...
by streetmagix
Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: SAW: The Ride
Replies: 2497
Views: 140228

Re: SAW: The Ride

I prefer The Smiler earlier in the season for that reason. Wind was a big factor today, I had just clipped in my belt(s) for Nemesis Inferno when they closed it for high wind. This was at 1658 so that was it, ride closed for the day. Everything else seemed to stop dead on 1700, probably also for win...
by streetmagix
Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3162
Views: 518134

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Both monitors were working fine last week, probably a one off failure. One is obviously newer than the other, you can see it. Good to see they are working on the effects, Towers seems much busier than this time last year, maybe they are finally getting the revenue/income to actual work on the park. ...
by streetmagix
Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2814
Views: 399713

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

They need to find some TENSA barriers and extend the VR/ no VR queue as far back as they can. One of my pet peeves is seeing trains going out with empty seats or even rows when there are still people in the queue.
by streetmagix
Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: SAW: The Ride
Replies: 2497
Views: 140228

Re: SAW: The Ride

I guess due to the temperature (it was around 6-7c all day, cold enough for SWARM to be closed from around 11 to park close) SAW was running both slower and smoother than usual. We almost stalled on the curve to the breaks before the lift hill, I reckon if the car was going 2 or 3 mph slower we woul...
by streetmagix
Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Colossus
Replies: 239
Views: 44120

Re: Colossus

Walking around/underneath Colossus today and noticed a couple brick inspection pits, are they new or am I just very unobservant? I have to wonder why they weren't built at the same height as the others so only the concrete was in the water not the metal support. https://i.imgur.com/uG8Jd0F.jpg
by streetmagix
Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2814
Views: 399713

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

When I was there a few weeks ago the train without wheel covers (I'm assuming the refurbished one) had Row 5 or 6 blocked off. The one with wheel covers had all rows available. The staff were frantically rearranging people for alternate trains. They were also batching which is the first time I've se...
by streetmagix
Fri Apr 27, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 3080
Views: 197690

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Unlike Alton Towers, Blackpool is much easier to reach by Public Transport. From London it takes me less time to get to Blackpool Pleasure Beach than it is to drive Alton Towers. I don't mind Blackpool (as a town), it's a bit cheap and run down in parts but everyone I met was friendly and Pleasure B...
by streetmagix
Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Chessington World of Adventures Resort
Topic: Land of the Tiger
Replies: 78
Views: 15143

Re: Land of the Tiger - New for 2018

I was at Chessington today and noticed that a form of catch/'Y' fencing has been put up around the lifthill and top section. Nothing on the drop although the metal looks quite shiny, much shinier than I remember. I'm glad it's Mack who have come in and commissioned it, there's something reassuring a...
by streetmagix
Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:57 am
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Replies: 32
Views: 4370

Re: Six Flags Fiesta Texas

I would expect that the t-rex (or whatever they end up calling it) will be longer than 6 rows. Looking at Wildfire each train is 12 rows long, 24 riders per train. That seems more reasonable. 
by streetmagix
Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:52 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Project 2020
Replies: 275
Views: 59114

Re: Project 2020

If it is a B&M Hyper (or something of a similar height) I would expect a planning application sooner rather than later. Building that tall I would expect some response/complaints from the local residents and the council. I think it'll be approved though, it might just take longer to approve than...
by streetmagix
Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Chessington World of Adventures Resort
Topic: Land of the Tiger
Replies: 78
Views: 15143

Re: Land of the Tiger - New for 2018

Along with the (I think rather nice) theming does anyone know if the ride mechanics are getting a refresh? It felt like it was on its last legs when I rode it before it closed.
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