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by CGM
Sat Dec 22, 2007 11:06 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: My Entrance Concept
Replies: 26
Views: 6773

Then extend that building to cover the monorail station too and maybe theme it as a grand railway terminus ala Paddington or St. Pancras. Then extend it down the rest of towers street, with three story stone clad buildings and cobbled street surface The original idea was in fact to cover the whole ...
by CGM
Sat Dec 22, 2007 12:06 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: My Entrance Concept
Replies: 26
Views: 6773

My Entrance Concept

Not sure if this is the right place for this but this is where people seem to put this kind of thing. If it should be merged or moved, please do so. First of all, it should be made clear that this is pure concept thinking, it has been made with no particular regard to cost or practicality, I just th...
by CGM
Mon Dec 17, 2007 11:50 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Disneyland Resort Paris
Replies: 914
Views: 63544

That was brilliant. It shows how much thought goes into a Disney ride and how hard they try to get it just right. They even run the ride course through a simulator! It makes me miss the old Space Mountain which was based entirely around the Jules Verne novel. It had a much more authentic feel than t...
by CGM
Sun Nov 25, 2007 12:27 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Rides with a story
Replies: 41
Views: 4585

However there are valid reasons for having a good story to back it up with - firstly it gives everyone working on the design, construction, mercandise and marketing a very precise direction to work toward, one that will ultimately come out in thje finish peice (an example of such a fine detail is t...
by CGM
Sun Nov 25, 2007 12:09 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Rides with a story
Replies: 41
Views: 4585

Am I the only one that thinks that there can be such a thing as too much storyline? I think that story lines for rides are great but they should be kept simple and obvious, sometimes they may not be needed at all. Oblivion has a great storyline and theme. The queueline and station look like they bel...
by CGM
Sat Nov 17, 2007 11:42 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: SAW: The Ride
Replies: 2497
Views: 133484

Nope, it's just Maurer Sohne that calls those Immelmans. The type of Immelman I mean is a half loop with a half twist at the top. Sometimes called Half Cubans
by CGM
Sat Nov 17, 2007 11:33 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: SAW: The Ride
Replies: 2497
Views: 133484

Three things that get me about the idea of a Eurofighter at Thorpe. 1) The capacity will be abysmal. Because of this I'd simply dismissed the idea of a Eurofighter as the 2009 coaster before now. New rides always attract long queues. Couple this with the fact that it's a major ride and it has terrib...
by CGM
Sun Nov 11, 2007 9:29 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Intamin General Discussion
Replies: 13
Views: 2780

wont affect the speed or acceleration at all. the catchcar is still pulling the train at the same force, no matter what angle the track is. That's not true at all, time to apply some common sense physics. If you pull a cart full of bricks along on a level surface, would it be just as easy to pull t...
by CGM
Sat Oct 27, 2007 1:14 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: History of Kinderland?
Replies: 6
Views: 3498

Kinderland is gone too?

That's sad news indeed. Although small, it was a very quaint little place in a beautiful setting. That's now one less thing to do in Scarborough and one more UK attraction being flattened for housing and offices
by CGM
Tue Oct 23, 2007 11:51 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: History of Kinderland?
Replies: 6
Views: 3498

The place was running in 1999? No wonder the buildings at the bottom look so new. I'm assuming that Peasholme's been gone for a while as when I went to Kinderland, I must have been about seven and even than, it was clear that the stadium had not been used for many years. Strange, I'd been lead to be...
by CGM
Tue Oct 23, 2007 11:23 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: History of Kinderland?
Replies: 6
Views: 3498

History of Kinderland?

Kinderland is a small childrens' park (if you can call it that) in Scarborough which has a few adventure play areas, pedalos and an old watersplashride simular to Toad in the Hole at LWV. However, whilst looking at Scarborough on Google Earth, I found that the park may have once been much more inter...
by CGM
Mon Oct 22, 2007 11:20 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: Major Towers Work
Replies: 66
Views: 14774

I'm in two minds on this one; on the one hand, the Towers in its current state has an air of mystery about it and looks very dark and brooding (but in a good way). It is much more interesting in many ways than the complete house would be. There's also the fact that it's one of the few places in the ...
by CGM
Sat Oct 13, 2007 10:05 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, Planning & More
Topic: Lightwater valley 13/10/07
Replies: 8
Views: 2233

Meeting a lovely couple from Beverley who are fairly new to the RCCGB Wait! There are other coaster enthusiasts in Beverley? But I'm the only enthusiast in this villaage. Anyway, LWV is a park that I really need to get to. I've always wanted to ride the Ultimate as some people seem to say its amazi...
by CGM
Thu Oct 04, 2007 5:43 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: 2010 set to be 1994 but better?
Replies: 15
Views: 4639

So 4 major new coasters that year, eachcosting several million pounds, but apart from maybe a rise in attendance at thorpe park, i wouldn't say the idustry that year was particularly booming. I think that 2006 was a brilliant year for coasters in this country, yes they didn't quite have the impact ...
by CGM
Mon Oct 01, 2007 9:34 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort History
Topic: Rides that Should Never Have Happened
Replies: 47
Views: 13107

Rita- Great ride, probably second best coaster in the park but it ain't too easy on the eye and it destroyed a brilliant area of the park with its horrible queueline, theme clash and overall dominating appearance. A great oppertunity wasted. So much more could have been done with the rocket coaster ...
by CGM
Sun Sep 30, 2007 10:30 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: PortAventura World
Replies: 976
Views: 68870

They may push boundaries more than B&M, but their coasters hardly seem to ooze confidence. They're certainly confident with their designs, but but perhaps a bit too much so. It seems to be a theme with Intamin that they build great rides, but they can't always get the engineering right. Two sep...
by CGM
Tue Sep 25, 2007 8:07 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: ---News from Germany---
Replies: 12
Views: 2864

That is a heck of a lot of money to place faith in Maurer Sohne...! I don't get what everyone's got against Maurer Sohne. They build very smooth, quality rides which are always good fun. Their new launch coaster, Abismo and their spinners have recieved mostly positive reviews. I'll admit that their...
by CGM
Mon Sep 17, 2007 9:03 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Terra Mitica
Replies: 130
Views: 8545

It shouldn't set you back too much, it isn't Florida! I can't remember the exact prices but I should think an absolute maximum of 40-50 Euros per person at the gates for Terra Mitica and significantly less than that for Mundomar and Aqualandia. I would check the websites as I'm really not that sure....
by CGM
Mon Sep 17, 2007 7:55 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Terra Mitica
Replies: 130
Views: 8545

I went last year and it's now one of my favourite theme parks in the world. The theming simply blows you away. Some of the best I've ever seen, particuarly the Egyptian area and the Iberian area (which it seems could be leaving at the end of this year). The atmosphere around the park is great despit...
by CGM
Sun Sep 16, 2007 10:18 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Coaster Dynamix Merchandise?
Replies: 14
Views: 3513

HolidayPark were doing some interesting merchandise. Where Ge-Force had needed a new lift cable they had chopped the old one up and were selling it in the same sort of display plinth, 30 euros I think it was. I for one was seriously tempted to buy that bit of cable. (Yes I know how sad that is). Ob...