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Kings Island - 5th June 2019

Kings Island - 5th June 2019

We left the Express hotel on Wednesday morning following our first day at Cedar Point to make the trip to Kings Island.  The day didn’t get off to the best of starts with bad traffic and road closures, but we finally made it to Kings Island to find that the park was rather quiet.   Past the ticket kiosks the park’s entrance area is stunning with the Eiffel tower structure in the distance, fountain and brass band music (The dam busters march was playing as we entered).  It’s one of the

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Cedar Point - June 2019

Cedar Point - June 2019

We left Kennywood in high spirits and made the three-hour drive to Cedar Point, the most anticipated park of the trip and one that I’ve been waiting to visit for years.   Since I started enjoying coasters, Cedar Point has always stood out to me as the ultimate “bucket list” park and one that I never envisaged I’d actually get the chance to visit.  Yet here I was, in a car on the way to Cedar Point?  It just felt so surreal.   Driving into the park at night was an incredible e

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The new Germany

When I say to people I'm going on a holiday with a week of rollercoasters, they ask what do I like about rides. At first I said it was the rollercoasters and all the different rides but as I've grown up it is completely all about the immersion and escapism. And nowhere is escapism more true in the Netherlands which has seen massive park expansions in the last ten years. Theme parks are fully upping their games and as I've wanted to revisit Efteling and take my first trip to Toverland, 2019 seeme

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Kennywood - 3rd June 2019

Kennywood - 3rd June 2019

After a gruelling 5-hour drive from Six Flags Great Adventure the night before, the third day of our USA trip was spent at Kennywood.   The park has appealed to me since seeing Phantom’s Revenge on an “extreme rides” TV program and with the promise of historic rides and coasters, plus an old-style hyper coaster I was already very excited for this park.  But would it deliver?   I am pleased to say that Kennywood is one of the most amazing parks I have ever visited.  The place

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Six Flags Great America Review: Have a Six Flags Day!

Six Flags Great America Review: Have a Six Flags Day!

When going to Chicago the nearest park worth giving a sh** about is certainly Six Flags Great America (unless you're willing to drive to Cedar Point). They have been rapidly expanding in the past ten years or so with coasters being added left and right, heck Great America have probably got the best deal out of any Six Flags park in the past ten years. They received a kiddie woodie (wasn't too fussed on getting that cred), a B&M Wing, a RMC, a freespin, and recently a S&S launch

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JoshuaA

 

NeuroGen - Walibi Holland's Dark VR Experience

After visiting Walibi Holland last week, I got to do an attraction that I've been keen to try for quite a while now...NeuroGen.   For those unaware, Walibi Holland is quite an..in your face park. They quite clearly are targeting the young adult market, and are unashamedly brash. Think of what Thorpe was doing in the early 2010s with the 'fatheads', except not quite as awful, and with the balls to follow through and stick with it. Their current slogan of #HardGaan (Go Fast) keeps in lin

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JoshC.

 

Six Flags Great Adventure - 2nd June 2019

The second day of our USA trip took us to Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey, my first Six Flags park.  Having heard a lot about the park over the years I was expecting El Toro and Kingda Ka to be the stand-out rides, but wasn’t expecting too much in terms of overall park presentation and operations.   As it turns out, the park was presented very well for the most part with a nice plaza (past the entrance), lots of greenery with some moderate theming and there was a viewpoint look

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The Coney Island Cyclone

The Coney Island Cyclone

Cyclone at Coney Island has been a bucket list ride for me since seeing it on a documentary called “The Ultimate Top 10 Thrill Rides” over 10 years ago.  At the time I had recently visited Blackpool for the first time(s) and with the memories of the coasters there fresh in my mind, it seemed so exciting that I could one day travel out to America and ride this famous coaster.   Arriving at Coney Island and seeing the ride in person was surreal, I never thought I’d actually get to be the

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Cedar Point 2019 Review: The Coaster Capital

Cedar Point 2019 Review: The Coaster Capital

Ever since I was young I always have dreamed of visiting Cedar Point. Sure it doesn't have as many coasters as Magic Mountain but I feel like Cedar Point has undeniably the better lineup in terms of quality over quantity. The park also a lot more history than Magic Mountain and is very popular with enthusiasts from around the planet. Very recently I had the pleasure of visiting for 4 days from Chicago which is a trip I will never forget.   Anyway I'm gonna start off revi

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Ich bin ein Doughnut: Freizeitpark Plohn

For the first time in like 2 years, I've actually finished a trip report *dies of shock*   Plohn jumped into my attention because of their new Mack Big Dipper, Dynamite, bursting onto the scene. We thought visiting in mid-May would be safe enough for the 'Spring opening', but sadly we were 6 days too early. Major spite. Nonetheless, it looks good and I'm sure it'll be a hit for the park. Onto the rest of the park:   El Toro A GCI woodie that opened in 2009, El Toro was a

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JoshC.

 

Why Parc Asterix is Underrated:

Many enthusiasts boast about Efteling, Europa Park and Phantasialand. This isn’t my quote but it’s true. These parks boast quality attractions, theming and usually lead the way when it comes to innovation.. but what about Asterix?   Parc Asterix is a fair sized “family park” located in Plailly France, just outside of Paris. This place boasts a well rounded diverse selection of attractions and is based off the Asterix comics.  Despite it’s continuation of investments, class ride
 

Creekenhagen- Dansk Hygge- Exploring The City

Welcome Back. In this section we take a look  at same of the many  places and jewels to explore in this city of Fairy Tale and wonderous city.  Copenhagen is Denmark’s capital city, a place famous for Lego, Hans Christian Anderson and  creativity. It is the largest and busiest city in Denmark (naturally) and Scandinavia. It also features rich history and  it’s own Royal family.    Attractions: Copenhagen features a large diversity of attractions and architecture, from moder
 

Ich bin ein Doughnut: Belantis

After a day spent doing some random stuff in Berlin, the weekend was the main reason for the trip: the two random small parks just outside Leipzig. The first one was Belantis; a medium-sized park owned by Parque Reunidos (who also own the likes of Movie Park Germany, Bobbejaanaland, Mirabilandia,...). It was sadly an extremely wet day, with showers pretty much non-stop from about 8 in the morning. Fortunately, it meant the park was dead, and the park didn't close anything major in the weather. S

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JoshC.

 

Europa Park in 2019- Every Area Review

I have made no secret that Europa Park is my current favourite theme park. Something about Europa Park just makes it feel like more than a theme park, it feels 'magical' in a way, the feeling that everybody uses to describe Disney (which ironically IMO doesn't reign true).. Anyway today I'm gonna review and basically talk about every ride and area (bar the kids areas), get your popcorn folks, this will be a long one..   Germany: The opening area of Europa Park is a great

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Creekenhagen: Dansk Hygge- Tivoli Gardens:

Many years ago a man visited a smallish yet popular Danish amusement park. That place was Tivoli Gardens. He was inspired by the charm and character of the place which lead him on to creating his own park. That man was Walt Disney. Tivoli Gardens has been somewhere I have always wanted to visit, whether that be it’s significant history, interesting pallet of attractions, or to say I have visited the fourth most visited European park? These were just some of the reasons, not to mention
 

Ich bin ein Doughnut: Little Big City and Strawberries

Last weekend, I visited Berlin and Leipzig for a quick cred run and culture trip. I had originally planned to go to Finland and hit up Linnanmaki this month, but since Taiga opens next month, we opted for something a little different.. After arriving in Berlin Friday morning, the first port of call was Little Big City. Owned by Merlin, LBC is one of their newer midway brands, and is basically a miniature village which goes through the history of Berlin. This one opened up about 2 years ago, a

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JoshC.

 

The Wickerman- The Truth

*This blog is getting bumped rip*   So I have to admit that during late 2017/early 2018 I was incredibly cynical and skeptical over Wickerman during its construction. the layout to me just looked really mediocre and in a way I just writ off because its layout looked a bit naff to me, I think this was amplified even more due to Wodan being my only experience with GCI and with it being more than double the height and size of Wickerman.   " ... So last year as

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JoshuaA

 

Bear Grylls Adventure - Review

Opening autumn last year, The Bear Grylls Adventure already feels like a forgotten Merlin attraction in some sense. No real fanfare when the attraction opened, and still no advertising, it's a weird scenario. Apparently a big advertising push is coming this spring though, so maybe that will help get the word out there a bit more.   What is it? This is one of the hardest questions to answer, but I'll try. BGA is split into several different activities, and you can pay to do basical

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JoshC.

 

Phantasialand Review - October 2018

The third and final day of the Pleasure Beach Experience European park event took place at Phantasialand, where we were expecting a 30-minute ERT on Black Mamba and lunch included.   Before I review the park itself, can I just say what incredible treatment we had from their corporate/events team.  Having expected the above, we also got a night time ERT on Taron (joining the hotel guests) followed by 2 PBE group rides, early morning rides on Maus au Chocolat and Chiapas (before the park

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Toverland Review - October 2018

The second day of the Pleasure Beach Experience European park trip took place at Toverland, where we had a full day at the park followed by 30 minutes ERT on Fenix, and then a behind the scenes tour of the ride.   Toverland is a lovely theme park located in the Netherlands with lots of nice theming/landscaping, an indoor area of the park and some really unique attractions mixed with a few exceptional coasters.  The park has lots of extra features such as the fountain show, assault cour

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Tulleys Shocktober Fest 2018 Review

Tulleys Shocktober Fest 2018 Review

My second year at Tulleys started off with high hopes following a brilliant event last year. We were fortunate enough that it didn’t rain on our visit however all the queues and plenty of tables are under cover if it had of rained.   The whole event was just as immersive as before with street actors being the first to greet you as they roam around the open areas and even lurk in the bushes!    Before you continue, note that this does contain SPOILERS so avoid read

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Efteling Review - October 2018

Day 1 of a three-day event with Pleasure Beach Experience took place at Efteling Theme Park in the Netherlands, where we had an hour’s ERT on Joris en de Draak before park opening as well as a full day at the park.  First and foremost, the park was very accommodating to us, and the staff were all excellent and friendly.   With it being my first visit to Efteling I wasn’t too sure what to expect, but I’d probably describe the park as very quirky and unusual.  There are a lot of nicely t

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All aboard the Disney Wonder

Welcome back.   ?   After a week of travelling miles and miles across states and countries it was time to relax. Two years ago my fiancé and I had taken a cruise around the Med and we were instantly hooked. This time we wanted something a bit different and we chose the Alaskan cruise which sets sail from Vancouver. The ship this time is the second in the chain, the Disney Wonder. This is the sister ship to the Disney Magic and whilst sharing a lot of similarities as some minu

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