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Towers Meet 2017

As always, it was good to see everyone again and be back at Towers  I can't believe the gorgeous weather we had for the whole weekend - I've never had that oop north before!   Saturday   This was a very chilled day, owing to the hot hot weather  Started off with Smiler and Oblivion, before going on Hex       Was really impressed by the TLC! The audio in the cinema is nice and loud, perhaps *slightly* too loud BUT it's better than being too quiet, especiall

Mer

Mer

 

Ninjago - The Brief Review

It's been a while since I dedicated a whole blog post to a ride review, but this seems like a suitable time to do one.   WARNING:  There will spoilers.  If you don't know what the ride system is, or want to completely avoid knowing what some of the effects used in the ride are, turn back now.       For those completely unaware, it is a 3D-screen based shooter ride, where you use hand motion to 'fire'.  Sitting in rows of four, with your 3D glasses, a lap bar comes d

JoshC.

JoshC.

 

A Newbie's Trip to Liseberg

It's not often that I tend to have the persuasion and determination to visit theme parks outside of Britain, primarily due to the costs, travel and venturing into the unknown when visiting another country. But Liseberg is different. Liseberg drew my attention more than any other European theme park for 2017 because further research into what the place offered and the ease of travelling there entirely on public transport and not hiring a car got me seriously interested. Of course, Helix was the d

Marhelorpe

Marhelorpe

 

europa park is bad.

So if you have seen me around the forums, you'll probably know I have a slight obsession with Europa Park. Today I'll be going over my sexual fetish over this theme park, and just why I love this place. Get your drugs and your overpriced coffee ready, and enjoy! Operations: Europa Park is pretty **** with its operations. 3 trains on a B&M, 3 on a GCI, 4-5ish on Euromir/Bluefire, and insanely quick dispatches. Like, 1 train operations is the way to go! Even wors

JoshuaA

JoshuaA

 

First Time At Chessington Review

As it was my first time at Chessington, I thought I would write a review of my first impressions of the attractions we visited. So here goes…   Ride Reviews Scorpion Express I was surprised to learn it has exactly the same layout as the Flying Fish at Thorpe. Unlike the Flying Fish, the overall theming was very good. It has a very immersive queue which goes under and over the tracks in the middle of the ride area. The pyro and water effects also worked on cue for every run. T

Stuntman707

Stuntman707

 

Europa Park April 2017

I'm not one for creating huge blogs so...   Just got back from my second visit to Europa having been five years ago, and think I enjoyed it even more. This is truly a wonderful place and hope to be back sooner than five years. As you'd expect, all rides working, no breakdowns, high capacity, friendly staff, good food (and too much choice).   Got on many rides and the longest queue was 25 mins for Matterhorn Blitz, everything else around the 10-15 mins mark. Sunday park

Mattgwise

Mattgwise

 

Blackpool Meet 2016 - SUNday!

Sunday 4th September - Sunshine, Spinning & Midway Madness   The sun was out today, no rain at all! In the morning, those of us who weren't doing Sandcastle waterpark returned to the Pleasure Beach with our rainy day tickets.   George was living up to his forum name of SmilerGeorge     First we did Avalanche (which we didn't have time for on the Saturday as it had a long queue all day), which was faster and more forceful than I remember! Then we re-rod

Mer

Mer

 

Blackpool Meet 2016 - Soggy Saturday!

Hello all!   I've been meaning to get round to various trip reports and things for a looooong time - I still have a ton of videos from 2015 that need uploading!  I just haven't found the time or been able to focus on it due to other things going on/various health issues over the past year. However, as I type this, my videos from the Europa meet last May are uploading to YouTube, so I'm getting there   I'm not doing reports for every meet/visit last year, just ones that I've not done th

Mer

Mer

 

Europa, again

I know it’s been a silly amount of time since I started this, let's wrap it up. The wait has been because sadly my old laptop has died, taking my photos with it until I work out how to rescue them, so shiny new laptop is good for me and means I can finally write this, but a text only end to this is less good for you, dear reader...   My only other experience of a Mack spinner is Sierra Sidewinder at Knotts, which is such a pathetic sucky excuse for coaster I wasn't expecting anything f

pluk

pluk

 

The 2017 Challenge

Parks in the UK have been subject to much scrutiny over the past couple of years.  In fairness, a lot of the scrutiny and negativity that the parks receive is justified; there are things which do happen which shouldn't happen.  And when we compare to our European cousins or American brothers, it does seem like UK parks aren't up to scratch.  But at the same time, there is an awful lot of nitpicking that goes on at times.     However, despite this overwhelming negativity, a large majori

JoshC.

JoshC.

 

Universal Orlando 2K16

Welcome indeed! Now with added chocolate! Just in case I wasn't happy enough at this place And a Hard Rock. And boats! Let's start with the original It's still an ugly entrance street. And has the worst positioned ride ever. Not going to lie. This area needs work. Do still like this ride Woosh And Optimus is still warning us of something I'm sure They'll keep us safe though! The M.I.B will save us

Mitchada04

Mitchada04

 

Canadian Caper: Marineland, Fantasy Island & Darien Lake

Canadian Caper   As you'll have read in Part 1, my Canadian Caper involved a fairly crazy 2 days visiting 4 Theme Parks across the Canadian-US border in September, thanks to some ludicrously cheap flights from British Airways. And as Day 1 was fully taken up by the huge Canada's Wonderland with its 16 coasters, that left 3 Parks to cover on the 2nd day. With over 200km of driving to cover and a border crossing, the odds of me actually completing the planned itinerary weren't great - bu

BenC

BenC

 

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom 2016

So after a really nice calm 40 minute drive from the airport we finally made it to a place to be fair I thought I'd never ever visit in my life! Six Flags Discovery kingdom is a surprisingly small and compact park like it is definitely the same size if not slightly smaller then Thorpe park so, finding everything wasn't too much of a hassle. Medusa is the first thing you see when entering the park with a car park that is just burdenously far away but we arrived and we were really excite

EC!

EC!

 

Florida 2K16

As its been a long time and I have some time over Christmas I thought I'd finally do this one, only got back like 4 months ago... This to me is a homing beacon. See this and boom, happiness! We had a lovely view of Hollywood Studios fireworks too. And as that's basically the only thing there, woo first park done. SeaWorld is a gorgeous park I love just walking around it Woosh A wanna be Manta I still love Kraken. Love the way

Mitchada04

Mitchada04

 

San Francisco 2016

Well its only taken me about 4 months but I have finally decided to write this as I literally have nothing else to do this Christmas holiday  So It was a very early morning and we set off to Heathrow, mid way through the journey from Cardiff we picked up Dean Cox from a lay by just off the M4. After a miserably dull journey, we parked the car and got the shuttle to the airport!!    It finally started dawning on me that I was going to California, a place I have wanted to visit for

EC!

EC!

 

Matt Creek's 2016 Part 2- Phantastic Abroad Adventures

Thank you for reading part 1 of my trip report. Here's part 2 of my annual review if you have not died of boredom where we will look into the wonders of the international parks.   Europa Park Visiting what is arguably the best European park (or even the world) is one thing, but doing it in a medium sized group that is TPM made things that extra bit more exciting.    Situated within a small and charming German town makes for one beautiful location making it one of

Loggers Creek

Loggers Creek

 

Matt Creek's 2016 Part 1-The UK

The Closed season is here, Christmas  music and decorations are around everywhere and the sight of new year  isn't far away.    This means one thing, time to review 2016. This year will be a two part edition, with part one focusing on the UK and part two on the wonders abroad.    The Merlin Machine/  Given the circumstances of 2015, it was fairly imminent this wasn't going to be the best year for them. With Park-wide budget cuts, ride closures and controversial decisions, th

Loggers Creek

Loggers Creek

 

Closed Season Part 2

Italy   With the exception of Gardaland, Italy is a relative unknown in the rollercoaster world. Despite the country containing two of the best rollercoasters in Europe, its relative distance from the UK and distance between parks always means Italy is a difficult nut to crack. Baring in mind, I last did a theme park road trip there in 2011 and the developments that have occurred in the last five years, there is now, no reason not to visit this fantastic country.   We started

Mark9

Mark9

 

Canadian Caper: Canada's Wonderland

Canadian Caper   Sometimes in life, an opportunity presents itself that you just can't pass up, despite the fact it might be a bit mad... and in my case, this year it was an email from British Airways offering me a return flight to Toronto, Friday - Wednesday in September, for just £356. I had a few days holiday left, hadn't set foot in Canada before, and knew there were some tasty coasters operating in this part of the world... so why not?   It didn't take too long to come u

BenC

BenC

 

Closed Season Cravings-Disney At Christmas

Several weeks into the UK theme park closed season and the urge to visit somewhere has kicked in. Rather than pay over the odds for a zoo with a Poundland grotto or illuminated bricks, I decided to return somewhere special to my heart. Lurking in the distance lies, a magicical place.    Disneyland Paris, is that magical place. A place of dreams and wonders  It's certainly clear that 2016 isn't the most ideal time to be visiting with the yearly cl

Loggers Creek

Loggers Creek

 

2016- Josh's Season Recap

So, hey frens and fellow geeks. 2016 has been a pretty good year for me in terms of Theme Parks, so I thought I'd like to do a sarcastic recap of some of my major trips this season! Bulgaria: So even though you'd think this third world(ish) country would have nothing in terms of roller coasters.. In my cheap and tacky summer travels, I came across the best coaster I'd ever ridden, the best coaster in the world, a true beauty.. Why have that when you can have this.. Is

JoshuaA

JoshuaA

 

15 Years of Fear - Act 2

Hope you all grabbed some popcorn or something during this brief intermission.  Anyways, here's the second half...   #7 - Cabin in the Woods (2013-2016) Years experienced:  2013-2016 To be honest, Cabin has gotten progressively worse each season for me.  I'm sure that's partly down to getting used to it all, as newbies in the maze really are blown away by the idea.  However, the original version in 2013 was by far the best.  The idea of the maze was that you would enter a roo

JoshC.

JoshC.

 

Closed Season Part 1

The dreaded closed season. A time when the ride games return, the silly season occurs with people making the same jokes about Colossus being repainted or Rumba being rethemed. Just be glad the Intamin aquatrax joke hasn't reared its ugly head. I like to think of closed season as a time of opportunity, a start of planning trips for 2017 and I thought I'd just put together a few blogs to maybe, inspire.   Denmark. A road trip around Denmark is surprisingly easy. Start your trip in C

Mark9

Mark9

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