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  2. JoshC.

    Blackpool Pleasure Beach

    Your review from last opening weekend scrapes the definition of fine, and part of it masked by the poor weather. Blackpool's opening weekend always gets a negative reception, yet going there is becoming more popular with the enthusiast community. And they whine when it's negative as if they expected something different.
  3. Coaster

    Blackpool Pleasure Beach

    Opening day last year was fine. A couple of breakdowns but the rides reopened shortly afterwards, some coasters on low capacity but the park held together pretty well overall.
  4. JoshC.

    Blackpool Pleasure Beach

    It's the same every year though, isn't it. Blackpool attract the most attention for being the first park to open the largest proportion of their park. But the park is never ready, and 3 months isn't long enough for the park to do winter maintenance and get everything back to full capacity, so they can't handle the crowds. It's just been a case that the bad weather for opening weekend had helped masked the opening weekend issues the last couple of years. Thorpe had the exact same heat on them when they had February Half Term events, and they had the exact same issues. It should come as no surprise, and anyone expecting anything different is living in false hope frankly.
  5. Coaster

    Blackpool Pleasure Beach

    That's just terrible I'm sorry, this place isn't BPB anymore. It's just an embarrassment. If you're still on park I'd recommend going into guest services (or if you've left maybe speak with the staff outside Noah's Ark).
  6. Marhelorpe

    Blackpool Pleasure Beach

    I'm at the Pleasure Beach right now with @Kerfuffle and this is his first visit to the park too...... I feel so sorry for him currently. Saying today has been horrendous is a massive understatement. Driving 6 friggin hours for a park with less than 50% of rides open is the biggest mistake I've made since declaring DBGT was the "best dark ride in the country" when it had just opened. Anyone fancy a 2 hour queue for Big One on 1 train; engineers giving up on reopening Icon; Valhalla operating like a Windows 98 system and a Vekoma SLC being the most reliable ride at the park for the day?
  7. Today
  8. Coaster

    Blackpool Pleasure Beach

    I wasn't on park or anywhere near Blackpool today, but it sounds like it's been one of the worst days in the park's history. Icon closed by lunchtime, every coaster (apart from Dipper and Icon in the morning) on one train, PMBO e-stopping on the lifthill constantly, most coasters closed for some or all of the day and Valhalla/flats going down constantly. The Big One only started testing in the last week, is that really long enough? For comparison, I went to opening weekend last year and whilst there were a few breakdowns (as to be expected really) and some rides on low capacity, it was an enjoyable weekend and we managed to get on everything. This highlights, IMO, how far the park has fallen in the past year in terms of being able to hold together on a busy day. It was awful towards the end of last season, and seems that it's even worse now. The park has lost many of its most experienced staff and it shows.
  9. Mark9

    Blackpool Pleasure Beach

    When did going to Blackpool for February half term and getting smashed in Wetherspoons become a thing? Has that just completely passed me by and I'm only becoming aware of it because of Icon..
  10. Cedar Creek

    Blackpool Pleasure Beach

    Enthusiasts not at Blackpool opening weekend be like,
  11. JoshC.

    The Small Parks Thread

    I'm very confused by the layout too tbh. The ride seems to leave the station to the right in the images above, up a lift hill, round the circuit, up another lift hill, then into a launch into the spike after a drop. Just feels very odd, and would surely have been better to start with a reverse launch spike, then have a lift hill mid-ride if so desired. --- In other Belgian news, Bobbejaanland have announced the name of their Gerstlauer triple launch as Fury, and will be part of new area called Land of Legends, which will feature the park's gyro swing and Eurofighter. Some very tasty looking concept art too... I'm not a fan of Bobbejaanland, but damn, that looks good. Oh, and IMAScore are making the music for the area too.
  12. pluk

    The Small Parks Thread

    I don't understand what's going on at the 'end' there? Would it make more sense if it was a reverse launch into the spike, then forward to do the track the other way round? I'm not seeing the profile of a traditional lift hill out of the station the other way?
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  14. JoshC.

    The Small Parks Thread

    Very much out of nowhere, Bellewaerde in Belgium have put in plans for a new coaster... http://pretparken.be/NL/article/2067/Bellewaerde plant nieuwe familie-achtbaan Potentially a Gerstlauer, similar to Pegasus at Asterix. Features a couple of lift hills and a random launch into a spike at the end. The park have done some big investing lately, with their random and pointless duelling alpine coasters they opened in 2017 (that make zero use of a terrain since the park is largely flat, and cost a hefty €4m), and a water park opening this year. There's no word on when this, and a much needed car park redevelopment, will open, but I'd hazard a guess at 2020..
  15. JoshuaA

    Top 5 Coaster Manufacturers

    1. Mack: I adore Blue Fire and can't wait to ride the even more amazing looking recent projects from Mack. Overall I think the restraints on their bigger coasters are very comfortable but allow for a lot of freedom for airtime and inversions (that heartline roll on BF 😍) 2. RMC: Only ridden New Texas Giant but overall I remember it being a glossy smooth ride full of airtime and fun banking. New Texas Giant was the first RMC and probably the least innovative out of all the RMC's, I can't imagine what the other ones are like! New Texas Giant was pretty flawless in itself, Steel Vengeance must be insane! I think RMC will be dominating the industry for years to come, they currently seem to be the hottest manufacturer in the US right now so once they start building more over here and in Asia I think they will be perhaps even better than Mack. RMC is the future. In ten years time I wouldn't be surprised if every park had to have a RMC in their lineup. 3. B&M: Solid and stable, though anything that isn't a Giga or Shambhala I think are just kinda eh at this point in the industry. I think they need to really introduce a new model soon or something new, I think after RMC got big innovation has became the key, B&M besides their Gigas haven't really done anything different to their designs or approach in the past five years. 4. GCI: I have only rode Wodan but if the other GCI's are anything like Wodan then wow. I absolutely love Wodan's fast pace and how it never seems to lose speed, Troy looks even more epic, can't wait to ride more of these. 5. Intamin: I haven't really rode many good intamins. Furius Baco is probably the best Intamin I have rode if I'm being honest.. I have put them on the list as they do innovate quite a lot, but recently that innovation has really just became becoming a counterfeit RMC..
  16. JoshC.

    Walibi Holland

    Step up under flip is such a silly name for an inversion, especially since it's effectively just a bloody barrel roll. Still loving the update and the series though. Maybe it's because we don't know the layout and it's such an exciting development, but this feels like the best Dutch making of series there's been from a park.
  17. Project LC

    Colossus

    Infilling land is pretty cheap due to the vast amount of soil that is dug up and needs disposing of. Infilling that bit of land will simply be because of the need to check the columns for fatigue and previously it was difficult to do so. Merlin wouldn't waste money retracking Colossus as it would bring no financial benefit to the company. If anything I think it suggests Colossus's days are numbered as maintenance costs are on the rise as more items need checking regularly.
  18. Ivsetti

    Nearby Development

    It's not about that, it's because any future builds or late night events Thorpe Park makes or host could potentially be rejected on the grounds of noise and being an eyesore by the new residential complex especially as the neighbours around the park are already having an increasingly strained relationship with the park. Just because they're established doesn't grant them any right in anyone's eyes to ignore neighbours concerns to whom Thorpe Park MUST ensure minimal disruption occurs even if they're new neighbours. I for one would be completely against the residential complex as it could cause the island behind the swarm to become obsolete by virtue of being to close to any potential residential development on the old Cemex HQ for any thrill attraction-related construction. Also this planning request was out for a fairly long time (couple of months), why's it only being reported now?
  19. Ivsetti

    Colossus

    Although I'm not sure what purpose it serves guestwise as it usually opens at ~10/11 am anyway so I'm not sure what purpose draining the lake would be except possibly hinting that they're planning on retracking the ride? It seems Thorpe are really trying to become better this season so good on them! I hope they're beginning to get out of the rut they're currently in! Edit: Or potentially hinting the ride is also either a) Only held together right now by elastic bands and string and they don't want it SBNO because 3 major rides SBNO (slammer, Loggers and Colossus) even if not their fault would be extremely shameful for a self-proclaimed "international" park
  20. Glitch

    Nearby Development

    Yep. Spot on, just think of Towers local residents and these future lot won't be bribed by free tickets. TBF Thorpe is quite loud, if the winds heading in the correct direction, I can hear the screams of joy!
  21. Stuntman707

    Nearby Development

    I just think they're covering themselves though by being able to say "We objected" if new residents do move in next door and complain about noise.
  22. Glitch

    Paultons Park

    Looks straight out of RCT 3 Campaign......
  23. GetEchoes

    Nearby Development

    Personally don’t see this impacting at all. Thorpe is established and been there too long for a new development (which would of been aware of the site before construction) causing issues with future attractions.
  24. Benin

    Paultons Park

    Quick rundown: Yay new cred (people hoping for an inverting Mack Spinner should bear in mind that Dwervelwind exist, which still isn't a bad thing but possible more suited to Paultons)! New water ride? Or perhaps a re-theme of the Dinghy slides? Gyro swing of some description would be a MASSIVE ride for Paultons, even if it is just a small Zamperla model. Some mini-spinning towers as well, those are great fun ❤️ Potential new car theme for the tractors (or perhaps a car themed flat ride like a Demolition Derby). The train will return! Presuming the quality of the finished product is akin to Peppa Pig and Lost Kingdom this will be a fantastic addition.
  25. Project LC

    Paultons Park

    Mack spinner? *Looks up how to get to Paultons park*
  26. Stuntman707

    Nearby Development

    So this article came up about Thorpe objecting to a nearby retirement development because the new residents would complain about the noise. I guess they are objecting to this to cover themselves legally in the future if this development went ahead? It could well interfere with Thorpes future development plans.
  27. JoshC.

    Colossus

    The latest winter update reveals that the water underneath Colossus has been infilled, which is giving engineers easier access to the supports around parts of the ride. I imagine something like that isn't exactly cheap. And regardless of what they do, it'll look nicer than the murky water underneath areas like the vertical loop that was there in the past.
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