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  2. I think Josh is also qualified to understand a tongue in cheek comment on his own without any white knighting.
  3. They should be 'metal ropes', so ropes would be a correct word. And if not maintained properly, or used too often or whatever, they will snap just like any other rope. Though tbf, if it's a cheap / knock off ride, they could quite literally just be 'strong' ropes. An incident at a fairground in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, where a girl fell out of a pendulum-style ride: (incident around 50s) The fairground didn't have appropriate permission to run, nor did they go through proper safety set ups / checks. Haven't found any word about the condition of the person.
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  5. 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 curious surprise for the trip. It's tucked away in the corner of the park, and though you don't really see it, you can certainly hear it. And even when you do see it, you don't quite realise how long it is, and how much it packs into a small space. It has a fair few airtime moments, which are all 'nice' and 'floaty'. It twists around a bit and has a nice bit of interaction near the park's log flume too. But ultimately, there's nothing particular interesting about it: it's just a bog standard, run-of-the-mill woodie. Miniwah and The Secret of Gold Creek City Now this was a surprise! Miniwah is an indoor Mack powered coaster, with a custom layout. Set in the park's wild west / mining area, the entrance is tucked away and, thanks to the facade, it'd be easy to think that there wasn't a ride in there at all. The queue is really well themed and surprisingly atmospheric. The ride itself is fabulous as well. The ride does 3 laps: the first lap is taken incredibly slowly, and gives you a tour around Gold Creek City and it's mining area. The second lap speeds up as it becomes clear the mining area is about the explode. The final lap is then taken even quicker, with the mining area fully exploded and causing havoc throughout the city. It was beautifully done, and a really interesting way of using a powered coaster. As from that, the park have 3 other coasters: some Zierer over water which was painfully slow, a Wacky Worm and an SBF spinner, all of which aren't worth me trying to find the names for and simply were coaster counting. The park have a surprising decent dinosaur/prehistoric themed section of the park. It features a family spinning drop tower (themed like Tikal), a raft tow boat ride around a lake with some dinosaur and caveman-like statues, and some pedal rafts on the same lake. This part of the park is away from the rest of the park and in dense woodland, which really added to whole vibe. Looking at the park's website, some of these rides are named after the Flinstones too, though I didn't notice this, and I'd be very surprised if there was any official tie in... The park also features typically European stuff, like a random un-manned funhouse area with some really fun slides (and like 5 floors tall), and a Efteling-inspired Fairytale forest which was pretty rubbish tbh. There was also the 'Ghost Mill', which was a haunted walkthrough attraction which was basically hidden by the log flume. You would basically walk through the building and certain effects (loud noises, wobbly floors, etc) were triggered. It was odd and different. Probably the highlight of Plohn for me is the park's two water rides. Firstly, there's their log flume, Wildwasserbahn mit Geiserbahn (literally Log flume with Ghost Train). The ride starts off in a dark tunnel, which I guess is meant to be the 'ghost train' of the ride. It wasn't scary at all, just very random. The ride then goes outside and just does standard log flume stuff, interacting with the woodie, itself and the surrounding area, and features a couple of fun drops. It's nothing special, but just done well and a ton of fun, which gets you the right amount of wet. Log flumes, great rides ey? And finally, the highlight of the park: Fluch des Teutates. This is a ride very similar to Storm Surge: you sit in a raft, climbing up a low lift hill, and spin down a slope. It's obviously by a different manufacturer (no idea who), as the boats are like rapids boats rather than dingies, and a slightly different layout for the drop. In particular, during the drop, there are 'mini drops' which give little extra pops to the ride, and splash you. Simply put though, this ride is crazy: the boats spin a ridiculous amount on the way down, you get a good level of wet and it's just a ton of fun. It's a really unassuming ride, and just a fantastic surprise package of a ride. So yeah, that's pretty much Plohn in a nutshell. The park wasn't busy at all (it was Mothers Day in Germany, so I can't tell if that should have made it busier or quieter). But we never saw El Toro have a full train. Staff at Miniwah seemed genuinely surprised when they saw us arrive in the station. The park felt really dead, and even going slow and doing lots of rerides, we barely managed to stretch the day out to 5 hours. The park felt very fairgroundy in places, which was a shame as well, given they've got some nice theming scattered about. It's in general a shame, as I thought this Plohn could be a park I'd really like, but I ended up feeling very flat because of it. And, even worse, that means I probably won't ever return to get Dynamite...gah! And yeah, that ends the theme park side of the trip. We spent the Monday exploring Berlin, and tbh, it was a very meh city for me. It felt very 'European' and not very 'German', which is totally fine, but as someone who likes Germany and wanted to explore more German-feeling stuff, it was a bit disappointing. I did try a Berliner though, which is sort of doughnut, hence the imaginatively named trip report.. So yeah, Berlin isn't the best trip for a theme park run right now. Belantis and Plohn are very meh and offer little. It says a lot when a strawberry farm is the best place for coasters near Berlin (though the strawberry farm is brilliant and should be visited if you're ever near Berlin..). But yeah, ticked off a few creds at least..
  6. ^Tbf there's been very good reasons why enthusiasts flock to Europa and Phantasialand. ngl I thought it was much closer to Paris.. #basic #JeNeParlePasFrancais
  7. Chiapas is quite simply a masterpiece. Even when the day comes that I finally do Splash Mountain and Ripsaw Falls, I have faith it will remain my number one water attraction. Right, so I finally ticked off two substantial U.K. parks last week, so thought I might as make a Top 10 UK parks list. Top 10 U.K. parks: 1/ Alton Towers 2/ Blackpool 3/ Paultons 4/ Chessington 5/ Thorpe 6/ Legoland 7/ Flamingo Land 8/ Oakwood 9/ Pleasurewood Hills 10/ Lightwater Valley Fantasy Island is essentially my last major park left now, with the exception of Blackgang Chime and the park’s in Devon and Scotland.
  8. You say that, but until very recently, even parks such as Europa and Phantasialand haven’t been promoted through the U.K., although both have had their share of enthusiasts. Most non enthusiasts tend to only visit Disney/Florida parks, Port Aventura and (to a lesser extent) Tivoli Gardens, when it comes to non U.K. parks. Ok, sure Stargazing is definitely marketed as budget accommodation, but is still pricey for what it is. Whilst Cite Suspendue wasn’t cheap, I think 250 euros for a room for two with breakfast and two days park entry isn’t too pricey. Not to mention it offers what any good park accommodation should offer. Escapism. Hopefully the 2021 Coaster will put this place more on the map like Baron has done for Efteling. Asterix is worth a trip.
  9. JoshC.

    Top 10's

    In this warm, muggy weather, the sheer thought of Chiapas is just brilliant Best ride, best soundtrack, best food. Just the best.
  10. Somehow I think Josh is more than qualified to talk about travelling to European parks.
  11. Mark9

    Top 10's

    Before this season really gets going (Netherlands in two weeks), these are some current standings. (I'm listening to Klugheim soundtrack for reference) Top Five water rides 1. Chiapas 2. Splash Mountain at WDW 3. Loggers Leap (RIP) 4. Tidal Wave 5. Popeye thing at Islands of Adventure Top five Dark rides 1. Flight of Passage 2. Radiator Springs Racers (who knows what genre this thing really is tbh) 3. Hex 4. Fairy ride thing at Efteling 5. Dinosaur Top five Rollercoasters 1. Nemesis 2. Steel Vengeance 3. Blue Fire 4. Helix 5. Katun Top five theme park soundtracks 1. Chiapas (the thought of being in the Chiapas plaza with an ice cream sandwich in the sun is my idea of theme park heaven) 2. Main Street USA DLP 3. The Smiler 4. Euro-Mir 5. WWTP radio at Amity Cove (pre Stealth)
  12. Benin

    2019 Season

    For good companies might be worth looking on Blooloop's job section too, jobs in all sorts of leisure stuff...
  13. It's easy to get to from centre of Paris via coach as well; people using going to outskirts as an excuse also need to consider where DLP is in relation to the city
  14. I wouldn't say it's underrated? It's got a reputation as a good park, with a good selection of rides which are well themed - essentially what the park is. I guess it hadn't attracted huge attention because the last major ride they added was Oz'Iris (Pegasus was a family coaster which missed the mark ultimately), and that's what draws the most attention for us as UK enthusiasts. Plus going to the outskirts of Paris is a bit of a pain compared to some of the other nearby European parks. So yeah, the park is rated fairly, and it'll come into the spotlight more when their big Intamin starts being built sometime next year. Points for the clickbait title though, fair play...
  15. Yeah, I really like Parc Asterix too. it should gather more interest once the Intamin opens.
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  17. Towers did Stargazing pods for the budget consumer these don't look very budget friendly. Park is overlooked as they don't market to the UK. Simple.
  18. https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/1235972495/ they come around every 6 months or so....
  19. Dare I say this is one of the few things Thorpe do better than Europa Park is giving guests access to free water.
  20. TPGG

    2019 Season

    Hi guys, Does anyone have any insight into how to get into the theme park industry? I've got 4 years project management but am open to many roles based in the south of England Any advice would be hugely appreciated - thanks Couldn't find the right topic for this sorry!
  21. Jack Black doing a little theme park vlogging at Six Flags Magic Mountain.
  22. Might have to give this a go in August. It’ll either be surprisingly good or mediocre I reckon. 10 minutes of headset is a bit long I won’t lie. Europa’s VR coasters are actually surprisingly good. I think China will be the next area for redevelopment. I can see Jenja being returned/upgraded whilst the food shacks with Geister and what’s left of Silbermine are likely to be demolished.
  23. India - 14 year old boy dies after being 'caught in the wheels of a roller coaster ride', oddly and slightly graphically worded article. Not clear what the ride actually was, but I'm thinking it was really a round ride of some sort from the description of mechanics of injury. India (again) - The worlds crappiest looking drop towers has a moment of uncharacteristic excitement when 'ropes' (possibly quite literally ropes, and not just a poor translation) snapped sending a gondola crashing to the ground injuring 12. The park involved has shut indefinitely. Probably for the best.
  24. Oh what a shame! Not like Alton have been the most forthcoming in their replies on twitter as usual. Be nice if they told people the situation, but hey thanks for the update.
  25. Meh, double post, but more details from the park via their blog... https://phantasialandblog.de/crazy-bats-facts/ The park have confirmed the VR headset will not use smartphones, but rather be 'proper' headsets. It also talks a bit about the quality of the images. So hopefully we should see something a bit better than previous VR coasters. And an advert:
  26. Awaiting a replacement part, rumour is down for two weeks unfortunately
  27. Anyone heard anything about what is up with Wicker Man, being down the last few days. I’m visiting Tues-Thurs this week and would be gutted if it’s closed all 3 days.
  28. No, and besides the name Victor reminds me of Cyborg. Make it about Swayzak the virus, who is EVIL, and I'll gladly go on it. Then again, they'll need to have their own Swayzak-like character instead of using him because they'd get sued. So why don't we think of another 2002 era futuristic name? Theorem? (Because Swayzak is the name of a techno group who has collaborated with a group named Theorem)
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