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  1. Have removed a couple of posts from here - Regardless on your opinions on Nick’s music - fair play to him for organising this - just looked and I saw he’s raised almost £600 to donate to a mental health charity and no one deserves to be berated for that - that’s significant amount especially during these times from such a niche market. Whilst I get it may not be everyone’s cup of tea I think it’s great people when people l come together and do things like this which will ultimately benefit others more in need, especially in times like this!
    7 points
  2. JoshC.

    Stealth

    Ahhh, this old chestnut. The story is quite simple, but a sort of Chinese-whispers effect has led to some confusion over the years. That image is from the MTDP from around 2003. The MTDPs only show loose ideas that the park have at the time. That drawing, for example, shows the top hat being the other side of the Stealth area. The layouts mean nothing; they're just there as a rough indication of size. When Thorpe were drawing up ideas for Stealth, they wanted a longer ride, more akin to Xcelerator (hence why the MTDP shows that). Ultimately, it never happened, for a va
    2 points
  3. JoshC.

    Plopsaland de Panne

    Soooooo, The Ride to Happiness, presented by Tomorrowland, anyone?
    2 points
  4. Chessington Buzz has reported it to be manufactured by ‘Metallbau Emmeln‘ Here is a video of a ship also manufactured by them which looks to be very similar, with the same looking supports also. Luckily it swings pretty good.
    2 points
  5. Tidal wave getting some maintenance on its very very corroded theming as well as chain repairs over this winter period: https://www.instagram.com/p/CHe427uD4N0/ https://www.instagram.com/p/CJsx6SGHA3Z/ Further look at the theming (use arrows to see all 4 photos): https://www.instagram.com/p/CJtQDXzhURb/ Comparison photo from when Tidal Wave opened: https://www.instagram.com/p/CJt17W9B-58/ Some more winter theming and scaffolding work on the contractors' Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/ccscaffoldingltd/
    2 points
  6. Hi Everyone, For those of you who don't know the incredibly talented Nick Hutson has been working on developing his renowned track, Theme Park Fan, into a full blown musical! The musical has been created with contributions from notable UK enthusiasts, including myself. John Wardley is also involved 😉 We are also raising money for the charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), you can donate here if you wish. Finally, we have teamed up with AromaPrime Scents to create an original scent that compliments the show. It'll be premiering on Satu
    1 point
  7. JoshC.

    Stealth

    Yes and no I guess. The Stealth incarnation of 'a launch coaster at Thorpe' had been in the works since around late 2002, to my knowledge. Maybe earlier even, depending on the sort of relationship that was had with Intamin at the time and the confidence that was had in Xcelerator (which opened in summer 2002). The Hulk style coaster from Premier was the first time Thorpe had plans for a launch coaster. And that idea probably stretches all the way back to the late 90s shortly after Tussauds took over and planned to turn it into a thrill park. Plans were submitted and I t
    1 point
  8. Look forward to it. Well done to Nick for creating something for the enthusiasts community to look forward too in these uncertain times.
    1 point
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  10. Good to hear about Aroma!! Hopefully those watching online will be able to smell it from wherever they may be watching!!
    1 point
  11. Well spotted. It looks to run a bit better than the zamperla. Specs state it has a theoretical capacity of 42 people, 650pph, and the height of it is 11m. Although you'd have to be pretty crammed in to get 42 on that boat. The product guide can be downloaded on this page.. https://www.metallbau-emmeln.de/en/attractions/#s2_2
    1 point
  12. JoshC.

    Walibi Belgium

    I'd be umm-ing and err-ing about whether to make a thread for Walibi Belgium, but their new coaster is intriguing me more and more, so figured I may as well... Pulsar, opening in early June, is a new Mack Power Splash coaster. Promo video... Essentially, the ride features 3 launches (eventually reaching a speed of about 62mph) and one massive splashdown (the promo video shows a couple, but there is only one). It sounds like such a weird, unnecessary and silly attraction, but at the same time, I think it could be quite fun! To help improve throughputs, there will be 2 boats
    1 point
  13. Benin

    Walibi Belgium

    Lol Rita isn't even the worst coaster Intamin have built. Every company has poor coasters, Intamin have had to buck their ideas up with the emergence of RMC and Mack particularly (is it any wonder the new Intamin trains have a stark similarity to the Mack ones?).
    1 point
  14. Martin Doyle

    2021 Trip Plans

    Alright!! Whoever the heck is hacking Wisey, get off his profile now!! You think we would all believe the man would visit Efteling!!!??? 😮
    1 point
  15. Mattgwise

    2021 Trip Plans

    For me it's pretty ambitious, and not confident I will get all done but will try... UK Merlin Parks BPB Paultons Park Phantasialand, Toverland, Efteling and Walibi Holland as part of a road trip Energylandia Europa Park. I'd also like to do a trip to New York in August to combine visiting Luna Park and Six Flags Great adventure & New England. Flights currently going for £375! Although many have advised I don't book as they think the whole year is goong to be disastrous for USA. I do think that USA will be one of the last places to improve
    1 point
  16. Well this should be very interesting! And very good competition for Merlin http://news.sky.com/story/994756/paramount-park-plans-to-rival-disneyland-paris
    1 point
  17. JoshC.

    Islands of Adventure

    The whole project looks fantastic and genuinely just one of the best complete coasters out there. In some ways, it gives me Taiga-vibes, except with Taron-esque amounts of theming. Intamin's recent track record is much more positive too. So I fully expect this will be one of the most universally praised rides out there, similar to the levels of Taron, Steel Vengeance, Helix and Lightning Rod. Especially since, like the first three of those rides, this will have an extremely high ridership across both European and American enthusiasts.
    1 point
  18. Planning application gone in. https://blooloop.com/news/london-resort-planning-application/ I think the disaster of a year could help this project get the green light seeing as they belive it to bring in so much money. Some great new concept art too. Fingers crossed. We should know by the end of January.
    1 point
  19. Double post. Who cares!!?? Few weeks of testing now for Velocicoaster. Just looks better and better and better!!
    1 point
  20. Mattgwise

    Walibi Belgium

    Very exciting stuff indeed. Will actively be looking to visit here now. This looks to certainly be a top 5 Europe COASTER, Maybe even top 3! Seems to have a colossus esque sounding peak to the lift hill!
    1 point
  21. JoshC.

    Energylandia

    Work is still happening with Aqualantis and theming, but they've also started on their mine train: (from FOMO Coaster Facebook) I've heard conflicting reports about whether this will open in 2021 or 2022. I expect 2021 will still happen, especially as it's right between Dragon Zone and Aqualantis, but we'll see
    1 point
  22. MarkC

    Your Thorpe Park

    Not this again....
    1 point
  23. RobF

    The Smiler

    Stop saving now off peak pass just £69pp
    1 point
  24. pluk

    2021 Season

    I imagine next year will be a near repeat of this year. TWD, DBGTROTD, BM all closed. Capacity issues elsewhere. If only they had a nice open space like a farm to relax in, a large capacity train ride to take you there, an event space like an arena where people could be spread over a large searing area, or a log flume where each riding group could have their own socially distanced ride vehicle.
    1 point
  25. So I'm hoping the park take some drastic direction next year. This year can excused, but I definitely think the park in 2019 had a real top heavy lineup with 1 good maze and everything else being just okay. So for mazes, even though it would take a lot of effort, I think they have to use The Jungle building at some point. Thorpe have a few locations, but a lot of them are problematic. The Jungle once emptied would be ideal for any attraction, so I feel the park should really prep that building. With that I see Creek Freak returning in full form, I also see a scare zone or two from this ye
    1 point
  26. trippy

    Closed Season

    ive been waiting for ages for some new updates on storm surge :/
    1 point
  27. It won't be a wooden coaster as John himself said so. And also it will probbably be in 2014 not 2013.
    1 point
  28. Is it true this is the highest swinging ship in the UK ?I've seen pictures of it and whilst it definatley swings miles higher than, The Blade, there's this double swinging ship at Wicksteed Park and, to be honest, at the back, you get near Rush amount of air from what I remember.
    1 point
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