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    Alton Towers General Discussion

    Towers mentioned on Facebook they will be sharing new content on National rollercoaster day. And here we have the awesome video from the Rollercoaster Restaurant showcasing all the coasters past and present at Towers!
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    Fear on a Ride

    You can do it - I’d recommend Inferno before Colossus but whatever way works for you - just go for it 👌 might be worth taking some paracetamol as Colossus can be rough depending where you sit. I always carry headache tabs to theme parks as they charge about £500000 for a pack
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    Matt Creek

    Blackpool Pleasure Beach

    Definitely an improvement on the original version. The first advert barely promoted this as a coaster. The re-editing and inclusion of ride shots is definitely an advantage here.
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    2018 General Discussion

    Not long till Fright Nights and hopefully Saw Alive will be open today unless it ends up floating off in the rain 😶😶
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    2018 General Discussion

    Going to Thorpe Park today for the lates with my aunt @Han30 on national rollercoaster day! Extremely happy that saw alive has finally opened after being delayed - I’ve wanted to do it for a looong time. I’ve only done one maze so far which was living nightmare this year to see what it’s like. Fortunately, I loved it and I can’t wait to try the other mazes such as Big Top (another on my bucket list), platform 15 and, of course, saw alive! Maybe it’s my obsession with Billy? Maybe it’s my obsession with the ride? I don’t know but all I do know is that I want to do it so bad 😩😂
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    Blackpool Pleasure Beach

    This is because of the 2012 Olympics and terrorist attacks.
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    Fear on a Ride

    Yup rides tend to look so much scarier or intimidating than they actually are. With the exception of Detonator which just fools you into thinking it’s quite tame. Years ago I swore I would never ride Oblivion and my first trip to Towers back in 2013 I’d done the big rides fine, forced myself on Blivvy and actually cried up the lift hill - but now it’s one of my fave coasters. Was worth crying like a baby 👀 and grabbing my friends hand to face the fear!
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    Fear on a Ride

    Please just force yourself to ride and enter the queue. It's never easy but you will be the one who gets annoyed with yourself afterwards if you don't ride. I had the same thing and remember rides that look scary tend not to be too bad as you imagine.
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    Fear on a Ride

    Ah that makes sense - honestly once you overcome this fear (and you will) you’ll probably wish you’d done it sooner - but it’s never too late - I was 32 when I faced the big coasters at Thorpe and I’m gutted I used to be the one holding the bags when I could have been enjoying the rides. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself and take things at a pace that you are comfortable with but at the same time you have to push yourself a little bit to overcome the fear - it’s not easy but it’s worth it!
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    Martin Doyle

    Canada’s Wonderland

    This looks like it will absolute blow every single dive coaster on the planet out of the water!! Admittedly I would have preferred if the breaks and final drop was replaced with an airtime hill or something like that, however everything up until that point looks like a masterpieces especially the location of that first drop!!
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    LIL - 10-10

    Its Friday Saturday and Sundays the restriction on Thorpe / Standard annual passes - so Thursdays are ok Your thorpe / standard annal pass wont allow you entry on these days (Wont even scan), so you will need to purchase a ticket if you plan to visit them days.
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    Blackpool Pleasure Beach

    Oh, the ads have been to promote their new rollercoaster. Glad they cleared that up.
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    Tulley's Shocktober Fest Scream Park 2017

    Cheers for the intel Colony is probably my favourite, purely because of the sheer size of the thing! Tulley's is now an annual visit for me for sure, completely worth the money.
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    That itself is enough to tell me, it's highly likely that it wont return. A lot of staff like to think they know what's going on, when in fact they know nothing. I can vouch, first hand with this. Like if studio 13 did return, where would it go?! Outside? haha. As for the director stuff, it was around the last two years but never returned. Just remember, Big Top started it's build in 5 days time, this time last year.
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    Fright Nights 2018 - General Discussion

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    Fright Nights 2018 - General Discussion

    The idiocy and ignorance of some of the comments on this thread is unbearable😂🤦🏻‍♂️
  17. 1 point
    Slammer and Loggers Leap for me are sorely missed from the parks line up. They were two of the must rides for me when visiting.
  18. 1 point
    I miss the Slammer.
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    Alton Towers General Discussion

    This is very exciting, wonder if it'll be like the 90s PB series - "get the damn thing open!"
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    Not for long. They were on on my last visit before I went to Wales, but off the other day. My best guess would be that its down to the water issues as theres still two or three places around Chessington itself where Thames Water have been doing works.
  21. 1 point
    My first experience of Blackpool started off before I had even arrived. Driving into the seaside town, the first thing you're greeted by are miles of banners for Icon. Blackpool is first and foremost a tourism hotspot and the Pleasure Beach is very much at the centre of this town. My first impressions of the promenade are not entirely positive. The street is quite tacky; donut stalls, arcades, casinos and pink horse rides are found along length of the street. The amazing views out to sea and sandy beaches redeem it somewhat. On my first day at the Pleasure Beach, I was pleasently surprised. There was no lengthy wait to get in yet the park was thriving with guests on Saturday. This continued with relatively short queues compared to rival UK parks. What I love most about BPB and what has driven me to visit are the unique rides and layout the park has. All of the coasters are intertwined within one another in a way like no other park I've visited before. The park maintains a diverse range of attractions with something for everyone to enjoy. Paired with very strong transport links, this makes BPB a great place to visit for anyone. Presentation & Service The park has a uniquely historical charm. I will say the main ticket office is quite grand inside, the staff here are well presented in classic suits. The office and the entrance were well staffed with more than enough people to handle larger crowds. Most of the staff in the park were cheerful apart from a few which can really make or break good a day out for guests. Fountains, fountains and more fountains were everywhere in this park. in the floor, on the coasters, ride areas, paths and are an attraction within their own right with a nice little show every 30 mins. Food & Drink Many of the Bars and the new Coasters restaurant have a modern, tasteful and clean look to them which I really liked. Most of them even served champagne. There were of course the standard fast food outlets too found at any park. We ate at the Coasters restaurant on the first day and I was very pleased with the quality and the price of the menu. I thought it was excellent value and I really hope to see more of this standard of food with similar affordable pricing at the park in the future. The Rides The Pleasure Beach has a number of historical rides with by far the best one for me being River Caves. This indoor boat ride feels untouched, all the effects and scenery still look to be in working order. There are no gimmicks, just gentle background music, some narration and great atmospheric sets that the boats sail through. It's just a really nice boat ride. Grand National is by far the worst historical ride at the park. This is a duelling wooden coaster that bounces and partially derails around the corners. It's set through a beautiful workshop behind Valhalla with tufts of grass growing through the tracks. The Big Dipper and the Velvet Streak are much better wooden coasters for their age. Steeplechase is the most unique and rare coaster at BPB being the only ride of it's kind still operating in the world. It consists of three horse shaped vehicles running on vertical track rails. The track moves freely over the terrain with minimal support structures and has the ability to tilt the horse vehicles around the bends by offsetting the lower rail. Forming part of the Blackpool skyline, The Big One is the second Hypercoaster I've ever been on and the tallest in the UK at just over 200ft high. The Hill and first half of the ride are the real highlights, you can see all of Blackpool at the top! The first airtime hills as of any hypercoaster are breathtaking and unlike any other coaster experience. The lower half of the ride feels more like a shopping trolley in a carpark however with a very jerky ride. A real shame that the station is literally a warehouse. No attempt at theming was made at all and frankly I've seen better industrial units. It's still worth riding for the experience. Infusion is highly regarded amongst many as a terrible ride. The theme of the ride is simple yet so dynamic with water jets crossing streams between the twisted steel, it almost looks like an engineering water sculpture. I want to end the negative hype and say that the ride is not as rough as people say it is. It's not smooth either but I've been on worse. I would ride it again if I returned. Revolution was a strange coaster for me. The station is at the top of the ride. As there are no airgates, there's a constant safety announcement on loop along with the original yet dated claim that it will be "the most thrilling ride of your life". It's a shuttle that sends you round a loop forwards and backwards, the backwards part being more nauseous than thrilling. The best thing about Revolution is the classic Arrow loop support structure. Notably the best dark ride at BPB is Wallace & Gromit's Thrill-o-matic. Each scene is beautifully crafted to look just like the films. The voice overs, audio, lighting, everything is spot on and the ride has a decent length. It's charming, funny, northern and colourful. "I've got patent pending on that", "You'll be hearing from my solicitor about this!", "Cheeese" 😄The ride cars are like giant slippers which is just fantastic. It brings back childhood memories for me too, For me it's easily the best dark ride in the UK. My gosh where do I start with Valhalla? It is an epic boat ride experience. The sets are impressive and the drops are brutally soaking wet. I started by submerging my shoes in a half filled boat. The flames were impressive, the steam was intense, the ice scene was frosty. It's really a one of a kind boat ride. A must do at BPB. The first Mack coaster at BPB; a bobsled called Avalanche twists and turns between Revolution and Icon. The station and surrounding area feel as close to Euopa Park at Blackpool as you can get. The Swiss music and chalet really have a similar atmosphere. Avalanche itself however is much better than it's Europa Park cousin. It has fast, snaking turns that pick up speed ending in two intense helix turns towards the bottom. Finally the newest Mack coaster, Icon is by far the best ride at the park. I'm still in a dilemma about where it ranks in my all time favourites as it is that good. Frankly I was overjoyed when I found out Pleasure Beach were building a Mack megacoaster in the UK. I loved Blue Fire at Europa Park and this is no exception. Mack launches are not entirely linear. The best way to describe it is like being pushed on a swing, it starts rolling and then builds up the momentum. If you expect an Intamin style launch, you will be disappointed. The airtime hills, swaying turns and punchy acceleration made it such a smooth and enjoyable ride. Riding on the front row, you get a very floaty and fun ride. On the back row, the ride is the most intense with forceful positive G's and sharp, quick pops of airtime. The momentum of the ride doesn't end until the last turn as the second launch takes you up and over probably the best designed immelman I've ever seen. The theme is minimal yet exremely well presented. The music is dramatic and catchy. The seats are open yet comfy, the OH restraints feel like lap bars and they swing down and spring up making dispatch lightning fast. The Mack bag flaps are convenient yet secure. It eats through the queue line so even waiting for the brand new ride is quick. All I can say is BPB have got something really special here. Overall, Icon is just a fantastic attraction. I think it's the best new coaster we have had in the UK this year and the one I've most been looking forward to. Conclusion Blackpool Pleasure Beach is a very well rounded, affordable park which is easy to get to with plenty of staff on hand and is home to several unique experiences in the UK. The very reasonable entry price along with the new ride Icon really gives main rival Merlin parks a run for their money this year. It also helps BPB that their operations are much better than Merlin's have been this year in general. I'd definately return just to ride Icon again but I'd stay for the charm of the undeniably british family run park.
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    Tidal Wave

    "I didn't know it was only 2 to a row!" *After a 90 minute queue watching said ride*
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    Park Music

    No sense at all. Thorpe Park used to be such a fun, vibrant place where each area had its own unique atmosphere. From the dramatic scores for Colossus and Nemesis Inferno, you had the western Canada Creek Playlist, WWTP Radio (back when it played properly), and so many fun pieces of music which added so much to the park's atmosphere. Fast forward to 2018, and the park has no atmosphere at all. Every area has had its vibe washed out with the same corporate IMAScore tripe, stripping it back of all the fun and atmosphere that a theme park should have. Rumba's fun catchy theme? Nope, let's have some nondescript "Zufari" music that people will have forgotten by the time they leave the ride. Also, who remembers this gem? I remember it playing across the bridges out of the dome, around the beach area etc. Now just the same music as everywhere else in the park. They'd be better off with chart music than the current rubbish, at least that is varied!
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    Rumba Rapids

    It might look crap at the moment but as has been mentioned all the pumps are working and it's hauling ass at the moment, my last ride on it was the most intense I've ever seen it!
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    The Top 100

    Welcome to a bit of self congratulation. I'm going to be 30 in two months and this birthday represents 20 years of being into rollercoasters and theme parks. Instead of getting smashed and wondering where my life went wrong like a lot of thirty year olds normally do, I'll be out celebrating at Heide Park and finishing my B&M collection (before Fenix and Valkyire open, those rascals). Everyone loves lists right, so I decided to put together my top 100 rollercoasters and talk about them in a sentence or two. I hit 250 last year at Walygator and am currently on 253. Unfortunately this was a little too early to include Oblivion: The Black Hole or Icon but does include the Wicker Man. I wanted to do this now before I hit Cedar Point where I imagine my top ten will be smashed to pieces. So I hope you enjoy the first installment or at the very least, comes across as slightly interesting. 100. Thor's Hammer - Djurs Sommerland. (First ridden 2013) Whilst this is nowhere near the best Gerstlauer bobsled out there, it's a nice, safe, dependable ride that gives a good starter coaster for young riders. 99. El Diablo - PortAventura (First ridden 2012) The thing with this ride is it doesn't feel complete. There are parts of the ride I really like that really are let down by the stretch between Lift 2 and 3. It's a real shame that this couldn't be the support coaster to Dragon Khan and Shambhala that it needs to be. As it stands, it's an okay curiosity and nothing more. 98. Scorpion Express - CWoA (First ridden 1992) This is the most important rollercoaster in my top 100 as it was the very first. Yes before Nemesis, before Katun and Alpina Blitz or even Corkscrew at AT, there was the Runaway Mine Train. My memories of that first ride are pretty hazy this point. I know I was tricked onto the ride by my uncle and I know that I was scared out of my wits. Even though this is no Colorado Adventure, four year old Mark came off astounded and so impressed. Even though it's re-dressed now and is far less themed, it still makes an impact. It was my favourite ride to operate when I worked at Chessington, the first day I operated the ride by myself, the last ride of the day gave me a round of applause and they are memories that I will never forget. 97. Runaway Mine Train - Alton Towers (First ridden 2000) Another Mack, this time the Alton equivalent. I've always been rather fond of the mine train but I'm afraid it seems to be getting slower and slower each year. Ever since its crash in 2006 its always come across as a shadow of its former self which is a shame as its original layout and interaction with the Rapids is second to none. 96. Blue Flyer - Blackpool (First ridden-2012) I must admit to not being that well learned on the Blue Flyer, having had one ride on it however I remember it being pretty impressive for a family wooden coaster. Will make the effort to ride a bit more on the next visit. 95. Flying Dutchman - Efteling (First ridden - 2017) How could one not be impressed by the Flying Dutchman, well the inside in any case. This was my first ride at Efteling and I was simply blown away by the dark ride section of this water coaster. It's a shame that it falls to pot once it emerges into the sunlight but for all intents and purposes, the inside is fantastic. 94. Seven Drawfs Mine Train - Magic Kingdom (First ridden 2015) The inside section of this rollercoaster is worth the ticket alone, it's a shame that the rest of the coaster is somewhat.. short though as just when it feels like its about to get going, you hit the break run. 93. Rip Ride Rocket - Universal Studios (First ridden - 2011) (Wow its amazing how bad from photos from 2011 look now) Falling off that lift hill to 'I will Survive' is an experience I will never forget. Which is good because the rest of the attraction is completely unmemorable. It's an okay coaster but its not really deserving of being a Universal coaster. 92. Batman La Fuga - Parque Warner (First ridden - 2007) I know what you might be thinking, how could a B&M be so low?! Well to be honest, I've never got on with the Batman clone. Whilst the intensity sure is there, the bang bang bang of inversion has never really appealed and its rather basic layout always leaves me feeling a bit cold. 91. Cobra - Paultons (First ridden - 2009) Cobra is so silky smooth it feels like you're about to take a nap. It's a great coaster and fits right into Paultons but if you're looking for something a bit more aggressive, this is not the place to go. And with that its 100-91 complete. I hope you enjoyed your nice nap if you got this far (or read at all). Feedback would be lovely. Until next time.