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  1. 4 points
    Coaster

    Fright Nights 2017

    What a ridiculous post.
  2. 4 points
    Dean_W

    Park Music

    "Living Nighmare" - should be 'Living Nightmare' "Derren Browns Ghost Train Rise Of The Demon" - should be 'Derren Brown's Ghost Train: Rise of the Demon', or 'Waste of Time and Money: The Experience'.
  3. 3 points
    Mattgwise

    Fright Nights 2017

    That's a shame, because those problems were not present the previous week at the TPM meet, just shows inconsistency.
  4. 3 points
    Benin

    SW8

    I lol'd...
  5. 3 points
    Mega-Lite

    General Discussion

    I remember when I worked at the park (nothing to brag about trust me) and they had a shortage of glasses for Hokey Pokey so Thorpe sent over hundreds of pairs from their 4D cinema, of course no one actually checked if they would work on Hokey and as you'd expect they did not.
  6. 2 points
    StevenVig

    Park Music

    The whole point of the 'Island Theme' is that it is supposed to be identifiable, it was designed to be used across the resort. It has grown on me a lot, I was skeptical at first. If you go to CWoA, you will hear in most areas, their own identifiable hook if you will. Alton also has one, and was probably the first out of the three to do this, but they used In The Hall of The Mountain Kings, which is not original, but it works for them.
  7. 2 points
    Mark9

    Fright Nights 2017

    To think, how much shorter those queues would be if Rumba was open..
  8. 2 points
    Martin.C

    Fright Nights 2017

    Yesterday reminded me why you should never attend this event on a Saturday in the middle of October. It was a joke. Swarm was by far the worst out of all problems last night. What could have easily been just a 40 minute queue turned out to be over 2 hours long in the early hours of the evening for the following reasons: 1. Pretty much every train going round the track had at least between 6-8 empty seats due to single riders or odd numbered groups. No organising or grouping from the staff was being used here. 2. The staff in the station as Ringo above mentioned were more interested in having chats with their colleagues during the loading stages of each dispatch than getting those trains going round the circuit at a relentless rate. 3. The ratio of the main queue:Fastrack was 50:50 and the number of people using it just for Swarm alone was absurd. On top of that, nobody next to the baggage hold was monitoring the number of people going through the fastrack queue at one point which explained why the main queue went to a near standstill for nearly 20 minutes. Other problems from the night were prevalent too. Big Top was overcrowded inside, especially during the first half of the maze with the strobes as groups kept going through at a constant rate, so much so that I estimate about 40 people were in that section at the same time on the second run. Why you might ask? Because staff were guiding guests completely through the first fortune teller scene, meaning it was an endless stream of people going through with no holding zones, as well as a missed scene from the attraction. And as for Fastrack, last night just goes to show you even a price hike still isn't enough to stop it being sold in large quantities. The queue pen outside Depth Charge to buy the stuff was overflowing by the time the sun was starting to set for the remainder of the evening. As result, the entire Fastrack queue for Big Top was full all night, an endless number of people were pouring through Swarm's Fastrack queue, Colossus was the same all day and night and Platform 15's Fastrack queue I swear was longer at one point compared to the normal queue. People's feedback online social media is just as valid as anybody else's out there regardless of what platform or rank they have, so I wouldn't write them all off as being OTT or exaggerated. If people fork out over £35 minimum for entry to discover they must queue over 2 hours for a 40 minute queue on Swarm, find lousy operations on all main rides, broken or missed scenes from the scare mazes and to be persuaded the only way to enjoy the night is to shell out more money on Fastrack which ironically had a massive queue all night to get, they have every right to complain and call the park out on it.
  9. 2 points
    Meant to post this much sooner! Just wanted to thank Ryan for organising this meet and ensuring it went smoothly, and to say how much I enjoyed it It was nice that the group pretty much stayed together the whole day/evening too Think it's the first FN meet where we haven't split off at all later on in the day! Big Top was so disorientating And Platform 15 is much better this year! Even with Mr Fish randomly walking sideways in the tunnel Walking Dead mazes seemed a bit meh. Living Nightmare is nicely themed though! Sanctum was more amusing than scary - oh and apparently I looked "Very tasty" or something along those lines! A few of us managed to get the final viewing of the day of Final Cut too, which was interesting with the special treatment we got Looking forward to the Christmas meet!
  10. 2 points
    Wumbamillio

    SW8

    I doubt anyone has an actual agenda against Merlin, most fans all visit their parks. As paying guests we need to vocalise what we feel is poor or standards dropping (as long as we can reason it), as well as what we enjoy. If we don't like how the parks are heading, visit less/ stop visiting, then as a business they will have to listen. If you think there's nothing wrong with the Merlin parks, then keep visiting, but don't accuse others of having an agenda (unless they're just criticising unreasonably). Merlin is one of the biggest leisure companies in the world, it doesn't need sympathy!
  11. 2 points
    Wumbamillio

    SW8

    You seem to have far more of an agenda than anyone else? At least this 'Merlin project' is panning out very different from most others, which I'd expect to be a good thing - time will tell I guess. But you can't blame people for being concerned by the underwhelming prospects so far. Going in with low expectations but an open mind is better than going in with high expectations, only to be treated to Merlin's cheap formulaic usual. I'm not expecting much from the Wickerman after years of disappointments that have all ended up the same way. But I will love to be pleasantly surprised when it opens, if I am enticed enough to visit. It will be something different for the UK, and that can only be good.
  12. 2 points
    Mega-Lite

    Park Music

    Heard the new Colossus area theme on my fateful visit to the park the other day, completely forgot they had changed the theme and found myself standing there questioning "wtf is this", then it dawned on me that this is the new theme alot of you have been raving about, each to his own I suppose but I think it's crap and it really takes alot of the atmosphere (not that there's much left) out of the Colossus area.
  13. 2 points
    Mitchada04

    Efteling Summer Festival

    I have intention of writing a bumper Halloween blog post with all the scare events I'm visiting. But to do this I should really catch up. So from a good 3 months ago, here is Efteling and their 13 hour day celebrating summer nights or something. We were staying in the very nice Loonscheland Hotel. Our room was suitable for up to 5 people, not sure how comfy that would have been but for the 3 of us it was fine. Very nice bathroom, comfy beds. All good. We had a view of the service yard. Fresh breakfast each morning was great though with breads etc. Climbing frames and goats made it even more fun! 1st July. First day of the festival and Symbolica opening. We used our ERT to wait for it to open Pardoes (?) happy to get a ride about him And the hoards arrive! We made the first batch of guests (should I brag about this?) and it's a very nice attraction. Fun for everyone. Enough of this. Let's start the party! Commencing at 6pm, there was a parade Which was basically of all the entertainment that'd be on offer that night So each land had an offering and a timetable of different events. There was so much going on it was fab And a marching band. Think there was one near the front too So Ravelijn land had sword fighting And other stuff. Was like a mini Warwick castle We then went and got some food from this pop up stand area, was nice. And then these guys got involved, with an amazing repertoire of music they were much entertainment. As can be seen, Josh has a video Carnival had a random sing-a-long session. The area by the rapids had these dancers and Flamenco The Swiss (?) area by Bob had this guy, Steinbok. He was very popular, a comedic singing act. Had like a cult following it seemed. Was a very nice atmosphere though The best in my eyes were the street performers in Arabian Nights land. This guy not giving ice cream (it was free if you could grab it from him) Some magic act. And I think I might have been roped into buying an authentic rug? Flying Dutchman had one of those not moving people who then does move. And then it started to get dark! Steinbok still holding a crowd! And then the beautiful fountains. They had 3 shows on that night, Aquanara as normal, symphony 1 and symphony 2 which were different music configurations from the attractions around the park! We ended up seeing both symphony's and had an amazing night. Possibly one of the best theme park events I've attended. All included in your ticket price It must have now been 11:20 but the park were in no rush to kick us out. So much so they had all the acts from throughout the park at the exit area saying bye to everyone, taking photos etc The entrance is annoyingly large and doesn't fit in my photo. Next time, Liseberg and the city of Gothenburg!
  14. 2 points
    Benin

    General Discussion

    DIC were the idiots, since they completely ran the parks into the ground worse than Merlin have ever tried to...
  15. 2 points
    Mark9

    General Discussion

    Slags off Bubbleworks and then says Zufari is the best experience in the park despite that ride being the only one that feels like an actual Animal Kingdom rip off. Eesh. Nostalgia is a powerful thing and it depends on your point of view. It was only ten years ago when the wheels were starting to come off at Thorpe and a lot of theme park geeks were saying they enjoyed Chessington more because it felt like a proper theme park and had a more pleasant and enjoyable atmosphere. So it's not just 90's nostalgia coming into play but for only a decade ago. Love how you bought up Circus World though, an area that few on most theme park forums wold have ever visited and an area that barely lasted. Finally, did you visit Chessington in the 90's?
  16. 2 points
    BaronC.

    General Discussion

    It's a little known fact that Professor Burp's first name is Andrei, and he was in fact a Romanian businessman. When the factory was finished, he did try to sell it to Andrex for the retheme since it matched his name so closely. But that fell through, so he had to go with another bathroom product......... That and things don't always have to make thematic sense if they just 'work'.
  17. 2 points
    Benin

    General Discussion

    Some of this post is dreadful... I don't think there is any park in the entire world which had the budget Animal Kingdom had when built (it quite possibly still is the most expensive park ever built)... Given that Chessie was the first real attempt at a theme park in the UK, and has spent particularly the last decade being butchered to bits, it's astounding how much of the place still stands across many of the areas... Original Bubbles being a half baked idea is honestly the worst thing I've ever read on this forum... I suggest watching the Dark Ride Archive video on it, because I'm just astounded by the ignorance of it... Half baked? Bubbles is perhaps THE ride that captured the minds and hearts of every single UK enthusiast... The park is almost definitely trading on nostalgia, but surely that shows that when people were growing up, it struck an immense chord to the visiting public? Unfortunately it never truly left the 90s...
  18. 1 point
    Marc

    Park Music

    To the every day guest who visits once or twice a year it will be subtle, many of the tracks are alot longer than the previous ones too (The Lost City track for example) which previously played a portion of the Colossus music which cant have been no longer than 5 minutes, the new one must be at least 15 minutes, if anything making it if anything less repetitive. Same works for X, the music lasts about as long as your ride will be on it, most visitors to the park will ride it no more than 3/4 times a year (total guess at the numbers here!).
  19. 1 point
    Mattgwise

    Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

    Yep I did it last year and got on most, but arrive at 5 to make use of the evening as they shut at 9 sharp. I worked out that I got £130 worth of rides in the time I was there including three on Munich Looping. Wristbands are sent in the post so no faffing in a long queue to collect them. I am booking with my friend on weds morning when the tickets go on sale.
  20. 1 point
    BaronC.

    Fright Nights 2017

    I believe that last night was the night were there was a large number of certain visitors in the park. They cause more trouble and it does affect the operations a lot. For some staff (especially if they're newer / haven't experienced that behaviour in large quantities before), it can be intimidating, difficult to control and a bit 'rabbit in headlights' for some. And the security team will always be stretched regardless of how many staff they get in. That's certainly not to give staff / the park a bye for the operations / handling of some things, but perhaps it's easier to be a bit more forgiving given the circumstances.
  21. 1 point
    Rach666

    Fright Nights 2017

    I went this Saturday and also had UFT.... 1. Yes (but still expect to queue around 15mins) 2. 0-15 - (Saw, walked on: TWDLN, 15mins in tunnel: Sanctum, walked on: BT, 15mins due to maze "breaking down": P15, 15mins due to some idiot hitting an actor and waiting for security) 3. 100% yes IMO. Yes, for that kind of money I agree you should walk on, but I would rather queue 15mins than 2 hours. Going again this Sat with same pass, so will see how we get on...
  22. 1 point
    StevenVig

    General Discussion

    Someone send this to CWoA http://www.ebay.com/itm/222325740174
  23. 1 point
    Mark9

    Fright Nights 2017

    I'd have asked those questions before buying it to be honest. I don't think £125 on a fastrack package can ever be worth the money, regardless of how many rides or mazes you get to do.
  24. 1 point
    RobF

    Fright Nights 2017

    In terms of maze quality the big top was so much better than the annual pass night although the projector is broken for the fortune teller. (It was abit weird with just the speach). It may also lead into why it was completely missed later in the night. I agree with swarm op's yesterday. There seem to be staff who would rather talk until the train is back rather than actively running the attraction.
  25. 1 point
    Martin.C

    Fright Nights 2017

    That judgement was based upon the fact as soon as my group turned the corner into the strobes, the next one was right on our tail behind us. And then after circling through the strobe section once in 30 seconds, looking back at that archway, another group of around 12 goes through. This all happened in the space of less than a minute and caused a lot of congestion inside with lots of stoppages despite the actors guiding everyone through. Around 3 groups went into that maze in less than a minute. How did I see all this? Because that first corridor has a massive white light shining inside and leaking into the strobe area around the corner, so I could see these figures of people passing through constantly. Then to top it all off, after getting off and going back round to see the queue, they were sending groups of 10 through on average every 20-30 seconds after that which would explain why the queues suddenly shrunk afterwards. I know what I saw and it was overcrowded inside last night with too frequent dispatches of groups, especially compared to previous nights this year.
  26. 1 point
    Mer

    Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

    Lots of updates on the unofficial page so far! I'm excited to see they're getting a Top Scan (Whitelegg's) this year - I missed out on Chessie Samurai so I've always wanted to experience a decent, intense Top Scan
  27. 1 point
    BaronC.

    SW8

    I definitely didn't pick up on this - you should have been more vocal about your dislike for it...
  28. 1 point
    MarkC

    Fright Nights 2017

    By the looks of it, a lift experience
  29. 1 point
    ThaliaKleio

    Fright Nights 2017

    Anyone on park today? Know what this is all about?
  30. 1 point
    Mega-Lite

    Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

    Don't care, got the cred. I've noticed the beautiful bastard that runs the very successful and utterly amazing Winter Wonderland build up Facebook page is dropping subtle hints about Hollenblitz. Very exciting but if he's just being a tease I'll retract all the nice things I just said about him.
  31. 1 point
    BaronC.

    Park Operations

    Saw can run with a minimum of 5 actually, though I think it only did that for a brief period shortly after it opened due to some teething issues. In practice, the lowest they'd ever really run it with is 6, and that'd only happen if they were running 7 cars on a quiet day, doing general work on the 8th, and they had to take another car off due to a technical issue. I think the workshop only has room for 2 cars anyway?
  32. 1 point
    Marc

    Colossus

    I think both the trains have had some work - have ridden both of them over the last couple of weeks and am sure it is noticeably smoother and a lot quieter too.
  33. 1 point
    Zappomatic

    Park Music

    Last night the old version of the Colossus music seemed to be playing in the Colossus shop.
  34. 1 point
    Coaster

    SW8

    Seems a bit strange to be selling parts of a wooden coaster that haven't actually been on the wooden coaster, but maybe that's just me.
  35. 1 point
    Kerfuffle

    Park Music

    I personally find it cringey when an entire forum goes off their heads about the slightest grammar error...so let's not go down that route, shall we?
  36. 1 point
    Mega-Lite

    380 Miles For 3 Creds

    Forum has been a little quiet for my liking recently, so I'll help spice things up with another trip report. There will no pictures, I didn't take any because I didn't think I'd do a write up, but here we are. Just over a week ago, while my 2 friends were in China (heartless bastards) and my only other friend was wisely avoiding me, I took it upon myself to up my cred count (1 day Benin, you will fall). We start today on 330 credits, let's see how I fair. Started the day with a 2 hour drive to Clacton, you'll remember I got spited quite heavily there recently. Pavilion Fun Park - https://rcdb.com/9963.htm First shot at redemption! I was the only non staff member in the "park" and purchased my 4 tokens from a token vending machine while every staff member in the park stared me down. Gold Mine - https://rcdb.com/9942.htm So last time, this small coaster wasn't operating due to, "the rain", this time I faired a bit better. I asked the 15 year old looking staff member sitting on the floor outside the coaster if it was running, he said "yup", took my tokens and told me to sit in the second car, "because it can slip", noted! Off we go then, or not... I got half way up the tyre driven lift hill, then it all went f**k up. The train got to about half way up the lift then stopped, with the drive wheels still spinning away to no avail, he must of been right about it slipping. Was sitting for about a minute, wheels still spinning and now smoke coming from them and the smell of burning. Another minute passes and now the operator is spamming the control panel, desperately trying to stop the madness. 1 more minute passes, thick smoke pouring now, very unhappy smells coming from the coaster, as I sit there trying not to laugh. The operator is now screaming, "OH GOD NO, NOOOOOOOOOOO, NOOOOOOOOOOOO!". He then begins to shout for his manager. Who casually walks over, assesses the amazing situation and hits the e stop. I roll back into the station, hands up of course and they have to manual stop the train rolling out the other side. They manually release my restraints and I casually asked, "technical issues?", they grunted and I walked out of sight and broke down with laughter. Guess I'll have to go back next time, well unless I've totaled it. I bet Benin would count that as getting the cred! I then walked onto the pier to discover Stella is STILL spiting, what a tease she is, one day I will able to experience her revenge but for now, spite! I stood and watched the Go Gator for a bit, thinking should I stoop to Benin's level, of course not! Left Clacton with some wheel spin of my own, with exactly f**k all new creds to my name. Drove about an hour and a half to Southend, what a s**t place to drive this is, traffic lights everywhere, the same BMW tailgating me AND cutting me up 5 times no less in about 2 miles and some idiot literally lost a speed boat off his trailer, making situations even worse, a bit funnier though. Adventure Island - https://rcdb.com/4836.htm Been many years since I last visited this funky little park, not that it mattered, they have barely invested in anything since I last went. The 2 things I remembered about the park are still there though, sun burn and very friendly staff. Kiddi Koasta - https://rcdb.com/9596.htm This was my first new cred of the day (331) and it was alot better than it deserved to be, those little humps at the end had more air time than Taron. Redid all the other creds, Rage is alot worse than I remember, not bad, just no way is it better than Saw, which I've read online before. Rode the new Over The Hill and it was s**t, the old version was fantastic and the trick ending almost killed me, new version is just cardboard crap. Ate at the new (I think?) pizza place and that was fine. Pizza was bit crap and my sprite didn't taste right, but it was so cheap I didn't care much. For seemingly no reason, half way through my pizza, a staff women started karaokeing in my face, I wasn't impressed. With something to show for my efforts finally, I left Southend, this time much more aggressively, remember, "there's no excuse for your bad driving". Drove half hour to Canvey Island, now I've been to alot of s**tholes in my life and this one definitely deserves that title, nasty place. Much like the poor coaster from earlier, I thought I was going to need new tyres as I drove into the World's worst car park and could hear all the ungodly noises my wheels were making on the sharp loose rocks. Fantasy Island (not that one) - https://rcdb.com/11399.htm What I can only describe as a small drug den (with rides) built in a junk yard, better atmosphere than Phantasialand though. Dragon (not that one) - https://rcdb.com/14191.htm The rarest coaster on my coastercount, yes rarer than obscure Japan stuff. Benin I strongly advise you go get this before it goes mainstream, who am I kidding, you probably already have it! (332) I then left the World's worst car park after having an argument with an Audi driver who wanted me to do the impossible in regards to giving her room. Crossroads time, go home, with only 2 new creds, or drive an hour and a half to Margate, Margate it is! My stupid sat nav (more on it later) only took me in the broad area of Dreamland before leaving it up to me. I knew roughly where the car park was and yet took 20 minutes to find it. As each minute ticked by, the driving of those around got worse, ending in a motorbike having to do an estop to avoid me, because I wasn't going to let him cut me up. The following argument has to be one of the best of my life, with visor and helmet down I couldn't make out a word he was saying, so I just replied, "what?!" and drove off. Dreamland - https://rcdb.com/4826.htm Found the car park in the end and Jesus Christ, when did they up the fee to 4 pound a f**king hour?!!?! Was once told the park is struggling with visitor numbers, if true, I fully blame the parking, oh and the fact the park is a dump. Beehive Coaster - https://rcdb.com/15169.htm Haven't seen a wacky worm with a bee as the train before, it amuses me. (333) 3 new creds in about 380 miles, worth it! Time to go home now, "no traffic on route", says my sat nav, sweet! About half an hour later ended up joining the back of a 10 mile queue of traffic, Garmin you heartless bastards! What was causing this delay then? An old timer car had over heated and was pissing fluids on the hard shoulder, but the police decided to close a lane of the road to deal with it, wtf. Until next time, thanks for reading.
  37. 1 point
    ashleyrose-66

    General Discussion

    I went to Chessington last Saturday and I have to say, I was hugely disappointed. Hocus Pocus Hall was open, but we had an announcement on the way in that the Goblins had made off with the 3D specs so we just had to walk through without any of the effects. I know it's better than closing the attraction altogether, but what reason can there be for not having the 3D specs available? We went on Zufari, and it really is shocking now. I know they'd cut the audience interaction a couple of years ago, and to be honest I don't miss the Goetze stuff in the queue, but the actual ride is so poor now. There was no sign of the Flamingoes as we first started and the truck whizzed straight past. We arrived where the Giraffe were and there were 2 Giraffe feeding, which was nice. No sign of the Zebra or Ostrich though. On we went and were able to just see a Rhino the other side of a fence, almost hidden by a tree. There were a few Blesbok to our left, but we didn't stop to take a proper look. In the cave; we just went straight through. No lightning or waterfall, just straight through and unloaded. Whilst I know you can't account for all animals being available or visable, the experience itself has become rushed and it is unattractive. I'm fortuante to have ridden it when it was better than it is now, but if I rode it for the first time on Saturday after queuing for 45 minutes, I'd wonder what the fuss was about and question where the aminals are! I used to love going to 'Chessie', but I have to say I feel quite sad when I am there these days. There is so much needed to improve the park and whilst I have only been a MAP holder for 6 years, the decline in the park in the past 3-4 years is alarming.
  38. 1 point
    JoshuaA

    General Discussion

    Its confirmed by now that its gonna be a 300 foot tall topspin. Jeez. Get ur facts right.
  39. 1 point
    MattyMoo

    General Discussion

    RE: Circus World. I remember it, and remember going to the Circus when I was a teenager with a mate at Chessie because of the hot acrobats - did I just say that out loud? I remember the Clown Coaster with that drum - that I was convinced would give you an electric shock (not quite sure where that came from) and the Juggler, which looked straight out of a fairground with it's garish backdrop. Can't believe the casual slagging of original Bubbleworks, how very dare you Original Vamp, Bubbles and an awesomely themed McDonalds, thems were the days I tell ye! 59p for a burger inside a Merlin park, unbelivable scenes.
  40. 1 point
    Mega-Lite

    General Discussion

    Tussauds were the idiots behind Bubbleworks and Tomb Blaster. The only credit we can give Merlin is their refurb of Tomb Blaster, which took it from tired and broken to absolutely f**king awful. I don't say this to correct you, just lest we forget what Tussauds did!
  41. 1 point
    JoshuaA

    General Discussion

    I'm pretty sure having multiple Asian areas isn't the problem with Chessington.. Mystic East and Wild Asia aren't really that similar anyway.. The problem of the park is mainly the string of ruining awesome rides, or not putting enough effort into some projects that could great- but end up executed awfully.. Professor Bubbleworks looked brilliant, as did Terror Tomb.. But Merlin as every knows had to screw up rides that were generally brilliant, and gave us botched re-themes like the Imperial Leather Bubbleworks and Tomb Blaster.. Which seem very similar to the originals, but with most of the fun ripped out.. Zufari from what I can remember had its budget cut last minute- which is maybe why its so flawed. Don't get me wrong its not the worst experience on the park (thats not saying much), but its still feels incomplete.. And the theming at points seems like they got some cardboard and painted it to look like a cave.. Overall I couldn't care less if the new Tiger Falls is themed around an Asian theme.. I'm more concerned about whether Merlin will actually give this a decent budget, and whether Merlin will actually make some effort to give us a decent attraction.
  42. 1 point
    HermanTheGerman

    General Discussion

    Come now, I'm sure very few themes in this country actually "make sense" to the majority of visitors; namely because they're not looking to find out or "learn the story" as such. It's a theme park not a museum! If it works and they have fun- who cares? To say Bubbleworks was a half baked idea because it didn't fit in is a very ignorant thing to say. Surely just because "Transylvania" connotes spooks and horror, doesn't mean it has to be all that? Anyway, Bubbleworks was perhaps the best-produced, most fun atrraction in the country; the fact that it doesn't tie-in with your preconceptions about a Transylvania themed area, surely doesn't override your judgement of it actually being a great attraction? Its also funny you call the park soulless... can't have started visiting more than a couple of years back? The reason it was so popular back in the day was for its silly, slightly off-the-wall sense of humour. Whimsical yet dramatic. Full of spirit! As for the park not being "immersive", well, that shows more than anything that you've only met the new Merlin-era Chessington; because I quite agree, it is very bland, generic and cheap looking now, a shame really. But perhaps just bare that in mind when other members talk of their fond memories from the park? It was once very different, very impactful and very fun. You might not understand, given your experiences, and that's fine. But just bare it in mind.
  43. 1 point
    pluk

    General Discussion

    Circus world was great fun for a kid. For a start, it had an actual circus. Imagine that! A show at a UK theme park! Your thoughts on the coherence of Bubbleworks within Transilvania are so wrong it's hilarious. How you've come to such conclusion without the knowledge of experience over those who lived it I have no idea. The disaster that is Zufari was the final nail for Chessington for me. It was their opportunity to do something spectacular, an experience not to be missed. But without the ideas or skill to pull it off we have been left with that dull overblown Fungle Safari. It's probably the single biggest wasted opportunity I can think of within Merlin. The rest of the park crumbles.
  44. 1 point
    Coaster

    General Discussion

    I can't agree with this, Chessington used to be a fantastic place proving that imagination goes a lot further than having a high-budget, however the park in its current state is bland, featureless, dreadfully operated and generally a terrible day out. In my opinion of course!
  45. 1 point
    BaronC.

    Rant

    You missed out the bit where you try and go through one of the automatic passport control things and it doesn't recognise your face, so you have to join the long, slow-moving manned passport control point.
  46. 1 point
    Coaster

    Logger's Leap

    Of course people are going to ask what's happening to it, the communication regarding its closure has been shocking.
  47. 1 point
    Stuntman707

    Phones on Park

    If there's something I really don't want to leave on the station, I'll put it in a zipped pocket, but I'd check multiple times that it is definately zipped up! If you do lose something on a ride it will bring it to a halt and you will have to endure a station full of very annoyed guests while the engineer's called out. Someone once lost their purse on Colossus (Much to my annoyance) and I've seen a phone completely destroyed on Vortex.
  48. 1 point
    MattyMoo

    Your theme park merch

    Could be worse - you could've spent £33m on the real thing.
  49. 1 point
    0wl

    Logger's Leap

  50. 1 point
    A-Kid

    Has Anyone Had A Close Shave?

    ^Coins will not be fatal. They arn't heavy enough to gain any great velocity. Would hurt though. My dad lost a tenners worth of change on Stealths launch. It was really funny as the money followed the train (showered it and the queue) for some reason, then at the top it all just dropped. Also someone took on a load of paper stuff and released it at the top of Stealth. Lol. And phones on the brake run always fly out!And the funnyest one was when someone lost there shoe on Rush and it landed on Zodiac in motion.
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