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  1. mrmonkey

    old plans - 2001 family coaster

    I feel like I remember seeing some old plans of the family coaster that was planned for 2001 to replace wicked witches haunt, but due to budget restraints ended up being detonator! And for some reasons I seem to remember it possibly being a family launch coaster or a booster bike type coaster. Does anyone else know of any details of this project? or they whereabouts of such plans or even discussions regarding this?
  2. mrmonkey

    Europa Park

    Yay to europa - Only europa would replace and not 'erase'
  3. A, when other enthusiasts are anal about a rides current name when it used to be called something else - I.e. AIR will always kind of be 'AIR' to me - but if I call it that I get snapped by others ' you mean Galactica' - yes okay okay - or 'the haunted house'......'YOU MEAN DUEL' - well yes - whatever! does it really matter in the grand scheme of things? B, when others say a ride 'IS ****' - no YOU think it's **** - which does not objectively make it ACTUALLY ****.
  4. mrmonkey

    Crowd funding for TPM member

    I'm so sorry to hear this! Roodie is one of life's good guys! donated! My thoughts are with him and his family and friends.
  5. mrmonkey

    Adventure Island - Southend

    Does anyone remember the Fantasy Dome - it was a fantasy walk-though attraction - in a Dome funnily enough! There's hardly anything about it online, anyone have any memories - or even better pictures of it! Another was Blackbeards Pirate Adventure - which was another walk-through on the ship that used to be next to the pier (now the undercover area) - that was fun in its own tacky-ish way - loved it!
  6. mrmonkey

    TPM Meets Calendar 2018

    I would say about the international meet - As much as I love Phantasia - I think it's worth waiting till next year (2019) for F.L.Y. I think an Efteling/Toverland combo would work really well.
  7. I'm up for This, was fun (but cold) last year!
  8. mrmonkey

    TPM Meets Calendar 2018

    Phantasialand and Europa Park are quite a distance from one another a better park combo would be Efteling-Toverland-Phantasialand Or Europa Park with Tripsdrill
  9. mrmonkey

    Park Count - 2017

    Adventure island 1 Chessington 1 Legoland 1 Walibi Belgium 1 Plopsaland 1 Parc Asterix 1 Movie Park Germany (inc Halloween event) 1 Heide Park 1 Hansa Park 1 Phantasialand 1
  10. mrmonkey

    TPM Christmas Meet 2017!!

    Tell you what - Put me down - need to catch up with peeps I might just join you for the meal and onwards - WW remember people - no alcohol for secret santas or otherwise - due to bag checks at WW!
  11. mrmonkey

    European Theme Park Tips

    if you drive - car hire would give you more freedom - or even take your own car via ferry most people do 'cluster' trips - so I'd actually recommend doing a few smaller trips:- Phantasialand, Toverland and Efteling (Tag on Walibi holland if you want) is one! then theres Europa - which you REALLY NEED MORE THAN ONE DAY! - 2 days at Europa then one day at tripsdrill - that's another good pairing. Then North Germany/Scandinavia is a good cluster - Hansa, Liseberg, Grona lund, Tivoli, If your going to do a long road trip - Then Efteling-Toverland-Phantasia-MovieParkGermany-Heide-Hansa would be a good one perhaps finishing with a ferry etc over to Sweden from North Germany! Then you have PortAdventura - Which I'd recommend just doing on its own with a Barcelona Trip - taking in Tibidabo city amusement park too! Then there's Disneyland Paris and Parc Asterix - easily clustered around Paris As for accom I've only stayed on-site at Hotel Matamba at Phantasialand and its SOO worth it! I would recommend May time mid-week for Visits (google the countries school holidays - and avoid) Also Sep/ Oct time- mid oct you might get Halloween events which is a bonus - again - go midweek and avoid school holidays! Don't Miss:- Phantasialand is Fabb.... but others are correct that its customer services aren't up there with others - also it's a small park in terms of area - so when its busy it feels horrible! so definitely go midweek out of school or public holidays. Europa Park is my Fav! But some thrill seekers often booboo it as it has no 'best of its type' headliner coasters - but its just a very fun, friendly, MASSIVE park, loads of charming dark rides etc. Its the only one I'd say is Essential for more that one day - however if you just want to do the coasters, then one day is fine! If you don't stay at the onsite hotels - definitely check out their bars/restaurants...quality!! Efteling:- Again if your a thrill-seeker coaster enthusiast- and that's all that matters to you, you may be disappointed - However this is again a beautiful park with Disney-standard theming - The flying Dutchman is my fav ride in the whole world! Hansa Park - People often forget this Park - But don't - its beyond fabb and friendly and has two of the best and unique coasters in Europe! It's also beautiful and charming, has quality food - and lots of things to 'explore' such as a free high ropes course! I've yet to do Liseberg - but this seems to be one not to miss! PortAdventura - I've yet to do - but the world seems to compare everything to Shambala - so I'd say its not to be missed! (I'm hoping to go early next year).
  12. mrmonkey

    TPM Meets 2018 Planning

    Well like I previously said - Hansa Park is faaaab! - I think TPM could have a lot of fun there!..... could be paired with Heide Park - or indeed Liseberg - as Sweden isn't that far - theres also Hamburg Dungeons! Phantasialand and Efteling is another good paring - perhaps making it a hat trick with Toverland - if their new themed area/coaster are open! I really want to get over to Tayto park too - could in theory be done in a day flying into Dublin (or just one night).
  13. mrmonkey

    TPmania overseas Live 2018 - suggestion

    Well we spent 11 hours on the park - and didn't do everything - despite no queues longer than 45mins, we wanted to do a show but didn't get time and missed out at least 5 or 6 main rides. Also didn't get time to explore (such as the aforementioned high ropes course), also the food is properly decent - and worth sitting down and enjoying! The only differing factors was it was the Autumn festival - and we saw the parade and fireworks! I'd definitely recommend visiting at that time of year! Like Europa park - it's a place to just 'be' and explore - and not run around just doing all the coasters! However I would agree a Heide combo would be sensible if it came to it (especially if they fix Colossus - which a little birdie tells me they will)
  14. Not sure if this is the right forum because it's just a suggestion - but thought I'd highly recommend Hansa Park for a TP trip, which I visited last weekend! It's fantastic and really hospitable to groups (CEO greetings/goodies/ERT) AND discounted entry! The Park is very deceptive in how much there is to do.....there's LOADS - definitely a two-dayer - and some TOP rides you want to do again and again! I also think its great for groups - because you've got all these side attractions to play on and be silly on to have a laugh for example - free high-ropes courses (no uncharge). Also because Karnan:- that is all!! - It gives Taron a run for its money in top 5 European coaster status! Lastly - Hansa kind of reminded me of the good parts of Thorpe in the mid-nineties (landscaping, pleasant, verdant, colourful, clean, family-run charm, lots of water rides, attempting to be quasi-educational, Popular Park Mascots etc etc ) BUT with awesome rides and coasters on top of this! also they have on site 'lodges' as their accommodation - where you need a min-number of persons to book one! Just a thought to put out there.
  15. Oh 8ths fine too - either was fine! yay!