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About Mattgwise

  • Birthday 07/19/1989

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    Theme Park - Europa Park, Amusement Park - Cedar Point

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  1. I think I agree with the others. Very different and both great for completely different reasons. If I had to pick though Cedar point slightly wins it. I agree with Doyle's last point!
  2. The old music played all of last season as well but oddly had half the area wrongly programmed to blast out Angry Birds in the first part of this season, though the queue has always played it this year so far. It has however recently just reverted on the exit path to the Imascore jungle mix. But yes it's a far better track anyway. Just a shame the same hadn't happened to the colossus queue too.
  3. Thorpe is a one day park assuming you get there for opening. They have a pretty dire security queue to get in which could ruin your day if not there early (I'd recommend 45 mins before opening). As long as you are in the park within the first 15 minutes of opening you can usually get on 2 or 3 rides in the first hour. Just don't head to Swarm first, that tends to quiet down significantly around 3 to 4pm as most would have done it and tend not to return to the area once done as its a dead end. Even if queues are say 50 mins each doing the above you'd manage to get on all. It's very very rare I've ever done Thorpe on a relatively busy dahly and not got on everything and a couple of rerides in a day.
  4. Great reports, Karnan looks great, shame about its reliability. Where you off to in the states? Il be out there end of May to Cedar Point and Kings Island.
  5. Prior to the pandemic we ran trips to other parks including AT, CWoA, BPB Port Aventura, Toverland and Phantasialand but with not much happening at Thorpe attendance to all meets gradually declined so for now we will just trial Thorpe meets this year. If these go well or more interest occurs we will look at other park trips for 2023.
  6. We also have the two rides opening later this year. Only shame is ALL new attractions are low capacity, but it will certainly create more rides to spread crowds than now.
  7. We will look into potentially meeting up in the summer time and possibly Fright Nights, early on in the event. Any meets we plan will be posted in similar fashion to before. Keep an eye out in the next month or two. In the mean time If you are interested in meets resuming please let me know here so I can gauge interest.
  8. Very concerning to see over the last couple of seasons the capacity reduce on Tiger Rock. Had noticed for last two seasons gaps between boats in station during loading but today was on another level with just 11 boats in operation (it has around 26). I guess in fairness the ride is well over 30 years so it could be that some of the boats are coming to the end of their life but think they need to repair or replace. Some pics from in the station...
  9. In that case it really is just a shame they can't send it more frequently of which I am sure I had heard there was a reason they don't though can't remember exact details.. The Parc Asterix one Oxygenarium regularly has 4 boats on the lift. Anyway won't really affect me as with that pool of water in the boats I simply won't ride these days.
  10. Seems to be a theme of broken seats across park today. -Four random seats out of action on Vortex -One random seat out of action on Samurai -Two seats out on one of Nemesis Inferno's train -A storm Surge boat on the circuit taped off - Why they bother having more than 4 boats on this thing is beyond me, theres always 3 or more boats stacked before station, with lots of upset guests struggling to keep their feet out of the paddling pool in the boats I mean of course i'd rather them be open but this is (bar Vortex) unusual for Thorpe at start of season (if at all tbh)
  11. Tidal Wave has got part of its pit drained, suggesting lengthy work usually? Anyone got any idea what's up? Closed all day and only had one boat last week which was on the transfer crane today.
  12. Audio is a a bit of a mess at present. There's a High number of broken speakers and areas silent (though these speakers seem to work after hearing announcements), or playing incorrect audio. It's quite concerning given the almost parkwide overhaul of the speakers with the RFC replacement. - Nothing down the jungle area and outside Old Town BK -Angry Birds playing across most of Jungle and half of Amity including SiaT. - Detonator audio not working, some great staff interaction though - vortex queue playing Lost City Imascore cuts in and out - no music working at Saw (speakers work for announcements) -only one speaker appears to play the Rush queue audio. - Swarm queue no music -extension area of Stealth not working (these have never worked since the overhaul) Theres probably more but just some I've noticed in my couple of visits this last week and a bit. Many of these speakers are looking a bit worse for wear as well with rust and stuff on them
  13. Mist has been very reliable the last two seasons or so and nice to see, but it hadn't worked for the start of this season. However today whilst queueing half way through day it just came on, so was guessing it just wasn't switched on. But nice it's back, makes a difference.
  14. Swarm had its jets by the helicopter fixed for AP days and soaked the riders. Since then mist has appeared from the helicopter but the jets are near enough not working with them struggling to even reach 2 or 3 cm as it zooms past. That said there is now mist working at the fire truck and the jets work just after the train passes. Am I optimistic these will last? No. Every time over the last 4 years or so they've tried to repair effects they last a week or two. Swarm Shop is also back open. VID_20220327_140753.mp4
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    Wicker Man

    Lots of controversy this evening. They closed the ride well before park close claiming there isn't enough lighting in the area.
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