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    Music, playing the trombone, computers, golf, theme parks.

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  1. Magnum is my favourite coaster for lots of reasons. Firstly, the ride experience. I've never enjoyed a roller coaster as much as I enjoyed Magnum, it's as simple as that. I think there are lots of factors, but the fact that the airtime is so varied, from the floaty-nature of the first few hills to the absolute insanity of the last few hills; then you have the tunnels, the forceful turnaround (especially without the trims!) and the right amount of "Arrow-bumpiness" and I just absolutely loved it. It's also amazing to see an Arrow hyper running three trains with hardly any stacking, it was without question one of the most efficient coasters I've ever seen. The classic feel of the ride and the fact that the lapbars aren't too restrictive also goes a long way. I really enjoyed Steel Vengeance, for example, but the lapbars were horrendous and limited the enjoyment of the airtime for me. When you consider that Magnum opened way back in 1989 it's ridiculous really for a brand new ride to be more uncomfortable due to hideous restraints. Equally Millennium Force and Maverick were incredible, but as said I will eventually get round to full reviews! Also bear in mind that I am a huge Arrow Dynamics fan. They are (or were!) my favourite manufacturer and before my trip to America, The Big One was my favourite coaster. Magnum holds a special place for me because it was such an important ride for the industry. The world's first hyper-coaster, the ride that started the "coaster wars" and it was Magnum that inspired Geoffrey Thompson to build a hyper coaster at Pleasure Beach after he rode it. The ride experience is of course subjective but without Magnum we wouldn't have the steel giants we have today, its importance in the industry should never be overlooked.
  2. Magnum is my favourite roller coaster ever. I will get round to writing full reviews at some stage, been very busy lately!
  3. Oh, so they weren't doing away with it to improve guest behaviour and/or to make things better for staff, it was purely a way for them to make more money selling individual park VIP passes for the same price. That's the last time I give Merlin the benefit of the doubt...
  4. The Big One is 25 years old today! It's sad to see that the park haven't done anything, considering they made a fuss about Icon being 1 year old...
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    Oakwood was very quiet today, we visited and I don't think there can have been more than 100 people on park. Staff were amazing and friendly throughout the day and the reride policy on Megafobia is awesome, allowing us to get the following ridecount; Megafobia x25 Speed x5 Drenched x2 Bobsleigh x2 Creepy Crawler x2 Snake River Falls x2 Skull Rock x1 Treetops x1 Spooky 3D x1 Flying School x1 Neverland Chase x1 Pirate Ship x1 Witch Hunt (scare maze) x1 Megafobia was as good as ever, some amazing airtime in the back row and I'd say it felt smoother in places where it had been retracked/had wood replaced. Speed wasn't so good (lifthill was terrifyingly slow and I'm sure it never used to be trimmed as much before the barrel roll) but the second hill is still brilliant. Witch Hunt is pretty decent. Spooky 3D was awful, the music loop was broken so there was hardly any audio whatsoever and quite a few effects broken. Drenched was good but I miss the force on the drop in the back row Parkwide audio has been changed to themed music for this year instead of the song loop, made for a very different atmosphere I found. Speed's new soundtrack is cool and suits it well. Didn't brave Waterfall today as the water level looked quite low and saw a few people get soaked. Very pleased to see that work has started on Bounce with signage explaining what they're doing, am looking forward to getting back on this. The Disko looks pretty good with the bright (but tasteful) colour scheme and I like the logo designs. Overall a very good day with amazing staff and service. It was a shame to see the park so quiet but the awful weather in the morning may have contributed a lot to this.
  6. Fastrack for a bouncy castle!! HAHAHAHAHA 😂
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    Yeah it doesn't fit in with the rest of that area very well at the moment, what with it being an operational ride...
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    Had the worst ride ever on Samurai today, didn't flip once and it seemed to be running at about a quarter of the normal speed?
  9. There's quite a few effects broken on Saw currently; Shotgun sound effect not working properly No lighting/animation on the swinging axes No lighting on the crossbows No water on the body underneath the barrel roll I'm pretty sure these were all broken on the annual pass preview day (nearly two months ago)... poor.
  10. Absolutely excellent operations across Thorpe today, despite the park being quiet the rides were all on capacity with urgency being shown to get the trains moving. Really makes all the difference and I just hope they're able to keep it consistently this good. Amazing.
  11. Wow they can't even afford capital letters anymore?
  12. Without question the best new investment at Thorpe Park since 2012. (I wish that was a joke!)
  13. It's a pretty poor situation considering the Merlin parks have already lost a lot of flat rides, that we now have; Thorpe - Quantum Chessington - Black Buccaneer Alton - Enterprise All either mothballed/not ready to open almost halfway through May.
  14. Just bring back Calypso BBQ tbh. By far the best theme park food I've ever had and the prices were reasonable too. Thorpe's food offering really is awful these days, it's not like they had closed season to sort out their catering outlets either.. Oh wait, they did.
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    Logger's Leap

    I'm not so sure, "Derren Brown's Ghost Train will open on the 6th May" was a corker as well.
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