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About pluk

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    not the Messiah
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    Apart from this stuff? Music and Skiing.

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    The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man
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    Europa Park

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  1. pluk

    Europa Park

    Because it is jarring that they can open theirs fully, presented smarty and running properly after such a massive event because the owners care, where as we have a dirty, effect free version running at a hugely reduced capacity as a matter of course because the owners think that is an acceptable way to go about their business.
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    Scorpion Express

    That just looks like a motor burning out, nothing is actually on fire.
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    Carters Steam Fair

    Sadly I think the Divebomber has actually been retired, it was up for sale earlier this year I think. 😪 Octopus is just being worked on though, it had got a little tired, desperately needed new cushioning on the seating.
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    Carters Steam Fair

    Carters Steam Fair is the most wonderful travelling vintage fair. It's set up in Maldon today, if you find yourself nearby I thoroughly recommend you go. The rides might be ancient and powered by steam, but don't let that fool you! The Steam Boats are probably the most genuinely dangerous (and therefore properly thrilling) ride operating in the UK, they are incredible. Unfortunately the Divebomber and Giant Octopus aren't touring this year, I'm really going to miss them. Little facebook video from today in Maldon gives a good idea of the set up. <iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fcarterssteamfair%2Fvideos%2F1663665057087173%2F&show_text=0&width=560" width="560" height="315" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true" allowFullScreen="true"></iframe>
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    Alton Towers General Discussion

    Exactly this. AT are wrong to have tried to publicly chastise someone who has in reality followed their own rules. As Barron says, to put it down as 'all rides and attractions' would include monorail and skyride. But that is clearly a nonsense, so clear unambiguous signage at each ride entrance is how it should be managed. There's nothing wrong or inherently dangerous with filming on the rapids.
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    Alton Towers General Discussion

    No interest in this guy, or vlogs in general. Find them an embarrassment. I've never known any issue with pics and filming on rapids. Has always been generally accepted, and if no mention on the ride board then Towers are making themselves look a bit silly. If your bum remains on the seat, there's no problem.
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    Blackpool Pleasure Beach

    Pleasure Beach : right on top of the most visited seafront in the UK surrounded by housing and businesses. I expect to have to pay for parking as space is a premium, the park need it to be for their guests, and public transport is a viable option if you don't want to pay it. Alton Towers : in the arse end of nowhere, no one would be parking there if not visiting the park. No need to have paid parking as no pressure on space, no issues of others using it and public transport is not a viable option. I know which one offends me more. It's a necessity at Blackpool, £15 for premium reserved doesn't seem excessive to me at all.
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    Project Zero

    All hinting to next years X re-retheme. AH AH AH AH AHH
  9. What really costs the money is not the parks, but the travelling. Your gate cost will be pretty insignificant compared to travel, with accomodation being somewhere in the middle but highly tailorable depending on the level of squalor you are willing to endure. So it kind of depends what way you want to look at it. If you are after a single park quick trip you are probably best off looking at flights to airports near parks and going to wherever Ryanair are willing to fly you for £15 each way. If you want to get the best value for money you are best off looking for a cluster of parks, flying there as reasonably as you can, and travelling about a bit. I'd always hire a car for convenience, but public transport can be better value (if the parks are on bus routes that is,you don't want to end up paying for taxis!). Germany is very good for this option. Because you are only flying once your cost per park will be much lower than repeated trips, but it will obviously be a higher one off overall spend than a quick single park trip. I'd always advise saving a bit longer and making your trip more worthwhile by visiting multiple parks. - Driving to Astrix can work out pretty cheap with a night ferry crossing. Loads of rural villages with cheap overnight accommodation on the route back. - Could be combined with a further drive to Disney, but that is one place the ticket price is significant. Some really good on site hotel deals including park entry crop up off season though. - I did Holiday Park, Tripsdrill, Mountains and Europa in one 8 day fly drive. I didn't slum it, packed stuff in, and that cost me about £500 before food and drink, which I don't thinks ablot but it could be done much cheaper. - There's a similar cluster centered around Phantasia/Move Park to the north, which are probably closer together and cheaper overall.
  10. FFS Merlin. Please give up, just go, leave our parks, sell them, close them frankly if this is what constitutes for improvements in you book. That didn't just happen, obviously. Money has been spent to turn the fantastic dragons head into that. Actual money. By the people who supposedly can't afford basic upkeep or remotely appropriate opening hours. So so sad.
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    Blackpool Pleasure Beach

    I think it's pretty clear they are having a dreadful year attendance wise so far this season, and that is almost certainly due to people holding out for Icon. It is bloody obvious that would be the case, but it seems mid season opening was the plan all along for some reason. Ride closures are not ideal, and just gives people more reason not to visit so I question the overall wisdom of it, but it is certainly preferable to randomly closing hours early without warning. A shame they can't half day split twice the amount of rides, which would give a similar saving but alow guests the opportunity to ride everything on any given day. As has been said, an independent family run park has to be far more careful with their spend. I bet from the moment Icon is open the park will be heaving and they finally start running the place properly again. They need to start the hype though, down south there has been nothing I've seen to promote Icon.
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    Ride Accidents

    France - man thrown to his death from spinning ride, others injured. Sounds like the ride may have partially collapsed. Can't work out what the ride actually was, looks like it might be called 'twirl'. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-43608220
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    The Six Flags Thread

    Looks like a scale model, running under some unnatural forces. I forsee issues.
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    Dreamland Margate

    Could Knightmare be considered vintage?! Loads of vintage (and quite a bit if it thrill) stuff they don't have. Skid / Whip, Rotor, Steam Boats, Octopus, Dive Bomber, the swinging varients of round rides with a million different names. They don't have a traditional ghost train or funhouse, which feel missing. I'd love to see an old wooden boat water chute like the used to have on the site years ago. Doubt there are any originals of those knocking about tonrrferb though.