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  1. Cal


    Yes still playing the same soundtrack thankfully The one on the main arm returned last season for the first time in a very long time. Unsure why it hasn’t returned, maybe they’re looking at getting a different one with the new colour scheme
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    Looks great and glad its back open! Just rumba to go now which is testing apparently. Although it looks great/fresh, I never though Samurai looked out of place so I don't think it fits in any better than it used to, especially with Hyperia now next to it.
  3. Loving the look of them trains. I’ll reserve my judgement for the rest of the area till opening day, but it’s a big shame about the queue line. So much potential for a nice queue line there but that looks hideous. They’ve confirmed it won’t have seatbelts so hopefully that’ll stay. Out of interest, does anyone know the reason Icon and Helix both got seatbelts?
  4. I've heard rumors of a permanent closure but no one knows for sure I guess as they've still not communicated any update. Its still showing on their ride availability page as 'closed until further notice' Although it was testing a little last season I don't think theres been any movement since and the area is closed off so its not looking like it'll be open any time soon!
  5. Its a bit unclear from the wording on their website but it looks like Tiger Rock, Rattlesnake and Zufari will now be closed on off peak dates. That's an awful lot of days to have 3 major rides closed in my opinion. I'm all for the closing a selection of rides for a few hours on days its very quiet (queues 10 mins of less) but to have rides all day is unacceptable in my opinion. https://www.chessington.com/plan-your-visit/resort-information/ride-availability/ Please see below for Super Off-Peak/ Super Low Off-Peak dates for; Zufari: Ride into Africa Tiger Rock Rattlesnake Month Off-Peak March 2024 22, 25, 28 April 2024 15 - 19, 22, 24 - 26, 29 May 2024 1 - 3, 8 - 10, 13, 15 - 17, 20 - 23 June 2024 4 - 6, 10 - 14, 17 - 21 September 2024 3 - 6, 9,10 - 13, 18 - 20, 25 - 27, 30 October 2024 3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18
  6. Yeah I believe it was more towards the end of last season they've been stopped. Operators aren't meant to be doing them anymore anyway, it got to a point everyone was asking for them. Think the main reason they got stopped was H&S more than anything.
  7. The operator would switch the lights off (switch in the console) and I believe to not play the launch audio they'd use the mic to override it. They've stopped doing these now thankfully. They were good fun a good few years ago, but when the word got spread and people were asking for them every other launch they got very boring.
  8. I know its not always possible for everyone but couldn't recommend visiting on off peak weekdays enough if you want to get on a lot of rides. You can visit on certain days and get on rides quicker than if you were to have fast track on a peak day, and save yourself 200 quid whilst doing so!
  9. Agreed seems very brave of them to announce an opening date when they haven't sent a train round the track yet! Interesting what they've done with RAP for this - its essentially just working as a 1 shot fast track. Can only go on it once per visit and but won't be timed out for it. Sounds like this could potentially be open to abuse? Hopefully not. Have pre booked for the 24th but may change that closer to the time. Not sure I can be bothered with a 4 hour queue and vloggers but would be nice to see it on opening day too. Currently advertised as a 5 close for the Friday and 6 for the Saturday - hopefully these get extended to 7 or later. 7 on the Friday would tempt me!
  10. Cal


    Samurai is looking fresh!
  11. Yeah I must admit I didn't know whether or not to add it to the list, but the park are still yet to announce a permanent closure. Its also still listed as closed on the ride availability page (https://www.chessington.com/plan-your-visit/resort-information/ride-availability/) but looks like this page hasn't been updated for a good while! Its a strange one as I thought they would be desperate to get this back open, and it was seen testing last season. But maybe they have bigger plans for this area now!
  12. Thanks for this @Matt N always find these interesting! Its so satisfying being in the Nemesis queue, always seem to have a good team running it and the queue constantly moves. Nice to see Oblivion is being ran slightly better this year hopefully that continues. Only timing I got last week was in the Wickerman queue as I was bored and was interested how it does on 2 trains. Were dispatching trains roughly every 2 mins so 720.
  13. So today Chessington has the following closed all day; - Mandrill Mayhem - Rattlesnake - Tiger Rock - Zufari - Tomb Blaster - Tiny Truckers - Seastorm - Monkey Swinger - Scorpion Express Dragons Fury has operated for 1 hour so far today and is currently closed. What an absolute shambles. I swear this is getting worse every year. I feel like Thorpe and Towers have both turned a corner and are making the right decisions and investments. The same can't be said for Chessington unfortunately... The park also re validated tickets yesterday due to ride availability.
  14. Thanks Parm this is a brilliant update! I don’t think anyone on here expected the trains to arrive soon
  15. That is great to hear! The Swarm isn't normally a ride I re-ride a lot due to this reason, so I'm looking forward to getting back on that! The Swarms vest restraints have locked into place when the ride dispatches, and throughout the ride gets tighter and tighter. By the time I'm on the breakrun, its so tight on the chest its incredibly uncomfortable and I can't wait to get off. Have found this got worse in recent years too. Now, only the restraint will lock into place and the vests will allow you to move more, a bit like a car seat-belt.
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