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JoshuaA

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About JoshuaA

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    Europa Fanboy
  • Birthday 08/15/2002

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    Crawley
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    Scare Attractions, Books, Music.

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    Shambhala
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    Europa Park

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  1. JoshuaA

    Top 5 Coaster Manufacturers

    1. Mack: I adore Blue Fire and can't wait to ride the even more amazing looking recent projects from Mack. Overall I think the restraints on their bigger coasters are very comfortable but allow for a lot of freedom for airtime and inversions (that heartline roll on BF 😍) 2. RMC: Only ridden New Texas Giant but overall I remember it being a glossy smooth ride full of airtime and fun banking. New Texas Giant was the first RMC and probably the least innovative out of all the RMC's, I can't imagine what the other ones are like! New Texas Giant was pretty flawless in itself, Steel Vengeance must be insane! I think RMC will be dominating the industry for years to come, they currently seem to be the hottest manufacturer in the US right now so once they start building more over here and in Asia I think they will be perhaps even better than Mack. RMC is the future. In ten years time I wouldn't be surprised if every park had to have a RMC in their lineup. 3. B&M: Solid and stable, though anything that isn't a Giga or Shambhala I think are just kinda eh at this point in the industry. I think they need to really introduce a new model soon or something new, I think after RMC got big innovation has became the key, B&M besides their Gigas haven't really done anything different to their designs or approach in the past five years. 4. GCI: I have only rode Wodan but if the other GCI's are anything like Wodan then wow. I absolutely love Wodan's fast pace and how it never seems to lose speed, Troy looks even more epic, can't wait to ride more of these. 5. Intamin: I haven't really rode many good intamins. Furius Baco is probably the best Intamin I have rode if I'm being honest.. I have put them on the list as they do innovate quite a lot, but recently that innovation has really just became becoming a counterfeit RMC..
  2. JoshuaA

    Paultons Park

    Honestly I think it would be insane if we got a new coaster soon, we just got Lost Kingdom in 2016 and Paultons isn't a chain park so they don't have the excess cash to flash about.. If they do though then I think it would solidify Paultons as a must do for parks in the UK. I find it funny how the smaller parks are making more out of nothing with investments (BPB and Paultons) while Thorpe is just throwing money at crap like TWD and DBGT.. Fingers crossed this is true, it would be a ballsy move though.
  3. JoshuaA

    2019 Season

    I think there is having a personality in your brand and there is being ridiculous and unprofessional. Thorpe pre 2013 somewhat had a brand and a clear market they were aiming for, sure that market turned out to be not very profitable but at least they knew who their target market was. In many ways I think Thorpe right now is the real laughing stock of the Merlin Parks. Sure Alton has made budget cut galore, Chessington gets no major investments, but at least those parks both know who their bloody target market is. The parks both have their own brand and somewhat of a identity, they don't have to be obnoxious on social media to make their brand stand out, the brand is strong.
  4. JoshuaA

    'I'm a Celebrity' Maze

    Hooray! Hopefully they can start to use it as a maze space again for FN, the building is perfect for FN mazes and IAC was just a hot mess anyway.
  5. JoshuaA

    Blackpool Pleasure Beach

    I think a Mack Big Dipper would be amazing here, I also think BPB should maybe try and pin down RMC eventually. Sure BPB has a vast history, but every ride has a life span and they can't keep all their classics operating forever.. The park also has a lack of space so to make new investments some rides might be on the chopping block, this is not a bad thing. I hope Steeplechase stays as I don't really think that they could add anything in that space due to Streak, Big One, and Icon wrapping around it, I think maybe they could get S&S in to give it new trains and maybe re-track it if possible considering S&S are now producing a similar model. I wouldn't be surprised though if we didn't see any big investments for a decade or so, the park did just build Icon after all..
  6. JoshuaA

    Complaints, complaints and complaints.

    Negative Paragraph: Every investment non coaster related 2010 and onwards for the most part has been terrible, tacky, or just a complete waste of money or time. Look at how Europa do small-medium investments such as Columbus or Whale Tours, make improvements without slapping on a outdated IP! Or if not, add a cool flat ride, no tacky IPs or stupid USP, build a ride that is fun. Positive Paragraph: The Swarm. Not the most forceful coaster but a reliable B&M nevertheless, the heavy theming around it is also very cool and it just works with the isolation of the area so well. The near-misses elements are also something I have to praise Merlin and Thorpe for, awesome! Credit also has to go for turning X:NWO into X, X was a simple but just great staple for the families who Thorpe wanted to attract, it also gave a unpopular coaster a new lease on life and it seemed to be way more popular!
  7. JoshuaA

    2018 General Discussion

    Yikes.. Tbh I'm not surprised in the slightest, Colossus had a awful year of dispatches, every single time I rode Colossus the operations were consistently awful. Inferno was very hit/miss this year but was slightly surprised at how long it took, that is worse than usual! Stealth and Saw are no surprise, the crew on both rides seemed pretty decent on my visits. When compared to other European parks Thorpe looks pretty bad, heck Taylor even did the same style video for PA and the dispatches overall were a little better than Thorpe. Thorpe need to up their game, when PA can out-do you on dispatches you know you have fu**ed up..
  8. JoshuaA

    Next Roller Coaster

    Theme it X factor and you have yourself a Merlin addition.
  9. JoshuaA

    Tayto Park

    I'm pretty sure its a new gen of SLC's, so no swinging. I'm guessing they dropped the name SLC due to their reputation, hopefully this new name solidifies that Vekoma are now a company who are far past head smashing machines. I think this is a great fit for Tayto, Vekoma right now are really on the up so working with them for a major thrill ride is a smart decision, its probably a more affordable option too.
  10. JoshuaA

    Blackpool Central

    Looks amazing but I just don't see it happening or being successful, especially in Blackpool. Blackpool is kinda a shell of its former self right now and there is so many attractions that exist currently like BPB, Sandcastle, Ripleys, and all the Merlin crap that already kinda soak up the tourists (what is left of them) so I'm interested whether this will bring more people in or will just completely fail. I hope this does bring more people to the town but I have my doubts. If done right though I guess this could propel Blackpool back to the destination it was once was.
  11. JoshuaA

    Is there a maximum length for hair

    This actually made me manically laugh. This is why I love this forum. ?
  12. JoshuaA

    Next Roller Coaster

    I think with Swarm the near misses and theming make it probably one of the better wing-riders out there, sure its length is awful but other than that it was a great investment IMO. I think Swarm and X were the last good investments in Thorpe's recent history, everything 2014 present has ranged from awful to meh IMO. For the next ride I want something with no gimmicks, no stupid themes, just a coaster with a good layout that is full of airtime and a theme that is not horror or drab.. Theme wise I would love something colorful, Smiler I think stands out so much due to its brighter colors and more playful tone.
  13. JoshuaA

    TPM Christmas Meet 2018

    So I can confirm I'm coming, though unfortunately I will probably have to leave after the group meal.
  14. JoshuaA

    TPM Christmas Meet 2018

    I'm gonna try and attend my first meet this year! I can't give a definitive answer as I might be working but gonna try and get the 15th off.
  15. JoshuaA

    Fright Nights 2019 - General Discussion

    I didn't visit any events last month due to work but I have to say from reviews/povs this year seems like one of the most shambolic years to date. I think its a shame considering Fright Nights pre 2015 was considered a huge name and a trailblazer in the industry, sure a lot of people blame 2013 for bringing in IP's but Cabin and MBV were still pretty decent experiences that successfully worked the free flow concept that is now becoming more popular across mazes in the industry. I think with Thorpe perhaps it is just competition rising across the industry? 2015 was a dreadful year for FN, but that was only amplified by Tulleys upping their lineup to 8 that year, Alton introducing one of their best lineups to date, or Xtreme Scream introducing the amazing looking Ash Hell. I think post 2015 the event has somewhat been a few steps behind the other big events, sure Big Top (2016-2017) and Platform (2017) were amazing but the rest of the lineup were generally mixed.. This year I think sees an all time low for the event, sure some of the roamers look great but there is no maze that looked like a "go to" this year, which I think is really depressing in a event that on some years had 2-4 mazes on that par! I think next year the event needs some fresh concepts, something unique that is just different to anything currently on park. I also hope they add some extra scare zones and keep a good atmosphere across the park.
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