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About JoshuaA

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  1. Here's the must dos in my opinion: Wildfire Untamed Zadra I think the Americans will wanna see how our RMC's compare to theirs. Zadra and Wildfire probably put up a fight with Steel Vengeance too (probably not as good though..) Taron Taiga ISpeed Maverick is considered a top tier ride over there so people will probably have interest in the other blitz coasters Black Mamba Nemesis Oziris Well themed inverts with good interaction with the terrain/tunnels. I think these inverts are really something different from the ones in the US (bar Montu) Smiler Karnan Fluch Von Novgorod Proof that Gerstlauer are actually good (well, just don't ask Six Flags that..) Expedition Geforce Shambhala Helix Piraten Lech Coaster Balder Colossus (Heide Park) Just good rides All of the coasters at Europa Park/EP in general Not the best coaster collection or the best coasters, but the theming and atmosphere is something that has to be experienced. Especially Arthur, that thing slaps. If Baco got better restraints maybe it would be on here, or if Red Force didn't have a shaky a*** launch, whats with Portaventura and rough intamins? Also didn't want to put Stealth or Wickerman on here as both are kinda nothing too special when compared to their american counterparts.
  2. So due to the corona virus, I thought I would actually post on this blog (for my own amusement as well as others) This blog today will rank every Tulleys Maze ever to exist (bar a few that I did not sadly get to experience) Here is the few attractions excluded from this list: Field Of Screams- this was a maze in the park's former cornfield (where The Wreckoning currently is) I sadly didn't get to experience this or some of the future reincarnations Dr Plagues Trail of Terror- This is the 2012 successor to Field Of Screams Woodshock: Rottin since 69'- Another Field Of Screams incarnation I sadly did not get to experience ItsCurtains- This is one I really regret not being to able to walk through. This was the original Clown Maze that debuted back in 2009. This maze apparently was incredibly confusing with the classic curtain maze being the staple of this attraction. This is now Twisted Clowns 3D. Anyway, onto every haunt I have been through! Ranked from worst to bet, this was hard list! The Wreckoning: (present) Tulleys have done quite high quality attractions throughout the years, this makes finding a 'worst' maze hard. The Wreckoning sadly falls short compared to other Tulleys attractions. It just doesn't quite work. It certainly brought some interesting ideas though, and I think with some extensive tweaks this could be a great maze. Coven wasn't my favourite in its opening year and look at that maze now. If they give this the coven treatment next year I could see this being a highlight attraction for the park, I think this year though it just got a bit upstaged by another new maze.. Pandemonium's 3D Carnival: (2016) The clown maze at Tulleys has always been chopping and changing. Back in 2016 they debuted the 3D element, this element is incredibly cool though the maze only had its second half in 3D, which meant you had a awkward pause in the maze and the pacing kinda didn't work because of that. Silver Scream Drive In Scare Zone: (2014) I think this one gets forgotten about really easily. Silver Scream was located next to the entrance of Twisted (before Chop Shop and The Colony were there) and it was a lot of fun. This scare zone is where the 'popcorn girls' originated from, the girls who walk around with their disgusting flavoured popcorn. It is not higher due to the fact it was pretty short and small, but it still has a left a mark on the park today with the popcorn girls still coming out every now and then. The Tunnel (2014) Before The Colony was the incredibly suspenseful and long, The Tunnel. This maze's first half was just long dark tunnels with short spaces and extended pitch black darkness. The maze at points made you feel the walls to find the way which was unnerving for 10 minutes at a time! The second half was a long Wastelands style strobe maze, it was long and incredibly confusing to the eyes after the stupid amount of darkness. The maze was very fun though I have ranked it this low due to the first half having little to no actors. But when its so dark and claustrophobic, I'm kinda glad they didn't have actors in that first half. The Volt (2015) 2015 was a huge year for Tulleys. With Nightshade, The Colony, Chop Shop, and this maze debuting, it was a big year for them. Unlike the huge highly themed Colony or Chop Shop, The Volt was a very minimalist attraction in comparison, the theming was really not all that good. The maze didn't really focus on theming though, it was a 5 minute pitch black maze meant to create anxiety with the electric shock gimmick. The maze was all about the idea of the shocks with the actors being somewhat of a afterthought, overall The Volt was unique and certainly was a interesting concept. I do think The Dark at The Howl (2015) did this concept better and I can see why the concept was not brought back after the initial year. The reason it isn't lower as it actually was quite scary, like the shock element was very psychological and it meant actors had a very easy job of scaring. Chop Shop (Present) Chop Shop is such a hard maze to rank as on its opening year it was amongst my favourite mazes ever, but sadly over the years it has kinda ran out of steam. I decided in the end to rank it by its current incarnation which isn't bad, it has such great theming in the first half and the maze certainly is enjoyable. Creepy Cottage/Haunted House (present) The Creepy Cottage was my first haunt at Tulleys and I always have had a soft spot for it. Its tight corridors, amazing theming, and good use of a small cast really makes this maze for me. Its not the scariest, its a bit cheesy, but its such a classic that makes me smile every year. It can also pack quite a punch depending on the cast! The Cellar: (Present) Arguably the signature maze from about 2009 to 2012, The Cellar has spanned a very long time at the event. The maze has seen an extension and a cage section since opening, but besides that it is completely the same as it was in 2009. The Cellar remains a long jump scare focused assault, with some theming here and then to compliment the experience. The reason it isn't higher is that I think the event has really grown a lot since 2009, and Cellar in a way has became a little dated. It still is a brilliant maze though that certainly is a classic. VIXI (Present) This is gonna piss some people off, but I like VIXI. I think it was a trailblazer for the industry and its something completely different to any other maze at Tulleys. When you have so many haunts like Tulleys it is so important to have a maze that is so different, Vixi really impressed me last year. The experience seemed to have a good amount of actors and the maze actually made me want to go again! I think Vixi gets a bit over-hated if I'm being honest. Twisted Maze: (2012-2014) Twisted Maze was honestly such a fun time back in 2014. It didn't focus on scares but it had a lot of funhouse elements including a section where you walk through a slanted corridor, a huge check room with actors in matching costumes (this room was a lot bigger than the current check room), many elevation changes, darkness, and a bunch of curtains. This maze was not very scary but it was buckets of fun and honestly it was my fav maze when I visited in 2014 (that is very nostalgia flavoured though..) Though I do admit its future incarnations are superior (barring Pandemonium) Nightshade Circus (2015) This maze was really a push up from Twisted. The maze had severe layout changes along with a new entrance with a themed facade (it is Tulleys after all!) The Nightshade Circus introduced a lot of UV lights into the clown maze as well as refining the classic Tulleys Clown Maze formula with a brilliant layout and a curtain maze or two! The Nightshade Circus also had some new music as well as a really fun finale which is now sadly absent. Twisted Clowns 3D (Present) Very close with Nightshade but ultimately Clowns 3D is probably the best edition of the park's clown maze. The Bungee scare really lights up the first half of the maze and the 3D element being consistent throughout most of the maze makes it very trippy and fun. This is very biased though considering I've worked in here for the past two years 😉 The Colony (2015-2018) The Colony was utterly epic compared to The Tunnel. The maze has so much theming and it never seemed to end. It was easily the most impressive maze back in 2015. I think this maze certainly is missed, it was a absolute monster of a attraction. Coven Of 13 (present) I was incredibly harsh on Coven upon its debut back in 2016. Let me just pull up that review to show just how harsh I was.. Every year since the maze has got progressively stronger for me. In 2017 I lukewarmly liked it, and my run through in 2019 with the new finale honestly blew me away. The maze really feels complete now. It is long, has a great finale, great scares, and a nice variety of inside and outdoor sets. This now makes Coven a maze that I think will be a staple in the lineup for many years, it also is quite unique with its all female cast. Haunted Hayride (present) The heart, the soul, and the lungs of Shocktoberfest. The hayride never seems to get old, even with some of the scenes like the billboard being the same since its debut.. It is just such a brilliant attraction that sums up everything that Tulleys is about. The Hayride is here to stay and easily the most iconic attraction at Shocktoberfest. Wastelands (present) Probably one of my favourite mazes to ever grace the earth, I adore Wastelands. Its not even the maze, its the area around it, the queue, and the show. Its more than a new maze, its a immersive scare zone, show, and a brilliant maze. Wastelands to this date is probably the most epic, the most immersive, and the best attraction to grace Shocktoberfest. Anyway hope you enjoyed this list. Make sure to stay safe everyone!
  3. That is exactly why the Corona Virus is so out of our hands. There is minimal ways to minimise it, those who try to contain it have only spread it more. I'd rather get on with my life and not lock myself away for a month after raiding the loo roll isle at Lidl. The only thing you can do really is keep away from people when you're ill, obvious. Even when it was less serious the news and papers have hammered on and on about the virus, it is no surprise some people are stockpiling pasta and bog roll. You literally turn the news on and 80% is about the virus, its literally a drinking game at this point every time they mention it. I hate Boris with passion and honestly I like the way he has handled it, just keep calm and carry on. Its a nasty virus, not the apocalypse.
  4. Children have been said to be at the absolute lowest risk though.. Not many young folks have died from the virus, actually the current number for the age range 0-9 is 0. And 10-19 is a very low death rate. Young people are not the worry here. Honestly I like the UK approach, I find the current media coverage to be somewhat drastic and melodramatic. People mass buying crap and self isolating themselves are just perhaps a little too easily influenced by the current media brainwashing them. It is a nasty virus and some people are going to die, but there is many other things such as cancer, heart problems, or even the Flu itself which kills tons of people a year but I don't see anyone locking themselves in a room crying over it? There is more chance of crashing your car on the way to the parks that catching the corona virus.. But you still drive cars don't you?
  5. Yeah if the queues are bad now, imagine how bad they would be if they full in depth checked every guest if they were worthy of the pass, it would take ages and would slow things even further. I think the only thing Thorpe can do is enforce things better, even with that some fake doctors note will slip through. They will always be fraud and abuse of the system. Having medical staff on hand is great on paper, but imagine how long it would take to examine each person who wanted a RAP (somewhere in the 100's range on busy days..)
  6. I think it'll be fine, they built Blazing Fury at their sister park down the road just fine. They are not new to in-house stuff. It also I guess would save some money, and it isn't like Intamin have the best record ATM with their raft rides.. Infinity Falls looks brilliant but honestly after all the problems I could see why you would just wanna avoid using them.
  7. JoshuaA

    Thorpe Park 2020

    When Legoland and Michigan's Adventure are getting new coasters this year and Thorpe still be getting those bottom of the barrel additions..
  8. Yeah I think Merlin are in a bit of a corner with the RAP. The system sucks, but even when enforced properly it would still be abused and flawed. They can't really win, we live in a culture where its the norm. Even some of my 'suggestions' to improve the system would honestly just open more cans of worms (like making it blue badge only for example). I think no matter what Thorpe do with the RAP it will be flawed.
  9. JoshuaA

    Thorpe Park 2020

    Thorpe is officially the worst Merlin park. Confirmed.
  10. I remember Vortex and Samurai having a step, I had to use it quite often as I'm not very tall (getting in Samurai's seats is still annoying to this day for me tbh)
  11. I think this will be a good way for Alton to hopefully boost their attendance during September. This could be a neat little event.
  12. As JoshC said above, we would of seen planning permits by now.. Or some sight of construction.. Thorpe can't just pull a new ride out of their ar** for March.
  13. Maybe they are referring to Alton/Legoland/Chessie (parks that are actually getting something decent this year?) If Thorpe were getting anything at all we probably would of heard about it by now. Unless they were referring to the shameless aroma prime advert?
  14. Hellements was the first though, it created the hooded element. I think you have to give credit to Tulleys for basically creating a whole new type of maze, hooded mazes wouldn't exist if it wasn't for Tulleys debuting Hellements back in 2011. This is true, The Volt was somewhat of a failed experiment. Though it was completely unlike any other maze (bar The Dark at The Howl). Most events wouldn't mess around with crazy ideas like Tulleys did back in 2015. True, though honestly I wouldn't call Wastelands 'run of the mil'. The theming in the maze, in the queue, and the immersive area and show around it is on a such epic scale. Wastelands theming is things most scare events could only dream of having.. I think there is so much you could do to innovate in the scare industry, at the end of the day if a maze is scares someone or at least entertains them, its done its job. I think you could call mazes from any event 'run of the mill', most scare events have a walk through that has actors jumping out at you, that is just part of the formula.
  15. I think they have been innovative in the past 10 years or so. Hellements to my knowledge was the first of its kind back in 2011, Chop Shop used a trope and put a cool twist on it, Coven's opening section is clever, The Volt literally used electric shocks, and Wastelands uses segregation which is a first for Tulleys. I think Tulleys have been straying away from that recently. Wastelands and Wreckoning are both mazes where actors can talk and be interactive, I think the real offender would be every maze have growling zombie like creatures as the characters. Twisted is long maze where actors jump out, but the ability for actors to make jokes and interact makes it more than just a maze where people make you jump. Hayride is also a massive antithetical attraction to this, Its a immersive experience full of humour, theming, effects, and Madonna. To be fair the 11th attraction doesn't have to be a maze, it could be a show, it could be a escape room, it could be anything really.
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