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JoshuaA

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  1. Tulleys adapted. Basically all non Merlin events didn't open this year. Most of them did not open for H&S concerns, as well as how well their venue and mazes would adapt to a post covid world. Tulleys decided to deliver a Halloween drive in with roaming actors, and a fire show. They knew they would lose money, but decided to close because a lot of the park would NOT work in our current climate. Thorpe Park did decide to open, but they also decided to give probably one of the worst offerings in history. Fair enough right it is tough, but then they decided to make it the most exp
  2. In my opinion, Alton's mazes really don't seem too different in ventilation. Actually Skin Snatchers opening really shocked me. The maze in previous years has had a very tight and compact layout, it also is in the ruins of a gothic castle. The Attic is copy and paste. I'm sure the indoor mazes at Thorpe could of happened if Thorpe could be bothered, but Roots of Evil probably was a very cheap way to add another maze for pennies. In my opinion it is mostly down to money and the teams behind each event. Alton have a very creative and willing team which is why Scarefest seems to actually be
  3. Still don't know why the park didn't perhaps use Asylum's building or plonked a marquee around Zodiac and made something small but great. Roots Of Evil honestly looks hilarious. More like a guided tour of a woods in Staines than a maze. I chuckled at the POV. Alton Towers got SkinSnatchers approved somehow, so it definitely shows if there is a will, there is a way. Creepy Caves is firmly on my bucket list, its good we have a decent scare attraction here in the south even though most of them decided to close.
  4. Creepy Caves really makes me wonder why Thorpe didn't pull something like this year? If you are doing an upcharge, make it good!
  5. Isn't it 25 quid tho for even passholders? It isn't cheap to go back, its not like last year when you could literally just come back the week after for free. Maybe they had the mazes booked, which are £10 each. Obviously not the park's fault, but if you paid £45 quid as a passholder alltogether and things were like Sunday, I would be wanna rant a bit lol. Even if they could come back the week after, that would be another 45 quid with the mazes. Which is a lot money right now considering a lot of people are being made redundant and a lot of job sectors are going under.
  6. Yeah I went back on 'that sunday' back in 2017, it really is bloody horrible. I have also done it at Scarefest as well, but at Scarefest they didn't sell booze and had security everywhere so it felt a little less horrible. Its a shame they still haven't got on top of it, like you think at this point they would have security measures galore in place. Well either way shame on the people who ruin the experience for others.
  7. Yeah cos it aint like people are in cars or anything (so nobody walking around, and really no risk of transmission).. Makes plenty of sense to me lol
  8. Honestly can't wait for the next area. I think the park has really done well in bringing some of their existing rides into these times in the past few years. Kolombusjolle, Cancan Coaster, Whale Tours, and that Dinosaur dark ride. I hope they get round to Bobbahn soon though. A new coaster would make this park even more stupidly huge. I hope Mack introduce something completely new, though basically any of their large scale models would be lush (besides the Big Dipper, which probably won't happen due to capacity).
  9. After riding Taron and Maverick, I gave Intamin a bump. 1. Mack- They seem to be on fire atm. Time Traveller at Plopsa, the new Arthur like ride at the new Universal Studios park. They innovate, but still make very reliable rides. They are the perfect blend of innovation and reliability. 2. RMC- Brilliant ride layouts, and the king of ejector airtime. As well as weird elements. 3. Intamin- They are getting better.. Though they do have some pretty awful rides to their name (Red Force's pothole launch, Colossus (all of it), Rita, and a bunch of rides that have
  10. They should list the queue times for guest services tbh.
  11. Sadly no naughty nurses or ex boyfriend flavoured popcorn! Hopefully next year lol
  12. So I went to the haunted cinema tonight, and overall I am very impressed. They have a small roaming team of actors that greet you while you drive in, before the movie starts, and while you leave. If you have been to Tulleys, these actors are very akin to the street. Which is great. Sure you only see them a few times, but when we did they were very funny and were a strong cast. If you are going to the toliet or to one of the food stands, or if they come near your car, definitely have a chat with them! Very witty in typical Tulleys roaming actor fashion and put a smile on my face.
  13. Looks cool. I do think Alton is the better deal this year (especially when it comes to prices). I hope Thorpe let some of these actors have some humour this year, it would be nice to have laughs in the scare zones. I always found Thorpe to lack the humour that Tulleys or even Scarefest has/had. Even the roamers are always so try-hard.
  14. The 25 quid I pay to get in better go towards the RMC Hybrid the park is building I STG.
  15. I got about 5 rides in this season on Samurai, and yeah agreed, it is running brilliant. It seems to be consistently on a decent cycle, it also seems to be dead at certain times of the day as well so you can grab plenty of rides in. I'm glad its still going strong
  16. I know times are rough, though I do find this a bit of dramatic move. Sure the park passes had slight pricing issues, and sure pre-booking was a pain in the bum due to how limited they were, but completely ceasing their current offering honestly is a bit of a knee jerk reaction IMO. IMO they should of bumped up prices on the standard passes by a bit, they are currently stupidly priced. And then perhaps allowed a few more slots for MAP on quieter days, especially when the park was unlikely to reach capacity and it when it wouldn't really affect their profits. Honestly I see thi
  17. Could be completely random, though I do believe Merlin should work with RMC soon. They are basically the future of roller coasters, and they do not have a bad coaster to their name. I'm sure if the park got any type of RMC it would easily be #1 in the park. But lets be real, we ain't getting a coaster here for a while. I can still dream about Alton though lol.
  18. I miss Wild Mouse lol. Lowkey the best coaster in the UK when it was open. I remember Revolution being great though, even if it was brutal, the airtime made the ride great. I think BPB have a decent lineup of coasters, I haven't ridden ICON yet though. But certainly nothing on Alton. Avalanche and the Woodies slap though, Avalanche makes other Bobsled coasters look really boring in comparison. I need to get back there. Agreed on Big One though, its a kiddie coaster after the drop. You could probably check tinder and update your Facebook status while on it, its that boring.
  19. I think they have been over-hyped a little, but I do think next year will see the model gain some steam. 2018 was the testing of waters, It might help we're actually getting confirmed raptors next year. Jersey Devil, Silverwood's, Kentucky Kingdom's, and the one that was due to open this year in South Dakota (probably will open next year). From what RMC have said in interviews, I believe they are just testing the limits of the Raptor first. Look at Jersey Devil. They wanna test all the options, and sell a few to smaller parks as their price point is a steal (Silverwood, Kentucky K
  20. Double Post: Silverwood (a small park in Idaho) are getting a RMC Raptor, a clone of Railblazer and WonderWoman. The ride has a neat theme, and has a pleasing red and white colour scheme. Certainly going to be give the park a elite coaster, a great compliment to their two woodies, their classic arrow, and their Vekoma Giant Boomerang. Certainly a park to visit now, as their lineup is pretty unique. I honestly pinned Silverwood as a good candidate for the next RMC, considering RMC have actually constructed most of Silverwood's coasters and re-done the track for Tremors. It really wa
  21. I have a lot of family in Austria, and I agree to an extent. Though honestly Bavarian Germany and most parts of Austria have interlinked culture anyway. My uncle makes Lederhosen for example, and Oktoberfest and Beer Tents are huge where my family live and the accents aren't too drastically different either. It sounding Austrian is not bad at all IMO. Very minimal difference, most people really won't care. I agree with this. Yodelling isn't really something that I would consider big in Germany or Austria, I'm not sure what was going through their mind. Not bad, just stra
  22. Its a bit hit/miss, the queues are about a hour during mid-day, though later on the day the queue times can be a bit bloated/exaggerated. Yesterday Stealth said 45 minutes when it was about 10 minutes. And it still said 45 when it was walk on for a fair while. Swarm is similar, it said 70 minutes when it was 20. Honestly I recommend not 100% trusting the reported queue times, especially in the afternoon. Though in the morning you may have to queue for a while for the major rides, especially Saw, which seems to be closed more than its open.. So anyway I went on Wednesday/Thursday, s
  23. 1. Steel Vengeance 2. Taron (new) 3. Maverick (-1) 4. Shambhala (-1) 5. Wodan (-1) 6. The Smiler (-1) 7. Top Thrill Dragster (-1) 8 Goliath (Great America) -1 9. Black Mamba (new) 10. Wickerman 11. Nemesis 12. Blue Fire 13. Millennium Force 14. Magnum XL 15. Silver Star Post Phantasia rankings.
  24. Sounds like an average evening in Staines to me.
  25. Yeah I'm similar with capacity. As marmite as Euro-Mir is, I bet it has a better throughput than Winjas's put together. Yeah not gonna lie, even though Bench is kinda bad, I still find it charming in a weird way. Definitely agreed with some areas being better than others, China and Crazy Bats could be bulldozed and I don't think anyone would shed a tear lol. Coasterwise I guess Phantasialand has the edge on quality. Though honestly my main reason for liking Europa more is the atmosphere, theming, and operations. Also a huge dark ride fan. I think it really depends on how much y
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