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CharlieN

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About CharlieN

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    Over-opinionated
  • Birthday 10/17/2001

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    Arthur
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    Europa Park

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    North London
  • Interests
    Theme Parks, design, architecture, food, Norwich City, cycling and darts.

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  1. I'm currently writing an extended project regarding the future of roller coasters - and I need a bit of help! My dissertation discusses whether or not there will be a place for roller coasters in the leisure industries of the future - and I require some primary data from which I can draw a conclusion. Hence, I would be delighted if you took a minute out of your day to fill in this short survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfSNAgCTe2izI_j_HA691SdR1xNQJ2s5XyaVR3fx3t5oXpZPA/viewform?usp=sf_link I need as many responses as possible - so please forward this link to anyone else you know who would be happy to complete it! Many thanks in advance and if the dissertation is a success, I plan on sharing it with all of you.
  2. Good luck with the dissertation. I’m doing something similar for my extended project at school. I’d have loved to answer the survey, but it appears the maximum number of responses has been reached!
  3. CharlieN

    2019 Season

    Thorpe’s social media is absolutely embarrassing. More and more brands try and present themselves as fun and ‘down with the kids’ whilst forgetting the basics. For example, you’ve got airports repeatedly tweeting about how they’re on giphy without communicating with the public regarding an incident. The best park Twitter is that of the Efteling, in my opinion. They don’t try to be your best mate by posting self-deprecating memes or stupid gifs; they actually treat you with the respect you deserve as a paying guest. Their responses are immediate, helpful and just by using punctuation, not too corporate sounding. It’s a simple approach, but social media is the only way a park can ‘speak’. Therefore, it’s so important that the ethos of the park and it’s rides are coveyed by the social media team.
  4. 2019 seems like a great year for Europe.
  5. CharlieN

    Logger's Leap

    Which company calls their end of season party a ‘star ball’? It’s beyond me.
  6. Now why are Vekoma’s roller coasters always 2 across seating? I wonder if their rejected concept for Energylandia’s hyper was 4 across...
  7. Stay positive Sam. The league is crazy this year; any of the top 12 teams could get play-offs. Norwich are top... so anything can happen!
  8. Uhh, here goes my confession: I’ve visited 0 theme parks all year. (well bar a 5 minute trip to Adventure Island to get on Rage) That’s not to say my enthusiasm’s waned at all; I spend most of my time researching, exploring and reading about theme parks online. I guess I was just busy this year and my inability to drive combined with a lack of theme park buddies does mean that getting to new parks is rather difficult. I hope that a year from now I’ll be writing up a very hefty park count... including trips to The Efteling and Phantasialand...
  9. That’s why it’s a VR attraction! Shame it’s not Hollenblitz there, however...
  10. I haven’t been to FN - and I won’t be visiting - but the quality of attractions does seem to be lacking. Go back to 2013; you’ve got 4 very solid indoor mazes in Cabin, Saw, The Asylum and MBV - not forgetting Blair Witch. This year, 3 of the 4 indoor maze locations are in use: Saw is still Saw - which is surely getting stale. The Asylum is now Vulcan Peak - which is quite possibly the largest downgrade in the history of mazes. Cabin is now Living nightmare - which also must be seen as a downgrade; going from a critically acclaimed conceptually innovative maze to one which feels ‘almost’ there. Elswhere, the park has replaced 1 outdoor maze with... 4? Whyyy? What do each of these mazes do that others don’t? Blair has never worked as well as intended. Platform is still a bit iffy. Sanctum seems as hastily put together as it was last year. So what do Thorpe decide to do? Open another outdoor maze of course, instead of putting all that enthusiasm, energy and money into their existing offering. It seems like the overriding problem with FN at the moment is the lack of variety of actors. Both walking dead mazes use zombies, Platform has dead train people who act like zombies, Dead Creek throws infected people at you, who behave like zombies and Blair’s confused actors end up giving a zombie like performance. If you look at the Villains of Europa Park’s traumatica - you’ll see there’s vampires, werewolfs, ghosts and a whole host of other characters. That what Thorpe needs, for each maze to be distinctly different - with actors acting distinctly different. There’s too many blokes with black paint around their eyes growling at you....
  11. ^They do Indeed. I’ve been lucky enough to go to Reading, QPR and Wycombe (all away) in the past week. Norwich won all 3 and are actually starting to look like a decent team. Teemu Pukki is on fire... Good luck this evening Sam, all my mates are Arsenal fans and nothing makes me happier than them losing!
  12. The Park are predicting that the majority of October will be ‘lively’. Also worth noting that both Bob and Vogel Rok are scheduled for maintenance during this time.
  13. Eurosat CanCan coaster is now officially open! The ride looks great judging from pictures and an early POV. The lift hill looks superb as you slowly ascend the Eiffel Tour with a very loud orchestral homage to Sat’s old music! The rest of the ride seems as expected - 2D facades indicating a mad dash through Paris. The Queue seems up there with Voletarium’s and the station looks so charming. Seems like a solid improvement. Full Walkthrough and POV: Pics from TowersStreet:
  14. Sounds like a scare zone in the dome... bizarre - and presumably a logistical nightmare. It does seem like there’s more variety this year than previously. As others have said, I assume Do or Die will be very similar to Sanctum; but it will obviously be easier to market as a new maze. Terror at Amity is an interesting concept. Vampires at school seems fun and whacky - just what Thorpe need IMO. Vulcan peak could be successful; but I’m mostly glad IAC’s building will be in use. The maze being hooded makes sense. I think it’ll be a good year for FN - coming from a self confessed horror-hater. My only concern is the lack of conventional indoor mazes.
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