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

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  • Favourite ride
    Arthur
  • Favourite Theme Park
    Europa Park

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  1. CharlieN

    Phantasialand

    Now why are Vekoma’s roller coasters always 2 across seating? I wonder if their rejected concept for Energylandia’s hyper was 4 across...
  2. CharlieN

    Football

    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!
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    Park Count - 2018

    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...
  4. CharlieN

    Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

    That’s why it’s a VR attraction! Shame it’s not Hollenblitz there, however...
  5. CharlieN

    Efteling

    Mack Powered coasters?
  6. CharlieN

    Fright Nights 2018 - Spoiler Thread

    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....
  7. CharlieN

    Football

    ^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!
  8. CharlieN

    Efteling

    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.
  9. CharlieN

    Europa Park

    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:
  10. 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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    Unpopular Opinions

    This. I couldn’t agree more.
  12. CharlieN

    Education (Exam Results)

    I didn’t know that was even a thing? I did an FSMQ in additional Maths, which I got an A in; much to my surprise. Also very delighted with my other results. I got 8 9s, an 8 and an A in DT. As one can tell by the delay of me posting this, I’ve had a week of celebrations - and hangovers!
  13. CharlieN

    Fear on a Ride

    Honestly so pleased for you Sam! I understand that’s it’s been quite the obstacle to overcome but now that you’ve done it - the roller coaster world is your oyster. Happy days.
  14. CharlieN

    Europa Park

    Madame whatshername has opened today. It looks... strange. Obviously I haven’t seen the queue but it seems to lack an exposition - surely having a Madame Freudenreich animatronic at the start would solve that problem. Saying that, this refurbishment has clearly given life into a dilapidated ride, on a budget too.
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    Energylandia

    Tragic news today as an employee has been killed by an oncoming Hyperion train this evening. (16/8/18) It is believed he was retrieving loose articles. This is truly awful, both for the park and of course the employee’s family. https://www.looopings.nl/weblog/10585/Man-overleden-bij-dramatisch-achtbaanongeluk-in-Polen.html
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