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  1. Sorry, didn’t really know where to post this - but I’m off to Thorpe for the first time in a few years this week and wanted to know when’s the best time to arrive to beat the entrance queues? I haven’t been to a theme park post-COVID and am unsure how time-consuming the safety procedures/bag check will be. Thanks.

  2. 14 hours ago, pluk said:

    Those measures are an utter utter nonsense.


    They are taking the physical spacing aspect of the advice without thinking about the reason for it or why it is effective. A 2m physical gap does not create some magical barrier the virus can not cross, it is just a workable compromise to total isolation which makes infection from one person to another less likely in every day situations like passing or talking in the street. Once you start moving at speed through each others space a small distance like that becomes meaningless; anything containing the virus expelled by someone in front will be showered over someone sitting two or four or six rows behind, they may as well be sitting in each others lap.


    It's so ineffective they may as well just fully open and accept the risk, or remain closed and properly mitigate the risk. Giving a false sense of safety is the worst possible thing to do.

    And that’s aside from the fact hundreds of people will be touching the same restraints as each other. You’re right, it’s utter nonsense.

  3. On 4/19/2020 at 8:57 PM, JoshC. said:

    Another potential issue: could there be a negative public reaction to the theme of the ride? If you piece and twist it together, it's all about a respiratory thing causing illness. In this day and age, I could see some people trying to twist it...

    I can see this being the biggest issue to be honest. Yes, attitudes towards germs and cleanliness will change but I think more significant will be the reduced desire to experience such an attraction. 

    I was thinking more generally about this only yesterday: how the market for horror and other spooky stuff will likely decrease in light of Covid-19. After half a year of pandemic-induced lockdown, the public’s desire to watch horror films/do live horror experiences/ride respiratory disease themed ghost trains will surely have waned as people reevaluate their lives.

    I wonder if the themes dreamt up by parks in the years following this pandemic will focus more on adventure and liberation than horror. After all, isn’t escapism what theme parks are all about?

  4. Thanks for all the suggestions.


    I considered staying in Cologne itself as there are some really cheap hostels/hotels in a very good location but the price of travel to the park for two days outweighed that.


    I will look more thoroughly into both suggestions above but pillows and lifts don’t really bother me. (Actually I’ve never been to a Disney park so the prospect of a fake ToT is appealing!) Location is key really and proximity to the shuttle is ideal.

  5. On 1/29/2020 at 6:58 PM, JoshC. said:

    Work on the entrance portal from the main road outside the park continues:



    Source: https://www.phantafriends.de/topic/1646-neu-20xx-rookburgh/page/157/?tab=comments#comment-146623


    Some suggestions are that the colour is temporary and a result of some form of anti-rust material (no idea if that's plausible?), and other suggestions are that more theming will be added. 


    Presumably the hotel name will be back-lit and the theming featuring underneath will receive some sort of effects though.

    The cladding is corten (weathering) steel which gets that rusty appearance once oxidised. This means it is corrosion resistant and very durable. It can look nice when done right - although this looks hideous in my opinion. It would seem very strange to cover corten steel with another material/paint as it’s purpose is to withstand weathering. So I reckon that this is pretty much the finished exterior, bar some detailing.


    On a completely different note, I hope to go to Phantasialand in June and I’m wondering if anyone’s aware of any cheap off site accommodation near the park or in Bruhl itself? Thank you 😀

  6. On 1/24/2020 at 8:40 AM, JoshC. said:

    tbf if you wait that extra year I'm sure you'll get another half a dozen creds from Energylandia... ;)

    Ha, that’s very true Josh! I should probably add that it’s very likely I’ll be in Japan for the start of 2021 so I might have to be less ambitious...

  7. Someone’s had a go at creating the park’s upcoming double launch coaster on no limits:



    It seems like a great, long layout. I really like the idea of the slower, low to the ground section before the more intense section following the second launch too.

  8. When I first visited Alton Towers there was Blade, Submission, Enterprise and Ripsaw - a decent flat ride offering. It’s such a shame that only Enterprise remains. Aside from the coasters, there’s very little to do at Towers anymore...

  9. 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:




    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.

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