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Everything posted by Stuntman707

  1. Great blog, what I like most about Europa is that there is no fastrack or priority lanes which really helps move the queueline in my opinion. On the other hand you could argue that it's not as disability friendly as Merlin's parks. What I dislike most about Europa is the lack of free drinking water / water fountains. One thing Merlin offers in abundance at all it's parks (I know it's also law in the UK). That said the detail of theming, great ride selection and great operations makes Europa a resort leagues above Merlin and arguably better value than Disney and Universal. When you buy a Europa admission, you get equal access to all the attractions.
  2. I’m happy to do some meets again, definitely Thorpe soon.
  3. I have little patience for cryptic / troll posting unless it can be verified.
  4. Installing the 2ft booster seats to retain the UKs tallest coaster. 😉
  5. It would be great to have a Mack coaster at Thorpe. Smooth, high throughput and the best coaster seats in my opinion. If the London Resort never happens, at least it was enough of a threat for Merlin to finally build a new coaster at Thorpe. As to theming, I’m getting a lot of X vibes. Matrix type theming would be interesting with the speed and airtime. Something new and fresh to Thorpe's offering like Helix. I’m certain MMM could come up with a unique theme as compelling as Wickerman and the Smiler if they wanted something without an IP. They can do their own great standalone themes!
  6. Exciting news! I have a feeling it will be a B&M, possibly a hyper just to take the UK’s tallest crown away from Blackpool Pleasure Beach. (And they need something to compete with Ensō and Valhalla V2!) It’s about time Thorpe finally got a new coaster and having old town renovated with it. After the past few years feeling rather stale at Thorpe for me, this has already brought back my enthusiasm for the place again. Thorpe shouldn’t be afraid of being a thrill park. Let Chessington and Legoland cater to families but let Thorpe be a destination thrill seekers want to come & visit.
  7. I’m sure they put the prices up to meet demand. This year felt very busy when I went and a lot of people seemed to have fast passes. I still think it’s better value for what you get. Coven felt like it had grown much bigger. I still like Wastelands, such an impressive maze and area they’ve built. Filmed the show again this year;
  8. If they redo a popular maze, I may be persuaded to go back to FN (pending reviews that are not on influencer night)😉
  9. Is this a new refurb I’ve not heard about? Poom On The Boom 😂
  10. Join it up and run 2 trains? Are you crazy? How are they going to sell fastrack if they can load guests on one train while the other is going round? What a crazy idea!
  11. Looking forward to the island (like no other) 😛
  12. A coaster derailed in Scotland due to a mechanical failure. Two children injured. https://news.sky.com/story/two-children-injured-after-rollercoaster-breaks-down-at-theme-park-in-scotland-12379655
  13. Not sure about going if Fright Nights is going to be an entire up charge event again without any new mazes. I'll wait for the full lineup. I'm certainly going all out on Tulleys 25th this year though after no event last year. They're unveiling their 10th attraction tomorrow.
  14. Just saw an ad for this; Monopoly lifesized in London (Near Goodge Street Station) 3 "Boards" and a junior board to choose from. Also the chance to meet Mr. Monopoly himself. Looks interesting. https://www.monopolylifesized.com/tell-me-more/?_ga=2.242348610.1553186432.1628783007-2038407067.1628783006
  15. Just how are they struggling to operate a mirror maze? How can it not be that reliable? 😂
  16. Nice idea but shame it looks like trash. If it was up to the same standard Brewdog has commissioned in their bars, it would look pretty cool.
  17. A new ITV attraction at media city in Manchester (formerly the Lowry centre) Based on I’m a celebrity, it opens at the end of July. This looks set to be a bigger version of the indoor attraction that was at Thorpe. Set design from Scruffy dog. https://www.imacelebrityjunglechallenge.co.uk
  18. It can’t get much worse than that cheesy American dispatch audio. I see the new “Radio” style is inspired by Amity and livens up the area with music but has been done at the cost of losing the atmospheric background audio for the area. Not sure what to make of it myself until I visit again.
  19. Found this page by chance that does some great artwork; https://www.facebook.com/GCArtWork-110522680647626/
  20. In general, their own brand food sucks most the time. The best own brand places I’ve found are the fish and chip ones. They have different fryers and the chips are way better in my opinion. Shame Thorpe got rid of theirs.
  21. What about a Q-Bot style system for RAPs? Virtual queuing without having to rely on staff filling out the cards. There needs to be a better system. Says a lot when I hear from others about closing, the main queue suddenly starts moving faster. All these priority lines just make things worse.
  22. A valid point. I don’t see why they couldn’t charge for RAP passes even if it is a discounted rate just to deter the abuse of the product. This money can then go towards investment and maintenance of accessibility in the parks.
  23. In a way it does show how Merlin thinks The London Resort is now a credible threat and not just an investors wet dream. Now it’s got Merlins official attention, I hope it does go ahead for the sake of competition. Merlin are going to have to start planning some new coasters if they’re want to draw people away from a brand new theme park. Small walkthrough attractions and rebrands aren’t going to cut it.
  24. Crowds overwhelming Chessington this week. 🙄 https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/chessington-world-adventures-huge-queues-24265847?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=mirror_main&fbclid=IwAR0OXAscdt_LiMoz5JpwV5vch9jGBiuZ5e80Gjm374UubrK3Dqp8gT5wF0U
  25. On the Facebook MAP group - “My youngest has an allergy to water”
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