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Martin Doyle

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  1. Edward Nygma called He wants his gimmick back
  2. Phantasialand Yes it has less rides and a smaller park, but as I have said before..... Taron and Mamba are better than ANY Europa coaster, Chiapas and River Quest are better than ANY Europa water ride and I always think Maus is better than most the dark rides at Europa. Quality over quantity. Europa has some good coasters but doesnt have any that stand out to the point of making me wanna rush back. I was booking flights straight back to Phantasia after Taron. No Europa coaster has that effect on me. I would also appreciate its dark ride collection so much more was it not full to the brim of Disney knock offs. Both are top parks, for me however it goes to Phantasia.
  3. 1. Villa Volta 2.Hex 3. Merlins magic castle 4. Monster house party 5. The Haunting 6. Cassandras curse 7. Feng Ju Palace 8. Impossible
  4. Coaster I like more than most Grand National. Yes its rough and shaky as anything.....but what did people expect from a roller coaster well over 80 years old!!?? I find it good solid fun whenever I go to pleasure beach and its just an absolute classic. Big one. Sticking to the Pleasure beach, Big one may be a bumpy as heck coaster with little to no airtime but it has one of the best first drops I have experienced and is also just fun. A night ride on it is also legendary Coasters I like less than most Wodan. Now I do like Wodan, but I just feel it pales compared to other GCI coasters. Its airtime is not as good as that on Mystic Timbers and it also doesnt feel as rapid or as out of control as Troy. So whilst I like the ride, it just leaves me feeling short changed compared to the two I have just mentioned. Icon. Now this ride is GOOD for the Uk market. I however just find it to be 10 percent decent elements and 90 percent slowly plodding around doing nothing. I can absolutely see why some adore this ride given its smoothness and interactions with the rides around it. I just want something more out of control,eventful and intense. This delivers none of that.
  5. Sounds like the greatest ride ever!! I will happily spend the tenner on one shot fastrack for this!!
  6. An easy one Crossing the causeway into Cedar Point. Nothing will ever beat that drive across lake eerie and seeing the greatest skyline of any park in the world just standing there before me after 14 years of badly wanting to visit!!
  7. Couldnt agree more with the park guests!! On all visits I have had its been full to the rafters with undesirables queue jumping and just acting like idiots around the park. They actually make Thorpes very own clientele of undesirables look like saints and thats saying all one needs to know!!
  8. Ding dong??......the witch is dead?? MAGGIE THATCHER THE RIDE!! Its a sequel to Baron 1898 where she shuts down the Barons mine!!
  9. Park I like more than most - Walibi Holland. Yeah it aint the best park in the world but when you visit during the halloween season its a great visit and it helps that Untamed is one of my top coasters. Park I like less than most - Europa Park. Again, I DO like this park. However I am far from being one of the many that think this park is the holy grail of theme parks. I find their coasters to be relatively middle of the road in that they are good without being spectacular and the fact their dark rides are disney knock offs doesnt really sit well with me.
  10. ........... My favourite song!! Can't wait to see thorpe open a coaster themed to it!!
  11. I aint too sure. The thrill market as a niche is far smaller than the family audience. Disney will most likely always be the biggest family draw in the world so I cant see them rushing to put in thrill coasters purely because Universal have done so. They would have moved to do that back when IOA first opened with Hulk and the Dragons.
  12. Well its high time they actually replaced Curse of Darkastle. Quite impressive they are going for this post pandemic especially with Pantheon due to open next year. Nice bit of pushing the boat out by Busch Gardens.
  13. "Exodus" - a mass departure of people Which confirms it "Brexit the ride" new for 2024!! Nigel Farage does the preshow and as the ride dispatches its him saying "you all laughed at me. Well I have to say you're not laughing now are you!!"
  14. Heres another of mine and I aint sure how "unpopular" it is. I will assume it is given the massive fanbase and popularity Europa has in the theme park/coaster community. Full disclaimer, I really like Europa before anyone things likewise!! Of the two top German parks, I FAR prefer Phantasia to Europa. I believe the following reasons are valid enough. 1. Whilst Europa has a far large coaster selection, I much prefer Taron and Black Mamba to ANY coaster at Europa. I actually personally find most the Europa coasters "middle of the road" with the exception of Wodan. I would rather one world class coaster to a handful of "good ones". Quality over quantity. 2. With water rides. Again, Europa has a far bigger selection but I would have Chiapas and River quest over any of the Europa water rides. Same as I said in point 1. 3. Dark rides. I personally prefer Maus Au Chocolat to all Europas dark rides. I personally cant warm to the dark rides at Europa as I find them to be blatant rip offs of Disney dark rides. 4. I find it a more manageable park in regards to not feeling knackered when walking around and trying to fit it all in. I liken Phantasia to a dish where the portion is just right and the food is incredible whereas Europa is a buffet where one has gone mad stacking the plate high. 5. I think Phantasia has a more unique overall feel to it and the theming quality in my book is far higher. Rookburgh and Klugheim optimise that. 6. I prefer the food options at Phantasia. Rutmoors tavern is heaven and the noodles in China are gorgeous!!. So yeah. They be my reasons for having the opinion of Phantasia being the better park to Europa.
  15. *dusts off topic The top three that come to mind!! 1. Velocicoaster - Well what can I say?? It looks to have it all. Great theming and headchoppers, a story, Taron style launches, flawless pacing, some great looking variety and inversions, gorgeous trains, a big drop and in general looks FAULTLESS. If ANY coaster out there will take my number one coaster status from Steel Vengeance, this is it. Counting down the days to riding it next october. 2. Iron Gwazi - Steel Vengeance and Zadra are by far and away my top two coasters and this looks certain to deliver the same goods Zadra delivers. Breakneck speed and pacing, Amazing drop, the death roll looks to be one of the best inversions out there, the giant outerbank and cutback will both be incredible elements and it simply looks to be yet another masterpiece from RMC. Roll on next year. 3. Fury 325 - The best looking B&M out there. I can almost guarantee this will be an ideal coaster for me given it seems to take the aspects of two of my top ten (Shambhala and Millennium force) and blends them into one package. Restraints,comfort and airtime of Shambhala but with the crazy height and use of speed of Millie. All this combined with what looks like one of if not the best drops out there.
  16. *blows the cobwebs OK parks I would love to visit!! In no particular order 1. Disneyland California - the original Disney park and has an amazing looking collection of dark rides across the two parks 2. Six Flags Magic Mountain - mouth watering coaster collection. Looks like a thrill seekers paradise to rival Cedar Point. 3. Busch Gardens Virginia - Beautiful looking park with a thrilling looking coaster line up. 4. Dollywood- same as above really. Lightning Rod especially being a draw for the RMC adoring me!! 5. Tokyo Disney - As somebody who enjoys Japanese culture,Disney and dark rides, I would have to be a fool to not want to visit this place. 6. Carowinds - Fury 325 is right up the top of my coaster bucket list. 7. Knotts Berry Farm - appealing looking broadwalk feel to the place and has a great looking vibe with some appealing looking rides. So yeah. Theres probably a few I missed but these are the 7 I would absolutely love to get to in the future.
  17. Yes. Yes you are!! 😛 For me the obvious small coaster that did a lot with its space was wild mouse at blackpool. Just an absolutely brilliant nostalgic ride and is truely missed. The other I will go with is Balder at liseberg. Doesnt take up that huge a space at all and is a quality wooden coaster. Big coaster that wastes its size. Now the one I am gonna go with is either Diamondback or Silver Star. Two absolutely naff hypers. Sorry if that triggers any of the "Europa is perfect" brigade 😜
  18. He has his flights to Amsterdam booked for next year for Efteling!!
  19. I think if it came down to being between a B&M Hyper or RMC, the higher ups at M£rlin would go for the Hyper over the RMC. Why?. Well they know that the last two big investments for Thorpe wasnt seen as a success in terms of driving up the gate numbers for various reasons. So they know (or should know) the very next big investment for Thorpe needs to work out. Now with an RMC, yes if Thorpe went down that road the enthusiasts would absolutely make a beeline for the park. That however does NOT mean the same thing can be said for the general public. Ask ANY non enthusiast/GP what an RMC is and I highly doubt they will know what it is. Enthusiasts only make up a super niche part of the overall audience and in terms of buisness model and strategy, M£rlin who as I just mentioned will want the next big investment to work out financially are simply not going to make an investment that only appeases a niche group. They will want something that will appeal to everybody. A B&M hyper absolutely ticks that box. They are huge coasters which the GP seem to think automatically makes a coaster must ride and is a model of coaster that enthusiasts enjoy given the popularity of Mako and Shambhala. I also think a GCI would be higher up the food chain here than an RMC given theres the chance M£rlin could look at Wicker Mans success over at towers and could possibly think cashing in on that and making a Troy scale woody at Thorpe. I hope I am wrong in terms of Thorpe getting that elusive UK RMC. I just personally cant see it unfortunately.
  20. Well this season its been pointless running it on three trains as they are let alone with people clambering for the back rows now. Hope I am wrong but this could very much be an operational disaster
  21. The legendary Karen who works in guest services has also confirmed the return of professor burps bubbleworks!!
  22. The funny part there is I've smelled it at Thorpe MORE than I have on ANY visit to the Dutch theme parks AND THATS A COUNTRY WHERE THE DAMN STUFF IS LEGAL!!
  23. Anytime I hear "innit bruv" or the smell of weed hits my nose!!* *so I was thinking of the place endlessly when I was in Amsterdam recently!!
  24. A quick recap of my visit last Tuesday to this beautiful park!! Pros 1. Baron was riding much better than in previous visits. Actually took me by surprise given I am far from its biggest fan. Joris was also riding insanely well compared to past visits. 2. This park EASILY has the best dark ride collection of any park NOT owned by Disney or Universal. Symbolica and Fata Morgana are sensational dark rides and need to be seen to be believed. Sorry Europa and your disney knock offs. 3. Polles Kitchen!!. Quick service and gorgeous pancakes....not much more to say. 4. The park was clean and well kept. Something that is consistent with previous visits 5. Max and Moritz was actually a lot more enjoyable than I anticipated. Yes, its only a family coaster but it adds a much needed coaster for kids to the line up and was actually quite quirky in places. Cons 1. Baron,Dutchman and Joris was all on reduced capacity. Even with Barons queue coming out the entrance. 2. Loads of broken effects on Baron and Dutchman. Especially Dutchman, the condition of the show section really was abysmal to the point I made the statement "has Merlin secretly taken over!!??" 3. Both Ravejin AND aquanura broke during my visit. Was evacuated from Ravejin towards the finale and aquanura went kaput half way through. Poor show in that regard. So whilst my visit was a mixed bag, there is no denying that Efteling is absolutely one of europes best parks. Yes it lacks a true thrill machine coaster, but the thrill coasters they have are more than adequate to give that niche audience the kick they want to go with what makes this park. Which is its charm, feel good vibes and its stunning collection of themed experience attractions. Absolutely visit this amazing park if the chance presents itself!!
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