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    Blackpool Pleasure Beach

    Someone's in trouble now... That advert(?) is a little understated in my opinion and as mentioned with a coaster this beautiful it's almost a crime to not feature footage of it, how strange.
  2. With the opening of a certain iconic coaster looming, I rather foolishly decided that I would celebrate the occasion by marking it as my 400th coaster. In order for that fantasy to become reality I was going to need to step up my current UK cred hunting streak... This week's adventure took me to the lovely (it really isn't) seaside town of Weston Super Mare. The first park for today was Animal Farm Adventure Park, which is located on farm land (imagine that) around 15 minutes from WSM. After paying the shockingly low admission fee (currently £9) we were ushered straight in without being given tickets, that might be a first. +1 After hitting the cred it was time to check out the animals. Now call it me getting old, call it the glorious weather or call it me happy to be out of the car for an hour but I actually rather enjoyed walking around and watching the animals, what have I become... The farm is home to all your favourite basic animals (sadly they didn't have Capybara) such as horses, ponies, llamas, sheep, goats etc And I thought my teeth were bad... Damn you Marvel for making me love raccoons. I for one am happy creds drew me to this place because although my time there was short I can safely say I enjoyed it and it was a good way to start the day. Friendly staff, funny animals and a dangerously chilled out atmosphere, good little place this. After Animal Farm we made our way to Weston Super Mare, opting to avoid the disgusting (£6 minimum pay) seafront car park and choosing instead to park in a nearby multistory. The reason for coming to WSM was something strange called Funland At The Tropicana popping up on the UK parks page of Coaster-Count. Funland itself has apparently existed on the seafront for a while but only very recently have they added non travelling creds, thus it being added to RCDB and Coaster-Count. It was at this point my friend pointed out the last 3 coasters we had ridden were all wacky worms, I am neither proud or ashamed of this fact. Look how damn shiny and new this thing looks, such a contrast to the rusting scrap metal on Clarence Pier. To end the day we decided to slither into the town of WSM itself and what an interesting place it was. In the short walk to Subway, we walked past, about 10 nightclubs with scary bouncers outside, countless asshole rude boy teens and far too many bitter old people. It's far from being the worst place I've ever been (Eastbourne) but it certainly wasn't very welcoming. Rather thankful to escape we hit the road for the long drive home shortly after. Thanks for reading.
  3. I'm quite happy to admit I live in my own little enthusiast World and that TPM and my 2 enthusiast best friends are my only links to the enthusiast community. However the other day I stumbled on a YouTube series dedicated to the sketchy going ons (past & present) in the UK enthusiast community and I was disgusted, without going into any details the things I saw made me feel ashamed to be associated with this hobby I love. After stepping back I concluded, those assholes be damned I'm not going to let them represent this scene and I'm going to try even harder to do my part to make the best of us look good. I also want to say you lot are a good bunch and you're doing us proud but I won't because I'm too condescending.
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    Unpopular Opinions

    All the time sweetheart.
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    Blackpool Pleasure Beach

    pluk has nailed it completely honestly, saying that I only visit Blackpool if I can stay in Big Blue and leave the car chilling there under CCTV watch. Icon's entrance structure looks awesome!
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    Alton Towers General Discussion

    About time someone put this clown in his place, nice work Alton Towers!
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    Rumba Rapids

    It might look crap at the moment but as has been mentioned all the pumps are working and it's hauling ass at the moment, my last ride on it was the most intense I've ever seen it!
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    Quantum

    The beast returns! I very much look forward to riding it next weekend.
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    Unpopular Opinions

    That's not an unpopular opinion, that's the truth! Yes it is, yay for more Stampida love! Detonator is probably the best drop tower in the World, the only thing that I've yet to ride that may top it is Ikaros. Benin's is worse, I wouldn't worry.
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    Toverland

    Much better, thanks Baron!
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    Legoland

    Believe it or not with the stories of people getting 5 rides done in a day and the park saying that's the norm, the capacity is set far higher than it technically needs to be (evacs and such) for reasons of keeping the park from being massively unpleasant and overcrowded. So opening new areas and attractions for people to flock to is the only way to increase it really and be it the council or the park's lack of trying not much has really changed over the years at Legoland. As for the prebooking system, I absolutely agree and surely those who who'd get annoyed by having to pay a small fee to prebook for busier days would rather that than be turned away on the door? You're asking for disappointment visiting at all these days.
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    The Walking Dead - The Ride: SPOILERS

    I guess I'll have to give it another go on the next pass holder thing then, I hope the comedy has not been lost!
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    Year Of The Walking Dead Events (2018)

    Well that's yet another massive insult to Slammer's glorious legacy...
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    Funder Sheep In Flambards Creek

    Yawn. I think I can honestly say that, that sort of flat isn't for me.
  15. Is there a better way to spend a glorious bank holiday Sunday than going on a roadtrip and mopping up creds? Wait don't answer that... Yesterday me and my credit hunting buddy (freshly returned) went on an over 600 mile round trip to knock off the parks in the South West. Our day began with an over 5 hour drive to Flambards, which is the most southerly park in the UK. Nothing memorable to report about the drive, other than that we found a statue of a wicker man dropping to his knees at the entrance to an obscure services, he must of heard the news that Wicker Man is running slow at the moment, I hope he feels better soon. After what felt like days after we set off we finally arrived at Flambards. The reason for coming here was to ride Hornet, the park's Zierer Hornet coaster. Now while it's not going to blow anyone's mind Hornet is a good little coaster and it was nice to finally ride something that's not a wacky worm on these UK based cred runs. Now maybe it's because of the quality of the park's that followed Flambards but the park did leave me feeling a little let down. Firstly it was the most expensive park of this run at £20. Now I know what you're thinking, "you only went there for the cred and I'm sure the place offers a good value day out for those who spend the whole day there", well... £25 will get you into Blackpool Pleasure Beach, my favourite UK park and a place I leave every time feeling I need more of. Also it's £49 for unlimited Thorpe Park for a year and £55 for unlimited Alton Towers, with that in mind, paying £20 for Flambards does seem a bit steep to say the least. Coupled with the rather steep entrance price is the fact Flambards has very little to offer. You have Hornet, a log flume, a couple of thrill flats and a small children's area. That amounts to less on offer than the amusement park area of West Midland Safari Park, which of course includes a zoo and safari and isn't much more money. So while Hornet was fun and the staff were alright, the above 2 reasons left me feeling quite dry in regards to the park. Even if the place was 10 minutes down the road I very much doubt I'd ever visit again. After Flambards we made our way North to Camel Creek. After paying £15 each (much more like it) to the very welcoming bloke running the ticket office we made our way straight to Camel Creek's credit, Morgawr. Morgawr was manufactured by a company I've never heard of and it looks like a pile of scrap metal but in actuality delivers a pretty funky ride experience. Some of the low level bits are quite punchy and it's just so weird and unique that I might actually admit I had fun on it. After Morgawr (so fun to type), we experienced Cornwall's only 5D Simulator Experience and it was beautiful. A very friendly member of staff gave us an in depth safety rundown before we were lead to one of 5 four seater simulator pods placed infront of a cinema screen, how strange. The movie itself was equally surreal which just made the whole thing fantastic. Camel Creek is a lovely little place and I'm sure with right crowd and intentions you could easily spend a day there. Aswell as the rides the park has slides, animals and obstacle courses, plus the park has such a nice setting you could easily just walk around looking at the scenery (unlike Flambards which was mostly concrete). Big Sheep was the next park on our tour, a park I've been excited to do for a while now. There must be something in the water in the part of Devon Big Sheep is located, because much like Milky way (which is 10 minutes away), the staff here were so friendly that it blew my mind. Rampage is Big Sheep's major attraction, a large custom Zierer that years ago used to operate in a mall, which goes to explain the wacky layout and odd support set up. I couldn't picture a more perfect coaster for this wacky little park and it certainly delivers a unique ride, not to mention a playful kick out of the first drop in the back row, I really enjoyed it. Big Sheep among offering a few other rides including classic swan boats, also gives you the opportunity to watch literal sheep races, I am not kidding! You really couldn't go wrong going on a trip to Big Sheep and Milky Way, they both offer a brilliant wacky atmosphere and outstanding customer service. Sadly we had to leave Big Sheep far too soon in order to have time to make it to Funder Park in Dawlish. Now it's this leg of the journey where the almost expected happened... About 5 miles from the park the sat nav routed me up easily the most messed up road I've experienced to date. Literally just enough room to fit a car through, little to no passing points, intense hills and people walking towards me, nightmare. Let's be kind and say Dawlish Warren (where the park is located) attracts a strange bunch. Obese women in bikinis carrying boomboxes, the sunburnt masses, shirtless Spanish men making hilarious noises, shifty men wearing jumpers in 30 degrees and f bombs dropping like it's going out of fashion. I'll be honest I was not expecting to be presented with this but I've seen worse. After purchasing our tokens, which was no easy task, we rounded off our succesful trip with a couple of laps of the coaster formally known as Wacky Warm, sadly I forgot to take a picture so you'll just have to use your imaginations. Parks for the day done, we had Pizza Hut then set off for the three and half hour drive home, yes my spine felt like I just had 20 laps of Grand National when I got there. Thanks for reading.
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