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  1. Does anyone know what this cable at the end of the Colossus lift chain is for? It's been there since the park opened in 2019 and hasn't been removed since. There also appears to be quite a bit of oil that's leaking from the end of the lift chain as well.
  2. Vortex with the back of the seats taken off for the winter strip: Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzLCzrSFfRc (at 8:51)
  3. Amity Beach (4) Angry Birds 4D Experience (1) Colossus (5) Depth Charge (5) Detonator: Bomb's Away (5) Flying Fish (5) King Pig's Wild Hog Dodgems (5) Mr. Monkey's Banana Ride (5) Nemesis Inferno (6) Quantum (5) Rocky Express (5) Rumba Rapids (5) Rush (5) Samurai (6) Saw - The Ride (4) Stealth (6) Storm in a Teacup (5) Storm Surge (5) The Swarm (7) The Walking Dead - The Ride (5) Tidal Wave (6) Timber Tug Boat (5) Vortex (5) Zodiac (5) AB4D - The SWARM +
  4. IMO Thunder River actually sounds like a much better fitting name than "Rumba Rapids" which just makes me think of Ribena. But then again "Thunder River" would overhype the ride for what it is and I doubt TP are going to redo all the signage for just an insignificant name change. That said, based on unofficial vlogs of Monks Walk it seems there's been a lot of activity at Rumba this closed season - some speculate it might be a repaint. I just hope they actually use this year to improve the ride.
  5. I've also heard interesting things about Rumba but mainly from people who aren't really credible and haven't seen anything going around the theme park community. Who did you hear this from?
  6. Well I've found quite a few control panels over the internet. Just didn't know TPM had a thread for this! Hopefully some new ones for those of you interested in this stuff. There's mainly Thorpe Park stuff but also ones from fairground equivalents and also some that aren't from Thorpe Park. Detonator (Bomb's Away) Control Panel: The Swarm control panel: Swarm's CCTV cameras views for the operator: Interesting stuff about the operation of The Swarm including that if someone let's go of one of the buttons the trains stops! : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wv_wXGCbFYA Olympia Looping Control Panel: Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9mR9FhKyXI Mondial Top Scan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwoRM3tdVWg (like Samurai) Still image of panel: KMG Afterburner: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/94/KMG_Afterburner_Control_Panel.JPG (like Vortex, sry it's in European) Rush's Control Panel (unobstructed shot without the sound panel unlike the one previously posted here - also taken in 2016 so many years after the previous image on here): Source: https://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=71751&start=20 Also interesting to note that this review also says on their BTS tour that the reason The Swarm backwards was removed was that in a potential crash this would have unthinkable consequences for the park so they removed it (which does make sense that it was removed for the season after The Smiler occured). Remnants of The Swarm backwards rows: Huss Enterprise (taken from a sim as I couldn't find a real one online annoyingly) - This is similar to Zodiac: A Dodgems Control Panel (looks similar to the one at Thorpe Park iirc from my brief glimpse through the control box window - this is NOT the one at TP sadly): Nemesis Inferno (source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PNzPJU7LAY) : Also potentially of interest is how the glow is made on Nemesis Inferno in the tunnel - it uses way more lights than I thought it did: Source: https://www.southparks.co.uk/features/behind-the-scenes-thorpe-park/) Rage Control Panel (a Gerstlauer Eurofighter which is the same model as Saw:TR): "Tidal Wave" at Adventure Island (I'm guessing has a similar control panel to Depth Charge at Thorpe Park seeing as they're both raft slide rides): Source for above 2 pictures were from this thread but unviewable. Luckily the "Wayback" machine somehow retrieved them: https://web.archive.org/web/20200116233837/https://forum.maniahub.com/topic/6156-control-panels/page/1 Flying Fish Control Panel: Stealth: The rides at Thorpe which we don't have a picture of the control panel on this thread are therefore: Teacups Rocky Express Logger's Leap TWD:TR Timber Tug and Lumber Jump Rumba Rapids Mr Monkey Banana Boat A Bertazzon Dodgems control panel Tidal Wave Storm Surge Quantum DBGT I will edit this post/ make a new one as I find more rides. Hopefully @StevenVig can repost his old Saw photos so we can cross that one off the list. If you're interested in control panels and also programming and PLC logic I recommend checking out Irvine Ondrey Engineering: https://www.facebook.com/IrvineOndreyEngineering They have very informative posts about programming control panels and they're the ones who did The Swarm control panel amongst a huge range of other very popular and large rides. Many many American coaster control panels and assistance panels: https://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=61998&start=350 You may also be interested in a glimpse of morning inspections on a Windseeker ride: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdZcGclDzts
  7. Apparently Hangover has a "magic finger" button which when pressed by the operator pokes you whilst you're on the ride. It apparently also reaches 56 mph (based on what the op said in another video) which is "only" 10 mph faster than Detonator.
  8. Does anyone know if "The Hunstman's Arms" F&B shop was open during 2019 or if it's something new for 2020? Just saw it on the app (it looks like it's themed to the Jungle Escape escape room).
  9. they could be but if people get bored of visiting they're not going to return which = lower cash flow which is probably the only reason Merlin probably give Thorpe any budget at all let's be honest - to maintain their standing and stop rides falling into disrepair (but even then that's too much - Loggers being one example). Thorpe is the park after all that didn't have the money to finish painting railings on Nemesis Inferno's exit walkway. That said if The London Resort gets approval the Merlin Parks in the south will probably have dwindling visitor numbers = Merlin cancels their contract and returns the parks to their owner. Still Phantasialand is an excellent park and the better German/ European theme parks are definitely the quality I'd like to see here in the UK.
  10. I mean it's pretty obvious Merlin's strategy at the moment is attempting to get swathes of guests through the gates in the hope enough of them buy overpriced items on park to turn a profit. I've always wondered if it wouldn't just be wiser to reduce the number of promos and sales. I for one would be happy to pay (slightly) more if it meant my day was substantially improved (plus cool news rides with actual theme park theming). And being completely honest, I've always wondered how on earth they do turn a profit given how many promos they do on their tickets. Anyhow, I'm glad there's places like Phantasialand that can actually turn a profit despite insane levels of very expensive theming and for a reasonable price for us as guests.
  11. out of interest why are Phantasialand able to invest ridiculous amounts of money but Merlin, "2nd only to Disney" not?
  12. Apparently trees around Loggers Leap have been stripped down. Potentially in preparation to remove the ride/ survey the area for whatever reasons it needs surveying?
  13. Advert for the TV ad company Merlin use in the queue lines: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZLakv0QZ6k https://c-screens.com/ For those of you interested, I think it contains some interesting facts about having ads in a theme park. Never heard about it before so it could be fake, but if it's real then it's potentially very interesting.
  14. Thorpe Park Mania be like: 5:11 - 5:18
  15. Amity Beach (5) Angry Birds 4D Experience (3) Colossus (5) Depth Charge (5) Detonator: Bomb's Away (5) Flying Fish (5) King Pig's Wild Hog Dodgems (5) Mr. Monkey's Banana Ride (5) Nemesis Inferno (5) Quantum (5) Rocky Express (5) Rumba Rapids (5) Rush (5) Samurai (6) Saw - The Ride (5) Stealth (5) Storm in a Teacup (5) Storm Surge (5) The Swarm (6) The Walking Dead - The Ride (5) Tidal Wave (5) Timber Tug Boat (5) Vortex (5) Zodiac (5) AB4D - T. SWARM +
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