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About Mark9

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    Disney fanboy
  • Birthday 06/14/1988

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    Theme Parks, Disney, Doctor Who and Formula One.

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    The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
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  1. Cedar Point

    Looks fantastic. August can't roll around fast enough.
  2. Unpopular Opinions

    I live in a world where planning = hard work. Made out to be laborous and against the very face of what theme parks are about. I'm surprised at the reaction to my initial post frankly. Especially as you all make plans when visiting theme parks. A plan is literally 'I shall go and ride the Smiler and Oblivion first'. Such hard work.
  3. Wicker Man - New for 2018

    Europa is becoming a bit of a lazy comparison these days. It's the best theme park in Europe, possibly the world so is there much point saying Europa do this, Europa do that when Merlin are never going to be at that level. Saying they should aim to be that also isn't ever going to happen. The UK theme park market is stagnating and whilst I love the Wicker Man and I think Icon will be excellent, its a temporary positive and I think 2019 will be back to normal. Ooh go on then. Big Thunder Mountain smoke effect as well as the water splashdown, off. Snow Whites hand which has been broken for at least a year off, half of the last room on It's a Small World not working, water effects in Adventureland off, Cheshire cat's eyes off and no water effects on Alice in Wonderlands maze, R2 D2 stuck looking one way in one room, robot covered in tarp in the next room on Star Tours, no fire on Frontierland entrance sign. This is why Merlin shouldn't do the effects thing too often because they don't have the budgets to maintain them. When someone said the fire on Swarm was still on I was taken aback.
  4. The Walking Dead - The Ride: SPOILERS

    I bet people can't wait to ride this indoor rollercoaster at midnight, it's going to make a big difference.
  5. Wicker Man - New for 2018

    Out of interest does anyone have a picture of the Swarm station and the bit thats been ripped out.
  6. All those rides and you managed to get to Towers for Nemesis! Impressive. Thorpe does seem a little bit quieter then usual this year, whilst Towers has been pretty rammed the last two weeks. Maybe its the effect of having no 'new' rides this year or maybe Thorpes operations are better at the moment.
  7. Tomb Blaster

    They don't care what the ride used to be. Merlin don't care if we just moan about it etc or if it used to be a fantastic futuristic dark ride with a robot entering a TV set or an explorer trying to steal an ancient jewel or a quest to defeat an ancient curse. It never had a soul, it never had a legacy. It went from unpopular 80's kitsch to unpopular (but beloved by some) Egypt narrative to a relatively popular shoot em up. I think its wrong (if its true) that they are letting Tomb Blaster fall to ruin to prove a point but to be honest I don't think there is a master plan at work. I think there is quite literally no money for Tomb so they are keeping a dying ride running at zero cost as a dying ride is better then no ride at all. It's not how theme parks should be run but then if people were that incensed by this they'd stop visiting.
  8. Fear on a Ride

    Lets face it, if you hate the first inversion on the Smiler, you've not much choice in the other 13 inversions, you'd have to do them if you're already on the ride. Nemesis is intense but its one of the greatest highs you can have in the UK, the adrenaline rush it gives you is almost addictive. It is more intense then Fury and Wicker Man which are more family orientated but don't let that dissuade you. Nemesis is sublime and you will love it once you conquer it.
  9. Wicker Man - New for 2018

    No one wonders. Every review on this ride has mentioned how the effects will be off/broken soon.
  10. Unpopular Opinions

    I get your point. You don't have to actually plan each day in minute detail though, I'm saying, actually take a logical way through the park. I still maintain its absurd people are only managing two rides though. They are just to using their time well IMO.
  11. Unpopular Opinions

    Don't ever go to a Disney park my friend. Going to any Disney World park involves planning where you are going to eat 6 months in advance, what fast passes you want to book 3 months in advance which means knowing what parks you are going to be doing 6 months before you get to them. Besides, the people who don't go a particular way around a theme park, like the ones you describe, aren't exactly having fun with their 2 rides are they. A little planning goes a long way.
  12. Unpopular Opinions

    -> Don't queue for the monorail, walk to the entrance. Save 20 minutes -> Buy tickets online, print ticket out at home. Save 30 minutes -> Don't head to the new ride straight away. Instead hit Oblivion, The Smiler, Rita, Thirteen. Save 3 hours and ten minutes ->Head to Wicker Man later on when the queue is likely to be lower. You haven't then only got on two rides, you've managed to hit at least four of the major rollercoasters, probably got on Nemesis just as it opens, saving a 35 minute queue and have probably managed to get in Duel, Rapids and the Mine Train because you didn't just head to the new thing, remembered its still going to be there 6 hours later after you've entered the park and woah and betide, managed to get on more then two rides, haven't had to go on Twitter to moan at the Towers team and had a much better day because you haven't been following the crowds all day. Time saved, 4 hours and 35 minutes. This is how Mega-Lite should have gone around the theme park that day.
  13. Unpopular Opinions

    I don't know why but I find the people who moan on twitter at Towers really funny. Some of them I understand, but the ones that only get on two rides in 6/7 hours really crack me up. Literally, what were you doing with your day.
  14. Energylandia

    I've got a kitchen sink handy if they need that too.
  15. General Discussion

    The Terror Tomb music. I haven't heard it for 18 years and yet hearing it on that video, takes me right back. From the old Rameses Revenge design, to Action Man, to riding the Skyway. That was the Chessington I fell in love with.