Jump to content


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


About Mark9

  • Rank
    Disney fanboy
  • Birthday 06/14/1988

Contact Methods

  • Website URL

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
  • Interests
    Theme Parks, Disney, Doctor Who and Formula One.

Previous Fields

  • Favourite ride
    The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • Favourite Theme Park

Recent Profile Visitors

29,406 profile views
  1. Mark9

    Next Roller Coaster

    The humour never ends at Thorpe Park HQ does it.
  2. People who call Nemesis Inferno, Nemesis. IF YOU'RE GOING TO USE ONE WORD, CALL IT INFERNO.
  3. Mark9

    Hocus Pocus Hall

    I feel like I can reply to this now (because I'm going to talk about the much loved Disney brand here as it seems oddly relevant). The reason I am okay with IP's is because in general, Merlin don't actually do a bad job with this. Gruffalo, Peppa Pig World at Garda and Heide, Cbeebies land, How to train your dragon to name but a few are high quality rides/areas and IMO are good*. I'm going to couple that with the fact that Merlin are still very much about originality. Look at The Wicker Man or The Swarm and I'll thrown in the recent refurbishments of Runaway Train into Scorpion Express and Dragon Falls into Tiger Rock as examples of where Merlin actually on the whole get things pretty right when it comes to rides and attractions. *Thorpe is the exception, here is an example of absolute disaster but then the original attractions like Derren Brown also get this disastrously wrong. Now the reason I bring up Disney is because the CEO recently came in for a bit of stick for a certain quote. Now Disney fans got themselves into a right rut about the apparent Expedition Everest put down implied here for Bob Iger and I got a bit annoyed too. The idea that Toy Story Land or Frozen Ever After has the same integrity, narrative strength and artistry as a ride as thought out and cared for as Everest is almost insulting. But here's the thing, I understand the perspective. What I dislike about modern Disney is that the days of Phantom Manor or Mystic Manor seem to be over. IP's are all we get. So far, Merlin aren't doing this and seem to be adding IP's where its relevant or where an improvement can be seen. TLDR, IP's shouldn't be feared or seen as death of originality in theme parks.
  4. Mark9

    Thorpe Park Rides & Attractions Game 2018

    Impressive that a ride not at Thorpe Park won the Thorpe Park ride game. (I'll be a retiring pensioner and I will still point out when people say Nemesis instead of Nemesis Inferno)
  5. Mark9

    Thorpe Park Rides & Attractions Game 2018

    Because you're the minority and the majority enjoy Inferno more than the others.
  6. Mark9

    Tokyo Disneysea

    I mean, its literally the most pointless comparison to make.
  7. Mark9


    Mr Creek, why not jut go if it angers you that much. That's what I do and it does the world of good. We've seen the difference that new restraint systems can do to Vekoma SLC's and most Vekoma loopers so yes, a new restraint system could make a difference and are we saying that intamin, the company that are the ultimate in trying things outside the box and doing something daring, aren't able to adapt a train style to fit Colossus's track. This is small fry compared to the flash in the pan, one time rides that were Furius Baco or Tornado at Bakken train systems. Colossus isn't that bad at all. Reality is it is something people moan about and Colossus remains one of Thorpes busiest rides despite newer and better things being there 17 years on. This is all down to the cumbersome trains and outdated ride system.
  8. Mark9

    Nemesis Inferno

    RIP in peace Nemesis Inferno.
  9. Mark9

    Top 10's

    pa-dah. Top ten new rollercoasters of 2018. 1. Steel Vengeance 2. Gatekeeper 3. Flug Der Damon 4. Behemoth 5. Karnan 6. Raptor 7. Icon 8. Wicker Man 9. Magnum XL 10. Maverick Top five new parks of 2018 1. Cedar Point 2. Canadas Wonderland 3. Hansa Park 4. Heide Park 5. Six Flags Great America Top five UK rollercoasters 1. Nemesis 2. Icon 3. The Smiler 4. The Wicker Man 5. Nemesis Inferno Top five moments 1. Meeting the former CEO at Disneyland Paris at Disney Fandaze. 2. Being pleasantly in awe of Wicker Man and the achievement of Towers. 3. Icon living well up to expectations in being a fantastic rollercoaster and exactly what Backpool needed. 4. Finally conquering all the B&M's in Europe (Before Fenix and Valykira opened, grr). 5. After so long, getting to Cedar Point and it being a park with too many fantastic rollercoasters.
  10. Mark9

    Your Trip Plans 2019

    Florida Disney parks, Disneyland Paris and Europa Park are my only real definite so far. Potentially Efteling, Toverland and Walibi Holland although that depends on wedding financing. In the Uk, only definites are Alton and Blackpool. Right now, Thorpe doesn't deserve my time and I wouldn't mind going back to Chessington.
  11. Mark9

    Is Nemesis the best Invert?

    Nemesis is my favourite rollercoaster so I'll naturally say its the best invert. Rides like Katun, Raptor, Monster, Oz'Iris and the original Batman come very close though. The only bad invert is Montu which is garbage. If you want to talk about disappointing, tell me how you feel during the second half where it just ambles back and forth doing nothing at all. Even Silver Bullet is more interesting. COME AT ME BRO.
  12. Mark9

    Blackpool Pleasure Beach

    Pleasure Beach has to face reality that Blackpool is a dying seaside town, in fact the whole leisure industry of the North has to face up the issues it will continue to face, especially with so much uncertainty surrounding Brexit for example (especially if the estimates of damaged local economies comes true). I think the Pleasure Beach itself is making the right steps, in fact, I'd say its making essential steps to continue its own survival. It can't absorb losses like the Merlin parks and it certainly can't have the wide hours it has done previously. Icon is a funny one because it is clearly loved by most enthusiasts and the visitors on both my trips really enjoyed it. Maybe it will be a bit like the Swarm in which it seems unappreciated and have no effect on visitor numbers but is actually well loved by park guests. And to me, that's far more important then flash in the pan successes with no redeeming features.
  13. Mark9


    I'd personally say the rollercoasters at Efteling have more personality than any other park in Europe. Perfectly tailored to the family audience, full of whimsy and quirkiness. Baron is a painfully average dive machine but everything that surrounds it elevates it to one of my favourite coasters. Yes it doesn't have the big coasters but a lot of big coaster parks are completely soulless, lacking any magic or enthusiasm or anything that resembles pride.
  14. Mark9

    Blackpool Pleasure Beach

    I'll believe that when I see it.
  15. Mark9

    Logger's Leap

    Never a greater post on this forum.