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Everything posted by Mark9

  1. Man, if 'typical average theme park' had things like Everest, Galaxys Edge and Pandora, how awesome would theme park enthusiasts truly have it!
  2. Technically no. Because that's a Chinese themed area... But yes, a lot of European parks go all in on theming and immersion. Phantasialand is one of the best.
  3. The Capybara understandably, hates all the children judging by that image.
  4. Disneyland Paris for Pride Disneyland California and Californias Great America for Honeymoon. I'll end up at Paultons at some point. I should go to Alton Towers and Thorpe Park because I need to remember how low the bar does go.
  5. Haha, long awaited. They'll be announcing their next giant rollercoaster before this one even gets finished.
  6. I'm assuming Anderson are throwing enough money at Merlin to make this worthwhile. The ride is moving anyway, may as well make a bit of money out of it.
  7. He does now. I also appreciate the last post before Josh C was 10 and a half years ago.
  8. I remember a time when they didn't do the seat belts up on empty seats. I don't remember them doing seat belts up on empty seats on Inferno back in October or come to think of it, Nemesis or Oblivion when I last went to Towers..
  9. I adore the 2010's. The theme park industry went away from the horrible height/speed records and started focusing on experiences. From Taron to Helix, Alpina Blitz to Wodan, Pandora & Galaxy's Edge, Untamed and Steel Vengeance. I love them all. Yeah the UK kind of crashed hard but even then we got The Smiler, Icon, Wicker Man, Thirteen and The Swarm. I like these rides.
  10. Joint first in the Quality Posts award, That actually means a lot. 😀
  11. Mark9


    I mean, Stealth was out-dated even when it first opened. There was already longer, higher, faster, ones with more inversions & ones with more air time. The park icon. The only reason we in the UK were kind to it was because very few rides like it could open on these shores. A fact still true today. Ironically, the rides loved by the GP and enthusiasts today are the smaller, intricate rides like Taron, Taiga & Helix. Right up my alley.
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    No I didn't contradict myself. You said they wonder why they aren't on the international stage, it's not the case as they think they are on the international stage.
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    The park doesn't wonder that. They think they are on the international stage when in actual fact they are a local regional theme park. And that's pretty irrelevant to the rules they choose to enforce.
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    Thorpe Park 2020

    I was obviously joking.
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    Thorpe Park 2020

    Mate, I need to know what plane you're catching to do that.
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    Thorpe Park 2020

    That's all that matters if we're brutally honest.
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    Thorpe Park 2020

    Thorpe Park's problems aren't the rides that are already there. If you have Thorpes satisfaction scores, that would be an interesting thing to look at. 😁
  18. The thing with being the best is that there can only be one. And the thing with Inferno is the more unique features such as the pre-lift tunnel, the smoke effects and the actually pretty decent theming make it stand out now to me more then other. At this point I've done quite a few inverters (humble brag) and Inferno always has something about it that makes me happy. Whether it's because it was my first B&M or because it has a certain magic I don't know. I still maintain it should have just been called Inferno, because it just gets endlessly compared to its older sister. IMO it is one of the UK's finest rides and a night ride one of the best experiences.
  19. Just ask her how many deaths have happened at Alton Towers and how many have happened in Walt Disney World alone.
  20. I'm as cynical as the next guy so therefore I think your post is a bit much. New ride breaks down, not to be unexpected, worlds best description given by a lot of people who have ridden but are likely to be swayed by 'exclusivity' and 'the hype train' and frankly, its Disney World around the holiday season. Flight of Passage was sporting a four hour queue last week. None of this is any surprise.
  21. So they aren't repainting it then?
  22. The forum filter should put £'s, $'s or euro signs in every theme parks name. I'm off to £ft£ling.
  23. Perspective though, The Southern parks have better transport links to London (ie 8 million potential customers from Central alone), they are also cheaper to run being smaller and require less staffing budget and therefore are able to budget 5pm closes. Towers has never had that kind of flex, in all my time visiting theme parks, Towers has always had these restricted visiting hours. The Smiler incident only really highlighted how much more restricted they can go. That isn't reality though. Even on 5pm closes, a lot of people have already left and the park is dead, people wishing to avoid the rush hour traffi, the only exception is when its very hot. That's when the park should stay open later. In an ideal world, yeah the park would be fully staffed and all rides open, full availability, 6pm closures. But we don't live in that world.
  24. Chessington X1 Alton Towers X2 Thorpe Park X1 Efteling X2 Walibi Holland X1 Toverland X1 Europa Park X3 Disneyland Paris X6 visits (probably 21 days in Disneyland Park and four in Studio Parc) Magic Kingdom X3 Epcot X1 Hollywood Studios X2 Animal Kingdom X3 Lazy year.
  25. Mark9


    I'm into a lot of different types of communities. I love Star Wars, I love Pokemon, I love Disney & I love Doctor Who. All of these communities love ripping apart each other and the products of their respective fandom. People hating on Episode 8 or the Doctor now being a woman. But the coaster community for me is barely like that. Everyone has the odd bit of rage but on the whole, we stay far more passionate about rollercoasters and theme parks then become 'haters'. It's pretty refreshing.
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