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    Mark9 got a reaction from JoshuaA in Six Flags Great America Review: Have a Six Flags Day!   
    A lot of my opinions are completely opposite to yours. I find Superman proper dreary compared to Air. Considering what it could do and what it does do, it's a real let down for me. Especially as its one of the busier rides there, it doesn't deliver. I liked Raging Bull and was gutted we only got on it once. Different enough from the other hypers to make an impression. V2 is tedious to me. Goliath on the other hand excellent, Batman the Ride sublime.
     
    We suffered a power cut unfortunately so will have to go back..
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    Mark9 got a reaction from Coaster in Cedar Point - June 2019   
    It's fascinating how many of us have now managed to get over to Cedar Point over the last year and how all of our experiences have been so completely different. It really highlights how unique all our coaster experiences are. Whilst I'm not necessarily in line with your views (TTD really annoys me for example), I have huge respect for your love of Arrow rides. When I rode Magnum, at first I was terrified but on the second each air time filled moment was filled with joy and I came away with it being a highlight. 
     
    What other multi launch coasters have you done? Whilst Maverick is a great ride, there are elements of it I find.. frustrating.
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    Mark9 reacted to Mattgwise in The new Germany   
    A great read! Am very much looking forward to getting to these parks in the future starting with Toverland in a few weeks. 
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    Mark9 got a reaction from JoshuaA in Europa Park in 2019- Every Area Review   
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    The more I ride Wodan, the more it cements itself as my favourite wooden coaster. It's just utterly relentless. It's the perfect antithesis to Blue Fire which feels so controlled and perfected.
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    Mark9 got a reaction from Coaster in Seeing The Point: Creek goes to the USA Part I   
    it's most useful at CP I find, when I was at Canadas Wonderland, the top tier only had Leviathan and Behemoth but they had shorter queues then the next tier down rides anyway so it made it a bit of a waste. The only reason it really works at CP is because the higher fastpass is on the lower capacity rides. Even though CP run rides well, Maverick and TTD can't shovel through people like Raptor, Rougarou and Gatekeeper can.
     
    Agreed about Port Aventura if only because I genuinely hate Spanish theme parks and I'd rather be the one doing the queuejumping then being incredibly miserable in their standby lines.
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    Mark9 got a reaction from Coaster in Seeing The Point: Creek goes to the USA Part I   
    Four months late sorry. I think the CP Fastpass is excellent value personally, particularly the higher tier one. I didn't get it and I kind of wish I had. The silver tier was only on rides that had 5 minute queues anyway so was pretty useless, but being able to unlimited skip Steel Vengeance, Valravn, Maverick and Top thrill dragster would have made the days much easier.
     
    It's the one time I would have broken my no pay fastness rule.
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    Mark9 got a reaction from Coaster in Launches, Freefalls and Airtime in Sweden - My Liseberg Review   
    I pretty much agree with all your viewpoints here, Helix in particular is a good ride but I've never found it to be the amazing ride that others do. I too prefer Icon. 
     
    I think stacking is just an inherent trait of dive machines, I'm yet to ride one that doesn't stack in some way. I find Balder incredibly repetitive and I don't find the air time that interesting. I think I prefer the out of control woodies like Wodan and Wicker Man too the more controlled way Balder rides.
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    Mark9 got a reaction from Mer in Europa, again   
    So glad that you've finished this trip report Pluk. I don't know anyone that goes to Europa Park and doesn't fall in love with the place. My partner and I visit every two years and never fail to have a great time. I'm not sure if you mentioned if you stayed in any of the hotels, if not I'd recommend staying at any of them. Bell Rock is probably the least interesting to me, but even that is of supreme quality for a theme park hotel. 
     
    SO looking forward to my visit in May 
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    Mark9 got a reaction from BenC in Canadian Caper: Marineland, Fantasy Island & Darien Lake   
    Great trip reports as always BenC, whenever I read your reports, I always get insprired to go to a park, Darien Lake has never been on my radar but, its certainly of interest now.
     
    To the Intamin hyper thing, maybe the spate of incidents back in the noughties created a bad atmosphere around the ride type. Could only be a coincidence though. B&M hypers have never had trouble selling, as you know some parks love them so much they build bigger ones..It is a shame Intamins kind of stopped, whilst I never really felt the love for Ge Force, Piraten is such a joy to ride. 
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    Mark9 got a reaction from EC! in Six Flags Discovery Kingdom 2016   
    I'm one of those that loves Medusa. I'd heard so much negativity about it that it made me sympathetic to it. 
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    Mark9 got a reaction from JoshC. in Closed Season Part 1   
    Soon (I didn't realise it had been a month since I wrote the Denmark one.) 
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    Mark9 reacted to JoshC. in Closed Season Part 1   
    Any idea when a Part 2 might make an appearance?  Always love your blogs to provide some inspiration!
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    Mark9 reacted to BenC in Closed Season Part 1   
    I share your love for Denmark @Mark9!
     
    It really punches above its weight on coasters given its size (the UK is 11 times more populated...), and is a lovely place - clean, colourful, friendly - to boot.
     
    Juvelen, Piraten, and Orkanen are all superlative rides in their respective categories.
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    Mark9 got a reaction from David B in Phantasialand - the best THEME park in the world?   
    Phantasialand isn't the best theme park in the world as there are some areas that need serious work. However, it's well on its way to being that park. It just needs to jettison some of the weaker attractions such as the Chinese omnimover and the Hollywood tour ride. As it stands though, rides like Taron, Black Mamba and Chiapas are simply outstanding, the work they've done on River Quest has massively improved the area. Europa Park and Phantasialand though are some of Europes best. 
     
    Lucky Germans 
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    Mark9 got a reaction from Mer in Phantasialand - the best THEME park in the world?   
    Phantasialand isn't the best theme park in the world as there are some areas that need serious work. However, it's well on its way to being that park. It just needs to jettison some of the weaker attractions such as the Chinese omnimover and the Hollywood tour ride. As it stands though, rides like Taron, Black Mamba and Chiapas are simply outstanding, the work they've done on River Quest has massively improved the area. Europa Park and Phantasialand though are some of Europes best. 
     
    Lucky Germans 
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    Mark9 got a reaction from David B in Phantastically Acceptable   
    The lack of write up for Chiapas disappoints me. I hate Log flumes but that ride does things to me that no other water ride does. 
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    Mark9 got a reaction from pognoi in Phantastically Acceptable   
    The lack of write up for Chiapas disappoints me. I hate Log flumes but that ride does things to me that no other water ride does. 
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    Mark9 got a reaction from KingNemesis in How do you solve a problem like enthusiasts?   
    Enthusiasts are their own worst enemies. As a group its all about being the first, the last, getting the most rides, being ahead of someone else. It becomes a massive competition, whether it's to get more coaster credits then anyone else or to go to the most parks. 
     
    But thats only the negative aspects. Some of my best friends are ones that I grew up with in the earlier days of rollercoaster forums. So many from Thorpe Park Guide made the jump over to TPM when that forum closed down and a lot of coasters enthusiasts from those days, I worked with at Chessington.
     
    Whilst things like the Bubbleworks last day or the time Inferno closed early and enthusiasts stormed guest services are a nasty aspect of being coaster geeks, the positives of being in a community far outweighs the negatives. 
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    Mark9 got a reaction from BenC in Stuttgart Sojourn: Holiday Park   
    Mostly agree when it comes to your rollercoaster reviews; spot on. EGF is a good example of a coaster that for me, rather unfairly had a bright spotlight placed on it and there's just no way it could ever live up to its reputation. I can't help that feel it only had onto the number one position on the Hawker poll because of a certain websites bullying ways and their massive influence over the poll. Funnily enough I prefer Silver Star, far easier to ride then Ge Force in terms of reliability, restraint system, capacity and operations.
    I haven't been on Sky Scream, but I have done Superman at Discovery Kingdom and really liked it too. They're surprisingly fun rides considering how... cheap(?) they look. 
    You've inspired me to look into revisiting, your photos do the park a lot of justice.
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    Mark9 got a reaction from pognoi in Stuttgart Sojourn: Tripsdrill   
    You need a website with your own reviews on. I love reading all your trip reports.
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    Mark9 got a reaction from BenC in Stuttgart Sojourn: Tripsdrill   
    You need a website with your own reviews on. I love reading all your trip reports.
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    Mark9 got a reaction from Matt Creek in Stuttgart Sojourn: Tripsdrill   
    You need a website with your own reviews on. I love reading all your trip reports.
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    Mark9 got a reaction from JoshC. in Stuttgart Sojourn: Tripsdrill   
    You need a website with your own reviews on. I love reading all your trip reports.
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    Mark9 got a reaction from ThorpeAddict in Stuttgart Sojourn: Tripsdrill   
    You need a website with your own reviews on. I love reading all your trip reports.
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    Mark9 got a reaction from BenC in Benin's Park Awards 2015   
    I've only been on two of the rides which have won awards. Suffice to say I agree to both awards, go Oz'Iris!
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