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1 minute ago, Mark9 said:


People who overlook out-dated social practises just to ride rollercoasters =/

Went out to visit my sister, she hasn't been stabbed yet or put in jail despite being British and out there for four years. Rollercoasters were a bonus despite being too tall for many of them. Also saw no crime, no pickpocketers, and even no litter. Strange too that they have every British store you can think of M&s Waitrose, Costa, Hard rock, Starbucks, KFC you name it they have it.

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Clearly missing the point when a fair few members on this exact forum are technically illegal in Dubai and surrounding areas due to the out-dated laws...


Accusing Mark of being a Daily Mail reader is stealth contender for Post of the Year...

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It's that time of year. Did quiet a bit of thinking and done a fair amount of rejigging...


1. Taron, Phantasialand

2. Helix, Liseberg

3. Nemesis, Alton Towers

4. Balder, Liseberg

5. Joris en de Draak, Efteling

6. Troy, Toverland

7. Lost Gravity, Walibi Holland

8. The Swarm, Thorpe Park

9. Black Mamba, Phantasialand

10. Hyperion, Energylandia


Swarm has dropped down massively, in part down to me just having done it so much I guess. But I still think it's pretty darn good. 


Lost Gravity is a weird one, because I know I really enjoyed it, but I'm not sure how much of the ranking is based on a bit of rose-tinted glasses. Look forward to riding it again next year..


Lech at Legendia just misses, due to it being too intense. It's a shame, because if it was a little less intense on the drop / first inversion, it'd be a Top 5 coaster easily...

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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.



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Bit of a reshuffle!


1. The Big One

2. Wild Mouse*

3. Troy

4. Grand National

5. Megafobia

6. Taron

7. Big Dipper

8. The Ultimate

9. Joris en de Draak

10. Nemesis

*Yes, I am aware it's gone, but it's still a coaster I've ridden!


It'll be strangely sad when this stubborn list inevitably gets changed drastically by my upcoming trip to America.

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Top ten before Cedar Point and Six Flags Great America (not gonna include rides from my trip to Over Texas as that was 2012 and my memory is sh**)


1. Shambhala: 

Awful park, great ride. Consistently my favourite.


2. Wodan:

I love GCI, can't wait to get back on this thing soon. Not sure if I prefer Blue Fire though.


3. Nemesis: This thing was hauling ass the other day.


4. Blue Fire: IT IS A MACK.


5. Wickerman: Wodan but a bit smaller. Still amazing though.


6. The Smiler: Little rough but very fun and unique Gerst.


7. Red Force: Sexy ass launch


8. Silver Star: Fun in the back on the final bunny hills. Gives some floater air but depends on the day


9. Dragons Khan: Painful but intense and it looks sexy.


10. Inferno: My current favourite at Thorpe. Especially good towards the end of the day in the back row.




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Two new creds done, so time to update the list for mixed coasters:


1. Helix, Liseberg - this will be untouchable for me. Ticks so many right boxes at being a near-perfect ride.

2. Taron, Phantasialand - wonderful combination of thrills with theming.

3. Shambhala, PortAventura - just insanely fun and floaty.

4. Icon, Blackpool Pleasure Beach - it’s a mini Helix through my eyes and is great to see one of these in the UK.

5. Wodan, Europa Park - this thing is relentless and the most intense wooden coaster out there to me.
6. Nemesis, Alton Towers - might be getting on a bit, but still a top ride.
7. Valkyria, Liseberg - undoubtedly the best dive coaster out there, even beating out SheiKra I’d say.
8. Wildfire, Kolmården Zoo - brilliant ride, but very inconsistent with speed & hindered hugely by appalling leg restraints.
9. Black Mamba, Phantasialand - great interaction with the terrain and very similar to Nemesis in many areas.
10. Euro-Mir, Europa Park - I’m a sucker for weird and wacky rides, so I love this. Plus the music is infectiously addictive!

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Having visited two new European parks, I think it is time to update a few fields. 


Top 10 Coasters:

1/ Steel Vengeance 

2/ Helix

3/ Taron

4/ Maverick

5/ Millenium Force 

6/ Shambala 

7/ Oziris 

8/ Wodan

9/ Nemesis 

10/ Icon


And now onto the parks: 

1/ Europa Park 

2/ Cedar Point 

3/ Phantasialand

3/ Efteling 

5/ Disneyland Paris 

6/ Liseberg 

7/ Parc Asterix 

8/ Alton Towers

9/ Tivoli Gardens 

10/ Blackpool Pleasure Beach 


P.A and Thorpe are now off the top 10 list. 


Last but not least, everyone needs a park bucket list. Here’s my one for European parks:

1/ Gardaland 
2/ Tover Land
3/ Energylandia
4/ Heide Park
5/ Grona Lund
6/ Parque Warner Madrid
7/ Linnanmaki
8/ Hansa Park
9/ Futuroscope 
10/ Legoland Billund 
Some parks are very much the same whilst some have re-entered (Heide notably). Energylandia and Linnanmaki have leap frogged onto the list for numerous reasons.  
More  changes could be afoot in the near future. 

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