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    Kings Island | Orion | B&M Giga Coaster

    Roller coasters - serious business.
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    Have we passed the golden age of theme parks?

    I don’t know much... but I think theme parks have suffered due to: - A desire to maximise short-term profits at the expense of consumer experience for the purposes of selling shares and distributing dividends / bonuses. - The idea of a ‘theme park’ is a little “quaint and outdated” compared to...
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    Thorpe Park: What could the future hold?

    There are a lot of statements of dwindling attendance... not true (relatively speaking). It’s not materially worse than Alton Towers’s decline and AT has had a major new ride since 2015. As for low attendance from 2015.... there is an obvious reason why. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-32980354...
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    Thorpe Park: What could the future hold?

    They surely can’t be building anything large or we’d all know about it by now. Storm Surge looks really run down and it’s a fairly poor ride as it is. At least give it a lick of paint to give the impression that you care. I don’t actually think the park needs any more coasters - just a bit of...
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    The World of David Walliams is coming to Alton Towers

    I'd rather ride Cadabra. Will ride for the "4D" bubbles though.
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    “Warming up throughout the day” - a myth?

    Thanks for the reply @cocoa - seems like we share similar thoughts. The wheel grease theory is definitely the most plausible but, like you say, I can’t see how it would take hours to have an effect 🧐 I agree that night rides themselves should pretty much be discounted entirely from the...
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    “Warming up throughout the day” - a myth?

    All - thanks very much for the replies. I assure you I’ve read them and I appreciate the input. Very interesting!! I’m still not sure of the science but there is clearly a collective agreement it’s a thing - I can’t doubt those more experienced than I! I’m doing a mega theme park trip this...
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    “Warming up throughout the day” - a myth?

    Yes I can accept there is a plateau to the “warming up” although I think this would be reached rather quickly rather than over a period of hours. I do need to get up to the north to ride Icon but... it’s chock full of white walkers and wildlings up there.
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    “Warming up throughout the day” - a myth?

    Hmm interesting - is this stuff applied everyday?
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    “Warming up throughout the day” - a myth?

    Thanks for the response. But really, how long do you think it will take for the ride to reach 'max heat'? The idea that it heats up more and more, or even substantially, seems... farfetched.
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    “Warming up throughout the day” - a myth?

    Hello! It seems to be a pretty robust consensus that roller coasters “warm up” throughout the day and that they somehow become faster still right through until night, when they run “the fastest”. I really can’t get my head around how this works and I suspect it is mostly, or at least...
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    Rank the RMCs

    I just call al inversions ‘swirly whirlies’. I love a good swirly whirly.
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    SFGAdv | Jersey Devil Coaster | RMC Raptor

    Looks ultra-naff lol
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    Busch Gardens Tampa | Iron Gwazi | RMC Gwazi

    So what are we thinking... a Steel Vengeance beater? I do like the cheeky nod to it in the title (Iron / Steel).
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    SFGAdv | Jersey Devil Coaster | RMC Raptor

    It was quite interesting what RMC said about raptors in their interview with Theme Park Worldwide - in short, they are much cheaper to make and can have a small footprint, so they were therefore hoping to open up to smaller parks. I gather that he was saying they were inexpensive was NOT...
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    Busch Gardens Williamsburg | Pantheon | Intamin LSM Coaster

    Perhaps I am mistaken but I assume you’re attributing that mis-quote to me - if so, that’s not what I said. I don’t think anyone has made any comment to infer that the safety mechanisms themselves are dangerous.
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    Best B&M Flying Coaster?

    So it’s just dawned on me that the horrible inversion on these is called a Pretzel Loop. It’s a weird sensation and just generally unpleasant as your brain struggles to cope with why anyone would deliberately move you in that motion. Not for me!
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    Best B&M Flying Coaster?

    I really don’t like when these rides do the whole “fly on the their back with your head lower than your feet” - you would never choose to fly like that. I rode Air on its opening day... I remember looking at that stupid on your back drop and thinking... but, whyyyyy.
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