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Small News From The Theme Park Industry

Discussion in 'News & Rumours' started by Lofty, Jul 9, 2018.

  1. Matt N

    Matt N Well-Known Member

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    Yes, the article is quite reasonable (for now) - a rare thing. I’m sure we’ll get the “people were dangling perilously” and “I’m never letting my kids on a roller coaster again” comments soon though.
     
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    Actually, look at the BBC picture again. The cars are presumably trailered. So each should have left and right wheel carriers. The nearest car does. The back car does. But the one in between... erm... I think a whole wheel assembly dropped.
     
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    Thanks for your opinion, anonymous mother.
     
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    On FreizeitparkCheck.de a moderator claims that Holiday Park have ordered new trains for Expedition GeForce.

    At the exit of the park, a there was a survey
    being conducted and as a result he started a conversation with the employee. They criticised the one-train operation and were then told that two new trains have been ordered from Intamin.

    The trains will arrive within the next two years. Since Intamin has full order books, the trains can not be delivered any sooner.

    If this does really happen will it be interesting to see what sort of design they have. Hoping for Taron lapbars.
     
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    Interesting development. Expedition GeForce is still one of my all-time favourites, and it's nice to see Holiday Park's management to care about their flagship ride. Like CSLKennyNI, I'm curious to see whether this will receive the new gen trains with more open seating and Taron restraints. I wonder if the (if I'm correct) higher floor of the Taron-style trains raises some issues with the clearance envelope however.
     
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    I feel like if they're ordering two aka a new set they'll be some improvements. Potential for some great things there.
     
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    Oh wow that's nice. I honestly hope they get the same style trains, I don't really want to see Taron-style trains on it. Let the t-bars live on peacefully with 2 train ops please.
     
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    I wouldn’t get your hopes up too high for Taron-esk trains. Not only are they longer than the older Intamin trains, they also have a much higher heartline and a wider area of reach for passengers.
     
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  11. Lofty

    Lofty Social Media Team Staff Member Social Media Team

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    Yeah, I'm with you. If they've ordered new trains, they'll probably be the exact same.
     
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    More Smiler legal ramifications today - the two main victims are sueing:
    Http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-45572981
    I did feel a bit weary and concerned for Merlin after all the cuts they've had to make in light of the £5m fine, so another £4m worried me. But then I figured it'd be surprisingly naive if Merlin didn't account for civil claims as well as the fine when making all their cutting decisions - the quote about settlements implies they have some money set aside for that. All the same, though, I'm getting a bit weary of all this .
     
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    ^ but that press today amounts to "ongoing legal process is ongoing" - so a non-story being raked up by the Daily Mail/Mirror/BBC for the sake of it.
     
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    That's an excellent response from Merlin imo. This continual muck raking really is :emoji_zipper_mouth:ing tiresome.
     
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    It's nice that they've basically said :emoji_zipper_mouth: YOU to them and posted a response instead of staying quiet.

    Doesn't really matter though, they'll still pay them a fortune to host 2-for-1 or other deals next year, so :emoji_zipper_mouth: them.
     
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    Efteling have announced on their blog their 2019 addition, which will cost 2.5 million euros.
     
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    Maybe, the coaster could get the Bizzaro treatment.
     
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    So, uh, @GuyWithAStick who has spoken with a former Great Adventure supervisor has told me that Rolling Thunder was going to be RMC'd, they were gonna get a giga and that X Flight was meant to go to Great Adventure.
     
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    Accident news is never good and this one is a bit out of the ordinary.
    It seems a stunt plane performing at Xianglong Happy Water World in Guangfu, China lost control and crashed into the park.
    Two people have reportedly died (From what i gather a pilot and a passenger). After investigation, there were no other casualties on the scene. Currently, the cause of the accident is under investigation.
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    http://www.twoeggz.com/news/11153859.html
    http://news.sina.com.cn/c/2018-09-22/doc-ifxeuwwr7203176.shtml (Short video of the incident can be seen here)

    Certainly some echoes of the stunt plane crash in the UK a few years back but thankfully this one seems to have missed anyone on the ground.
     
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