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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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    Here's an interesting piece of news for you all; Bobbejaanland is now charging admission that is based on amount of time spent in the park. It is €7.20 per hour, but maxes out at around €35 for the whole day. For more info, check out this Screamscape link: http://screamscape.com/html/bobbejaanland.htm

    To me, this sounds like a very good system, especially if you're only dropping in for a couple of hours!
     
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    Hixee Flojector Staff Member Moderator CF Award Winner 2016

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    Good find @Matt N. Don't most people say the park is a bit of a dump? This could work out to be pretty effective for cred-runs.

    Must be a pay on exit type thing then, presumably? Like an NCP car park. :p
     
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  3. Lofty

    Lofty Social Media Team Staff Member Social Media Team

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    That's really interesting, pretty novel way to run it?
     
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    The place is a dump, but a dump with 7 (soon to be 8) creds - most of which run poorly, and 2 with VR. So good luck getting a cheap cred run out of it ;)

    It's a clever idea though. On the day tickets cost €35, but if you buy online, it's from €19.95. You can make people think they'll save money by paying by the hour, but all they have to do is spend more than 2 hours on park, and they're spending more than the current online price for a whole day. Realistically, most people will spend more than 2 hours on park, so boom. It appeals to people who are passing / don't want to spend a full day there, as they think they'll get a better deal, when in fact they won't.

    But still, not even the thought of paying a mere €7.20 and getting a new cred next year entices me to want to revisit the park...
     
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    According to CoasterClub Denmark, Tivoli Friheden will remove Orkanens Øje, a Pinfari Zyklon they've had since 1986, at the end of the season:



    As the Pinfari Zyklon models are approximately as pleasant as their gaseous namesake, I doubt many tears will be shed over it. The park director even stated that "its replacement will be on the wilder side", which sounds like all the more reason to be excited to me.
     
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    CrashCoaster Formerly ATI CF Award Winner 2016

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    Not sure if this has been mentioned before, but Conny-Land in Switzerland opened a 56m S&S shot tower this year called "Space Shot Tower":-

    http://www.connyland.ch/en/amusement-rides/all-amusement-rides/213-space-shot-tower-eng

    Also according to RCDB, Cobra at the same park (that wacky Pax thing with the scorpion tail element) will be receiving a new train from Sunkid Heege in 2020, likely meaning it will have lap bars:-

    https://rcdb.com/4331.htm

    Finally, I am aware this has been mentioned, but the park is getting an RES Roller Ball in 2020, taking their coaster count to 3. As the only real theme park in Switzerland, I look forward to seeing what the future holds for this park.
     
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  7. Matt N

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    This hasn't been officially confirmed anywhere, but rumours are now spreading from those who attended an RCCGB event at Drayton Manor over the weekend that the attendees of the event were told by Colin Bryan that G Force, the park's Maurer X-Car, is closed permanently because the park cannot get replacement parts in for it. For those who don't know, the ride has barely opened at all this season and has been notorious among the UK enthusiast community for being very uncomfortable.

    I personally hope this rumour isn't true, as I was spited by G Force in August and the only other ride with that lift hill is located in Iraq, but the ride wasn't said to be very good by those who rode it, so that does give me some reassurance. Besides, there's a chance that this rumour is untrue.
     
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    Good riddance! Hopefully they can get something decent to replace it, but there's not much space.

    Abismo in Madrid is a similar lifthill is it not?
     
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    I think all the SkyLoops have very similar lift hills to G Force, but I think G Force and whatever its clone in Iraq is called are the only ones with a completely vertical loop-shaped lift hill, correct me if I'm wrong.
     
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    I saw that posted on FB yesterday and thought it was just some stupid fake ITK bollocks but there seems to be a bit more traction behind it today.

    Hugely interested to see what they replace it with if they choose to do so; could be a sign of how successful Wickerman and Icon have been based on the ride type they ultimately go for.
     
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    Appears the founder of Flambards has died. What this means for the park, I have no idea....
     
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