Recent content by Ian

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    Alton Towers vs Blackpool Pleasure Beach

    Blackpool. There I’ve said it. Alton’s coasters are better. Most of them are my favourite examples and I could ride them all day, every day without getting bored. The park is also much better looking than Blackpool and is one of the best theme park destinations I’ve ever been to. But Blackpool...
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    Paultons Park | Tornado Springs | New Area | 2021

    And for what it's worth a bit more, here's my report:
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    What’s ACE’s “Reputation” in the Coaster Community?

    “Reliable” is how I’d describe ACE. From the few members I’ve met, including those in the upper echelons of the organisation, I’ve found them pleasant and nice. I think they’re geared towards the more mature enthusiast...that means attitude and settled lives, nothing to do with I’m sure...
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    The Staff v. User counting game!

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    The Staff v. User counting game!

    Back to one with you!
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    Chessington World Of Adventures | Croc Drop | Zamperla Sky (Drop) Tower

    Let’s face it. London catchment, first public opening day, new or rusty ride ops operating a new ride, indoor attractions closed due to Covid, cold/snow affecting operations...very possible of a 3 hour queue at one point. No ride is worth 3 hours stood on your feet or sat on your bag in a queue...
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    Paultons Park | Tornado Springs | New Area | 2021

    I did see about three empty trains doing the rounds throughout the day, with occasional inconsistent dispatch. Aside from first thing, the queue was never longer than 15 mins. One of the bounce towers was down for an hour or so. But the other one was virtually walk on. I observed one reset on...
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    Paultons Park | Tornado Springs | New Area | 2021

    It’s unlikely the park will go any more extreme than Cyclonator. They know they’ve got to cater for a wide family age range, but the focus remains on the 5-12 year olds. Anybody more extreme is way off the mark. The queues today were strange. There was a stampede for the new area, in particular...
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    WTF Merlin?

    Just put away my Paultons 2021 map that I picked up free of charge.
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    Paultons Park | Tornado Springs | New Area | 2021

    I’m knackered. If you want some photos, head over to CF's Facebook and Twitter, but I'll post some more on the home page this coming week. The area is great. Full of nice details and touches, such as humourous themeing, boxed in coaster supports, beer bottle trees, sound and visual effects...
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    Paultons Park | Tornado Springs | New Area | 2021

    Proper exited about tomorrow. As much as I’m looking forward to seeing Tornado Springs, what I’m most looking forward to is getting “coaster legs” again. That wonderfully wobbly feeling after a short few months of not-riding is something I love...and after no coasters or thrill rides for 18...
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    Craving an Average Park

    Get your point, but just think how special those rides you mentioned will be when do you eventually get to ride them. A crappy Pinfari is going to be a cheap thrill for me next week, but when I do get my now lockdown-toned arse to Florida, Velociraptor will block my socks off more than I ever...
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    Craving an Average Park

    It’s the “great reset”. After a year of limited (if any) theme parking, there’s finally the promise that parks will operate at some capacity. Understandably people are cautious about making exotic plans, so perhaps our expectations have lowered? My plans this year are simple. I very much doubt...
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    Thorpe Park mega goon competition

    The hunt for the nation’s biggest theme park fan is on! AsTHORPE PARK Resort gets ready to welcome guests back, planning to reopen from 12th April in line with the latest Government guidance, The Island Like No Other has announced a once-in-a-ride-time experience for one lucky theme park...