Recent content by Smithy

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    Favourite theme park entrance experience?

    Alton Towers - walking down the pathway and suddenly it just opens up into a vast expanse of greenery with the Towers directly in front of you - you'd think you'd arrived at a country house rather than a working theme park as none of the rides are really visible from there either. Port Aventura...
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    Spain & theme parks; what’s the problem?

    Whilst there may be ad-hoc reports of the parks being quiet, do the facts actually bear that out? Are their attendances actually down year on year? PA is the anomaly purely because it's more of a 'resort' and it pulls in both tourists and locals, especially during the summer, but parks like...
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    Woman injured after metal object strikes her from Top Thrill Dragster train.

    Just another reason I really don't feel comfortable around the accelerators - that sheer amount of force and exposed mechanics (and too much FInal Destination) and I always think something like this is going to happen.
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    Accident on Adventureland's Raging River

    I do worry about the future of rapids rides and flumes - apart from the massive running costs, there is an inherent risk involved in them that doesn't appear to be as controllable as with other rides.
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    Blackpool Central Leisure Development- Announcement Imminent

    Would do that end of town a world of good though.
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    Which wood coaster is the worst?

    Whatever that pile of **** in Benidorm is called (Magnus Colossus?) that's up there as one of the roughest I've ever experienced. Last ride on Big Dipper was a shocker, I used to always think National worse but my last visit flipped that.
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    WTF Merlin?

    The day before I would have gone (when I would have had to book tickets) it still said 4pm close. A few friends had been the week before and said they were queuing for at least an hour for every ride. Extending the hours on the day or when you're in the park is great for those there - but as...
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    WTF Merlin?

    People leaving war-torn countries are fleeing, not Sally and Bob storming out of the queue for Vampire because Timmy has wet himself. Been a depressing read catching up on this thread. I was after a theme park fix the other day when in the Peak District for a few days but couldn't justify the...
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    Odyssey wind speed

    Three sisters in a caravan? I've seen that movie...
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    Hixee tries to catch up – Misc UK 2021 (#2 - Lincolnshire Creds)

    Perfect timing as I came on looking for an Alton trip report since they re-opened. I was trying to decide if it was worth a visit just for a theme park fix and the 4pm closing was putting me off slightly but it sounds like you got on the big rides with no issue and I can't imagine it'll be too...
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    Kent, England | The London Resort | Entertainment Complex

    Would it be cynical to think those comments demanding further research is required on impacts will stem from the same source as companies affiliated with eventually producing such reports/
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    Alton Towers vs Blackpool Pleasure Beach

    I think my view will probably echo most people's - Alton is just a better park. I guess it all depends on the circumstances and the company. If you're giving me a choice of 1 day at either park, it's always Alton. Better rides, basically. If I were taking some non-enthusiast friends to a park...
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    WTF Merlin?

    What even is that? A rebrand of an existing ride (I'm out of the loop). Either way, it looks cheap as **** - like literally it looks like one of those pop-up halloween scare fests you find in a random field somewhere.
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    New (temporary, hired) flat rides for Alton Towers

    It's embarrassing (although I'm not sure if it's for you lot or me) that none of you have mentioned Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with Cowabunga. Heathens. I both love this, and think it's a seriously smart business move for them. I get the concerns about them looking tatty, or putting people...
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    Coaster with the strongest smell?

    Smilers disgusting restraints had a distinct smell.