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    Parque Warner Madrid | Unknown | Intamin Launch Coaster | 2023

    This is looking pretty good - if it's half as good as Velocicoaster we're in for a treat! I'm actually heading to Madrid in September/October and thinking about a visit. I didn't go last time as there's not much there of interest - although I did enjoy Deja Vu at SFMM when it was there, so I'd...
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    Glenwood Caverns | Defiance | Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter | 2022

    More short than sweet, I'd say. The view from the top is beautiful - but honestly, would anyone wait more than 5 minutes for this? It's all of 15 seconds long after the lift hill!
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    Expedition Everest vs Revenge of the Mummy

    Mummy - it's a great mix of dark ride and coaster and just loads of fun. Everest is good, but somehow feels less than the sum of its parts - a bit of an identikit "Disney mountain".
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    Icon or Blue Fire?

    Blue Fire. It's not even close. Of course, if Helix was included, that's even more of a no-brainer.
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    Best of the 6 Disney/Universal Orlando parks?

    I'm not sure I'd say it increased their reputation per se, but it definitely solidified and reinforced it at least. I also think Universal have come through the last couple of years - maybe longer - a lot stronger than Disney. They've continued to invest and expand while Disney has slowed down...
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    Second best of the 6 Disney/Universal Orlando parks?

    Universal Studios Florida. It's just the most fully formed and pleasant of those parks to be in, particularly as an adult. It has the best range of attractions and best environment to relax in. I spent Christmas and New Year dipping in and out of both Universal parks, sometimes going into the...
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    SeaWorld Abu Dhabi | Unknown | Intamin LSM Launch Coaster? | 2022

    I think even with those things it's difficult to fill a day. I had lunch, did multiple re-rides on the coasters and went on all the attractions other than the kids' things and was done by early afternoon. It's a good little park, but in my opinion it's neither world class (outside of the record...
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    Parks you can't be arsed with

    I'm not sure I'd go as far as to say it sucks, but I definitely think it's very overrated in theme park circles and I can see why it wouldn't be to some people's tastes. I went before Lightning Rod, but was quite underwhelmed by my day there and wouldn't rush back.
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    Best of the 6 Disney/Universal Orlando parks?

    Ah, yes - I always forget about USJ, maybe because DisneySEA seems to get top billing in Japan. But you're right, it definitely belongs up there!
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    Parks you can't be arsed with

    When I went I think most rides were open - but never at the same time. The only one I remember never opening was V2. However, operations were super intermittent and we only got on most things due to luck and being in the right part of the park at the right time. There are also absolutely no...
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    Thorpe Park | Project Exodus | Mack Hyper Coaster? (UK's tallest coaster) | 2023/2024

    And yet Thunder Dolphin doesn't feel like a short ride, really - although part of that is because it's slow as hell in parts, admittedly...
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    Thorpe Park | Project Exodus | Mack Hyper Coaster? (UK's tallest coaster) | 2023/2024

    I don't see Wicker Man as a particularly short ride, moreso when compared with the other Alton coasters. I've not looked up the stats but it feels like the most complete and longest ride in the park other than The Smiler. I mean, it's surely longer than at least Rita and Oblivion, and probably...
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    Parks you can't be arsed with

    SFDK is shockingly bad. I've only been one time but it was far and away the worst Six Flags park I've been to.
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    SeaWorld Abu Dhabi | Unknown | Intamin LSM Launch Coaster? | 2022

    I'm not sure I'd agree with that take. Formula Rossa is a great experience as a world record holder but the other two wouldn't trouble my top 50. People seem to like Flying Aces but I wasn't so keen, and GT Challenge is extremely average. There's also very little in the way of flat, dark or...
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    The Longevity of Modern Mack Coasters

    30 years sounds reasonable. Most engineered steel structures are designed for 30 to 50 years depending on the environment. Any more than 30ish years and you'd need specialist coatings or a much more rigorous maintenance regime - but it's not at all unachievable. I'm a structural engineer and...
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