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    WTF Merlin?

    From what I have heard, The Smiler is awaiting a new part from Gerst which is stuck in Brexit Customs purgatory. Take this with a pinch of salt though, it could be total BS.
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    Common theme park tropes that you aren't a fan of

    Have they finally opened up the gate into Wuze Town?
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    Lego 10261 (Rollercoaster) Thread

    Nice, how was the Ferris Wheel? I'm now wondering what the hell I am going to do with this thing, it's not small.
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    Lego 10261 (Rollercoaster) Thread

    Has anyone else built the Lego Coaster? I've been assembling it over three evenings now and I've still got the train to go. I love this thing, it has a: - Functioning Lift Hill with proper gears and tensioning (IMHO the best bit to assemble), and proper chain (IMHO the worst bit to assemble)...
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    YAY Merlin!

    Wtf has happened over the course of this season? It honestly seems like Merlin have got it together a bit and started running things properly.
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    Major Rides At Your Local Park You Always Skip?

    I guess my local would be Thorpe, and the skippables are either whatever incarnation of X is there at any given time (I did give Walking Dead a chance...) and Darren Brown which was awesome the first time, a major let down the second time and just not worth the wait anymore.
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    YAY Merlin!

    It's absolutely not right to exclude an entire community and I wouldn't support any measures to do so, your comparison there is apt in my opinion. There is however a serious issue in that community, and it needs to be dealt with. I don't really know what else Towers could have done, and...
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    YAY Merlin!

    A few other positives from Sunday: Nemesis was a capacity machine, and was running absolutely brutally. The last two inverts I'd ridden were Black Mamba and Inferno and whilst both good rides, just do not have the lethality that people love about the early inverts. It had a 0 minute queue for...
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    Strongest theming on a mega/hyper, giga or strata coaster?

    Shambhala, has its own themed area pretty much (see my user icon!), themed tunnel, themed splashdown... It's impossible to fully theme and entire coaster that large but Shammy has it where it actually matters.
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    YAY Merlin!

    I really don't think Tik Tok has anything to do with this. This is just feral little ****s (and older ****s) who've never been told no or faced any consequences for their actions. There were teens like that in my school too, but not to the extent we saw yesterday, yet still these sorts of people...
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    YAY Merlin!

    Okay, now I've had time to sleep, digest what happened yesterday and have some coffee, here's what happened. Now again, I'll preface with the fact we had our best day at Alton in years, the rides were reliable, the new flats added some long needed variety, the gardens night-time light walk...
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    YAY Merlin!

    Putting this in the YAY thread and not the WTF because today's visit to Alton was the first time I've felt the magic in a long time, Merlin have clearly made some real changes in some key areas and it's showing. Did all the biggies and flats (skipped Runaway Train by choice), including 3 rides...
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    Paultons Park | Farmyard Flyer | Custom Zierer Force | 2022

    I'm thinking I may be able to get my niece on this next year. I took her on Dino Chase when she was 2, and she hated it. She's 4 now, and rode the Wacky Worm on South Parade Pier with my sister, and she hated it. I'm wondering if next year, when she's 5, we can do Paulton's together and she...
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    Rides that you would like more if they had different restraints

    Three rides: Colossus at Thorpe, it's been said time and time again but I genuinely believe that ride could run like new with new trains featuring lapbars. A relatively cheap investment that would do wonders for the park. Colossus in general could do with a mid-life refurb in places to up the...
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    Are B&M Hyper Coasters sub-par in the modern age of coasters?

    Absolutely not. I only have Silver Star and Shambhala under my belt but they are both excellent rides, the later being my personal park favourite with Silver Star only just being pipped by Wodan. Both of these rides are incredibly popular with the general public and ultimately, that's what...
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