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  1. Matt N

    GCI vs Gravity Group: which wooden coaster company do you like more?

    Hi guys. I’m in a poll kind of mood today, so today I ask; of the two main traditional wooden coaster manufacturers (GCI and Gravity Group), which one do you personally like more? The reason I’m not including other companies like RMC and Intamin in this is because they build very different types...
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    Rank the Goliaths

    Hi guys. Of all the Six Flags staples, having large coasters named Goliath seems like one of the most well known, and ranking is always fun, in my opinion, so I thought it might be fun to rank the coasters named Goliath! Even though I spoke about Six Flags above, this does include Goliath at...
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    Thorpe Park 30th July 2020

    Hi guys. After a successful visit to Alton Towers earlier this month, we headed to Thorpe Park today. We left our home in Gloucestershire at just after 7am, so we got there incredibly early; we were in the car park a solid 30-40 minutes before the park opened, and due to this, I was pleasantly...
  4. Matt N

    Newman's Pleasure Gardens

    Hi guys. I finally have something new to show you in Planet Coaster, and while I haven't built an awful lot yet, it's something I'm quite excited about; may I welcome you all to my new exploit in Planet Coaster, Newman's Pleasure Gardens! (and yes, I did just reveal what the N stands for in my...
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    Wodan vs Troy

    Hi guys. Here in Europe, we have quite a few GCI roller coasters now, but the two that seem to be thrown into competition with one another most often are Wodan at Europa Park and Troy at Toverland. On average, they seem to be the two highest rated GCIs in Europe, and for some reason, everyone...
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    $1.2bn “Hollywood studio theme park” to be built in Yokohama, Japan?

    According to Blooloop, as well as various Japanese media sources, a $1.2bn theme park is being built in Yokohama in Japan, a region not too far from Tokyo. The park is apparently being built on 242 hectares of land that were agreed for theme park use in April 2020, and it is said to be similar...
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    Incident at Thorpe Park

    Unfortunately, it would seem as though an incident has occurred at Thorpe Park. If the reports I’m hearing are true, it could be quite a major one. It’s not related to any of the rides, but quite major nonetheless. I’m hearing reports that people have been stabbed at Thorpe Park, and they’re...
  8. Matt N

    Hollywood Dream or Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit; which of the Universal music coasters do you prefer?

    Hi guys. As many of you know, two of Universal’s studio theme parks have roller coasters centred around giving the rider a choice of onboard soundtracks to listen to (I think they are the only rides in the world that let the rider choose their song, correct me if I’m wrong?). Universal Studios...
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    Walt Disney World announces permanent closures of 2 attractions and Rivers of Light

    Hi guys. Disney has apparently announced in a memo to its cast members that Rivers of Light, the nighttime show at Animal Kingdom, has permanently closed, as well as Primeval Whirl in the same park and Stitch’s Great Escape at Magic Kingdom (which I thought had already closed)...
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    CoasterForce's favourite UK roller coasters

    Hi guys. Most of you probably know that @Pokemaniac, @Hyde and a few other of CF's team members (apologies for forgetting which; the first two were the main ones that came to mind, but I think @Hixee may have been involved too, as well as potentially @Ian? Do correct me if I'm wrong.) run a...
  11. Matt N

    Do you find The Smiler at Alton Towers rough?

    Hi guys. Yesterday, I visited Alton Towers and took a ride on The Smiler. I was batched in the front row and sat in an inner seat, which is always widely considered the smoothest seat you can get on the ride, however I must admit that I personally found it very rough. Most of the elements seemed...
  12. Matt N

    Alton Towers 12th July 2020

    Hi guys. Today was an exciting day; it was the day of my first post-lockdown theme park visit! The lucky park was Alton Towers; it just had to be! The very first theme park I visited and my comfortable favourite within the UK seemed like a pretty good place to welcome me back to theme parks...
  13. Matt N

    Is Phantom’s Revenge at Kennywood classed as an Arrow or a Morgan?

    Hi guys. I know this might seem like a random question, but I was only wondering; is Phantom’s Revenge typically classed as an Arrow coaster or a Morgan coaster? I was wondering because for me, it’s always felt like a bit of a grey area, because Arrow built the original coaster in 1991, but...
  14. Matt N

    Futuroscope announces €304m expansion plan

    Futuroscope has today announced a huge €304m expansion plan, with three major attractions by 2025, followed by two themed hotels and a water park: https://themeparks-eu.com/news/plans-for-a-304-million-euro-transformation-of-futuroscope Very exciting! This park will be one to watch for sure...
  15. Matt N

    Why do US park operators never seem to fully own their international parks?

    Hi guys. Many US theme park operators have diversified their park offerings by building theme parks abroad, with the likes of Disney & Universal in particular building many international resorts as well as their US resorts, and even the likes of Six Flags are attempting to get in on the...
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    What are your favourite non-coaster attractions?

    Hi guys. In a theme park, roller coasters are typically seen as the star attraction, the ride type that most people rush to and the ride type that most people seem to love most (myself included, for sure!). So my question to you today is; what are some of your favourite rides that aren’t roller...
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    Disney retheming Splash Mountain at WDW & Disneyland to The Princess & The Frog

    In a very interesting turn of events, Disney has announced that it will be retheming the two American Splash Mountain rides to The Princess & The Frog: I wonder how much of this was to do with Splash Mountain’s links to Song of the South, and the recent petition to retheme it that occurred due...
  18. Matt N

    Coasters you like that others don’t and a coaster you don’t like that others do

    Hi guys. I’m in a very thread-making mood this afternoon, so I thought I’d make this one about coasters you like that others don’t and coasters you don’t like that others do. Now I admit that on the face of it, this may look very similar to “overrated and underrated coasters”, however I think...
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    Do you value theming or ride hardware more in a theme park?

    Hi guys. We all like different things in a theme park, but I’ve noticed that enthusiasts mostly seem to err on the side of one of two things that they particularly like in a theme park in general; theming or ride hardware. So my question to you today is; do you value theming or ride hardware...
  20. Matt N

    How could you calculate a park’s capacity?

    Hi guys. With COVID-19 forcing parks across the world to restrict entry, capacity is coming into conversation a lot more than it perhaps used to. However, I was wondering; is there any way you could do a rough calculation of a park’s maximum capacity? The only way I could think of is to add up...
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