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  1. Ian

    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...
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    20 Years of CF: Tat Giveaway #4 - Looking to the future

    So far in our birthday forum, we've mainly discussed stuff that has happened since CF was born. So for this giveaway, I want us to keep our heads back and face forwards. Nice and easy - tell me what one coaster you're looking most forward to riding this year and why. It doesn't have to be a...
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    20 Years of CF: Tat Giveaway #3 - Gone and better best forgotten

    (If anybody is humming a Steps tune in their head, help yourself to a lollipop.) Whenever a ride is removed or a park closes down, we automatically go through the motions of outrage and vowing never to visit that park again, then sadness sets in. We cry. And then we cry some more. However...
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    Forum Live: 21st February

    By now I’m pretty sure you’re sick of video call quizzes with your family (the CF ones are still fab!) and work calls with colleagues with “hilarious” customised backgrounds. So let’s try something different. On Sunday 21st February at 16:30 UK time, I’ll be hosting a Zoom call and you’re...
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    20 Years of CF: Tat Giveaway #2 - Lost Property

    What an idiot! I was having a tidy up of my office at CF Towers when the Abyssus POV dropped. In my excitement, I accidentally dropped a classic CoasterForce sweatband on one of our pages and I can't remember which one. Please can you take a look through the main site for it? I know it's on one...
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    Happy Birthday to us!

    On this day in 2001, CoasterForce first appeared online. Many goons have interacted with CoasterForce over the years, either by posting on our forums, watching a video, making new friends (and even meeting their future spouse!) at CF Live, used our comprehensive guide pages, or perhaps read one...
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    20 Years of CF: Tat Giveaway #1 - Batman...Forever

    Let's go retro for our first tat giveaway! The Batman Forever font was associated with CF and the Batman coasters are what got many of us hooked on creds, so it make sense to give away this awesome Batman media day invite tat set: To enter, simply tell us when and why you signed up to CF. On...
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    Five Things That Changed Theme Parks - Part 1: The Use of IP

    Over the next few weeks, I'm going to take a very basic, surface level look at five aspects of the theme park industry that has influenced and changed it, for better or for worse. There's no way I'm going to cover everything, so that's where I'd like you to jump in and fill in the blanks with...
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    Coaster with the most air miles

    Reading that Indiana Beech is getting “Triple Loop”, that means it’s been from Malaysia to England, then Mexico and now USA. That’s a lot of miles (I can’t be arsed to work it out*). Ignoring established recognised travelling coasters, and it’s journey from the fabrication plant to the park...
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    CoasterForce Lives 2021

    Hello Goons...I'll cut to the chase, unfortunately this post isn't a list of CF Lives planned for next year. It's more of a "what we're thinking" type of statement. Cancelling our 2020 trip plans was heartbreaking. We had a cracking schedule with a lot of extras thrown it. It would've been one...
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    Best ever IAAPA reveals

    With IAAPA not taking place this year, they’ll be no big reveals and excitable coverage unless they do a virtual expo...but it wouldn’t be the same. To fill the gap this year, I’m considering making a Top Number to be Determined IAAPA reveals video/list. As always, your input in these projects...
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    Roller Coaster Day 2020 Survey

    This is not your typical “best roller coaster” survey! We’re not going to ask you what your top coaster is, or what park you like the most, because those questions get asked all the time. We want to ask you what you love about roller coasters and what you enjoy the most about your hobby! We...
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    Coronavirus (Covid-19) and CF Lives (Updated 10/08/20)

    We're keen to meet up and want to support the parks as much as possible, but health wins wins every single time. We are monitoring the advice given by the national Governments, health organisations, and, of course, the parks we plan to visit. Until this blows over and health officials deem the...
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    CANCELLED - Blown Away | PAULTONS PARK | 6th June 2020

    With a whole new area to explore, including the UK's first Mack Spinner roller coaster, Storm Chaser, a trip to Paultons Park this year is a must! We've teamed up with the park to bring this awesome offer to CF members and their friends & family: Early park entry - Enter the park at 9am, an...
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    Maximum Pleasure | BLACKPOOL PLEASURE BEACH | 11th May 2019

    A CoasterForce Live season without Blackpool Pleasure Beach is like Amanda Thompson without sunglasses on her head – it just doesn’t happen! This May join CoasterForce for a day out at the UK’s premier seaside amusement park! Ride The Big One, be in awe of an Icon and prepare for a...
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    Swarming Up For The Season | Trip Reports

    Cheers to everybody who turned up today, was one of the best trips to Thorpe I’ve had in years! Particularly pleased to meet so many new enthusiasts! I hope everybody felt welcome and had a great time, too. Come on then, phones and cameras were out all day, let’s see your photos and hear your...
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    Most renames for the same coaster

    So Pleasurewood Hills’ big announcement is the return of Rattlesnake. Or Snake in the Grass. Or Ladybird. All depends which generation you’re from, I guess. For a coaster that has never been relocated (yes, that’s in bold so take note), four names (albeit one used twice) must be a record of...
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    Rock & Roller Coasters: ICON BELIEVE IT! (BPB, 23rd June)

    The most exciting new UK coaster in years is nearly upon us! Now when we say we're going to ride "Grey", we don't mean Revolution... we mean ICON! JUST LOOK AT IT!! :eek::eek: WHEN Saturday 23rd June. Park opens at 10am with the "earliest ride closing" being 6, so it might open later! MEET...
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    “THE SW8 IS OVER!” Alton Towers, Sat 17 March

    Wooden coaster rumours have been burning the ears of enthusiasts for years and years. Alton have finally pulled the rod from the fire and are hoping Wicker Man will be a blazing glory on opening day! Nothing quite beats going to a new coaster opening day, so I hope as many of you as possible...
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    CF Lives 2018

    Thinking along the lines of... Alton Towers Blackpool Liseberg Denmark (for GhosterForce) Toverland Throw date suggestions at me! The list above is not conclusive so I’m happy to hear suggestions. I’m still umming and ahhing over Poland. There has been a mixed response from several people I’ve...
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