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  1. rob666

    LWV confirm removal of several rides

    Personally, I think it is dead. The whole structure in the second half suffered from massive lateral forces, that shook the trains and track to bits. Track that was a British Rail build! For a small park, keeping it in good repair was a massive cost, a mile and a half of track, with wooden...
  2. rob666

    Are the seats on Colossus particularly small?

    Haha, just posted on another site that all the coasters at the Towers are fine for a six foot three lard arse, the only ride I struggle with is Colossus! I did manage, but only by being pinned. Broad shoulders and tall is the issue, not a massive gut...no need to avoid the Fabulous Fast Foods Mr...
  3. rob666

    Big One evacuated

    Because local news feeds off facebook and twitter, and is very cheap, that's why.
  4. rob666

    Big One evacuated

    Reports of the riders being charged an extra £20 for their "Walk the Big One" experience have not been confirmed.
  5. rob666

    Are theme parks Capitalist or Socialist?

    I know they are heading west, but to say China is capitalist to all intents and purposes is simply wrong. China is very much a communist state, by any measure. One party state, direct rule, use of compulsory mass labour in building projects, many people locked up for "training". Ok, so they are...
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    Are theme parks Capitalist or Socialist?

    Every theme park today is run on capitalistic lines...end of. They run aiming at profit, and if you ain't got the money in your pocket...sod off. If you know of a park that regularly allows large numbers of unemployed and poverty stricken individuals in on a continual basis, for free, because...
  7. rob666

    Big One Re-Tracking @Pleasure Beach

    Didn't have a problem with the belts myself, felt they were completely unnecessary, but it was more the phone scanning and covid cleaning caused the problems...and the speedyp(assholes) of course. The seat belts aren't a flop in my mind.
  8. rob666

    Coronavirus: Impact on Theme Parks

    Did that myself last year regarding the South Pier at Blackpool, absolute chaos with no distancing or checking on entry, dangerous levels of crowding in the main arcade, and staff who didn't seem to care. Complained to the HSE...I wasn't the only one apparently. They told me it was not in their...
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    Big One Re-Tracking @Pleasure Beach

    I'm pretty sure they are not trying to maximise profits with speedypass...just minimise losses. I think the new ride has done nothing for the parks finances at all in the short term.
  10. rob666

    Techniques to Avoid Being Stapled?

    Forward shuffle with the arse, overextension of the distended beer gut, arms down by your sides to hide the forward shuffle, gentle raising of the knees to keep the lap bar up just a little on the ratchets, additional "car style" seat belt pulled out at fullest extent. Slight standing at all the...
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    Big One Re-Tracking @Pleasure Beach

    Almost as bloody stupid as letting a crowd in at the indoor snooker in Sheffield, but not letting the crowd in at Wembley for the football, which has a thousand times more airspace, and is outdoor. Government rules, but make it up as you go along and call it an experiment!
  12. rob666

    Big One Re-Tracking @Pleasure Beach

    Nice report...I don't do busy days anymore, my old man's knees can't cope. The only other report I have yet seen was negative in the extreme...no fun, no distancing and struggles with F&B. The indoor rides can open because there is no mixing of groups once you are in the ride...the ride cars...
  13. rob666

    Milestone Coasters in Your Count

    About 1970, Cyclone at Southport. My first coaster, then I stopped counting.
  14. rob666

    Coronavirus: Impact on Theme Parks

    Overall, yes, slightly. But the actual rates vary by country. India is the nation that is really struggling, but with the millions that have attended the Kumbh Mela over the last month, that is really no surprise.
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    Alton Towers vs Blackpool Pleasure Beach

    Yes. Must add regarding the matter, I have a very poor sense of smell, and after many years experience in the pub trade, the ladies is always in a far rougher state by the end of the day than the gents.
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    Alton Towers vs Blackpool Pleasure Beach

    Blackpool's toilets actually have running hot water! Blackpools toilets by the Alice ride won a national best bogs award. You are never more than two minutes from the loos at Blackpool! They get cleaned every hour, and all the loos are manned. Blackpool has much more shelter and attractions...
  17. rob666

    Big One Re-Tracking @Pleasure Beach

    Didn't ride the Big One, but the Dipper ran no different...other than a bit "first day slow". No difference at all for me, other than a clever new little shift of the queue to avoid close contact.
  18. rob666

    Notable Losses Since 2001

    My uncle in Fleetwood tipped me off when it was being pulled down, I had just passed my driving test, and drove over in my mums car to watch it being ripped down. It was a strange structure, a big "wedge of cheese" shape made out of massive timbers, with a solid platform. I had expected a thin...
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    Notable Losses Since 2001

    I know I'm an old git, and technically 1980 isn't quite in the last twenty years, but I still weep for the Reel at BPB. Crazy ride, waltzer car on a Mouse track, zero restraints, circular bench seats, couple of airtime hills, and a long dark section with a random stranger sat in your lap, what...
  20. rob666

    Rides at Buffalo Bill's Casino closed until further notice

    One of my favourite topics! As an old git troglodyte, I find this internetery fascinating. Keep it going, no lockery outery.
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