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  1. Matt N

    Theme park soundtracks that get stuck in your head

    Hi guys. Audio is arguably a key part of the theme park experience, even if it’s not something that often gets talked about. When it does get talked about, you often hear enthusiasts say about their favourite soundtracks, but what about those soundtracks that just get stuck in your head for ages...
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    Wicker Man vs Megafobia

    Hi guys. Here in the UK, we have somewhat of a shortage of modern thrill wooden coasters. In fact, we only really have 2 (unless you count Antelope, but I’d argue that that’s more of a family/kids woodie, personally); Wicker Man at Alton Towers and Megafobia at Oakwood. Even though they are two...
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    Closest coasters to a “Jack of all trades”?

    Hi guys. I was just watching a POV of VelociCoaster at Islands of Adventure, and I was thinking to myself; it might genuinely be one of the world’s most varied roller coasters in terms of the sensations on offer. And that got me thinking; what are some of the closest coasters out there to a...
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    CoasterForce’s Favourite Florida Rollercoasters

    Hi guys. You may have noticed that I just posted the results of a poll calculating CF’s favourite German rollercoasters. Well, I had so much fun calculating those results that I thought that if you guys are willing to participate, I might start doing one of these polls each month! So, this month...
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    New roller coaster and children’s rides for Chessington

    Guys, I have some very exciting UK coaster news! According to Chessington Buzz, it would appear that Chessington is beginning the planning process to install some form of new roller coaster at the park: Little is currently known, but it’s going on the “Picnic Field” at the south of the site...
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    Do you prefer steel roller coasters or wooden roller coasters?

    Hi guys. I know this seems like a very simplistic debate, but I’m surprised we seemingly haven’t got a topic for it, and I thought it might be a fun one to discuss. So my basic question to you is; do you prefer steel roller coasters or wooden roller coasters? Personally, I prefer steel roller...
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    Alton Towers 16th April 2021

    Hi guys. After a theme park hiatus of many months due to the various lockdowns and restrictions, my parents and I were finally able to get back to a theme park today! And it was only natural that we would go to the UK theme park that we always start with; our favourite UK park, Alton Towers! We...
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    Alton Towers vs Blackpool Pleasure Beach

    Hi guys. When asking enthusiasts which theme park in the UK is their favourite, I’ve noticed that in the vast majority of cases, their answer is usually one of two parks; Alton Towers or Blackpool Pleasure Beach. I’d say that the enthusiast community here in the UK is actually quite evenly split...
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    Do Sally Corporation manufacture the transit systems to their dark rides?

    Hi guys. Sally Corporation are a very prolific designer of dark rides within the industry, and they are particularly well known for their interactive dark rides. However, I’m wondering; do they actually manufacture dark ride transit systems, or do they merely manage the thematic side of things...
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    Attractions that still scare you?

    Hi guys. Once you’ve ridden lots of different attractions, like most of us on here have, then it’s plausible to think that the fear element of rides that less seasoned riders often experience and is commonly emphasised in the media might wear off somewhat in most cases. But are there any...
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    Do B&M hypers produce actual negative g-forces?

    Hi guys. B&M hypers are an incredibly popular coaster type among parks across the world, and for some, they are among the ride types you think of when you think “airtime machine”. But on the subject of airtime, I have a question about B&M hypers; do they actually produce any negative g-forces...
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    Slowest and fastest coaster braking systems?

    Hi guys. After a coaster has come to a stop or before the ride begins, most people are probably thinking about the elements of the coaster itself. But there is one crucial technical element that gets riders into and out of the station; the braking system itself. These vary from ride to ride...
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    Highest throughput coasters in the world outside of Disney and Universal?

    Hi guys. Capacity is often a huge part of the decision making behind parks buying a major coaster, and it can also hugely influence the guest experience. Some of the highest throughput coasters in the world are located at theme parks owned by Disney and Universal, but I’d be intrigued to know...
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    Disneyland Resort announces DisneylandForward, a major resort expansion

    Hi guys. Disneyland Resort in California gave us a rather surprising reveal today; they’ve revealed that they will be building a third theme park, along with more resort expansions: Really exciting stuff! I wonder what the 3rd park will be, or what it might entail? There’s not much info at...
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    Why has the UK not embraced indoor theme parks/indoor attractions more?

    Warning in advance: This post ended up far longer than I’d anticipated when I started writing, so I apologise in advance for the sheer length of it, as I know that it’s a lot to take in. Hi guys. One of the many things that the United Kingdom is arguably infamous for is its weather; here in...
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    CoasterForce’s favourite German rollercoasters

    Hi guys. You might remember that back last July, I ran a poll asking you all for you favourite UK roller coasters (https://coasterforce.com/forums/threads/coasterforces-favourite-uk-roller-coasters.44305/). A few weeks/months back, I remember @HeartlineCoaster asked me if I’d be up for bringing...
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    Most effective gimmick on an attraction?

    Hi guys. Often when talking about attractions, gimmicks are generally seen in a very negative light by enthusiasts. Terms like “gimmicky” and “one-trick pony”, amongst other similar phrases, are nowadays often used as criticisms when reviewing an attraction. But here’s a good question for you...
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    Surprisingly wet water rides

    Hi guys. Water rides are a staple part of any theme park, offering cooling respite on a hot day at a park. But have you ever ridden any water rides that have really taken you aback with their wetness? In terms of water rides that are far wetter than they look, the main one that comes to mind...
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    If you owned the UK’s 4 Merlin theme parks, what would you do to each of them?

    Hi guys. Merlin currently owns 4 theme parks in the UK; Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, Chessington World of Adventures and Legoland Windsor. They are arguably the UK’s 4 most popular theme parks, but I’ve noticed that there generally seems to be a lot of disagreement with some of the decisions...
  20. Matt N

    Have you ever had a changing ride on a coaster you’ve ridden before?

    Hi guys. This hobby can be full of surprises when riding coasters; you can quite often find that when riding a brand new coaster for the first time, it delivers in ways you didn’t expect, and really surprises you. But I find that some of the most surprising rides of all can sometimes come from...
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